As President of M2, André sets the investment strategy and oversees the growth and operations of M2. He founded the firm in 1999.
Prior to M2, André led the Rice Group Ltd. (RGL), a firm he launched in 1986 to identify and organize special investment opportunities for wealthy individuals. RGL created several successful investment partnerships and provided select investment banking services to the world’s largest commodities firm.
André began his career in 1978 as an Auditor at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG). He worked in securities sales for the Private Client Group at Goldman Sachs & Co. Immediately prior to founding RGL, André was a Senior Project Manager in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Kraft, Inc.
André is a member of NASP (National Association of Securities Professionals). Appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, he serves on the Chicago Cook Workforce Investment Board. André was previously appointed by Former Mayor Daley to serve on the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board (June 2010 – September 2012), the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (May 2006 – April 2010), and the interim board of the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (April 2010 – June 2010).
André received a BS in Accounting, with honors, from South Carolina State University and MBA from the University of Chicago.