Rusty Guinn

Co-Founder and CEO


Rusty Guinn is co-Founder and CEO of Second Foundation Partners, LLC, and has been a contributing author to Epsilon Theory since 2017.

Before Ben and Rusty established Second Foundation, Rusty served in a variety of investment roles in several organizations. He managed and operated a $10+ billion investment business, led investment strategy for the second largest wealth management franchise in Houston, and sat on the management committee of the 6th largest public pension fund in the United States.

Most recently, Rusty was Executive Vice President over the retail and institutional asset management businesses at Salient Partners in Houston, Texas. There he oversaw the 5-year restructuring and transition of Salient’s $10 billion money management business from legacy fund-of-funds products to a dedicated real assets franchise.

He previously served as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Opportunistic Investments at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a $12 billion portfolio spanning public and private investments. Rusty also served as a portfolio manager for TRS’s externally managed global macro hedge fund and long-only equity portfolios. He led diligence, process development and the allocation of billions of dollars across a wide range of indirect and principal investments.

Rusty’s career also includes roles with de Guardiola Advisors, an investment bank serving the asset management industry, and Asset Management Finance, a specialized private equity investor in asset management companies.

He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and lives on a farm in Fairfield, Connecticut with wife Pam and sons Winston and Harry. Hobbies include cooking, whisky, progressive rock and beating Ben at trivia.

Articles by Rusty:

In the News | Week of 2.4.2019

By Rusty Guinn | February 4, 2019 | Comments Off on In the News | Week of 2.4.2019

In which we see a week full of insurance earnings, continued trade concerns, ‘warming to nuclear’ and a humble request to stop naming things “Exelon.”

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Arbitrary Power

By Rusty Guinn | February 3, 2019 | 7 Comments

There is a paradox – only it isn’t really a paradox – in that to act boldly on and hold loosely to our beliefs requires us to design processes which are subject to an almost opposite standard.

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The Zeitgeist | 2.1.2019

By Rusty Guinn | February 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Amazon ‘buts’, all sorts of January 1987 comparisons, a grab bag of central banking and politics, and a notable omission from your Brexit Bunker.

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Speak Now

By Rusty Guinn | February 1, 2019 | 8 Comments

We no longer have real discussions about critical civic issues in part because we’ve stopped calling things by their proper name. Our lack of nuance causes those conversations to degrade into predictable, exhausting patterns. Let’s figure this out before it’s too late.

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The Zeitgeist | 1.31.2019

By Rusty Guinn | January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

A big day for the Green New Deal, tax policy old and new, a solution for morale problems at Palantir and a solution for god only knows at Davos.

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The Zeitgeist | 1.30.2019

By Rusty Guinn | January 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Today’s Zeitgeist has a bit of private markets, Boeing and Apple, conspiracies and tax avoidance.

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The Zeitgeist | 1.29.2019

By Rusty Guinn | January 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Food and retailing are top of mind (and…bullish?), trade continues to dominate content and commentary, and a hero rides in to protect the Lu Ann Platter.

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The Road to Tannu Tuva, Pt. 2

By Rusty Guinn | January 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

The next stops in our discovery of the process of discovery? A town of 1,282 people and the mind of a German physicist named Arnold Sommerfeld.

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You and Me (But Mostly Me)

By Rusty Guinn | January 28, 2019 | 5 Comments

Like it or not, the 2020 election season has begun. But I’ve got good news for you: someone has The Answer for the political center, and he’d very much like to discuss it with you.

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In the News | Week of 1.28.2019

By Rusty Guinn | January 28, 2019 | Comments Off on In the News | Week of 1.28.2019

Tech, telecom, pharma and defense report. Plus some…er…highlights, from Davos.

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