Financial Services >> Analyst Interviews >> April 14, 2002

Quantitative Research: Gary Tapp – Suntrust Robinson Humphrey

GARY W. TAPP, PhD, is a Senior Vice President in the Equity Research Department at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He is responsible for the firm's quantitative research, which includes a wide variety of products and services for the firm's institutional and individual clients. He publishes the STRHQ Correlations, a monthly research report that ranks industry groups and stocks on a variety of proprietary quantitative models, including the STRH Earnings Surprise model. A regular article in the weekly STRH Equity Focus highlights his current quantitative work and its implications for markets, sectors, and industry groups. He also is responsible for the management of five model portfolios for STRH clients. Mr. Tapp has been in the investment business with Robinson Humphrey since 1984. Before that he was the senior editor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Economic Review. He received his Bachelor's degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969, his Master's degree from Emory University in Atlanta in 1974 and his PhD from Emory in 1975. He is a member of the Atlanta Economics Club and participates as a mentor in the Georgia Industrial Fellowships for Teachers program and the Georgia 100 mentorship program for women. Profile
TWST: What is some of the quantitative work that's being done to support

the SunTrust RH team, and how is it applied?

Mr. Tapp: We base our quantitative work around five models ' four of