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| Anthony J. Archer
| Arthur A. Bavelas
| Andrew Beer
| Andrew Bentley
| Joseph B Childrey
| Francis Chimenti, CFP®
| Chris Clair
| Andrew Dakos
| Daniel L. Daniels
| Gary S. Domoracki
| Bruce Frumerman
| Diane Garnick
| Lorraine George-Harik
| Kenneth Goodreau
| Christopher T. Graham, Esq.
| Jason Huemer
| Tim Jackson
| Brett Jefferson
| Gary Kaminsky
| Zachary Karabell
| Dimitris Kavalekas
| Kevin Kelcourse
| Roman Khlupin
| Jean-Claude Knebeler
| Alan S. Kufeld
| David T. Leibell
| Kurt Locher
| Lynn Marcrum
| William McEnroe
| Thomas McGlade
| James Meisner
| Rachel Minard
| Matthew Moniot
| Dan Niles
| Ricky B. Novak
| Joe Peta
| Michael Poisson
| Darsh Preet Singh
| Robin Rodriguez
| Eric Rosenfeld
| Robert Sanborn
| Thomas Sandell
| Andrew Sandler
| George Schultze
| Don Seymour
| Pratik Sharma
| Irwin Speizer
| David Tawil
| Jordan Thomas
| Inna White
| Mark Whitsitt
| Michael Wilkerson
| Robert Wolf
| William Woolverton
| Carl Youngman
| Daniel Zwirn
| Egon von Greyerz
Tony Acquadro, Vice President Institutional Markets, BTS Asset Management
Tony C. Acquadro is Vice President of Institutional Markets for BTS Asset Management and a member of the BTS Investment Committee. He joined BTS in December, 2010 as Head of Institutional sales. Before that Mr. Acquadro served as Managing Director for MFIP, Inc. a Family Office and CTA in Ardmore, PA. Prior roles include CEO of DaVinci Global Advisors, LLC and DaVinci Investment Advisors, a quant-based systematic hedge fund. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Acquadro served as National Vice President for ProFunds. Mr. Acquadro began his career with Morgan Stanley in 1993 in Washington, DC. Mr. Acquadro is also a Director at The Hedge Fund Association, a member of The Market Technicians Association, The Managed Funds Association and The CT Hedge Fund Association.
Mr. Acquadro graduated from The Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management.
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Anthony J. Archer, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Investments
A highly creative-minded individual, with a natural ability to think outside the box, and the true entrepreneur of the senior management team. As Chief Executive of Liquid, Anthony creates the medium and long-term strategies and builds teams capable of adding to, and implementing the Liquid vision. He is tremendously driven in his ambition to aid private and institutional investors to generate wealth through ethical, alternative investments.
Fluent in Portuguese, Anthony has lived and worked in Brazil specializing in alternative investments, as well as residential and commercial real estate. Internationally, Anthony has held several senior management positions in the investment industry since 1999. He set up Liquid Investments in 2006 with offices in London, UK and Fortaleza in NE Brazil, and splits his time between these offices.
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Arthur A. Bavelas, Chief Executive Officer, The Bavelas Group
Arthur A. Bavelas is an internationally-known expert and leading strategic adviser to the ultra-affluent and family offices.
Overseeing renowned authorities from the financial, legal and accounting communities, Mr. Bavelas coordinates their services to bring sophisticated solutions, tax and asset protection strategies as well as unique opportunities to the highly discriminating affluent. Mr. Bavelas is a frequent speaker to the Hedge Fund and Family Office communities. Mr. Bavelas also facilitates customized charitable and foundation development methodologies and stewardship strategies. He has written numerous articles, white papers and books focused on wealth preservation and asset protection. A published author, Mr. Bavelas has been quoted in several publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Elite Traveler, Wealth Management, Investment Advisor. He most recently co-authored: Fortune's Fortress: A Primer on Wealth Preservation for Hedge Fund Professionals.
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Andrew Beer, CEO, Beachhead Capital
Andrew D. Beer is the Chief Executive Officer of Beachhead Capital Management, LLC, a hedge fund advisory firm based in New York, NY and Lexington, MA. Previously, Beer served as the Senior Advisor and seed investor of Belenos Capital Management and co-founded Apex Capital Management, a leading Asia-focused investment firm that manages several market neutral and directional hedge funds from New York and Hong Kong. Prior to this, Beer co-founded Pinnacle Asset Management, a commodity fund of hedge funds firm that manages approximately $2 billion. Mr. Beer received his M.B.A. as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
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Andrew Bentley, CPA, Rothstein Kass
Andrew Bentley is a principal and leader of the tax practice in Rothstein Kass’
Boston office. Mr. Bentley provides ongoing tax expertise to the firm’s Boston-based
clients and is responsible for business development as it relates to tax. Andrew has
more than 14 years of “Big Four” public accounting experience with both regulated
and non-regulated funds and specializes in the taxation of alternative investments.
He has worked with clients across a broad spectrum of alternative investments
including hedge funds, private equity funds, CDO and special opportunity funds.
Mr. Bentley has significant experience with alternative investment vehicle allocations,
having been a tax technical champion for the development of the internal
partnership allocation system at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he served for
more than six years prior to joining Rothstein Kass. Andrew is the co-founder and
co-chairperson of the Alternative Investments Committee of the Massachusetts
Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA). He is also actively involved with
the Massachusetts Working Group of the Managed Funds Association (MFA) as
well as the Northeast Chapter of Hedge Funds Care.
Mr. Bentley has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and marketing from Boston
College, and is a certified public accountant in Massachusetts and New Jersey. He
is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and
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Joseph B Childrey, Founder & CIO, Probabilities Fund Management, LLC
Joe Childrey is founder and CIO of Probabilities Fund Management, LLC, a California-based registered investment advisor. The firm provides investment management for the Probabilities Fund, LP, a hedge fund, and for annuity owners as a Third Party Investment Advisor. Prior to founding his firm in 2007, Mr. Childrey served as a consultant to Stone & Youngberg, a California-based public finance and fixed-income securities firm. Before that he was senior vice president and managing director of Private Brokerage Asset Management at Wells Fargo Investments. Earlier, Mr. Childrey served as a senior vice president at A.G. Edwards and was branch manager of the La Jolla, California branch, one of the firm’s most prestigious. He began his career as an investment executive at PaineWebber. As an inventor, Mr. Childrey has a patented, award winning consumer electronics product on the market being sold worldwide.
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Francis Chimenti, CFP®, Director - Private Client Group, Oppenheimer & Co.
Francis Chimenti’s clients are comprised of high net worth individuals and families, business owners and corporate executives. Working with each client, he employs professional money management and, where appropriate, other investment strategies to address their needs. He has spent more than 15 years working as a Financial Advisor in a variety of leading institutions. From 2000 until he joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., he worked as a Portfolio Manager, in Smith Barney’s Private Client Group.
Mr. Chimenti's earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation from the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards, Inc.
Mr. Chimenti is the proud father of 3 boys, Franco, Bruno and Enzo and is active in a variety of civic organizations. Among them are the Special Olympics of New York; the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York; the National Council of Nonprofit Associations; the New York Law Enforcement Foundation; the New York First Responders Associations and Over 40 Females, an organization designed to help mature women achieve financial security.
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Chris Clair, Managing Editor, HedgeWorld
Chris Clair is the Managing Editor of HedgeWorld. He has spent the past eleven years covering the hedge fund industry, first as a reporter for Crain's Pensions & Investments and for the past eight years at HedgeWorld. Mr. Clair has been a journalist for the past 18 years, working at weekly and daily newspapers in his home state of Oregon and in Illinois.
Mr. Clair holds a BA degree in journalism from the University of Portland in Oregon.
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Andrew Dakos, Principal/Portfolio Manager, Bulldog Investors
Andrew Dakos joined Bulldog Investors in 1999 and serves as a Principal of the firm. Together with co-founder Phil Goldstein, he manages the firm’s investment strategy. He is an acknowledged authority on value investing and shareholder activism who has been a featured speaker at industry forums, appeared as a guest on CNBC, and been quoted in investment publications such as The Investor’s Guide to Closed-End Funds and Value Investor Insight. Dakos serves as a director of the Mexico Equity and Income Fund Inc., Brantley Capital Corporation, Imperial Holdings and Special Opportunities Fund, Inc. He also currently serves as a Principal of Brooklyn Capital Management, LLC, an SEC-registered Investment Adviser, and is president of Special Opportunities Fund, Inc. Mr. Dakos received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.
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Daniel L. Daniels, Partner, Wiggin & Dana LLP
Mr. Daniels is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Private Client Services Department. He divides his time between the firm's Greenwich and New York offices. Mr. Daniels focuses his practice representing business owners, private equity and hedge fund founders, corporate executives and other wealthy individuals and their families. He has also served as an expert witness on the subject of the vulnerability of trusts to claims in divorce. He is included on Worth magazine's list of the top 100 trust lawyers in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Trusts and Estates and Trust Litigation. He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth and his J.D., cum laude from Harvard Law School. Mr. Daniels is a co-author of the book, Trusts and Estates Legal Strategies (2008 Aspatore Books) and has written for various publications, including Trusts and Estates magazine, Estate Planning magazine, Practical Tax Strategies magazine, the National Law Journal and Exempt Organization Review. He also has been quoted on trust and tax-related subjects in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Financial Planning.
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Gary S. Domoracki, CEO & General Counsel, Ten Mountain Capital
Gary S. Domoracki is the CEO and General Counsel of Ten Mountain Capital, a single family office for a family that owns a multi-billion operating company. Prior to Ten Mountain, he was the CEO and a founding partner of Fireman Capital Advisors, a multi-family office that he started from scratch.
Before his work with family offices Mr. Domoracki spent twelve years on Wall Street. He was a Managing Director and the Regional Executive for Deutsche Bank’s private wealth business in New England with over $6 billion in client assets under management. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Domoracki was the Regional Manager responsible for the Credit Suisse Private Bank in New England.
Mr. Domoracki started his investment career as a top investment advisor at DLJ and Credit Suisse where he worked with clients who were successful entrepreneurs who sold their companies and executives of public companies.
Prior to working on Wall Street Gary practiced law for seven years concentrating on real estate, banking and general corporate law. He received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law, his M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Brooks School.
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Bruce Frumerman, President, Frumerman & Nemeth Inc.
Bruce Frumerman is founder and CEO of Frumerman & Nemeth Inc. (www.frumerman.com), a communications and sales marketing consultancy that helps financial services firms create brand identities for their organizations and develop and implement effective new marketing strategies and programs. The firm was named 2013 U.S. Marketing Firm Of The Year For Hedge Funds by Acquisition International Magazine's International Hedge Fund Awards. Founded in 1987 pre-Crash, Frumerman & Nemeth's work has helped money management clients attract over $7 billion in new assets, yet they are not third-party marketers.
His firm helps financial services clients to develop better buyer-focused positioning strategies and storylines to differentiate them from their competitors; create more cogent and compelling sales presentations and marketing materials to better tell their story throughout the selling cycle; and use media relations marketing and industry conference speaking opportunities to help establish a branded identity for their organization by generating third-party endorsement for the expertise of their people, the value of their services and the quality of their products.
Mr. Frumerman has over thirty years experience in corporate branding, product positioning, public relations, sales marketing, advertising and investor relations. He is a frequent speaker at various conferences for hedge fund managers, institutional and Separately Managed Accounts money managers, investment management consultants, and Third-Party Marketers where he addresses the topic of marketing money management services. Also, he has been published addressing the subject for Reuters HedgeWorld, FINAlternatives, Emerging Manager Monthly, CanadianHedgewatch, Emerging Manager Focus, International Financing Review, Traders Monthly, HedgeConnection, TAAAPs (The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals) and Investor Relations Newsletter.
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Diane Garnick, CEO, Clear Alternatives
Diane Garnick is the CEO of Clear Alternatives, an asset management firm specializing in Behavioral Economics, which happens to be owned and operated by women. She oversees the firm’s research and investment activities and brings over 17 years investment experience to the firm. She also serves as a Trustee on the Investment Committee of CHRISTUS Health, a health system providing faith-based care in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and in Mexico, through more than 40 hospitals and clinics. Garnick has authored hundreds of reports that focus on portfolio construction, volatility, corporate actions, equity indices, exchange traded funds (“ETFs”), futures, options, accounting and taxation. She has spent her career focused on pensions, foundations and endowments in a variety of roles. She began her career as an Equity Derivative Strategist at Merrill Lynch where she spearheaded the firm’s global pension initiative and provided valuable insight to plans considering various investment strategies. She moved on to become the Global Investment Strategist at State Street Global Advisors, where she focused on developing their enhanced, ETF, and fiduciary businesses. More recently she was the Investment Strategist at Invesco, one of the world's largest entirely active asset management firms. Garnick holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
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Lorraine George-Harik, Founding Partner , HPM Partners
Ms.George-Harik is a Founding Partner of HPM Partners, an independent investment advisory firm and multi-family office co-founded with the Howard P. Milstein Family, for affluent families, foundations, endowments and privately held firms.
Prior to joining HPM Partners, Lorraine was a member of the Chairman’s Council and Managing Director at Citi Private Bank in New York. She managed client family relationships and their closely-held businesses, responsible for the construct and delivery of wealth management and credit strategies.
Ms.George-Harik has extensive experience in corporate and international banking. She was a Director of Citigroup’s Merchant Bank, responsible for private and institutional investments, and served on the Vice Chairman’s Special Projects Team for sovereign acquisitions of precious metals. She was a Director of Citicorp International Trading Company in New York, and a Global Manager in the World Corporate Group responsible for Fortune 500 clients headquartered in the US, Europe and Latin America.
Prior to joining Citigroup, she was a Vice President in First Chicago’s International Banking Department and served as Assistant Branch Manager for sovereign wealth agencies in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Ms.George-Harik earned her B.A. in Middle East Studies with Distinction from the College of Wooster and completed the Executive Program at the London School of Economics. Her affiliations include: American Friends of the Louvre, Partners in Health and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the Professional Advisory Council of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Family Office Councils at Yale Universtiy and NYU Stern School of Business.
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Kenneth Goodreau, CIO, TIG ADvisors
Bio to come...
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Christopher T. Graham, Esq., Founder & Managing Shareholder, The Private Client Law Group
Christopher Graham is the Founder and Managing Shareholder of The Private Client Law Group. His practice focuses on Family Wealth Planning, drawing on extensive experience with Arthur Andersen along with significant boutique and regional law firms, to develop creative tax minimization, asset preservation, business succession, and business structuring strategies exclusively for high net worth individuals and their closely held businesses.
Integrating these practice areas and applying them holistically to each Client project, The Private Client Law Group produces comprehensive customized plans to provide efficient and effective maintenance and succession of both operating businesses and passive assets. Under Christopher Graham’s leadership, the team of professionals at his firm approaches each project with an open architecture problem solving process that ensures individualized solutions designed to meet Client needs and objectives.
A graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law (JD, 1996) and the University of Michigan (BBA-Accounting, 1992), Christopher Graham is a member of Beta Alpha Psi national honor accounting society, the State Bars of Georgia and North Carolina, and has also been named in the Georgia Superlawyers issue of Atlanta Magazine multiple times. In 2009, he was honored as an Attorney of Distinction in Jezebel Magazine. In 2010, he was honored as one of the Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine. In 2011, he was selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers. In addition, the past three years he has been honored as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Five Star Wealth Managers. Mr. Graham writes professional articles for publication and is a regular speaker throughout Atlanta and the Southeast.
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Jason Huemer, President, Visium Asset Management
Jason Huemer is President of Visium Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund based in New York. He joined Visium in 2010. He was previously CEO of Atlas Capital Management, a global macro and emerging markets hedge fund firm. Prior to that, he spent four years at SAC Capital, where he was a managing director and the chief operating officer of SAC's Sigma Capital unit. He was also a managing director at Merrill Lynch; President and Founder of Synthesis Funds, a hedge-fund seeding business; and Chief Operating Officer at York Capital Management. Mr. Huemer holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Columbia University, where he graduated cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA in finance from New York University.
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Tim Jackson, Partner, Gapstow Partners
Tim Jackson is the Gapstow partner responsible for manager research and portfolio construction. He is also the co-portfolio manager on several of the Gapstow funds.
Gapstow is a multi-manager alternative investment firm focused on compelling opportunities in the global credit markets. For Gapstow, “Credit” is purposely defined in a broad manner to include not only traditional corporate credit, but also many specialized and non-traditional credit sub-strategies, such as structured credit, mortgage securities, whole loans, real estate debt, and bank hybrid investments. Prior to joining Gapstow, Mr. Jackson was a Principal at Barclays Global Investors, where he was responsible for the management of a $400 million hedge fund-of-funds portfolio. Previously, he had been a Partner at Rocaton Investment Advisors, where he co-led the firm’s alternative research department, which designed and managed over $15 billion of institutional alternative asset portfolios. He began his finance career at the Northern Trust Company after serving as a Merchant Marine Officer and Lieutenant in the United States Navy, Reserve. Tim holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, a B.S. in Nautical Science from Maine Maritime Academy, and an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut
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Brett Jefferson, President & CIO, Hildene Capital Management
Brett Jefferson founded Hildene Capital Management in December 2007 in order to capitalize on opportunities in distressed structured credit. He oversees all firm investment decisions and strategies. Mr. Jefferson has 15 years of experience in the structured finance market and five years of experience in the option arbitrage industry. He takes an active role in modeling, structuring and reverse engineering transactions, as well as pricing, trading and evaluating secondary positions. Prior to founding Hildene, from 2002-2006, he was a Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager at Marathon Asset Management, where he was responsible for CDO, CBO, and CLO structured credit investments in the Marathon Structured Finance Fund. In addition to investment decisions, he served as the resident expert in the structuring of CDOs, CBOs, and CLOs. Mr. Jefferson previously worked as an investment banker in the Structured Credit Products groups at Salomon Smith Barney and Chase Securities. He earned his B.A. from Syracuse University and his Masters of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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Gary Kaminsky, Principal, Rothstein Kass
Gary S. Kaminsky is a principal with the Business Advisory Services Group at
Rothstein Kass. He has over 25 years of experience in the securities industry,
particularly with issues relating to the legal/compliance and operational
infrastructure of alternative investment companies. Mr. Kaminsky works with investment
management clients, including hedge funds, private equity funds and brokerdealers,
to advise on regulatory/compliance issues and conduct independent
reviews of operations and optimize reporting processes. He also assists in the
development and maintenance of effective enterprise risk management systems
that facilitate compliance with existing and new regulatory guidelines.
Gary began his career in the financial services sector as senior counsel in the
Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Subsequently, Mr. Kaminsky was founder and CEO of GSK Consulting, LLC, where he
provided expertise in the establishment, maintenance and ongoing oversight of
fund management infrastructure and systems. He has also served as co-founder,
principal, COO, CCO and general counsel for two hedge fund management
companies, Rose Glen Capital Group, Inc. and Rock Hill Partners, LLC. Prior to
launching those funds, Mr. Kaminsky was Director of Compliance and Counsel for
Susquehanna Investment Group, after having served as a white collar defense
and regulatory attorney at Dechert, Price & Rhoads.
Mr. Kaminsky received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, and his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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Zachary Karabell, President, River Twice Research
Zachary Karabell is President of River Twice Research, an independent economic research and consulting company, and River Twice Capital Advisors, a money management firm. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Economist, and Head of Marketing at Fred Alger Management, a New York-based investment firm that manages approximately $15 billion in mutual funds and institutional accounts. He was also President of Fred Alger & Company, a broker-dealer; Portfolio Manager of the 5-star China-U.S. Growth Fund (CHUSX); and Executive Vice President of Alger’s Spectra Funds, a no-load family of mutual funds that managed the $30 million Spectra Green Fund. At Alger, he oversaw the creation, launch and marketing of several funds, led corporate strategy for strategic acquisitions, and represented the firm at public forums and in the media.
Educated at Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, where he received his Ph.D., Karabell has taught at several leading universities, including Harvard and Dartmouth, and has written widely on economics, investing, history and international relations. He is the author of eleven books, including The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election (which won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for best non-fiction book of the year in 2000); Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why The Worlds Prosperity Depends On It (Simon & Schuster, 2009); and most recently, Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in the 21st Century, co-authored with Aron Cramer, published by Rodale in October 2010. His next book, The Leading Indicators, will be published by Simon & Schuster in early 2014. He sits on the board of the New America Foundation, the Carnegie Council on Ethics and the World Policy Institute, and in 2003, the World Economic Forum designated him a "Global Leader for Tomorrow." He is a Senior Advisor for BSR, a membership organization that works with global corporations on issues of sustainability. He is also a regular commentator on CNBC and MSNBC, a columnist for Reuters and The Atlantic, Contributing Editor for The Daily Beast, and has written for such publications as The Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs.
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Dimitris Kavalekas, Senior Investment Professional, W Single Family Office
Mr. Dimitris Kavalekas is a Senior Investment Professional at a single family office that he joined in 2009 when the family office was formed. Prior to that, Dimitris was a Senior Investment Professional at Magnum Global Investments - a fund of hedge funds/single family office.
Mr. Kavalekas’ work focuses on traditional and alternative investments: long-only fixed income and equities, hedge funds, private equity, and real estate. His work also encompasses portfolio construction and management, quantitative research and analysis, and manager and investments selection across asset classes.
Mr. Kavalekas has also worked on sourcing, negotiating and executing secondary transactions, seeding hedge funds, constructing fund of hedge funds, and working with clients to meet their specific investment requirements and needs.
Mr. Kavalekas holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University, a Master’s of Science degree in Fluid Mechanics and an MBA from the University of Miami.
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Kevin Kelcourse, Assistant Director, Enforcement Division, U.S. Securities and Exchange Division
Kevin M. Kelcourse is an Assistant Director in the Asset Management Unit of the Enforcement Division at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission's Boston Regional Office. He investigates and litigates various matters involving violations or potential violations of federal securities laws. During his 13-plus years at the SEC, he has worked on a wide variety of matters, including hedge funds, mutual funds, investment advisers, insider trading, financial fraud, municipal securities, and mutual bank conversions.
Prior to joining the SEC, Kelcourse was a federal prosecutor with the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., where he prosecuted numerous tax and other types of fraud cases and worked on the DOJ's Campaign Finance Task Force. Prior to that, he spent five years working for O'Melveny & Myers as an associate in Washington, DC. Kelcourse is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University.
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Roman Khlupin, Chief Investment Officer, W Family Office
Mr. Roman Khlupin is Chief Investment Officer of a single family office that was established in 2009. Prior to joining the family office, Roman was Director at Rockefeller & Co. in New York where he was a member of the firm’s asset allocation committee and worked with high net worth families and private foundations. Roman’s work also focused on investments in private equity funds, real estate funds, hedge funds, and long only strategies, as well as quantitative modeling of asset classes. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Roman was Vice President with JPMorgan Private Bank where he advised clients on portfolio structuring, manager selection, derivatives, and estate planning strategies. Roman has a Bachelor of Science degree from Tomsk Polytechnic University in Siberia, an MBA from The Ohio State University, and a Masters in Space Studies from University of North Dakota.
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Jean-Claude Knebeler, Consul General, Consulate General of Luxembourg in New York
A career diplomat, Mr Knebeler took his position as Consul General and Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade & Investment Office of Luxembourg in New York City in September 2012.
From his base in New York, he aims not only to maintain the links with a large community of US investors in Luxembourg, but also to reach out to companies who have yet to discover one of the most business-friendly jurisdictions in Europe.
Prior to this posting, Mr Knebeler was seconded for 8 years to the Ministry of the Economy and Foreign Trade in Luxembourg where he acted as Director General for Trade & Investment Promotion and reported directly to the Minister.
Mr Knebeler served on the board of directors of a number of organizations, amongst which Cargolux International Airlines and Enovos International, a utility with a pan-European portfolio focussing on electricity and gas.
Working for over 10 years with emerging markets, Mr Knebeler has in depth knowledge of the politics and economics of Russia, China and the Arabian Gulf.
Mr Knebeler was educated at the London School of Economics & Political Science and the French senior civil service college, the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, gaining a BSc in Government & Law and a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration. In 2012, Mr Knebeler participated in the Senior Managers in Government programme at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government.
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Alan S. Kufeld, CPA, Rothstein Kass
Alan Kufeld is a principal based in Rothstein Kass’ New York office. As a member of
Rothstein Kass’ Family Office Group, Alan specializes in income and estate tax
planning, wealth preservation and Federal, state and local tax compliance including
audit defense, for high-net-worth individuals. He also has extensive experience in the
areas of retirement and education planning, including 529 plans and related education
Additionally, Alan assists wealthy families to minimize their overall tax burden by
recommending appropriate income and estate planning techniques that will preserve
capital for multiple generations. He focuses on the tax-efficient transfer of family
assets and businesses, and helps families promote their philanthropic objectives
through planned giving, charitable lead and remainder trusts, and family foundations.
Mr. Kufeld also advises entertainers as well as business owners and executives from a wide
range of industries, including financial services, garment, professional services,
entertainment and technology.
Mr. Kufeld is a frequent speaker and has lectured in front of tax professionals and
organizations such as the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and he has authored
numerous articles for professional publications.
Prior to joining Rothstein Kass, Mr. Kufeld was a managing director in the tax department at
RSM McGladrey in New York. Alan received a Bachelor of Science degree in
accounting from Brooklyn College and a Master of Science degree in taxation from
Pace University. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public
Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
(AICPA). Mr. Kufeld is a certified public accountant in New York.
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David T. Leibell, Partner, Wiggin & Dana LLP
Mr. Leibell is a partner in the Private Client Services Department and divides his time between the firm's Greenwich and New York offices. He focuses his practice on representing wealthy individuals and families, along with business succession and charitable planning. Mr. Leibell has given several hundred lectures and webinars to lawyer and nonlawyer audiences throughout the United States and has authored over one hundred articles on charitable, estate and tax planning. He has a monthly column on family businesses for Trusts and Estates Magazine, as well as on the web-based e-newsletter Wealth Watch. David has also written for Estate Planning Magazine, the Exempt Organization Tax Review, Registered Representative and Financial Advisor magazine. Mr. Leibell has been quoted in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Business Week, Investment News, and Bloomberg Wealth Manager and has appeared on CNBC's "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo." He received a B.A. from Trinity College, a J.D. from Fordham Law School and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University.
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Kurt Locher, CFO & Partner, One William Street Capital Management
Kurt Locher is chief operating office and chief financial officer of One William Street Capital Management, LP, responsible for the firm's non-investment business operations, including accounting, finance, tax, legal/compliance, and administration. He also serves as Chair of the firm's Risk and Valuation Committees and as a member of its Investment Committee. With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Mr. Locher was most recently a Managing Director within the Investment Management Division (IMD) at Lehman Brothers. He began his career at Prudential Securities, modeling and structuring mortgage and asset-backed securities and, prior to that, he worked at Raytheon. Mr. Locher received both an S.M. and S.B. from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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Lynn Marcrum, Senior Analyst, Aite Partners
Lyn Marcrum is a senior analyst with Aite Group, focusing on operational trends and technologies for the buy-side industry. Ms. Marcrum brings to Aite Group more than 25 years of experience working in securities market technology, capital markets operations, and consulting in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Prior to joining Aite Group, Ms. Marcrum was a managing director of Camino Consulting LLC, working with clients to implement market-driven and other strategic changes and advising technology companies on product development and client integration and implementation issues. She has helped firms to bridge the gap between business objectives, client needs, and technology solutions, and is proficient in addressing the development, implementation, and integration of data standards used in the securities industry. Before founding Camino Consulting, Ms. Marcrum held leadership roles with IBM Global Services, SWIFT, the International Securities Clearing Corporation, and SunTrust.
Ms. Marcrum holds an M.A. in International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a B.S. (cum laude) in Business and Spanish from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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William McEnroe, Managing Partner, Civatis
William McEnroe is the founder of Civatis, an outsource CFO platform with institutional infrastructure, targeting families with assets greater than $1 Billion. He is the founder of FTS, an international tax firm exclusively dedicated to the Alternative Investment Industry. FTS’s professional team is comprised of former Big Four CPAs,and JDs with extensive knowledge and experience in servicing Hedge Funds, Private Equity Funds, and Real Estate Funds. FTS has locations in New York, Fort Lauderdale, Greenwich, Bermuda and Cayman. Prior to founding FTS he was a founding Partner of WTAS, Head of the Alternative Investment Tax Group in New York and a member of the investment committee. He has over 25 years of experience in advising clients on business and diverse tax matters, including extensive knowledge of alternative investments, partnership taxation, offshore taxation, and multistate taxation. His clients include complex alternative investment funds both on-shore and off-shore, and some of the largest family offices in the United States. He is a member of MetCircle, the Explorers Club, and the Forbes 400 Advisory Council. William serves on the Board of Advisors to both The Family Office Association and Communities in Schools and is a founder of the Haitian Farmer’s Cooperative.
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Thomas McGlade , Portfolio Manager & Director, U.S. Office, Prologue Capital INC
Thomas McGlade is a Trader and Director of Prologue Capital’s U.S. business based in Greenwich, CT. Prologue Capital is an alternative investment firm that manages a discretionary fixed income strategy with an emphasis on inflation-linked investments. Founded in 2006 and with offices in London and Greenwich, CT, Prologue has approximately $2.1 billion in assets under management. Prior to Prologue, Mr. McGlade spent 15 years at RBS Greenwich Capital, most recently as a Managing Director and Head Trader for long duration U.S. Treasury bonds. During his tenure at RBS Greenwich Capital, he specialized in relative value and arbitrage opportunities in U.S. Treasuries, futures and derivatives.
Along with Graham Walsh and David Lofthouse, he was part of the team that established Greenwich Capital as a premier government bond trading house.
Mr. McGlade began his career in commercial real estate as a project manager with Newport National Corporation in San Diego. He holds a B.A. in economics from Duke University.
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James Meisner, Managing Director, Commonfund
James Meisner is Managing Director in the Commonfund Hedge Fund Strategies Group. He shares responsibility for research, manager identification, due diligence, and investment monitoring for hedge fund portfolios at Commonfund, a $24 billion investment manager for nonprofit institutions. Prior to joining Commonfund in 2004, he spent 12 years at RBS Greenwich Capital, where he was Managing Director and head of research for the Portfolio Strategies Group. Prior to that he was head of futures and options research at Yamaichi America and at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Meisner began his business career at the Chicago Board of Trade, where he was involved in the introduction of options on bond futures. Earlier, he was an Instructor in Statistics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He received an AB in mathematics and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago, and completed coursework and examinations for a PhD in econometrics at the Graduate School of Business. He has published numerous articles in academic and financial journals.
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Rachel Minard, Founder & CEO, Minard Capital
Rachel Minard is the Founder and CEO of Minard Capital LLC, a global institutional marketing intelligence and asset raising firm based in San Francisco and New York City. Before building Minard Capital, Rachel built and managed global institutional investment businesses for twenty years, including twelve years building fund of hedge fund firms, notably Cadogan Management and Corbin Capital Partners. Raising over $10 billion in the course of her career, Rachel started her marketing career in 1991 after her first company was hired to build the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Rachel holds a B.A. in journalism with honors from Northeastern University with notable distinction as a Wesley W. Marple Distinguished Lecturer by the university. She serves on several-high profile advisory boards, has won numerous industry awards for institutional marketing and is a member of the Investment Sub-Committee of the Westover School Endowment. She is also a frequent keynote at industry conferences including appearances on NPR, TEDsf and CNBC. Her first book, Speaking in Thumbs: The Handbook of Empathy is due next Fall 2013.
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Matthew Moniot, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Elanus Capital Management, LLC
Matthew Moniot is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Elanus Capital Management, LLC (“ECM”), an independent alternative asset manager focused on the global financial services industry. ECM has experienced 16.6% returns year to date and 17.5% since inception on December 11, 2011.
Throughout his career, Matthew has specialized in sovereign and financial credit and equity markets, serving professionally as an economist, portfolio manager, analyst, and trader. From 2006-2010, Matthew headed the international financials portfolio of Millennium Management in New York. As an early and vocal critic of European banking leverage and US mortgage malfeasance, Matthew significantly outperformed the market, generating strongly positive returns during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Prior to his time with Millennium, Matthew managed a global financials portfolio at Lehman Brothers, where he was instrumental in founding and building out their principal strategies group, Equity Capital Management, from 2004 to 2006.
From 2001-2004, Matthew worked with Leon Cooperman at Omega Advisors as a financial analyst. As the lead analyst, Matthew conducted significant diligence on investment and commercial banks and insurance companies globally.
From 1995-1999, Matthew was a sovereign and financials credit trader with the proprietary trading group of Brazilian Bank FonteCindam. During his tenure with FonteCindam in Rio and Sao Paolo, Matthew led a three person team trading derivative and cash markets linked to global sovereign and financial credits. Matthew managed these portfolios through the Asian crisis, Russian default and Brazilian devaluation. While in Brazil, Matthew spent considerable time advising the Brazilian Central Bank on a range of issues as they related to the Country’s foreign exchange policy.
Prior to his work in Brazil, Matthew worked with the United Nations’ World Health and Food and Agriculture Organizations in Rome as an economic analyst.
Matthew holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MA from The University of Texas at Austin. He has provided expert advice to the OECD’s Financial Roundtable on banking regulatory policy, advising global regulators and central bankers on financial policymaking implications.
Matthew was born in Washington DC and speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. He lives in New York City with his wife, Annie Wayte, a noted chef and author, and their two young children.
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Dan Niles, CIO, AlphaOne Capital Partners
Dan T. Niles is the Chief Investment Officer for Alpha One Capital Partners, an investment management firm serving institutional and high net-worth investors. In 2010, the AlphaOne Satori Fund, which he manages, was named a top 10 Equity Long/Short performer for 2010 as well as for the past three years by BarclayHedge. In 2006, the Satori Technology Fund, which he managed, was awarded the "Best Newcomer" award at the 2006 MARHedge US Performance Awards.
Mr. Niles was selected for Institutional Investor Magazine's "All-America Equity Research Team" from 1999-2003 in the semiconductor category and from 2000-2003 in the PC hardware/IT hardware categories. He has received five awards in the Wall Street Journal's "Best on the Street" survey, including awards for stock picking in the categories of computer peripherals, computer hardware & PCs, and semiconductors.
From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Niles was a Managing Director at Neuberger Berman, Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of Neuberger Berman Technology Management, which focused on long and short equity investments in the technology sector.
Before starting his Wall Street career, Mr. Niles was an engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation. Niles received a B.S. in Systems Engineering from Boston University and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
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Ricky B. Novak, Managing Partner, Strategic Group of Companies
Ricky B. Novak serves as a Managing Partner of the Strategic Group of Companies, an Atlanta based firm built on a platform of delivering tax efficiency through global business solutions and private equity capital. As part of his role with SGC, Mr. Novak serves as CEO of SGC affiliate Strategic 1031 Exchange Advisors (“SEA”). SEA is a boutique advisory firm and qualified intermediary that provides real estate and tax consulting services for clients structuring complex real estate transactions and asset dispositions. SEA’s global client base includes many of the most sophisticated commercial and residential real estate investors and developers. Mr. Novak specializes in the facilitation of tax-deferred like-kind exchanges under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, and has assisted clients in structuring reverse exchanges, construction exchanges, non-safe harbor exchanges, personal property exchanges, multi-asset business sales, and international exchanges. Further, Mr. Novak also serves as Co-Managing Partner of SGC affiliate Strategic Capital Partners ("SCP"), a boutique investment bank focused on "Green, Sustainable and Socially Responsible" tax strategies, often involving federal and state tax credits and benefits. Mr. Novak's expertise includes assisting clients in both the creation and syndication of conservation easement, historic preservation, renewable energy and entertainment tax benefits. Mr. Novak obtained his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received his Juris Doctorate from Emory University’s School of Law.
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Joe Peta, Managing Director, Novus Partners
Bio to come..
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Michael Poisson, Managing Director, Sales & Marketing, Investor Analytics
Michael Poisson is a Managing Director at Investor Analytics (IA), a Risk Transparency Service for asset managers and asset owners. Prior to joining IA, Poisson was Managing Director & Vice President of Sales at Cogency Software a provider of technology solutions to the hedge fund industry which specialized in accounting for Funds of Hedge Funds. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President & Managing Director at SunGard Treasury Systems (now Avantgard Treasury), a supplier of internet and intranet treasury and risk management solutions where he was responsible for sales, professional services and client services for North and South America. Poisson's additional responsibilities included setting and executing global business strategy and achieving financial objectives. Poisson is a graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he received a B.S. in Management and was a goalkeeper for the NCAA Division I Champion RPI Engineers hockey team. .
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Darsh Preet Singh, Co-Portfolio Manager, Satori Alpha
Darsh Singh is on the investment committee for Satori Alpha and serves as the Co-Portfolio Manager. Responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investment opportunities on behalf of Satori’s principals and partners, Mr. Singh develops macro-themed and volatility-based strategies centered around options trading. Prior to joining Satori, Mr. Singh spent three years managing the equity, fixed income and hedge fund investments for Paras Capital Management in San Antonio, Texas.
Before his foray into finance, Mr. Singh worked in US Intelligence for the National Security Agency. During that stint, he spent time in the top secret world of signals intelligence developing, testing and implementing tools for 'the offense.'
Mr. Singh is finishing his Master's degree in Financial Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. He received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Trinity University, where he also served as the captain of the basketball team and became the first-ever turbaned Sikh to play NCAA basketball.
Mr. Singh is actively involved in the community through volunteering and supporting local projects. He sits on the advisory board of the Multicultural Alliance and serves as the Investment Chair of the Sikh Spirit Foundation. Darsh lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Lakhpreet.
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Robin Rodriguez, Managing Member, Anglo-American Financial
Robin Rodriguez was a Founder and Chairman of the Board of Stonegate Bank, an FDIC-insured commercial bank. He was a Founder and Managing Member of Anglo-American Financial, LLC which has acted as an asset-based lender and, through subsidiaries, acted as an options broker on the London Stock Exchange and the London Metal Exchange, an SEC-registered Investment Advisor, and an NASD-registered and SIPC-insured broker-dealer. He is the Founder and Managing General Partner of Cordell Funding, LLLP, an asset-based lender which has been approved by the Central Bank of the Bahamas to act as a Lender in that country. He was Co-Founder and Managing Director of India Investment Advisors and the India Deep Value Fund, registered as a Foreign Institutional Investor with the Securities Exchange Board of India. Prior to that he was the Managing Partner of FSI Group which was a dealer in U.S. government securities, an Associate Member of the GNMA Dealer’s Association and, through its subsidiary, a CFTC- and NFA-registered commodities brokerage firm. Before that he set up the commodity department for Vilas & Hickey, a New York Stock Exchange firm, engaged in New York/Chicago silver arbitrage and interest arbitrage in the metal switches for Mocatta Metals Corporation, and was a currency trader for Manfra, Tordella & Brookes, a private bank. He has been a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, the International Monetary Market in Chicago, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the International Commodity Exchange (Bermuda), Ltd and the New York Futures Exchange.
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Eric Rosenfeld, CEO, Crescendo Partners
Mr. Rosenfeld has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crescendo Partners, L.P., a New York based investment firm, since its formation in November 1998. Prior to forming Crescendo Partners, he held the position of Managing Director at CIBC Oppenheimer and its predecessor company Oppenheimer & Co., Inc for fourteen years. He was chairman of the board of Spar Aerospace Limited from 1999 through 2001.
Mr. Rosenfeld is chairman of the board and chairman of the strategic planning committee of CPI Aerostructures Inc., a NYSE:Amex listed company engaged in the production of structural aircraft parts for the commercial and military sectors of the aircraft industry. He is also Chairman of the board and CEO of Trio Merger Corp, a SPAC (special purpose acquisition company) that went public in June of 2011. He is also a director of Primoris Services Corporation, a NASDAQ listed specialty construction firm that went public by merging with Rhapsody Acquisition Corporation. Rhapsody was a blank check company of which Mr. Rosenfeld was chairman, president and CEO. In addition, he is the lead director of Cott Corporation, a NYSE and Toronto Stock Exchange listed beverage company. He is also a director of Absolute Software, a TSX listed company.
Mr. Rosenfeld was a director of Hill International, a NYSE listed construction management firm that went public by merging with Arpeggio Acquisition Corporation. He was chairman, president and CEO of Arpeggio. He was chairman of the board of Computer Horizons Corp., an IT Services Company. He was a director of DALSA Corp, an electronics and imaging company that was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange until its acquisition by Teledyne Inc. He was a director of Matrikon Inc, a provider of industrial intelligence solutions and a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company until its acquisition by Honeywell Inc. Mr. Rosenfeld was a director of Emergis Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed electronic commerce company until its acquisition by Telus. He was a director of Sierra Systems Group Inc., a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed information technology, management consulting and systems integration firm until it was acquired in 2007. He served as a director of the Geac Computer Corporation Limited, a Toronto Stock Exchange and NASDAQ listed enterprise software company until it was sold in 2006. Mr. Rosenfeld served as a director and head of the special committee of Pivotal Corporation, a Vancouver based customer relations management software company until it was acquired. Until its sale in 2004 to Kronos Incorporated, he was also a director of AD OPT Technologies, Inc., a company based in Montreal that provides advanced workforce planning, scheduling and management solutions.
Mr. Rosenfeld is a regular guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and he is a founding faculty member at the Directors College. He has served on numerous panels at Queen’s University Business Law School Symposia, McGill Law School, the World Presidents’ Organization, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Conference and the Canadian Foundation for Investor Education. He has also been a regular guest host on CNBC. Mr. Rosenfeld received an MBA from Harvard University and an AB degree in economics from Brown University.
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Robert Sanborn , Partner & Portfolio Manager, Sanborn Kilkollin Partners
Robert Sanborn is Partner and Portfolio Manager at Sanborn Kilkollin Partners.
He has over 29 years experience in portfolio management and investment analysis and has been a strong and consistent proponent of value investing. Sanborn was the portfolio manager of The Oakmark Fund, the flagship mutual fund of Harris Associates, L.P., from Oakmark’s launch in August 1991 through March 2000. During this period, The Oakmark Fund’s assets grew from $100,000 to over $9 billion. In 1998, Lipper, Inc., ranked Oakmark in the top 10% of value mutual funds, and Barron’s named Mr. Sanborn the 1997 Fund Manager of the Year. Mr. Sanborn was a long-time member of Harris Associates’ Board of Directors and Stock Selection Committee. Before joining Harris in 1988, he was a security analyst and equity portfolio manager for the Ohio State Teachers Retirement System, from 1983 to 1988. Sanborn holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College (1980) and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago (1983).
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Thomas Sandell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Sandell Asset Management
Thomas Sandell founded Sandell Asset Management in January 1998 and is
the Chairman and CEO. He has been involved in the securities industry
since May, 1986. Mr. Sandell joined Bear Stearns & Co. in May, 1989, to establish the proprietary international risk arbitrage operation and to serve as a senior analyst in domestic risk arbitrage. He held the title of Senior Managing
Director and was second-in-command of the Risk Arbitrage department.
He previously worked as a securities analyst for Atlantic Finance in
Paris from May 1986 to May 1987 and subsequently was head of equity
research at Group Delphi in Paris. He received a B.S. in International
Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University (Sweden)
and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. Sandell is a founding Board Member and the current Chairman of The New Leader's Group of the Institute of International Education, the administrator of the US Government's Fulbright Program. He is also a Trustee of Friends of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids). He was born and
raised in Sweden and resides in New York City.
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Andrew Sandler, Director/Portfolio Manager, Sandler Capital Management
Andrew Sandler is the head of Sandler Capital Management and has served as the portfolio manager for its long/short equity strategy since 1997. Sandler Capital currently manages over $1.6 billion in its long/short equity strategy and has 32 employees. Mr. Sandler joined Sandler Capital in 1991 after beginning his career as a research analyst at Perry Capital, working alongside Paul Leff and Richard Perry. He grew up in the investment business and has studied the markets and analyzed stocks from an early age. He has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
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George Schultze, Managing Member & Founder, Schultze Asset Management
George Schultze is Managing Member and Founder of Schultze Asset Management, which invests in distressed securities. He chairs the firm’s Investment and Strategy Committees and, together with his team, makes the final decision on all investments for the portfolio. Mr. Schultze is the author of “The Art of Vulture Investing” published by Wiley Finance. Prior to founding SAM, he honed his activist distressed investing approach with MD Sass. Before that, he was employed with Fiduciary Partners fund of funds, the Mayer Brown & Platt law firm, and Merrill Lynch. He is a joint graduate of Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School, JD/MBA. He founded the Columbia Law School Investment Club and served as editor for the Columbia Business Law Review. He also authored several papers including: Negotiating the TWA Bankruptcy Restructuring, Tax Factors and ERISA Implications of Corporate Restructurings, and International Banking Law. While at Columbia, he placed 2nd in the 1995 business school annual stock-picking contest. He earned a BA from Rutgers College where he graduated with a joint major in Economics/Political Science and the Henry Rutgers Scholar distinction. While at Rutgers, he won The Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in Economics and placed 23rd nationwide (from over 14,000 participants) and first place at Rutgers in the 1991 AT&T Annual Stock Picking Contest.
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Don Seymour, Founder & Managing Director, DMS Offshore Investment Services
Don Seymour is the Founder of DMS Offshore Investment Services, the worldwide leader in providing specialized professional services to the offshore investment management industry. Serving all major offshore financial centers and currently representing leading investment funds with assets under management of approximately $265 billion, DMS provides trusted and comprehensive Investment Funds, Banking + Custody, Trust, Corporate and Outsourcing solutions, that support investment across a range of structures, and diverse investment strategies. Seymour was directly responsible for the creation of the Investment Services Division of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, where he is credited with the development and implementation of its market-friendly and responsive regulatory framework for regulating hedge funds that propelled the Cayman Islands to become the leading hedge fund jurisdiction in the world. After his tenure as Head of Investment Services, he served as a member of the board of directors of CIMA. He is a previous Director of Cayman Airways Limited and a former member of the Trade & Business Licensing Board of the Cayman Islands. He began his career in Audit and Business Advisory Services with Price Waterhouse. Seymour serves as the Vice-President of the Cayman Islands Directors Association and is a member of the Financial Services Council of the Cayman Islands Government, a cabinet-level appointment to provide strategic advice on the financial industry to the government of the Cayman Islands. A Notary Public, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Certified Public Accountant certificate from Illinois.
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Pratik Sharma, Managing Director, Atyant Capital
Mr. Pratik Sharma is the Managing Director of Atyant Capital, an India focused asset manager which sponsors private investment vehicles for Family Offices, Foundations, Endowments and High Net Worth Individuals. India is a dynamic economy which presents many opportunities and many challenges to international investors. Atyant Capital seeks to leverage its on the ground expertise combined with a bottoms up value investing investment philosophy to generate outperformance over a full business cycle. Prior to Atyant Capital, Mr. Sharma held various roles in the Management Consulting and Financial Services. Mr. Sharma graduated from Boston University’s College of Engineering with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.
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Irwin Speizer, Conference Manager, HedgeWorld
Irwin Speizer is conference manager for the HedgeWorld suite of conferences, responsible for creating the agenda and selecting speakers and panelists. Mr. Speizer is a professional journalist with experience covering hedge funds and the financial sector, including a stint as a staff writer at Absolute Return magazine.
Mr. Speizer has written for Alpha magazine, Institutional Investor, Fast Company, Business.com, On Wall Street, Crain’s Chicago Business, Workforce Management, the Los Angeles Times and the Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer. In addition to covering hedge funds and Wall Street, Mr. Speizer has written about the banking industry, energy, retail, real estate (both residential and commercial) and human resources.
Mr. Speizer holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
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David Tawil, Co-Founder & Portfolio Manager, Maglan Capital
David D. Tawil is a Co-founder of Maglan Capital and serves as Portfolio Manager. Maglan Capital is an event-driven investment manager, investing in all parts of a company’s capital structure during all parts of the distressed cycle. The fund is currently concentrating on post-reorganization equities and returned 41% in 2012, with concentrations in the equity of MGM Studios and FairPoint Communications.
Prior to founding Maglan Capital, David was an investment banker with Credit Suisse, where he served as Director of Leveraged Finance and co-managed the fixed-income alternative asset trading business, focusing on sourcing and trading illiquid high-yield and distressed debt. Before joining Credit Suisse, David was an attorney with Davis Polk & Wardwell, specializing in workouts and bankruptcies. He began his legal career as an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. David earned a BS degree in Business Management, graduating magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University, and he earned a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
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Jordan Thomas, Partner, Labaton Sucharow
Jordan Thomas joined Labaton Sucharow in 2011 to lead the nation's first
practice exclusively focused on protecting and advocating for whistleblowers
who wish to report violations of the federal securities laws. A nationally
sought after writer, speaker and media commentator on securities
enforcement, corporate ethics and whistleblower issues, Jordan entered the
private sector following a successful career in federal law enforcement. At
the SEC, where he played a leadership role in the development of the
agency's whistleblower program, Jordan served as an Assistant Director and,
previously, as an Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the Division of
Enforcement. Throughout his tenure at the SEC, Jordan was assigned to many
of its highest-profile matters such as those involving Enron, Fannie Mae,
UBS and Citigroup. He successfully investigated, litigated and supervised a
wide variety of enforcement matters; cases that resulted in monetary relief
for harmed investors in excess of $35 billion.
Prior to joining the Commission, Jordan was a Trial Attorney at the
Department of Justice. He began his legal career as a Navy Judge Advocate on
active duty and continues to serve as a senior officer in its Reserve Law
A decorated military officer and recipient of numerous awards during his
many years at the SEC, Jordan was recently named a Legal Rebel by the
American Bar Association Journal. In addition, Ethisphere Institute, an
internationally recognized think tank, selected Jordan as a Rising Star in
its listing of 2012 Attorneys Who Matter.
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Inna White, Founder & CIO, Althea Group
Inna R. White is the founder and chief investment officer of Althea Group, a fund of hedge funds dedicated to fixed income strategies. Althea invests in mid-size hedge fund managers within corporate and sovereign credit, fixed income arbitrage and global macro strategies (mainly non-equity based). Prior to founding Althea Group, Ms. White was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers in the Alternative Portfolio Solutions (“APS”) Group focusing on structured hedge funds and fund of funds linked products. She started and built the APS Group for Lehman Brothers North America. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Ms. White spent 9 years at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust in a variety of structured derivatives roles. She is a member of the CFA Institute, NYSSA, the NASP-NY Legislative Committee, the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Philanthropy Committee, and the Board of Directors of Wingspan Arts. Ms. White received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from the Stern School of Business.
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Mark Whitsitt, Vice President, Portfolio Manager/Hedge Fund Investments, Hartford Investment Management Co.
Mark Whitsitt is a Vice President and Portfolio Manager in the Hedge
Fund Group at Hartford Investment Management Company, where he is
responsible for hedge fund investments on behalf of affiliate insurance
accounts and The Hartford's defined benefit plan. He earned his BA in
Accounting from Gordon College. He is a CFA charterholder and member of
the Hartford CFA Society.
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Michael Wilkerson, Founder & Managing Partner, Ancêtre Group
Michael Wilkerson is Founder and Managing Partner of Ancêtre Group, a merchant-banking firm focused on private equity investment and financial advisory services. Ancêtre Group invests as principal and on behalf of third-parties, and provides advice to shareholders, management teams and boards on a variety of financial and strategic matters including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, capital policy and valuation. Principal investing activities are currently focused on emerging markets, including a sub-Saharan African buyout fund.
Previously, Mr. Wilkerson served as Co-Head of the Global Consumer, Food & Retail Group and as Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Group at Lazard Frères & Co., one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms. Mr. Wilkerson was also Managing Director in the Financial Institutions M&A Group at Citigroup.
Mr. Wilkerson has advised on some of the largest and most defining transactions in history, including InBev’s unsolicited $62bn cross-border acquisition of Anheuser-Busch, the largest-ever all-cash transaction and acquisition debt financing, the U.S. Treasury led restructuring of Fannie Mae ($800bn balance sheet), and the successful defense of NYSE Euronext against the hostile $11.3bn joint bid from NASDAQ OMX and Intercontinental Exchange.
Mr. Wilkerson was named as one of the "40 under 40" in investment banking and private equity by Dealmaker magazine. Mr. Wilkerson serves as Chairman of the Board of charity: water (charitywater.org), which has funded over 8,000 water projects in 20 countries globally to help over 3.2 million people get access to clean drinking water. Mr. Wilkerson previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Geneva School of Manhattan, and was a Corporate Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Wilkerson holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a M.A. from Yale University and a B.S. summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University.
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Robert Wolf, Founder & CEO, 32 Advisors
Robert Wolf is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 32
Advisors, LLC, a consulting and advisory firm and host of weekly
webcast "Impact Players" on the Reuters Channel on YouTube
TV. Prior to forming 32 Advisors Mr. Wolf spent 18 years at UBS,
a global financial services firm. There he held several senior
positions including Global Head of Fixed Income, Group Regional
CEO and Chairman, and President and Chief Operating Officer
of the Investment Bank. He joined UBS in 1994 after spending
approximately 10 years at Salomon Brothers in Fixed Income
Sales and Trading.
In addition to his role at 32 Advisors, Mr. Wolf is a member of
President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. From
2009-2011 he was a member of the President's Economic
Recovery Advisory Board chaired by former Federal Reserve
Chair Paul Volcker. He serves on the Undergraduate Executive
Board of the Wharton School and on the Athletics Board of
Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wolf also serves
on the boards of a number of non-profit institutions including the
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Social Justice & Human Rights,
the Partnership for NYC, the Children's Aid Society and the
Leadership Council for the Multiple Myeloma Research
Foundation. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations and the Committee Encouraging Corporate
Mr. Wolf graduated from the Wharton School at the University of
Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics in 1984. He is married
with 2 children and currently resides in Purchase, New York.
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William Woolverton, Senior Managing Director & General Counsel, Gottex Fund Management
William H. Woolverton is Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and a member of the Executive Committee of the Gottex Fund Management Group. He has extensive experience as a senior legal, regulatory and compliance executive in the investment management industry. Prior to joining Gottex, Woolverton was a member of the Financial Services Group of Dechert LLP. From 1988 until 2004, he was Managing Director and General Counsel of Putnam Investments, where he was a member of the Partners and Executive Committees. Prior to joining Putnam, Woolverton was Senior Counsel of Alliance Capital Management Corporation and an attorney at Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells. Mr. Woolverton is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended King’s College, Cambridge University, as a Keasbey Scholar, where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees. Mr. Woolverton earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School. Earlier in his career, Mr. Woolverton was a staff member of the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate.
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Carl Youngman, Chairman, Youngman & Charm
Carl M. Youngman is respected as one of the deans of corporate renewal in America. For over thirty years he has been helping public and private companies, their managements, investors in companies and lenders to companies resolve toperational and financial problems. He has been involved with over 250 companies and has been chairman, CEO, president or director to over 50. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP).
Mr. Youngman has represented private and public investors, financial institutions, boards of directors, owners, trustees, creditor committees, lawyers, and family advisors. He has been a partner in a $600 million private equity fund. He frequently finds himself in the “due diligence” process assessing new acquisitions, providing forensic services and advising investment banking and venture capital firms on the acquisition, operation and divestiture of existing portfolio companies. He has been a Chapter 11 trustee.
Some of the brand names he has helped guide include: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Vie de France Corporation, Claire’s Stores, Au Bon Pain, Inc., Food Research Corporation, Red River Barbeque and Grill, Boston Chicken (now Boston Market), Tony Maroni’s, Champions Sports, Inc., Jreck Subs Group, Inc., Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Cuisine Solutions, Inc., Hub Mail, The Sun-Times Company, Bonner-Vawter Printing Company, The Concord Group, Mercury Media Holdings, LLC, and Bertram Yachts.
Mr. Youngman has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a YPOer, a WPOer, and has been a resource leader at past YPO universities. He currently serves as the Chapter Chairman of the New England Chapter and has received national and international awards for his service. He is a member of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Worldwide, and Cambridge Who’sWho.
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Daniel Zwirn, Managing Member, Zwirn Family Interests
Daniel Zwirn is Managing Member of Zwirn Family Interests, LLC and Arena Investors, LLC and is an owner or board member of several financial institutions including: (i) Big Rock Partners, a real estate developer, (ii) Global Analytics, a consumer finance and analytics provider, (iii) Colford Capital, a commercial finance company, (iv) White, Weld & Co. Holdings, LLC, an investment advisor, and (v) ZFI Endowment Partners, an alternative investment fund manager.
From 2001 through mid-2009, he founded and managed the business of D.B. Zwirn & Co. (“DBZ”), of which he was Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. During its ongoing operations, DBZ managed up to $6 billion of equity capital and approximately $12 billion of assets. The firm, directly or indirectly, employed over 1,000 people across 15 core offices and over 75 specialty finance-oriented exclusive joint ventures throughout North America, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America while earning more than $2.7 billion for its partners and investors.
Through December 2003, Mr. Zwirn also served as Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Special Opportunities Group of Highbridge Capital Management. Prior to that, Mr. Zwirn served as Founder/Portfolio Manager of the Special Opportunities Group of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment firm of Michael Dell. From 1997 through early 2000, Mr. Zwirn was employed at Davidson Kempner Partners, where he initiated that firm’s focus on direct debt investments as well as international merger arbitrage, for which he was given a mandate to open the firm’s London office. Prior to attending business school, Mr. Zwirn served as an analyst in the Media and Communications Investment Banking and Private Equity departments at Lazard Frères & Co. and Madison Dearborn Partners, respectively.
Mr. Zwirn received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School in 1998, a B.S. in Economics with a triple concentration in Accounting, Finance and Corporate Control (self-designed), cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1993, and a B.A.S in Computer Science, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering in 1993.
Mr. Zwirn is or has been a member of The Council on Foreign Relations (Term) and The Young Presidents Organization. He serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the Brookings Institution, the Advisory Council of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, the Leadership Council of the Robin Hood Foundation, the Board of Trustees of New York's Public Theater (Treasurer), the Barnard College Real Estate Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
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Egon von Greyerz, Founder & Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management, AG (MAM) & GoldSwitzerland based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Egon von Greyerz (EvG) – Founder and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management AG (MAM) and GoldSwitzerland based in Zurich, Switzerland.
EvG forecasted the current present problems in the world economy well over 10 years ago. In 2002 when gold was $300 per ounce, MAM recommended to its investors to put 50% of their investment assets into physical gold stored outside the banking system.
Egon von Greyerz started his working life in Geneva as a banker and thereafter spent 17 years as Finance Director and Executive Vice-Chairman of a FTSE 100 company in the UK, Dixons Group Plc.
Since the 1990s EvG has been actively involved with financial investment activities including Mergers and Acquisitions and Asset allocation consultancy for private family funds. This led to the creation of Matterhorn Asset Management in 1998, an asset management company based on wealth preservation principles. The GoldSwitzerland Division was created to facilitate the buying and storage of physical gold and silver for private investors, companies, trusts and pension funds.
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