Alternative Asset Summit 2014

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JoannArweilerBDO USA LLPJoann Arweiler is a Senior Manager in the New York office of BDO Consulting. Ms. Arweiler currenlty co-leads the Investigative Due Diligence Practice. She serves clients that include funds of hedge funds, pensions, endowments, hedge funds, family offices and investment banks by identifying risks and exposing disclosure issues, pertinent details and anomalies developed during the course of an investigation. In addition, Ms. Arweiler has experience with identifying potential conflicts of interest and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure issues. In litigation matters, Ms. Arweiler assists clients by tracing assets and identifying key persons of interest on a domestic and international basis. Ms. Arweiler is experienced in conducting interviews of witnesses and pertinent subjects related to an investigation. Summit Speaker
IanAsvakovithPiedmont Fund ServicesIan Asvakovith is the Co-Founder and CEO of Piedmont Fund Services, Inc., a full service administrator for hedge funds and private equity headquartered in Washington DC Metro area with offices in New York and Asia Pacific. At Piedmont, Ian advises his clients from pre-launch to various stages of their business lifecycle. He is also responsible for the strategic direction and management of the firm. Ian is a frequent speaker at hedge fund industry conferences and investor roundtables. Prior to founding Piedmont, Ian was with the global asset management practice at Ernst & Young, in New York, where he oversaw the audits of hedge funds, private equity funds, fund of funds, broker-dealers, and mutual funds clients with AUM ranging from $100 million to $200 billion. In addition, Ian had served on various consulting projects including internal control reviews, forensic accounting, and internal audit outsourcing. Ian holds a B.A. in Business Economics with Accounting Emphasis from University of California Santa Barbara. He is a licensed certified public accountant and also a member of the CFA Society of Washington DC. In addition, Ian is a trustee member of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers and is actively involved with various charitable organizations in the Washington DC Metro area. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
NathanielBakerBloomberg LPNathaniel Baker is the editor of Bloomberg's Hedge Funds Brief newsletter. He's a regular speaker at Bloomberg Link conferences and appears on Bloomberg Radio and Television.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
JonBrackmannAxxcess Wealth ManagementSummit Speaker
JosephBrownFennemore Craig Jones VargasMr. Brown practices in the areas of government affairs, administrative law and business law. He is a former appointee of President Ronald Reagan to the State Justice Institute and the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States (1981-88) and has served as an officer or director of many businesses, civic and charitable organizations including the Nature Conservancy, the Department of Wildlife, the Nevada Development Authority, the Nevada Athletic Commission and Wells Fargo Bank. Presently, he serves as a commissioner for the Nevada Gaming Commission and Vice Chair of the Nevada Military Support Alliance. Mr. Brown is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell. He is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of government relations law and was also recognized in Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top business and corporate lawyers in the five-state mountain region, as well as being named to the 2011 Super Lawyers Business Edition and the 2012 Best Lawyers in America list. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
MauryCartineMarcum LLPMaury Cartine is the Partner-In-Charge of the Firm's National Alternative Investment Industry Group Tax department and a member of its International Tax Services Practice group. He specializes in consulting hedge fund and investment advisors with complex tax and regulatory matters. Mr. Cartine advises clients beginning with the start-up phase and continuing throughout the life of a fund.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
CarlChenTemple HonorCarl J. Chen is a Co-Founder and Managing Member of Temple Honor, LLC based in Taipei, Taiwan. Since 2007, Mr. Chen has co-managed the Temple Honor Asia Fund L.P. with a value oriented strategy focusing primarily on publicly listed equities in Asia. Mr. Chen also advises pre-IPO technology companies and resource based investors and producers with his global macro outlook. Previously, Mr. Chen was a manager at Asian Capital Partners, a Hong Kong based independent investment bank operating in Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Chen received his Bachelors of Science, Marshall School of Business - Finance degree from University of Southern California (1992). He received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School (1995) and his Masters of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management (2004). He is also licensed to practice law in Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and Washington DC.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
EliCohenCatenary Alternatives Asset Management, LLCMr. Cohen is Chief Investment Officer of Catenary Alternatives Asset Management. Prior to founding Catenary, Mr. Cohen worked at Strategic Investment Group, an outsourced investment office for pension funds, foundations and endowments with over $30 billion in assets under management. Mr. Cohen was a senior member of the Alternatives Investment Team. Mr. Cohen had responsibility for manager identification, due diligence, performance analytics and portfolio construction for a $4 billion dollar portfolio of hedge funds. In addition, he established a portfolio of opportunistic investments. Before joining Strategic Investment Group, Mr. Cohen worked in Structured Credit at Lehman Brothers where he covered hedge funds and proprietary trading desks Mr. Cohen received a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, the School’s highest academic distinction. Mr. Cohen received an AB from Harvard College, magna cum laude in Economics. Summit Speaker
EliCohenGenTrust Wealth Management, LLCMr. Cohen is responsible for the selection, oversight, management and development of alternative investment strategies including hedge fund, private equity, opportunistic and other non-traditional strategies. Prior to joining GenTrust, Mr. Cohen worked at Strategic Investment Group, an outsourced investment office for pension funds, foundations, and endowments with over $30 billion in assets under management. At Strategic, Mr. Cohen was a senior member of the alternatives investment team overseeing investments in hedge funds, private equity and real estate. Mr. Cohen was responsible for manager identification, due diligence, performance analytics and portfolio construction for a $4 billion dollar portfolio of hedge funds. In addition, he created and managed a portfolio of opportunistic investments that fell outside of established asset classes. Before joining Strategic Investment Group, Mr. Cohen worked in Structured Credit at Lehman Brothers where he covered hedge funds and proprietary trading desks. Mr. Cohen received a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, the school’s highest academic distinction. Mr. Cohen received an AB from Harvard College, magna cum laude in Economics. Mr. Cohen is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.Summit Speaker
BobColemanProfits Plus Capital Management / Gold Silver VaultBob Coleman has been in the investment and portfolio management business for over 21 years. He owns one of the largest private precious metals vaults in the USA. He has become a renown expert in the ownership, transportation, and storage of precious metals. He manages one of the most unique hedge funds that is able to protect investors from various concerns including counterparty and systemic risks. He provides storage in the USA and Singapore.Privacy is another one very important reason why high net worth investors store at our facility. Unlike every other fund or program in the world, I have identified and found solutions for nearly every risk associated with owning precious metals. These risks includes systemic, accessibility, flexibility, counterparty, authenticity, conflict of interests, etc.We store for many retail metals dealers , investment advisors, and other centers of influence that store for their clients.We are one of the largest private facilities in the country. We are fully insured by Lloyd's of London.We invest in good delivery forms of gold and silver bars and coins with all assets stored outside the financial system.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
SamuelDiedrichPAAMCOSam Diedrich, CFA, CQF is Director and Sector Specialist for the Fixed Income Relative Value strategy at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO). He is responsible manager selection and portfolio construction within fixed income relative value, macro, and mortgage strategies. In addition, he also serves as the main point of contact for certain institutional investor relationships. He is a regular Forbes contributor, and frequently authors market research articles for industry publications. Prior to joining PAAMCO, Sam worked as an electrical engineer for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD). Sam received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, his MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and his BS in Electrical Engineering (Distinction) from the University of Washington. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
GregoryDiMeglioStradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLPGreg DiMeglio is a Partner and the Chair of the Securities Enforcement practice in Stradley Ronon's Washington, DC office. Mr. DiMeglio represents and counsels companies and individuals in connection with examinations, investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC, FINRA, the Department of Justice and other federal and state regulators and industry self-regulatory organizations. He also conducts internal investigations designed to assist clients in preventing or limiting the scope of potential enforcement action. Prior to joining Stradley Ronon, Mr. DiMeglio was a senior counsel in the SEC's Division of Enforcement. During nearly eight years with the SEC, Mr. DiMeglio was responsible for a number of significant investigations and enforcement actions and received a Division of Enforcement Director's Award. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
ScottDraperAlgert GlobalScott Draper is responsible for the management of the firm's sales, marketing, consultant and client service relationships as well as the strategic direction of the firms business development activities. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Scott spent over 10 years at Nuveen Investments, where he held senior sales and management roles including head of Institutional Distribution. Before Nuveen, Scott was with JPMorgan Asset Management, where he served as Senior Client Advisor marketing institutional strategies to large corporate and public funds, endowments, and foundations. In addition, Scott has held a variety of senior sales roles at BNY Mellon and Bank of America. Scott holds a B.A. degree from UCSB in Business Economics and Psychology.Summit Speaker
DaveDuebendorferArtemis Wealth AdvisorsDave Duebendorfer is President and Chief Operating Officer of Artemis Wealth Advisors, an independent Registered Investment Advisor providing wealth advisory services to a select group of high net worth families and foundations. Artemis currently manages nearly $900 million and ranks in the top one percent of all Investment Advisors in terms of average assets per client. The CIO of Artemis has been the in-house advisor to the world-renowned economist, Dr. Henry Kaufman, since 1997. Mr. Duebendorfer holds a BA degree with high honors in International Management from UCLA, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
DanielForbesDillon EustaceDaniel Forbes is a practicing Irish attorney, currently based in the U.S. Representative Office of Dillon Eustace in New York. Daniel's practice focuses on providing advice to U.S. Investment Managers on the structuring of Investment Funds in Ireland for distribution throughout Europe. Daniel provides advice in respect of both AIFMD and UCITS compliant vehicles. Daniel regularly speaks at seminars and conferences in New York on the topic of AIFMD. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
MichaelFoxPark City CapitalMichael J. Fox founded Park City Capital in 2008. Prior to founding Park City Capital, Mr. Fox spent eight years in equity research at J.P.Morgan in New York, most recently as Vice President and Senior Business Services Analyst. As J.P.Morgan’s Senior Business Services Analyst, Mr. Fox headed the firm’s Business Services equity research group from 2005 to 2008. From 2000 to 2005 Mr. Fox was a member of J.P.Morgan’s Leisure equity research group, which was consistently recognized by Institutional Investor’s All America Research Team. Mr. Fox received a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University in 1999. While at TCU, he was selected as an analyst on the William C. Connor Educational Investment Fund, an entirely student-managed endowment fund. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
Bertrand FryPryor Cashman LLPBert Fry co-chairs Pryor Cashman’s Investment Management Group. Bert's practice builds on more than two decades of in-house and law firm experience in general corporate law, complex transactions and alternative investment vehicles. Over the course of his career, Bert has launched and advised on a broad array of U.S. and non-U.S. investment products. His clients manage vehicles engaged in many strategies, including macro, distressed, private equity, venture capital real estate, debt origination, reinsurance and quantitative trading of securities and futures.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
RonGeffnerSadis & Goldberg LLPRon S. Geffner is a Partner and Head of the Financial Services Group of Sadis & Goldberg LLP. He regularly structures, organizes and counsels private investment vehicles, investment advisory organizations, broker-dealers, commodity pool operators and other investment fiduciaries. Mr. Geffner also routinely counsels clients in connection with regulatory investigations and actions. His broad background with federal and state securities laws and the rules, regulations and customary practices of the SEC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Commodities Futures Trading Commission and various other regulatory bodies enables him to provide strategic guidance to a diverse clientele. He provides legal services to hundreds of hedge funds and venture capital fund organized in the United States and offshore. Ron is also the Vice President of the Hedge Fund Association, an International not for profit industry trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization devoted to advancing transparency, development and trust in alternative investments. He is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Rutgers University. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
AdamGeigerNew Legacy Group, LLCAdam Geiger is President and Chief Investment Officer of the New Legacy Group, a multi-disciplinary Registered Investment Advisor. The Group includes a hedge fund allocation business, an advisory firm serving families of significant net worth, and a private investment business which includes holdings in the technology, media, children's products, real estate and asset-based lending sectors. Prior to co-founding New Legacy with Joseph Weilgus, Mr. Geiger was Chief Investment Officer of Ivy Asset Management, a leading provider of hedge fund allocation and advisory products and services. Prior to Ivy, Mr. Geiger spent seven years in a senior position on the trading desk at Twenty-First Securities Corp. in New York. Mr. Geiger began his career in December 1982 at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Geiger holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, from the State University of New York at Albany and has been a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the CFA Institute and New York Society of Securities Analysts since 1994. He also serves as a Founding Member of the Board of Trustees of the Middlebridge School of Narragansett, RI.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
SeanGilliganAshland PartnersSean is a Senior Manager at Ashland Partners & Company LLP. Sean joined Ashland Partners in 2008 and has been focused on verifying investment advisors’ claim of GIPS® compliance as well as other performance attestation engagements, SAS 70 audits (now SSAE no. 16), and Surprise Custody Exams. Prior to joining Ashland Partners, Sean had 8 years of experience in the investment management industry. Currently, Sean is located in Denver and his client base includes firms in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America, which has given him the opportunity to work with a diverse set of investment managers. Sean is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and has earned a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) from the CFA Institute. He is a member of the China CFA Society, Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts, Colorado CFA Society, AICPA, OSCPA, and CIPM Association. Sean also volunteers as a member of the HKSFA GIPS committee, and is a member of the CIPM Online Sample Exam Team, which helps create candidate products for CIPM Candidates.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
AriGlassBoothbay Management / Ignition PartnersAri Glass is the founding partner and managing member of Boothbay Fund Management. Boothbay was founded in early 2012 to manage the Boothbay Multi Strategy Fund, a cross between a multi-manager, multi strategy fund and a managed account platform. It allocates capital to both exclusive, in-house portfolio managers, as well as to non - exclusive managers via managed account. In July 2013, Mr. Glass and Boothbay Management took over investment management of Ignition Opportunity Fund, LP, a joint venture between Boothbay and Freestone Capital Management. This fund is a risk-based managed account platform. Mr. Glass is primarily responsible for manager sourcing, diligence and evaluation as well as manager/prime brokerage relationships. Both platforms allocate significantly to the emerging manager space and are often seen as an alternative to seeding opportunities for emerging managers. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
SidneyHardeeHardee BrothersWith over twenty years in the financial industry, Sidney Hardee is the Managing Partner of Hardee Brothers, LLC . He has a broad base of experience in the areas of fixed income sales and trading, derivatives research, quantitative analysis, and portfolio management. Mr. Hardee is a former Trading Manager at the Bank of NT Butterfield in Bermuda where he led their fixed Income and derivatives trading initiatives. He began his career as a Market Analyst at Salomon Brothers focused on European Bond Markets. Later he joined Lehman Brothers in both New York and London as a Bond Trader. He was also a Vice President in both the Credit Markets Trading and Global Rates Strategy groups at JPMorgan. Mr. Hardee holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University and holds a M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), member of the Alternative Investments committee of the New York Society of Securities Analysts (NYSSA) and a member of the United States Investment Performance Committee (USIPC) for the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS). He is also a member of the Board of Advisory for the Master of Science Program in Financial Risk Management at the University of Connecticut School of Business. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
TimHarringtonBattleFinTim Harrington is a co-founder of BattleFin with over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently Tim was the President and a Partner of Lion’s Path Capital, a hedge fund strategy incubator. He sat on the Lion’s Path Investment Committee and identified and onboarded 30 fundamental portfolio managers since launch in 2009. From January 2006 until 2009, Mr. Harrington was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan Ventures where he was in charge of Global Technology, Media & Telecom Investments and served as a Portfolio Manager. From February 2002 until January 2006 he was a Telecom & Media Portfolio Manager at Sigma Capital and managed a team of four investment professionals. Mr. Harrington graduated from Columbia College in 1998. He was a member of the Columbia University Judiciary Board as well as a member of the varsity crew team.Summit Speaker
BreanneHenkelmanPAAMCOBreanne is an Associate Director working in Portfolio and Account Management. She serves as the Portfolio Manager and main point of contact for certain institutional investor relationships. Breanne is also responsible for directing the monthly funding process for all client portfolios, including assembling model portfolios, monitoring strategy weights, and managing cash levels. Throughout her career at PAAMCO, Breanne has conducted research, due diligence and risk monitoring for managers across all PAAMCO strategies with an emphasis on long-short equity and credit strategies. Prior to joining PAAMCO, Breanne worked at Morgan Stanley in London where she managed risk on a portfolio of commercial mortgage debt and securities. Breanne began her career at Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance, where she focused on commercial loan origination, underwriting, and securitization. Breanne received her Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) from Northwestern University School of Law, her MBA (With Distinction) from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and her BS (Cum Laude) in Business Administration (concentration in Finance) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is admitted to the Bar in California. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
EricHohSEBEric Hoh is Head of Alternative Investments in SEB Merchant Banking. Eric has built the business from 2003 until date and developed several new key functions across SEB. Eric has studied Mathematics at Uppsala University, Sweden (1986) and holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering and Investment and Financing Theory from Linköping Institute of Technology (1987-1991), Sweden. In 1991 Eric started his career at the OM Options Exchange (today OMX NASDAQ) as a derivatives specialist. He has attended Executive Management Courses at Wharton, Harvard and Kellog. Recent Previous positions at SEB: Head of Alternative Investments, Head of Fixed Income. Head of Quantitative Analysis and Trading, Head of E-commerce, Head of Futures and Derivative Sales. Eric joined SEB in 1994. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
Thanh-LongHuynhQuantCubeQuantCube manages a portfolio of systematic low-correlated strategies on equity markets as well as on futures markets including 1) Intraday Equity L/S and 2) Big Data CTA QuantCube has been distinguished for its positive performances since its inception in January 2012. QuantCube has been incubated by “Finance-Innovation” competitive cluster in Paris and seeded by proprietary trading groups in Chicago as well as financial institutions. QuantCube ranks among the most disruptive company in France for its real-time Big Data analytics applied to Finance and SAP award-winner in May 2013. CTAIntelligence and in HFMWeek publish an article on our innovative R&D related to Big Data analytics on June 5, 2014. About my background, I started my carreer 16 years ago as statistical trader for top-tier prop trading desks and hedge funds and specialized nowadays in multi-asset quant strategies. I actually develop the next generation of quant strategies with a team of 7 people, 4 people only dedicated to Big Data strategies and 3 people dedicated to 'traditional' investment strategies'. I graduated with MS in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago as a Fulbright scholar, MS in Statistics from the National School of Statistics in France, MS in Wealth Management. I also teach “Risk Management” at Master level at Sorbonne University. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
KerryJordanRMB Capital ManagementKerry Jordan, CFA is the Director of Business Development at RMB Capital Management where she manages marketing and capital raising for its Iron Road Partners division. Prior to this, Ms. Jordan served as Head of Marketing and Chief Compliance Officer for Chicago Capital Management L.P., an absolute return, merger arbitrage strategy hedge fund. In this capacity Ms. Jordan managed the fund’s capital raising, investor relations, and compliance programs. Prior to joining CCM, Ms. Jordan was a managing director at Phalanx Capital Management, LLC, an Asian-focused, multi-strategy hedge fund where she ran the fund’s global business development and capital raising efforts. Previously, Ms. Jordan was a director in the Global Derivatives Products group at Bank of America where she focused on the structuring and sale of interest rate, commodity, and equity derivatives for the bank’s Fortune 500 clients. Ms. Jordan holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master of science in finance degree from the George Washington University. Ms. Jordan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Ms. Jordan, an active member of the CFA Society Chicago and the CFA Institute, currently serves as CFA Chicago’s Vice Chair and Board of Directors member. Ms. Jordan also is a member of the Board of Trustees for Econ Illinois, the state of Illinois’ Council for Economic Education and the sponsor of The Stock Market Game. Ms. Jordan recently was named a 2014 Fellow for the International Women’s Forum’s On the Board: Advancing Women's Corporate Leadership program. Ms. Jordan lives in Riverside, Illinois with her four children. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
JeffreyKarpSummit Private Investments, Inc.Jeff began his career with The Boston Company and was also a research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Company. Jeff joined SPI in 1994 to focus on manager research and developing the firm’s fund-of-fund partnerships. Jeff serves as the co-portfolio manager. He also presides over other key areas including manager research and due diligence and client service, and business development. Jeff received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Jeff is a Chartered Financial Analyst.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
Brad Lamensdorf Ranger Equity Bear Fund Brad Lamensdorf, a seasoned money manager and market strategist, is the CIO of The Lamensdorf Market Timing Report, a newsletter designed to help investors improve performance via market timing by assessing the environment of the stock market using a variety of technical, fundamental and sentiment-oriented tools from powerful independent research firms. Many investors mechanically enter and depart the market without a true “game plan.” Studies have shown that retail investors, in particular, are very poor market timers, tending to invest at or near market peaks and sell at or near market lows. The newsletter is designed to provide risk parameters for both professional and retail investors around the short-term stock market environment, giving subscribers better insight about when to allocate assets into or out of the equity markets. Lamensdorf, Portfolio Manager and Principal of Ranger Alternative Management LP, a sub-advisor to the Advisor Shares Ranger Equity Bear Exchange Traded Fund (NYSE: HDGE). In this role, Lamensdorf, also has managed investment portfolios for the Hughes family and was principal of Tarpon Partners, managing a long/short fund. Earlier in his career, an equity trader/market strategist for the Bass brothers’ trading arm,ThumbnailSummit Speaker
JonathanLiggettJL Squared GroupJonathan Liggett is a Managing Member of JL Squared Group, LLC. Mr. Liggett’s primary responsibility is to manage the portfolio of underlying funds and other assets managed by JL Squared Group. He joined the company in 2011. Mr. Liggett was formerly a portfolio manager for the Pharo Management, a macro hedge fund with a focus on emerging markets. In that role, he constructed portfolios and traded currencies, interest rates, sovereign and quasi sovereign credit, equities and commodities in many emerging and developed markets. He traveled extensively to do research and developed relationships with central banks and finance ministers in many of the countries on which he focused. Prior to Pharo, he was an investment banker at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. in the Global Industries Group. Summit Speaker
BruceLipnickAsset AllianceBruce H. Lipnick is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Asset Alliance Corporation (“Asset Alliance”). He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Alliance Advisors, Inc. He has an extensive background in alternative investments with over 38 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industries, and was a pioneer in utilizing various hedging techniques in portfolio management in the early 1970’s through the 1980’s. Among other affiliate manager-related activities, Mr. Lipnick serves on the Board of Directors of many of Asset Alliance's subsidiary and sponsored funds. Mr. Lipnick is CEO and Founder of Asset Alliance’s crowdfunding initiative, CrowdAlliance. Prior to founding Asset Alliance, Mr. Lipnick served as principal, general partner and senior executive officer for several investment management organizations including Wharton Management Group, Inc., which he founded in 1982 and also served as president. Mr. Lipnick was a member of the Advisory Council of the Milken Institute California Center and of the Advisory Board of the Eco Power Conference in Brazil. He was also a member of United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Speaker’s Cabinet, and in 2002 he received Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Mr. Lipnick is a supporter of the New Combinations Fund for the New York City Ballet, a supporter of the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center and a benefactor for the Washington Ballet. He is also a patron of MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a past Dinner Chairman of Petra Nemcova’s Happy Hearts Fund and a board member of Hedge Funds Care. In 2008, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award for Giving from Hedge Funds Care. In May 2011, Mr. Lipnick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) for his career in the corporate finance world, spanning almost four decades. Mr. Lipnick is also a founding member of the Young Jewish Professionals (YJP) CEO Conference. In 2012 Mr. Lipnick was named Executive of the Year in Investment and Financial Planning by Worldwide Who's Who. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lipnick was President and Founder of the Elms Companies and was Vice President of Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., a merchant investment bank, in addition to founding and serving as President of Pierpont Management, Inc., a family office. Mr. Lipnick received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Long Island University in 1969. Mr. Lipnick has directly or indirectly owned or operated seats on several major U.S. Securities and Commodities Exchanges. Mr. Lipnick is a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
Paul MarinoMarino Partners LLPPaul J. Marino is the managing partner of Marino Partners LLP located in White Plains, NY. His practice focuses on the transactional and corporate areas of law and he advises a diverse group of clients on a wide array of matters including structuring of pooled investments, negotiating and drafting commercial and private lending arrangements, creating structured finance products, effecting mergers and acquisitions and private placements, navigating investment management compliance and assisting with corporate governance. Mr. Marino’s clients include sophisticated corporate clients, structured finance products, closely held and emerging growth corporations, managers in the pooled investment space (such as hedge and private equity funds), portfolio companies, and entrepreneurs. Publications and Affiliations Executive Board Member and President of The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals ( Contributing editor to “VCexperts”, an internet publication of legal resources and expert commentary on industry practices by leading professionals in the private equity and venture capital arenas. Previous contributing writer to the New York Law Journal’s Internet and Advising Startup Companies newsletters. Board member of the Miracle League of Westchester—a not for profit organization that helps physically and mentally challenged children participate in baseball ( Previous Co-Chairperson for the Commercial and Corporate Group for the Westchester County Bar Association. Executive Board Member and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Editor for the Young Venture Capital Society ( Quoted in “Risk Management Magazine”, an internet magazine publishing analysis, insight and news for corporate risk managers. Education Brooklyn Law School, Phi Delta Phi National Legal Honor Society (J.D. 2000); University of Delaware (B.A. 1995). Admitted New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Bars Practice Areas Commercial Finance, General Corporate Services, Financial Services Compliance, Financial Services, Hedge Fund Formation, Lending, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity Private Placements. Awards The Business Council of Westchester Rising Stars Class of 2012 – 40 Under 40 ThumbnailSummit Speaker
KatarinaMarkovicRD Legal CapitalKatarina analyzes and implements growth opportunities for the RD companies as well as manages strategic relationships with investors.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
JosephMarrenKStone Partners LLCMr. Marren formed KStone in 2008 with Mark Kenyon and Joe Drohan. Mark and Joe Marren started in the training program at Price Waterhouse & Co. thirty-eight years ago and they have been friends ever since. Mark has been the founder and lead executive at two highly successful fund-of-hedge-fund enterprises including Blackstone Alternative Asset Management and UBP Asset Management (UBPAM). At UBPAM he built the firm from startup to $15 billion in AUM. He sold his minority stake back to UBP in 2007. Joe Drohan worked extensively with Mark at UBPAM. Joe spent the twenty-three years prior to starting KStone in investment banking primarily as head of the business development function in the M&A departments at several leading firms including Citigroup, Credit-Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He is the author of two books on mergers and acquisitions and has written a number of articles related to investing in hedge funds. He taught a course in M&A for several years as an Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern School of Business and, in recent years, has been a guest lecturer at Fordham Law, Columbia Law and Columbia Business School. Mr. Marren received a BBA from the College of William & Mary, a JD from Fordham Law and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. He is a member of the New York State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Marren has a very unusual hobby. He spends considerable time writing and speaking on the issue of whether federal financial reporting complies with the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. On January 4, 2014 Barrons published an editorial that he wrote “No Accounting for Government Cost.” In 2013 he testified in Washington D.C. regarding the government’s lack of compliance. In 2012, Mr. Marren and his wife, along with KStone Partners sponsored a first-of-its-kind conference at Fordham Law School “Representation without Accountability” devoted to this topic. Summit Speaker
CharlesMillerCourant Capital ManagementMr. Miller provides placement agent services at Tigress Financial Partners for well-regarded investment managers, like Courant Capital Management, seeking to establish new relationships within the institutional investor community and their consultants. He has 35 years of experience in the investment business, including senior executive responsibility with Credit Suisse First Boston, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and William Blair & Company. Mr. Miller began his career in international finance with Getty Oil Company. Over the last 27 years Mr. Miller has developed a comprehensive understanding and advised institutional clients across a variety of asset classes, including global and domestic tactical asset allocation, leveraged buyouts, currency management, venture capital, hedge funds, and private equity transactions. Additionally he has an extensive background in traditional asset classes, including international and domestic equities, derivatives as well as taxable high yield and investment grade fixed income. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from The University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Loyola University.Summit Speaker
KeithMillerEisnerAmper LLPKeith Miller is an audit partner in the firm’s Asset Management Group. Keith’s practice and areas of expertise are concentrated in registered investment advisor entities (RIAs) and the alternative investment funds they operate, including hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, funds of funds and international funds based in all major offshore jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Keith also has extensive experience regarding fund regulation at both the SEC and state level, including emerging or start‐up managers, and has assisted clients in organizing and setting up new fund vehicles and structures. Keith leads the firm’s west coast outsourced CFO services practice, providing financial stewardship and assistance to investment advisors and the comingled funds they manage.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
MoniqueMillerWilshire AssociatesMonique Miller is Head of Alternatives Strategy and Business Development at Wilshire Funds Management, the investment management division of Wilshire Associates. Previously she held senior positions in the hedge fund industry including Head of the Strategic Quantitative Investment Division at Caxton Associates, a $11 billion fund located in New York and Chief Operating Officer at WR Platform Advisors, a managed account platform and risk analytics provider for institutional hedge fund investors. Ms. Miller was also a Partner and Director at Dynasty Financial Partners, a firm that develops sources and integrates investment solutions and wealth management capabilities for independent investment advisors. Ms. Miller published several articles and white papers on financial topics including a chapter in Financial Engineering: The Evolution of a Profession. Ms. Miller holds an M.B.A. from New York University in Finance and Economics and a BS in Finance from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Quantitative Finance and co-chair of its Operational Risk Committee. Summit Speaker
RachelMinardMinard CapitalRachel Minard is the Founder and CEO of Minard Capital LLC, a privately-owned, global institutional marketing firm headquartered in San Francisco with an office in Portland. The firm offers outsourced institutional marketing and asset raising consulting services to hedge funds and fund of hedge funds around the world. The firm is not a broker/dealer nor a third-party marketer. The firm is paid by project, not on assets raised. Before building Minard Capital, Rachel built and managed global institutional investment businesses for twenty years, including ten years building fund of hedge fund firms, notably Cadogan Management and Corbin Capital Partners. Having raised over $10 billion in her career, Rachel started her marketing career in 1991 after her 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. Rachel serves on several-high profile advisory boards, has been featured on CNBC, TEDx and NPR, has won numerous industry awards for institutional marketing and serves on the Investment Committee of the Westover School Endowment. Rachel's first book will be published in 2015.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
MelMullinCourant Capital ManagementDr. Mel Mullin has among his credentials 20 plus years experience in market-making, trading and trading management across a wide range of financial products. He has managed trading in equities, equity risk arbitrage, fixed-income, all fixed income derivatives, currency derivatives and various commodities including energy, precious and nonferrous metals. His roles have included Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income and Commodity Derivative Trading; Head of Government Bond Trading at Kidder Peabody; Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at Irving Trust/Bank of New York; Executive Committee Member and Head of Derivative Trading and Research at Standard Chartered Bank/Mocatta Metals and Senior VP Equity Risk Arbitrage and Risk Management at AG Becker. Dr. Mullin has been responsible for several financial product innovations. He created the first option volatility index used by CBOE participants, and initiated risk-based equity option margining for floor broker clearing accounts. He also created and pioneered compoundoptions for the OTC option market in mortgage-backed securities. Summit Speaker
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LarryNakamuraNational Regulatory Services (NRS)Summit Speaker
MikaelNilssonSEBMikael Nilsson has been a hedge fund analyst/investor and risk manager for hedge fund portfolios since 2008. Prior to joining this group, he was Global Head of Market Risk Control within SEB Merchant Banking. Mikael has been with the bank since 1994 and has held numerous positions, including Head of Merchant Banking Financial Control and Deputy Head of SEB Financial Control. Mikael holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, University of Uppsala. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
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MikePacittoLitman Gregory Asset ManagementMike joined Litman Gregory in 2013 and serves as the National Director of Institutional Relationships for the Litman Gregory Masters Funds. Prior to joining the firm, Mike was with T. Rowe Price for 15 years in several roles, including National Account Manager for institutional and intermediary clients and Executive for defined contribution/defined benefit platforms. Mike is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA – English and Communication) and earned his MBA at the University of Colorado (Finance).Summit Speaker
SunilPaiProForza AdvisorsSunil K. Pai, CFA, CPA is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of progressively senior roles in investment management, corporate development, financial analysis and auditing at major financial institutions in both banking and consumer finance. He currently serves as President for a quantitatively-driven hedge fund and leads all major business activities related to the operations, execution, and marketing of the Active Risk-Based investing (ARBi)® product line. ProForza Advisors has non-exclusive license to ForzaTek Corporation's Active Risk-Based investing (ARBi)® product line and only offers a product set based on this mathematical concept. . Mr. Pai is a past Director of Corporate Development and Mergers and Acquisitions for Capital One Financial Corporation. As an Assistant Vice President, Bank One Capital Corporation, he co-managed front, middle and back office management and monitoring of a $2 Billion portfolio consisting of investments in hedge funds, interest rate futures trading, collateralized bond obligations, commercial mortgage-backed securities, high yield corporate debt, and asset backed securities. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). ThumbnailSummit Speaker
VictorParkAlternative AssetsPrincipal and Founder of Alternative Assets, a 20 person hedge fund capital raising firm with 3 offices, In addition to being a Founding Partner of, Mr. Park also hosts the Third Thursday Hedge Fund industry socials globally. Mr. Park also organizes the uniquely collaboratively structured Additionally, Mr. Park serves on the Advisory Board of The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals ( as well as serves as a featured speaker at numerous industry events.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
JeffreyParkerEisnerAmper LLPJeffrey S. Parker is a Tax Partner with more than 20 years of experience. He specializes in tax services for investment partnerships, funds of funds, and broker-dealers, including structuring and compliance. Jeff has significant expertise in assisting fund managers and CFOs in navigating the complex tax rules facing hedge and private equity funds. His skills have led him to become expert in advising high net-worth individuals on their personal income tax returns, estate and gift taxes, trusts, and foundations. He is a frequent speaker on tax issues related to funds and fund formation. Prior to joining EisnerAmper, Jeff was a Tax Partner with a national accounting firm. He earned his B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Business Logistics from Penn State, and earned an M.S. in Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an M.B.A. in Professional Accounting from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. Jeff is a Chairman Emeritus of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) Taxation of Financial Instruments and Transactions Committee. In addition, he is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), American Bar Association (ABA) and New Jersey Bar Association. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
AndrewParrilloNewport Capital Advisers, Inc.Andrew Parrillo founded Newport Capital Advisers, Inc. in 1995 as a registered investment adviser to provide discretionary, chief investment officer and consultative investment services to endowment funds and family offices. The firm’s primary activity is research of all asset categories and investment managers that it can apply to implement tailored investment strategies for its clients. Hedge funds have been a significant allocation in client portfolios since 1995. Although the firm has engaged strategies from firms of all sizes, it has been especially interested in engaging firms in their early stages and those particularly mindful of the risks of asset and personnel growth. Mr. Parrillo regularly speaks about investment manager selection at various national investment conferences. Early in his investment career he managed the Trust Investment Division’s Retirement Investment Department and was a member of the Investment Policy Committee at Fleet National Bank. Before founding Newport Capital Advisers he was a Senior Vice President of Wellesley Group, Inc. where he advised endowment funds and family offices on asset allocation and investment manager selection. He is a graduate of Boston University and served as a U.S. Air Force Captain and Senior Navigator. adp@newportcapadv.comThumbnailSummit Speaker
Don PrevitiDVP Partners, LLCDedicated and driven professional who thrives in a challenging and dynamic work environment. Don has over 25 years experience in the financial industry with a specialty in technology and software integration for Hedge Funds, Banks and Alternative Asset firms. Don maintains strong and current relationships with all Prime Brokers, C- Level Executives and Partners in the Alternative Asset Space. He is a frequent speaker on preferred industry panels. Don is Founding Partner of DVP Partners, LLC. A Specialty Business Advisory firm focused on Mitigating Operational Risk for Firms and Investors in the Alternative Asset Space. DVP has worked with over 250 funds of every AUM and Asset Class helping them align their technology and operations with the business strategy and investor profile of the firm to provide a secure, scalable and sustainable operating infrastructure that will help attract and retain investor capital. Summit Speaker
AsaburRajaCruz Capital Partners L.P.Asabur has 18 years of extensive experience in the financial field, of which 13 years have been dedicated to the financial markets with sound fundamental and technical knowledge in cash equities, as well as broad skills in many financial securities. He has a very good understanding of the investment industry and market regulations, in addition to local tax issues, backed with risk management experience.   Prior to joining Cruz Capital Partners L.P, Asabur was in Institutional Equity Sales for 5 Years at Istituto Centrale delle Banche Popolari S.P.A. (ICBPI) in Milan, a large Italian Banking institution. Prior to joining ICBPI, Asabur covered the role of Institutional Equity Sales Trader for 2 years at Kepler Capital Markets (Gruppo Banca Leonardo, Crédit Mutuel Arkéa) in Milan, a leading independent European financial services company. His earlier career path between 2001 and 2005 led him to EptaSim S.P.A in Milan as an Institutional Equity Sales Trader, and at a later stage, Equity Prop Trader, running his own profitable book. Between 1996 and 2000, Asabur was employed at Euros Consulting S.P.A. in Milan as a Risk Consultant, providing risk management solutions to Italian banks. Asabur is responsible for the European exposure within the Funds as well as developing additional value-added strategies for the firm. He studied Mathematics and Management at King’s College, London.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
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ErikRenanderSub-Sahara CapitalErik Renander is a Portfolio Manager for Sub-Sahara Capital Group LP. He is responsible for the firm’s investment management and research process and collaborates closely with Rich Walter in constructing the portfolio for the firm’s SSCG Africa Opportunities Master Fund. Prior to joining SSCG, Mr. Renander was Senior Vice President of European Equity Sales at HSBC (2010-2013) in San Francisco, California. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Renander was a global Portfolio Manager at Bellman Walter Capital in San Francisco. Prior to joining Bellman Walter Capital, Mr. Renander worked from 2006 to 2008 as the senior global financials analyst at Passport Capital. While at Passport Capital, he focused on emerging market exchanges and banks. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Renander worked as an analyst at Avera Global Partners in San Francisco, California, at Sthenos Capital and Marble Bar Asset Management in London, England. Mr. Renander began his career in 1998 as a financial services analyst at Mongtomery Asset Management, a long only mutual fund company based in San Francisco, California. Mr. Renander graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is a CFA charterholder.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
FaribaRonnasiElite Wealth Management IncFariba Ronnasi is the president and founder of Elite Wealth Management, Inc. as well as Lattice Capital Management LLC. Prior to establishing Elite Wealth Management in October of 2004, Fariba worked as Managing Director for the Private Wealth Division of Columbia Management Company and was responsible for expanding the Private Portfolios Group. Previously, Fariba was a Business Development Manager for Citicorp in Private Banking Division. Prior to joining Citicorp, she worked as the Senior Private Banking Manager at Keycorp and established the Technology group for the Private Bank. She has 21 years of experience in the fields of finance and investment management. Fariba received both her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degree from Seattle University in the field of Finance with a minor in Economics.Summit Speaker
PeterRupArtemis Wealth Advisors, LLCPeter M. Rup has over 24 years of experience managing investments for the family offices of ultra high net worth individuals and their foundations. He is the former Co-Director of Family Office of world-renowned economist Dr. Henry Kaufman and maintains a contractual relationship as Principal Advisor to the Kaufman Family with regard to all investment matters. He has ten years' experience as a CPA at the auditing firm Eisner L.L.P., where he was appointed the youngest Partner in firm's history. Peter received MBA with Honors in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS in Accounting from St. John's University. Summit Speaker
RobertRussellAvenue Capital GroupMr. Russell is responsible for directing the investment activities of the Avenue Capital Group Multi-Manager Strategy. Prior to joining Avenue Capital Group in 2007, Mr. Russell was a Portfolio Manager in the external management group and member of the portfolio committee at Harvard Management Company, the investment manager that oversees the endowment and other assets for Harvard University. At Harvard Management Company, Mr. Russell was the Liquid Markets Portfolio Manager for the External Management Group where he was responsible for identifying and overseeing Harvard's external hedge fund and global equity investments, a portfolio with over $10 billion in assets. Mr. Russell also served as a Portfolio Manager for Harvard Master Trust, an ERISA pension plan with over $900 million of assets. Prior to that, Mr. Russell was a Principal and Portfolio Manager in the Fundamental International Equity Research Group at State Street Global. Prior to State Street Global, Mr. Russell was an officer at Eaton Vance Management. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
AngieSabelAbbot DowningAngie Sabel is a managing director in Abbot Downing's New York office. She is responsible for providing clients with comprehensive relationship management and partnering with Abbot Downing's specialists for asset management and planning. Angie has over 19 years of experience in advising entrepreneurs, business owners, and corporate executives on their families' private wealth management. Prior, Angie was a managing director at Avenue Capital Group in New York and formed and led the Principals' Private Group for over 13 years where she was responsible for the Principals' investments in Avenue and their family offices. Prior to Avenue, Angie was a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers' Private Companies Services/Personal Services Group in New York. Angie is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and is a Certified Public Accountant.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
JohnSchrierCACEISJohn Schrier has over twenty-five years of legal, tax and operational experience in the alternatives investment industry. His career includes building an asset management practice for a major New York law firm, serving as lead tax principal for Big Four accounting firms and Chief Counsel for Japan’s thirdlargest asset management firm and, presently, working with a leading provider of hedge fund back office services. Mr. Schrier was one of only three non-governmental speakers invited to address 400 SEC, CBOE and NASAA examiners in October, 2009 on the topic of hedge fund fraud detection, and is regularly cited as an authority by IA Week/IA Watch on compliance and operational matters. Having been admitted to the bar in the states of New York, California (inactive), District of Columbia (inactive), Maryland (inactive) and Texas (inactive), Mr. Schrier is a regular speaker at IA Week’s Annual Compliance Summit.Summit Speaker
AntonSchutzMendon CapitalAnton is the founder and Portfolio Manager of the long/short financial-sector fund. He founded the fund in 1996 with a long/short and event driven investment strategy focused exclusively on investing in the financial services sector and is responsible for the definition and implementation of portfolio strategy for the fund. Anton has been in the investment and risk management business since 1986, focusing on investment and portfolio management. He served as a senior vice president at RBC Dain Rauscher in institutional sales trading in the financial institutions group. He also worked at Chase Manhattan Bank for 10 years where his responsibilities consisted of structuring investment products, which included hedge funds, and the development and application of financial risk strategies. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College, Anton also obtained an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. Anton is often interviewed regarding his expertise in the financial services sector. He appears regularly as a guest on CNBC and Bloomberg, and he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The New York Times, Financial Times, Business Week, Investors’ Business Daily, and Smart Money.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
ToddSchwendimanAlternative AssetsMr. Schwendiman is Managing Director of Alternative Asset Investment Management Securities, LLC (Alternative Assets) and is a Principal and Registered Representative of the firm. Since 2009 he has also been the Conference Director for the annual He has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of the alternative assets business including managing both hedge funds and fund of funds. Prior to Alternative Assets he spent 7 years as Senior Advisor/Consultant to a private alternative asset marketing group. For 12 years from 1990 to 2002 he served as Chief Executive Officer of a mid-west family office and asset management business he founded with his father in 1990. As part of his duties he ran the emerging markets portfolio and directly invested in over 32 countries from 1995 - 2002. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and a Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) and is FINRA Series 7, 79, 63 and 24 registered. He is active in Rotary and has previously served as Chairman of the Board of his local Junior Achievement organization. He also serves on the Executive Committee of (The Alliance of Alternative Asset Professionals). He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance and Economics and has also studied at Oxford University.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
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JeffreySpottsProphecy Asset Management, LPProphecy specializes in multi-manager trading platforms. Our investors include pension, corporate, fund of fund, foundation and family office clients. Investors are granted transparency for risk control and manager selection. Prophecy allocates to emerging and established trading groups through separately-managed accounts. Structured arrangements are done on a case-by-case basis. Jeffrey Spotts, Principal, is the co-author of "Master Traders: Strategies for Superior Returns from Today's Top Traders" Wiley 2006, is the Portfolio Manager for all funds. His team at Prophecy Asset Management, with a strong fundamental and trading background, has generated uncorrelated, absolute returns for their clients since 2001. The Principals are active investors alongside the client base. Specialties: Market analysis and trading - Demark indicators - Lecturer for financial institutions and universities on the topic of market analysis - frequent guest of Bloomberg and Fox Television covering global stock, commodity and interest rate markets.Summit Speaker
MartinSrebaAdventSenior Director - Global Corporate Development & Solutions Sales Advent Software, Inc. Martin Sreba is a Senior Director in the Solutions Management Organization. In this role his focus is on Advents’ Global Expansion Strategy as well as regulatory initiates pertaining to Advents products and services. He specializes in aligning the Advent product suite with strategic business and technology goals for clients in the investment management industry. His background includes a deep understanding of the alternative market space with extensive experience designing enterprise solutions aimed at meeting clients’ strategic business objectives. Mr. Sreba has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, holding roles in management, services consulting and solution selling. Prior to joining Advent, Mr. Sreba held positions at Bank of Montreal in the Global Derivatives Group developing middle-office processes to streamline operational workflows, as well as managed investment specialists in the retail banking division. Mr. Sreba is currently responsible for Advents global regulatory initiatives along with driving new business from prospective and existing clients.Mr. Sreba earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and his MSc. in International Securities, Investment and Banking from the ICMA Center at University of Reading, UK. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
KurtStevensSystematic Absolute Return AGKurt Stevens, Research Consultant for Systematic Absolute Return AG in Zurich, Switzerland, conducts sub-manager due diligence for the SAR Absolute Return multi-manager strategy. Kurt, focused on actively-traded, systematic strategies, previously worked in the San Francisco Bay Area at BARRA, Inc., Mercer Consulting and Bear Stearns Asset Management.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
DanielStrachmanHEDGEAnswers LLCDaniel Strachman is a financial services expert with more than seventeen years of Wall Street experience. He is recognized as an expert in all aspects of the investment management industry including fund structuring, product development and marketing. Throughout his extensive career, Daniel has worked in hedge fund and mutual fund product development and marketing as well as institutional brokerage and investment management. He is the author of nine books on investment management and is the Co-Founder of both HEDGEAnswers and Operations for Alternatives.Summit Speaker
JonathanSwansonMorgan Stanley Private Wealth ManagementJonathan is a Private Wealth Advisor for the Swanson Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Jon contributes as a portfolio construction strategist on both the traditional and alternative investment fronts and also holds business development responsibilities. Jon is a voting member of the Swanson Group’s research committee and is responsible for oversight of the team’s alternative investment asset allocation and manager research. He specializes in manager selection across the hedge fund, private equity and private real estate universes. He drives the team's investment decision-making as it relates to special situations and more opportunistic, thematic investing. Jonathan entered the investments field in New York, NY as an analyst in the Global Equities Division of Bear Stearns. Prior to joining the Swanson Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in August of 2011 – Jon was an operational due diligence analyst on the manager research team at Titan Advisors, a $4 billion fund of funds located in Rye Brook, NY. Jonathan holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation as well as the Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) designation. He has been published in Worth Magazine several times. Jonathan earned a B.S. degree in Business and Economics after graduating with honors from Lehigh University. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
Leonard TannenbaumFifth Street Credit Opportunities Fund, L.P.Leonard Tannenbaum is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Fifth Street Credit Opportunities Fund, an opportunistic credit hedge fund managed by Fifth Street Management LLC. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer, managing member and an Investment Committee member of Fifth Street Management, as well as Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Street Finance Corp. Mr. Tannenbaum has founded a number of private investment firms, including Fifth Street Capital LLC, and has served as managing member of each firm. Prior to launching his first firm, Mr. Tannenbaum gained extensive small company experience as an equity analyst for Merrill Lynch. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Fifth Street Finance Corp., Mr. Tannenbaum currently serves on the Board of Directors of several Greenlight Capital-affiliated entities and has previously served on the Boards of Directors of several other companies, including Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. and WesTower Communications, Inc. Mr. Tannenbaum graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics. Subsequent to his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Tannenbaum received an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School as part of the Submatriculation Program. He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
MaximilianTomeiGalena Asset ManagementMaximilian Tomei has 17 year experience in commodities related alternative investments in the liquid, credit and real assets space. Prior to joining Galena he was COO and co-head of the executive board at RAM focusing on operations and business development. He started his career with Cargill on the corn desk handling the South American origination into the Mediterranean. Moved to Partners Group in Zug in 2002 to cover the Southern European clientele and customise solutions in the hedge fund and private equity space. In 2004 he co-founded and acted as CEO of Inoks Capital a multistrategy commodity hedge fund assembling momentum and commodity trade finance strategies was he sold in December 2008. He holds a degree in International Relations with a major in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva (IUHED). ThumbnailSummit Speaker
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ChristophUmscheidDeutsche Bank Asset and Wealth ManagementChris Umscheid - Director, Global Head of Hedge Fund Research & Due Diligence within the Product & Solutions Group of Deutsche Bank AWM. Chris also serves as the Portfolio Manager of the DWS Diversified Market Neutral Fund and Co-PM of the DWS Strategic Equity Fund. Chris is a senior research analyst specializing in hedge fund due diligence and is a member of the Global Hedge Fund Investment Committee and the A&FS Americas Executive Committee. Along with other members of the global research team, he helps to source, structure, and ultimately select single manager hedge funds and fund of hedge funds for inclusion onto the global manager platform and regional offerings. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Chris worked as a Fund of Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager for the Wafra Investment Advisory Group. Prior to that, Chris was a Portfolio Manager and Director of Research for Yankee advisers, LLC and a Senior Analyst at Phoenix Advisers Inc. Chris earned an A.B. in Economics form Dartmouth College and began his career as a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
MarkVaracchiSentinel Growth Fund Management LLC.Mark started in the financial services business at Tiger Management and left there as the manager of the trade support team. His teams responsibilities were the booking and allocating of all trades for the firm and the production and distribution of all daily activity reporting firm wide. Mark Varacchi has been involved in financial services since 1994 and has been the Founder/Chief Operating Officer of XI Asset Management, an investment manager focusing on the TMT space before its merger with Diamondback Capital Management, Chief Operating Officer of Calypso Capital Management, an investment management firm focusing on international and domestic long/short strategies and a Senior Operations Manager at Diamondback Capital Management where he opened and built out the largest affiliate site for the firm and was the Head of Fixed Income Operations. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer of Taran Asset Management, an investment management firm with a TMT long/short focus. Mark also worked at Bear Stearns as an international control accountant aiding in the firms conversion to the Euro. Mark has assisted in raising over 1.3 billion in assets over his career with more than half of those assets being raised while building and scaling operations as a start-up COO from dollar one to over 700 million in assets. Mark graduated from the University of Bridgeport with a B S in Banking and Finance. Summit Speaker
DanielWallMcGladrey, LLPDaniel Wall is a Partner in the Financial Services Department of McGladrey, LLP. Daniel specializes in providing tax and consulting services to various alternative investment funds including hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds and commodity pools. In his 18 years of experience in the industry, Daniel has been able to help guide clients through complex issues surrounding offshore fund structures, consulted on various fund structures and allocation methodologies as well as assisting high net worth individuals navigate their way through the various complex tax rules. Daniel earned his B.S in Accounting from Illinois State University and his M.S. in Taxation from DePaul University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Illinois CPA SocietyThumbnailSummit Speaker
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DavidWertentheilWorth Venture PartnersDavid Wertentheil is a founding partner at Worth Venture Partners, LLC. Prior to co-founding WVP, David worked at Lazard Capital Markets where he was a Managing Director and Head of the Hedge Fund Prime Brokerage business. Before joining Lazard, he was Managing Director and Global Head of Sales at RBC Capital Markets for the Global Prime Services business, where he was an active member of the business’ operating committee. David has been active in the Hedge Fund and Proprietary Trading arenas since 2000 through multiple roles, and has been an active market participant in the evolution of Hedge Funds. ThumbnailSummit Speaker
KeithWhitakerAbbot DowningKeith has consulted for many years with leaders of enterprising families. He helps families plan succession, develop next generation talent, and communicate around estate planning. With a background in education and philanthropy, he enables family leaders to better understand their values and goals as well as to have a positive impact on the world around them. Keith has served as a Managing Director at Wells Fargo, a philosophy professor at Boston College, a trustee, and a director of a private foundation. He was also a special assistant to the President of Boston University. Keith’s writings and commentary have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Philanthropy Magazine. His Wealth and the Will of God appeared in 2010 from Indiana University Press and he is co-author of The Cycle of the Gift: Family Wealth & Wisdom (Bloomberg, 2013) and The Voice of the Rising Generation: Family Wealth & Wisdom (Bloomberg, 2014). Keith holds a Ph.D. in Social Thought from the University of Chicago and a BA and MA in Classics and Philosophy from Boston University.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
EricWooTrigo VenturesEric has more than 10 years of venture capital investing, operating, and research experience. Prior to establishing Trigo Ventures, Eric was Principal at Northgate Capital, a global venture capital and private equity firm with more than $4 billion in assets under management. At Northgate, Eric led the "emerging manager" platform, which invested primarily in seed and micro VC funds. In the last two years alone, over $40 million was deployed to the strategy, which included fund and direct company investments. Prior the Northgate, Eric led Search Marketing at AccountNow, Inc. a financial services start up that offers online checking solutions to the under-banked market. Eric also held various pricing & risk management roles at PMI Group, Inc. Eric began his career at Dow Jones, where he led the secondary research team for the VentureSource division. Eric graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. He became a CFA Charterholder in 2003.ThumbnailSummit Speaker
ThomasZucoskyDiscovery Capital Management, LLCPrincipal/COO, Member of Investment Committee - In addition to operating the firm’s business, Mr. Zucosky oversees manager selection, portfolio management and monitoring for the Investment Adviser. Previously, as Senior Vice President in charge of alternative investments for InvestorForce (Philadelphia), he oversaw all institutional searches for hedge funds done through the firm’s on-line RFP platform. As Head of Marketable Alternative Strategies for Strategic Investment Group (Washington, DC), he analyzed and managed portfolios for institutional investors. Tom also partnered with Olympia Capital Management (Paris), where he oversaw all US-based hedge fund due diligence. In 1985, he co-founded Aegis Capital, a hedge fund/registered investment adviser. Tom graduated with honors with an M.A. from Montclair State University and a BS (Business) from The College of New Jersey.ThumbnailSummit Speaker

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