Marc Wolf – Rothstein Kass
Marc Wolf is a Senior Audit Principal in the Beverly Hills office of Rothstein Kass. Marc’s areas of specialization are focused within the Firm’s Financial Services Group, specifically hedge funds, RICs, commodity pools, real estate, private equity, and other types of investment partnerships, broker-dealers, private foundations and family offices. He is a certified public accountant in California, Colorado, New Jersey, New York and Texas.
His experience includes advising clients on organizational structure, supervision of audits and ongoing consultation with management regarding various operational, transactional and tax matters. He also advises clients on various regulatory issues impacting the industry. Marc regularly lectures on a wide variety of topics at securities industry and family office conferences, such as SALT, MAR, OPAL, IMN, Alternative Asset Summit, Institute for International Research and Family Office Wealth Conference. He has served as a guest lecturer at USC and CSUN as well as for the Estate Planning Committee and Technology User Groups of the Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of CPAs.
Marc earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University at Northridge. He is a member of numerous CPA state societies, including the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA), and he has served as chairman of the Securities Industry Committee for the Los Angeles Chapter. In addition, Marc is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), The National Society of Compliance Professionals and The Southern California Compliance Group.
He has served on boards of various nonprofit organizations and currently serves on the Deans Council for the School of Business and Economics at California State University at Northridge, the California Hedge Fund Association and the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Ron S. Geffner - Sadis & Goldberg
Ron S. Geffner is a member of Sadis & Goldberg LLP and oversees the Financial Services Group. 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. Mr. Geffner's broad background with federal and state securities laws and the rules and regulations of the 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 several hundred hedge funds and private equity funds organized in the United States and offshore.
Mr. Geffner began his legal career with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, where he investigated and prosecuted violations of the Federal securities laws. He also assisted federal and state criminal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office, in connection with their investigations of possible criminal violations of federal and state securities laws. Prior to joining Sadis & Goldberg, Mr. Geffner was associated with two other New York City based law firms, where he represented domestic and offshore private investment vehicles, as well as broker-dealers, registered investment advisers and registered investment companies. He began his corporate legal career as in-house counsel to the Investment Management Industry Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He provided legal advice to the Group regarding investment advisers, registered investment companies and broker-dealers.
Mr. Geffner is often interviewed as a legal expert in the securities industry and has been interviewed on television on Fox News, CBS Morning Show, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Squawk Box and Power Lunch on CNBC, British Broadcasting Channel, Bloomberg Radio, and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Barron's, Barron's Online, Reuters, Dow Jones, Financial Times, New York Newsday, London Daily News, TheStreet.com, Private Equity Week and other national and international publications. On April 6, 2005, Mr. Geffner was invited to speak to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington D.C. as a panelist on the CPO and Commodity Pool Roundtable in connection with recent developments in the hedge fund industry. In addition, he has published a number of leading industry and legal articles. Mr. Geffner received his J.D. in 1991 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and received his B.A. degree in 1988 from Rutgers University. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey Bars.
Kenneth J. Heinz, CFA - Hedge Fund Research
Kenneth J. Heinz, CFA is the President of Hedge Fund Research, Inc. (HFR) and is a leading authority on the global hedge fund industry. Mr. Heinz oversees the aggregation and distribution of content for HFR’s industry‐leading hedge fund database and also oversees HFR’s hedge fund indexation and analysis franchises. Mr. Heinz has provided consulting services to the hedge fund industry’s most significant institutional investors globally and has worked directly with thousands of hedge fund managers, including many of the industry’s most influential firms.He has also contributed authoritative research and commentary to some of the industry’s bestknown conferences and organizations, having given presentations at GAIM (Monaco), the Swiss Funds Association (SFA), University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Alternative Investment Council of Switzerland (AIC), University of Chicago Center for Research and Security Prices (CRSP), Skybridge Investor Conference (Las Vegas), Money Talks (China) and various CFA Society Events. He is also a highly sought after source of expert commentary for leading media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Dow Jones Newswires, The Financial Times (FT), CNBC (U.S., European and Asian networks), The New York Times, London Times, the Guardian, CNN, Fortune, Time, Pensions & Investments, Barron’s and many more.Prior to his role with Hedge Fund Research, Inc., Mr. Heinz was a Manager of the Investment Management Division with HFR Asset Management (HFRAM) where he was responsible for strategic evaluation and due diligence of hedge funds for investment. Prior to joining HFRAM, he had over 5 years of experience as a trading member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. He has a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Finance, Statistics and Econometrics, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois; he maintains the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.
Rachel S.L. Minard - Minard Capital LLC
Founder and CEO
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 has 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 $9 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 won numerous industry awards for institutional marketing and serves on the Investment Sub-Committee of the Westover School Endowment. With the publication of her first book, Speaking in Thumbs: The Handbook of Empathy, Rachel Minard adds the title of “author” to her accomplished career.
Nevada State Senate Candidate
Daniel John Tarkanian was born December 18, 1961 in Redlands, California. He is third in a family of four children, having two older sisters and a younger brother. His father, Jerry is one of the winningst coaches in college basketball history.
His mother, Lois Huter Tarkanian, was an educator of handicapped children who went on to become an administrator and earn a PhD degree in Human Behavior. While in California, she started the first private school for the deaf in California, chaired the state's aphasia committee and started one of the first programs for autistic children.
Danny spent his younger years in three different California cities (Riverside, Pasadena, Huntington Beach) as his father advanced professionally. He consistently excelled in academics and sports, showing focus and dedication from an early age.
Danny moved to Nevada in 1973, at the age of 12. He continued to excel in sports and academics at Hyde Park Junior High School. He led his 8th grade basketball team to the City Championship and was inducted into the school's academic honor society.
Danny attended Bishop Gorman High School, a private school attended by many of Nevada's future leaders, achieving honors all four years at the school. He was selected as the freshman male student of the year.
As a point guard, he took the school's basketball team that had mediocre success in the past and led them to two straight State Championships. He was named All-Conference and All-State each of those years.
Bishop Gorman High School has always had a great tradition in football; however, it experienced some hard times in the mid 1970's. After one of the school's worse seasons, (2-7 record) Danny was named quarterback and led the team to its first undefeated season and the State Championship.
Two years in a row, Danny was named All-Conference and All-State in football. His senior year he was named the State's Most Valuable Player. In addition, for his performance in the State Championship game, Danny received the national Hertz Number One award given to the player who had the best athletic performance in the State during that year. Danny was the only player ever to be selected as the Most Valuable Player in both the football and basketball all-star games.
Following high school, Danny attended one year of junior college at Dixie State College in Southern Utah. He maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the classroom and he led the school basketball team to the Regional playoffs. He was also honored as male freshman of the year.
After one year of junior college, Danny decided to return to Las Vegas and help his father's basketball team which had just experienced its worse season while he was the coach (16-12). By the second year, Danny, as its starting point guard and captain, led the team to 24 straight wins and the school's first Number One national ranking. Danny's last two teams were both ranked in the top 10 nationally and lost to the eventual National Champions in the NCAA tournament.
Danny was twice named All-Conference and honorable mention All-American. Three years in a row he finished second in the nation in assists. He was twice named First-Team Academic All-American by the NCAA, the first time a student/athlete at UNLV earned such a distinction. He was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1984 draft.
At UNLV, he graduated with high honors and was the school's first Rhodes Scholar candidate. Danny also received the prestigious NCAA post-graduate award, given to the student/athletes that most excel in both the classroom and in athletics.
Upon graduating, Danny decided to attend law school at the University of San Diego. With no legal background and no family history in law, Danny received the highest grade in each of his 5 courses, including three perfect score, during his first semester. He was named a member of the school's Law Review and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He finished third in his class of 254 students.
Danny returned to Las Vegas and passed the Nevada Bar exam. He practiced law for eight years, four as an associate for Cohen, Lee, Johnson and Merialdo and four in his own law firm.
During this time period, his father was achieving unparalleled success as a basketball coach, creating incredible energy, pride and excitement around the State of Nevada. He led the UNLV Rebels to four Final Four appearances and the National Championship in 1990. Danny accompanied the team on its trip to the White House and visit with President Bush.
His father left UNLV, and after a brief retirement, accepted the coaching job at Fresno State, his alma mater. Danny accepted his father's offer to be one of his assistant coaches. The Tarkanians took over a program that had only two winning seasons and one postseason appearance (NIT) in the previous 10 years and won 20 or more games 6 straight years and appeared in post-season play every year including two NCAA appearances.
During this time period, Danny's mother started her successful political career. She was overwhelming elected to the Clark County School Board for 12 straight years.
After his father retired from coaching, Danny moved back to Las Vegas to make his mark on the community in which he grew up. He started a non-profit youth basketball organization and has seen tremendous growth. He currently owns and operates the largest private sports facility in Las Vegas.
Danny also formed a company to process software which would assist students in their preparation for the SAT and ACT tests. In addition, he started a company which developed the Tarkanian Professional Center, a 93,000 square foot commercial center.
In October of 2001, Danny married Amy Hanson. They have four children. Lois is the olders, born on June 1, 2003. Ava and Ashley were born March 2, 2005. Their only son, Jerry, was born on December 17, 2009.
Danny's background has had a strong three-fold effect. He has excelled in academics, athletics and as a businessman. While excelling in these areas he has mixed successfully with diverse ethnic groups, particularly in the black and Hispanic communities.
Amy served as Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party and helped to energize and motive the State party.
The Tarkanians are proud to call Nevada their home and have worked tirelessly to make their community and state a better place to live.
Thomas Lee - Lee Equity Partners
After taking Warner Music public last May with Edgar Bronfman Jr., flipped commodities outfit Refco in August. Refco quickly fell apart after chief executive Peter Bennett accused of securities of fraud; company's assets bought up by London-based hedge fund Man Group. The arvard grad started investing with $150,000 inheritance 1974. Greatest hit: Snapple, bought for $135 million 1992, sold to Quaker Oats for $1.7 billion in 1994.
Lance Baraker - Celadon Financial
SR VP of Institutional Sales
Lance Baraker graduated in 1993 from Lehigh University with a degree in Finance and received his MBA and Certificate in International Business from Fordham University in 1997. His trading career began with Timber Hill, making markets in equities and index options on the floor of the American Stock Exchange. Through a JBO with Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, he became a partner in El Lobo Trading Group. He continued options trading on the floor through 2004 when he joined Shoreline Trading Group in New York, where he was head of business development and prime brokerage sales. Lance left Shoreline in 2007 and was one of the founding partners of Saratoga Prime Services. In 2009, Lance Baraker was hired to build from scratch TradeStation Prime Services based in NY. His most recent position is with Celadon Financial Group, where he is SR VP of Institutional sales. Lance holds the NASD series 3, 7 and 63 licenses.
Jason Barger - Schroders
Head of Alternative UCITS Sales
Jason is responsible for distribution of both Alternative and Traditional UCITS at Schroders. He leads all UCITS origination and downstream sales with family offices, private banks and broker dealers in the Americas. Throughout Jason’s 18-year career, he has held senior distribution positions at Fidelity Investments, Citigroup Asset Management, Scudder Stevens & Clark and Franklin Templeton. Jason joined Schroders in 2004 and has a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Eckerd.
Gary Berger, CPA - Rothstein Kass
Gary Berger is a principal at Rothstein Kass. He is extensively involved in the Firm’s financial services practice and has over 25 years of experience serving domestic and offshore hedge funds, private equity funds and fund of funds. He provides advice on fund start up issues including organizational structure, economic and tax issues and general business consultation.
Gary’s recent experience includes serving as a senior vice president at a large global administrator. Gary is a frequent speaker at financial services conferences and seminars. He has presented on numerous topics including convergence of private equity and hedge funds, how to launch a hedge fund, valuation and fair value of investment portfolios, organizational and tax issues associated with investment partnerships, and accounting and technical issues for investment partnerships.
Gary received an M.S. in taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Steve Bernat - Lemanik Asset Management
Head of Distribution Services
Steve Bernat has joined Lemanik Asset Management, one of the leading third party Management Companies in Luxembourg, in April 2012 as Head of Distribution Services. In this role, he is assisting asset managers globally in creating a successful distribution strategy.
Steve has 15 years of experience in the international fund industry and has spent most of his career focusing on the theme of distribution from various perspectives and has thus become an expert in cross-border fund distribution matters.Between 2005 and 2012, he has worked for Citibank within its Securities and Fund Services division. He has held positions within Operations, Product Management and has most recently been responsible for Citi’s business development efforts with global asset managers.Prior to joining Citi, Steve has held positions at State Street/IFDS, Linedata Services and Pioneer Investments. Steve is an active member of a number of local, European and international fund industry committees and working groups. He is also the chairman of ALFI’s Distribution Support working group.
Michael Bernstein - Lyxor
Director, Head of North American Business Development
Michael Bernstein is responsible for Lyxor’s Business Development activities in North America. Michael originally joined Lyxor's New York office in November 2009 to develop relationships with US institutional investors and consultants. He was named to his current post in August 2012. Prior to Lyxor, he spent five years at FRM Americas LLC. Earlier in his career, Michael was a marketing and strategy consultant for major asset management and financial services firms. He began his career as a marketing technology analyst for Gartner, Inc.
Michael graduated with Distinction from Swarthmore College. He holds the CFA and CAIA charters and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Rick Campagna, CFA - 300 North Capital
Rick Campagna, a 23-year veteran of the financial industry, took over as CEO of 300 North Capital in 2008 and has utilized his unique combination of fundamental investing and global trading expertise to create an investment firm which manages close to US$1 billion in both traditional and tactical alternative investments. He started his career in the late 1980s working at Morgan Stanley, where he developed his global trading skills, and later spent 10 years building fundamental investment platforms at Shaker investments. Manning and Napier Advisors and McKinley Capital Partners. A chartered financial analyst and member of the CFA Institute, Campagna graduated from Duke University and earned his MBA at Harvard University.
James P. Canales - StoneWater Capital
Partner and Chief Operating Officer
James P. Canales joined StoneWater Capital in 2009 as a partner and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Canales was most recently with Octane Research Inc. where during various periods he served as Chief Investment Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Risk for this Switzerland-based fund of hedge funds group. Mr. Canales previously was Chief Operating Officer of Parker Global Strategies, LLC a Connecticut-based fund of funds and was a partner at Aletheia Research and Management, a predominantly traditional long-only manager. Prior to entering the financial industry, he spent twenty years in various senior management roles with firms in the distribution and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Canales has worked and travelled extensively in emerging markets for over 30 years. He holds a B.S. in economics from Santa Clara University and completed the Advanced Management College, an executive program offered by Stanford University. He also completed coursework in economics and politics at the London School of Economics through IES.
Lauren Colonna - Ovis Creative
Principal / Creative Director
Ovis Creative was founded in 2008, by Lauren Colonna, in order to offer the hedge fund industry unique and sophisticated marketing communication solutions. Ms. Colonna serves as the Principal and Creative Director of the firm and leads a seasoned team of financial services design, production and editorial professionals. She is a specialist in the development of strategic marketing communication materials for the hedge fund and alternative asset management space. Ms. Colonna has over 16 years of experience, exclusively in financial services, where she designed and produced award winning corporate communication products for top-tier institutions. Each of the 10 experienced industry professionals at Ovis brings an innovative and client-oriented approach to each project. Before founding Ovis Creative, Ms. Colonna served as the Vice President of Business Development and the Director of Creative and Client Solutions at Synergy Graphix, a marketing design firm. At Synergy, Ms. Colonna personally led the development of all marketing communication materials and was integral in establishing the firm’s hedge fund and financial services business. In addition to her hands on creative role, she built the team from a 3-person design group to a 17-person marketing firm. Prior to Synergy, she worked at Morgan Stanley where she personally executed the creative design and production of high-level communication programs for the Investment Banking Division and Individual Investor Group. Her background also includes creative and strategic roles at Prudential Financial and Lord Abbott & Co where she developed marketing communication programs for the investment management, mutual fund, annuities and managed account departments. Ms. Colonna has earned her BA in Design and Digital Imaging from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She also completed specialization courses in both Corporate Design and Print Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology and in Media Communications from Rutgers University.
Geremy Connor - Attalus Capital
Portfolio Manager, Director of Research
Geremy serves as Director of Research and Portfolio Manager for Attalus Capital, a global asset manager. He manages the firm’s hedge fund research and due diligence efforts with a focus on sourcing emerging managers. He has co-managed a multi-strategy and long short equity hedge fund of funds, as well as customized hedge fund solutions. He serves as a partner in the firm and sits on the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Attalus, Geremy was an investment analyst for Lehman Brothers Neuberger Berman Wealth Management. He was also a risk consultant at National Economic Research Associates. Geremy began his investment career as a financial analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston.
Geremy received his Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and his bachelor degree in economics at Princeton University.
Chun Ding - CRCM
Founder, Principal and Portfolio/Risk Manager
In 2006, Chun Ding started managing China-dedicated capital. Prior to founding CRCM, he worked at Farallon Capital Management since 1997. In July 2003, he was elected a Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management in charge of Risk Arbitrage. Prior to business school, Chun Ding worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1993 with a B.A. in Economics, where he was Valedictorian of his class, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1997 where he was elected a Baker Scholar.
Kirk Dizon - IGI
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Kirk Dizon is Co-Founder and a Managing Director of IGI. Prior to IGI, he was a Managing Director at Hall Capital Partners where he spearheaded many of the firm's investment activities in Asia and served as Co-Head of the firm's Private Equity group. Earlier at Hall Capital, Mr. Dizon also had co-management responsibilities over the operations of the firm's Pooled Vehicles program, and served as the firm's General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Dizon currently serves on the Executive Boards of Asia Infinity Partners, Cendana Capital, and ChrysCapital Investment Advisors, as well as the City of San Francisco's Ad Hoc Technology Advisory Council. He formerly served on the Limited Partner Advisory Boards of Asia Environmental Partners, Freestyle Capital, Friedman Fleischer & Lowe, Gemini Israel, Khosla Ventures, Longreach Capital, New Horizon Capital, and Qiming Venture Partners. Prior to joining Hall Capital, Mr. Dizon practiced law at Cooley Godward LLP, where he was a Partner in the Fund Formation Group and served as counsel for many of the early vanguard private equity and venture capital firms in Asia. Importantly, he was a leading China and India fund attorney during the mid-1990s and early 2000s when the industry was at its nascent stages and the entrants were first-movers. Mr. Dizon earned a B.A. in Economics from Pepperdine University, a J.D. from Loyola Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Huy Do - PrideCo Capital Management LLC
Huy is responsible for deal sourcing, reporting, technology, and the family back office at PrideCo Capital Management, LLC, an established single family office with locations in Oakland, CA, Irvine, CA, and Naples, FL. With experience in corporate finance, audit, operations, and workouts, Huy has a diverse set of experiences required to manage a family office. He has a BA in Accounting from Pepperdine University, a MBA from the University of Southern California, and is a CPA in the state of California.
Neil Dorrel, CAIA - Lyrical Partners, L.P.
Neil Dorrel joined Lyrical Partners, L.P. in 2010 as Managing Director. He spearheads the firm’s efforts in the Western US. He previously helped found a Euro¬pean currency trading hedge fund management firm, and had responsibility for building all aspects of that firm. Prior to that, he was a Director at Optima Fund Management in New York. He brings over two decades of diverse alternative investment experience to Lyrical Partners, including senior roles at Citi Alternative Investments, Bank of America Private Bank, and Morgan Stanley. His experience also includes seven years working in the distressed asset space, and five years as a listed derivatives sales trader. In addition to his involvement in capital mar¬kets and investing, Mr. Dorrel has an ongoing interest in modern architecture and design. He studied architecture from a young age, and won a significant national design award while in high school. He continued his studies at Mt. San Antonio College an California Polytechnic Institute Pomona. Mr. Dorrel has long been involved with numerous charitable and conservation organizations, including The Trust for Public Land and The Crested Butte Land Trust. He has also served on the board of The Orange County Museum of Art, where he helped organize and fund several high profile exhibitions. Mr. Dorrel lives in San Francisco, and also spends considerable time at Lyrical’s offices in New York City.
George T Dowd III - Newedge USA
Head of Chicago Foreign Exchange
Mr. Dowd joined Newedge Group in 2007 and currently manages the Chicago Foreign Exchange Desk. He is also a committee member of the Newedge FX Risk Allocation Program. He has extensive experience trading foreign exchange, fixed income, equity index and commodity markets and creating portfolios of foreign exchange managers. In addition, he has done extensive work in trading system development and volatility adjusted position sizing as applied to both multi-product commodity portfolios and multi-manager investment portfolios.
Prior Experience Mr. Dowd joined Spectrum Asset Management in July 2003 to establish the Spectrum Currency Program and to assist in marketing both the Currency and Global Diversified Programs to institutional investors. His responsibilities also included managing trading for both programs.
Mr. Dowd contributed a chapter titled “The Move to Electronic Trading: What to Expect in the Natural-Resources Commodity Markets” for the book "Intelligent Commodity Investing" (Risk Books, 2007). He is a frequent speaker at industry events and appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and the Fox Business Network.
Prior to 2003, Mr. Dowd was on the institutional foreign exchange desks of JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. His responsibilities included managing proprietary capital and advising major hedge fund and CTA clients. Prior to 1997, Mr. Dowd's experience includes proprietary trading and trading systemdevelopment at Credit Suisse and Gelber Management Inc.
Mr. Dowd graduated from the College of the Holy Cross where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and played varsity men’s ice hockey. He attended Skeleton Development Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY and has run both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon.
Andrew Dreaneen - Schroders
Head of Alternative UCITS
Andrew is responsible for Alternative UCITS at Schroders and is involved in the strategy and development of Schroders Alternative UCITS program GAIA (Global Alternative Investor Access). Prior to this Andrew was Head of Product Development for a number of Schroders UCITS and alternative fund ranges. Andrew joined Schroders in 2000 and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Business Degree from Massey University, New Zealand.
|Ben Durrant - ICG Advisors, LLC.|
Ben Durrant is a director at ICG Advisors, LLC; an independent investment consulting firm based in Los Angeles. ICG acts as an “Outsourced chief investment officer” for wealthy families, endowments, and foundations, and currently consults to just over $3.5 billion in assets for approximately 60 clients. Ben has many roles at the firm including investment manager due diligence, client servicing, and portfolio construction and modeling. Further, he serves as a member of the investment committee. Prior to ICG, Ben spent several years as an institutional trader at both Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank in New York, he was head trader at Vantis Capital; a global macro hedge fund in Los Angeles and was a partner on a team within Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking & Investment Group in Los Angeles that managed $4.5 billion for high-net-worth individuals.
Benjamin Fanger - Shoreline Capital
Co Founder & Managing Director
Mr. Fanger co‐founded Shoreline Capital Management, Ltd. in 2004 to invest in distressed assets and special situations in China. The firm currently manages over US$550 million, with principal balances on its distressed debt holdings totaling over US$2 billion. Mr. Fanger works with the team to formulate the company’s investment strategies and is involved in the sourcing, analysis, negotiations, restructurings and liquidations related to acquiring and disposing distressed assets in China. He has worked directly with Chinese sellers, borrowers, judges and high‐level government officials. Prior to founding Shoreline, Mr. Fanger was involved as a founding member in the start‐up and exits of several firms, with the majority of his career being China‐focused. He has done work on Chinese nonperforming loans investments and private equity deals with the field’s leading team of attorneys. Mr. Fanger has been fluent in spoken and written Chinese for fifteen years and has spent three years living in Greater China. He also holds a JD and MBA from University of Chicago and is a licensed attorney in the State of California.
David N. Feldman - Richardson & Patel
David N. Feldman is a Partner of Richardson & Patel in its New York City office. His practice focuses on corporate and securities matters and general representation of public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and high net worth individuals. He also actively advises on mergers and acquisitions and private equity, debt, venture capital and other financings.
David is considered one of the country's leading experts on alternatives to traditional initial public offerings, including reverse mergers, in which a private company becomes publicly traded through a merger with a publicly held "shell" company. His book on the subject, Reverse Mergers and Other Alternatives to a Traditional IPO, Second Edition (Bloomberg Press) was originally published in 2006, has been translated into Chinese and the second edition was released in December 2009. In 2011, TheStreet.com labeled the book the “seminal text” on reverse mergers.
A Wharton School graduate, David is the former Chair of Wharton’s worldwide alumni association board. He is a frequent public speaker, seminar leader and counsel on issues unique to small and midcap companies. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV and National Public Radio and been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Law Journal, The Deal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CFO magazine and others. David is also a contributor to An Issuer’s Guide to PIPEs (Bloomberg Press, 2009) and PIPES: A Guide to Private Investments in Public Equity, Revised and Updated Edition (Bloomberg Press, 2005). David's blog, www.reversemergerblog.com, is visited by thousands of professionals each month. David is also a regular contributor on entrepreneurship to Slate.com's small business site at http://bizbox.slate.com.
David serves on a number of charitable boards as well as those of public companies. He has previously been a member of or associated with the law firms of Feldman LLP, Feldman & Ellenoff; Pryor Cashman LLP; Reavis & McGrath (now Fulbright & Jaworski); and Rivkin Radler LLP. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan N. Feniak, MBA - Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
Jonathan Feniak is a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and is based out of the firm’s Cherry Creek Colorado office. Jonathan’s investment philosophy centers on minimizing downside risk in his clients’ portfolios. This is achieved by developing custom investment strategies which utilize alternative portfolio solutions and separately managed accounts. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Jonathan served in various executive and partner roles with alternative investment firms in Colorado, New Jersey and Connecticut. Jonathan co-founded the Colorado Alternative Investment Group in April, 2009 in order to create a forum for the open exchange of information and ideas between investment professionals within Colorado's alternative investment community. Jonathan earned his MBA from Rutgers University Graduate School of Management and his B.A. in English from Rutgers University. He resides in Denver Colorado with his wife, Meredith and twin 10-year old boys.
Matthew O. Fitzmaurice - AWJ Capital Partners
Founder, Managing Partner, and Co-Portfolio Manager
Mr. Fitzmaurice is a Founder, Managing Partner and Co-Portfolio Manager of AWJ Capital Partners, LLC. From 2002 to 2005, he was a founder and co-portfolio manager of a long/short equity hedge fund, Talaria Partners, LLC. Prior to Talaria he was with Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., an investment advisor focused on private and public market emerging-growth companies, where he designed and developed hedged products strategies and managed a venture capital fund. From 1989 through 1998, Mr. Fitzmaurice was with the Minneapolis investment bank, Wessels, Arnold & Henderson, where he became a partner and specialized in emerging growth stocks and was responsible for servicing many of the industry’s best performing hedge funds and dedicated short sellers. In addition to his public market experience, Mr. Fitzmaurice has extensive experience in late stage venture capital. His combined hedge fund and venture capital experience is further enhanced by his legal training.
Mr. Fitzmaurice received his BA from Georgetown University in 1982 and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. Mr. Fitzmaurice resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Svein Floden - Deutsche Bank Asset & Wealth Managment
Director and Head of Hedge Fund Distribution-Americas
Svein Floden is a Director and Head of Hedge Fund Distribution-Americas for Deutsche Bank Asset & Wealth Management. Previously, Mr. Floden was Head of Hedge Fund Distribution for Private Wealth Management – International in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, he was a Senior Hedge Fund Advisor providing technical sales support coverage for Latin America, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia. Mr. Floden also held several management and sales positions within PWM Latin America in New York. Before joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Floden was a Relationship Officer at the Citigroup Private Bank, responsible for client relationships for the Latin America team based in New York. Mr. Floden holds a B.S. in finance from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a native Spanish and Norwegian speaker, and is also fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese.
Bertrand Fry - Pryor Cashman's Coporate Group
Bertrand Fry is a partner in Pryor Cashman’s Corporate Group and is co-head of the firm’s Investment Management Group. Bert has nearly twenty years of general corporate and transactional experience that includes extensive experience with alternative investment vehicles. In addition to having launched and advised a diverse array of U.S. and non-U.S. investment products, including vehicles engaged in macro, distressed, private equity, venture capital, and real estate investing, debt origination, and quantitative trading of securities and futures, his practice has included, among other things, structuring and advising investment managers and advisers, private company mergers & acquisitions, and joint ventures. Bert is particularly well attuned to the business needs of his clients, based on more than a decade of in-house experience at the D. E. Shaw group, where Bert was a Senior Vice President and served for a period as Acting General Counsel. During his tenure there, the D. E. Shaw group included several SEC-registered investment advisers and, at its apex, managed approximately $40 billion across various strategies and multiple funds. Bert also launched and advised a wide range of hedge funds, funds of funds, and their managers as a member of the London office of
Dechert LLP. Bert earned his J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where he was also an articles editor for the Texas Law Review and received the Outstanding Second-Year Member Award from the Texas Law Review, the Gilbert I. Low Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law, and Highest Achievement in Contracts.
Charles Flynn - North Channel
Charles Flynn is a portfolio manager for North Channel, a single family office, where he has responsibility for investments in all asset classes. Before North Channel, he was Co-Portfolio Manager of the Mariner Explorer Fund, a fund of hedge funds focusing on non-traditional investment strategies such as insurance-linked securities, commodities and royalty assets. Prior to joining Mariner Mr. Flynn was a Director and Portfolio Manager for K2 Advisors, a fund of hedge funds firm. Before joining K2, Mr. Flynn worked for Securitas Capital, LLC, a private equity firm focusing on investments in the financial services industry. Mr. Flynn graduated from Yale University in 2000 with a B.A. degree in Economics.
Michael Fox - Park City Capital LLC
Founder and Managing Partner
Michael J. Fox is the Founder and Managing Partner of Park City Capital, a research intensive investment management firm that he launched 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 since 2005. 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, Mr. Fox was selected as an analyst on the William C. Connor Educational Investment Fund, an entirely student-managed endowment fund.
|Ben Francois - Canterbury Consulting|
Ben is an Investment Consultant to foundations, endowments, and families. In that role, he advises clients in the areas of investment strategy, manager selection, risk management, and portfolio construction and monitoring. Prior to Canterbury, Ben was with Bunker Hill Capital, a control-oriented private equity fund. From 2001-2008, Ben managed SFP, a multi-generational family office, performing asset allocation, manager selection, and making direct debt and equity investments. He serves as a Philanthropic Partner of the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and is a member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle. Ben holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Southern California where he was a Dean’s Scholar.
Charles P. Friedberg - Stride Capital Group
CFA-Partner, Cheif Investment Officer
Charles brings over 17 years of industry experience to the Stride team. Charles, as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, most recently started a fund-of-funds business for Angelo Gordon & Co. in 2003 that focused on emerging and undiscovered investment managers and grew to $1 billion in assets under management. Prior to that, while working at SEI Investments, Charles, as Director, conceptualized, developed and grew what became SEI's Pension Connect 360 pension management platform that has advised $23 billion in retirement plan assets through December 2010. Previously, Charles was a Senior Vice President and formerly the fifth employee at InvestorForce, helping lead and grow the firm. In addition, he was a key member of the management team responsible for raising over $70 million in strategic capital. Charles began his career as an investment analyst at SEI Investments, leading the development and management of the firm's International Equity funds. Charles studied finance and Japanese at Lehigh University, graduating in 1994 with honors. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Philip Gocke - Options Industry Council (OIC).
Managing Director of Research and Educational Stratergy
Phil Gocke is Managing Director of research and educational strategy for institutional investors at the Options Industry Council (OIC). In this role, he is responsible for educating pension funds, hedge funds and money management firms about the benefits and risks of exchange-traded options. Mr. Gocke also works with academic institutions to commission research, serves as a spokesperson for OIC, presents options material at educational seminars and writes options-related articles. Mr. Gocke is also the founder and President of the options trading firm, Brite Sky LLC. Brite Sky uses proprietary mathematical and technical models for electronic execution on broad and narrow equity option indices. Previously Mr. Gocke was a Managing Director and CEO of Van Der Moolen Options U.S.A. LLC. Prior to that Mr. Gocke was a Managing Director of Tague Van Der Moolen LLC and held a similar position for 15 years with Tague Securities Corporation/BancAmerica Options, Inc. until TSC was acquired by TVDM in April 1999. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gocke was a Vice President and Chief Advisor for Bank of America's Financial Market Advisory Group and a senior foreign exchange trader for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Mr. Gocke received an MBA degree from New York University and a BA in Economics from Lafayette College.
|Jay Goldstein - Avalon Lake Partners|
Jay Goldstein has over 30 years of financial services experience. Prior to launching Avalon Lake Partners, Jay was a member of Sala Associates since its inception and joined WTP Capital Markets as a Director after the firm’s acquisition. Previously, he had his own consulting firm which focused on financing and turning around distressed companies. Jay has also acted as the CAO/COO for a trade execution platform and as the CFO for the technology group of a renowned hedge fund. Additionally, he has held various senior level positions at Salomon Brothers including Deputy Head of Asia Pacific Equities and Deputy Head of Global Equity Derivatives. While at Salomon, he worked with Lou Sala and together they restructured Salomon’s Asia Pacific business. Jay earned his B.S. from the School of Professional Accounting at CW Post College, part of Long Island University.
Eli R. Goodman - comScore, Inc
Mr. Goodman leads the business development and research team for comScore’s Product Specialty division, where he plays an integral role in educating the industry on how to best merge marketing functions across platforms, including traditional portals, online video, television, search, social media, display advertising, and mobile. He is a 13-year veteran of the technology and market research industry, with experience in search, display advertising, mobile, video, branding, public relations, and marketing.
Prior to joining comScore, Eli worked at Hitwise, where he honed his knowledge of the web analytics industry, specifically focusing on search projects related to retail, travel, financial services and publishing.
Eli began his career at Gartner, Inc. as a member of the business development team for the Research & Consulting division. In this capacity, he worked with technology vendors utilizing Gartner research for market sizing, product development direction and public relations.
Eli earned a BA in Organizational and Behavior Management from Brown University in Providence, RI and currently resides in New York City.
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Joseph Greco - Meridian Equity Partners
Joseph provides equity & option trade strategy and execution to clients with activist, event arbitrage, L/S, and proprietary strategies for various family offices, institutions, hedge & pension funds. He coordinates personal & team aspects of the client experience: position management; algorithm/venue selection & optimization; cost-reduction strategies; risk management consultation; soft-dollar initiatives. He interacts with head-of-desk and PM-level clients in an outsourced trading capacity for accretive idea generation, trusted agency execution, and intelligent position management. Joseph also appears in major financial media to provide insightful and accurate market commentary as a reputable practitioner.
Prior to joining Meridian, Joseph traded merger spreads at Cuttone & Co, and spent time researching and advising private clients on financial strategies for their HNW families. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001 with a degree in Financial Systems, and spent time studying in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Joseph continues to broaden his understanding of the industry through various courses, literature and trade organizations, like TAAAPs, where he contributes as an Executive Board Member. He maintains Series 7, 55, and 63 licenses.