CLIFFORD ASNESS Ph.D. Managing and Founding Principal, AQR Capital Management

Cliff is a Founder, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer at AQR Capital Management. He is an active researcher and has authored articles on a variety of financial topics for many publications, including The Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Analysts Journal and The Journal of Finance. He has received the best paper award from The Journal of Portfolio Management twice. From Financial Analysts Journal he has twice received the Graham and Dodd Award for the year’s best paper, a Graham and Dodd Excellence Award, the award for the best perspectives piece and the Graham & Dodd Readers’ Choice Award. In 2006, CFA Institute presented Cliff with the James R. Vertin Award, which is periodically given to individuals who have produced a body of research notable for its relevance and enduring value to investment professionals. Prior to co-founding AQR Capital Management, he was a Managing Director and Director of Quantitative Research for the Asset Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. He is on the editorial board of The Journal of Portfolio Management, the governing board of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Finance at NYU, the Board of Directors of the Q-Group and the Board of the International Rescue Committee. Cliff received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School and a B.S. in engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude in both. He received an M.B.A. with high honors and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago, where he was Eugene Fama’s student and teaching assistant for two years (so he still feels guilty when trying to beat the market).

JEFF BENJAMIN Senior Columnist, InvestmentNews

Jeff Benjamin, senior columnist for InvestmentNews, covers a full range of investing strategies in the context of the overall financial advice industry. He also writes the weekly Investment Insights column, featuring various investment opportunities. Mr. Benjamin joined InvestmentNews in March 2000 from Cerulli Associates in Boston, where he worked as a consultant specializing in the managed accounts and hedge funds industries. Prior to that he covered the money management industry as a reporter for Dow Jones News Service in New York. Mr. Benjamin began his career in Maryland where he worked as a business reporter for a number of news organizations, including The Baltimore Daily Record. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. During his career, Mr. Benjamin has received more than two dozen national and regional awards for news reporting.

CONSUELO MACK Executive Producer and Managing Editor, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, Contributing Correspondent, InvestmentNews

Consuelo Mack has a long and distinguished career in business journalism. In 2005 she struck out on her own to launch her dream program, a weekly half-hour program on public television devoted to helping Americans build and protect their wealth over the long-term. Now in its ninth season, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack is the only program on television devoted to long-term investing. It has been dubbed the “Cramer Antidote” by the press and Money Magazine named Mack “The Best Money TV Host.”

Before developing WealthTrack, Mack spent over a decade at The Wall Street Journal as the Anchor and Managing Editor of its weekly, syndicated business program, “The Wall Street Journal Report.” During her tenure it won the Overseas Press Club award, the Gracie award and was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy award for excellence in background and analysis. Mack’s international experience includes being the Anchor and Editor of “The Asian Wall Street Journal Report,” a weekly business program syndicated throughout Asia.

Mack also played a critical role in CNBC’s strategic alliance with Dow Jones, the parent company of The Wall Street Journal. Anchor of a morning show, reporter for a daily “Strategy Session”, she also anchored “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street” in its final months on both CNBC and PBS.

She has received several honors including the first Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Print and Electronic Financial Journalism from the Women’s Economic Roundtable and the Malcom S. Forbes Public Awareness Award. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, The Women’s Forum and is a member of the YMCA of Greater New York Board Emeritus and the AMERICAN MU$EUM OF FINANCE.

SHUNDRAWN A. THOMAS EVP, ETF Group, FlexShares ETFs, Northern Trust

Shundrawn Thomas serves as Executive Vice President and Head of the Exchange Traded Funds Group at Northern Trust Asset Management. In this capacity, he is chiefly responsible for developing long-term strategy, executing operating plans, working with regulatory agencies, managing vendor relationships and attracting and developing talented professionals. He is also responsible for managing financial, operational and reputational risk across the business. Shundrawn serves as a trustee of the registered investment company that oversees the ETF business activities.

Previously, Shundrawn served as President and Chief Executive of Northern Trust Securities, Inc., responsible for overseeing financial management and working with regulators including FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He also served as Head of Corporate Strategy for Northern Trust Corporation as a direct report to the Chief Executive Officer. In this role Shundrawn supported executive management across key strategic planning initiatives. Prior to joining Northern Trust, Shundrawn served as a vice president for Goldman, Sachs & Co. and held positions in sales, trading and research with Morgan Stanley.

Shundrawn received a B.S. degree in accounting from Florida A&M University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Shundrawn currently holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses. He serves on the boards of the Florida A & M University Foundation, Communities in Schools Chicago and Urban Ministries, Inc., a privately held publishing and media company. Shundrawn is also a trustee as well as a member of the Executive Board for Wheaton College, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

KEVIN WHITE, CFA Senior Vice President, Investment Strategy & Research, American Realty Capital Properties

Kevin White, CFA serves as Senior Vice President, Investment Strategy & Research at American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP). In this role, he is responsible for articulating ARCP’s views on the U.S. economy and commercial real estate markets, providing portfolio analysis in support of the investment process, and leading ARCP’s research and strategy organization.

Mr. White has more than 15 years of experience in macroeconomic and financial analysis, global real estate analysis and forecasting. He is an author, editor and seasoned speaker at industry conferences and client events. Prior to joining ARCP, he was a Real Estate Strategist with Property & Portfolio Research, an economist with International Data Corporation, and a tax policy officer with the Department of Finance for the Government of Canada.

Originally from Canada, Mr. White earned his B.A. in economics from Queen’s University and his M.A. in economics from the University of British Columbia. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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