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.
KEITH BLACK, Ph.D., CAIA, CFA Managing Director of Curriculum and Exams, CAIA Association
Keith Black, currently serves as Managing Director of Curriculum and Exams for the CAIA Association. During his most recent role at Ennis Knupp + Associates, Keith advised foundations, endowments and pension funds on their asset allocation and manager selection strategies in hedge funds, commodities and managed futures. Dr. Black previously served as an assistant professor and senior lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart school.
Dr. Black is the author of the book “Managing a Hedge Fund” and is a contributing author of the CAIA Level I and Level II textbooks. He has been published in a number of academic journals, including the CFA Digest. Institutional Investor Magazine named Dr. Black to its list of “Rising Stars of Hedge Funds” in 2010. Dr. Black earned a BA from Whittier College, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
DEAN CHOKSI, CFA Executive Director of Finance & Head of Investor RelationsFifth Street Management LLC
Dean Choksi is the Executive Director of Finance and Head of Investor Relations of Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ:FSFR) – both publicly-traded business development companies (BDCs). Mr. Choksi joined Fifth Street in June 2012 after over 10 years in sell-side equity research and sales.
Prior to joining Fifth Street, he spent two years as the senior consumer and specialty finance equity research analyst at UBS where he published extensively on BDCs and provided investment recommendations to institutional investors. Mr. Choksi also worked for four years at Lehman Brothers / Barclays Capital in equity research where he was responsible for following multiple financial services sub-sectors. Additionally, he has five years of experience in equity research and equity research sales roles at RBC, Wells Fargo Securities and SoundView Technology Group.
Mr. Choksi received his B.B.A. in Finance and Economics from James Madison University and is a CFA charterholder.
WALTER DAVIS Alternatives Investment Strategist, Invesco
As Alternatives Investment Strategist, Walter Davis serves as Invesco's primary alternatives representative to retail, high net worth and institutional clients across the major broker dealers, wirehouses and RIAs. He is responsible for collaborating across Invesco’s alternative strategies to develop a cohesive alternatives education program for financial advisors and investors.
Prior to joining Invesco in 2014, Mr. Davis served as a managing director in Morgan Stanley's Alternative Investments Department, and earlier as director of High Net Worth and Institutional Sales. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in the Alternative Investments Department. He has worked in the industry since 1991.
Mr. Davis graduated cum laude with a BA in economics from the University of the South. He earned an MBA in finance and international business from Columbia Business School. He holds the Series 3, 7, 24 and 63 registrations.
CHRISTINE JOHNSON Head of Alternatives Product Management and Senior Vice President, AllianceBernstein
Ms. Christine Johnson has been Head of Alternatives Product Management and Senior Vice President at AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. since December 18, 2013. Ms. Johnson joined AllianceBernstein's growing alternatives team and collaborate with senior investment and distribution executives to drive the growth of the AllianceBernstein's alternatives business. Her primary responsibilities is to shape a strategic vision and brand for the platform, focus the team on key business opportunities, and partner with distribution channels to position products and support client engagement. She joined AllianceBernstein from Deutsche Asset Management, where she served as Head of Retirement and Multi-Asset for the Global Client Group's Americas region and served as its Director of Alternative and Asset Allocation Strategy. She served as Vice President of the Asset Consulting Group at Bankers Trust Company. She holds a bachelor's degree from Pace University and a Master's of Business Association from Fordham University. She is a CFA Charterholder.
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.
FRANK MULLER JR. Chief Executive Officer, Behringer Securities LP & Executive Vice President, Behringer
Robert Franklin (Frank) Muller, Jr. is executive vice president and head of distribution at Behringer. He also serves as chief executive officer of Behringer Securities LP. In this role, Mr. Muller leads the company's distribution efforts and directs institutional and retail sales strategies. In a career spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Muller has accumulated broad experience building and managing multi-channel distribution services for investment management sponsors.
In the two years prior to joining the company, Mr. Muller was a managing director and partner with Kiski Group, LLC, where he was responsible for sourcing capital for institutional investment managers in the alternative investment space. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Muller was president and a board member of Hines Real Estate Investments, Inc. He served as vice president of Hines Advisors LP, which manages the Hines REIT and Hines Global REIT. Mr. Muller also served on the board of trustees and executive committee of the Investment Program Association—the trade association of the direct investment industry.
From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Muller was the national director of sales for Morgan Stanley's Investment Management Group in New York. From 1991 to 2000, he served as the executive director of Van Kampen Investments in Chicago. Mr. Muller began his career working as a corporate controller and financial advisor. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 securities licenses.
BOB RICE Managing Partner, Tangent Capital, Contributor, Fox News
Bob Rice is the Alternative Investment Editor at Bloomberg Television, and segment host of “Bob’s Buzzwords”on Money Moves, the only show on television exclusively devoted to Alternative Investing.
Bob has been involved in Alternatives world for 30 years. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of merchant bank Tangent Capital and serves on boards of investment management firms with over $2 billion of assets under management, as well as Gust, the leading platform for seed stage companies and investors.
After starting his career at the U.S. Justice Department, he worked on the early generations of derivatives as a partner at premiere Wall Street’s law firm Milbank, Tweed. He then entered the private equity world via Wexford Capital, where he launched a 3D technology startup that later became the publicly traded Viewpoint, of which he served as CEO.
In 2004, he founded Tangent, whose principals have raised and invested several billions of dollars for and in alternative funds and transactions. Bob has appeared on dozens of major media outlets around the world, and frequently presents at professional, educational, and business events on topics concerning successful strategies for rapidly changing environments. His recently published book, The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments that Drive the World's Best Performing Portfolios (HarperCollins, 2013) hit #8 on the Wall Street Journal Best-seller list in it’s first week.
BRIAN SINGER Partner, CFA, Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team, William Blair
Brian Singer is the Head of the Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team. Prior to joining William Blair and Company in 2011, he was the Head of Investment Strategies of Singer Partners, LLC. Mr. Singer was the former head of Global Investment Solutions and Americas Chief Investment Officer for UBS Global Asset Management. He was a member of the UBS Group Managing Board and Global Asset Management Executive Committee. Brian was a board member and former chair of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and is also a former member of the Research Foundation of CFA Institute Board of Trustees. He was elected to the Board in 2004 and previously served as chair of the Candidate Curriculum Committee. Brian serves on the Exeter College at Oxford University Endowment Investment Committee and is the chairman of the Milton Friedman inspired organization ‘Free To Choose Network.’ In 1991, Brian co-wrote a landmark update to one of the pioneering studies on asset allocation, ‘Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update,’ with Gary Brinson and Gilbert Beebower. In 2009, Brian was the lead author of ‘Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management’, Wiley Publishing.
MARC SOCOL Director of Sales, Elite Access, Jackson National Life Distributors LLC
Marc Socol is the director of sales for Elite Access for the Jackson National Life Distributors LLC (JNLD) distribution channel. Prior to the launch of Elite Access, Marc served as a regional director and wholesaler for JNLD. He has more than 15 years of financial services industry experience and his background includes management, sales and distribution.
Marc graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Long Beach State University. He currently holds FINRA Series 6, 26, 63 and 65 registrations and a life license.
DOROTHY WEAVER Chairman & CEO, Collins Capital Investments
Dorothy C. Weaver is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Collins Capital Investments, LLC, an investment management company managing multi-manager, multi-strategy funds of hedge funds, a position she has held since 1995. From 1989 to 1994, she served as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Miami under Alan Greenspan.
With over 35 years of leadership experience in finance, real estate, energy, and emerging markets, Ms. Weaver is expertly qualified to offer unique insights into the challenges facing global economies, policy leaders and investors today. She served as Chairman of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors for the State of Florida, and was a founding director of Enterprise Florida, an innovative public-private partnership that replaced Florida’s Department of Commerce.
Recognized as a pioneer in hedge funds, having invested in them since the late 1980s, Ms. Weaver has a deep understanding of the role of alternatives in portfolios. She was named one of Hedge Fund Journal’s “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” in 2011 and received 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ “Industry Leadership Award” in 2010. Ms. Weaver can offer fresh perspectives on the need for diversification with the goal of low volatility and non-correlation, particularly in the current environment of concern over volatility in the equity markets and bond portfolios in a rising rate environment.
Visionary, entrepreneur and community leader, Ms. Weaver has held numerous positions of civic responsibility and can offer an articulate examination of the relationship between Wall Street and Main Street. Her leadership positions include serving as Chairman of the Business Leadership Council, Chairman of the Workforce Development Committee of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Education and Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She served on the Investment Committee of the American Red Cross, coordinated rescue and relief efforts following Hurricane Andrew and negotiated the Federal Relief Package.
In addition, Ms. Weaver has served as a role model and mentor to many women, and speaks compellingly about her experiences as a prominent woman in finance. She served for 17 years as a member of the Board of Trustees and chaired the Executive Committee of Wellesley College, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
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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