We are committed to empowering financial advisors everywhere.

Our goal is to help financial advisors win new business, increase wallet share and improve client outcomes.

About Us

CAIS is the leading alternative investment platform for financial advisors who seek improved access to and education about alternative investment funds and products.

CAIS provides financial advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies including, hedge funds, private equity, private credit, real estate and structured notes, allowing them to capitalize on opportunities and/or withstand ever-changing markets. Additionally, CAIS provides an industry-leading learning system, CAIS IQ, that helps advisors learn faster, remember longer and improve client outcomes.

All funds listed on CAIS undergo Mercer’s independent due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Mercer diligence reports and fund ratings are available to advisors on the CAIS password-protected platform. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with Fidelity, Schwab and Pershing, making investing in alternatives simple.

Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, is empowering wealth management by leveling the playing field for financial advisors everywhere. Securities offered through CAIS Capital LLC, member FINRA,SIPC.

Leadership Team

Founder, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer

Matt Brown is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of CAIS. He has spent over 30 years at the intersection of wealth management, alternative investments, and platform design. He began his career as a financial advisor at Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney. In 2009, Matt founded CAIS, the first truly open marketplace for alternative investments, where financial advisors and asset managers can engage and transact directly on a massive scale. Financial advisors, the professionals we designate to oversee our economic futures, do not have the same access to alternative investments in comparison to large institutions. CAIS is changing that. Matt believes entrepreneurship is the major driver of economic and social change. He’s spent the better part of two decades working with Endeavor, the world’s leading organization for high impact entrepreneurs. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to mentor dozens of entrepreneurs from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Matt is honored to have been on Endeavor’s South African and Turkish Boards which ultimately led to a position on the Global Board of Directors. The experience deepened his belief that helping entrepreneurs build and scale their businesses promotes economic growth and prosperity. It’s Matt’s personal mission to ensure that anyone with a dream, and the drive to achieve it, have an equal opportunity to make it happen.

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Director of Business Development, CAIS IQ

Michelle Browning is the Director of Business Development for CAIS IQ. Michelle has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years with 15 years of experience in alternative investments. Prior to CAIS, she worked at Merrill Lynch, ATEL Securities, LEAF Financial Corporation, W. P. Carey, AI Insight and Alternative Investment Exchange. Michelle received her BS from the University of Arizona and has held the FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Managing Director, Operations & Risk Management

Chris heads the Operations team and is responsible for platform funds and investment product operations, including onboarding, integration of workflows, reporting and advisor/manager relations. Chris also chairs the CAIS Operational Risk Management Committee. He has over 20 years of operational experience in alternative investment firms, including Mizuho, Vegasoul, Traxis Partners, and R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management. Chris received his BS from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Villanova University.

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Chief Operating Officer

Brendan Cuddihy is the Chief Operating Officer at CAIS and is responsible for overseeing Fund Operations, Client Service, and Marketing teams. Brendan is responsible for funds and investment product operations, including onboarding, integration of workflows, reporting, and investor/manager relations. In addition, he is responsible for overseeing the development and delivery of all marketing activities, including product launches, events, messaging, and thematic campaigns. He has over 8 years of experience in the asset management and financial services industry, having worked at US Bancorp and Moody’s Corporation. Brendan graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Economics and received his MBA from Marist College. Brendan holds his Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.

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Head of Data

George Davies is the Head of Data and brings a unique blend of Wall Street experience, analytical skills, and technical knowledge to CAIS. Over the last 20 years, he has built up an impressive track record of developing innovative quantitative and technical solutions in the financial services and FinTech spaces. Prior to joining CAIS George spent over 10 years in the financial industry developing quantitative trading strategies, risk analytics and systems infrastructure, and most recently founded and managed the Data team at SmartAsset.

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Director, Product Specialist

Tim Donaldson is a Director on the Alternatives Investment group at CAIS. He responsible for client management and product support in the South Central Region. Tim has over fourteen years of experience in the asset management and financial services industry at companies including PineBridge, Credit Suisse and Bear Stearns. He holds a BA from Hobart College.

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Managing Director, Platform and Operations Technology

Mark Evans is responsible for the engineering and operation of platform technology and infrastructure at CAIS. Mark brings over 20 years of experience managing infrastructure, software delivery, quality assurance, and IT operations teams within the financial industry. Prior to joining CAIS, he spent 14 years at MarketAxess, and more recently, 6 years at AQR Capital Management, where he was Head of Production Engineering. Mark received his BA in English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Director, Enterprise Relationship Management

Evangelia Karanikas is Director of Enterprise Relationship Management at CAIS. She oversees client management, onboarding and ongoing support, working closely with national accounts to understand their business requirements and integrate their processes to the platform. Evangelia has over 10 years of experience in alternative investments and wealth management. Prior to CAIS, she worked at JPMorgan and received her BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Evangelia holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Director of Marketing

Nicole Krempa is a Director of Marketing at CAIS where she oversees all marketing related activities. She brings over 15 years of experience within the financial services industry. Prior to joining CAIS, Nicole served as the Director of Alternative Investments Marketing at BNY Mellon. Prior to BNY Mellon, Nicole worked at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she served as the Executive Director of Global Investments Marketing. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Nicole held positions at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, New York Life, and Oppenheimer Funds. Nicole earned her MBA in Marketing and Finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business and graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in International Economics with a Concentration in Finance & Commerce. She holds her Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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Director, Product Specialist

Colin is responsible for managing relationships with our wealth management clients in the Northeast. He has over nine years of experience in the asset management and financial services industry. Prior to joining CAIS, Colin worked in Mexico City for Endeavor’s Entrepreneur Search & Selection team. Colin received his BA from the University of Vermont.

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Director of Operations

Sean Meehan is Director of Operations at CAIS. He is responsible for platform transactions and ecosystem integrations. Sean has over 8 years of experience in alternative investments and financial services. Prior to CAIS, he worked at BNY Mellon and received his BS from the University of Connecticut. Sean holds his FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.

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Managing Director, CAIS IQ

Nic brings over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked at firms including BlackRock and Salient. As Managing Director of CAIS IQ, he is responsible for developing investment intelligence and insights to help drive industry-wide education on alternatives. Nic received his Bachelor’s degree from Deakin University and his Master’s degree from FINSIA, both located in Australia. Nic also holds both the CFA and CAIA charters.

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Director, Finance

Markus Persson is responsible for leading all areas of finance and accounting for the firm. He has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, having worked at firms including KPMG and Point72. Markus received his B.S./M.S. from Long Island University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.

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Senior Managing Director, Structured Solutions

Marc Premselaar heads the Structured Solutions group at CAIS. Marc is responsible for overseeing the origination, distribution, and client coverage across all regions for the Structured Solutions group. He has over 13 years of capital markets and financial services industry experience. Prior to joining CAIS, Marc worked at Barclays Wealth, K2 Global Consulting, UBS Wealth Management. Marc received his BS from the University of Maryland and holds FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, and 66 licenses.

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Director, Technology Business Management

Deepak Puri is Head of Business Management, Technology at CAIS. He brings over 20 years of business management, portfolio analytics and planning experience in the technology domain and financial services industry. Prior to joining CAIS, Deepak has worked in a similar capacity at financial institutions including Barclays, JP Morgan, State Street and Standard Chartered. Deepak holds an MBA from National University of Singapore, and a BS from Delhi University, India. He also holds a Chartered Accountant degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

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General Counsel

Michael Richman is the General Counsel at CAIS and is responsible for firm legal, compliance, and regulatory affairs. He has over 13 years of experience with a focus on alternative investments and wealth management. Prior to CAIS, Michael served as Director and Associate General Counsel for Alternative Investments at UBS. Prior to UBS, Michael worked at Fortress Investment Group. Michael received his BS from Yeshiva University and JD from Fordham University School of Law. Michael holds the FINRA Series 7 license.

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Chief Marketing Officer

Award winning independent financial advisory services leader with 25+ years’ experience driving strategic growth, advisor and client loyalty, brand creation and visibility, integrated practice enrichment programs, martech solutions, driving top line revenue for leading financial brokerage, clearing, custody, RIA and publishing firms. Extremely passionate, enthusiastic, authentic, persuasive and articulate. Able to achieve results others believed to be too challenging. Change agent experienced in leading teams through transitional situations, driving massive transformations, establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships, collaboration, and building and driving business development within start-up and young environments.

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Director, Product Specialist

Judah Schulman is a Director on the Alternatives Investment group at CAIS. Judah has over seven years of experience in the asset management and financial services industry. Prior to joining CAIS, Judah worked in New York City for Morgan Stanley and UBS in their Wealth Management Divisions. As a Director and Product Specialist, Judah is responsible for overseeing the ongoing management and new businesses development across the firm’s Midwest wealth management clients. Judah received his BS in Psychology from Yeshiva University and holds the CAIA charter as well as FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

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President & Chief Financial Officer

Tim Shannon is President and CFO of CAIS and is responsible for firm management and business development. He has over 26 years of experience in alternative investments and wealth management. Shortly after launching his career, he founded Praxis Advisory, later acquired by Bank of America,. He has held positions as Head of Business Development at Morgan Stanley Hedge Fund Partners, Managing Director at Citigroup Private Bank, COO of Traxis Partners and COO of Bernstein Private Wealth Management. Tim holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

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Chief Innovation Officer

Andrew Smith Lewis is the Chief Innovation Officer at CAIS and is responsible for key firm initiatives with a focus on furthering education and learning. Andrew is one of the founding members and original co-inventors of Cerego – an AI-driven human intelligence platform that enables anyone to learn anything. He wrote his first book in Japanese “Learn Faster, Remember Longer” and he co-authored “Social Learning Revolution” in 2008. His passion for research stretches back to his high school days at Bronx Science, and inspired him to start three education and technology companies in Tokyo, where he lived for nearly 25 years. Andrew has many years of conference speaking experience. Most recently he has presented at top industry events such as Schwab Impact, T3, SXSW, EDUCAUSE, ASU/GSV, Transforming EDU/ CES, Army Medical Symposium and Exposition, US Army TRADOC Mad Scientist, and EdTech Europe.

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Director of People Experience

Alessandra van der Meulen is responsible for curating internal culture as a competitive advantage by spearheading recruiting efforts and managing employee experience. Alessandra has over five years of experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked at DG Capital. She received her BA from the University of Virginia.

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Senior Managing Director, Head of Products & Distribution

Brad Walker is Senior Managing Director of Alternative Investments and Head of Products and Distribution at CAIS. He oversees client management, product origination, product support, product distribution, and leads the firm’s enterprise relationships. Brad has over 16 years of asset management and financial services experience. Prior to CAIS, Brad was the Director of Platform Distribution for Highbridge. Brad also worked at Morgan Stanley and Carlin Equities LLC. Brad received his BSBA from the University of Delaware. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

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Chief Technology Officer

Shane Williams is the Chief Technology Officer at CAIS and is responsible for overseeing the Product, Design, and Engineering teams. Shane brings over 20 years of experience working across the full spectrum of technical leadership, product management, and technology digital transformation within the Wealth Management and Alternative Investments industries. Shane is deeply committed to understanding customer needs in order to develop innovative technologies from concept to launch. Prior to joining CAIS, Shane spent 12 years at UBS, and most recently he served as the Head of Client Technology at AQR Capital Management. Shane received his BS and Master’s in Engineering from The University of Manchester.

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Director of Fund Operations

Kristin Zaehb is Director of Fund Operations. She has over 15 years of operational experience in the alternative investment and financial services industry. Prior to joining CAIS, Kristin served as the Head of Operations at Mizuho Alternative Investments. Kristin received her BA in Finance from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.

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Board of Directors

CAIS
Founder, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer

Matt Brown is the Founder, CEO, and Chairman of CAIS. He has spent over 30 years at the intersection of wealth management, alternative investments, and platform design. He began his career as a financial advisor at Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney. In 2009, Matt founded CAIS, the first truly open marketplace for alternative investments, where financial advisors and asset managers can engage and transact directly on a massive scale. Financial advisors, the professionals we designate to oversee our economic futures, do not have the same access to alternative investments in comparison to large institutions. CAIS is changing that. Matt believes entrepreneurship is the major driver of economic and social change. He’s spent the better part of two decades working with Endeavor, the world’s leading organization for high impact entrepreneurs. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to mentor dozens of entrepreneurs from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Matt is honored to have been on Endeavor’s South African and Turkish Boards which ultimately led to a position on the Global Board of Directors. The experience deepened his belief that helping entrepreneurs build and scale their businesses promotes economic growth and prosperity. It’s Matt’s personal mission to ensure that anyone with a dream, and the drive to achieve it, have an equal opportunity to make it happen.

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Eldridge
Co-founder, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer

Todd L. Boehly is Co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Eldridge. Mr. Boehly is an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks, Cloud9, and DraftKings.

He is Chairman of Security Benefit, and MRC, which owns dick clark productions, and has investments in A24, Fulwell 73, and Penske Media, which owns Billboard, Rolling Stone, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. Eldridge has made investments in over 70 operating businesses.

Mr. Boehly is also on the boards of Cain International, the Los Angeles Lakers, Kennedy Wilson (NYSE: KW), PayActiv, Truebill, CAIS, Vivid Seats (NASDAQ: SEAT), and Horizon Acquisition Corporation II (NYSE: HZON).

Prior to founding Eldridge, Mr. Boehly was President of Guggenheim Partners and founded the credit business at Guggenheim.

He received his B.B.A. from The College of William & Mary, where he later founded The Boehly Center for Excellence in Finance, and studied at the London School of Economics. Mr. Boehly supports epilepsy research, Focused Ultrasound Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Brunswick School, and The College of William & Mary.

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Eldridge
Principal

Todd Gilbert is a Principal at Eldridge, which he joined at its inception in 2015. He focuses on platform development and investment opportunities across the capital structure of numerous asset classes, including credit, private equity, growth equity, real estate and venture capital. He helps oversee Eldridge’s financial services and real estate investments and helped develop the firm’s equipment finance and real estate net lease platforms. Prior to joining Eldridge, Mr. Gilbert was a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners and focused on principal investing, business development and strategic transactions for Guggenheim, as well as private equity, corporate credit and special situations investments for its funds. Mr. Gilbert currently serves on the Board of Directors of Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Blackbrook Capital, National Realty Trust, Capital Integration Systems (CAIS) and Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, and is actively involved with various other Eldridge businesses. Mr. Gilbert received his B.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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Square Peg Capital
Co-founder & Partner

Tony is a Co-founder and Partner of Square Peg Capital. From inception in 2012, Square Peg today is a venture capital fund that invests in Australia, Israel and Southeast Asia with a focus on Series A and Series B.

Tony has deep experience in technology, media and telecom investing and advising and has worked and lived in Melbourne, New York, Sydney and Asia. From 1991 through 2006, Tony was with Merrill Lynch in the Investment Banking division. From 2006 through 2008, Tony was a Managing Director at Citigroup’s Sydney Investment Banking Group and Head of its TMT business in Australia and New Zealand. In 2008 Tony joined Macquarie Capital where he worked until co-founding Square Peg Capital. While at Macquarie Tony held a variety of roles including co-head of TMT for Asia and Head of Principal Investments for Macquarie Capital Asia.

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Silicon Valley Connect
Managing Director

Ellen is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Connect, working with organizations and entrepreneurs on opportunities for “networked innovation”. She also spends much of her time actively managing a portfolio of over 50 startups either as an angel investor or advisory board member. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors for learning technology company Instructure (NYSE: INST), commercial real estate finance company Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD) and social network for military and veterans company Rallypoint. She has been appointed as a Senior Advisor to the President of Arizona State University, named the “most innovative” US university by US News & World Report for four consecutive years, and co-chairs their Innovation Council.

Ellen spent the better part of a decade working with LinkedIn, including having served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, head of Corporate & Business Development and member of the Executive Team, and her original role as Advisory Board member when the company was first founded. Prior to LinkedIn, Ellen spent two years running a groundbreaking program at Stanford University, facilitating collaboration between industry partners, Silicon Valley, and the University research community by championing questions having to do with people, technology & innovation. Over her career, Ellen has held formal roles in venture capital (Softbank Venture Capital; NeoCarta Ventures; Draper Fisher Jurvetson), startups (WhoWhere, sold to Lycos; Softbook Press, sold to Gemstar; LinkedIn, LNKD), technology think tanks (Interval Research), large corporations (Apple Computer, AAPL; PriceWaterhouse Coopers), and universities (Harvard University; Arizona State University; Stanford University).

Referred to as the "Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley," Ellen now focuses a good deal of her time on topics generally associated with dynamic, rapidly-growing startups; on all aspects of the “Future of Work” (automation, AI, job displacement, skills training, and education), on various aspects of social networks within “the enterprise”; and on what it takes to build, foster and leverage innovation ecosystems and supporting organizational models.

She has a BA from the University of Michigan, and MA/PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University.

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Chief Operating Officer, Qontigo

Neal is a computer scientist with 26 years of experience in the Financial Industry. He spent 16 years of his career at quantitative managers D. E. Shaw & Co, and AQR Capital Management, where he served as Partner and Chief Technology Officer. He has also led large engineering organizations in his roles as CIO of UBS Wealth Management based in Zurich, Switzerland, and Group CIO of Deutsche Bank, based out of New York. Neal has been a recurring member of the "Institutional Investor Top 50 in Tech” lists and is currently working with early stage technology start-ups as an advisor and investor. Neal has a BS in Computer Science from Brown University.

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1812 Park, LLC | Fortigent
CEO, 1812 Park; Founder, Fortigent

Andy's firm, 1812 Park, leverages my skills and experience over the past 30 years as a President, CEO and entrepreneur in the wealth management industry. He is an executive team member for approximately ten companies to help guide CEOs, executive teams and Boards in developing and executing on their long-term strategies and business plans.

In his past, Andy has helped build two high-value, high-profile companies – Fortigent and Lydian Wealth Management. Fortigent was a leading Turnkey Asset Management Program (TAMP) focusing on advisors with high-net-worth practices. With approximately $70 billion of assets under advisement on its platform, Fortigent was sold to LPL Financial in April 2012. Lydian was an RIA specializing in wealth management solutions to the ultra-high-net worth community. With over $8 billion of assets and an average client size of approximately $45 million, LWM was sold to CitiNational Bank of Los Angeles in 2007 ​to spearhead the bank’s wealth management practice.

Andy serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Vestigo Ventures, a venture capital firm launched to fund early-stage companies offering disruptive innovations in financial technology services and Silver Lane Advisors, a premier investment bank focused exclusively on the financial services industry.

Andy is an investor in and/or advisor to a group of technology companies that, he believes, will impact the way wealth management firms engage their clients and how they run their back offices (Advizr, Betterment, and Quovo).

Andy is also an independent board member for eleven SEC registered actively managed ETFs.

Member Young Presidents Organization (YPO)

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CAIS
President & Chief Financial Officer

Tim Shannon is President and CFO of CAIS and is responsible for firm management and business development. He has over 26 years of experience in alternative investments and wealth management. Shortly after launching his career, he founded Praxis Advisory, later acquired by Bank of America,. He has held positions as Head of Business Development at Morgan Stanley Hedge Fund Partners, Managing Director at Citigroup Private Bank, COO of Traxis Partners and COO of Bernstein Private Wealth Management. Tim holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.

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Advisory Council

The CAIS Advisory Council provides ongoing input on industry trends. The group is comprised of industry leaders in the wealth management, alternative investments, custodian, and technology ecosystems.

Vios Advisors at Rockefeller Capital Management
Managing Director

Michael N. Bapis, Managing Director with Vios Advisors at Rockefeller Capital Management, brings over 20 years of wealth management and private banking experience to the practice.

Michael is dedicated to assisting clients and families, institutions and professional athletes and entertainers by providing knowledgeable insight and highly personalized client service. In utilizing global asset allocation concepts and tactical investment strategies, Michael works with clients and families to create financial portfolios that align with long-term goals and optimize their wealth.

Michael began his career at Morgan Stanley in 1998, where he spent time in various departments learning a wide array of skills and knowledge within the financial services industry. A year later in 1999, Michael became a financial advisor. During this time, he was promoted to a Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor and honored as a member of the prestigious Chairman’s Club — a group that highlights the top 150 advisors in the firm.

Michael joined Rockefeller Capital Management in September 2018. Prior to Rockefeller, Michael spent a decade at HighTower. Michael is considered a thought leader in the financial services industry, having regularly appeared on CNBC’s Trading Nation and Worldwide Exchange, Bloomberg TV and Yahoo Finance.

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Kestra Investment Services, LLC
Vice President | Investment Products

Karen Joy Bean is the VP, Investment Products for Kestra Investment Services, LLC based in Austin, Texas. Karen is responsible for strategically leading the Alternative Investment Platform, Annuity and Variable Insurance Platforms, Trust Platform, Financial Planning Suite as well as Due Diligence oversight for the firm. Collectively Karen has over 25 years Sales and Marketing experience both in and out of Financial Services.

Karen’s Financial Services career began in 1997 when she joined the American Funds in Brea, CA. Over the 10 years she spent at the American Funds, Karen enjoyed success as an Internal Wholesaler, Sales Desk Manager and Retirement Subject Matter Expert.

Before joining Kestra, Karen was the Vice President of Internal Sales and Service for a non-traded REIT firm in Southern California. At the REIT firm, Karen was responsible for training and managing the Sales Desk, as well as training the External Wholesaling Force. She was also responsible for the oversight of the day to day customer service operations as well as subscription agreement compliance.

Karen is a Board member of the Investment Program Association and is active on the Due Diligence committee. She also actively serves on the Financial Services Institute, Due Diligence committee.

Karen has a Bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton in Marketing with a Sales Management emphasis. She holds a 7, 24, 66 and 63 license.

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Kudu Investments
Managing Partner

Lee is a Managing Partner at Kudu Investment Management (KIM), which offers tailored capital solutions for asset and wealth management firms globally. Through KIM’s capital partnership with Oaktree Capital Management and White Mountains Insurance Group, Lee and the team invest minority stakes designed to minimize disruption while providing strategic guidance for growth. In addition to Lee’s role at KIM, he frequently guest lectures at universities in the United States and Europe.

Over the prior fifteen years, Lee led distribution and related execution teams at some of the world’s most successful investment management firms, including BlackRock, JP Morgan and PIMCO, where he also served on various executive, operating and global investment committees.

Before becoming an executive leader, Lee was an institutional and middle market account manager for Federated and PIMCO, covering Fortune 1000 companies, Governmental Entities and separate account relationships. Lee began his career as a university coach and assistant professor.

Lee earned an MA in Foreign Literature and Languages from the University at Albany, an MBA in Finance from Daniels College of Business at The University of Denver and was a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado. His quest for knowledge drives his ongoing education.

Lee lives in Princeton, NJ and NYC with his three sons and serves with several charities that seek to protect at-risk youth and promote better inner-city education. His passions and hobbies include surfing remote regions of the world, writing and working with his sons academic and athletic programs.

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Jefferies' Wealth Management Group
Head of Business Development & Managing Director

Mike is Head of Executive Financial Services for Jefferies’ Wealth Management Group and is the senior member of the firm’s top wealth management team in New York. Mike has been honored as one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in New York in the Barron’s annual rankings multiple times during his career. He also was recognized by Barron’s as one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors nationwide in 2015. Prior to Jefferies, Mike was a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management Group at Deutsche Bank, and a Director in the Wealth Management Group at Credit Suisse First Boston. He started his wealth management career at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, which was acquired by Credit Suisse in 2000. At CSFB, in addition to leading one of the top wealth management teams, Mike served as New York Branch Manager in 2001 and 2002. Prior to CSFB/DLJ, Mike was in a variety of roles in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to business school, he designed radar systems for Hughes Aircraft Corporation in Los Angeles. Mike received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and his MBA from Columbia University Business School.

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TBresner & Associates, Inc
Founder & CEO

Trudi is the founder of TBresner Associates, a New York- based executive communications training and messaging firm. She has over 30 years-experience coaching executives in Presentation Skills, Media Interviewing and Winning New Business. In addition, Trudi crafts clear and compelling messaging for mission statements, private and public roadshows, fund raising, sales and marketing materials, roasts and toasts and sound bites for media interviews. Select clients include, RW Baird, Time Warner, Houlihan Lokey, JP Morgan Chase, IPG, General Motors, Financial Times and Indigo AG.

Trudi received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Communications from Brooklyn College. She was an instructor at both Brooklyn College and New York University for five years. She then became Director of Training at Young & Rubicam advertising for three years prior to establishing her own company. She is an avid movie goer, loves to read, play tennis and continues to take acting and writing classes to enhance her craft. Her passion is helping each executive find their voice and the confidence to speak it.

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Strategic Wealth Partners
Principal

David has been helping clients with their financial affairs since 1981. He founded Strategic Wealth Partners in 2008 after serving as Senior Managing Director with Mesirow Financial for 21 years. He has also held investment positions with Merrill Lynch and commercial banking positions with the Harris Bank.

David has applied his many years of investment experience to the development of the firm’s investment philosophy. He is committed to imparting and managing a consistent philosophy among the SWP team and making sure that all client recommendations reflect this philosophy. David realizes that, by nature, calling short-term market moves can be treacherous. It is more important to focus on what types of risks can be expected.

David will go the extra mile to build custom solutions for clients that are best suited to their individual situations. Rather than focusing on the pure return portion of a manager’s track record, he believes clients will benefit most from strategies based on consistency. Those strategies are only discovered through due diligence and investment experience.

David is passionate about helping others succeed by continually deepening his knowledge base. He actively exchanges opinions and insights with other industry professionals. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board for CAIS, a leading alternative investment platform for independent RIAs. He is an active participant, and has been a presenter, at the annual Focus Financial CIO meetings. He has also served on the PIMCO Advisory Board and J.P. Morgan Advisory Council. In addition to advising clients, he is a committee member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JFMC/JUF) and board member of the LaRabida Children’s Hospital Foundation. Additionally, he serves as chairman of the Northmoor Education Foundation and is a member of the board of directors of the Northmoor Country Club.

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Buckingham Strategic Wealth
Board Member, Buckingham Family of Financial Services
Chairman, Buckingham Strategic Wealth

As a member of the board of directors and chairman of Buckingham Strategic Wealth, Justin focuses on forward-looking strategies, vision and growth for our advisory teams and client experiences.

Prior to joining Buckingham, Justin was a managing director with Focus Financial Partners, responsible for business development and acquisition activities with an emphasis on identifying and partnering with top advisors and independent RIA firms. Justin was also responsible for co-heading the firm’s Central region and providing existing partner firms with strategic guidance and support for organic and acquisition-based growth initiatives. In addition, Justin led select investment activities for the holding company and across the Focus partnership.

Before joining Focus, Justin served as managing director and the global head of Merrill Lynch’s Alternative Investments division, where he held the position of president and chief executive officer of three registered investment advisors. Leading a team of more than 140 origination, investment, distribution, marketing, operations, legal and compliance professionals, Justin was accountable for the oversight and management of more than 200 public and private real estate funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, managed futures funds, hybrid funds, and special purpose investment vehicles. In addition to his daily operating responsibilities, Justin also served as one of Merrill Lynch’s business regulatory liaisons, spending significant time with the office of the comptroller of the currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve, and the Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2002, Justin held leadership positions at mPower Advisors, LLC, and J.P. Morgan & Co. where he was responsible for quantitative modeling and fintech development.

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Fidelity Institutional
Head of Investment & Managed Solutions

Gary Gallagher is Head of Investment and Managed Solutions for Fidelity Institution a Investments and Technology Solutions, which offers clearing, custody and investment management products to help financial professionals, institutions and other intermediaries service their clients and grow their businesses. Fidelity Institutional is a $2 trillion asset division of Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.

Mr. Gallagher joined Fidelity Institutional in September 2011 and is responsible for developing the long-term vision and strategy for FI’s investment product offerings, providing leadership for the enhancement of the investment product line and managing its overall product roadmap. He oversees the firm’s offering involving mutual funds, ETFs, alternative investments, managed accounts, crypto currencies and digital advice solutions.

Mr. Gallagher most recently served as executive vice president, Product & Platform Development for LPL Financial in Boston beginning in 2007. In his role, he was responsible for directing product strategy, leading strategic assessments and managing the implementation of investment products and platforms. He also held the role of executive vice president, RIA Services there and led the firm’s entry into the RIA market. Prior to his time at LPL, Mr. Gallagher spent 12 years working at Fidelity Investments in various capacities, most recently acting as senior vice president, Product Management within Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services (IWS). In this role, he was responsible for product management and development activities for Fidelity’s registered investment advisor business.

Before joining Fidelity, Mr. Gallagher held product management and marketing positions with Citibank and worked in the financial services division of KPMG.

Mr. Gallagher received a bachelor of business administration from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA in general management from the University of Michigan Ross Business School.

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U.S. Capital Advisors
Senior Managing Director

Mr. Harris is a Senior Managing Director with U.S. Capital Advisors, responsible for over $900 million in assets for high net worth clients. He has more than three decades of professional experience in managing complex financial strategies emphasizing capital preservation while maximizing long-term appreciation.

Honors include Financial Advisor of the Year (Financial Advisor Magazine), Barron’s Top 1000, and he has been recognized as one of Houston’s top three wealth managers by the Houston Business Journal. His articles have been published by the Financial Times of London, Research, Ticker, and Financial Planning magazines. He has been interviewed by publications ranging from L’Economie to the Houston Chronicle and Sacramento Bee, and has appeared as a financial expert on television and radio.

David attended Swarthmore College and Kalamazoo College and earned his CIMA® (Certified Investment Management Analyst®) certification from the Wharton School of Business. He enjoys music, exercise, travel, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is active in numerous non-profit organizations in Houston.

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Schechter Investment Advisors, LLC
Managing Director

Aaron Hodari, CFP, CIMA, is a Managing Director of Schechter Wealth. Aaron Hodari works with high net worth individuals, families, business owners, and their advisors to bring them institutional quality investment management and advanced financial planning solutions. Aaron heads the firm’s branch of Private Capital, including deal sourcing, due diligence, deal structuring, and market opportunity identification. He’s also instrumental in the development of correlated and non-correlated investment alternatives, helping identify investment allocations, and manager selection. He is a sought-after speaker regarding the tax advantages for hedge funds within Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) and Private Placement Variable Annuity (PPVA).

Prior to joining Schechter, Aaron worked at BlackRock Financial Management, New York, NY in the Institutional Account Management group where he managed relationships with institutional investors including pension funds, foundations & endowments, and family offices. While there, he specialized in customized fixed-income solutions, commodities, and hedge funds.

Aaron graduated from the University of Michigan, where he majored in economics and played lacrosse. He currently sits on the school’s Dean’s Young Alumni Council. He can be reached at [email protected]

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Baird
Director of Investment Solutions

Matt Junemann is the Director of Investment Solutions for Baird’s Private Wealth Management business. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic development of the various investment, liquidity and insured solutions, and is also involved in several growth initiatives across PWM’s branch network.

Matt began his career with Baird in the Finance Department, supporting the Private Equity Business Unit and helped launch many of the firm’s various Strategic Change initiatives before joining Investment Solutions. Prior to joining Baird, Matt worked in alternative investment administration with US Bancorp and in public accounting with Ernst & Young.

Matt earned his BBA and MS-Accounting from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the FINRA Series 7 license.

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PagnatoKarp
Founding Partner

David Karp is Founding Partner at PagnatoKarp, an independent wealth specialist firm based in Reston, VA with over $3 billion in assets under advisement*. He has more than 25 years of experience providing sound financial investment and wealth strategies. David is the primary point of contact for Family Office clients of PagnatoKarp whom he has successfully advised through portfolio creation, implementation, due diligence and ongoing management. He also provides business owners with private and direct investment diligence, negotiation, and structuring.

David and his 20+ person team previously worked through HighTower Advisors and before that, he spent 15 years with Merrill Lynch where he was part of the Washington, D.C. office of the Private Banking & Investment Group. Prior to Merrill Lynch, David’s tenure includes time with Morgan Stanley as a private portfolio manager, Jeffries & Company as an investment banking associate, and Oppenheimer & Company as an equities research analyst.

In 2014, David was recognized as a fiduciary and quoted in Tony Robbins’ best-selling book, MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom, on the importance of the fiduciary standard in financial advisor/client relationships.

In the community, David was a Founding Board Member for the Spookstock Foundation, whose mission is to provide support to the families of officers from the US special forces and intelligence communities who have died in the line of duty. In 2016, David helped PagnatoKarp to build a “Home of Hope” in the Dominican Republic for a family in need. He is also active locally with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, The Langley School, and The McLean School.

A recipient of The Abby Joel Butler Scholarship at American University, David attended the Kogod School of Business. He is a member of the Washington D.C. Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife and children.

*as of 12/30/17

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Monroe Capital LLC
Managing Director, Marketing & Investor Relations
2019 CAIS Game Changer Award Winner

Dayna Kleinman has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a Senior Product Manager, she covered and oversaw multiple products in the Alternative Investment space, such as HFs/FoHFs, Private Equity, Managed Futures, Structured Products, and concentrated stock solutions. She was responsible for various aspects of Baird’s Alternative platform including product development, education, marketing and due diligence.

In her Key Account Relationship role, Dayna worked with the national account managers at Baird’s strategic partner firms; primarily mutual fund families, insurance companies and retirement plan companies. She served as their main point of contact for key initiatives, service expectations and pertinent business data. In addition, she managed the organization and distribution of thought leadership and secures their involvement in Baird’s national events.

Before her current role, Dayna was responsible for marketing and product development for the Fixed Income department at Baird, working with the traders and research; providing both account reviews and portfolio proposals. Prior to joining Baird, Dayna was the Regional Manager for Municipal Bond Marketing at Merrill Lynch.

Dayna ​has also been involved in many Baird corporate inclusion and diversity initiatives, such as serving as co-chair for the Women’s Associate Resource Group advisory board and facilitating new associate culture orientation programs.

Dayna earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from DePaul University. She holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 66, 53, 3, 31 and 24 licenses.

Dayna is married with two children, residing in downtown Chicago. Outside ​of work and family time, Dayna enjoys working out and being a Chicago sports fan. She also serves on the Ithaca College School of Business Advisory Council.

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BB&T Scott & Stringfellow
Vice President, Alternative Investments Product Manager

Mark Knezevich manages the alternative investments platform for BB&T Scott & Stringfellow., a full-service regional brokerage and financial services firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1893, the firm has 60 offices in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Florida.

As part of the Financial Services and Products team, Mark is responsible for due diligence and oversight of BB&T Scott & Stringfellow’s hedge funds, managed futures, exchange funds and private equity offerings. He brings more than 22 years of financial services experience to the role, and has specialized in alternative investments for the past 16 years.

Prior to joining BB&T Scott & Stringfellow in 2016, Mark held several notable strategic marketing and product management positions. He spent seven years as the national accounts manager for a nationally recognized alternative investments firm, which allocated more than $1 billion to hedge funds and Commodity Trading Advisors. Mark also served as a consultant to a managed futures firm that pioneered the modern landscape for alternative investment mutual funds. From 2002 until 2008, Mark was the alternative investments marketing manager ​for the nation’s 3rd largest broker-dealer, where he trained financial advisors and supported their needs regarding hedge funds, private equity, managed futures and commodity funds.

Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary Washington. He holds Series 7, 3, 65, 63 and 30 securities registrations.

BB&T Scott & Stringfellow is a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. BB&T Securities, LLC is a wholly owned nonbank subsidiary of BB&T Corporation.

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The Colony Group
Director of Private Strategies

Jonathan is Director of Private Strategies and Principal at The Colony Group. He is responsible for manager selection, due diligence and oversight of the firm’s hedge fund, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, and other non-public investments. Previously, Jonathan was an Investment Analyst at Prosper Advisors, where he focused on investment research, due diligence, and portfolio construction and served on the firm’s investment committee. Before Prosper, he held an analyst role at an institutional asset management company based in New York. There, he assisted in fund development focused primarily on leveraged loans, asset-backed securities, and structured credit. Jonathan earned a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University.

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Signature Estate & Investment Advisors, LLC
Chief Investment Officer

Deron McCoy, CFA, CFP®, CAIA, AIF® is the Chief Investment Officer at SEIA and has served on the firm’s Investment Committee since 2001. As managing director of SEIA’s Department of Investment Management & Economic Strategy (DIMES), Mr. McCoy has duties that are varied and include acting as Head Portfolio Manager on the firm’s discretionary accounts as well as leading the research team in developing the global macro strategy, ultimately incorporated into the firm’s investment models and asset allocation strategies. Mr. McCoy also coordinates the investment due diligence and manages search processes.

Mr. McCoy received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics-Applied Science with a specialization in Economics and Business Management from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. He has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner under the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. since 1998, and has held the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation issued by the CFA Institute in 2002, thereby making Mr. McCoy one of only 940 active CFA® charter holders to hold both the CFA® and CFP® designations. He also has held the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation since 2009 and has been an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) as of 2011.

Mr. McCoy currently resides in Pacific Palisades, California with his wife and two children.

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SEI Investment Manager Services
President & Head of SEI ​Investment Manager Services

Steve Meyer is the President and Head of SEI’s Investment Manager Services division, which is dedicated to providing the advanced operating infrastructure and comprehensive operational outsourcing solutions needed by asset managers, asset owners and family offices to successfully compete. In this role, Steve is responsible for driving the unit’s global strategy of providing front-, middle- and back-office platform solutions to the array of products and strategies investment managers may offer, enabling them to gain scale and efficiency and keep pace with marketplace demands. Steve is an Executive Vice President of SEI and a member of SEI’s executive committee.

Prior to taking on this position, Steve was the Managing Director of SEI – Global Fund Services Limited. In this role, which he had held since 1996, he was responsible for SEI’s global and alternative investment administration and shareholder servicing activities. Previous SEI experience included acting as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for SEI’s fund services business. He was also instrumental in establishing SEI’s Dublin office as the company’s European fund servicing center as well as starting the Alternative Funds business at SEI.

Qualified as a Certified Public Accountant, he also worked for the Vanguard Group and Coopers and Lybrand. He graduated with a degree in accounting and finance from La Salle University.

Steve serves as Chairman of the Board for SEI Investments Trustee and Custodial Services (Ireland) Limited, and is a director for SEI Investments Global (Bermuda) Limited, SEI Investments Global (Cayman) Limited and SEI Trust Company.

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Bordeaux Wealth Advisors
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

David is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bordeaux Wealth Advisors, a Menlo Park Registered Investment Advisory firm entrusted to manage over $2 Billion of client assets. He currently serves on the firm’s Tax/Financial/Estate Planning and Technology Committees and is the Co-Chairman of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Prior to joining BRF, David was a Senior Advisor for Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Partner of Silvercrest Asset Management, Managing Director of Northern Trust Company, and also a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young. David brings over 25 years of experience specializing in providing clients with holistic wealth management and investment advisory solutions to individuals, small business owners, corporate executives and owners of professional services firms. Worth magazine named David one of the Top 100 Global Wealth Advisors in their annual survey for both 2007 and 2008.

David received an MBA with honors from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BS from Kansas University. He holds the following professional designations and licenses: the Certified Financial Planner™, the Certified Investment Management AnalystSM, as well as the Chartered Life Underwriter. Dave is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Investment Management Consultants Association and the CFA Institute.

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Envestnet | PMC
Group President

Mr. Patrick, Group President, Envestnet | PMC, provides the leadership and strategic vision for the delivery and development of Envestnet’s investment capabilities, including enterprise CIO solutions, investment research & due diligence, advisor consulting services and managed investment products. Jim also sits on the Executive Leadership Team of Envestnet Wealth Solutions, helping to guide the future growth of Envestnet’s wealth management solutions, serving RIAs, broker dealers, banks and other financial institutions.

Prior to joining Envestnet, Mr. Patrick was the Co-Head of U.S. distribution for Allianz Global Investors and affiliated firms, including PIMCO, having joined Nicholas Applegate in 1997. Mr. Patrick is a founder and Board Member of Cavendish Global and the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard based in Washington, D.C. He also serves on the board of the Basset Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, the Otsego County Conservation Association and the University of New Hampshire College of Liberal Arts board.

Mr. Patrick received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 26 and 63 securities registrations and the Series 65 investment advisor registration.

Mr. Patrick is married with three children, and serves as a volunteer with the Sugarloaf Ski Resort ski patrol.

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West
Managing Partner

Joanna Rees is a Managing Partner at ​West, a venture studio that specializes in the end-to-end process of designing, building, and launching purpose-driven brands. West invests in bold ideas and transforms visionary companies into category leaders.

Joanna currently serves on the corporate board of FICO (NYSE: FICO), Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), Tentrr, Prelude Fertility, Mursion and Hickies. Joanna is also a Senior Advisor of the B Team. Previously, Joanna led the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst, an impact investment fund supporting high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Joanna was a candidate for Mayor of San Francisco in November 2011.

Joanna was the founder of VSP Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm focused on early-stage companies combining technical innovation with market development. Joanna has served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed companies across a broad range of industries She also served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association ​(“NVCA), the Coppola Companies (Francis Ford Coppola), and as Chairman of the USA for Madrid-based FON. Joanna was the co-creator of the Build Brand Value CEO forum which she ran from 1997 to 2003 as part of VSP Capital. Joanna has significant experience in finance and investment banking including positions at BA Securities and a boutique merchant bank, Vrolyk & Co. Joanna held several senior marketing management positions with Groupe Danone, a $20+ billion global consumer products firm, and began her career at the advertising agency DMB&B

The World Economic Forum selected Joanna as a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT). The Aspen Institute selected Joanna for its Henry Crown Fellows. Joanna serves on the non-profit board of Endeavor Global and The Representation Project. Joanna is a seminar moderator for the Aspen Institute. She is also a Senior Mentor for the Henry Crown Fellowship. She earned her MBA from Columbia University (beta gamma sigma) and a BS from Duke University where she was a member of the gymnastics team.

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RLR Strategic Partners
Managing Partner

Larry Roth is Managing Partner of RLR Strategic Partners, where he works closely with senior management teams and boards of directors across the wealth management space to deliver high-impact strategic growth plans, as well as plan execution support.

In addition to strategic planning, Mr. Roth also provides comprehensive M&A advisory solutions, delivered in association with Berkshire Global Advisors, a leading global boutique investment bank focused on mergers & acquisitions for the financial services sector.

With three decades of experience in the wealth management industry, Mr. Roth serves RLR’s clients by leveraging the expertise and relationships built over time as a CEO of some of the largest independent firms in the industry; a current and past Board member of widely respected public and private entities; an investment banker who has structured dozens of value-creating transactions; and an entrepreneur who has personally acquired early-stage retail financial advice businesses, and grown them to achieve highly successful liquidity events.

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Kore Private Wealth
Partner

Making connections – among people, relevant ​information and ideas, and opportunities – is Jennie’s motivator. Building relationships inside and outside Kore Private Wealth, she is in tune with the nuances of personalities and needs, skills and strategies, asking lots of questions and listening to pinpoint relevant solutions.

At the start of her career, Jennie was all about bond trading. She served on the taxable fixed income trading desk at Paine Webber (now UBS), then as divisional vice president managing the northeast division. She met Eric Bodner at Paine Webber, then eventually moved to Merrill Lynch with her Bodner Sax colleagues in 2009. Her deep knowledge of bonds and their mechanics enabled her to become a go-to resource for many clients of the team. Those bond discussions eventually evolved into more comprehensive investment discussions, helping her segue easily into client relations. As her team’s business grew, she also took on business development and operations. ​A few years ago, she began concentrating exclusively on building the business and client relationships, especially supporting female clients to empower them in their financial lives

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Mercer
Global Leader-Financial Intermediaries and Family Offices

Cara Williams, Senior ​Partner, is Global Leader for Financial Intermediaries and Family Offices. Located in London, Cara develops and drives the strategy for Mercer’s work with financial intermediaries, wealth management firms and family offices globally. She ensures clients’ needs are appropriately met with a wide array of solutions from market insights, manager research, asset allocation to deal sourcing and establishment of investment platforms and solutions. Cara presents regularly on global investment trends in wealth management as well as on Mercer’s When Women Thrive platform for Financial Services.

With over 22 years of experience in the pensions and investment industry, Cara began at Mercer’s investment consulting business as Global COO in April 2005. Before joining Mercer in the UK, Cara held roles in New York with Merrill Lynch Investment Management, and also for the French bank, CDC, where she oversaw European sales for their Investment Management group. Cara began her career ​in finance as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in New York. Prior to working in the investment industry, she was responsible for budgets and logistics for ​US Army and NATO MWR deployments. Cara is also an active mentor for external programs supporting and promoting women in their careers.

Cara graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a BA, and from The University of Hartford with an MBA in Finance.

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CAIS in Common

CAIS In Common showcases CAIS’s commitment to empowering women in finance and technology by creating regular opportunities for employees at CAIS to plan company-wide events and lead women-centric philanthropic partnerships. In 2020, CAIS In Common (“CIC”) plans to host a speaker series, inviting six women leaders across industries whose stories and ethos match each of CAIS’s core values. CIC is designed to be inclusive and encourages all employees to engage and participate, adding to CAIS’s culture both within our walls and beyond.

Director of People Experience

Alessandra van der Meulen is responsible for curating internal culture as a competitive advantage by spearheading recruiting efforts and managing employee experience. Alessandra has over five years of experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked at DG Capital. She received her BA from the University of Virginia.

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Vice President | CAIS IQ

Nusrat Ahmed is responsible for creating educational content for CAIS IQ. She has 3 years of experience in financial writing and UX research. She has a BA in anthropology and is pursuing a part-time masters in cognitive science.

Key Metrics1

History
Founded
2009
Headquarters
NYC
National offices
3
Education
CAIS IQ Courses
57+
Memories Created
224,000+
Total Learning Hours
5,100+
CE Credits Earned 3
360+
Platform Vibrancy
Transaction Volume
$13.8B+
Unique Advisor Firms / Teams
4,400+
Network Assets2
$2T+
Funds & Products
Hedge Funds
Private Equity & Debt
Private Real Estate Equity & Debt
Structured Solutions

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