Learning science and artificial intelligence expert to lead education platform for independent financial advisors
NEW YORK, September 12, 2019 – CAIS, the leading technology platform connecting financial advisors with alternative investments, today announced that Andrew Smith Lewis has joined CAIS as Chief Innovation Officer. Andrew Smith Lewis, a technologist working at the intersection of artificial intelligence and human cognition, will be pioneering learning technologies for advisors to better understand alternative investments.
“Our mission is to empower independent financial advisors with the tools and resources to drive business growth,” said Matt Brown, CAIS Founder and CEO. “Andrew brings a unique combination of skills and experience that will empower financial advisors to improve outcomes for their clients.”
Smith Lewis has dedicated his career to unlocking human potential and empowering people to discover solutions by optimizing the way they learn. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Cerego an adaptive learning platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to scale proven cognitive science and make learning possible for anyone. By improving the learning experience, Cerego successfully helped over 6 million users, including partners such as The U.S. Army, NYU, Cengage, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ASU, edX, Rockwell Automation, and Elsevier. Smith Lewis continues to serve on Cerego’s Board of Directors as Vice Chairman.
“I am excited about CAIS’ commitment to developing innovative technologies that help independent financial advisors,” said Andrew Smith Lewis. “CAIS embodies all of the things I am passionate about: blending artificial intelligence with learning science, hiring the right talent, and fostering a culture of innovation.”
With Smith Lewis joining the team, CAIS plans to immediately embark on another significant expansion of the company’s technology team and its Los Angeles-based Technology and Innovation Hub. Earlier this year, CAIS announced the strengthening of its senior leadership team with four key additions, including Marco Riedl, Chief Product Officer, formerly from eBay.
“We are developing powerful new ways for advisors to learn about alternative investments,” said Matt Brown, CAIS Founder and CEO. “We are doubling down on education and technology. Making top-tier alternatives investments accessible on a massive scale was a major achievement. Our challenge now is to make them universally understood as well.”
The first truly open marketplace for alternative investments, CAIS offers financial advisors unprecedented access to a curated menu of top-tier hedge funds, private equity, and real estate funds in addition to a variety of capital markets offerings.
The CAIS platform has facilitated over $8 billion since inception and more than $1 billion in the first 6 months of 2019 alone. Over 1,500 advisory firms/teams, who oversee more than $1.2 trillion in assets, are members of the CAIS Platform.
CAIS is the premier financial technology platform, providing independent financial advisors with access to top-tier managers of specialized investment products in the multi-trillion dollar independent wealth channel. CAIS offers streamlined execution for an expanding list of alternative investment funds and products. CAIS complements its fund offerings with independent due diligence provided by Mercer. CAIS is an NFA member with securities offered through CAIS Capital LLC, member FINRA, SIPC. For more information about CAIS, visit www.caisgroup.com