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BILL BACHRACH
Chief Executive Officer, AdvisorRoadmap Virtual Training Platform
bachrachBill Bachrach’s thinking, writing, speaking and training have made him one of the most popular resources in the world for successful financial advisors who seek to be at the top in terms of client experience, business success and quality of life. Bachrach writes a popular column in Financial Advisor magazine, his books are industry best sellers and he is a popular keynote speaker.

JEFFREY P. DAVIS
Chief Investment Officer, LMCG Investments
davisJeffrey P. Davis, CFA, is the management committee member for LMCG Investments. Davis is portfolio manager of the LMCG Global Multi-Cap Fund. Previous positions include CIO at Rockefeller & Co., State Street Global Advisers and The Boston Company. He holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

JEROME L. DODSON
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Parnassus Investments
dodsonJerome L. Dodson is the lead portfolio manager of the Parnassus Multi-Cap Equity strategy and the Parnassus Asia Pacific Equity strategy and is the sole portfolio manager of the Parnassus Endeavor Equity strategy. Prior to founding Parnassus Investments in 1984, Dodson served as president and CEO of Continental Savings of America, where he started the “Solar T-Bill” program to finance solar energy installations.

JOEL GREENBLATT
Managing Principal and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Gotham Asset Management
greenblattJoel Greenblatt serves as managing principal and co‐chief investment officer of Gotham Asset Management, the successor to Gotham Capital, an investment firm he founded in 1985. Since 1996, Greenblatt has been a professor on the adjunct faculty of Columbia Business School, where he teaches "Value and Special Situation Investing." He is a director of Pzena Investment Management Inc., a global investment management firm, and is also the author of several books including The Big Secret for the Small Investor (Random House, 2011).

DR. DAMBISA MOYO
Global Economist
moyoDr. Dambisa Moyo is a preeminent thinker, who influences key decision makers in strategic investment and public policy. Moyo is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas. She has earned a strong reputation as a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on macroeconomics, geopolitics, technology and millennial themes. She is a board member of Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold, Chevron and Seagate Technologies. She is the author of three New York Times bestselling books and was named to the list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

JIM PAULSEN, PH.D.
Chief Investment Strategist, The Leuthold Group
paulsenJim Paulsen is chief investment strategist of The Leuthold Group. Previously, Paulsen was chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management for 20 years, where he was named a top economic forecaster by Business Week. He earned his Bachelors and Doctoral degrees in economics from Iowa State University.

DAVID J. WINTERS
Chief Executive Officer , Wintergreen Advisers LLC
wintersDavid J. Winters has over 30 years of experience analyzing securities and is responsible for determining general investment advice to be given to clients, including Wintergreen Fund Inc., a no-load, Global Value Fund, which launched in October 2005 (WGRIX and WGRNX). Winters holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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BENJAMIN E. ALLEN
President, Parnassus Investments
blumeBenjamin E. Allen is a portfolio manager of the Parnassus Core Equity Fund. Allen joined Parnassus Investments in 2005 as a senior research analyst. He received his master's degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

THOMAS ALONSO
Vice President, Investor Relations, Prospect Capital Corporation
alonsoThomas Alonso has over 10 years of equity research experience. Alonso was senior analyst at Macquarie covering U.S. banks and previously financial services analyst for First Investors Management Company. He received a B.B.A. in finance from Baruch College in 2000 and is a CFA charterholder.

KEVIN BAUM
Chief Investment Officer, USCF
baumKevin Baum, CFA, CAIA, brings over 20 years of experience as a senior commodities portfolio manager. Baum is responsible for expanding USCF’s product line and overseeing the company’s investment policies and portfolio management team. Prior to joining USCF, he was a senior portfolio manager for Invesco PowerShares and OppenheimerFunds. He earned the Barron’s/Value Line “Top 100 Managers” designation three times.

KRISTOFOR R. BEHN
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fieldstone Financial
behnFor the last two decades, Kristofor Behn, CFP, has worked to perfect a process-driven approach to running advisory practices. Having acquired, run and sold several small companies over the years, Behn’s unique perspective resonates with practitioners throughout the advisory business who are looking to either grow their practice or are in search of a glide path to retirement.

ROY D. BEHREN
Managing Member and Portfolio Manager, Westchester Capital Management LLC
behrenRoy Behren came to WCM in 1994 and became a managing partner in 2010. Behren is co-portfolio manager for Westchester Capital Management LLC and affiliates and Westchester Capital Partners LLC. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Miami Law School and an LL.M. degree in corporate law from the New York University School of Law.

MARTIN H. BERGIN
President and Owner, DUNN Capital Management LLC
Martin H. Bergin started with DUNN in 1997, became president in 2007 and full owner in 2015. Bergin oversees all mission-critical operations. DUNN Capital’s flagship WMA program has a compounded annual return of approximately 14 percent since inception in November 1984. The WMA program was recently ranked #27 in Barron’s Top 100 Hedge Funds.

KEITH BLACK, PH.D.
Managing Director, Curriculum and Exams, CAIA Association
blackKeith Black, Ph.D., CAIA, CFA, has over 25 years of financial market experience, serving approximately half of that time as an academic and half as a trader and consultant to institutional investors. Black contributes regularly to The CFA Digest, and is the author of the book Managing a Hedge Fund.

ADAM BLITZ
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Evanston Capital Management LLC
blitzAdam Blitz, CFA, is a principal and member of the investment committee of Evanston Capital Management LLC, and is also a member of its board of managers. Blitz has over 15 years of institutional investment management experience with an emphasis in quantitative analysis, trading and risk management.

MATTHEW BLUME
Director of ESG Research and Manager of Shareholder Advocacy, Appleseed Capital
blumePrior to Appleseed, Matthew Blume was an investment advisor for Cornerstone Asset Management. Blume earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Valparaiso University and is currently enrolled at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

MICHELLE BORRÉ
Portfolio Manager, OppenheimerFunds
borreMichelle Borré, CFA, is the portfolio manager of Oppenheimer Fundamental Alternatives Fund and lead portfolio manager of Oppenheimer Capital Income Fund. Previously, Borré served as a senior research analyst covering special situations for OppenheimerFunds' Value Team. Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds in 2003, she held various positions at J&W Seligman, including managing director and partner.

ANTHONY CAINE
Founder and Chairman, LJM Funds Management
caineAnthony Caine has over 30 years of options-trading experience and over 20 years of experience managing options portfolios. Caine launched LJM Partners in 1998 and LJM Funds in 2012 to offer his volatility strategies to investors. He received economics and mathematics degrees from Carnegie Mellon and was awarded the university’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

BILL E. CARTER
President, Carter Advisory Services, Carter Financial Management
carterAs a certified financial planner and president of Carter Financial Management, Bill Carter is dedicated to serving the financial needs of families, individuals and business owners. Through coordinated use of tax, investment and estate planning tools and techniques, Carter assists clients in setting and achieving their financial and life goals. He is regarded as a pioneer of the financial planning profession.

CLEO CHANG
Senior Vice President and Head of Alternative Investments, American Century Investments
changCleo Chang is the firm's most senior investment management executive responsible for the development and oversight of liquid alternative investment capabilities. Chang also serves as a portfolio manager for the AC Alternatives Income and AC Alternatives Long/Short funds. Prior to joining American Century, she was chief investment officer and managing director for Wilshire Funds Management.

TED CHEN
Water Island Capital, Equity Special Situations Portfolio Manager
chenTed Chen has been an equity special situations portfolio manager at Water Island Capital since 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Chen was a managing director leading event-driven research at Jefferies. He received an M.B.A. from MIT and a B.S.E. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania.

CRAIG CHURMAN
Vice President, Product Development, Saturna Capital
churmanCraig Churman, M.B.A., AIF, joined Saturna in August 2011. Churman earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies in 2013. With over 30 years of experience in financial services, he has held positions in client services, product development, mergers and acquisitions, and finance.

ERIC COTT
Director, Financial Advisor Education, The Options Industry Council
cottAs a representative for The Options Industry Council and serving as director of financial advisor education, Eric Cott endeavors to help advisors and their firms to use options more effectively. Cott is responsible for expanding OIC’s outreach to financial advisors. Additionally, he participates in conference panel discussions and presents advisor-oriented educational seminars.

BEN DESCHAINE
Partner and Portfolio Manager, Balter Liquid Alternatives
deschaineBen Deschaine is responsible for managing the firm’s mutual fund products and is a portfolio manager of each BLA fund. Deschaine has experience working for hedge fund allocators as well as directly within a hedge fund, which provides him a differentiated perspective of seeing hedge funds from both sides of the business.

WILLIAM DODSON
Client Portfolio Specialist and Business Development Manager, Pomona Capital
dodsonBill Dodson joined Pomona in 2014 and acts as a client portfolio specialist and business development manager covering the mid-west region for the Pomona Investment Fund. Dodson has eight years of alternative investment experience. Prior to joining Pomona, he worked as a vice president of business development for Gemini Real Estate Advisors and Bank of New York Mellon.

PATRICK T. DRUM
Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager, Saturna Capital
drumPatrick T. Drum, M.B.A., CFA, CFP, joined Saturna Capital in October 2014. Drum is the portfolio manager for the firm’s institutional subsidiary, Saturna Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a select member of the United Nation’s Principles for Investment (UNPRI) Fixed Income Outreach Subcommittee and an adjunct professor at Pinchot University.

JEREMY P. FEAKINS
Chairman and CEO, Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation
feakinsJeremy P. Feakins leads the company and its management team. Feakins has over 30 years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and investor. An ardent supporter of environmental and sustainability issues, he has been the founder of two technology-based companies whose products quickly found utility and success.

SAL GILBERTIE
President and Chief Investment Officer, Teucrium Trading LLC
gilbertieSal Gilbertie, co-founder of Teucrium, brings deep experience in commodities markets, particularly in the areas of trading and liquidity, providing insights that enable him to design exchange-traded products for a wide variety of investors. Gilbertie began trading at Cargill in 1982.

PAUL A. HILTON
Partner and Portfolio Manager, Trillium Asset Management
hiltonPrior to joining Trillium Asset Management, Paul Hilton, CFA, was vice president of sustainable investment business strategy at Calvert Investments. Hilton also previously held senior positions within Calvert’s equities and marketing departments. He started his career in the field of SRI in 1995.

JOE HOHN
Portfolio Manager, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP
hohnJoe Hohn manages multiple domestic and international portfolios and is involved with detailed portfolio construction and design methodology. Prior to joining Dimensional, Hohn spent 10 years as an aerospace engineer, designing, operating and testing various satellite programs while working for Boeing, Northrop Grumman and SAIC.

LUAN JENIFER
Executive Vice President, Miller/Howard Investments
jeniferLuan Jenifer joined Miller/Howard in 2002. Jenifer oversees the firm’s operations, trading, technology and performance analytics departments. She is also the director of ESG activities. She works closely with investors and companies through Miller/Howard’s shareholder advocacy program.

GEORGE A. KELLNER
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kellner Capital LLC
kellnerGeorge Kellner, CFA, has been in the hedge fund business for over 30 years and founded Kellner DiLeo & Co. LP (the predecessor entity to Kellner Capital) in 1981. Prior to Kellner Capital, Kellner was a senior vice president of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He began his professional career as a securities lawyer at the Wall Street law firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn.

LARRY KISSKO
Client Portfolio Manager, Man AHL
kisskoLarry Kissko has been with AHL since July 2014. Before joining AHL, he was a partner, member of the investment committee, and head of macro and systematic strategies at Hermes BPK Partners. Previously, he was at BlackRock Inc., where he was a director within the alternative advisors team.

SCOTT KLIMO
Chief Investment Officer, Saturna Capital
klimoScott Klimo, CFA, joined Saturna Capital in May 2012. Klimo has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry with the first several years of his career spent living and working in a variety of Asian countries and the past 10 years working as a senior analyst, research director and portfolio manager covering global equities.

RICK LAKE
Co-Chairman, Lake Partners
lakeRick Lake is co-chairman of Lake Partners, an advisory firm founded in 1989 specializing in alternative investments. Lake is portfolio manager of the firm’s LASSO Long and Short Strategic Opportunities portfolios of alternative mutual funds, with an 18+ year track record, as well as the recently launched LASSO Alternative ETF portfolios. He has over 35 years of investment experience.

RYAN LEVITT
Partner and Portfolio Manager, Pomona Capital
ryanRyan Levitt focuses on portfolio construction, investment analysis and deal sourcing for Pomona's secondary fund of funds, primary fund of funds and co-investment businesses. Levitt has 10 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining Pomona, he was an investment professional at GE Capital, managing deal underwriting and execution in the energy, health care and financial services sectors.

GEORGE MATTHEWS
Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Specialist, Analytic Investors LLC
matthewsGeorge Matthews, CFA, is a leading authority on low volatility equity strategies and also serves as a product specialist for Analytic’s equity team. Matthews provides consultants and prospective clients insight into the research foundation behind the firm’s strategies. As managing director, he is also responsible for communicating both Analytic’s investment approach and the investment team’s current research agenda.

ALI MOTAMED
Founder and Managing Partner, Invenomic Capital Management LP
motamedPrior to forming Invenomic, Ali Motamed, CFA, was a senior analyst and a portfolio manager with Robeco Investment Management Inc., specializing in fundamental research of stocks held in the Boston Partners Long/Short Equity Fund and related strategy. Motamed previously held positions at Deutsche Bank and BT Wolfensohn, where he was a member of the global mergers and acquisitions teams.

ABHILASH MUDALIAR
Research Director, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
mudaliarAbhilash Mudaliar is responsible for shaping and implementing the GIIN's research strategy and program. Mudaliar has over 10 years of experience in impact investing, social enterprise and international development research, including time as a microfinance consultant at Unitus, an impact investor at Elevar Equity and a social entrepreneur within Hippocampus Group. He began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company.

BRIAN MURPHY
Portfolio Manager, Vivaldi Asset Management LLC
murphyBrian Murphy joined the Vivaldi investment team in 2014 with a focus on Vivaldi’s alternatives portfolios. Murphy is responsible for all aspects of the investment process. He is a member of the firm’s investment committee. He has over 10 years of alternatives investment experience with both multi-manager and single-strategy hedge fund firms, with a particularly deep background in long/short equity and derivatives-focused strategies.

GLORIA S. NELUND
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TriLinc Global
nelundGloria S. Nelund has served as TriLinc Global Impact Fund’s chairman and chief executive officer since its formation in April 2012 and became president in December 2014. Previously, Nelund spent her career as a high-level executive in the international asset management industry. She has 30 years of experience in the executive management of financial institutions.

ABDUR NIMERI, PH.D.
Senior Investment Strategist, Northern Trust Asset Management
nimeriAbdur Nimeri is senior investment strategist for FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), focusing on ETF strategy and product development. Nimeri brings factor-based investing expertise to the team and has published in top academic journals. Prior to being named senior investment strategist, he worked in portfolio research for Northern Trust’s Wealth Management Group.

AARON PECK
Managing Director, Monroe Capital
peckAaron Peck is responsible for portfolio management, is the co-head of the specialty finance vertical, and is the CFO and CIO of the Monroe Capital Corporation BDC. Peck has over 23 years of experience in credit, lending, high yield and distressed credit.

ALMA PISCITELLO
Executive Vice President, Gemini Fund Services LLC, Northern Lights Distributors LLC
piscitelloAlma Piscitello oversees the advisor services and strategic relationship management teams. These teams are dedicated to forging strong relationships through excellent customer service, while also serving as knowledgeable resources and guides for fund launches, conversions and intermediary distribution.

DR. RUFUS RANKIN
Director of Research and Director of Portfolio Management, Equinox Funds
rufusDr. Rankin assists with the conception, development and implementation of new products. Rankin’s doctoral dissertation focused on statistical methods of enhancing multi-manager and multi-asset portfolio diversification, with an emphasis on portfolios of CTAs and hedge funds.

TREY REIK
Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management USA Inc.
reikTrey Reik joined Sprott USA in March 2016 as lead portfolio manager of the Sprott Institutional Gold & Precious Metal Strategy. Prior to joining Sprott, Reik served as managing member of Bristol Investment Partners LLC. He has 33 years of investment experience and is a renowned commentator on gold markets and monetary policy.

MICHAEL G. RICCIARDI
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mercury Capital Advisors
ricciardiMichael G. Ricciardi received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was elected class marshal to lead commencement exercises. Ricciardi graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University in 1978, where he received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in economics.

GREG SWENSON
Portfolio Manager, Leuthold Weeden Capital Management
swensonGreg Swenson is lead portfolio manager for the Grizzly Short Fund at Leuthold Weeden Capital Management, where he has worked since 2006. Previously, Swenson was a consultant at FactSet Research Systems. He graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A. in finance, and he is a CFA charterholder.

PERTH TOLLE
Founder, Life + Liberty Indexes
tollePrior to forming Life + Liberty Indexes, Perth Tolle was a private wealth advisor at Fidelity Investments. Tolle grew up in both China and the United States. Through her China experience, she gained a high level of conviction regarding the impact of human and economic freedoms on markets.

JAMES VELISSARIS
Chief Investment Officer, Infinity Q Capital
velissarisJames Velissaris serves as a portfolio manager for Wildcat Capital, which is David Bonderman’s $2.2 billion family office. Velissaris has managed the volatility arbitrage strategies for Infinity Q and Wildcat since 2012. He earned his A.B. in economics from Harvard University and M.S. in operations research from Columbia University.

DAN VETTER
Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, Money360 Inc.
vetterDan Vetter, CFA, is also the president of M360 Advisors. Previously, Vetter worked for PIMCO, and on Wall Street as a sell-side equity analyst. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard—coursework emphasized commercial real estate valuation and finance, a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Accountancy from Brigham Young University.

JEANIE WYATT
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, South Texas Money Management
wyattJeanie Wyatt, CFA, is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of South Texas Money Management based in San Antonio, Texas. Wyatt founded STMM in 2000 and has since opened offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Corpus Christi. As of March 31, 2017, STMM manages over $3.1 billion.