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2017 Speakers


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.

Founder, SkyBridge Capital
scaramucciAnthony Scaramucci is the founder and former co-managing partner of SkyBridge Capital. Prior to founding SkyBridge in 2005, Scaramucci co-founded investment partnership Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman LLC in 2001. Earlier, he was a vice president in private wealth management at Goldman Sachs & Co. In 2016, he was ranked #85 in Worth magazine’s "Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance." In November 2016, he was named to President-elect Trump’s 16-person Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee and served as the White House communications director during a period in July 2017.


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.

Chief Investment Officer, LMCG Investments
davisJeffrey Davis, CFA, is a management committee member and co-manages the Global Multi Cap Strategy. Prior positions include chief investment officer and managing director for Rockefeller & Co. and portfolio manager at The Boston Company. While at State Street Global Advisors, Davis led the development and management of the International Growth Opportunities Fund and the IFC Emerging Markets Funds.

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.

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).

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Director of Investments, First Quadrant
brennanPaul Brennan is a member of the investment team where he provides input on equity products, ranging from model development to risk and portfolio analysis. In addition, Brennan is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic tools that help to generate insights and improve the data and computation infrastructure firm wide.

Chief Investment Officer, NYLIM/IndexIQ
brunoSal Bruno's primary responsibility is developing and maintaining the firm's investment strategies. Bruno joined IndexIQ in 2007 from Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM), where he held a number of senior positions. Most recently at DeAM, he was a director and portfolio manager for a U.S. large cap core equity mutual fund.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Five States Energy Capital LLC
budgeArthur Budge is a manager and the president/CEO of the Five States group of companies. Previously, he was employed by Arthur Andersen & Company as a management consultant. He is the president and sole shareholder of Budge Financial Inc., a financial advisory firm, and he also serves as outside director or manager of several private companies.

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.

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.

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.

Principal and Senior Research Analyst, Litman Gregory
cheeJack Chee is co-portfolio manager of the Litman Gregory Masters Smaller Companies Fund and the Litman Gregory Masters Equity Fund. Chee's research responsibilities include asset-class analysis on the majority of fixed-income markets as well as the equity REIT market. He is also responsible for selecting and monitoring equity, fixed-income, and REIT money managers.

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.

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Probabilities Fund Management LLC
childreyJoseph B. Childrey co-developed the fund’s investment strategy that incorporates the principles of behavioral finance and trend following. Childrey has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. He founded and managed the Probabilities Fund L.P. for six years before converting the hedge fund to a mutual fund (PROTX). The fund is in its 10th year and was awarded the Hedgeweek "2017 Best Liquid Alternative Fund."

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.

Principal, Owl Rock Capital Partners
connorSean Connor is a principal of Owl Rock Capital Partners and Owl Rock Capital Securities LLC. Prior to joining Owl Rock, Connor served as a managing director of CION Investment Management and a member of CION’s investment committee. He received a B.A. in economics from Columbia University.

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.

Managing Director of Quantitative Strategies, Salient
croce Roberto Croce is the lead portfolio manager on Salient’s risk parity and managed futures strategies and co-portfolio manager on several other funds. In addition, Croce and his team built Salient’s quantitative software and hardware platform from the ground up and continue researching potential strategy improvements and new products.

President and Chief Investment Officer, 3EDGE Asset Management
cucchiaroStephen Cucchiaro has been managing investment portfolios since 1994 and is considered a pioneer in the field of ETF asset management. Cucchiaro founded Windward Investment, which continued as Windhaven Investment Management after its acquisition by Charles Schwab in 2010. He is a regularly sought after speaker for his views on global capital markets.

Partner and Portfolio Manager, Balter Liquid Alternatives
deschaineBen Deschaine is responsible for managing the firms 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.

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.

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 firms institutional subsidiary, Saturna Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a select member of the United Nations Principles for Investment (UNPRI) Fixed Income Outreach Subcommittee and an adjunct professor at Pinchot University.

Managing Director, Abbey Capital
dunneAlan Dunne oversees market and portfolio analysis and research thought pieces, and participates in all aspects of Abbey Capital’s portfolio construction and manager selection and appraisal activities. Before joining Abbey Capital in 2012, Dunne was investment director with Ulster Bank Wealth, the private wealth management business of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group in Ireland, where he was responsible for investment strategy and asset allocation.

Chief Executive Officer, American Assets Capital Advisers (AACA)
burlandBurland East, CFA, has 30 years of experience on Wall Street as a managing director and as a registered broker-dealer member/owner. East raised approximately $15 billion in capital (mostly equity) from sophisticated investors globally in 142 large-scale real estate transactions. He has been interviewed in the financial press and on TV, and has authored numerous articles for major publications like Barron’s.

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.

Senior Director, Responsible Investment, TIAA Investments
fieldingMegan Fielding is a senior director on the responsible investment team at TIAA Investments. Fielding works with all lines of business in asset management and across the organization to develop and execute the business strategy for responsible investment, with an emphasis on education, marketing and distribution of ESG-focused funds and impact investments.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Virtus Real Estate
gatesTerrell Gates is ultimately responsible for all strategic decisions. Gates is a third generation commercial real estate investor and operator who began his career in the student housing industry in 1992. Since then, he has held numerous principal level positions in real estate, law and finance. Prior to founding Virtus, he was director of the GGS Private Banking group at Merrill Lynch.

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.

Director of Investment Strategy and Research, ALPS Portfolio Solutions
heldJeremy Held, CFA, has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Held is responsible for research, product development and consulting services on behalf of the ALPS ETF and Mutual Fund business segments. His research is focused on satellite and alternative asset classes, including commodities, MLPs, and listed private equity.

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.

Chief Market Strategist, Probabilities Fund Management LLC
hirschJeffrey A. Hirsch, chief executive officer of Hirsch Holdings, is editor-in-chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac and Almanac Investor e-newsletter, and a Yahoo Finance contributor. Hirsch is the author of three books, including The Little Book of Stock Market Cycles. He is a 27-year Wall Street veteran and regularly appears on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox Business and many other financial media outlets.

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.

Financial Advisor and Impact Investment Specialist, Colorado Capital Management
huttnerDebbie Huttner, JD/MBA, is passionate about helping clients invest not just for financial returns, but also to make a positive social and environmental impact. Huttner works with individuals, families and private foundations that wish to align their investment portfolios with their most deeply cherished values. She also works with clients on financial planning and conventional (non-impact) investment strategies.

Senior Vice President, CoreCommodity Management LLC
hymanRobert B. Hyman is a senior vice president for CoreCommodity Management LLC and a portfolio manager to the CompleteCommodities Fund. During his 38 years in the commodity industry, Hyman has held trading and risk control positions at Lehman Brothers, Amerada Hess Crude & Gas Co. and Drexel Burnham Lambert.

Editor-At-Large, Financial Advisor Magazine
jamiesonDan Jamieson is editor-at-large for Financial Advisor magazine. Based in Southern California, Jamieson has covered the retail financial services industry for more than 30 years, as both a reporter and editor. Before beginning his journalism career, he worked as a broker with a national wirehouse firm.

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.

Head of Private Wealth, Pantheon
kellerDoug Keller focuses on the origination and marketing of registered and unregistered offerings to wealth management clients globally. Keller previously worked in the Merrill Lynch alternative investments group, where he was involved in screening, structuring and offering private equity and private real estate investments through the Bank of America Merrill Lynch private wealth management platform.

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.

Managing Director and Head of Alternative Products, Colony NorthStar Inc.
kleinBrett Klein oversees capital markets execution, including credit facility sourcing/structuring and securitization, operational elements of the non-traded products and alignment of sponsor-related activities with the wholly owned broker-dealer, NorthStar Securities LLC.

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.

Portfolio Manager, BlueBay Asset Management
learyTim Leary joined BlueBay in January 2012, as head of trading, North America within the Global Leveraged Finance Group based in the Stamford, Conn., office before being promoted to his current role in January 2017. Prior to BlueBay, Leary was a director in high yield and distressed credit trading at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Client Portfolio Manager, Alternatives Investment Team, First Trust Advisors L.P.
manfrediMario Manfredi, CFA, has over 13 years of investment experience on both the asset manager and advisory side. Prior to joining First Trust, Manfredi was a vice president at Aston Asset Management, where he was responsible for business development in the broker/dealer channel of the Central Region of the United States. He is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago.

Client Portfolio Manager, Alternatives Investment Team, First Trust Advisors L.P.
manningMick Manning is responsible for the overall firm strategy of KBS Capital Markets Group. Manning provides guidance on product development, distribution, sales management, business planning and oversight of the firm’s wholesaling operations and activities. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a diverse background in retail sales and operations, wholesaling and team building.

Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, Analytic Investors LLC
mcmurranAs chief investment officer, Greg McMurran oversees the implementation of the firm’s investment strategies. McMurran is a major contributor to the firm’s ongoing research efforts as well as new product development and strategy applications. As a portfolio manager, he focuses on day-to-day portfolio management and research related to derivatives-based investment strategies.

Vice President, Global Infrastructure Securities, Brookfield
millerTom Miller, CFA, has seven years of industry experience and is a vice president on the infrastructure equities team. Miller is responsible for covering North American infrastructure securities focusing on MLPs and the energy infrastructure sector. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, he worked at FactSet.

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.

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.

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.

Managing Director and Head of Smart Beta, BlackRock iShares
nestorRobert D. Nestor, CFA, is responsible for driving all aspects of commercial strategy for BlackRock's iShares business, including product, distribution and support strategies. Nestor has overseen a variety of product and business strategy roles for BlackRock. Before joining BlackRock, he spent 16 years at The Vanguard Group working in a variety of product and business development roles in both the retail and institutional divisions.

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.

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, IPS Strategic Capital
A nationally known writer, radio host and adjunct professor with over 35 years of experience, Dominick Paoloni, CIMA, lectures nationally on the use of alternatives within a portfolio framework. Paoloni is the portfolio manager for IPSAX, a publicly traded equity hedge fund, as well as a risk management consultant for pensions, endowments and advisors.

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.

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.

Portfolio Manager, Kellner Capital
pultaChristopher Pultz joined Kellner Capital in 1999 and leads the firm’s merger arbitrage investing activities. In addition, Pultz is a member of the firm’s management committee, where he provides broad input on strategic matters. He began his career at Neuberger Berman LLC, where he was a government bond trader and also provided allocation recommendations to the firm’s internal investment management teams.

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.

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.

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.

Associate Editor, Financial Advisor and Private Wealth Magazines
robbinsChristopher Robbins’ journalism career spans a variety of media, genres and audiences. Since 2015, Robbins has served as an associate editor of Financial Advisor and Private Wealth magazines. He has also been nationally recognized for his work as a newspaper reporter with the Watertown Daily Times. When not writing, he enjoys music, gardening and cooking.

President, First Affirmative Financial Network
schuethSteve Schueth is president of First Affirmative Network and producer of The SRI Conference on Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing. First Affirmative is an investment advisory firm providing socially conscious, purpose-driven investors with sustainable investment solutions.

Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Analyst, Envestnet | PMC
shawKen Shaw, CFA, conducts research and due diligence on asset managers and manages the equity research team. Areas of coverage include equities and alternative investment strategies. Shaw joined the Envestnet team in April 2012 when Prima Capital was acquired by Envestnet. Prior to joining Prima Capital in 2011, he served as a vice president and risk manager at Rock Creek Group.

Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Director, Financial Advisor and Private Wealth Magazines
simonoffEvan Simonoff is a founding partner of Charter Financial Publishing Network (CFPN). Simonoff has spent more than 20 years as an editor and reporter covering the financial services industry. He is a widely recognized expert on personal finance and investments.

President and Chief Investment Officer, Sage Advisory Services
smithBob Smith, AIF, CIMC, co-founded Sage in 1996 with Mark MacQueen, and he leads its investment committee. Smith began his career at Moody's Investors Services as a member of the Corporate Bond Rating Committee. He then went on to Loeb, Rhoades & Co. to cover the insurance industry and later worked at Merrill Lynch in a variety of institutional research, trading and portfolio management roles.

Alternative Investment Strategist, Natixis Global Asset Management
spirlingSonia Spirling, CFA, has extensive experience developing and researching quantitative investment strategies. In her current role, she educates financial advisors about liquid alternative funds and how to use them in client portfolios. Spirling is an active member of the Boston Security Analyst Society (BSAS) and frequently speaks at CAIA and CFA meetings.

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Virtus Real Estate Capital
strongWilliam Strong is responsible for oversight of investor relations, the finance and accounting teams, debt sourcing, and the firm’s management and operations. Previously, Strong was COO and CFO of Forum Partners Investment Management LLC, a global real estate private equity fund sponsor. Strong received both his B.A. and M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Portfolio Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Swan Global Investments
swanRob Swan provides daily oversight of Swan operations as COO and manages and implements the Swan Defined Risk Strategy as portfolio manager, including investment management and trading as well as development and maintenance of proprietary technology that enables Swan to scale and execute the DRS across multiple platforms and thousands of accounts.

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.

Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC
szilagyiJerry Szilagyi, CFA, is CEO of Catalyst Capital Advisors LLC, sponsor of the Catalyst Funds, which he co-founded in 2006. Szilagyi is managing member of AlphaCentric Advisors LLC and CEO of Rational Advisors Inc. He serves as president of MFund Distributors LLC and also serves as an officer or trustee of several fund trusts.

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.

Managing Partner, TriLinc Global
trantJoan Trant is a member of the executive management team, investment committee, sustainability and impact committee, and marketing council. Trant’s responsibilities include fund sales acceleration, investment support, brand development and activities promoting the impact investing industry. Previously, she held senior positions in leading impact investing, international development and global financial services organizations.

Head of Volatility and Tail Risk, StratiFi LLC
jaipalJaipal Tuttle, Ph.D., began his career in quantitative trading as an early member of Morgan Stanley’s Process Driven Trading group. In 2001, Tuttle left to form OKLO Financial LLC, which was acquired by The Carlyle Group in 2013. In early 2007, he began computer-driven trading in the nascent VIX futures market. He currently manages StratiFi’s Tail Risk and VIX Basis Alpha programs.

Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Capital Innovations

underhillMichael Underhill, the author of the acclaimed book The Handbook of Infrastructure Investing, has published hundreds of papers on investing and finance. Recognized for his expertise, Underhill is frequently asked to speak on topics of investment policy, portfolio management and the risk characteristics of global real asset investing.

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.

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.

Managing Director, AQR
villalonDan Villalon, CFA, is a managing director and co-head of the North America portfolio solutions group. In this role, Villalon writes white papers and other research, and oversees the team responsible for client custom analyses—ranging from portfolio construction to risk allocation to capturing alternative sources of returns. He is also a member of AQR's multi-fund investment committee.

Co-Founder and Co-Portfolio Manager, Sierra Mutual Funds
wrightDavid Wright oversees strategy development, research and portfolio management at Sierra Mutual Funds and associated firms, now managing over $2.7 billion in alternative strategies. Wright speaks frequently to both professional and individual investor conferences, as well as national media.

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.

Associate Director of Research, WisdomTree
zimmermanTripp Zimmerman, CFA, began at WisdomTree as a research analyst in February 2013. Now, as an associate director of research, he leads the firm’s data analytics group, where he is responsible for index creation, maintenance and reconstitution. Zimmerman travels domestically and internationally to speak about WisdomTree’s index capabilities and meets with clients across various sales channels.