SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES



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The Speakers

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Michael Sacks   |  Suna Said   |  Andres Sandate   |  Vikrant Sawhney   |  Ernest Scalamandre   |  Rhonda Schaffler   |  Federico Schiffrin   |  Sheryl Schwartz   |  Durant Schwimmer   |  Sanjiv Shah   |  Maneesh Shanbhag   |  Andrew Shepard   |  Denise Shull   |  Barry Silbert   |  Todd Silverman   |  Mark Silverstein   |  Joshua Sobeck   |  Hunter Somerville   |  Theresa Sorrentino Hajer   |  Alina Spitchakova   |  Don Steinbrugge   |  Jeff Stewart   |  Matthias Stoetter   |  Janu Subramanian   |  Ryan Sweeney

Michael Sacks, Chairman & CEO, Grosvenor Capital Management
PartnerConnect East Speaker

Michael J. Sacks is Chief Executive Officer of Chicago-based Grosvenor Capital Management. Grosvenor is a leader in the alternative investment industry, specializing in public and private markets solutions that span hedge funds, private equity, infrastructure and real estate. Grosvenor currently manages over $44 billion for a globally diverse client base.

Mr. Sacks joined Grosvenor in 1990, and was named the firm’s Managing Partner in 1994. He led the growth, development and institutionalization of the firm from its position as an early participant in a cottage industry to its current position as a leader in the global alternative investment arena. Prior to joining Grosvenor, Mr. Sacks spent two years at Harris Associates, L.P.

A native of Chicago, Mr. Sacks received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tulane University in 1984, a general course certificate from the London School of Economics for work completed in the 1982-1983 academic year, a Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1988 and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988. He is a member of the Illinois Bar.

In addition to his work at Grosvenor, Mr. Sacks is active in various philanthropic and community activities. Notably, he serves as Vice-Chairman of the World Business Chicago board of directors alongside the Mayor of Chicago. World Business Chicago focuses on promoting and attracting business as well as the City’s broader economic agenda.

Mr. Sacks and his wife, Cari, have two sons and a daughter.

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Suna Said, Speaker, Unifund and Nima Capital
AIMS East Speaker

Bio to come..

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Andres Sandate, President , Endurance Strategies, LLC
HedgeWorld East Speaker

Andres Sandate is the Founder and CEO of Endurance Strategies, LLC, (www.endurancestrategies.com) an integrated financial services platform consisting of a group of companies which provide investment consulting, strategic advisory and product development solutions to investment managers and investors. As CEO, he is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and devotes considerable time to evaluating hedge funds, alternative ‘40 Act mutual funds and other alternative investments.

Founded in 2010, Endurance Strategies most recent work includes launching several ’40 Act mutual fund launches via Endurance Series Trust, a Multiple Series Trust sponsored by Endurance Fund Services, LLC. Additionally, he created and recently hosted the 2014 Endurance Strategies Southeast Investment Summit, featuring the Liquid Alternatives Symposium Southeast. The Summit is an educational road-show platform aimed at providing investors, investment managers and the professionals who serve them, with access to the experts, research, and thinking driving the growth and development of the liquid alternatives industry.

Prior to starting Endurance Strategies, LLC, he was an investment banker with SunTrust Capital Markets and Regions Capital Markets. He earned an MBA and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and is a member of the Committee of Hearts for the Southeast Chapter of Hedge Funds Care as well as the Executive Committee of the University of Kansas Hispanic Alumni Chapter. Mr. Sandate also holds Series 7, 63, 65 and 79 securities licenses.

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Vikrant Sawhney, Senior Managing Director / Chief Operating Officer, Blackstone
Buyouts East Speaker

Vik Sawhney is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone and Chief Operating Officer of the Private Equity group.

Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Mr. Sawhney worked as a Managing Director in the Financial Sponsors Group at Deutsche Bank, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with Blackstone and several other large private equity firms. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Sawhney was an Associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Mr. Sawhney represented Blackstone as a Rockefeller Fellow during 2010-2011. He currently serves on the Board of Harlem RBI, an east Harlem social services and educational organization, and is also a Trustee of the Rye Country Day School.

Mr. Sawhney received a BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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Ernest Scalamandre, Founder, AC Investment Management
HedgeWorld East Speaker

Mr. Scalamandre has worked in the alternative investment industry for over seventeen years and has managed discretionary commodity Fund of Hedge Funds investments since 1993. From July 1995 until December 2005 Mr. Scalamandre was the Founder and Managing Member of Pinnacle Associates GP LLC (gPinnacleh), a Fund of Hedge Funds firm serving as the general partner for several Pinnacle entities. From May 2003 to the present, Mr. Scalamandre has been the Managing Member of Aurelian Holdings LLC (formerly Par 3 Investments, LLC), which provided investment management services to Silver Creek Early Advantage Fund, Ltd. and Silver Creek Early Advantage Fund, L.P. In April 2006, Mr. Scalamandre founded the Investment Manager, an investment adviser registered with the SEC that serves as the investment adviser to several investment entities. From March 2000 to December 2001, Mr. Scalamandre was the Director of Hedge Funds at Wealthplace, Inc., a boutique advisory firm that caters to high net worth investors, and from June 1998 to January 2000 at James River Capital Corp., one of the largest sponsors of alternative investments worldwide. Prior to this, he was a general partner of Nest & Co., a registered broker]dealer and floor trading firm, and has served as a partner in several NYSE and AMEX specialist partnerships.

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Rhonda Schaffler, Reporter and Producer, Reuters Digital Video
HedgeWorld East Speaker

Rhonda Schaffler is a multimedia video reporter and anchor for Reuters Insider, a global online, on-demand video service for Reuters’ financial clients. She hosts a daily “Wealth Strategies” program which provides investment ideas and news coverage for high net worth retail and institutional investors. “Wealth Strategies” is one of the most popular programs on Reuters Insider, and has featured such prominent investors as Warren Buffett, Mario Gabelli, Wilbur Ross, bond guru Dan Fuss and hedge fund manager Doug Kass. Rhonda also anchors a weekly show on municipal bonds and reports from various events and conferences.

Prior to joining Reuters, Rhonda worked as an anchor and senior correspondent for CNN and was an anchor at Bloomberg. At CNN, she anchored the financial network’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and reported daily from the New York Stock Exchange. While at Bloomberg she covered stories that included Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy and the financial market collapse. Rhonda also worked as an editor and writer and Dow Jones.

Rhonda took a sabbatical from media at worked at the United Nations on a microfinance project in 2005. She graduated from Penn State University with a BA in broadcast journalism and political science.

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Federico Schiffrin, Senior Vice President, Unigestion (US), Ltd
Buyouts East Speaker
Venture Alpha East Speaker

Federico is currently a Senior Vice President of private assets at Unigestion, a Swiss-based asset manager with approximately $13 billion in assets under management. Federico is responsible for US and Latin American investments, where he oversees and invests a portfolio of approximately $700 million. Prior to joining Unigestion, Federico worked at Three Cities Research, Inc., a middle-market private equity fund based in New York.

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Sheryl Schwartz, Managing Director, Caspian Private Equity
Buyouts East Speaker

Sheryl Schwartz. Ms. Schwartz, a Managing Director at Caspian Private Equity, LLC (“CPE”), leads its primary and secondary fund investment programs. Ms. Schwartz joined CPE in 2013. From 2010 to April 2013, Ms. Schwartz was a Managing Director at Perseus Finance, one of three partners responsible for fundraising, sourcing, evaluating and making direct mezzanine and structured equity investments connected with leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and growth financings in lower middle market companies. From 1988 to 2010, Ms. Schwartz had a successful career at Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (“TIAA-CREF”) split between fixed income and alternative investments, where she built a diversified, global investment portfolio across an array of co-investments, mezzanine debt and funds, including private equity, emerging markets, international, venture capital, distressed debt, equity turnaround, energy and infrastructure, leveraged buyouts and timber. Ms. Schwartz serves on the Board of WAVE, a nonprofit committed to developing and advancing women in private equity and venture capital, was a long-time member of the ILPA and is also on the advisory board of Palico, a company that created a secure, web based marketplace dedicated to the private equity industry. Ms. Schwartz holds a BS and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

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Durant Schwimmer, Managing Director, The Carlyle Group
Buyouts East Speaker

Randy Schwimmer was most recently a Managing Director with The Carlyle Group. Widely credited with developing loan syndications for middle market companies, he has over 30 years of experience in middle market finance, having spent the majority of his career in loan syndications and distribution building and developing relationships with middle market lenders and investors in middle market loans. At Carlyle, Mr. Schwimmer was responsible for all middle market loan capital markets activities, including loan structuring, syndications and distribution within the Carlyle GMS team. Mr. Schwimmer also had primary responsibility for managing the team's indirect origination platform, sourcing new business by tapping relationships with other mid cap participants. These include lenders – commercial finance companies, business development companies, mezzanine, hedge funds, and more traditional investors in middle markets loans and mezzanine securities – and financial intermediaries such as investment banks.

Mr. Schwimmer joined Carlyle in November 2011 as part of its acquisition of Churchill Financial, a debt capital provider to middle-market companies. Prior to joining Churchill in 2006 as its Senior Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets, Mr. Schwimmer was a Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Finance Syndication for BNP Paribas where he structured and syndicated leveraged transactions for the bank’s private equity clients. Before that, he spent 15 years at JP Morgan Chase in Corporate Banking and Loan Syndications in several capacities where he was responsible for originating, structuring and syndicating leveraged loans, including cash flow and asset-based loans along with junior debt such as mezzanine and high yield securities.

In addition, he is a frequent speaker at conferences, such as Reuters LPC Annual Loan Conference, Buyouts East and West, and the MasterClass Capital Roundtables, and is a member of the Thomson Reuters Advisory Board and both the ACG-NY and ACG-Global Boards. Finally, he has taught classes in corporate finance and capital markets at Boston University School of Management and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

Mr. Schwimmer is a graduate of Trinity College (BA) cum laude and received his MA from the University of Chicago. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Greenwich, CT.

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Sanjiv Shah, Managing Director, BAML Capital Access Funds Managment
Buyouts East Speaker

Sanjiv K. Shah is a Managing Director of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Capital Access Funds (“CAF”) unit, where he focuses on the origination and structuring of new investment opportunities, as well as administrative matters, including overseeing CAF’s junior associates. He joined Bank of America (“BAC”) in 1994 and is based in Chicago. In 1997, Mr. Shah co-founded the CAF group, and he has been instrumental in growing BAC’s portfolio of community development equity-related investments, including the formation of CAF’s current fund-of-funds investment vehicles. Mr. Shah was one of the youngest associates to be promoted to the Managing Director level within BAC’s legacy Principal Investing division.

CAF is an experienced market-based, returns-driven private equity fund-of-funds manager and advisor focused on meeting the targeted mandates of large public pension funds, endowments and other institutional investors. CAF has managed and advised on over $1.1 billion of capital for institutional investors across multiple mandates since 2002.

Mr. Shah has been active in his community and has held volunteer leadership positions in several local South Asian focused community organizations. In 2002, Mr. Shah was profiled in the India Tribune as a successful, young professional from the Indian-American community.

Mr. Shah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a graduate of the Venture Capital Institute. Mr. Shah serves on the limited partner advisory board of several private equity funds in which CAF has invested, and he is a frequent speaker at industry and trade association conferences. Mr. Shah has led CAF’s relationship as a Trustee Member of The Association of Asian American Investment Managers (“AAAIM”) and has spearheaded the planning and organization of an annual conference and networking forum in Chicago in collaboration with AAAIM and other organizations which are focused on highlighting the talent and potential residing within the U.S. emerging domestic market. He is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.

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Maneesh Shanbhag, CIO , Greenline Partners
HedgeWorld East Speaker

Maneesh is co-founder of Greenline Partners and is responsible for portfolio management, and custom portfolio engineering. Maneesh has spent the majority of his career managing portfolios for institutional investors, most recently at Bridgewater Associates. Maneesh was part of the portfolio management team at Bridgewater that managed over $100 billion on behalf of some of the most sophisticated investors in the world, including large sovereign wealth funds, pensions, endowments and foundations. At Bridgewater, Maneesh also helped build a systematized investment process to manage customized accounts across equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities. Maneesh has also worked directly with some of the largest institutional investors in Canada, the UK and Europe.

Prior to Bridgewater, Maneesh managed tax efficient portfolios for family offices and high net worth individuals at a $2bn investment investment advisor in Illinois.

Maneesh has an MBA and MS in electrical engineering specializing in semiconductor physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a CFA Charterholder, and has been racing triathlons for over 20 years.

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Andrew Shepard, Senior Consultant, RINET Company, LLC
HedgeWorld East Speaker

Andrew M. Shepard, CFA is a Senior Consultant at RINET Company, LLC and a member of RINET’s investment team. Andrew oversees the due diligence, selection, and monitoring of the firm’s fixed alternative and fixed income investment strategies. He and his team are also responsible for RINET’s overall investment strategy and tactical asset allocation decision-making. RINET has over $1.7B in AUM, providing investment management, wealth and legacy planning, and tax advisory services for high net worth individuals, families, and foundations.

Mr. Shepard joined RINET Company in 2011 and has more than 6 years of investment experience. Previously, Andrew was a Senior Research Analyst at Federal Street Advisors, where he was one of three individuals leading their investment research program for over $4 billion in client assets. Prior to joining Federal Street in 2008, Andrew held the role of Associate at Weston Financial, focusing on wealth planning and investment research for high net worth individuals.

Mr. Shepard is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the Boston Society of Security Analysts. He holds his series 65 Investment Advisor Representative designation. Andrew graduated with a BBA with Honors in International Business with a focus in Finance and Economics from The George Washington University.

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Denise Shull, Principal, The ReThink Group
HedgeWorld East Speaker

Denise Shull, a performance consultant and thought leader in risk psychology founded The ReThink Group in 2003 in order to solve the vexing problem of human misperception of risk. Today, Shull has taught thousands of Wall Street professionals how to avoid their typical behavioral responses to fear and greed. She specializes in separating intuition -- felt knowledge -- from impulse.

Her trading career began with equities in 1994 “upstairs” at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Later she traded futures as a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and it was then that she began transforming neuroeconomics --the new science of the brain on risk -- into investing profits. The head of regional trading for a top global bank says:

“…the work I have done with her has enabled me to make more progress in my trading than my 15 years of experience did on their own.”

Likewise, her book, Market Mind Games, a Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk (McGraw-Hill, 2012) has been described as the “best of its genre”, a “veritable Rosetta Stone of trading psychology” and “ahead of its time”. Her latest insights can be found at Hedge Fund Intelligence’s Absolute Return, Psychology Today and as the lead author of the trading psychology chapter in Investor Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing (Wiley, 2014).

An engaging speaker, Shull has received rave reviews for her talks “How Risk Psychology is Fractal” and “Emotions as Key Data” at the Galtere Institute’s Behavioral Finance symposium, MIT’s Sloan Fellows program, Battle of the Quants, Rotman School of Business at The University of Toronto, GAIM, Institutional Investor and Absolute Return conferences.

Bloomberg Markets, The WSJ’s Money Beat and the New York Times’ Dealbook column have recently covered Shull. She has also been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Toronto’s Globe and Mail and Risk Professional magazine. CNBC’s Squawk Box has featured Shull in both the US and Asia. She has also appeared on Bloomberg TV, Cavuto, PBS and The Discovery Channel.

Shull graduated from Harvard Kennedy’s executive program in “Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance” in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in neuroscience (1995) from The University of Chicago. Her thesis research, “The Neurobiology of Freud’s Repetition Compulsion” was published in 2003 in the Annals of Modern Psychoanalysis and was cited in 2013 as one of the earliest papers in the emerging field of neuro-psychoanalysis.

Shull resides in NYC and belongs to the Association for Psychological Science, the Hedge Fund Association, the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable and 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

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Barry Silbert, Founder & CEO of SecondMarket - Creator of the Bitcoin Investment Trust, SecondMarket
Venture Alpha East Speaker

Barry Silbert is the Founder and CEO of SecondMarket, a platform that enables private companies and investment funds to more efficiently raise capital and provide liquidity to their stakeholders by simplifying complex transaction workflows, streamlining investor onboarding and verifying that investors are accredited.

SecondMarket has received numerous accolades in recent years including being named by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer and has received honors from Forbes, Fast Company, Deloitte and other organizations. Barry has received several individual honors including being named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Crain's, and being selected to Fortune's prestigious "40 Under 40" list.

SecondMarket is backed by a premier group of investors, including FirstMark Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, Li Ka-shing Foundation, Temasek Holdings, NEA and Silicon Valley Bank.

In addition to founding SecondMarket, Barry also created the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a private, open-ended trust that is invested exclusively in bitcoin and derives its value solely from the price of bitcoin. It enables investors to gain exposure to the price movement of bitcoin without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping bitcoins.

Barry is also one of the most prolific angel investors in the bitcoin space via his personal investment vehicle, the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund, with investments in over 20 bitcoin-related companies, including BitPay, Coinbase, Gyft, BitPremier, Coinsetter, itBit, Ripple Labs, Korbit and BitPagos.

Prior to founding SecondMarket in 2004, Barry was an investment banker at Houlihan Lokey and graduated with honors from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

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Todd Silverman , Senior Vice President & Director of Investment Due Diligence, Meketa Investment Group
Venture Alpha East Speaker

Mr. Silverman joined Meketa Investment Group in 2008 and has twelve years of experience in the financial services industry. A Senior Vice President of the firm, Mr. Silverman works in the Private Markets Group focusing on private equity and private debt investments. His responsibilities include performing due diligence on private markets funds, maintaining and establishing new relationships with private markets firms, as well as client service and other research. He also serves as coordinator of the private debt team, with responsibility for managing private debt research, fund deal flow, and due diligence. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Silverman was employed as an investment research analyst with Liberty Mutual in its private equity investments group. Prior to that, he also held positions in corporate finance and internal audit with Liberty Mutual.

Mr. Silverman received a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in Economics and International Relations from Colgate University. Mr. Silverman holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and is a member of the CAIA Association®.

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Mark Silverstein, CIO, Endurance Specialty Holdings
AIMS East Speaker

Mark Silverstein joined Endurance as Chief Investment Officer in 2005. He has more than 28 years of professional experience in investments, including managing U.S. and global core fixed income portfolios for (re)insurance companies, pension funds, endowments and mutual funds. Mr. Silverstein holds a B.S. in Urban Studies from Cornell University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Roundtable and is Chairman of their Education Committee. He was a contributor to three Best Practice pieces in Alternative Investing: Portfolio Construction (2009), Managing Complexity (2011) and Avoiding Mistakes (2012).

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Joshua Sobeck, Partner, 747 Capital
Buyouts East Speaker

Mr. Sobeck is a member of the investment committee and is responsible for sourcing and analyzing small-cap funds, as well as managing due diligence and investment selection. He serves on numerous advisory committees of private equity funds in the U.S. Mr. Sobeck holds a B.A. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Middlebury College and received a M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School.

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Hunter Somerville, Senior Associate, Greenspring
Venture Alpha East Speaker

Hunter Somerville is a Senior Associate at Greenspring Associates where he performs due diligence for fund, secondary and direct investments as well as manages the Analyst Program. Previously, Mr. Somerville was an Associate for Camden Partners in the Camden Private Capital Fund of Funds Group. While at Camden Private Capital, he conducted due diligence and monitored fund investments across venture capital, growth equity, debt and buyout segments. Prior to that, Mr. Somerville worked at Venable L.L.P. in the litigation division with a focus on products and personal liability defense. He received his M.B.A at the Robert H. Smith School of Business with a concentration in Finance and Strategy. Hunter completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in History.

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Theresa Sorrentino Hajer, Managing Director - VC Research, Cambridge Associates
Venture Alpha East Speaker

Theresa is a Managing Director at Cambridge Associates in the Boston office. She co-leads the venture capital research team and is responsible for tracking the industry, identifying and conducting primary research on high-quality investment firms, monitoring firms in which clients are invested, and acting as a resource for the firm’s investment consultants.

Before re-joining Cambridge Associates in 2003, Theresa was a summer associate in the Sales & Marketing Department, Investment Products Division of the Hartford Financial Services Group. Before that, she was a senior consulting associate at Cambridge Associates for three years, working on client portfolios and special projects focused on tracking client asset allocation and analyzing style bias. She started her career at Coopers & Lybrand where she was an associate auditor.

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Alina Spitchakova, Client Relationship Manager, RAB Capital
HedgeWorld East Speaker

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Don Steinbrugge, Managing Partner, Agecroft Partners
HedgeWorld East Speaker

Don Steinbrugge is Chairman of Agecroft Partners, a global consulting and third party marketing firm for hedge funds. Agecroft Partners has won 19 industry awards as the Third Party Marketer of the Year. Agecroft is in contact with over a thousand hedge fund investors on a monthly basis and devotes a significant amount of time performing due diligence on hedge fund managers. Don is a frequent guest on business television including Bloomberg Television, Fox Business News and Reuters Insider. In addition, he has been quoted in hundreds of articles relative to the hedge fund industry and institutional investors.

Highlighting Mr. Steinbrugge’s 28 years of experience in the investment management industry is having been the head of sales for both one of the world’s largest hedge fund organizations and institutional investment management firms. Mr. Steinbrugge was a founding principal of Andor Capital Management, which was formed when he and a number of his associates spun out of Pequot Capital Management. At Andor he was Head of Sales, Marketing, and Client Service and was a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. When he left Andor, the firm ranked as the 2nd largest hedge fund firm in the world. Previous to Pequot, Mr. Steinbrugge was a Managing Director and Head of Institutional Sales for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (now part of BlackRock). At that time Merrill ranked as the 3rd largest investment manager in the world. Previously, Don was Head of Institutional Sales for NationsBank (now Bank of America Capital Management).

Mr. Steinbrugge is also a member of the Investment Committees for The City of Richmond Retirement System, a member of the Board of Directors of the Hedge Fund Association, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. In addition, he is a former 2 term Board of Directors member of The Richmond Ballet (The State Ballet of Virginia), The Science Museum of Virginia Endowment Fund and The Richmond Sports Backers Scholarship Fund.

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Jeff Stewart, CEO & Founder, Lenddo
Venture Alpha East Speaker

Bio to come..

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Matthias Stoetter, Investment Manager, Munich Private Equity Partners
AIMS East Speaker

Matthias Stötter is an Investment Director at Munich Private Equity Partners ("MPEP") and joined the company in 2011. He is responsible for MPEP's Secondary program which includes the acquisition of Limited Partnership Interests and the investment in selected Secondary Funds. Besides that Mr. Stoetter is also involved on the primary investment side with a focus on Europe. Mr. Stoetter currently serves on the advisory committees for two European Secondary Funds. Prior to joining MPEP, Mr. Stoetter worked at an Italian Small-Cap Fund where he was responsible for the financial analysis and evaluation of single investment projects or small and medium sized companies and the ongoing support and audit of selected projects of the investment portfolio. Mr. Stoetter started his career at an American Mid-Market Buyout Fund. Having earned Masters degrees from the Universities in Innsbruck and Bologna, Mr. Stoetter is located in the Munich office.

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Janu Subramanian, Managing Partner, Jai Guru Capital Management
HedgeWorld East Speaker

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Ryan Sweeney, Partner, Accel Partners
Venture Alpha East Speaker

Ryan has been with Accel since 2008. He focuses on enterprise software, online marketplace, and financial technology investments. Ryan currently is active with the boards of Atlassian, a creator of software development and collaboration tools; Qualtrics, a SaaS provider of enterprise data collection and analysis products; Hootsuite, a SaaS provider of social-media marketing and management tools; LightSpeed, the leading Apple/Mac-centric retail management platform; Wyzant, a leading education marketplace linking students with tutors; and 99designs, a marketplace for crowdsourced web design.

His prior boards and investments include Braintree (acquired by eBay/Paypal), a developer-centric software company simplifying online, mobile, and peer-to-peer payments; Groupon (IPO), a global marketplace linking consumers with local merchants; Airwatch (acquired by VMware), the leading mobile security and device management software platform; and OzForex (IPO), an online foreign exchange payments marketplace for SMBs. Ryan also helped lead Accel's investments in lynda.com, a provider of online videos and instructional training to enterprises; and Squarespace, a premier web and mobile publishing platform.

Prior to Accel, he spent nearly a decade in the Boston area at Summit Partners leading technology growth investments. Ryan resides in the Bay Area with his wife and two sons, yet maintains a strong allegiance to the four major professional sports teams in Philadelphia (as will his boys). He also serves on the board of the University of Notre Dame's Center for Entrepreneurship. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame and also received an MBA from Harvard.

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