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Ashlock, Jennifer

Managing Director

Tortoise 

 

Ms. Jen Ashlock joined Tortoise in 2014. Previously, Ms. Ashlock was a managing director at NYSE Euronext in the firm’s global marketing and branding group in both Chicago and New York and also held a variety of marketing positions at Morgan Stanley.

Ms. Ashlock graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University. She served on the Mariner Foundation Board and currently serves as the chairperson for the Tortoise Foundation Board.  

Jennifer is an equity owner in Tortoise.

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Bellamy, Christopher, CPA

Co-President, Investment Industry Services Division

Cohen & Company

Since joining Cohen & Company in 1999, Chris has been focused on providing audit and consulting services to the investment industry. As co-president of the Investment Industry Services Division, he drives the strategic and tactical initiatives for team. Cohen & Company’s Investment Industry Services Division, representing more than 250 employees, serves a national client base including mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity, exchange traded funds, commodity pools, investment advisers, fund service providers, high net worth individuals, trusts, and foundations.

Chris is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Ohio Society of CPAs, and was a founding board member of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Chris's client base includes some of the firm's largest and most complex fund families, primarily in the mutual fund and ETF sector. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors and chair of the investment committee for the Community Foundation of Lorain County and the Finance Advisory Council for Ohio University. Chris is also active in leading the firm’s recruiting efforts and is a member of the firm’s leadership team.

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Bosmann

Bosmann, Jillian

Partner

Drinker Biddle Reath LLP

 

Jillian L. Bosmann represents investment companies and business development companies and their boards of directors. She also advises investment advisers on regulatory, compliance and corporate matters. Jillian is a partner in the nationally ranked Investment Management Practice Group.

In addition to providing ongoing representation, Jillian has assisted funds and their advisers with developing a wide variety of investment products, including mutual funds and mutual fund complexes, closed-end funds, continuously offered closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, business development companies, funds serving as the underlying investment vehicle for variable insurance products, and private funds. She has worked with funds and investment advisers of varying sizes and regularly deals with regulatory authorities on a range of matters, including proxy and registration statements, exemptive order applications, inspection and examination inquiries, and interpretive requests.

Jillian also advises boards of directors of registered investment companies and business development companies on fund governance and fiduciary oversight matters. She has substantial experience serving as independent counsel to independent directors, advising them on a broad range of issues and matters.

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Cameron, R. Bruce

Partner, Co-founder

Berkshire Global Advisors

 

Bruce is the co-founder of Berkshire Global Advisors and co-leads the Firm’s Wealth Management practice.

Bruce joined Mr. McEver in establishing Berkshire in 1983 as the first independent investment bank covering the investment management and securities industries. He has over 35 years of industry experience and is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. During his tenure at Berkshire, Bruce has advised on a wide range of M&A transactions in the real estate, mutual fund and institutional sectors.

Notable Transaction Experience:
CenterSquare (BNY Mellon) / Management & Lovell Minnick Partners (2017)
Stockbridge Capital / CITIC Capital (2017)
Allianz Global Investors / Sound Harbor (2016)
Legg Mason / Clarion Partners (2016)
BNY Mellon / Atherton Lane (2016)
Aberdeen Asset Management / FLAG Capital Management (2015)
Legg Mason Investment Counsel / Stifel Financial (2014)
Parametric / Eaton Vance (2003)

Prior Work Experience:
HF2 Financial, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO
Highbury Financial Inc., Co-Founder, Chairman
Paine Webber, Associate Director, Strategic Planning Group
Prudential Insurance Company, Comptroller’s Department and the Planning & Coordination Group

Education & Affiliations:
Harvard Business School, MBA
London School of Economics
Trinity College, BA in Economics

Fellow of the Life Management Institute
Past board member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
CFA charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute

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Carson, Dave

Vice President, Director Client Strategies

Ultimus Fund Solutions

 

Dave joined Ultimus in 2013. As Director of Client Strategies, Dave's primary responsibilities include serving as president for two series trusts and as president or officer of stand-alone trusts, providing expert assistance to investment managers considering starting a fund, and serving as senior relationship manager for certain clients.

Dave has been in the financial services industry since 1981 and has almost twenty-five years of fund and asset management experience. Dave has been Chief Compliance Officer for mutual fund families, registered investment advisers, and an ETF trust. He also served as Chief Operations Officer for a mutual fund family, and previously had senior management responsibility for fund and adviser marketing, fund wholesaling, transfer agency, shareholder servicing and adviser compliance. Earlier in his career Dave was a corporate IT audit manager, and managed holding company-level credit quality reporting.

Dave co-founded and served as president of Advancing Fund Governance, a forum for fund trustees and senior officers. He is also a former trustee and secretary of the Greater Cincinnati Mutual Funds Association, and former trustee and board president of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. Dave enjoys running, biking and critiquing cooking shows with his wife, daughter and adult sons, and reading history and biographies.

He is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

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Davis, Christopher

Head, U.S. Research

Strategic Insight

Christopher Davis is Head of U.S Fund Research at Strategic Insight, an ISS Business. In his role, Christopher is responsible for shaping his team’s research agenda, implementing best-practice research methodologies, delivering high-caliber research, and engaging clients and other stakeholders.Christopher Davis is Head of U.S Fund Research at Strategic Insight, an ISS Business. In his role, Christopher is responsible for shaping his team’s research agenda, implementing best-practice research methodologies, delivering high-caliber research, and engaging clients and other stakeholders.


Prior to Strategic Insight, Christopher spent nearly two decades as an analyst and research director at Morningstar where he evaluated equity, fixed income, and multi-asset investment strategies, primarily in the U.S. Over his tenure, he introduced qualitative ratings on target-risk and exchange-traded funds and engaged investors, industry professionals, and regulators in both the U.S. and Canada while authoring numerous articles, white papers, and serving as editor of Morningstar’s Fidelity Funds Newsletter. Davis also led Morningstar’s Canadian manager research team from 2012 to 2016.


Christopher holds B.A. in economics and political science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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David Finkelstein

Finkelstein, David

Vice President

Vivaldi Asset Managment, LLC

David's primary role is to focus the firm’s distribution efforts through digital engagement, data analytics, and business intelligence tools  Prior to joining Vivaldi, David held roles in New York with REIT Manager W.P. Carey and Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney Wealth Management.

David received a BA degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign where he double majored in Economics and East Asian Languages and Cultures.

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Franey, Matthew

Director of Business Development

Celera Systems LLC

 

Matthew Franey joined Celera in mid 2014 to expand business development efforts for Celera’s flagship solution, SalesStation.

Franey began his professional career with Ernst & Young, and his investment industry affiliations include both analyst and sales roles with Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, FIS, Corp (formerly Metavante Corporation), and, most recently, Infinity Benefit Solutions.

Matthew holds both a BA in Finance and Accounting and his Masters in Accounting and Information Analysis from Lehigh University.

Matthew returned to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after completing his graduate studies, a community where he spent his growing up years, and where his family still lives. He is a keen student of social media innovation, and the evolution of the delivery of investment solutions through electronic, online tools.

Number of Years of Financial Services Experience (10)

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Hearsh, Brad

Senior Advisor

UBS Investment Bank

 

Brad Hearsh is a Senior Advisor in UBS Investment Bank’s Global Financial Institutions Group providing advice to advice to asset management companies (including senior managements and their boards of directors), primarily in connection with mergers and acquisitions and private placements.

Brad has been with UBS Investment Bank for the last 31years, having begun his investment banking career at PaineWebber Incorporated in 1985 and then joining UBS as part of the UBS/PaineWebber merger in 2000. From 1981 to 1985, Brad was a Corporate Associate in the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City.

Brad received a BA from Williams College, an MA from Lincoln College,Oxford University and a JD from the University of Virginia Law School.

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Hendley, Carl

VP Strategic Development

Motley Fool Asset Management (MFAM)

 

Carl is the VP of Strategic Development at MFAM, a position he has held 2011. Mr. Hendley is responsible for initiating and maintaining the firm’s relations with institutional investors, key-accounts, and external partners.

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Hennessy, Neil J.

CIO

Hennessy Advisors

 

Neil is a seasoned manager with nearly four decades of financial industry experience. He started his career as a broker in 1979, and today he serves as Portfolio Manager to six Funds and as CIO he oversees the entire family of Hennessy Funds.

Neil began his career at Paine Webber and worked there and at Hambrecht & Quist until founding his own broker/dealer firm in 1989 and founding Hennessy Funds and launching his first mutual fund in 1996.

Neil is a nationally recognized and respected asset manager, ranking among Barron's Top 100 Mutual Fund Managers for many years*, and he is a frequent guest/contributor in national financial media.

Neil received a BBA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

* Barron's last published a "Top 100 Mutual Fund Managers" list 8/08.

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Jones, Ben D., CRPS

Head of Intermediary Distribution

BMO Investment Distributors, BMO Global Asset Management

 

Ben is responsible for leading the U.S. distribution of BMO Global Asset Management’s investment capabilities through financial intermediaries.His responsibilities include leading and coordinating the client experience for advisers, home offices, strategic partners and sub-advised clients.Ben oversees BMO Investment Distributors, a FINRA broker-dealer, as the president and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining BMO Global Asset Management, Ben was director of defined contribution at Russell Investments, responsible for managing Russell’s intermediary distribution of retirement plan solutions across the U.S. In 2011, he was awarded the Russell Award for Excellence. Prior to working at Russell, he was a partner at Strategic Employee Benefits.

Ben is a thought leader whose writing on retirement issues has been published in Institutional Investor and on behalf of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA). Ben is also a recognizable industry voice as the creator and co-host of BMO’s Better Conversations. Better Outcomes. podcast series. Ben earned the Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM designation and holds the FINRA Series 6, 7, 24 and 66 securities licenses.

Ben lives with his wife and two daughters in Utah, where they enjoy sharing their passions for skiing, hiking, mountain biking and gardening.

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Miller, Warren, CFA

Founder & CEO

Flowspring, Inc.

 

Warren is the Founder and CEO of Flowspring, Inc. a leading provider of advanced competitive intelligence for asset managers. Flowspring aims to give quantitative support to all business decisions faced by asset managers from product launches and rationalization to optimal pricing strategies and M&A activity.

Prior to founding Flowspring, Warren was Head of Asset Management Software and Head of Quantitative Research at Morningstar where he led the development of global multi-asset class risk modeling, quantitative investment signals, and systematic institutional investment strategies.

Warren studied Industrial Engineering and Economics at Northwestern University, earned his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a CFA charterholder.

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Plumb, Thomas G., CFA

Lead Manager, CEO, Chairman

Plumb Funds

 

Tom serves as president of Plumb Funds, a proprietary mutual fund company where he is also the lead portfolio manager for the Plumb Equity Fund and Plumb Balanced Fund, a role he’s had since the Funds’ inception in May 2007. He has also served as the president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Plumb Funds since their inception and secretary of Plumb Funds since August 1, 2017.

Tom is also the founding Principal of Wisconsin Capital Management, LLC since January 2004, a firm that traces its origins back to 1984 (formerly Thompson Plumb & Associates). His roles there include portfolio manager, research analyst and fund manager. In addition, he maintains an ownership interest in and serves as the president of SVA Plumb Financial, LLC, an affiliated entity.

With more than three decades of experience as an investment professional, Tom’s career includes twenty years as the lead manager of two balanced mutual funds, the Thompson Plumb Balanced Fund and the Dreyfus Premier Balanced Opportunity Fund.

Tom earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. He is a member of the Madison Investment Management Society and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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Ramirez, Devon

Director of Institutional Fund Distribution

Akre Capital Management, LLC

 

Devon Ramirez is responsible for institutional fund distribution to RIAs, independent advisors, and other approved institutions for Akre Capital Management. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Devon worked in institutional fund distribution for such firms as Columbia Management Distributors, ProShares ETFs, and AdvisorShares ETFs. Devon holds a B.S. in corporate communications from Elon University.

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Ryan, Shane

Customer Success Manager

Hubspot

 

Shane is an accomplished customer success professional with a proven track record for improving customer satisfaction, implementing and improving processes, and driving an increase in retention. He focuses on building deep and meaningful relationships with both clients and team members. Shane is seasoned in project management, content & service strategy, and inbound marketing.

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Schonberger, Jennifer

Assignment Editor, Reporter, Producer

Fox Business Network

 

Jennifer Schonberger helps decide which stories the Fox Business Network covers from Washington across daily shows. She also reports on air on the Federal Reserve and economic issues. In addition, Jennifer writes and reports for Foxbusiness.com and runs FBN’s DC bureau in the bureau chief’s absence. 

Jennifer has been a financial journalist for over 12 years. She speaks with top financial experts regularly and is an expert on financial markets and the economy, for which Fox Business relies on regularly. She has written, conducted analysis and screened for stocks for The Motley Fool and Kiplinger magazine. Prior to joining Fox Business, Jennifer created and hosted her own financial news show on local cable in Northern, VA.

Her financial acumen is rooted in her finance and international business degree from the University of Virginia.

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Strnad, Andrew

Vice President, Manager, Fund Distribution

Quasar Distributors

 

Andrew manages a team that is responsible for drafting and reviewing company contracts, including distribution, 12b-1-related agreements, ETF Authorized Participation agreements and Dealer Service agreements. Andrew’s team advises Quasar on legal issues arising under the Investment Company Act as well as on SEC and FINRA regulatory matters. Andrew is considered a subject matter expert on trends and developments in the fund distribution marketplace and is a frequent public speaker on the subject. Andrew joined Quasar in 2004. Prior to his role in Quasar, Andrew was an assistant district attorney for Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Andrew assumed the role of secretary for Quasar Distributors in 2004. 

Andrew received his Bachelor degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and his law degree from Marquette University Law School. He was a member of the National Championship team at the 2002 Ruby Vale National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition.

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Tagal, Ryan

Director of Product Management 

Envestnet | PMC

Ryan Tagal is the Director of Product Management at Envestnet ৷PMC (‘PMC’). In this role, he oversees all product management and development for PMC’s suite of product and service offerings. This includes product oversight of PMC’s managed portfolios, consulting, and research offerings. He also participates in the overall leadership and management of PMC, from a strategic positioning standpoint.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Tagal was a Vice President of Product Management for Envestnet’s Product Group, overseeing product ownership for areas of the Envestnet platform relating to Envestnet’s separately managed account program and manager research. Mr. Tagal also acted as the Associate Portfolio Manager for PMC’s Paradigm Liquid Alternatives Portfolios and continues to serve on the firm’s liquid alternatives group. He was a key member in the development of Envestnet’s classification and portfolio construction framework for mutual funds that employ alternative investment strategies.

Prior to joining Envestnet, Mr. Tagal led Morningstar’s hedge fund initiative. In this role, he oversaw the development of Morningstar’s hedge fund database, associated product development, and related research and methodology. Before that, Mr. Tagal was the Director of Quantitative Research at Cerulli Associates where he initiated Cerulli’s research in managed accounts, alternative investment products, and hedge funds in the mid‐1990’s.

Mr. Tagal has frequently been quoted in financial publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and BusinessWeek as an expert in emerging trends in the hedge fund and managed account industries. He holds an SB in Physics from MIT and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School.

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Tietje, Brian

Evangelist

LinkedIn

 

I am passionate about helping the people in my life personally and professionally. My role on the Connected Enterprise team is to steer account strategy and maintain executive relationships with Global Clients.

LinkedIn plays a critical role in accelerating the business outcomes companies care about. Need talent to grow? We can help inventory available talent, locate, and deliver the best Global talent at Scale. Want to reach buyers? LinkedIn can help you understand where the buyers are, who are already engaging with your company and whom your employees are connected to. Why is this important? The prospects your company and employees are connected to are the most likely to buy from you.

Waggoner, John

Senior Associate Editor

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

 

John Waggoner has put personal finance and investing into plain English for more than three decades. He was a senior columnist for InvestmentNews and, prior to that, USA TODAY's personal finance columnist for 25 years. He has written for Morningstar, The Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine. Waggoner has also written three books on finance and investing.

He has an undergraduate and graduate degree in English literature and is working on his Certified Financial Planner designation. He lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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