Alessandra Tocco is a managing director and business strategist for Good Hill Partners. She has over 30 years’ experience in the alternatives investment industry. Prior to joining Good Hill Partners she was a managing director at J.P. Morgan, sitting on the prime brokerage management committee with specific responsibility for creating and overseeing the global Capital Advisory group encompassing business consulting, the content and branding efforts and capital introduction. Before that, she was a director of US capital introduction at ABN-AMRO focusing on macro and fixed income strategies.
Ms. Tocco began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she managed the due diligence effort and created several fund of fund products within the asset management division. In 2015 she was honored as one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds by The Hedge Fund Journal.
Outside of the office she supports a number of local charities and civic organizations. She is the current president of the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable, an organization tasked with promoting education and best practices within the alternative investment industry. Additionally, she sits on the investment committee for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and the youth development committee of the NYC chapter of the YMCA. Ms. Tocco holds a B.S. in Finance from Mercy College and continues to work closely with the development office at Mercy helping students prepare for a career in finance.
John Basile is a partner in the New York regional offices of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. He is the Regional Leader of the Financial Services practice group. John represents alternative investment funds and their managers, as well as broker-dealers and investment advisory firms. His responsibilities also include developing and implementing the firm’s strategies and developing the group’s key staff. John also serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Partners where his responsibilities include setting overall strategy for the firm as well as management oversight.
Robert E. Akeson is Chief Operating Officer of Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Mirae Asset Financial Group, Korea’s leading financial group, that has $93 billion in assets under management.
Mr. Akeson has extensive experience managing prime brokerage, agency execution and research distribution businesses. He has also served as a member of the G.P. of a hedge fund and had advisory board experience with small money management firms. His background includes leadership positions with Neuberger Berman, Morgan Stanley, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services and ADP BISG.
Mr. Akeson is a frequent speaker on topics related to the hedge fund industry, prime brokerage, market liquidity and Basel III. He is Chairman of the Business Management Interest Group of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the DTCC Systemic Risk Roundtable and the Economic Club of New York. Mr. Akeson has also taught Money, Banking and Financial Markets at Molloy College.
Mr. Akeson holds an MBA from NYU and a BA from Washington College. He resides in Rockville Centre, N.Y. with his wife, with whom he has two grown children.
B.J. Bellock has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, dedicating most of his career to working with Alternative Investors, including Hedge Funds, Venture Capital Funds and Private Equity Funds along with other Institutional Investors. He has served in senior positions including fixed income trading, sales and sales management at Bank Of America, Deutsche Bank, Common Wealth Bank of Australia and Dean Witter. He also has extensive experience as a former Financial Consultant. As an adjunct Professor, he has taught various undergraduate financial courses at the Connecticut campus of Phoenix University, as well running seminars for students and the public, and is certified to teach Corporate Training classes. Currently BJ is working as an independent consultant. He holds a Masters in Finance and a Masters in Accounting from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
Pierre is an angel investor, an entrepreneur, a corporate growth advisor, and the father of four college-age children. He is also a Partner at HPM Partners where, with his 32 partners and 50 associates in six offices, he works with owners of businesses on their growth strategies, M&A, financing, liquidity, wealth management, cross-border/multi-national issues, estate planning and tax strategies; and for his multi-generational and family clients, he brings several lifetimes of dealing with family dynamics, trusts, business-ownership, family charters and youth education as a member of two large, historic business families. Before HPM Partners, Pierre was at Two Sigma Investments, where he raised capital for the firm’s quant hedge funds and he invested capital in private deals in Mainland China and elsewhere. Previously he was an entrepreneur, co-founding three software companies resulting in one IPO in 1993, one acquisition that led to an IPO in 2010, and one total disaster. After getting a BScE at Princeton in 1982, Pierre started his career at Bolt, Beranek & Newman (BBN) as a research scientist and software engineer in computational linguistics, parallel processing, and statistical data analysis.
Ashley has been in the FX industry for over 10 years in a variety of positions, both in his native England and in the US. At AFEX he is currently responsible for the acquisition, management and maintenance of corporate, institutional and high net worth clients. Specifically focused on the ‘Alternative Investment’ space in North America, Ashley has created a vast network of highly skilled professionals that can assist with every aspect of a cross border transaction. He is often engaged to speak on foreign exchange strategies at networking and partner events. Ashley also leads the New York office of AFEX. Under his watch the team has doubled in size and has developed expertise in a variety of industries. Ashley holds a BA honors degree in Services Marketing and Economics from the University of Bournemouth in England. In his spare time Ashley is an avid rower, and raced at Regattas across the country at both collegiate and club level. He and his wife live in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
Gabrielle Guttman is the President and Founder of Connext Consulting Inc., a business development, strategic introductions, marketing, events and PR/IR consultancy. Prior to founding Connext, Gabrielle was VP of Business Development & Marketing for Southridge LLC. She was responsible for hedge fund marketing, public/investor relations and marketing financial products to global public companies. Before joining Southridge, Gabrielle worked for Kroll Inc., Grey Group Inc., and the investment banking division of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Throughout her career, Gabrielle has been an active volunteer and currently holds leadership positions with not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations focused on the financial services industry, women’s initiatives and children’s development. Notable affiliations include 100 Women in Hedge Funds, HedgeNY, Portfolios with Purpose, ALTSO, High Water Women, the Hedge Fund Association, the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, and Barnard Business and Professional Women. Gabrielle graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Michael Medvinsky is the CEO of Nedelma, which offers an intuitive, financial business intelligence (BI) platform that works across numerous devices (desktop, the iPad and others) and can be used without any IT involvement. Nedelma is the winner of the Hedgeweek USA Awards 2015, the Best Fund Accounting and Reporting Systems Firm. Prior to founding Nedelma, Michael has held senior technology positions at Goldman Sachs, UBS and GE Capital.
Sachin has a passion for connection and collaboration. A problem solver who happens to be a former Air Force Vet, Ex -Corporate Employee, and currently a student of Entrepreneurship and Life. His personal and professional mission is to create something that is economically disruptive yet socially impactful. He is currently involved with and/or stakeholder in: * Principal, New Energy Connect – We create membership communities that bring together property managers, nursing homes, gas stations, and warehouses who want to pool their purchasing power to negotiate better prices on the procurement and installation of innovative new energy solutions in renewable energy and water efficiency solutions. * Co-Founder, Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (www.silcny.com) – We Identify Sustainable Capital Opportunities for Mid-Size Accounting, Law and Investment Firms. * Co-Founder, Profile Panda – Coming Soon (www.profilepanda.com) – We bring top writers and photographers together to create compelling professional stories for individuals and businesses.
With more than 25 years of experience at asset management, research, regulatory, distribution and financial service operations firms, Peter shares a wide view perspective with those he supports. Tenures included Citi, Alliance, Argus Research, ADP, and Computershare. Entrepreneurial, he has owned two firms in the alternative energy and sales distribution/marketing advisement sectors. He is actively engaged with the charity ParentJobNet.org that provides holistic career planning for those in needy communities. Peter is a Certified Financial Planner (TM) and former series 7 and 24.
Sarah Tomolonius is the Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations at Arlon Group, a good and agriculture investment firm. Prior to joining Arlon, she was an Investor Relations Associate with Citi Private Equity/StepStone Group LLC from 2008-2010; a Research Analyst with Edelman from 2005-2007; and a Program Assistant for the Water and Coastal Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2002-2005. Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Quest Resource Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: QRHC), on the Young Executive Board of iMentor, on the Executive Council of the Alumni Council at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and as Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable. She is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council. Sarah received her BA in English from Vassar College and her MPA from SIPA at Columbia University, where she received a fellowship for International Finance and Policy.
Ms. Reph oversees Business Development in the Client Data Solutions division of Bloomberg LP. In her 16 years at Bloomberg she has been responsible for cultivating talent and developing businesses that generated more than $400 million in annual revenue. Her experience spans a broad spectrum of clients in North and South America and include longstanding relationships with the Hedge Fund, Banking and Investment Management community. She derives great satisfaction in knowing that she has had a great impact on the talent she has cultivated and the business relationships that she continues to nourish. “If I can’t help, I won’t waste your time—but as a person who likes to connect people, if you have a need, I may be able to point you in the right direction.” Prior to joining Bloomberg LP, Susan was a Sales Manager at MetLife, owned an Aromatherapy firm, and spent several years working in the mortgage-backed new issue divisions of Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. She holds a BS degree in Finance. Fun facts: Susan was a flight attendant for a brief time, lived in the Caribbean for a year and back packed around the world for 14 months.
Ashish is a corporate governance and global strategy advisory professional, currently serving as the Managing Director of Wall Street Board, a New York based corporate governance and management consulting company. Ashish has more than 15 years of extensive experience in the investment banking and management consulting industry, which includes strategic advisory services to executive management on governance, business performance and development. He has worked in the United States and India with large investment banks where he advised on various mergers and acquisitions transactions for multinational businesses operating in a range of industries that includes alternative investments, being on both buy and sell sides of the deals. Ashish is a Harvard Business School alumnus, with a doctorate degree in business management, and an MBA degree in finance. He is a graduate in law and holds a BS in physics and mathematics. He serves on the board of various organizations and is a member of the Dow Jones & Company’s Market Watch Opinion Board. He is a frequent speaker at professional groups and executive forums.
Bob has over 30 years of experience in the hedge fund business. His background includes trading, research and raising assets. Bob began his hedge fund career in 1987 as Bruce Kovner’s trading assistant at Caxton, which grew to be one of the largest Global Macro Hedge Funds. Bob was later the CIO of the fund of funds business at EGM in San Francisco and then the senior hedge fund analyst at Kenmar a large fund of funds based in Greenwich CT. Bob began his career on Wall Street in Shearson’s commodity research department as a chartist / technical analyst back when you had to draw charts by hand. Longship raises assets for a few select hedge fund managers that we have known for a long time. We believe in the wisdom of grey hair, we earned every one of them.