Senior Vice President – Alternative Investment Products,
US Bancorp Fund Services, LLC
Mr. Barbara is a senior vice president of business development for US Bancorp Fund Services. He has experience in sales, relationship management, marketing, business development. operational and managerial experience in the alternative products industry. Before joining US Bancorp Fund Services, most recently, Mr. Barbara worked for PNCGIS which was acquired by Bank of New York Mellon in July of 2010 where he served as vice president of global business development for the alternative investment division for 10 years. He also spent five years at Grant Thornton LLP as the manager of financial operations services focusing on sales and marketing and operations related to their hedge fund business. Mr. Barbara has 20 plus years of experience specializing in financial services. He has served on more than 200 investment partnership engagements before crossing over into business development in 1999. In addition, Mr. Barbara is a founding board member for the Mid-Atlantic Hedge Fund Association and currently on the Alternative Investment Committee for NISCA and the Steering Committee for the Regulatory Compliance Association.
Mr. Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science degree from City University in New York, and his MBA from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.
Anne H. Iyer
Vice President – Investor Relations,
EJF Capital LLC
Ms. Iyer is the Vice President of Investor Relations at EJF Capital LLC (“EJF”). EJF is a US-based, SEC registered alternative asset management company founded in September 2005. The firm leverages the extensive asset management and capital markets experience of Emanuel J. Friedman and Neal Wilson and their investment team which includes former senior members of Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. (“FBR”), now known as Arlington Asset Investment Corporation (NYSE: “AI”), a diversified financial services firm that Mr. Friedman co-founded in 1989.
Ms. Iyer joined EJF in 2008, prior to which she worked at UBS as an analyst in the Equity Traded Derivatives group. While at UBS, Ms. Iyer focused on trade management and reconciliations.
Ms. Iyer earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from Fordham University.
Joshua M. Kaplan
Managing Director – Hedged Strategies,
Catholic Healthcare Investment Management Company, a subsidiary of Ascension Health
Mr. Kaplan is responsible for the oversight and management of the hedge fund portfolio which totals roughly $4 billion. Prior to joining Catholic Healthcare Investment Management Company (CHIMCO), a subsidiary of Ascension Health, Mr. Kaplan served as CIO at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. As Drexel’s first ever CIO, Mr. Kaplan built out the investment office and managed the University’s $500 million endowment assets. Under his leadership, Drexel was nominated for Mid-Sized Nonprofit of the year in 2009 by Foundation & Endowment Money Management. Mr. Kaplan was also named one of the Rising Stars of Foundations and Endowments by Institutional Investor. Before arriving at Drexel, Mr. Kaplan was CIO at Smart Financial Advisors, a multi-family office located in suburban Philadelphia. Prior to Smart, he was a Portfolio Manager at Lockwood Advisors, an asset management subsidiary of The Bank of NY Mellon.
Mr. Kaplan holds a BBA in Finance from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is on the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Hedge Fund Association and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia. He has been quoted in several publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Buyouts Magazine, Pensions & Investments and Infovest. Additionally, Mr. Kaplan has been profiled in Absolute Return Magazine, Alpha Magazine, Foundations and Endowments Magazine and Strategy Focus. He is married and has two children.
James C. McGrath, CFA, FRM, CAIA
Partner & Director of Research,
James C. McGrath is a partner and Director of Research for LGL Partners. He brings nearly two decades’ experience in capital markets, security analysis, due diligence, banking, and investment research. He joined the firm in 2003 and was instrumental in developing its alternative assets investment program and research functions.
Previously, Mr. McGrath was with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia where he assessed asset backed securities, emerging transactions, and payment system risk and economics. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Mr. McGrath developed partnership accounting and trade order management solutions and led the group that implemented risk management methodology and portfolio analytics for Banc of America’s hedge fund clients. Previously, Mr. McGrath was a member of the Financial Engineering team of the Global Principal Finance group at UBS. He structured securitized credit products and implemented daily hedging and financing transactions for the group’s global portfolios. He began his financial career on the Global Equity Program Trading desk at Salomon Brothers as a quantitative analyst.
Mr. McGrath graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors, earning an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a degree in Economics from the Wharton School. He was a Joseph Wharton Scholar and a three-time letter winner in varsity lightweight crew. He earned an MBA in Finance with distinction from the Yale School of Management where he helped to teach several courses in finance, statistics, and game theory, and was a teaching assistant for Roger Ibbotson. Mr. McGrath has represented the United States team at the World Championships in orienteering four times. He founded the endowment for the United States Orienteering Federation and has served on several non-profit boards.
Director of Consultant & Strategic Relations,
Visium Asset Management
A.J. Marazza is the Director of Consultant and Strategic Relations for Visium Asset Management, a $4.5B alternative asset manager. In this role he leads the consultant relations efforts at Visium. Previously he has held both sales and investment positions at global investment firms, like Citi Capital Advisors, and boutique hedge fund firms, like Berens Capital Management. Mr. Marazza is experienced in all facets of diligence, investment, and asset gathering in the hedge fund industry.
He received his undergraduate degree from Penn State and masters from Carnegie Mellon University.
Deputy Director – State of New Jersey, Division of Investment,
State of New Jersey, Division of Investment
Chris McDonough serves as Deputy Director and Head of Alternative Investments for the State of New Jersey Division of Investment. Chris works directly with the Director of the Division to manage all aspects the $74 billion State of New Jersey Pension Fund. Chris oversees the Division’s $18 billion dollar alternative investment portfolio which is comprised of hedge funds, private equity, real estate and real asset investments. Other areas of focus for Chris are asset allocation and risk management, International Equity, and the Deferred Compensation Plan. Prior to joining New Jersey in 2011, Chris spent 9 years with the City of Philadelphia Retirement System, where he most recently served as Chief Investment Officer for the $4 billion plan.
Chris has a BS in Finance from LaSalle University and is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Corey A. McLaughlin, CPA
Member, Audit & Assurance,
Arthur F. Bell, Jr. & Associates,L.L.C.
Corey joined the firm in August 1998 after two years with a Maryland based accounting firm. He is responsible for providing accounting, auditing, investors’ representative, attestation and consulting services to a wide variety of entities including commodity pools, hedge funds, commodity trading advisors, investment advisors, broker-dealers, introducing brokers and other operating entities. He is in charge of the firm’s Investors’ Representative practice which provides consent to principal transactions as required under Section 206(3) of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940.
Corey is currently the treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Hedge Fund Association. He was a member of the Accounting Advisory Board of the University of Baltimore from 2008 until 2010. He has written several Hedge Fund Industry articles for industry publications. Corey also spoke at the Opal Emerging Managers Conference in May 2005 on SEC record keeping regulation and the FRA Hedge Fund Accounting and Administration Forum in July 2006 and July 2010 discussing audit issues related to the Hedge Fund Industry. In addition, he served as a panel leader for a workshop discussing audit issues related to the Hedge Fund Industry at the FRA Hedge Fund Accounting, Auditing and Administration Forum in December 2006, July 2007, December 2007, July 2010 and December 2011. Corey also served as the Conference Chair in September 2008 for the FRA conference titled “Preparing for Your Hedge Fund’s Audit”. Lastly, Corey spoke at the FRA conference on Accounting, Auditing and Risk Control Standards for Hedge Funds in December 2009.
Corey graduated from Towson University in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Accounting. He is a certified public accountant licensed in Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, New York and ability also to practice in California. He is a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Corey lives near Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and two kids. Outside of the office, he spends his time with family and friends and enjoys running outdoors.
Afroz founded Teak Investment Management LLC, a boutique investment advisory firm, in 2014. Prior to that, he was a Founding Partner, CEO and Co-CIO of Tapestry Asset Management (“TAM”), a boutique alternative investments firm, in 2002 which was acquired by Equinox Financial Group in 2013 and rebranded as Equinox Institutional Asset Management (“EIAM”) where he served as President and Chief Investment Officer from 2013 to 2014. Prior to founding TAM, Afroz was responsible for hedge fund research and portfolio management at Goldman Sachs (“GS”) (1998-2002), Optima Fund Management (1996-1997) and Lake Partners (1993-1996). While at GS, Afroz served as a Member of Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies Group’s Investment Committee and as a Member of Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Operating Committee. Prior to working at Lake, Afroz was an Analyst at Redshare Investments in London and prior to that he was a Manufacturing Executive at Chain Link Industries, Sabhan, Kuwait. Afroz has been active in alternative investments since 1993 and over the years has actively participated in and/or moderated events for the Mid-Atlantic Hedge Fund Association, the Managed Funds Association and the Greenwich Roundtable. He has served on the Best Practices Subcommittee of The Greenwich Roundtable and provided editorial insight on working papers. In October 2007 he authored a piece titled “India, what to do?” which was featured in the Managed Futures Association Reporter.
Afroz holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydenham College, University of Bombay, India. He holds a Series 3 securities licence.
Prior employment included member of the Office of the Chairman of Patrick Media Group, executive Vice President of The Harkness Group, and tax staff of Arthur Andersen & Co.
Andrew was a co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Hedge Fund Association and served as President. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cohere Communications as well as several private companies.
He earned an LLM and JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a BS in Accounting from the University of Scranton.
Brian S. Vargo
Brian S. Vargo is counsel in the Financial Services Group of Dechert LLP. He concentrates in his practice on matters relating to investment management. Brian focuses on business, securities and commodities laws and regulations that affect investment managers and other investment management enterprises, private and registered funds, investment products, and investors. Brian has also advised and represented clients in numerous complex securities, financial, and business transactions, including the organization and offering of domestic and offshore hedge funds and registered investment companies; collateralized bond and debt fund and other structured finance product offerings; mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations of funds and investment management firms; private placement investments; and liquidity and leveraging credit facilities.
Brian is an adjunct faculty member at Villanova University School of Law (lecturing on the Law of Investment Management) and is the Associate Editor of the Villanova Journal of Law & Investment Management. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Business Law Section and co-chair of the Investment Companies Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Brian has also spoken at several conferences on securities regulation, investment company regulation, and private and offshore funds.Brian is a graduate of John Carroll University (B.A., 1982) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1985).
Neal J. Wilson
Cheif Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer,
EJF Capital LLC
Mr. Wilson co-founded EJF Capital LLC (“EJF”) in 2005. EJF is an SEC-registered, employee-owned alternative asset management firm headquartered outside of Washington, DC. EJF manages more than $6.0 billion across a diverse group of alternative asset strategies. EJF was founded in 2005 by Manny Friedman and Neal Wilson along with a small team of professionals from Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. (“FBR”). EJF employs approximately 70 professionals across three offices globally (Arlington, VA, London, England and Shenzhen, China).
Prior to forming EJF, Mr. Wilson served as Senior Managing Director for both the Alternative Asset Investments and Private Wealth Management groups at FBR. Prior to joining FBR, he was a senior securities attorney at Dechert LLP and a Branch Chief at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. Mr. Wilson is a member of the board of trustees of Sidwell Friends School (“Sidwell”) and Hood College, and serves as a Clerk of the Finance Committee for Sidwell. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools Employee Pension for nine years (2004-13) and in 2014 received a Distinguished Service Award from Montgomery County for his contributions. Mr. Wilson is a member of the Economic Club of Washington DC. In June 2014, Mr. Wilson served as co-chair of the Bridges Gala for the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities Bridges from School to Work Program. Mr. Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania.
Luke A. Zerdes
Vice President – Business Development & Client Services,
Radcliffe Capital Management, L.P.
Mr. Zerdes leads the business development and client services effort at Radcliffe Capital Management, L.P., which manages over $1 billion in credit related strategies on behalf of institutional investors and qualified individuals. Mr. Zerdes has over ten years experience marketing alternative and long-only strategies to endowments, foundations, pensions and family offices. Prior to joining Radcliffe, Mr. Zerdes was Vice President, Marketing at EJF Capital LLC where he lead the marketing and client service effort for their alternative investment strategies. Prior to EJF, Mr. Zerdes lead the business development at Tryphon Capital Advisors, which managed a long/short health care fund. Mr. Zerdes graduated with a B.A. from Wittenberg University.