NICOLE Z.H. CIVITELLO
DIRECTOR – BNB PARIBAS SECURITIES
Nicole is Director of Investor Capital Services for BNP Paribas Securities. She is based in San Francisco and is responsible for hedge fund manager and investor relationships on the West Coast. Her primary role is to provide strategic support to hedge fund manager clients and help them navigate the capital raising landscape.
Nicole began her career at Banc of America Securities Prime Brokerage in New York where she spent four years before relocating to San Francisco. She serves on the executive committee of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association San Francisco Chapter and is a member of City-of-Dreams, a mentoring program that serves at risk youth in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Nicole received her BA from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. She holds the CAIA designation and series 7 and 63 licenses.
PARTNER – PRECEDENT CONSULTING, INC.
Janice Greene is the President and Co-founder of Precedent Consulting, Inc., a Seattle based financial services consulting firm. She brings 30 years of broker dealer and investment advisor experience to her consulting practice and is an expert in convoluted regulatory issues and, unusual for this industry, also brings significant people skills, including facility with managing major conflict, navigating competing priorities, and successfully completing large scale projects with limited resources.
In the eight years prior to founding Precedent, she served as Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and Human Resources Director for Freestone Capital Management, which included Freestone Securities, a registered broker-dealer, and Freestone Investments, a registered investment advisor to Freestone’s hedge fund and fund of funds complex. Janice has a degree in Business Economics from Colorado State University.
DAN YEUNG, CFA®
SENIOR ASSOCIATE – THE CAPROCK GROUP
Dan is currently a Senior Associate with the CAPROCK Group, a multi-billion family office. At CAPROCK and based in the firm’s Seattle office, Dan manages and allocates clients’ portfolios and covers managers/investments in a wide range of asset classes including single hedge-fund strategies, fund of hedge funds, private real estate, private and public MLP’s, private equity (including buyout), venture and private debt. Dan regularly sources and interacts with managers and selectively funds strategies that are a fit to the firm and client base. Dan has over 19 years in experience as an asset allocator. Prior to CAPROCK, Dan was the Chief Investment Strategist with a boutique alternative money management firm in Tacoma. Prior to that, he led the manager research efforts at the $3 billion Threshold Group in Gig Harbor, WA, a multi-family office, working with clients with liquid net worth over $100M each. Before Threshold, Dan was the Senior Investment Officer at a $3.5 billion mutual fund company in Seattle overseeing various subadvisors including BlackRock, SSgA, Pictet and PIMCO. Before moving to Seattle from Chicago, Dan spent almost 10 years with Morningstar’s Institutional Consulting arm, allocating capital on behalf of the country’s largest insurance companies, Fortune-100 pension plans and private foundations. Dan has been a CFA Charterholder since 2000 and received his MBA in Analytic Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BA with Honors in Economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
BRIAN ROW, CFA®, CAIA®
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF HEDGE FUNDS – VERUS INVESTMENTS
Brian Rowe is the Managing Director of Hedge Funds for Verus Investments. He has been with Verus since 2010; he currently heads the firm’s hedge fund research group and is a key contributor to the firm’s Alternatives Investment Committee. His research group is responsible for evaluating and monitoring performance of alternative beta, risk premia, hedge funds-of-funds and direct hedge funds across the spectrum of stratgies including Event Driven, Long-Short Equity, Relative Value, Global Macro and Multi-strategy.
Prior to joining Verus, Brian held various positions at Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors over the course of his ten-year career there, including underwriting mezzanine debt and joint venture equity investments in third-party real estate deals. In addition, he helped grow the company’s national presence and assets under management from $200 million to $2 billion.
Brian graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with both a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is both a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) charter holder. He is also an active member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Seattle, and is a past president of the CFA Society of Seattle.
PARTNER – BDO
Ignacio is an audit partner based in BDO’s San Francisco office, possessing deep expertise in the asset management industry with a strong focus in alternative investments. Ignacio leads BDO’s western region audit hedge fund practice and his work with funds spans the spectrum from small local startup funds to global multi-billion dollar, institutional funds. Mr. Griego works with domestic and offshore hedge funds, fund of funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds, investment advisors, and broker dealers. In addition to discussing fund structuring, investment valuation, financial statement disclosure requirements, and partner allocations with his clients, Ignacio utilizes his experience to consult with clients on their tax, operational, and regulatory needs. He also provides consultation on management company and portfolio company audit, tax and operational issues.
Ignacio has held key role roles in several prominent West coast professional organizations, serving as a lead organizer of the Bay Area Hedge Fund Roundtable (BAHR) and the director of membership for the San Francisco chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). Mr. Griego speaks regularly at local colleges regarding the alternative investment industry, valuation, and the accounting profession. Ignacio graduated from UC Berkeley, earning a BS in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business and a BA in Economics.
VICE PRESIDENT, CLIENT SERVICE MANAGEMENT – BLACKROCK
Ann joined BlackRock in 2017 and serves as a member of the Client Service Management (CSM) Team within BlackRock’s Business Operations function. In partnership with the Client Businesses, she is responsible for the oversight of the Operational Servicing of the firm’s clients, including service delivery, developing service solutions and the enhancement of the client experience.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Ann served as Director of Fund Administration for Conifer Financial Services in San Francisco. At Conifer, she oversaw client services for private equity, venture capital and family office clients.
Previously, Ann served as Director of Investor Relations for Freestone Capital Management, where she was primarily responsible for Investor Relations, Marketing, and Investment Operations related to the firm’s alternative investment products. Ann began her career in financial services at CITCO Fund Services, Inc. in San Francisco, as an Investor Relations associate. Ann earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington.
PARTNER, PNW ASSET MANAGEMENT TAX – PWC
Chris leads the Asset Management tax team in the PwC Seattle office. Chris has been dedicated to the financial services industry since 1995 and spends 100% of his time serving hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity & venture capital funds and a variety of investment advisors. Chris’s practice focuses on federal, state, and international aspects of financial product transactions and investor reporting. Chris’s clients include funds with a wide variety of actively traded strategies, including equity and debt strategies, special opportunities, hybrid private equity structures, emerging managers, lending transactions, real estate, and derivatives across a wide spectrum of assets. Chris currently serves clients in Seattle, New York, Connecticut, and California. He holds a Bachelors and MPAcc Tax degrees from the University of Washington.
SENIOR HEDGE FUND RESEARCH ANALYST – CTC|MYCFO
Erik is a Senior Hedge Fund Research Analyst with CTC|myCFO, an integrated wealth management provider serving ultra-affluent individuals, families, and family offices across the country. Erik helps oversee over $5 billion in hedge fund investments on behalf of CTC|myCFO clients and is active in the management of proprietary hedge fund multi-manager vehicles available to both internal and external clientele. He has served for over seven years covering managers across a wide swath of hedge fund strategies on a global basis.
Erik holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA from Willamette University.
DIRECTOR OF CREDIT STRATEGIES – SILVER CREEK CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Mary Bates is the Director of Credit Strategies at Silver Creek. Her responsibilities include underwriting and monitoring credit focused strategies. Prior to joining Silver Creek, Ms. Bates spent twelve years at Hewitt EnnisKnupp (and the legacy EnnisKnupp & Associates) where she served as a Senior Research Consultant on the Liquid Alternatives team, focused on credit-related hedge funds. While at HEK, Ms. Bates was a key team member of the manager selection phase of the Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP) of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Prior to joining Hewitt EnnisKnupp, Ms. Bates began her career at Lehman Brothers in New York where she was an analyst on the emerging market debt desk. Ms. Bates holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Indiana University.
MANAGING DIRECTOR – SECURITY PROPERTIES
Mr. McGovern has over 20 years of finance and real estate experience involving high rise commercial development and real estate private equity. While at Security Properties he has syndicated or raised real estate debt and equity funds from high net worth investors, institutions and family offices that contributed to the capitalization of over $1 Billion of multifamily real estate. His career has involved both investment and disposition roles in office, hotel, retail and multifamily real estate for both ground up development and acquisition rehab projects. Prior to joining Security Properties in 2009, Mr.McGovern held real estate development and investment roles with Schnitzer Northwest and Bentall Kennedy, as well positions in investment banking. He has been responsible for the development and leasing of over two million square feet of commercial real estate in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in History from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from Columbia University and a Certificate in Construction Management from the University of Washington. He currently serves as a Board Member and Adjunct Professor for the University of Washington Runstad Master Science in Real Estate program. He was recently selected to the Corporate Board of Directors for NAIOP.
TERESA WELLS, CFA®
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY – THRESHOLD GROUP
Teresa Wells, CFA serves as the Managing Director of Investment Strategy and Seattle Office Lead for Threshold Group. She is responsible for the Seattle client service and investment management and research operations, and also contributes to the development of the firm’s broad investment strategy. Teresa recruits, trains and coaches the Seattle-based associates to deliver an exceptional client experience to our family office, wealth management and foundation clients. She also collaborates closely with her investment colleagues to develop and implement unique and innovative investment solutions that drive financial and non-financial results in alignment with our clients’ multifaceted goals.
Teresa joined Threshold Group in July 2014, bringing over 15 years of investment industry experience. Most recently she served as the Investment Strategist at Seattle-based Laird Norton Wealth Management (LNWM), creating allocation strategies aimed at helping clients both meet their long-term investment objectives and nimbly reposition for market threats or opportunities. Prior to LNWM, Teresa oversaw two large institutional portfolios at the Seattle City Employee’s Retirement Plan and Farmers Life Insurance Co. She also worked in client services for a small bank-owned trust company and for a venture capital fund of funds. Teresa received her International MBA from Seattle University and has a B.S. in Finance from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She is a CFA Charterholder and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Seattle. She also serves on the Investment Advisory Board for a local single family office.
MATTHEW HEDGES, CFA®, CAIA
SENIOR INVESTMENT ANALYST – BENCHMARK PLUS
Matthew is a Senior Investment Analyst and member of the Investment Committee at Benchmark Plus, a multi-manager hedge fund platform designed to identify and capture skill-based alpha from alternative investment strategies. He joined the investment team at Benchmark Plus in 2010 where he sources alpha generating hedge fund managers and individual investment ideas for the firm’s three portable alpha product offerings and its concentrated best ideas co-invest product. He brings with him 16 years of experience as a trader and portfolio manager in the fixed income and derivatives markets.
Previously, Matthew served as Deputy Director at the State of Tennessee’s Consolidated Retired System (TCRS) where he and his team internally managed $14 billion in fixed income and derivative assets. Matthew began his career in the trading pits of the Chicago Board of Trade as an option market maker in the interest rate quadrant. He later joined a proprietary trading firm arbitraging S&P 500 options between the CBOE based and CME based option markets.
Matthew holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BA in Economics from Oregon State University. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2006 and his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation in 2014. In addition to serving SAIA, he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Tacoma Employees Retirement System, and in the spring of 2015 will become an Adjunct Professor at Pacific Lutheran University teaching a course on Empirical Finance.
LAUREN LAURITSEN – SAIA EVENTS COORDINATOR
CLIENT SERVICE MANGER – UNITED FINANCIAL ADVISERS
Lauren is a Client Service Associate for United Capital Financial Advisers Seattle office. She assists the Managing Directors with new business presentations and client meetings, event planning, fee billing and managing the account review process. She earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Seattle, and received a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Washington, Professional & Continuing Education. She also received a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University, Institute of Finance.