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2016

Top 30 LPs Investing In Hedge Funds

Hedge funds are commonly used by large institutional investors to mitigate overall portfolio risks and seek market-beating returns. It is an intriguing yet challenging strategy to lead, whether for in-house directors or external fund managers. This list features accomplished directors and portfolio managers from the largest LPs in the country. They are industry thought-leaders who will define the future of hedge funds. Presenting the Top 30 LPs Investing In Hedge Funds. Gain insights institutional investors allocating to hedge funds at Trusted Insight Alpha Conference 2017.  

Chris Dries is a portfolio manager at 1888 Management, LLC. Before joining 1888 Management in 2015, Dries spent eight years at Platte River Capital as a partner and portfolio manager. Before that, he was an analyst at Cordillera Asset Management, Deer Creek Capital and INVESCO. Dries received a master's degree in finance from the University of Colorado Denver and a B.S. in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a CFA charter holder.

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Kevin Hite

Director, Hedge Fund Investments

Willett Advisors LLC

Kevin Hite has served as the director of hedge fund investments at Willett Advisors, Michael Bloomberg's single-family office, since October 2013. Previously, Hite was partner and managing director of Protege Partners, portfolio manager at 3G Capital, director at Citadel Alternative Asset Management and portfolio manager at UBS Alternative Investment Group. Hite holds a B.S. in applied economics and business management from Cornell University.

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Scott Olle

Director of Investments

Hillspire LLC

Scott Olle is director of investments at Hillspire. Previously, Olle was associate at Pagemill Partners, trader at Marin Capital Partners and analyst at Banc of America Securities. Olle holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and is a chartered financial analyst and a chartered alternative investment analyst.

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John Stevens

Managing Director, Alternative Investments

General Motors Asset Management

John Stevens is a managing director of alternative investments at General Motors Asset Management. He oversees GM pension plans' private equity and real estate investments. He is a also member of GM's Private Equity Investment Approval Committee. Prior to this role, Stevens managed absolute return strategies and fixed income assets within GM Asset Management. Stevens holds an A.B. in biology from Harvard University and an MBA in finance from New York University.

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Pamela Campell is the managing director of hedged strategies at Washington University Investment Management Company. She is responsible for the research, sourcing, due diligence, manager selection, portfolio construction and overall strategy of the hedge fund investments for the WUIMC portfolio. Campell joined WUIMC in 1997 from McDonnell Douglas where she was a manager in the investment department which oversaw the investment of the pension and defined benefit plans. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Saint Louis University. Campell is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

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Bruce MacDonald has served as managing director of Virginia Commonwealth Investment Management Company since its inception in October 2015. Previously, MacDonald was managing partner at Crayna Capital, chief investment officer at Simple Alternatives, director at University of Virginia Investment Management Company and senior vice president at Putnam Investments. MacDonald holds a B.A. in religion from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Columbia University.

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Rakesh Dahiya is the director of marketable strategies at the University of Florida Investment Corporation. He oversees the long-only global equity, fixed income and hedged strategies portfolios. Dahiya previously served nine years as the Manager of Public Markets for Washington University where he oversaw the global equity, fixed income and public real asset portfolios for the $5 billion endowment. Dahiya received a BBA from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Dale Kunkel is director of hedge fund strategies at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Before joining the foundation, Kunkel served as director of investments at the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked on all aspects of endowment management. He also held positions at Capital Market Risk Advisors, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Laughlin Financial Group. Kunkel holds a B.S. in finance with high honors from Portland State University and an MBA from Yale University. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Richard Buhrman is an investment director at the University of Notre Dame. He has been in this role for 10 years. He manages the university investment office's asset allocation in public equities, hedge funds and fixed income. Buhrman holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

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Edgar Nehme is the managing director of hedge funds at KAUST Investment Management Company, one of the world's largest university endwoments. Having been involved from its infancy, he was directly involved in the absolute return portfolio ramp-up. Prior to this, he was the managing director of hedge funds at Crestline Investors and an executive director at UBP Asset Management. He has an MBA from Stanford University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

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David Hughes is the managing director of public markets at the J. Paul Getty Trust. Previously, Hughes was investment officer of public equity at the University of California, principal of the hedge fund investors group at Banc of America Securities, associate at Mousse Partners and associate at Hall Capital Partners. Hughes holds a B.A. in administrative studies and a B.S. in economics from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Felicia David-Visser is an investments manager at the University of Michigan. She has been in this role for 16 years. Previously, she worked as an analyst at Royal & Sun Alliance. Visser received a master's degree in computational finance and risk management from the Washington University, and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Michigan.

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Maurice Perry

Senior Director, Equity Investments

Ascension Investment Management

Maurice Perry is a senior director of equity investments at Ascension Investment Management. Prior to this, he was the vice president of investments at UNC Management Company and director of investments at John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management as well as a B.A. in economics and finance from the University of Florida. He also serves as a board member of the investment committee at Covenant College, a Christian liberal arts college located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

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Renee Nadler

Director of Investments

Tufts University

Renee Nadler is the director of investments at Tufts University, where she manages hedge funds, public equities and debt investments for the university's endowment. Prior to Tufts, she was a managing director at Bank Boston/Fleet and vice president at Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Nadler has an MBA in finance and international business from NYU and a B.A. in administrative science and Spanish literature from Colby College. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Sargent McGowan is a managing director at UVIMCO with responsibility for public equity investments, as well as co-head responsibility for growth equity and long/short equity investments. He serves as a member of UVIMCO’s Investment Committee and is involved in all aspects of the investment process and portfolio risk management. Prior to joining UVIMCO in 2013, McGowan spent 11 years as a portfolio manager at Invesco’s Global Equity group in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to Invesco, Sargent worked in sell side equity research in New York as a Research Associate for both Sanford C. Bernstein and PaineWebber. McGowan holds B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. He is a CFA charter holder.

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Michele Dinn is a senior portfolio manager at Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has been in this rolel for 14 years. Previously she was a real estate consultant for institutional investors at The Townsend Group. In her earlier career, Dinn was an attorney with a focus on civil practice in real estate and construction. Dinn received an MBA from the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College.

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Tony Bagwell is managing director at Columbia Investment Management Company. He has an MBA in finance and accounting from Columbia University, a master's degree in applied aathematics from the University of Alabama and a B.A. in English and mathematics from Mississippi College.

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Paul Clink is an associate director of pension asset management at the Ford Motor Company and has held various positions at Ford since 1999. Prior to that, Clink was a financial analyst at Atlantic Automotive Components and at Haworth. Clink holds a B.A. in economics and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Clink is a chartered alternative investment analyst.

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Travis Shore is a managing director at Vanderbilt University, managing the university endowment's public markets investment team. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2014, Shore was an investments director at The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Before that, he was an investments director at New York University and a director of hedge funds at University of Florida Investment Corporation. Shore holds a BBA from the University of North Florida.

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Robert C. Lee III is a director of hedge funds for the Employees’ Retirement System of Texas, which has $26 billion in assets under management. He works across asset classes to manage its liquid alternatives, hedge funds and hybrid allocations. He joined ERS in 2011 to design and implement its new hedge fund program. Prior to this, he was an associate director of portfolio management for Riverside Portfolio Management and HFR Asset Management. Lee is a chartered financial analyst and certified hedge fund professional. He has a bachelor’s de-gree in mathematics and economics from Texas State University and a master’s in econometrics, international financial management from Universität Konstanz.

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Luis Laboy is director of public equities at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Previously, Laboy was senior managing director at Everest Capital, global emerging markets portfolio manager at Dresdner RCM Global Investors and assistance Mexican equity research analyst at Dresdner Bank Mexico. Laboy holds a bachelor's in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and is a chartered market technician and a chartered financial analyst.

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Wade Franks

Director of Fixed Income and Absolute Return

New Mexico State Investment Council

Wade Franks is the director of fixed income and absolute return at New Mexico State Investment Council. He oversees the Council's $6 billion in fixed income and absolute return portfolios. He has more than 28 years of experience in fixed income trading, portfolio management, operations and compliance. Prior to joining the NMSIC, Franks worked for two alternative asset managers, VERO Capital and Cicero Capital, which specialized in structured credit strategies. Prior to his work with hedge funds, Franks was an institutional fixed income portfolio manager. Franks received a BBA in finance from George Washington University.

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Thomas Woodbury

Managing Director of Absolute Return Strategies

University of Pennsylvania

Thomas Woodbury is the managing director of absolute return strategies at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this, he worked in investment research for Ivy Asset Management and as a portfolio analyst for Tiedemann Investment Group. He has an MBA in finance from the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School and a B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University.

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Michael Walden

Director, Public Investments

Ford Foundation

Michael Walden is the director of public investments at the Ford Foundation. Previously, Walden served as principal at Princeton University Investment Company and consultant at Cambridge Associates. Walden holds a BBA in finance from James Madison University.

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Kevin Hanney is the director of portfolio investments at United Technologies. He has been in this role for 11 years. Previously, he was a senior investment analyst at 1199 National Benefit & Pension Funds. Hanney attended Excelsior College and Cornell University.

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Carmen Thompson

Investment Director of Hedge Funds

Rice Management Company

Carmen Thompson is the investment director of hedge funds at Rice Management Company, where she oversees its $1 billion hedge fund allocation. Prior to Rice, she was the vice president of finance and investor relations at Crown Castle International Corporation, having joined the company prior to its IPO. She was also an director of financial analysis for Torch Energy Advisors. She has a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University.

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David Greenberg is the director of public markets at The California Endowment. Previously, Greenberg was head of hedge fund investments at the University of Southern California Endowment, vice president at JPMorgan Alternative Asset Management, senior research analyst at TowerGroup, strategy consultant at PwC and senior analyst at National Futures Association. Greenberg holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Indiana University. Greenberg is a CFA charter holder.

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Dale West is a senior managing director at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. He leads the pension plans' $27 billion investments in traditional equities and $11 billion in hedge funds allocation. West manages an investment team of 17 professionals. He is also a member of the organization's Internal Investment Committee. Previously, West was a managing member of Marbach Plaza Associates and an equity anaylst at T. Rowe Price. West received an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Marcus Frampton

Director of Investments, Alternatives

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Marcus Frampton is director of alternative investments at Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, where he is co-head of a $16 billion alternatives portfolio including hedge fund, private equity, real assets and private credit allocations. Prior to this, Frampton worked in corporate finance and strategic investments for LPL Financial and as a vice president for Pacific Corporate Group. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and Certified Treasury Professional. He has a B.S. in business economics with a minor in accounting from University of California, Los Angeles and is an alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha.

 

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Ken Musick is director of diversifying strategies at Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois, which has $43B assets under management, and is directly responsible for absolute return and diversifying strategies allocations. Prior to this, he was vice president of hedge fund research at Northern Trust Global Investments and analyst in hedge funds at Allstate Investments. He has a B.A. in economics from University of Chicago. Show more

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