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2014 Speakers


Tom Ricketts
Tom Ricketts

Chairman of Chicago-based Incapital LLC
Tom Ricketts is Chairman of Chicago-based Incapital LLC, which he founded in 2000. Incapital is an investment bank that underwrites and distributes fixed income securities issued by major corporations, banks and federal agencies. Incapital is also a leading underwriter, distributor and liquidity provider in a wide range of other products including certificates of deposit, structured products, annuities, mortgage-backed securities and municipal bonds. Institutional Investor Magazine named him one of the 40 most influential leaders in electronic finance. To baseball fans, Tom is better known as the chairman of the Chicago Cubs. He and his family bought the Cubs in 2009.

George H. Walper Jr.

President, Spectrem Group
George H. Walper Jr. is President of Spectrem Group and has more than 30 years of experience serving the high net worth and retirement services markets. Walper has a BS in business from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.


Nicholas Alonso
Nicholas Alonso, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Multi Asset, PanAgora Asset Management
Nicholas Alonso is a portfolio manager within the multi asset group. He is responsible for quantitative model research, development and enhancements for PanAgora’s multi asset strategies. Alonso joined PanAgora from Mellon Capital Management (formerly Franklin Portfolio) where he was a quantitative analyst primarily responsible for research and management of market neutral equity portfolios. He is a CFA charterholder.

Matt Berler
Matthew K. Berler

President, Chief Executive Officer & Portfolio Manager, Osterweis Capital Management
Matt Berler graduated from Cornell University with an A.B. in history and Harvard Business School with an M.B.A. Berler holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. He joined Osterweis Capital Management as a managing director. He was selected as an Institutional Investor All Star Analyst from 1992 to 2002.

Sumanta Biswas
Sumanta Biswas, CFA

Assistant Portfolio Manager and Vice President at Polaris Capital Management, LLC in Boston.
Sumanta Biswas works with PCM Founder Bernie Horn in portfolio management, conducting fundamental analysis of potential investment opportunities.  Previously, he was an officer of the Securities and Exchange Board of India.  Mr. Biswas received a master’s in finance from Boston College in 2001, and an MBS from Calcutta University in 1996.

Brian Boyle

CFA, Portfolio Manager, Boyle Capital
Brian Boyle, CFA, founded Boyle Capital in 2004, and as President and Chief Investment Officer he is responsible for investment management and asset allocation at the firm. Boyle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s in finance. Boyle holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Member of the CFA Institute and the Iowa Society of Financial Analysts.

Isaac Braley

President, Director of BTS and Portfolio Analyst
Isaac Braley joined BTS Asset Management in 1999 and has served as a significant contributor to portfolio analysis, to the creation of the popular Alpha Strategic Asset Allocation Portfolios, and Multi-Strategy Portfolios at BTS. Braley is head of distribution for the organization. He actively attends industry investment and research conferences speaking on topics regarding portfolio design and behavioral finance.

Brody Browe
Brody J. Browe

Executive Director, Portfolio Specialst, Franklin Square Capital Partners
Brody J. Browe served as a managing director at Stark Investments, a global alternative investment firm. He spent nine years as an executive director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Browe is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He has a B.A. in economics from Miami University.

John Collins
John Collins, CIMA®, ChFC®

National Key Accounts Director, Advisor Sales
John Collins joined Oberweis Asset Management in June 2011. With over 20 years financial service experience, John earned a BS in economics with honors from Rockford College and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst and Chartered Financial Consultant professional designations.

Alex Crooke
Alex Crooke

Portfolio Manager, Henderson Global Equity Income and Dividend & Income Builder Funds
Alex Crooke is a portfolio manager of the Henderson Global Equity Income and Dividend & Income Builder Funds. Crooke is currently head of the Henderson Global Equity Income team. He joined Henderson as a fund manager with responsibility for UK and European investments and was named director of UK investment trusts in 2001. He graduated with honors from Manchester University with a degree in astrophysics and is an associate member of the Society of Investment Professionals in the UK.

Carlos Diez
Carlos Diez

Founder & CEO, MarketGrader Capital
Carlos Diez founded, an independent equity research firm, in 1999. He oversaw the development of its quantitative research methodology, led the development of 14 MarketGrader Indexes and the Barron’s 400 Index, and oversaw the expansion of its research coverage to 35,000 global equities. Diez founded MarketGrader Capital which launched the Barron’s 400 ETF with ALPS Advisors. He has a B.A. in economics from Pepperdine University.

David Gong
David Gong

Senior Portfolio Manager, The Stanley-Laman Group
David Gong is a senior portfolio manager at The Stanley-Laman Group. Gong has over 25 years of experience in global asset management including nine years spent in Hong Kong and Singapore. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of California, Davis where he earned Order of the Coif honors, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Alexander Graham
Alexander R. Graham, CAIA

Portfolio Manager and Senior Analyst
Alexander Graham is a leading member of the portfolio management team for the Merger Arbitrage strategy and contributes to the fixed income credit research team. Graham held positions at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust and Pioneer Group. Graham received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He has held NASD Series 6 & 63 licenses.

Ashraf A. Haque
Ashraf A. Haque

Research Analyst, & Portfolio Manager, Sands Capital Management LLC
Ashraf A. Haque is a portfolio manager and research analyst for Sands Capital Management. He held positions at Chesapeake Partners, McKinsey & Company, and GH Smart & Company. Haque earned a BA in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School at Harvard University.

Bernard Horn
Bernard R. Horn Jr.

President and Portfolio Manager, Polaris Capital Management, LLC
Bernard R. Horn Jr. is president and portfolio manager of Polaris Capital Management, LLC, a leading Boston-based global value equity firm. He founded Polaris in April 1995. He is frequently profiled in national publications and serves as a TV commentator and guest conference lecturer. Horn worked for MDT Advisers, Inc., Freedom Capital Management and Horn & Company. Horn is a graduate of Northeastern University and holds a master’s degree in management from M.I.T.

Michael Kass
Michael Kass

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Baron Funds
Michael Kass joined Baron in 2007 as a portfolio manager and has 27 years of research experience. Kass was a managing principal of Artemis Advisors, LLC, senior managing director and portfolio manager at ING Furman Selz, an associate at Lazard Frères, and a corporate finance analyst at Bear Stearns & Co. Kass graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in economics.

Greg Miller
Greg Miller

CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Wellesley Investment Advisors
Greg Miller co-founded Wellesley Investment Advisors in 1991 to help clients address the challenge of pursuing investment performance while protecting their portfolios. Wellesley Investment Advisors has become one of America's leading convertible bond managers, provding RIAs and investment professionals with convertible bond management through SMAs, a mutual fund and a private fund.

Mark Painter
Mark R. Painter, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Stanley Laman Group
Mark serves as a portfolio manager for Stanley Laman Group, Ltd. Painter has over 9 years of experience as a portfolio manager for Stanley Laman Group across many asset classes including growth equities, dividend equities, fixed income, international equities, and risk managed equities. Painter is also the lead portfolio manager for the American Real Estate Income Fund and AR Capital Dividend and Value Fund.

Jeff Papp
Jeff Papp, CFA

Senior Analyst, Principal
Jeff Papp joined Oberweis Asset Management in 2004 and is a senior analyst on the International Opportunities team. Papp earned a BS in finance with high honors from the University of Illinois and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Papp has been a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg Television and Fox Business.

Mark Pearson
Mark Pearson

Founder, President and CIO of Nepsis Capital Management™
For over 20 years, Mark Pearson has championed a unique investment philosophy centered on clarity. His experience in the financial services and hi-tech industries has resulted in a back-to-basics approach to money management and cutting-edge advisor support practices. Author of numerous articles and presentations, Mark has written extensively on the principles of portfolio management. He regularly addresses financial planners on economy-neutral asset management as well as corporate management teams on ROI principles. His belief in having advisors and investors understand what they own and why they own it has been widely embraced and is reflected in Nepsis’ philosophy of Investing with Clarity™.

Mark Pearson
Chris Pultz

Portfolio Manager, Merger Arbitrage
Chris Pultz joined Kellner Capital in 1999 and leads the Firm’s merger arbitrage investing activities and is a member of its management committee where he provides broad input on strategic matters. Pultz began his career at Neuberger Berman LLC where he was a government bond trader and provided allocation recommendations to the Firm’s internal investment management teams. He holds a B.S. in finance from Fairfield University and an M.B.A from Fordham University Graduate School of Business. Pultz is a member of the Firm's multi-strategy fund investment committee.

Eric Schoenstein
Eric H. Schoenstein

Portfolio Manager, Jensen Investment Management
Eric H. Schoenstein joined the firm in 2002 and heads the fundamental research conducted across the investment team. He spent nearly fourteen years with Arthur Andersen LLP as a senior audit manager. He earned a B.S. in business administration, with a focus in accounting, from Oregon State University. He is currently serving as a trustee for the Oregon State University Foundation and is a past president of the Oregon State University Alumni Association.

Charles Stucke
Charles Stucke, CFA

Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners Chief Investment Officer and Co-Head of Guggenheim Investment Advisors
Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2006, Charles Stucke was an executive director on the Portable Alpha Team at Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, where he opened and managed the firm’s London-based European alternative investments research office. He holds an Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration degree, first in class, from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is a CFA charterholder and holds the FINRA Series 7, 52 and 63 licenses.

Dan Thibeault
Dan Thibeault

CIO and CEO, GL Capital Partners
Dan Thibeault is the CIO and CEO of GL Capital Partners. He leads GL’s Investment Committee and serves as the head portfolio manager for its global macro and multi-strategy fixed income mutual funds and hedge fund. Thibeault worked in fixed income at Goldman Sachs and completed strategic investments within GE Capital’s Private Equity Group. He received his MBA from Harvard University and BA from Dartmouth College.

Bryant VanCronkhite
Bryant H. VanCronkhite, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Special Global Equity
Bryant VanCronkhite is a portfolio manager for the Special Global Equity team at Wells Capital Management. VanCronkhite is co-portfolio manager for the Special U.S. Small Cap and Special U.S. Mid Cap Values, Special Global Small Cap, Special International Small Cap, and Special Dividend Focused Equity portfolios. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in professional accountancy from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and is a certified public accountant.

Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss

Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Short Hills Capital Partners, LLC
Stephen Weiss is the CIO and Managing Partner of Short Hills Capital Partners, a multi-manager fund established with a personal investment from the industry’s most successful hedge fund manager. SHCP focuses on experienced, under the radar equity hedge funds. A former tax attorney, Steve has spent his entire 27 investment industry career working with Alternatives. He has held senior management positions at Salomon Brothers, SAC Capital and Lehman Brothers. Additionally, Steve was Co-Founder/CIO of MSW Asset Management, a long/short equity fund. The author of two investment books and a novel, he regularly appears on CNBC’s Halftime Report.

Michael Winchell

CIO and Managing Member, Larkin Point Investment Advisors LLC
Michael Winchell is CIO and managing member of Larkin Point Investment Advisors LLC. He was portfolio manager and principal of Mariner VCL Asset Management and served as managing partner of Hunter Partners LLC and COO of Bear Wagner Specialists LLC. Winchell graduated from UNC Greensboro in 1978 and earned an M.A. in English in 1980 and an M.A. in economics from North Carolina State University in 1982.

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