2018 Leadership Conference Speaker Biographies
Rolf Agather, CFA, is managing director of research and innovation for FTSE Russell Investments' family of global indexes, which offers an objective and transparent way to accurately measure distinct segments of the global market. He leads a global team in the creation of new index concepts and publishes compelling research on capital markets, indexation and investment management. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University.
Karen L. Barr is President & CEO of the Investment Adviser Association. Before assuming this role in 2014, she served as the IAA’s General Counsel for 17 years, with responsibility for the wide range of legal and regulatory matters affecting the Association and its members. Prior to joining the IAA, Karen was in private practice at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), where she represented clients with respect to SEC investigations, securities class action litigation, internal corporate investigations, and securities regulatory matters. Karen received her BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a frequent speaker on investment adviser issues.
Gail C. Bernstein is General Counsel of the Investment Adviser Association. She joined the IAA from the law firm of WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where she had been a Special Counsel in the Securities Department from 2008 until June 2017. Prior to that, Gail was first an associate and then a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) in Washington, DC. While in private practice, Gail counseled clients on all aspects of financial and securities regulation, with a specific focus on the Dodd-Frank Act and securities and derivatives law and compliance. Ms. Bernstein grew up in South Africa and earned her BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1982 and her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. After law school, Gail clerked for the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and was an associate at the Boston law firm of Mintz Levin from 1989-1990, when she moved to Washington. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bars.
Graham Broyd, Senior Advisor at Treliant, leads Treliant’s Financial Markets Conduct and Compliance practice, working with regulators, large international banks, and law firms on preventing, remediating, and investigating conduct and compliance issues stemming from banks’ trading floor activities.
Graham has been actively engaged in the global banking and markets business for almost 35 years. He worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) from 1995 until December 2015 in many senior management roles in the U.S. and U.K. He has also been a member of the Federal Reserve’s Alternative Reference Rate and FX Committees and was Chairman of the British American Business, Inc.
His recent positions at RBS included Chair of the RBS Markets Regulation Steering Group, both globally and in the US. In addition, he managed the bank’s Global Banking and Markets Client and Conduct Remediation programs, which included being the Disciplinary Chair for employee misconduct cases involving the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). Graham also led the bank’s Mandatory Regulatory Change programs for the implementation of all post-financial crisis regulations – including the Dodd-Frank Act, Volcker Rule, and second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).
Christine C. Carsman is Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Regulatory Counsel of AMG. She oversees the firm’s legal, regulatory and compliance functions, and has primary responsibility for the Company’s regulatory affairs and legal and compliance support of AMG’s global operations and its affiliates, which includes AMG’s Affiliate Legal and Compliance Program. Prior to joining AMG in 2004, Ms. Carsman served as Vice President, Senior Counsel and Director of Operational Risk Management and Compliance at Wellington Management Company, LLP. Previously, she held positions at The Boston Company, Inc., and Sullivan & Worcester, LLP. Ms. Carsman serves on the Board of Trustees for AMG Funds Family of Funds and is a Director of the AMG Pantheon Fund, LLC. She chairs the Board of Directors for AMG Funds plc, and serves on the Boards for a number of other AMG-related corporate entities. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors for the Investment Adviser Association (IAA), and is a member of the IAA’s Legal and Regulatory Committee, Chairing the Committee’s Regulatory Reform Working Group. She received a BA from Simmons College and a JD from Northeastern University School of Law.
Alex Castellanos is one of the Republican Party’s best-known and most successful media consultants and strategists. Alex has served as communications consultant to seven U.S. Presidential campaigns, has helped elect over a dozen U.S. senators and governors, and enjoys more than three decades of political consulting experience, both in the United States and abroad. He brings a wealth of campaign strategy, public opinion research insights, and communications experience to corporate communications and public policy campaigns. He is a co-founder of Purple Strategies, a boutique strategy firm that takes its name from the merger of colors commonly identified with Democrats (blue) and Republicans (red), and is the founder of NewRepublican.org. He is also an ABC News contributor and posts regularly on media outlets, including The Huffington Post and NationalReview.com.
Matthew Chisholm is head of practice management and consulting for Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions*. Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions is the business that offers a comprehensive clearing and custody platform, trading capabilities and business process and operations consulting to banks, broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, professional asset managers, strategic acquirers and retirement advisors and recordkeepers. He assumed his current position in March 2017. In 2015, Chisholm assumed the role of senior vice president of business consulting and analytics for Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions, after holding a similar role with National Financial. Mr. Chisholm joined Fidelity in 2006 and has over 20 years of financial services consulting experience in both North American and European marketplaces, engaging with numerous global financial institutions, securities exchanges and information technology providers. Prior to joining National Financial, Mr. Chisholm was a strategy consultant with TowerGroup and Oliver, Wyman and Company. Mr. Chisholm received a bachelor of arts degree from Colby College in economics and finance in 1996.
K.J. Martijn Cremers is the interim dean and the Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance at the Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the Mendoza faculty in 2012, Cremers was a faculty member at the Yale School of Management from 2002 to 2012. His research areas are investment management, corporate finance, corporate governance and corporate law, and he teaches classes in investments, corporate governance and Catholic social teaching.
His co-authored paper “How Active is Your Fund Manager? A New Measure that Predicts Performance” (published in 2009 in the Review of Financial Studies) introduced Active Share, an innovative tool for determining the extent of active mutual fund management by measuring the percentage of stock holdings in a manager's portfolio that differs from the benchmark index.
Cremers has long-standing consulting relationships with various investment managers, including the All Pensions Group from the Netherlands and Touchstone Investments from Cincinnati. He serves as an independent director at Ariel Investments, an investment company located in Chicago, and as an external consultant with State Street Associates, State Street's academic think tank and a division of State Street Global Exchange located in Boston.
A native of the Netherlands, Cremers earned his master’s degree from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and his PhD from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Amira El-Gawly is Vice President of Community at Basket, a high-growth technology startup changing how people grocery shop and working to forever alter the grocery industry as a whole. She directs the organization’s strategy and is responsible for the rapid growth, nurturing and mobilization of this community across the United States. In her additional role as founder of Manifesta, Amira advises businesses and nonprofits on organizational culture design and talent development. She is a Gallup-certified Strengths coach and has coached leadership teams and national organizations, most recently at one of the Smithsonian Museums. Prior to founding Manifesta, Amira co-founded and served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of 360 Live Media, a marketing and experience design agency in Washington, D.C. In May 2018, she was named one of Washington’s 40 under 40 by the Washington Business Journal.
Scott Gonsoulin is an Investment Manager on the Public Markets team at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a $151 billion pension system serving 1.5 million active and retired educators and their families. Scott supports the Trust’s $40 billion portfolio of externally managed public market assets, with coverage on both hedge fund and long-only mandates. Prior to joining TRS in 2011, Scott spent a year in financial planning with Mitchell Clark & Company. Prior to that, he served two years with Teach for America in Los Angeles, teaching 8th grade algebra and pre-algebra. Scott received his MS in Finance and BA in Accounting from Texas A&M University.
Ken Gronbach, President of KGC Direct, LLC, is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. Ken’s unusual blend of marketing savvy and common sense demography, based on 20 years of proprietary demographic study, sets him apart. Ken keynotes all over the United States and does customized demographic research. Ken’s belief that the U.S. is the best nation on earth and that its best days are ahead season his spirited presentations with an unmistakable pro-American enthusiasm. Ken is the author of the current best-selling book The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm.
Carson Hall is a private art dealer and art consultant dealing in master paintings, prints and sculpture. He is the owner of Carson Hall Fine Art, LLC, which specializes in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art. He advises clients with the discreet buying and selling of art on the private market, at auction, and to/from museums. Carson often lends paintings and sculptures to distinguished museum exhibitions worldwide on behalf of his clients. He handles transactions of all sizes, from more affordable contemporary prints to important paintings and sculptures that sell for over $25 million. The most exciting parts of the business for Carson are the building of long-term relationships with clients and the opportunity to handle exquisite and rare objects that few ever see outside of a museum. Carson graduated from TCU with a degree in Art History.
Kenneth A. Hersh is President and Chief Executive Officer of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a Dallas-based non-partisan institution which houses the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. He also serves as Co-Founder and Advisory Partner of NGP Energy Capital Management where he assists with the strategic direction of the firm. Mr. Hersh currently serves as Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division and sits on the Board of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. In addition, Mr. Hersh serves on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute, the Dallas Citizens Council, and the World Economic Forum. He also sits on the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Hersh served on the Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business from 2009 through 2015. Mr. Hersh received his degree in Politics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar. For more, see https://www.bushcenter.org/people/kennet-hersh.html
Hunter Judson, Jr. is Wealth Management Practice Director for the Judson Group. In his practice, he partners with successful wealth management firms to place top talent. He previously worked with ultra-high net worth (UHNW) clients as part of a client advisory team with Bessemer Trust in Chicago. Mr. Judson held the Series 7 and 63 licenses as well as the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation. He earned a BA in economics from Kenyon College.
Mary E. Keefe is a Managing Director and Director of Regulatory Affairs for Nuveen Investments, Inc. In this role she manages Nuveen’s relationships with its regulators and assists Nuveen Senior Management to keep current in the rapidly changing regulatory environment in which Nuveen operates. Previously, Ms. Keefe served as Director of Compliance for Nuveen. Earlier, Ms. Keefe served as the Director of the Chicago Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission for ten years, where she managed the enforcement and examination programs for the SEC office which covered the nine Midwest states. Ms. Keefe earned her law degree at De Paul University College of Law and her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University.
Ash Khan, Managing Director of Treliant, has over 20 years of experience in information security, technology risk management, enterprise architecture, and technology infrastructure. His expertise spans a diverse range of industries including banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and government. Prior to joining Treliant, Ash held progressively senior leadership roles, most recently as the Chief Information Security Officer of the Global Consumer Banking division of Citigroup. In this role, he was accountable for ensuring the security of the Global Consumer Banking portfolio of products, services, applications, and customer data spanning the online, mobile, voice, branch, and ATM channels. During his tenure, he helped the business securely deploy innovative banking products utilizing leading-edge security capabilities, reducing risk while improving customer experience. He was also responsible for driving the Citi Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard Program and represented Citi on the PCI Council Board of Advisors for several consecutive terms.
Ash has hands-on experience managing the Information Security risk of complex mergers and acquisitions. He has built security programs from inception through execution, augmenting traditional security program management with business continuity, disaster recovery, and IT compliance.
Ash is a graduate in Physics from University College London and holds an advanced degree in Computing from Imperial College London. In the Security discipline, he has numerous certifications including Certification in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), PCI Internal Security Assessor (PCI-ISA), and PCI Professional (PCIP).
Matthew Kishlansky is a Principal with GenTrust. He is responsible for the development and management of the institutional business relationships at the firm, spanning family offices, institutions, consultants and other independent investment advisory firms. Prior to joining GenTrust, “Kish” was the founder and managing partner of Old Master Capital, LLC, a managed account for Millennium Partners in NYC. Earlier, he was a portfolio manager at Pentagon Capital Management, Plc in London. At Pentagon, he originated, structured and managed alternative strategies including the Pentagon Hercules Fund, a portfolio of over $700 million worth of alternative investments, and the Pentagon Bernini Fund, an illiquid finance fund focused on absolute returns. Kish graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with an AB in History of Art and Architecture.
Rebekah L. Kohmescher, CFP®, CPA is a founding partner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Altair. Under her leadership, the firm has redesigned entire aspects of the investment reporting processes, expanded online accessibility to account information for clients, and restructured internal workflows to best meet client needs and improve internal efficiencies. Additionally, Beka serves as the head of compliance for the firm, assisting with creating policies and filing annual reports with the SEC. Beyond her work at Altair, Beka has been a mentor to young women pursuing finance and accounting majors and has been an industry advocate for bringing more women into the financial advisory field. In 2014, Beka was selected by Crain’s InvestmentNews as one of the top 40 advisers under age 40 in a nation-wide ranking based on individual contributions to the overall investment industry, leadership and promise for the future. Beka graduated cum laude from Xavier University with honors in accounting.
David Lafferty, CFA® is Senior Vice President and Chief Market Strategist at Natixis Investment Managers. He is responsible for assessing economic and capital market trends and their implications for investment portfolios. Previously, he was senior vice president responsible for fixed-income and asset allocation products at State Street Research & Management. Other positions include senior investment strategist at MetLife, and Board of Directors of Caspian Capital Management/Caspian Private Equity. Dave received his BA from the University of New Hampshire and his MSF (Master of Science in Finance) from Suffolk University. He is a member of the Boston Security Analyst Society, the CFA Institute, and the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He has more than 20 years of investment industry experience.
Anne Lester is Managing Director and Head of Retirement Solutions for J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Solutions, where she is responsible for advancing the firm’s market-leading retirement investment product offering and thought leadership. As the architect of the firm’s SmartRetirement strategy, Anne has worked to help define and determine the potential applicability of J.P. Morgan’s investment processes and strategies to retirement issues faced by corporations and governments worldwide, as many organizations begin shifting some or all of the responsibility for retirement investing and spend-down to individuals. Before beginning her career with J.P. Morgan, she was a Fulbright Scholar, spending more than a year in Tokyo working for a member of the Japanese Parliament. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Senate Government Affairs Committee. Anne earned an MA in international economics and Japan Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies, and received her AB in Politics from Princeton University.
Sonya Mughal, CFA® serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Bailard, a majority employee-owned firm serving institutional investors and wealth management clients. Sonya joined Bailard in 1994, and also currently is co-portfolio manager for the Bailard large growth/technology and science equity strategy, and oversees security analysis, portfolio optimization and portfolio construction across the firm's core equities portfolios. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sonya earned her BA in mathematics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1994. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Charles ("Chip") Roame, Managing Partner of Tiburon Strategic Advisors, is a leading strategic consultant to CEOs and Boards of Directors in the financial services sector. Because he has responsibility for all of the Triburon's research and consulting activities, he stays on the leading edge of strategic initiatives in the industry's fastest growing businesses – exchange traded funds (ETFs), hedge funds and other alternative investments, financial planning, socially responsible investing, robo advisors, break-away brokers, and the growing RIA market. He has also taken a substantial interest in financial services industry venture capital and private equity opportunities, as well and mergers & acquisitions transactions. At Tiburon, Mr. Roame has led over 1,900 client engagements for more than 450 corporate clients since 1998.
Mr. Roame has won numerous awards throughout the consulting and financial services industries, including being named one of the Power 25 Elite by InvestmentNews, one of the 25 most influential individuals in the advisor business by Investment Advisor Magazine, and one of the five experts with the answers by Boomer Market Advisor. Tiburon has also been named one of the fastest growing companies by the San Francisco Business Times in multiple years.
Benjamin J. Robins is a partner with the Fiduciary Network. He works closely with advisory firms on each stage of the transaction process, including customizing the financing arrangements, conducting due diligence and implementing post-closing initiatives. Ben also assists existing partner firms on operational matters, including the sourcing of sub-acquisition opportunities and the development of succession plans. Prior to joining FN, Ben worked as an attorney at Boston-based Ropes & Gray, LLP, where he focused on private equity mergers and acquisitions. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the New York University Law Review.
Greg Rohan is President of Heritage Auctions. His responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s private client group and working with top collectors in every field in which Heritage is active. Greg has been involved with many of the rarest items and most important collections handled by the firm, including the purchase and sale of the Ed Trompeter Collection (included in the Guinness Book of World Records). During his career, Greg has handled more than $1 billion of property for consignors. He has provided expert testimony for the United States Attorney and for the Federal Trade Commission, and has appeared as an expert on CNN, CNBC, Anderson Cooper 360, ABC, and CBS. Greg is a past Chairman of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) for North Texas, and is a current member of WPO in both Dallas and New York. He is an active supporter of the arts, is an advisor to the board at Austin College, and is a member of the Tate Lecture Board of Directors at Southern Methodist University. He co-authored the award-winning Collectors Estate Handbook, and he served two terms on the seven-person Advisory Board at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Gary Shiffman is the founder and CEO of Giant Oak and an expert in the economics of national security. Dr. Shiffman focuses on understanding institutions and individuals engaged in the non-random production of violence, and then on creating innovative ways to undermine these activities and networks. In addition, Dr. Shiffman is a professor at Georgetown University. His past professional experiences have positioned him as an expert in the unique intersection between the social sciences, big data, business, and national security concerns. These include service as Managing Director of the Chertoff Group, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Risk Management Solutions business unit at L-3 Communications, and Chief of Staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has worked on anti-terrorism and homeland defense issues at an international law firm, advised U.S. Senators as a National Security and Senior Policy Adviser to the U.S. Senate Leadership, and served in policy, planning, and operational positions in the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Shiffman earned his PhD in Economics from George Mason University, his MA from Georgetown University in Security Studies, and his BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado.
Neil A. Simon is Vice President for Government Relations for the Investment Adviser Association. He has a leading role in the formulation and communication of IAA’s views on legislative and regulatory issues important to the investment advisory profession and is responsible for advocacy before the U.S. Congress. Before joining the IAA, he was Director of Government Relations for the Financial Planning Association. From 1998 to 2003, he served as executive director of the National Franchise Council where he led an innovative public-private compliance partnership between national franchisors and U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Prior to that, he was counsel in the law firm of Hogan & Hartson LLP (now known as Hogan Lovells). Mr. Simon received his BA magna cum laude in government and international relations from Clark University. He received his JD from Georgetown University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Monica Sipes, CFP, CIMA is a Senior Wealth Advisor at Exencial Wealth Advisors. After spending several years as an advisor with UBS and Fidelity, Monica joined Exencial due to the high ethical and fiduciary standard in place. In 2017, she earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The Yale School of Management. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a BS in business administration and finance, and earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ designation in 2012.
Jon Stern, CFA, is a Managing Direction at Berkshire Capital, currently co-heading the firm’s institutional and mutual funds practice areas. During his career at the firm, he has completed transactions involving institutional asset management, mutual fund, wealth management, and securities firms. Previously, Mr. Stern was at First Union and a predecessor bank, First Fidelity Bancorporation, beginning in 1984. He has extensive experience in the corporate finance area focusing on M&A and capital planning, and was a Senior Vice President responsible for acquisitions and divestitures in the northern part of First Union’s franchise. Mr. Stern graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Economics and received an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.
Kenneth L. Swan serves as Chief Executive Officer at LMCG Investments LLC and is a member of LMCG’s Board of Directors. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of the firm from 2001-2009. Prior to joining LMCG, he was a Principal at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) for 10 years, where he served as Director of Sales, Marketing, Client Service and Consultant Relations for SSgA’s institutional and private clients. Mr. Swan started his career at IBM, where he held positions in management, marketing and sales. He joined the board of Tenacity, a Boston-based charity dedicated to literacy and fitness in the Boston Public Schools, in 2012. Mr. Swan holds a BA from Bates College.
Pat H. Swanson, CFA, CIC, is a Partner and Director of Research at Oxbow Advisors. Prior to joining Oxbow, Pat had been with King Investment Advisors, Inc. for twenty-one years. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a BS in Economics and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Pat was Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer for KING, as well as a member of the firm’s Investment Advisory Group. Pat is a member of the Oxbow’s investment committee. He was a member of the Investment Adviser Association (IAA) Board of Governors for nine years, and is past Chairman of the IAA Political Action Committee and Membership Committee. .
Scott M. Tatum, CIMA, CFP, is the Director of the AB Advisor Institute, where he provides and helps develop consulting and training for financial advisors and key leaders at AB’s partner firms, specifically in the areas of strategic marketing, effective communications with clients, and practice-management strategies. He joined AllianceBernstein in 2008 from MFS Investment Management, where he was a regional vice president. Mr. Tatum’s three-decade career includes eight years as regional vice president at OppenheimerFunds and seven years as national sales manager at financial services firm HD Vest. He holds a BBA (cum laude) in marketing from the University of North Texas. In addition to being a Certified Financial Planner® professional and a Certified Investment Management Analyst®, Tatum carries NASD Series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.
Julie Vander Weele is a Partner and Managing Director of Wealth Management at RMB Capital. She is a member of the Executive Committee and is responsible for managing the firm’s Wealth Management business. Previously, she was a Senior Managing Director at Mesirow Financial. Julie serves on the Board of Governors for the Investment Adviser Association, the Board of Trustees for La Rabida Children’s Hospital, the Advisory Board for the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern Hospital, Trustee for the Mason School of Business Foundation at the College of William & Mary and is a member of The Chicago Network. Julie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and her Masters of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jeannine G. Vanian is the Chief Operating Officer of Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management. Jeannine has approximately 31 years of experience in the investment management industry, including 28 years with Kayne Anderson Rudnick. She attended The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Anita Venkiteswaran is a Principal at Focus Financial Partners, where she is responsible for business development, relationship management and acquisition activities. She also manages the Focus Successions program, which provides advisors with a viable business continuity plan for the future. Prior to joining Focus, Anita worked at CI Capital Partners, a middle market-focused private equity firm based in New York. Earlier, Anita worked at Audax Private Equity, where she analyzed new investment opportunities and worked on improving existing portfolio companies. She started her career at McKinsey & Company. Anita received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B. Tech in Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering with honors from I.I.T Kharagpur, India.
Jane Williams is Chair and Co-Founder of Sand Hill Global Advisors. She advances the firm’s business development goals and advises on its strategic direction and, as a member of its Executive Committee, is responsible for oversight of Sand Hill's compliance function. Jane participates in industry panels and organizations dealing with topics of best business practices, she is a member of the Fidelity Investment Advisors’ Council, and is Chair of the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association. In October 2010, Jane received the Charles Schwab & Co. IMPACT® 2010 Leadership Award. She has been listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Business in the San Francisco Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal. She was named to the Top 50 Women in Wealth by Wealth Manager Magazine in May 2010 and to Barron’s List of Top Women Financial Advisors in the nation in both 2014 and 2015. In September 2014, she was honored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce with the Athena Award, which recognizes the achievements of outstanding professional and business women.
John Wise, InvestCloud Chairman and CEO, is a serial entrepreneur and CEO responsible for creating several companies, including: Synergo Technology, the U.K.’s leading Agency Brokerage solution; TCA Syntec, the first EAI company in Europe; Netik, the securities market leading data warehouse and portal company responsible for 70 of the world’s largest banks including Citibank, UBS, PNC, SEI, Fortis, BNP, Scotia and Pershing. John received a double honors degree in Cybernetics and Computer Science, and is a Chartered Software Engineer.