Emerging Managers Summit South 2016

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, TX
November 6, 2016 - November 7, 2016

40 days left

If you are looking to expand and diversify your asset allocation by investing in emerging managers as well as women and minority owned investment managers, the emerging managers conference will provide the unique opportunity to access a diversified group of up-and-coming performance-oriented managers and manager of managers. The event will explore the benefits and opportunities offered by investing in emerging managers as well as new strategies for implementing an emerging managers program. If you are an emerging manager, you will learn the procedures used by institutions to launch and maintain successful emerging manager programs. This event will showcase a variety of emerging mangers as well as minority-owned manager funds and other high potential smaller investment firms, and it will offer participants invaluable networking opportunities.

Agenda current as of September 23, 2016


Exhibitor Set Up

2:00pm - 2:20pm

Opening Remarks

Marilyn R. Freeman, Principal & Manager, Capital Prospects LLC

2:20pm - 3:20pm

How and Why? Understanding the value of investing in small and emerging managers

  • What role have Emerging Managers play in your portfolio?
  • How do they play in your asset allocation?
  • What asset classes provide the most promising outlook?

Tim Atkinson, Chairman, Trustee, City of Austin Deferred Compensation/City of Austin Police Retirement System


Vaughn Brock, Investment Committee, Veritas Family Partners (SFO)


Art Cooper, COO, Cooper Family Office (SFO)


Kirk Sims, Investment Officer, Teachers Retirement System of Illinois

3:20pm - 4:20pm

Increasing Allocations to Emerging Managers – How can we create growth in the space?

  • How can pensions communicate the importance of Emerging Manager programs?
  • Importance of legistlation
  • Private investors and club deals
  • The role of consultants in identifying talent in the RFP process

Kweku Obed, Senior Vice President, Marquette Associates, Inc.


Bill Rubin, First Deputy City Controller, Office of the Controller Philadelphia


Brandon Laughren, Chief Investment Officer, The Laughren Group (SFO)


Lisa Calhoun, Founding Partner, Valor Ventures

4:20pm - 5:20pm

Strategies to Raise Capital – How to launch and grow a fund?

  • How to approach investors
  • Major mistakes managers make
  • How to navigate the RFP process
  • Role of transparency

Skip Coomber, President, Coomber Family Estates (SFO) / Dragon Trust Family Office (SFO)


Austin Khan, Chief Investment Officer, Ethika Investments, LLC


Medina Jett, President, Integrated Compliance Solutions Group, LLC

5:20pm - 6:00pm

How to get on the radar – the role of consultants

  • How to get in the door?
  • How do managers get on the database?
  • Importance of due diligence
  • What are your investors looking for in an emerging managers?
  • How do you identify talent?

James Maloney, Chairman, Investment Committee, Chicago (IL) Policemen's Annuity & Benefit Fund


Thomas Toth, CFA, Managing Director, Wilshire Consulting


Terri Engelman Rhoads, President, Kettera Strategies, LLC


S. Michael Sury, Chairman, INDORUS Holdings LLP (SFO)

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception



7:20am - 8:20am

Do you know what it takes to emerge from the crowd?

We invite you to join Witherspoon Partners on Monday, November 7th for a dynamic emerging manager workshop, “Myths and Realities of Launching the Firm,” open to all attending the Opal Emerging Managers Summit.

Addressing new and emerging firms and those who invest in them, Witherspoon Partners founder Keith Danko will present timely and crucial considerations that are often underestimated or misunderstood by managers—like the importance of marketing and the demands of raising capital in today’s climate. Having allocated to dozens of emerging managers throughout his career, Danko lends a first-hand, seasoned perspective to the art of getting a fund off the ground.

Witherspoon Partners is excited to partner with Opal Group, bringing its experience advising unique alternatives managers and private and institutional investors and sharing expertise with Opal attendees.


Keith Danko, Founding Partner and Managing Member, Witherspoon Partners

8:20am - 8:40am


8:40am - 9:00am


9:00am - 9:45am

Investors Perspective of Emerging Managers

  • Where do you see emerging talent?
  • What are your investment goals for 2017?
  • How have emerging managers performed for you?
  • What is the best way for managers to approach your firm?

Anthony Lombardi, Associate Partner, Institutional Advisory Solutions, Aon Hewitt


Sharmila Chatterjee Kassam, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Employees Retirement System of Texas


Safia Mehta, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Progress Investment Management Company

9:45am -10:30am

Emerging Hedge Fund Opportunities

  • What hedged strategies can provide the best returns for allocators?
  • How to shift the perspective of investors?
  • What are the major risks when investing in emerging firms?
  • Is the tide turning for hedge funds?

Mark Eisner, Chairman, Daytona Beach Police and Fire Pension Fund

10:30am -11:15am

What role can Emerging Real Estate managers play in your portfolio?

  • What markets/strategies are the most promising?
  • How can being nimble be an advantage? Disadvantage?
  • Role of interests rates in real estate investing

Gila Cohen, Senior Consultant, Courtland Partners, Ltd.


TBA, The Michelson Organization


Martin Kollmorgen, CEO and CIO, Serenity Alternative Investment Management

11:15am -12:00pm

Fixed Income and Credit – where to find alpha


Tim Barron, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Segal Rogerscasey

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Networking Luncheon

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Role of Alternatives and Energy


Timothy Smith, President & CIO, Petro Lucrum, Inc.

1:45pm - 3:00pm

Meet the Managers

Meet the Managers Showcase- In this session 7 investment managers will present their
individual investment strategies to the audience. Each manager will have eight minutes to
speak about their background, strategy, methodology and performance of their funds.

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Refreshment Break

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Styles and Strategies to generate returns


Harry Griffin, Trustee, San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund


Julian Cheng, Vice President, Promus Ventures (MFO)

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Equity markets – where can emerging managers shine


Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital

4:45pm - 5:30pm

How diverse and smaller managers can generate alpha


Justin Rodriguez, Member, Texas House of Representatives


TBA, Star Mountain Capital

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Identifying talent – how to find the right manager


Joseph Connelly, Norfolk County Treasurer, Norfolk County Retirement Board


Michael Marcus, Partner, Head of Manager Research, Prelude Capital

6:30pm - 7:30pm

Cocktail Reception

Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, East 11th Street, Austin, TX, United States

Single $279
Double $279
*Prices exclude taxes. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable taxes and fees (currently 15%)
  • Rooms are available only to those participants who are registered conference attendees.
  • The name on the form will be the name of the guest room.
  • Rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Room types/rates are subject to availability.
  • Rooms will not be guaranteed without a credit card.

Registration Pricing

Standard Rate
Asset Managers & Service Providers $1,995
*** Family Offices (Single/Multi), Endowment, Foundation, Non-Discretionary Consultant, Pension/Union Trustee/Staff Complimentary*

*** These include: organizations that are solely investing on their own behalf in alternatives and do not sell any alternative investment products or services to clients including; sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, endowments, foundations, family offices, private clients and treasury.

*Subject to Opal Financial Group's approval. Eligibility will be verified.

Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities 212.532.9898 info@opalgroup.net
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  • Investing Asset Allocation Role of Women and Minority Owned Firms Investing In Alternative and Energy Real Estate Identifying talent in Managers

Chart I: Institutional Investors/Consultants vs. Money Managers and Service Providers

    Chart II: Institutional Investors/Consultants

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