Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum West 2016

Napa Valley Marriott, Napa, CA
October 26, 2016 - October 28, 2016

27 days left

Come and enjoy a bottle of Napa Valley's finest Chardonnay at Opal Group's Annual Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum - West. Known for the fastest growing population of newly structured family offices, Northern California's wine country provides a beautiful landscape for this three-day event. Largely dominated by first and second-generation families from the Silicon Valley, investment strategies such as Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Technology will be familiar themes throughout the conference. Investment managers and families will come together to discuss the foundations in which they built their wealth, and uncork the various investment strategies in which to keep their portfolios growing and plentiful. Additional hot topics such as impact investing, alternatives, and the trustee beneficiary relationship, will allow for delegates to sample a diverse blend of palatable subjects while networking amongst the grape vines. To cap off the event, attendees will wine and dine in one of Napa's luxurious wineries, creating an experience that they will never forget.

Agenda current as of September 29, 2016

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Official Welcome Reception Party 

 

7:00am – 11:00am

Exhibit Set-up

8:00am

Registration

7:30am – 8:30am

Networking Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

 

7:00am– 7:00pm

Exhibit Hall / Meeting Rooms Open

Hospitality Lounge Open for 1-1 meetings

8:30am – 9:00am

Co-Chair Opening Remarks

Speaker

Howard Cooper, CEO, Cooper Family Office (SFO)

Speaker

Natasha Pearl, CEO and Founder, Aston Pearl

9:00am – 10:00am

How to Structure Your Family Office: A Strategic Planning Mechanism for Family Offices

Moderator

Kirby Rosplock, Founder, Tamarind Partners Inc.

Panelist

Thomas Handler, Partner & Chairman of Advanced Planning and Family Office Practice Group, Handler Thayer, LLP

Panelist

Rhona Vogel, CEO & Founder, Vogel Consulting (MFO)

Panelist

Fredda Herz Brown, Principal, Relative Solutions LLC

Panelist

Jerry Olynuk, Sr. Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Northland Wealth Management (MFO)

10:00am -11:00am

How To Raise Capital From Family Offices: Family Office CIO Roundtable

Participate in the first Raising Capital from Family Offices Masterclass where you will hear from leading single and multi-family office LPs. They will discuss how to source, pitch, and close family offices allocations across alternative asset classes, including private equity, real estate, hedge funds and many more. A discussion of co-investments, direct investments and other opportunities that family offices are looking to invest in the next 12 months.

Moderator

Brian Smiga, Partner, Alpha Venture Partners / Pritzker Group Venture Capital

Panelist

Carol Pepper, CEO & Founder, Pepper International LLC (MFO)

Panelist

Steve Braverman, Co-Founder and Executive Managing Director, Pathstone Federal Street (MFO)

Panelist

Joseph Meyer Jr., President/Chief Investment Officer, Statim Holdings, Inc. (SFO)

Panelist

Paul Kang, President/CIO, Member of the Investment Committee, AltaCap (SFO)

11:00am -11:30am

Networking Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

Akina Group

 

11:30am -12:00pm

Keynote Presentation:
The Next American Presidency: Planning For Geopolitical Risk In 2017 And Beyond

Keynote Speaker

John Sitilides, Principal, Trilogy Advisors LLC

12:00pm -12:20pm

Standalone

TBA, Akina Group

12:20pm -12:40pm

Standalone

Brendan Ross, President and Portfolio Manager, Direct Lending Investments

12:40pm - 2:00pm

Networking Luncheon

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Real Estate in Private Equity

  • Underwriting the sponsor: Because the “Who” is just as important as the “What”
  • Where is the smart money heading in 2016?
  • Cusp of another bubble? Are we getting overheated in multiple asset classes?
  • Individual projects or diversified fund investments? What is best for your family?
  • Asset Management: How can PE funds extract better returns with better management?
  • Deal Flow: How can your family office secure access to the best opportunities?
Moderator

Ricky B. Novak, General Counsel; Real Estate & Tax Advisor, The Strategic Group of Companies

Panelist

Bill Shopoff, President, Shopoff Realty Investments

Panelist

Rich Day, Principal, Chartwell Capital Partners

Panelist

Randy Williams, Founder and CEO, Keiretsu Capital

Panelist

Mike Green, Principal, Virtú Investments

Opportunities in Private Credit

  • Why look beyond “traditional” Fixed Income investments?
  • What is Private Credit?
  • What are the key investable areas of Private Credit (Commercial Finance, Consumer Finance, Real Assets)?
  • What unique strategies are available in Private Credit?
  • How should an investor choose a Private Credit manager?
Moderator

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

Panelist

Aamir Sheikh, CIO, Echelon Asset Management

Panelist

Matt Gilbert, Director, PCG Select Series 1

Panelist

Brent Zimmerman, CEO, ReSpring

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Traditional Real Estate Investing

  • Real Estate Allocation as part of a well balanced portfolio
  • Do recent articles and commentaries overstate the frothiness of today’s market?
  • Investing in a rising cap-rate environment
  • Repositioning of assets as a core investment strategy
  • Repositioning in prime and urban markets
  • Repositioning in secondary markets
  • Does institutional investors’ bias towards ultra- core assets represent a buying opportunity in other areas?
  • Crowd Funding for Real Estate: Is it finally mainstream and is it a good fit of your family?
Moderator

Stephen Braun, Senior Vice President, J.I. Kislak Inc. (SFO)

Panelist

DJ Van Keuren, Director – Family Office Capital, Arsenault Family Office (SFO)

Panelist

David Sobelman, Founder and Managing Member, Generation Income Properties

New Alternative Investment Strategies: The Demand for a Higher Level of Portfolio Diversification and Efficiency

  • How should investors of significant wealth think about diversification today?
  • How much diversification is too much?
  • What are the benefits and pitfalls of diversification?
  • Efficient portfolios are those said to provide the greatest expected return for a given level of risk, or conversely the lowest level of risk for a given expected return.
  • How do these ‘new’ alternative investments figure into the mix?
  • How should investors evaluate them in the context of an efficient portfolio?
  • How should investors think about alternatives in terms of their overall asset allocation?
  • How should investors evaluate/select ‘new’ alternative investments? What should they focus upon?
  • How should investors evaluate the performance of any investments they make in these alternatives?
  • What are the defining characteristics or unique risks associated with these new alternative investments?
  • What are the ‘best practices’ that you feel investors would do well to consider or adopt when sourcing or selecting ‘new’ alternative investments?
Moderator

Michael Wu, CFA, Senior Family Investment Officer, GenSpring Family Offices (MFO)

Panelist

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

Panelist

Clay Smudsky, Head of Distribution, SoFi

Panelist

Cheryl Shuman, CEO, Cheryl Shuman Inc.

4:00pm - 5:00pm

 

Impact Investing 2.0: Investing with Value and Purpose

Moderator

Josh Cohen, Managing Partner / Co-Founder, City Light Capital / The Impact / Tyden Ventures (SFO)

Panelist

Berit Ashla, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Panelist

Jacqueline Holmes, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Midori Management (SFO)

Panelist

Jonathan Tower, Arctaris Royalty Partners

Panelist

Gerhard Pries, CEO and Managing Partner, Sarona Asset Management

Thinking Outside the Box – Investing in Non-Correlated Alternative Assets:

  • With increased globalization are there assets that are truly uncorrelated?
  • Do strategies really exist that are uncorrelated, can provide downside protection and generate real returns?
  • What alternative asset classes are well suited for the current market environment?
  • Is the hedge fund party over? If not, where are the opportunities?
  • What about Renewable energy? Precious metals? Infrastructure? Real estate? Real assets? Life settlements? Venture?
  • Can a niche within the same industry perform very differently?
  • When you consider alpha, does investing in private or direct alternatives offer a premium significant enough to warrant the perceived or real risks associated with these investments?
Moderator

Biff Pusey, Senior Wealth Advisor & Portfolio Manager, Keel Point (MFO)

Panelist

Albert Richards, CEO, Alambic Investment Management, L.P.

Panelist

G. Andrea Danese, CEO & President, Athena Art Finance Corp

Panelist

Scott Smith, President, Aquarius Equipment Finance Inc.

Panelist

Jay Pestrichelli, Co-Founder, ZEGA Financial, LLC

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

Join us and unwind with fellow industry professionals for refreshments during our last networking break of the day.

Sponsored by:
globalX

 

7:30am – 8:30am

Networking Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

 

7:00am– 7:00pm

Registration / Exhibit Hall / Meeting Rooms Open

Hospitality Lounge Open for 1-1 meetings

7:30am – 8:30am

Private Closed Door Breakfast Roundtable: Family Office And Multi–Family Offices ONLY

This private, closed-door session will be organized for foundations, family offices, multi-family offices, and accredited high-net worth individuals to address issues these organizations/individuals endure day-to- day. Two Advisory Committee members will lead the panel in discussions on areas of specific concern.

No managers will be allowed in the session, no exceptions.

Facilitator

Amy Brodsky, Founding Partner, Sky Partners LLC

8:30am – 8:40am

Opening Remarks

8:40am – 9:00am

Standalone

9:00am – 9:20am

TBA, globalX

9:20am – 9:40am

TBA, Torray LLC

9:40am – 10:40am

Investing in The Cannabis Industry

  • Private vs. Public?
  • Ancillary non-regulated businesses vs. regulated “touching the plant” business investments?
  • Importance for cannabis to be part of your investment portfolio
  • What are additional diligence items and risks important for investing in this business category?
  • Should I invest in a fund or into specific companies as a direct investment?
  • What are the ranges of opportunities both domestically and internationally?
Moderator

Rick McDonald, Managing Partner, U.S. Advisory Group (MFO)

Panelist

Sherri Haskell, CEO, Cannaangels LLC

Panelist

Bill Brothers, President, Arizona Facilities Supply

Panelist

Adam Bierman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, MedMen

Panelist

Micah Tapman, Partner and Managing Director, CanopyBoulder

A Critical Look at Hedge Funds: What’s Next For Alternatives?

  • Why have hedge funds, in general,
    been struggling to perform?
  • How have due diligence methods
    changed over the past year?
  • What specific hedge fund strategy/sector is positioned to outperform in the next few quarters? Which should be avoided?
  • Should families consider “alternative or smart” beta strategies?
  • Have fund terms (e.g., fees, gates,
    liquidity) been more flexible?
    Should they be? How can families
    negotiate the best deals?
Moderator

Howard Cooper, CEO, Cooper Family Office (SFO)

Panelist

Keith Seibert, Managing Director, Hedge Funds and Public Markets, CM Capital Advisors (SFO)

Panelist

Bret Ackerman, CIO, Anato Investment Group, LLC

10:40am -11:00am

Networking Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by:

Torray LLC

 

11:00am -12:00pm

Private Equity and Venture Capital – Opportunities and Threats

  • With more firms and capital chasing large the same or fewer deals, is now a good time to invest in PE? Does size matter? Will large outperform small? The opposite is true historically in public markets.
  • Family Offices are more involved in direct deals. Do they have different holding periods and return objectives than institutional Private Equity players?
  • Where are the best opportunities in Private Equity and Venture now?
  • Tech Venture’s obsession with Unicorns: a viable strategy or attempt to justify fund sizes?
  • Who will be the natural buyers for the large illiquid asset portfolios of the mega PE firms, Blackstone, Apollo, Carlyle, etc. now that banks are out and sovereigns and pensions are investors in those funds?
Moderator

Tim Rafalovich, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo, Alternative Equity Investor

Panelist

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

Panelist

Jonathan Smiga, Managing Partner, Keen Growth Ventures

Panelist

David Orban, Managing Partner, Network Society Ventures

Insurance Dedicated Funds: How Families Invest in Hedge Funds and Other Asset Classes Tax Efficiently…

  • What is an Insurance Dedicated Fund (IDF)?
  • State of the Market? Global and Strategic Developments in the Space
  • Estate Planning Implications of these structures and other practical applications
  • PPLI/PPVA Frequently Asked Questions
  • What investment strategies make sense in an IDF?
  • How do I get started?
Moderator

David Wertentheil, Partner, Worth Venture Partners

Panelist

Steven L. Dymant, Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Investor Relations, Echelon Asset Management

Panelist

Karen Halliday, Managing Director, Golub Capital

Panelist

Rick Plate, Regional Vice President, Private Placement Life Insurance, Prudential Financial

Panelist

Suzanna Lam, Director, Transamerica

12:00pm -12:45pm

Investing in Growth: New Strategies for Investing in Emerging and Frontier Markets

Moderator

Renato Alessandro Iregui, Principal, Raire Family Office (SFO)

Panelist

Bradford E. Willmore, Executive Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Sarus
Capital Management, LLC

Investing in the Evolving Real Asset & Energy Market:

Moderator

Abigail E. Laufer, CEO, Ferguson Family Office (SFO)

Panelist

Ethan Doyle, Senior Vice President, Tiedemann Wealth Management (MFO)

Panelist

Kris Webster, Head of US Investment Team, Magellan Asset Management (MFG)

Panelist

Yves Siegel, CFA, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman

12:45pm - 2:00pm

Networking Luncheon

2:00pm – 2:45pm

Direct Investing / Co-Investing:

  • What is your strategy and what makes it unique opposed to other investments i.e stocks, bonds.
  • What are your investment criteria when looking at an investment?
  • How do you find deals?
  • What is your DD process like?
  • Are you passive or controlling investors?
  • Are there any key trends that investors should be wary off?
  • Families are doing more direct investments. Do you guys allow direct investments?
  • What is the process? Are there advantages vs. disadvantages compared investing in funds?
  • What are some of the deals that went wrong and what did you learn?
Moderator

Robert Blabey, Chief Investment Officer, Align Private Capital (MFO)

Panelist

David Dlugolenski, Director - Private Equity, The Strategic Group of Companies

Panelist

David Robb, Managing Director, Frontier Group (SFO)

Panelist

Sasha Bernier, Senior Investment Analyst/Vice-President, Cheltenham Investments (SFO)

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Technology Innovation Showcase

Moderator

Nathan McDonald, Managing Partner and CEO, Keiretsu Capital

Panelist

Clark Tedford, Founder, Lumitheta

Panelist

Don McGraph, CFO, Abom

Panelist

Jordon Schneider, CEO, TexDel

Panelist

Caitlin Cameron, CEO, Otonexus

3:30pm - 4:15pm

Shared Family Decision Making: Best Tools and Practices for Family Offices of the Future

Many families have to consider a new rubric of decision making after the founder’s passing. This panel will share some of the various tools, structures and best practices of shared family decision making that helps a family of wealth and their family offices endure. From family councils, family meetings, committees and boards of directors, this panel will highlight some of the opportunities for continuity and longevity that family governance provides. This panel will key into current trends, and new insights to family governance including aspects of leadership, succession, grooming next generation family members and passing the baton. This panel of first class industry experts will share their experiences on how family governance may help build bridges across generations to achieve long-term sustainability and continuity of the family and its wealth.

Moderator

Gene Miller, Managing Director, Bruderman Asset Management (MFO)

Panelist

Doug Hood, Founder, Impactful Family Conversations

Panelist

Sandy Juranich, Senior Family Wealth Advisor, GenSpring Family Offices (MFO)

4:15pm - 5:00pm

Cyber Security

With cyber security dominating the headlines, how should families and advisors prepare for the unanticipated and often unimaginable?

  • Understanding the nature of the risk – how stolen data is used (and resold) and the rise in “ransom ware”
  • Designing Appropriate Security Protocols to Match Processes
  • Preparing for All Contingencies
    o Inadvertent breaches
    o Deliberate breaches
    o Educating all users
  • Cyber security in an RFP Process
  • Use of Private Servers (!) and Domains
  • Actions in the event of a breach (it will happen, just a question of when!)
  • How threats to infrastructure from EMPs and hybrid warfare can affect your cyber security planning
Panelist

Randy Nornes, Executive Vice President, Aon Private Risk Management

TBA, JP Morgan

5:00pm – 5:30pm

Keynote Presentation:

Keynote Speaker

Supervisory Special Agent David Chaves, Senior Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Networking Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

Join us and unwind with fellow industry professionals for refreshments during our last networking break of the day.

Sponsored by:

Echelon Asset Management

Wine Sponsor:

Coomber Family Ranch Wines

7:30am – 9:00am

Networking Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

 

7:00am - 12:00pm

Registration / Exhibit Hall / Meeting Rooms Open

Hospitality Lounge Open for 1-1 meetings

7:30am – 9:00am

Private Closed Door Breakfast Roundtable: Family Office and Multi – Family Offices ONLY

Compensation in Family Offices

This private, closed-door session will be organized for foundations, family offices, multi-family offices, and accredited high-net worth individuals to address issues these organizations/individuals endure day-to- day. Two Advisory Committee members will lead the panel in discussions on areas of specific concern.

No managers will be allowed in the session, no exceptions.

Facilitator

Linda Mack, President and Founder, Mack International, LLC

Facilitator

Trish Botoff, Principal Consultant, Botoff Consulting, LLC

9:00am – 9:15am

Opening Remarks

9:15am – 9:45am

Investing in Local Heroes… and what Philanthropy and Chocolate have in common

 

Keynote Speaker

Scott Fifer, Founder & CEO, GO Campaign

9:45am -10:30am

Engaging the Next Gen to Be Stewards of the Family Legacy

Speaker

Meaghan Kennedy Townsend, Member, Kennedy Family Office (SFO)

Speaker

Michelle Cooper, Family Member, Cooper Family Office (SFO)

Interviewer

Natasha Pearl, CEO and Founder, Aston Pearl

10:30am-11:30am

Knowing When to Make Your Move: Managing Volatility & Risk to Maximize Investment Returns

  • Risk? What Risk?” Risk is more than volatility.
  • Net under the High Wire?” Protecting portfolios against volatility.
  • No, Wait, I Can MAKE Trading?” Investing in volatility.
  • I Am Carnac the Magnificent?” Prognosis for markets, near and longer-term
Moderator

Garbis Mechigian, Managing Director, CTC/My CFO (MFO)

Panelist

Chris Brown, Portfolio Manager, Veritable, LP (MFO)

Panelist

Brad Miller, President/CEO, Peninsula Family Office (MFO)

Panelist

Mark Renz, Chief Investment Officer, Socius Family Office (MFO)

Panelist

Henley Smith, Senior Vice President, Vanderbilt Avenue Asset Management

11:30am-12:15pm

Can Trusts still benefit my Family?

  • Why create a Trust?
    • Asset protection
    • Special needs
    • Dynastic thinking
    • Taxes
  • Where should I set up my Family’s Trust?
    • Favorable jurisdictions
    • Unfavorable jurisdictions
    • Factors to consider
  • Who should be trustee of our Trust?
    • Individuals
    • Corporate Trustee
      • Large institution
      • Independents
    • Private Trust Company
Moderator

Thomas Moore, Trustee, Chair of Finance Committee, The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh

Panelist

Susan Schoenfeld, CEO and Founder, Wealth Legacy Advisors LLC

Panelist

Carolyn Weiss, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, The New York Community Trust

Panelist

Barbara Hoeft, President & CEO, Willow Street Group (MFO)

12:15pm

Closing Remarks

1:00pm

Napa Valley Wine Tour and Luncheon Networking Event

4star
Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, Solano Avenue, Napa, CA, United States


Single $279
Double/Double $279
*Prices exclude taxes. Rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 14.07%) in effect at the time of check in.
  • Rooms are available only to those participants who are registered conference attendees.
  • Rooms will not be guaranteed without a credit card.
  • Rooms are allocated on a first come first serve basis. Room types/rates are subject to availability.
  • The name on the form will be the name of the guest room.

Registration Pricing

Early Bird II
(Expires 9/30/16)
Standard Rate
Asset Managers & Service Providers $2,495 $2,895
***Family Offices (Single/Multi), Endowment, Foundation, and Non-Discretionary Consultant (subject to qualification) Complimentary* 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 Group's approval. Eligibility will be verified.

Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities 212.532.9898 info@opalgroup.net

TBD

Presented by

David Chaves, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

TBD

Presented by

John Sitilides, Principal, Trilogy Advisors LLC

Investing in Local Heroes… and what Philanthropy and Chocolate Have in Common

Presented by

Scott Fifer, Founder & CEO, GO Campaign

TBD

Presented by

Mitzi Perdue, Chair, Education Committee, Perdue Farms (SFO)

TBD

Presented by

Meaghan Kennedy Townsend, Member, Kennedy Family Office (SFO)

  • Napa Valley Wine Tour and Luncheon Networking Event

  • Panel Entitled: Raising Capital from Family Offices Masterclass

  • UNIQUE CONFERENCE FORMAT
    This conference will exclusively feature dialogue driven panel discussions led by consultants and family offices. Power Point presentations are prohibited during the sessions but may be made available on our mobile app. Please send in PDF or PowerPoint format if you would like to have presentation included on App. *Only Standalone Speakers will be allowed to use PowerPoints, but cannot pitch products or advertise anything with their firms.*

GO Campaign

GO Campaign improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world. GO identifies and partners with grassroots local heroes who are transforming their communities, one child at a time. Since 2006, GO has impacted over 88,000 children across 30 countries. www.gocampaign.org

  • Family Offices
  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Consultants
  • Attorneys
  • Financial Planners
  • Accountants
  • Tax Planners
  • Estate Planners
  • Philanthropy Specialists
  • Family Business Experts
  • Succession and Generational Wealth Planners
  • Asset Protection Specialists
  • Tax Efficient Portfolio Managers
  • Trust Companies
  • Hedge Funds
  • Fund of Funds
  • Real Estate Managers
  • Equity Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Academics Specializing in Family Businesses
  • Private Equity
  • Insurance Companies
  • Long-Term Care Specialists
  • Luxury Companies – Private Jets, Automotive, Executive Car Service, etc.

Investors vs. Managers/Service Providers

    Types of Investors

      The Opal Family Office conference in NAPA was the place to be. It fostered productive idea and practice exchanges and was the scene of many earnest sharing sessions focusing on how to get it right. Good and useful relationships were forged that will be long lasting and helpful. James S. Rosebush

      Founder and CEO, The Wealth & Family Management Group

      Opal Family Office events are unparalleled and the second annual Family Office & Private Wealth Management Forum in Napa was no exception. I was honored to be among a prestigious and knowledgeable slate of speakers. The feedback I heard as an advisory board member throughout the conference reflected that quality and the depth of knowledge illustrated in every session. Networking at Opal events not only yields good business relationships, it fosters long-term professional friendships. Lisa Grey

      Managing Member, GrayMatter Strategies, LLC