Family Office Winter Forum 2019

New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY
March 6, 2019

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The Big Apple is host to Opal Group’s Family Office Winter Forum. Whether by bridge, tunnel, or taxi, the schlep to Times Square will be well worth it! Held in one of the world’s largest financial capitals, this one day event perfectly aligns with the culture of the city that never sleeps. Families and financial managers will enjoy a fast pace day of interactive panel discussions and networking breaks. With over 500 delegates there is always an opportunity to meet potential clients. While in the session room, trending investment topics will be addressed by some of Wall Street’s most sought after managers and advisors. Themes of family governance, alternatives, and impact investing, will have even the most cynical of New Yorkers believing in their financial future. The Family Office Winter Forum will leave each delegate stimulated, enlightened and in that New York State of Mind.

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.

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Registration / Information Desk Opens

All confirmed pre-registered delegates must approach the Registration Desk to check in and pick up conference badges. Business Cards are required to retrieve badges.


Hospitality Lounge Opens
Sponsored by: Camelback Odyssey Travel


Networking Breakfast


Co-Chair Opening Remarks


Kirby Rosplock Phd, Founder & CEO, Tamarind Partners


Thomas J. Handler, J.D., P.C., Partner & Chairman of Advanced Planning and Family Office Practice Group, Handler Thayer, LLP

Andrew Busser, Managing Director of Strategy, Pitcairn (MFO)

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


Howard Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Family Office (SFO)


Edward Coyne, Executive Vice President, Sprott Asset Management

Todd D. Silverman, Managing Director & Founder, TriPost Capital Partners, LLC

Dan Carroll, Founder and CEO, Calumet Capital LLC

Kevin Craney, Director of Asset Management, Oasis


Jonathan Bergman, Managing Director, TAG Associates (MFO)


Jim Snyder, Partner, Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co.

David Schwab, Founder and Managing Director, Vertical Venture Partners

Marie T. DeFalco, Partner, Vice Chair, Investment Management Group, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

John Clark, CFA, President, Performance Equity Management, LLC

  • Defining today’s niche strategies and how niche can become mainstream
  • Investing early to build relationships for successor funds
  • Finding scalable niche and emerging opportunities
  • Seed and acceleration economics
  • Underwriting newer firms, additional diligence steps: terms, team, track record, infrastructure

Thomas J. Haug, CEO, Managing Member, Aspen Tree Advisory


Tony Benson, Portfolio Manager, Keel Point (MFO)

Andy Mantel, Founder & CIO, Pacific Sun Advisors

Brian DeLucia, Managing Partner, Arrivato LLC (SFO)

Michael R. Rohm, North America Business
Development Consultant, Carlisle Management

Nick Markola, Chief Investment Officer, Markola LLC (MFO)


Networking Refreshment Break


Brad Gates, President/COO, Veritas Family Partners (SFO)


Pamela Michaels, Senior VP, Asset Preservation Inc.

Nick Grego, Director, Amherst Pierpont Securities LLC

Ian Selig, Manager, Investor Relations, Safehold, Inc.


Brian Sewell, Founder, Rockwell Capital, a family office (SFO)


Cliff Friedman, Managing Director, Raptor Group Holdings (SFO)

Julapa Jagtiani, Special Advisor, Supervision Regulation and Credit, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Greg Heuss, Managing Partner, Reflective Venture Partners

Terry Culver, General Partner, Digital Finance Group


Ronen Schwartzman, Chief Investment Officer, Cooper Family Office (SFO)


Robert Jafek, Principal, Boomerang Capital Partners

Anthony O'Toole, Chief Financial & Investment Officer, Truth Initiative


DJ Van Keuren, VP of Family Office Capital, Hayman Family Office (SFO)


Tony Barkan, CEO, Co-Managing Principal, Allagash Opportunity Zone Partners

Garett Bjorkman, VP of Portfolio Oversight, CIM Group

Craig Bernstein, Managing Partner, OPZ Bernstein


Keynote Discussion

Why the FBI Can’t Stop Cybercrime and How You Can

A retired FBI agent and security expert uses real life examples of the latest hacks, security breaches and computer scams to demonstrate how cybercrime occurs and what countermeasures we can take to combat the innovations of criminals. This non-technical presentation will provide proven approaches to recognize and prevent the latest cybercrimes.

Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent, The Lanza Group


Networking Luncheon


Family Office CIO Roundtable

This panel will be a discussion of USA/Domestic family office CIOs looking at where they think the smart money is being invested and the strategies they see being the best fits for investors in not only today’s markets but also moving forward. We will go over the areas of how to access deal flow in the USA and what the perils, pitfalls and opportunities are for family offices.


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


Holly MacDonald, Managing Director, Chief Investment Strategist, Bessemer Trust

Theodore Kokas, Chief Investment Officer, EverWatch Financial Inc (SFO)

Michael Pompian, Founder and CIO, Sunpointe Investments (MFO)

Jack Bojman, Chief Investment Officer, Cammebys International (SFO)


Abigail Laufer, CEO, Ferguson Family Office (SFO)


Ron Barone, Senior Analyst, VE Capital Management, LLC

Brad Updike, Director, Mick Law P.C.

Matt Iak, Executive Vice President, US Energy Development Corporation


Phillip Vitale, Chief Executive Officer, Evolytical LLC


Erez Biala, Head of Structured Credit Trading & Origination, Amherst Pierpont Securities

Neil Nisker, Co- Founder and Executive Chairman, Our Family Office Inc. (MFO)

Samir Shah, President and CIO, MBS Mantra, LLC


Michael Schwamm, Partner, Duane Morris LLP


Robert Fireman, CEO, MariMed, Inc.

Tegan Adams, CEO, New Maple Holdings

Benton B. Bodamer, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC

Ed Ilyadzhanov, CIO, E Squared Capital, LLC

The term “ESG investing” is tossed around in the media and in boardrooms, but what exactly is it? This panel will discuss ESG strategies from several perspectives.

  • Is there real money being put to work?
  • What types of investors are investing with an ESG lens?
  • How does an investor implement an ESG strategy? Does one give up returns?
  • Are investment tradeoffs to be considered?
  • The practical considerations when implementing such a strategy across asset classes.
  • How Trump Presidency Is Boosting Demand for Impact Investing, ESG Funds
  • What sort of practical challenges have experienced funds faced when implementing ESG into their business strategy, and is there anything they would
    have done differently?

Don Shannon, Director, StepStone Group


John Schaetzl, Supervisory Board Chair, Access to Medicine Foundation

Lina Constantinovici, Professor, MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Presidio Graduate School

Andrea Gentilini, Chief Executive Office, Novus

Elizabeth Edwards, General Partner, H Venture Partners


Chuck Stetson, Chief Executive Officer, Stetson Family Office


Ron Diamond, CEO, Diamond Wealth Strategies

Peter Blaney, President, Induran Ventures Inc.

Vidak Radonjic, CEO, Beryl Consulting

Dr. Jeffrey Chi, Vice Chairman-Asia, Vickers Venture Partners

  • Exploring the Role of Alternatives in Impact Investing
  • Measuring Social Impact with Big Data Analytics
  • How can Big Data innovate Impact Investing?
  • Top 5 Challenges in Impact Investing Projects
  • ROI strategies for impact investments
  • Breaking Down ESG/SRI Strategies

Richard Zimmerman, Advisor, WE Family Offices (MFO)


Bernardo Guillamon, Manager, Office of Outreach and Partnerships, Inter-American Development Bank

Jennifer Kenning, CEO & Co-Founder, Align Impact

Raymond Guthrie, Managing Director, Social Impact Fund, The American Heart Association (AHA)

  • 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?

Aviva Pinto, Director, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild (MFO)


Jolyne Caruso, Founder & CEO, The Alberleen Group and Alberleen Family Office Solutions (SFO)

Nanette C. Heide, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Dan Farrell, Chairman & CEO, Privos Capital (MFO)

  • Why governance is important
  • Structures that are utilized to improve governance
  • Best Practices & Recommendations
  • Importance of collaboration by the family’s multi-disciplinary advisory team
  • Common pitfalls
  • Are Family Constitutions Needed & Upholdable?
  • War stories and success stories (especially anecdotes focused on helping a dysfunctional family move forward)
  • Key takeaway – Soft issues will determine success or failure!

Richard Marker, Co-Principal, Wise Philanthropy; Faculty Co-Director, University of Pennsylvania Center for High Impact Philanthropy


Susan R. Schoenfeld, CEO and Founder, Wealth Legacy Advisors LLC

Carolann Grieve, Managing Director, GenSpring SunTrust Private Wealth (MFO)

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

Thomas J. Handler, J.D., P.C., Partner & Chairman of Advanced Planning and Family Office Practice Group, Handler Thayer, LLP

Sara Rabi, Partner, Marks Paneth LLP


Networking Cocktail Reception

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• 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 Rate I (exp Oct 31, 2018 Early Bird Rate II (exp Dec 31, 2018 Early Bird Rate III (exp Feb 1, 2019 Standard Rate
Managers/Service Providers $2,195 $2,495 $2,695 $2,895
Plan Sponsors, Pension Trustee & Staff, Non-Discretionary Consultants, True End Only Family Offices, Endowments, and Foundations can be verified for complimentary access* ---- ---- ---- Complimentary*

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are solely investing on their own behalf can be verified for a complimentary pass. Solution Providers or Fund Providers to third parties will not be able to receive complimentary access. As investment portfolios/strategies are constantly changing, we reserve the right to re- verify past delegates for future complimentary passes.

Sponsorship, Exhibition & Speaking Opportunities 212.532.9898

Why the FBI Can't Stop Cybercrime and How You Can

A retired FBI agent and security expert uses real life examples of the latest hacks, security breaches and computer scams to demonstrate how cybercrime occurs and what countermeasures we can take to combat the innovations of criminals. This non-technical presentation will provide proven approaches to recognize and prevent the latest cybercrimes.

Presented by

Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent, The Lanza Group

  • New Challenges in Structuring your Family Office in 2017 and Beyond
  • Tax Efficient Portfolio Construction
  • New Investment Styles for Family Offices
  • Best Practices in Impact Investing
  • Global Economic Outlook
  • Asset Protection Strategies
  • Challenges of the trustee/beneficiary relationship
  • How to Raise Capital From Family Offices
  • Direct Investing / Co-Investing
  • …and many more!

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  • 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
  • Trust Companies
  • Tax Efficient Portfolio Managers
  • Long-Term Care Specialists
  • Hedge Funds
  • Fund of Funds
  • Real Estate Managers
  • Equity Managers
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Academics Specializing in Family Businesses
  • Private Equity
  • Insurance Companies

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