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Brian Finn is Chairman at Star Mountain Capital. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry as well as a variety of corporate and philanthropic board roles.
In 2013 Mr. Finn retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Management Finance Corp (AMF) and as a Senior Advisor to Credit Suisse (CS).
AMF is a private investment firm that acquires passive minority stakes in private asset management and wealth management firms. AMF made 22 investments with an emphasis on Alternative Investment firms. At the time of Mr. Finn’s retirement the AMF portfolio included 17 investments with over $75 Billion of Assets Under Management.
From 2004 to 2008 Mr. Finn was Chairman and Head of Alternative Investments (AI) at CS. At the time AI had total Assets Under Management in excess of $100 Billion. During his tenure he and colleagues also launched a series of new Alternative Investment managers including GSO (now Blackstone-GSO), Global Infrastructure Partners (partnership with General Electric), China Renaissance Capital (China Private Equity), Gulf Capital (Middle East-North Africa PE), Mubadala Infrastructure Partners (Middle East Infrastructure in partnership with Mubadala and GE), Ospraie Special Opportunities (Commodities PE), Hudson Clean Energy (Alternative Energy PE) and Matlin Patterson (distressed), among others.
Mr. Finn has held many positions within CS and its predecessor firms, including President of Credit Suisse First Boston, President of Investment Banking, Co-President of Institutional Securities, CEO of Credit Suisse USA and a member of the Office of the Chairman of CSFB. He was also a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group.
He began his career in 1982 as a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group (M&A) at The First Boston Corporation, ultimately becoming Co-Head of M&A in 1993. He has advised or been lead principal on dozens of transactions worth well over $100 Billion.
From 1997 to 2002 he was a partner at the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He rejoined CS in 2002.
Mr. Finn is a Strategic Advisor to KKR, member of the boards of Duff & Phelps Corporation and BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation. He has perviously been a member of the boards of Baxter International, Telemundo, MGM Pictures, Nu-Kote International, U.S. Office Products, ICO-Teledesic, Dynatech, and iship.com.
Mr. Finn is past Chairman of the Undergraduate Executive Board of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Vice Chairman of the Board of the City Kids Foundation and a member of the Boards of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation and the Starmar Foundation.
Mr. Finn received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Suzanne manages Machina Trading LTD, which invests in hedge funds and private equity – with a focus on angel and growth capital investing.
Suzanne has more than fifteen years of experience in management roles with finance and technology companies both in NYC and Seattle. She is also an advisor for Design that Matters, a non-profit organization that solves healthcare-related problems through smart design focused on developing countries.
Suzanne received a BA in Economics from the University of Washington.
Joe Lonsdale is Founder and Partner at Formation 8. He currently serves on the boards of Addepar, OpenGov, Oscar, Illumio, Radius and Wish.
Prior to Formation 8, Joe founded Addepar, a leading wealth management technology platform. Prior to Addepar, Joe founded Palantir, a multi-billion dollar software company which develops information systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. Previously, Joe joined Clarium Capital as an early executive and helped it grow into a $5-billion AUM global macro hedge fund. He also worked with the financial arm of PayPal while he was a student at Stanford.
Joe received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford. He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship and technology.
Marc Prosser is the co-founder and managing partner of Marc Waring Ventures, a firm which develops specialty internet properties for high value audiences. The firm’s first project was to build Learn Bonds, a site which educates baby boomers on their fixed income investments. Currently, the company’s portfolio of websites includes Fit Small Business, which provides product and service reviews for small business owners. Started in 2013, Fit Small Business serves as the “Consumer Reports” for small business owners. The New York Times, Entrepreneur, and The Huffington Post frequently mention articles from Fit Small Business.
Marc regularly shares his opinions on marketing and investing topics through well known publications. This includes writing a column on fixed income investing for Forbes.com.
Marc is credited with being a major force in popularizing retail forex trading in the United States and across the globe. In 2000, he joined a six person startup based in New York which was building an innovative platform for online forex trading. In the role of Chief Marketing Officer, he lead the company’s marketing, communication, and public relations efforts for the next decade. During that decade (2000 - 2010), revenue grew from under $1 million to over $350 million. In 2010, the company went public on New York Stock Exchange.
Josh Reynolds has been advising technology start-ups regarding competitive market positioning, early-stage marketing strategies and market narratives for several years. He is currently the CEO of Blanc & Otus (B&O), named by The Holmes Report as one of the leading technology communications agencies in the country. Josh himself was named one of the top 25 most innovative people in marketing and PR by the Holmes Report in 2014. He's advised technology business leaders from organizations ranging from Facebook, LinkedIn, Quantifind, Altimeter, eBay, Yahoo!, VeriSign, ICANN, Loyal3, Magisto, Techonomy, and dozens of others over the years.
Josh began his career in technology as a market analyst with Gartner, covering collaborative computing and security. He is a frequently featured speaker at technology conferences and private client events on the topic of innovation, storytelling, myth-busting and marketing strategy, and has authored several training seminars and global studies about technology marketing, messaging and positioning, and analyst relations. He is a certified toastmaster and executive coach.
Josh earned B.A. degrees in English and History from UCLA and holds a minor in theology from Oxford University. He earned his law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Andy Stewart is a Managing Partner at Motive Partners. He has been building and leading alternative investing businesses across some of the most successful asset management firms and global banks.
Most recently, Mr. Stewart co-led BlackRock’s alternative investment platform (BAI), serving as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors and BlackRock Alternative Specialists, which included private markets (private equity and credit), public markets (hedge funds) and real assets (infrastructure and real estate). Mr. Stewart chaired BAI’s Executive Committee, was a member of the BAI investment committee and served on BlackRock’s firm-wide global operating and human capital committees. During his tenure, he helped grow the business to over $92 billion in assets under management and more than $1 billion in revenues.
At Credit Suisse, Mr. Stewart was Head of Liquid Alternatives, across hedge fund strategies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as global credit, commodities and insurance teams.
Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Stewart was President and Chief Operating Officer at Man Investments (Man) in the U.S. He helped build Man into one of the largest publicly traded alternative asset management firms (over £5 billion market cap during his tenure). While at Man, he was part of the team leading the development and implementation of the firm’s strategy. In addition, he rebuilt Man’s U.S. business and developed its market leading managed accounts platform.
Mr. Stewart received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington where he served as an Editor of the Indiana Law Journal, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a CAIA charter-holder.
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