Overview

The adoption of cutting-edge technology is really accelerating the professionalisation of the family office segment. Firms know that a great client experience must be backed by operational excellence, and that this can actually become the bedrock of their value proposition.

Back-office automation is key to operational efficiency, while in the front technology-enabled access to investments is unlocking the exciting opportunities today’s clients demand. Freeing up resources to focus on higher-level work is top priority across businesses.

The development of broader, deeper services is paramount as family offices move to embed themselves more fully into the wider family enterprise. But doing all this cost-effectively is no easy task. Selecting the right solutions, and implementing them in the right way, will be vital as family offices look to the future.

Who should attend:

Business leaders, operations, information technology, compliance, client service professionals, relationship managers within private and commercial family offices, and other wealth management firms serving UHNW clients, as well as wealth owners considering setting up a family office.

This event is exclusively for qualifying members of the Family Wealth Report network and invited guests.

Agenda

8:00am                 Breakfast

8:50am                  Summit Welcome

8:55am                 Keynote: Embracing disruption – leveraging technology to redefine the value of the advisor

9:30am               Lessons Learnt & Best Practices in Making a Business Case, Buying and Implementation

10:25am                Morning Break

10:55am             The GDPR Effect on U.S. Families, Advisors and Institutions

11:40am             Tech Demos/Presentations Round 1 (2 x 20 min) 

12:30pm                Lunch

1:30pm               The Holy Grail: Is a Truly Integrated Technology Platform Possible?

2:30pm               Tech Demos/Presentations Round 2 (2 x 20 min) 

3:20pm                   Afternoon Break

 3:50pm               Report Launch Presentation

4:05pm                How the Next Generation of Family Offices Will Win on Technology

5:05pm                    Closing Remarks

5:10pm                    Cocktails

6:00pm                    END


Logistics

Date and Time

Date: Thursday 21st March - 2019
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Venue

The Convene Center

Address: 101 Park Ave, New York, NY 10178, United States​


Sponsors

Keynote Speaker

Michael Cole

Michael Cole

CEO

Cresset

Michael A. Cole is a wealth management industry veteran with over 30 years of experience building successful family offices. Today, Michael serves as the CEO of Cresset, a SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Cresset offers individuals and families access to a comprehensive suite of family office services, personalized wealth management, investment advisory and access to direct private investments, and advanced technology and reporting solutions. Before joining Cresset, Cole was founder and president of Ascent Private Capital Management of US Bank, an award-winning multi-family office. Prior successes include head of Wells Fargo Family Wealth, now called Abbot Downing, and President of Merrill Lynch Trust.

Cole is author of the book More Than Money: A Guide to Sustaining Wealth and Preserving the Family. Since its release, the book has consistently been in the top 100 of Amazon’s best-selling books in Wealth Management and Financial Services.

Nimesh Patel

Nimesh Patel

CTO and COO

Cresset

NIMESH PATEL is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Cresset. For nearly two decades, Nimesh has applied his extensive technology acumen developing innovative technology platforms, enabling product innovation and organizational expansion across diverse sectors.

At Cresset he is designing a mobile-first technology platform for the wealth management sector–an approach aiming to differentiate and transform wealth management experience for high and ultra-high net worth clients.

Prior to Cresset, Nimesh was CTO of Emmi Solutions, a healthcare technology company acquired by Wolters Kluwer in 2016. Before helping lead the successful exit of Emmi Solutions, Nimesh held technology leadership roles at UBS, InterContinentalExchange Trust, Boston Options Exchange and Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

Nimesh holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has co-authored and been granted two patents for fintech and healthcare software solutions.

Speakers

Ted Argus

Senior Manager, Technology Implementation Consulting

SEI Archway

Beginning his career with SEI Archway in 2008, Ted has managed dozens of family office technology implementation projects as well as provided conceptual knowledge of performance measurement to clients and internal technical teams. Prior to working at SEI Archway, Ted spent time in wealth management at Waddell & Reed and Merrill Lynch. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Lacy School of Business at Butler University.

Deb Bailey

Consultant – Technology Coordinator & Project Manager

Gresham Partners, LLC

Deb’s responsibilities include coordinating technology support and projects, business analysis, and project management. She has been with Gresham both as an independent consultant and employee since its founding. Prior to working with Gresham, Deb was an instructor consultant for ComputerLand in Chicago. She was the Director of Business Systems Analysis at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. for five years. Deb has also held various financial reporting and auditing positions at CNA Insurance, Allstate Insurance and Health Care Service Corporation. Deb holds a BS in Accountancy from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, an MBA from DePaul University, and is a CPA.

Darren Berkowicz

MD, SS&C GlobeOp Fund Services

SS&C GlobeOp

Mr. Berkowicz is Managing Director of SS&C GlobeOp Fund Services, the global hedge, private equity, fund of fund and private capital administration unit of SS&C Technologies Inc. He joined SS&C when the company acquired the Eisnerfast LLC fund administration business from Eisner LLP in 2005. Mr. Berkowicz is responsible for oversight of the global Private Capital Group operations. Mr. Berkowicz has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sergei Bourlatskii

CEO

Ananta Family Office

Sergei Bourlatskii is the CEO of AnantaFO Inc., responsible for managing investments in domestic/international equities, listed/OTC instruments, direct private equity, fixed income/FX, and real estate. Prior to joining Ananta, Sergei was one of the three executive team members at Sentient Investment Management, a startup AI Hedge Fund in San Francisco. Before that, Sergei spent some time consulting for EY, building the direct trading platform for the EM portion of Rock Creek Group, and was a partner at Artha Capital Management, an Emerging Markets Hedge Fund. Sergei holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Syracuse University.

Seth Brotman

CEO

Canoe Intelligence

Seth is responsible for building and managing the business, product development, and client service teams. Seth has seventeen years of alternative investment and FinTech experience. He started his career focused on alternative investments research and analysis working for multi-billion-dollar allocators and family offices. His responsibilities included creating investment criteria, developing a robust pipeline of prospective investments, and constructing portfolios of alternative investments for institutional clients. In addition to his investing experience, Seth had a senior role at Novus Partners, a venture capital funded buy-side financial technology analytics company that grew from 15 to over 100 employees during his tenure.

Ruth Calaman

General Counsel and CCO

Evercore Wealth Management

Ruth Calaman is a Managing Director at Evercore and the Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of Evercore Wealth Management, LLC and Evercore Trust Company, N.A. She is responsible for all aspects of legal, compliance, and risk management.

She joined Evercore in 2011 from Goldman Sachs, where she served as the Chief Compliance Officer of The Goldman Sachs Trust Companies. She previously served as the Chief Compliance Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Trust Companies.

Ruth received her BA from Brown University and a JD from St. John’s University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York.

Thomas DeMayo

Principal, Cyber Risk Management

PKF O’Connor Davies

Thomas DeMayo is a Principal in the Cyber Risk Management group of PKF O’Connor Davies and is responsible for the implementation and design of the Firm’s cybersecurity service client offerings, internal and external audit programs and testing procedures. His cybersecurity services relate to threat and vulnerability management, governance, privacy, incident response, business continuity, disaster recovery and computer forensics. He has extensive experience with securing and managing information risk across a wide range of industries. He is also a computer forensic specialist and can assist with the acquisition and analysis of data in a forensically sound and legally-approved manner.

Douglas Fritz

Founder and President

F2 Strategy

Doug Fritz is the founder of F2 Strategy and former wealth management CTO. His team of experienced wealth management executives address a widening gap between the expectations of affluent clients and their wealth management experience. F2 Strategy is passionately driven to improve wealth management client experiences through innovative tools and approaches. Combining a deep knowledge of the investment management universe with the rapidly disrupting impact of technology, F2 Strategy works with clients to chart their course into the future. The F2 Strategy perspective and experience come from a long history of innovations and transformative technical projects at major financial institutions. Doug has led large teams through transformative initiatives such as robo-advisor integration, paperless client onboarding, digital client engagement and many other areas currently challenging our industry.

Howard Geller

Principal, Strategic Consultant

Hudson Peak Group

Howard Geller is a strategic consultant working with family offices, individual investors, wealth managers, investment managers and private equity to assess, analyze and recommend solutions. He has over 20 years of diverse experience in the financial services industry with several notable financial organizations. His primary family office consulting focus has been on portfolio reporting system review and requirements development, best practices review, investment manager and outsourced service provider due diligence, and targeted project assessment and resolution. He functions as an internal consultant bridging the communication gap to solve problems, implement solutions and take advantage of opportunities.

Kyle Gemp

VP, SS&C GlobeOp Private Capital Group

SS&C GlobeOp

Mr. Gemp is Vice President of SS&C GlobeOp Private Capital Group overseeing technical delivery, accounting and operations of the Private Capital Group serving Single/Multi Family Offices, Endowments, and other Private Capital Clients.  Kyle joined the firm in 1998 and has played various roles within the  Hedge Fund Family Office market segment.  Mr. Gemp has executed numerous onboarding engagements of various products and service solutions across Investment Portfolio Accounting, Partnership Accounting, Payments/Wires, Tax, Entity/Investment/Partner Performance, Liquidity, Risk Analytics facilitating Back and Middle Office requirements.  Mr. Gemp holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Organizational Behavior from Miami University.

Tricia Haskins

VP, Digital Strategy & Platform Consulting

Fidelity Institutional

Tricia Haskins is vice president of Digital Strategy & Platform Consulting with Fidelity Institutional. With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Ms. Haskins leads the strategic team that is focused on helping wealth management firms thrive in an environment of transformational change. We devise and implement strategies to achieve help our institutional clients achieve their growth, client service and productivity goals, as shifting investor demographics, rapid technology innovations, and the advisor supply-demand imbalance provide tremendous opportunities for firms determined to lead the future of wealth management.

Paul Hoffman

Principal

The St. Louis Trust Company

Paul M. Hoffman leads teams of professionals committed to meeting the financial goals and objectives of client families and institutions. While Paul spends most of his time serving clients, he is also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and a leader of various firm-wide technology and infrastructure initiatives.

Jonathan Hudacko

CEO

Just Invest

Jonathan is the CEO of Just Invest. Founded in 2016, Just Invest is a leading Direct Indexing provider formed by leading technologists and investment specialists from Aperio Group, Blackrock, MSCI Barra, Thomson Reuters and Wells Fargo. Just Invest specializes in tailoring client portfolios to the individual ESG goals of discerning families and individuals
provide innovative direct indexing.
Prior Just Invest, Jonathan was the COO of Pluribus Labs, a research firm distilling investment signals from non-traditional data sources. Jonathan's investments career began at MSCI Barra, where he headed the Portfolio Analytics business for institutional investors focusing on Asset Allocation, Risk management and ESG.

Carol R. Kaufman

Founder and CEO

Alternatives TLC

Carol R. Kaufman, Founder/CEO of Alternatives TLC consults to emerging and seasoned alternatives managers and various other types of industry businesses and participants. She performs operational and organizational due diligence through the use of her Small Business Roadmap, helping firms evaluate their infrastructure and find the resources they need in order to successfully scale. Her first software product, InvesTier®, was acquired by SunGard in 2002. An entrepreneur for over 35 years, Ms. Kaufman’s specialties include public speaking, training and software/service-based solutions to organizational problems. She resides in Hawthorne, NJ and Otis, MA.

Mark Lacana

VP, Global Sales

AltaReturn

Mark joined AltaReturn in 2010 and is focused on sales and business development for AltaReturn. Mark has 17 years professional experience in the asset management industry, 10 years of which are focused on alternative investments. Prior to joining AltaReturn, Mark worked for the SS&C’s- TheNextRound business unit where he was the Vice President of Sales and Client Service. He graduated from Bentley University with a degree in Finance and resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

Bob Miller

CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board

Private Client Resources (PCR)

Bob became CEO of PCR in 2016 after a year as Vice Chairman and strategic advisor.  A founder of 5 financial technology companies in which he was both technical architect and business strategist, Bob brings to PCR a unique combination of market-facing, technology-driven and operations-focused skills that are driving the Company’s rapid growth.​

Bob’s last company CorrectNet, sold in 2013 to Symphony Group and subsequently acquired by MarkIt, was a ground-breaking managed service provider of aggregation and reporting services to hedge funds.  The company’s customers included 7 of the top 10 institutional fund administrators and at its peak were reporting on almost 40% of all hedge fund assets globally.

Jennifer Moore

Family Office Controller

HoltCat Family Office

Jennifer Moore, CPA, is the Family Office Controller for the Holt Family. Based in San Antonio, the Holt's own and operate the largest Caterpillar equipment dealer in the United States with 50 locations and 2,300 employees in Central Texas. Prior to Holt, Jennifer worked in public auditing with KPMG and managed a family business for 10 years.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, with a double major in Accounting and Information Systems. She currently is working toward a Master’s in accounting at Texas A&M University and a Project Management Professional Certification.
She has extensive non-profit volunteer experience as Board Treasurer of The Pangea Network, working with micro lending programs in Kenya.

Tania Neild

CEO

InfoGrate

Dr Neild is CEO of InfoGrate, a consulting boutique specializing in information technology for family offices. We architect solutions that encompass GL/portfolio management/partnership accounting/CRM selection, data integration, operations, performance reporting, and infrastructure/ cloud management. Tania has over 20 years of academic and applied research in data integration. She began her career with the National Security Agency, which awarded her the National Physical Sciences Consortium Award to fund her research in heterogeneous database integration. She earned a PhD in computer engineering from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer sciences from Emory University.

Stephanie Notarianni

MD, Operations & Technology

Pitcairn

Stephanie leads Pitcairn’s Insurance, Operations, and Technology departments. She provides input on the firm’s strategic planning and is responsible for leading technology initiatives designed to improve the client and employee experience.

She previously served as Director of Family Office Process and Technology, Family Office Services Manager, Personal Financial Manager, and Personal Financial Analyst. Her work encompassed implementation of long-term financial plans for families, investment strategy development, risk management, tax planning, and analysis and client reporting for families.

Stephanie received her BS and MBA, both magna cum laude, from Drexel University. She holds the designations of certified financial planner™ and Certified Trust Financial Advisor and has a PA Insurance License.

 

Chris Rose

Sales Engineer

SEI Archway

Chris is a member of SEI Archway’s Business Development team serving as a subject matter expert for prospective clients interested in SEI Archway’s technology and service solutions. He is responsible for conducting product demonstrations as well as responding to Requests for Information supplied by family offices and industry consultants. Prior to his role in Business Development, Chris was a member of the Technology Implementation team where he implemented a number of family office clients onto the ATWeb platform. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hanover College.

April Rudin

President

The Rudin Group

April Rudin, founder of The Rudin Group, is an acclaimed HNW wealth management, financial services, and digital marketing strategist. April is distinguished by her ability to identify critical and innovative #fintech and #wealthtech market trends, enabling clients to stay ahead of the curve. April is frequent source of expert commentary to global media, and an industry speaker on wealth, nextgen, and technology. An IBM “influencer” in wealth management and fintech, she contributes regularly to Huffington Post, American Banker, CFA Enterprising Investor, Family Wealth Report and other key trade publications. April serves on the Global Board of Directors - Hedge Fund Association (HFA), and is the Board of Advisors for NexChange – a financial services social network based in Hong Kong.

Mike Slemmer

COO, Americas

FundCount

Mike has over 30 years of experience in investment and treasury technology, and is responsible
for FundCount operations in the Americas. Past roles include sales and sales management,
marketing & product director and general management for Thomson Financial (now
ThomsonReuters), DST and SS&C.
Mike earned his BA at the University of Delaware, an MBA in finance from the University of
Houston and an executive degree from the Columbia University Graduate Business School. He
is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute and
the Boston Security Analysts Society.

Mark Wickersham

VP, Business Development

Datafaction

Mark Wickersham is a vice president and business development consultant for City National Bank’s Datafaction® sales team. He is responsible for growing Datafaction’s presence and revenue in the family wealth market.
Prior to joining Datafaction in 2018, Mr. Wickersham was a technology consultant for family offices, served as general manager for Dynamo Software’s family office market segment and worked at Fidelity Investment for over a decade in their RIA and family office businesses.
Mr. Wickersham received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Southern New Hampshire University. He coaches youth soccer for the Andover Soccer Association in Andover, MA and has two teenage daughters.

Sherwood Yuen

Head of Partnerships

Just Invest

Sherwood is the Head of Partnerships at Just Invest, and has over 17 years of investment management experience, both in the institutional and retail client space.  He previously worked at MSCI, where he was responsible for covering investment consultant and asset owner clients for their index business.  He also worked at Callan Associates, providing investment consulting services to pensions, endowments, and foundations.  Before this, he was at Wells Fargo’s Private Banking Group, where he was responsible for sourcing, research, and product management of their alternative investment platform.  He began his career at Charles Schwab on their equity derivatives sales and trading desk, where he specialized in risk management strategies and structured note offerings for their RIA and high-net-worth clients.  Sherwood has an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and a BA from Cornell University.

Advisory Panel

Charlotte Beyer

Founder of IPI

Principle Quest Foundation

A Wall Street veteran and entrepreneur, Charlotte Beyer has been identifying changes in the culture and dynamics of wealth management since 1992. Beyer's career spans 40+ years, first on Wall Street, and then as founder of the Institute for Private Investors [IPI] in 1992. A pioneer in social media, IPI hosted the first online community for investors when it went live in 1998. An Aresty Fellow of the Wharton School, Beyer continues to teach in Wharton’s Private Wealth Management program, a five-day residential curriculum she co-created with Wharton in 1999.
Beyer continues to remain active in several industry groups, and her recent book, Wealth Management Unwrapped Revised & Expanded (Wiley 2017) describes key trends in the wealth management industry, including robo-advisors, the aging private client and ‘women with wallets.’ Currently, Beyer is President of the Principle Quest Foundation whose mission is women’s empowerment.

Douglas Fritz

Founder and President

F2 Strategy

Doug Fritz is the founder of F2 Strategy and former wealth management CTO. His team of experienced wealth management executives address a widening gap between the expectations of affluent clients and their wealth management experience. F2 Strategy is passionately driven to improve wealth management client experiences through innovative tools and approaches. Combining a deep knowledge of the investment management universe with the rapidly disrupting impact of technology, F2 Strategy works with clients to chart their course into the future. The F2 Strategy perspective and experience come from a long history of innovations and transformative technical projects at major financial institutions. Doug has led large teams through transformative initiatives such as robo-advisor integration, paperless client onboarding, digital client engagement and many other areas currently challenging our industry.

Steve Prostano

Founder and Managing Partner

SPI Partners

In a career spanning over three decades, Steve Prostano has distinguished himself as an innovator and thought leader in the wealth management, multi-family office, and global financial services industries. Steve has served as CEO of Silver Bridge, President of Atlantic Trust and a Global Partner of Amvescap, President of Chase Global Asset Management, and an EVP of the Private Clients Group of FleetBoston Financial. He has also held senior positions with Mellon Bank and KPMG, where he began his career. Most recently at Bank of the West, Steve was a member of the Bank's Senior Management Committee and the Head of Family Wealth Advisors where he designed, built and managed the first global MFO in the US. Steve is also CPA and attorney, earning his J.D and LL.M. degree in Taxation after graduating from Boston College with a BA in Economics and Philosophy. He is a member of the AICPA, MBA and CBA and serves on the Board of the Boston College Wall Street Council.

Joseph W Reilly Jr

CEO and Founder

Circulus Group

Mr. Reilly is an investment and strategy consultant to family offices. He was the co-founder and founding president of the Family Office Association, a global forum for single family offices that is based in Greenwich, Connecticut. Previously Mr. Reilly helped to start a single family office and foundation in New York where he was an investment manager for five years. He was an energy specialist focused on options and futures trading at Crйdit Agricole Indosuez in New York prior to that, and started his career at Salomon Smith Barney. Mr. Reilly has spoken on family office issues at many conferences and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, and currently does a monthly interview series with notables in the family office world for Family Wealth Report, where he is on the advisory board. He is a founding member of the Family Office Council at Princeton University; a member of the NYU Stern Family Office Council; an advisor to the RDS Milken Family Office Council. He is an alumnus of Singularity University. Mr. Reilly has an A.L.B. from Harvard University and is president of his hometown Harvard Club.

Avi Sharon

Executive Vice President and Product Strategist

PIMCO

Mr. Sharon is an executive vice president and product strategist based in the New York office. He is responsible for broad business management as well as developing and leading strategic initiatives aimed at driving growth within the traditional product franchise. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2018, he was a principal at Blackstone, where he helped launch the firm’s retail alternatives initiative. Previously, he was a managing director at AllianceBernstein, where he ran multi-asset product management, led wealth management group research and marketing, and was interim head of investor relations for the firm. He has 18 years of investment and financial services experience and holds a Ph.D. from Boston University. He received an undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta.


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