Family Office Summit:
Integrating the Full Balance Sheet,
1 November 2018, New York


 Integrating the Full Balance Sheet: 
From Investment to Lifestyle Management 

In the next episode of our annual autumn Family Office Summit series, we will examine the wealth strategies family offices can deploy to ensure their members’ well-being in the fullest sense and across generations, covering not only wealth accumulation and transfer, but also life or lifestyle concerns such as education, healthcare and security.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Future-Proofed Investment Plans
  • Optimising Wealth Structuring and Transfer (Particularly in Light of the Trump Tax Reforms)
  • Lifestyle Management and Mastering its Many Moving Parts (Private Aviation, Residences, Education and Healthcare)
  • Promoting Privacy, Security and Good-Standing
  • Wealth Management Options for the UHNW: Can any firm truly satisfy their needs over the long term?

This full-day event offers a platform for family offices and their trusted advisors to meet, exchange ideas and learn about latest thinking through highly interactive panel discussions, intimate in-depth sessions and peer-to-peer networking.

FWR will be the only media organisation involved. We will report one overview piece including the main soundbites from our speakers. All quotes are verified prior to publishing, and we do not report on insights shared off the record.

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Date and Time

Date: Thursday 1st November • 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


Pepper Hamilton LLP

Address: The New York Times Building, 37th Floor, 620 Eight Avenue New York, 10018-1405

Keynote Speakers

Charles Lowenhaupt

Chairman and Chief Executive

Lowenhaupt Global Advisors

Charles A Lowenhaupt is a recognized industry leader in managing wealth for ultra-high net worth families around the world. He is also managing member of Lowenhaupt Global Advisor’s affiliated firm, Lowenhaupt & Chasnoff, LLC, the US law firm that was established by Charles’ grandfather in 1908.

Charles is a founding advisory faculty member of the Institute for Private Investors. He advises the Institute as an Emeritus Member and is a contributor to its programs. He is also a co-founder of the Leadership Center for Investment Stewards, a Commissioner of the St. Louis Art Museum, and a director of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

He is also past president of Temple Emanuel in St. Louis and is a former director of Forest Park Forever and a former director of Clements Library of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Harvard University. He also has a Juris Doctorate (Order of the Coif) from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the Bar of New York and Missouri. Charles is co-author with Don Trone of the book, Freedom From Wealth, published in 2011 by McGraw-Hill. He is author of the forthcoming book, The Wise Inheritor’s Guide To Freedom From Wealth.

Michael W. Sonnenfeldt


Michael W. Sonnenfeldt is the Founder of TIGER 21, the premier peer membership organization for high-net-worth wealth creators and preservers, and author of Think Bigger: And 39 Other Winning Strategies from Successful Entrepreneurs. TIGER 21’s 600+ Members collectively manage personal assets of $60 billion.

Mr. Sonnenfeldt is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political thought leader. Through his private investment company, MUUS & Company, he has holdings in solar and other technologies related to alternative energy infrastructure applications.  Previously, he served as Chairman of Carmanah Technologies Corp., a public Canadian solar company.  Mr. Sonnenfeldt founded Emmes & Company, a boutique real estate investment firm that grew to over a billion dollars in assets. In 1980, he led the transformation of the Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, NJ, the largest commercial renovation in the U.S. at the time.


Arthur Bavelas

Founder, CEO

Bavelas Group Family Office and Family Office Insights

As an entrepreneur, author, and family office investor, Arthur Bavelas is a pioneer in developing one of the first private opportunity peer review networks for investors within the family office community.

He founded Family Office Insights in 1998 to provide meaningful access and engagement for active, socially conscious entrepreneurs and wealth managers.

Mr. Bavelas draws upon his own experience founding, building and exiting a successful technology startup to evaluate opportunities spanning technology, market access, and impact investing.

He frequently speaks about wealth preservation and legacy investing. His written work has been published in The Wall Street, Bloomberg, and Investment Advisor.

Joe Calabrese

National Head of Investments

Key Private Bank

Joe Calabrese is an executive vice president at Key Private Bank, where he serves as national head of investments and institutional asset services. He is responsible for the development and execution of Key’s private client and institutional investment strategy, which includes a full range of investment management services. Joe has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined Key in 2016, and lends his knowledge and expertise to affluent individuals, families, business owners, and institutions. Before joining Key he held a wide range of executive roles, including president and CEO of Geller Family Office Services, a New York based RIA and multi-family office; and president of Harris myCFO, which focused on serving clients with a net worth in excess of $100 million.

Candyce Cohen

Global Sales Director

Private Wealth Systems

Ms. Cohen is a global sales director leading Private Wealth Systems’ financial institution vertical.  She brings over 25 years’ experience selling multi-asset, multi-currency portfolio management and investment reporting software to leading financial institutions globally. Cohen began her career leading IT for EAM at Raymond James, learning first-hand the challenges of capturing, reconciling and processing investment data.  After 9 years, she began consulting and selling enterprise performance calculation and reporting software.  Before Private Wealth Systems, she was at Temenos selling their wealth solution to global private banks.  Her unique experience in both operations and software sales provides a level of knowledge in great demand, and critical as Private Wealth Systems expands its leadership position in the family office market to sell into global financial institutions.

Maura Cunningham

Founder and Executive Director

Rock the Street, Wall Street

Maura Cunningham is the Founder and Executive Director of Rock The Street, Wall Street, (RTSWS) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2013. Maura’s span of 25 years in finance includes working on Wall Street for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, Real Estate Syndication, UITs and Mortgage Backed Securities. She trades options to stay current with the market. Maura launched RTSWS to move girls forward in the field of finance. RTSWS is a financial literacy program designed to spark the interest of high school girls into careers of finance. RTSWS is adding four new cities this coming fall, making that ten US cities where the program is offered.

Michael Felman

President and CEO

MSF Capital Advisors

Michael Felman is President and CEO of MSF Capital Advisors, a global multi-family office.  Besides his own family office, his firm advises other family offices and a select group of HNW individuals. Mr. Felman began his investment career as an Angel Investor. He invested in real estate, film projects, technology companies and a restaurant. Mr. Felman received his B.A from Clark University and J.D. from Pace University. Some of his achievements include: Winner of Acquisition International 2013, 2014, 2015 Global Multi-Family Office Award; Winner of Wealth & Finance International 2014 Global Multi-Family Office Award. Mr. Felman is a member of the NYU Stern Family Office Council. He is a frequent speaker at family office, hedge fund and emerging markets conferences.

Andrew Hulsh


Pepper Hamilton LLP

Andrew Hulsh is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP. His practice is focused on domestic and cross-border private equity-backed and strategic mergers and acquisitions involving private and publicly-listed companies; asset management matters; shareholder activist matters; initial and secondary public offerings of equity and debt securities; general public company representation under U.S. securities laws; and venture capital investments. Mr. Hulsh also has significant experience handling transactions involving companies based outside the United States.

Mr. Hulsh frequently serves as a resource for various leading television shows and publications including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Thomson Reuters and The Deal.


Mel Lagomasino

Managing Partner and Chief Executive

WE Family Offices

Maria Elena (Mel) Lagomasino has worked with financially successful families for more than three decades. As CEO and managing partner of WE Family Offices, a global family office serving UHNW families, she engages client families to build their wealth enterprises and provides the support and control they need to manage their wealth as a business enterprise. Before founding WE, Mel served as CEO of GenSpring Family Offices. Prior to that, she served as chairman and chief executive of JP Morgan Private Bank. She began her career at Citi. Mel serves on the Boards of The Walt Disney Company and The Coca-Cola Company.

Kim Laughton


Schwab Charitable

Kim Laughton is president of Schwab Charitable, one of the largest national providers of donor-advised funds and other philanthropic services. Schwab Charitable is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to make charitable giving simpler and more tax-efficient for individuals and their financial advisors. Since its inception, Schwab Charitable has facilitated more than $10 billion in grants to 130,000 charities on behalf of donors.

Ms. Laughton is responsible for setting strategy and priorities that support Schwab Charitable’s mission to increase giving in the United States. Since Ms. Laughton became president, Schwab Charitable more than tripled annual grants to charities. Additionally, in Fiscal Year 2018 alone, the organization facilitated nearly $2 billion in charitable grants on behalf of donors.

Gemma Leddy


PKF O'Connor Davies Family Office

Gemma Leddy is a Partner of the Firm and the Partner-in-Charge of the PKF O’Connor Davies Family Office practice. She has spent over 25 years working with high profile and ultra-high-net worth individuals, multi-generational families, CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and their closely-held businesses. Gemma and the Firm’s Family Office team provide comprehensive financial management and CFO services including investment and partnership accounting and reporting, administration, tax planning and compliance, cash and financial management, insurance oversight, advanced planning and business advisory consulting services. In 2016, Gemma was named as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth” by Private Asset Management magazine (PAM).

Jamie McLaughlin

Founder and Chief Executive

J. H. McLaughlin & Co.

In 2010, Jamie McLaughlin founded J. H. McLaughlin & Co., LLC, a management consulting firm focused on strategy and practice management for wealth management and investment advisory firms, private banks, trust companies, single and multi-family offices. He has over 25 years of experience in both senior operating roles and client-facing roles in the ultra-high net worth and family office segments of the industry. Previously, he was CEO of Geller Family Office Services, a partner at Convergent Wealth Advisors where he built the firm’s New York office, the regional president of Mellon Private Wealth Management’s New York region, and a financial advisor at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc., where he started in the wealth management industry. Earlier in his career, Mr. McLaughlin served in the Connecticut General Assembly for a decade as a two-term State Representative and a three-term State Senator.

Rebecca Meyer


Relative Solutions

Rebecca is a consultant at Relative Solutions. Along with her colleagues, she helps families enhance the alignment of their business and financial practices with their values.  One of the underpinnings of Relative Solutions is the belief that building family intellectual, emotional and community capital is necessary for the preservation and growth of the family’s other assets. 

Prior to joining Relative Solutions, Rebecca spent 15 years in the Family Office industry, most recently as Managing Director at Pitcairn, where she worked closely with the firm's largest families and developed a curriculum for family learning. Rebecca recently completed researching and writing a guidebook for social impact investors in collaboration with the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. 

David Norton

Partner and Head of Aviation Practice

Shackelford Bowen McKinley & Norton, LLP

David T. Norton has an internationally recognized aviation law practice that focuses on business aviation regulatory, tax and transactional matters. He is active in many industry-related organizations such as the National Air Transportation Association and the National Business Aviation Association, and is a past Chair of the Aviation Section of the State Bar of Texas. Before becoming an aviation attorney Mr. Norton served in the U.S. Air Force, primarily as a KC-10A pilot and aircraft commander. He holds airline transport pilot and commercial pilot certification from the FAA, and maintains certification as an instrument and multi-engine flight instructor.

Randy Parrish

Head of Credit and Senior High Yield Portfolio Manager

Voya Investment Management

Randy Parrish is head of credit and a senior high yield portfolio manager at Voya Investment Management. As head of credit, Randy oversees the high yield, investment grade and emerging market teams. Previously, Randy was head of high yield and served as a portfolio manager and analyst on the high yield team since joining Voya in 2001. Prior to joining the firm, he was a corporate banker in leveraged finance with SunTrust Bank and predecessors to Bank of America. Randy received a BBA in business administration from the University of Georgia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Carol Pepper

Founder and CEO

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Carol Pepper is Founder and CEO of Pepper International LLC, an award- winning family office located in New York City. Carol acts as the external chief investment officer to select families and single-family offices. She is an expert in social impact investing and a sought-after speaker on issues of interest to wealthy families. Carol also consults to families, often with needs in multiple jurisdictions, on creation and restructuring of family offices, preparing them for the next generation. She is quoted in top financial publications and appears on major business television news segments, including CNBC, Fox Business and Bloomberg TV.

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 served as CEO of Silver Bridge, a Global Partner and President of Atlantic Trust, President of Chase Global Asset Management, and EVP of the Private Clients Group of FleetBoston Financial. He has also held senior positions with Mellon Bank, The Boston Company, and KPMG.  Most recently Steve served as the Head of Family Wealth Advisors and a member of the Senior Management Committee at Bank of the West, an affiliate of BNP Paribas.

Frazer Rice


Wealth Actually, LLC

Frazer Rice is a leading private wealth manager, with fifteen years’ experience advising millionaire and billionaire families on finances, including fiduciary and estate matters. His clients include business owners, hedge fund managers, real estate developers, corporate executives, foundations, and established families.

Frazer has been featured in the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Journal News, and he has appeared on cable television news networks. In addition to his financial expertise, Frazer is a member of the New York State Bar and a graduate of Duke University and Emory University Law School. He hosts a podcast and blog on politics, business trends, and entrepreneurship at

Christopher Sidford

Founder and Medical Director

Black Bag

Dr. Christopher Sidford is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine with over twenty years’ experience. Before founding Black Bag, he was an attending physician with the world renowned Lahey Clinic. He started his career at Boston City Hospital, where he graduated from the hospital’s “knife and gun club.” A U.S. Navy officer, Dr. Sidford served as faculty member of the Emergency Medicine Residency in San Diego. The Mojave Desert and the Arctic Circle were just some of the locations that challenged Dr. Sidford to teach and practice emergency medicine in remote and difficult conditions. Later, he helped to open a nuclear-, chemical, and biological-proof hospital on the island of Sicily.

Susan Sofronas

Managing Director

Geller and Company

Susan serves as a Managing Director of Geller Advisors and is responsible for the development of both short and long term strategic planning, and serves on the firm’s Investment Committee. Her primary focus is to help clients achieve their wealth goals through effective integrated wealth planning and investment management.

Susan has nearly thirty years of experience in family office services advising families on all aspects of wealth management. This includes investments, financial management, and wealth transfer strategies. She has expertise in developing, advising, implementing and managing clients’ investment portfolios across all asset classes including hedge funds, private equity and real estate. Susan is also a member of the firm’s investment committee.

Walter Sweet

Senior Vice President

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

As a senior vice president Walter Sweet oversees RPA’s advisory and management practice. He also leads client engagements with foundations supporting health, community development, education and entrepreneurship. As part of RPA’s impact investing practice, he advises investors on portfolios to generate both social and financial returns. He regularly serves on panels of philanthropic experts and is quoted by top tier media. To help RPA achieve its strategic and operating goals, Walter develops and oversees implementation of all processes for grant-making programs and reporting to clients. Walter holds a B.A. in American History from Columbia University and is a board member of the Business Outreach Center Network that facilitates minority entrepreneurs’ access resources to launch businesses.

Bill Woodson

Managing Director

Citi Private Bank

Bill Woodson is a managing director at Citi Private Bank responsible for its North American Family Office Group.

Bill joined Citi from Credit Suisse where for over seven years he was a managing director and head of their ultra-high net worth and family office business. A tax professional by training, Bill began his career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen, where he spent a decade providing domestic and international tax advice to wealthy executives, families and business owners. Bill left Andersen to run the family office for one his largest clients; a Hong Kong based family with 40 employees and operations in Hong Kong, San Francisco and Vancouver.

Ford von Weise

Global Head of Aircraft Finance

Citi Private Bank

Ford leads our aircraft finance team. He has over 28 years of aviation experience with 2,500 hours, flying privately and in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Civil Air Patrol.  He has also been a banker for 31 years and is the president of the National Aircraft Finance Association.

Previously, Ford was VP of Aviation Finance for Merrill Lynch Capital, GMAC Commercial Finance and VP of Capital Transactions at Lend Lease Real Estate. Ford began his career in at Chemical Bank and holds a joint History and Environmental Studies degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Vermont.

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.

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 served as CEO of Silver Bridge, a Global Partner and President of Atlantic Trust, President of Chase Global Asset Management, and EVP of the Private Clients Group of FleetBoston Financial. He has also held senior positions with Mellon Bank, The Boston Company, and KPMG.  Most recently Steve served as the Head of Family Wealth Advisors and a member of the Senior Management Committee at Bank of the West, an affiliate of BNP Paribas.

Avi Sharon

Executive Vice President and Product Strategist


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.

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.