Speaker Series

2021-2022 School Year:

 

Jeremy Graveline, Ph.D.

Head of Portfolio Management and Senior Researcher at Pluribus Labs LLC

Jeremy Graveline, Ph.D. is the Head of Portfolio Management and is a Senior Researcher at Pluribus Labs LLC. Specifically, he is responsible for construction and implementation of global long only and equity market-neutral public equity portfolios that employ systematic strategies based on unstructured data.

Previously, he was Head of Research for the Flagship Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund at BlackRock, where he was responsible for strategy selection, portfolio construction, signal development, and hedging. Before BlackRock, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at The Carlson School of Management at The University of Minnesota, where he taught undergraduate and graduate students. Jeremy has also worked as a Quantitative Research at Scotiabank and an Analyst on the trading floor at CIBC.

Jeremy earned his undergraduate degree with majors in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University, then a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from the University of Waterloo and, finally, a Ph.D. in Finance from The Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


LeAnn Auer

Senior Portfolio Manager at The Northern Trust Company

LeAnn Auer is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Ultra Short Fixed Income Group at The Northern Trust Company in Chicago. Additionally, LeAnn is Co-manager of the Northern Tax Advantaged Ultra Short Fixed Income Fund (NTAUX). LeAnn joined The Northern Trust Company in 2021. She previously helped manage the long and short-term fixed income portfolios of the multi-billion dollar State of Michigan Retirement System (SMRS) pension fund. Prior to SMRS, LeAnn worked in the Treasury office at Ford Motor Company, supporting billions of dollars of public and non-public securitized bond issuances. Earlier in her career, she spent 11 years at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco (now BlackRock Financial) as a Securities Lending Product Manager for both their Global Fixed Income & Repo and US Equity teams. LeAnn received a B.S. degree in Business Finance from Indiana University, and an Executive M.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan. During her career, LeAnn has served as board member for several community arts organizations and recently was an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.


Corey Tobin

Partner, Director of Research and Research Analyst at William Blair Investment Management

Corey Tobin, partner, is the director of research and a research analyst for the U.S. Growth Equity team at William Blair Investment Management. He focuses on investments in U.S. small-cap technology companies. Before rejoining William Blair in 2012, Corey was the senior vice president of healthcare solutions and corporate planning for Trustwave Holdings, Inc., a provider of data security and compliance solutions. In this role, he led Trustwave’s administrative and planning functions, such as its financial planning and analysis, human resources, sales operations, facilities, investor relations, and special projects areas. From 2001 through 2011, Corey served in William Blair’s sell-side research group, focusing on specialty software and healthcare IT companies; in this role he was recognized by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Forbes. Before joining William Blair, Corey was an associate at private-equity firm Willis Stein & Partners, an analyst in the M&A investment banking group of Merrill Lynch, and an associate in the financial advisory services practice at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He received a B.S. in business administration with high distinction from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and an M.S. in computer science with recognition from the University of Chicago.

2020-2021 School Year:

 

David Woo

Vice President at Blue Pool Capital

David Woo is a Vice President at Blue Pool Capital. Previous he was a Senior Associate in the Real Estate Private Equity Group at Blackstone. Before that he was a Senior Associate at Goldman Sachs’ multi-asset class principal investing unit – Special Situations Group (SSG). While there, David helped build and manage c.$500m AUM opportunistic emerging markets portfolio with a focus on South East Asia investments. Given SSG’s flexible mandate, David was involved in evaluating a broad range of value-oriented transactions across industries and asset classes including credit (special situations, distressed, performing), equity, real estate, and non-performing loans (NPLs).

Before joining SSG, David worked in Goldman’s New York office as an investment banking analyst primarily assisting in M&A transactions for blue-chip US industrial clients and financial sponsors.

David received a BBA from Ross and is a fellow Maize & Blue Endowment Fund alumnus, where he served as President in 2015-2016.


Matthew Kaufman

Managing Partner at Validor Capital LLC

Mr. Kaufman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Validor Capital. He is a senior private equity professional with more than 20 years of principal investing experience. Over the course of his career, he has led the execution of over 30 equity, debt and merger and acquisition transactions and has significant experience managing portfolio companies and turnarounds.

Mr. Kaufman was previously senior managing director with GSC Group, where he was a member of the investment committee of the private equity and distressed debt group. Prior to that he was director of corporate finance with NextWave Telecom and worked in private equity and M&A at The Blackstone Group and Bear Stearns.

Mr. Kaufman has served on the board of directors of numerous corporate and not-for-profit entities and has held steering committee positions in several bankruptcies. Select board memberships include Chairman of Pacific Aerospace & Electronics and Aeromet Holdings (both in the aerospace and defense industry), Burke Industries (commercial flooring), Day International Group (printing press consumables and chemical products), Safety-Kleen Corp. (environmental services) and Woods Equipment Co. (agricultural and construction equipment.)

Mr. Kaufman earned his BBA and MAcc degrees from the University of Michigan.


Corey Tobin

Partner, Director of Research and Research Analyst at William Blair Investment Management

Corey Tobin, partner, is the director of research and a research analyst for the U.S. Growth Equity team at William Blair Investment Management. He focuses on investments in U.S. small-cap technology companies. Before rejoining William Blair in 2012, Corey was the senior vice president of healthcare solutions and corporate planning for Trustwave Holdings, Inc., a provider of data security and compliance solutions. In this role, he led Trustwave’s administrative and planning functions, such as its financial planning and analysis, human resources, sales operations, facilities, investor relations, and special projects areas. From 2001 through 2011, Corey served in William Blair’s sell-side research group, focusing on specialty software and healthcare IT companies; in this role he was recognized by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and Forbes. Before joining William Blair, Corey was an associate at private-equity firm Willis Stein & Partners, an analyst in the M&A investment banking group of Merrill Lynch, and an associate in the financial advisory services practice at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He received a B.S. in business administration with high distinction from the University of Michigan, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and an M.S. in computer science with recognition from the University of Chicago.


Michael J. Halper

CFA, Director of Research and Portfolio Manager at ABS Investment Management LLC

Michael J. Halper, CFA, is a Director of Research & Portfolio Manager at ABS Investment Management LLC. Mr. Halper was previously employed as an Investment Banking Analyst by Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stephen M. Ross School of Business.


Xavier Fuller

Managing Partner and Founder at 11 Eleven Capital

Xavier Fuller is a Managing Partner and the founder of 11 Eleven Capital. Previous he worked at Deep Labs as Interim COO and a Senior Advisor to the CEO. Before that, he spent over 9 years at Nuveen, where he was a director. In this role, he served as a board member for both Vantage Data Centers and DataBank, Ltd. He began his career in Sales and Trading at Goldman Sachs. He earned his undergraduate degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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Brian Hellmer

Director of the Hawk Center for Applied Security Analysis at the Wisconsin School of Business

The Hawk Center offers applied learning opportunities to select full time MBA student focused on becoming investment professionals, as well as continuing education programs for investment practioners. As part of this role, Mr. Hellmer teaches Applied Security Analysis & Investment Management, a class where students manage over $65 million in real assets. Mr. Hellmer also oversees the admissions process , employer relationships and alumni relations for the Hawk Center.
From 1996 until 2009, Mr. Hellmer served as Co-Portfolio Manager and Director of Research at Northern Capital Management, a high-net worth and institutional investment manager located in Madison Wisconsin. During his tenure, Mr. Hellmer was co-portfolio of a growth fund that was named the Lipper Growth Fund of the year in 2000.
Prior to 1996, Mr. Hellmer has worked for Fleet Investment Advisors in Boston as an analyst and as an investment strategist. During his time at Fleet, Mr. Hellmer covered such industries as Retail, Media & Entertainment, Restaurants, Medical Devices and Financial Services.

Eric Stubbs

Senior Vice President at RBC Wealth Management

Mr. Stubbs is a Senior Vice President – Financial Consultant at RBC Wealth Management. Eric manages a strategy called “Global Tactical Allocation Strategy” (GTAS). GTAS uses indexes in the form of exchange traded funds (ETFs) to take positions in the global stock market, bonds, gold, and commodities. The strategy is a top-down macro-economic approach to investing, meaning that Eric believes that the primary drivers are macroeconomic and include factors such as energy prices, unemployment, GDP growth, foreign exchange rates, political and economic uncertainty. At times the strategy will take short positions in the market as well. Eric has used this strategy for over five years and brings to it a thorough training in economics and twenty years of money management and client advisory experience.

Prior to joining Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in 2008, Eric spent more than seven years at Bear Stearns. He began at Bear Stearns as the co-head of Wealth Management, specializing in investment strategy. While there, he headed the design and development of a state-of-the-industry asset allocation and risk analysis system. Which became the anchor for Bear’s allocation work for all of its Private Client Services clients. At the request of the Compliance Department, he also designed the analytical systems used at Bear to assess the risk profiles of their fee-based accounts.

Before Bear Stearns, Eric served as head of Strategic Investment Advisory Group at JP Morgan. In that capacity, he was the senior advisor to JP Morgan’s pension fund and endowment clients for concerns dealing with asset allocation, investment strategy and manager selection. He advised the plans and endowments on how to integrate their cash flow needs with an appropriate and prudent asset allocation, and how to manage the overall risk both on an asset-only basis and taking into account the liabilities side. In addition, he helped to design a market risk measurement and management system for one of the largest institutional investors in Asia. Previously Eric was the market risk monitor for JP Morgan’s proprietary trading and investment businesses including fixed income, mortgages, securities lending, swaps, derivatives and global developed market equities. On a daily basis he generated a risk report outlining all of the market risks associated with JP Morgan’s own capital allocation and communicated that summary to the President and CEO of the bank. Eric was also the chief business-side architect for JP Morgan’s firm-wide third generation market risk management system.

Before coming to Wall Street, Eric was a Manager in Price Waterhouse Office of Government Service in Washington DC where he was the chief econometrician involved in the audits of HUD, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. He developed and ran the audit models to estimate prepayment and default risk and costs for these organizations.


Larry Halperin

Partner, Chapman and Cutler LLP

Larry Halperin is a partner in the Banking Group and the Litigation, Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group, and Co-Office Leader of the Firm’s New York office. He joined the Firm in 2013.

Larry focuses his practice on financial restructuring of distressed companies, high yield and distressed debt transactions, commercial lending transactions and event-driven mergers and acquisitions. He typically represents agents, private funds, investment banks and financial institutions in connection with their investments in, and financings transactions to, mid-cap companies. Larry has counseled clients who desire to acquire portfolio companies in need of restructuring by acquiring a majority of the distressed debt. He has also counseled lenders in connection with an orderly exercise of remedies to achieve a practical, business oriented restructuring solution for the company and the acquiring fund. He also advises clients participating in the global secondary market for troubled and non-performing loans and claims.

Larry has presented at various conferences on such topics as “Loan To Own Strategies-An Alternative to Bankruptcy,” “Distressed Investments: Lessons from the Experts,” and “Intercreditor Issues Between First and Second Lien Lenders.”