NEW YORK — Pension and Taft-Hartley representatives, attorneys, accountants, insurance and benefit companies, hedge funds, fund of funds, real estate and equity managers, venture capitalists, private equity and public service administrative providers converged at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel in Arizona for this much awaited event.
David Drake, Chairman of LDJ Capital Holdings, says, “This summit is an important event, not only for the public sector, but also for the investment sector. It plays a big part in ensuring the future of the public pension plans.”
The summit started off with a 2-hour open debate on pension forms. It also showcased exhibits and various panel discussions. Networking breaks and cocktail receptions allowed the participants to expand their network. Eight things the participants learned from the summit were: new styles and strategies for investing, equity investing, securities lending, emerging and frontier markets, the challenges facing public pension plans, choosing the right advisor/consultant, pension reform and asset allocation best practice.
Prominent speakers who graced the summit included:
Chief Investment Officer, Arizona State Treasurer’s Office
Chief Investment Officer, Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho
CIO, Fairfax County Employees’ Retirement System
Client Portfolio Manager, Equities, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Director – Institutional Business Development, CBOE
Executive Director, Arizona State Retirement System
Executive Director, Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi
Executive Director, St. Louis Police Retirement System
Managing Director of Sales & Marketing, Kennedy Capital Management, Inc.
Managing Director, Wilshire Associates
Managing Partner, Kamp Consulting Solutions, LLC
President, The Maguire Company
Portfolio Manager, Algert Global
Trustee, San Antonio Fire and Police Pension Fund
The summit’s executive sponsors were Battea-Class Action Services, Elmtree Funds, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management, GW&K Investment Management, Saxena White, Van Eck and Woodlark Companies. Algert Global, American Realty Advisors, Berman DeValerio, BlackRock, Capital Dynamics, Capital Group, CBOE, Clark Hill, Dupont Capital and Intercontinental were some of the general sponsors. The exhibitor sponsors were Bernstein Liebhard LLP, Brandes Investment Partners, Institutional Investment Journals, Jarislowsky Fraser, Meetyl and Motley Rice. Some of the media partners included Eurekahedge, Alpha Journal, Private Banking, Markets and Markets, LDJ Capital, The Soho Loft Media Group and Victoria Global.
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The Soho Loft Media Group with Victoria Global and LDJ Capital supported the Public Funds Summit organized by Opal Financial Group last January 13-15, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona