Management Committee

John Basile is a partner in the New York regional offices of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. He is the Regional Leader of the Financial Services practice group. John represents alternative investment funds and their managers, as well as broker-dealers and investment advisory firms. His responsibilities also include developing and implementing the firm’s strategies and developing the group’s key staff.  John also serves as a member of the firm’s Board of Partners where his responsibilities include setting overall strategy for the firm as well as management oversight.

Education/Best Practices Committee Chair

Robert E. Akeson is Chief Operating Officer of Mirae Asset Securities (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Mirae Asset Financial Group, Korea’s leading financial group, that has $93 billion in assets under management.

Mr. Akeson has extensive experience managing prime brokerage, agency execution and research distribution businesses. He has also served as a member of the G.P. of a hedge fund and had advisory board experience with small money management firms. His background includes leadership positions with Neuberger Berman, Morgan Stanley, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services and ADP BISG.

Mr. Akeson is a frequent speaker on topics related to the hedge fund industry, prime brokerage, market liquidity and Basel III. He is Chairman of the Business Management Interest Group of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the DTCC Systemic Risk Roundtable and the Economic Club of New York. Mr. Akeson has also taught Money, Banking and Financial Markets at Molloy College.

Mr. Akeson holds an MBA from NYU and a BA from Washington College. He resides in Rockville Centre, N.Y. with his wife, with whom he has two grown children.

Monthly Forum Committee

B.J. Bellock has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, dedicating most of his career to working with Alternative Investors, including Hedge Funds, Venture Capital Funds and Private Equity Funds along with other Institutional Investors. He has served in senior positions including fixed income trading, sales and sales management at Bank Of America, Deutsche Bank, Common Wealth Bank of Australia and Dean Witter. He also has extensive experience as a former Financial Consultant. As an adjunct Professor, he has taught various undergraduate financial courses at the Connecticut campus of Phoenix University, as well running seminars for students and the public, and is certified to teach Corporate Training classes. Currently BJ is working as an independent consultant. He holds a Masters in Finance and a Masters in Accounting from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business.


Pierre is an angel investor, an entrepreneur, a corporate growth advisor, and the father of four college-age children. He is also a Partner at HPM Partners where, with his 32 partners and 50 associates in six offices, he works with owners of businesses on their growth strategies, M&A, financing, liquidity, wealth management, cross-border/multi-national issues, estate planning and tax strategies; and for his multi-generational and family clients, he brings several lifetimes of dealing with family dynamics, trusts, business-ownership, family charters and youth education as a member of two large, historic business families. Before HPM Partners, Pierre was at Two Sigma Investments, where he raised capital for the firm’s quant hedge funds and he invested capital in private deals in Mainland China and elsewhere. Previously he was an entrepreneur, co-founding three software companies resulting in one IPO in 1993, one acquisition that led to an IPO in 2010, and one total disaster. After getting a BScE at Princeton in 1982, Pierre started his career at Bolt, Beranek & Newman (BBN) as a research scientist and software engineer in computational linguistics, parallel processing, and statistical data analysis.

Education/Best Practices Committee

Ashley has been in the FX industry for over 10 years in a variety of positions, both in his native England and in the US. At AFEX he is currently responsible for the acquisition, management and maintenance of corporate, institutional and high net worth clients. Specifically focused on the ‘Alternative Investment’ space in North America, Ashley has created a vast network of highly skilled professionals that can assist with every aspect of a cross border transaction. He is often engaged to speak on foreign exchange strategies at networking and partner events. Ashley also leads the New York office of AFEX. Under his watch the team has doubled in size and has developed expertise in a variety of industries. Ashley holds a BA honors degree in Services Marketing and Economics from the University of Bournemouth in England. In his spare time Ashley is an avid rower, and raced at Regattas across the country at both collegiate and club level. He and his wife live in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey

Monthly Forum Committee & Philanthropy Committee

Gabrielle Guttman is the President and Founder of Connext Consulting Inc., a business development, strategic introductions, marketing, events and PR/IR consultancy. Prior to founding Connext, Gabrielle was VP of Business Development & Marketing for Southridge LLC. She was responsible for hedge fund marketing, public/investor relations and marketing financial products to global public companies. Before joining Southridge, Gabrielle worked for Kroll Inc., Grey Group Inc., and the investment banking division of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Throughout her career, Gabrielle has been an active volunteer and currently holds leadership positions with not-for-profit and philanthropic organizations focused on the financial services industry, women’s initiatives and children’s development. Notable affiliations include 100 Women in Hedge Funds, HedgeNY, Portfolios with Purpose, ALTSO, High Water Women, the Hedge Fund Association, the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, and Barnard Business and Professional Women. Gabrielle graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Education/Best Practices Committee

Stuart Koonce is a partner in Sidley Austin’s Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives practice. His practice focuses on private alternative investment funds—their structuring, management and related regulatory matters. He advises investment advisers in domestic and international offerings of hedge funds, private equity-style funds and funds of funds. His funds practice includes the representation of advisers of funds with a broad variety of strategies, from long-short equity funds to volatility funds with complex options strategies and funds focused on distressed and special opportunity fixed-income investments. His advisory clients range from start-up managers to large institutions, including insurance company affiliates.

Industry Liaison Committee

Eric S. Lazear re-joined IAM in May 2014 as COO and CCO, International Asset Management Limited, LLC, responsible for US Operations, Global Operational Due Diligence and US Compliance. He has over 22 years of investment management experience and over 13 years of experience in the hedge fund and fund of hedge funds industry. Prior to re-joining IAM, he was Global Head of Operational Risk at FQS Capital Partners. Previously, he launched the Global Hedge Fund Operational Risk Due Diligence service at Duff & Phelps and was also Global Head of Operational Risk and Due Diligence at FIM USA. He has also held Financial Consulting and Risk roles at J.P.Morgan Chase and W. J. Nolan & Company. He has a BBA in Marketing and Accounting from Hofstra University and an MBA from Baruch College and is based in New York.


Jonathan Luttwak is Co-Head of Global Alternative Investment Services at Cushman & Wakefield. He founded and currently leads a global team of professionals that specialize in the commercial real estate needs of the alternative investment community. Jon has been a real estate professional since his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 2005 and has been directly involved with hundreds of complex real estate transactions. He focuses on office leasing in midtown but through his team can seamlessly incorporate all of Cushman’s services including real estate equity and debt, office leasing, property appraisal, and project management in key markets around the world. Prior to beginning his real estate career, Jonathan served as a United States Army officer, reaching the grade of captain. He deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and also supported operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait following September 11th. Jon graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in systems engineering and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. Jon is active in numerous charities and is a Vice President of the West Point Society of New York, a management committee member for the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, and an officer on the Board of the West Point Jewish Chapel Fund. Jonathan resides in Manhattan.


Michael Medvinsky is the CEO of Nedelma, which offers an intuitive, financial business intelligence (BI) platform that works across numerous devices (desktop, the iPad and others) and can be used without any IT involvement. Nedelma is the winner of the Hedgeweek USA Awards 2015, the Best Fund Accounting and Reporting Systems Firm. Prior to founding Nedelma, Michael has held senior technology positions at Goldman Sachs, UBS and GE Capital.

Business Development/Technology

Sachin has a passion for connection and collaboration. A problem solver who happens to be a former Air Force Vet, Ex -Corporate Employee, and currently a student of Entrepreneurship and Life. His personal and professional mission is to create something that is economically disruptive yet socially impactful. He is currently involved with and/or stakeholder in: * Principal, New Energy Connect – We create membership communities that bring together property managers, nursing homes, gas stations, and warehouses who want to pool their purchasing power to negotiate better prices on the procurement and installation of innovative new energy solutions in renewable energy and water efficiency solutions. * Co-Founder, Sustainability Investment Leadership Council ( – We Identify Sustainable Capital Opportunities for Mid-Size Accounting, Law and Investment Firms. * Co-Founder, Profile Panda – Coming Soon ( – We bring top writers and photographers together to create compelling professional stories for individuals and businesses.


With more than 25 years of experience at asset management, research, regulatory, distribution and financial service operations firms, Peter shares a wide view perspective with those he supports. Tenures included Citi, Alliance, Argus Research, ADP, and Computershare. Entrepreneurial, he has owned two firms in the alternative energy and sales distribution/marketing advisement sectors. He is actively engaged with the charity that provides holistic career planning for those in needy communities. Peter is a Certified Financial Planner (TM) and former series 7 and 24.

Monthly Forum Committee
Tara Swanson is the Sales Manager of the Americas Hedge Funds team at Bloomberg L.P. In this role, she is responsible for the development and execution of a regional sales strategy to attract new business, retain existing business, and grow customer engagement within Bloomberg’s Hedge Fund audiences. Tara is also responsible for the development and career progression of the team leaders, sales representatives, and account managers on her team.
Tara joined Bloomberg in 2000 as a member of the Marketing Department, and has held various positions in event planning, product training, sales and team management, including Team Leader for New York Buyside, New York Broker Dealers, and New York Hedge Funds. She has been leading the Americas Hedge Funds sales segment since 2015. Tara holds a BA in English from College of the Holy Cross.
CSR and Membership

Sarah Tomolonius is the Vice President – Marketing & Investor Relations at Arlon Group. Prior to joining Arlon, she was an Investor Relations Associate with Citi Private Equity/StepStone Group LLC from 2008-2010; a Research Analyst with Edelman from 2005-2007; and a Program Assistant for the Water and Coastal Program of the Natural Resources Defense Council from 2002-2005. Sarah serves as the co-chair of the Membership Committee and leads the CSR/Sustainability initiative at the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, as President of the Board of HeARTs Speak, on the Young Executive Board of iMentor and on the Executive Council of the Alumni Council at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. Sarah received her BA in English from Vassar College and her MPA from SIPA at Columbia University, where she received a fellowship for International Finance and Policy.

Secretary, Philanthropy

Ms. Reph oversees Business Development in the Client Data Solutions division of Bloomberg LP. In her 16 years at Bloomberg she has been responsible for cultivating talent and developing businesses that generated more than $400 million in annual revenue. Her experience spans a broad spectrum of clients in North and South America and include longstanding relationships with the Hedge Fund, Banking and Investment Management community. She derives great satisfaction in knowing that she has had a great impact on the talent she has cultivated and the business relationships that she continues to nourish. “If I can’t help, I won’t waste your time—but as a person who likes to connect people, if you have a need, I may be able to point you in the right direction.” Prior to joining Bloomberg LP, Susan was a Sales Manager at MetLife, owned an Aromatherapy firm, and spent several years working in the mortgage-backed new issue divisions of Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers. She holds a BS degree in Finance. Fun facts: Susan was a flight attendant for a brief time, lived in the Caribbean for a year and back packed around the world for 14 months.

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