The biographies of this eclectic group say more than any prose one can form.
These are people that have achieved the level of success that remains elusive for most.
He received a B.A. degree in economics at Queens College of the City University of New York and was awarded an M.B.A. in finance by St. John’s University.
Previously, Gary was a Senior Managing Director and group general counsel for Newedge, where he oversaw the worldwide Legal, Compliance, Financial Crimes Prevention (including AML) and Regulatory Developments departments. He also worked for the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division of Enforcement in New York. For several years, Gary taught a course in derivatives regulation as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. He currently serves as a practitioner, faculty and mentor for the State University of New York Buffalo Law School’s New York City Program on Finance & Law.
Gary is frequently quoted in the media for his thoughts on the international financial services industry and has published numerous articles on futures and securities industry issues. He regularly lectures or appears as a speaker at futures and securities industry conferences or in training sessions for international regulators. Gary is the sole author and publisher of Bridging the Week, a blog addressing issues in the financial services industry.
Michael and Jaffray first worked together from January until July 1994, when Michael was an assistant trader at Blue Ridge Trading. Michael then worked as an actuary and benefits consultant for Towers Perrin from September 1994 until August 1996, Coopers & Lybrand from August 1996 until October 1997, and William M. Mercer from October 1997 until October 1998, when he joined Capital One Financial as an analyst. In February 2000, he re-joined Jaffray, assisting in the development of an equities investment program and later a futures program that led the two to co-found QIM. Michael graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics.
Prior to joining CCI, he was founding partner and Head of Trading, at Saracen Energy Advisors where he was one of four partners responsible for establishing the fund and growing assets under management from $30 million at launch to $1.4 billion at the time of his departure in September 2007. From 1999 - 2003, Mr. Reed was a Senior Vice President and Head of Trading at American Electric Power Energy Services, which grew to be one of the largest energy trading and marketing companies in the United States during his tenure. Before joining AEP, he was a Director of Power Trading at Enron Corporation.
Mr. Reed earned an MBA (concentration in finance and accounting) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S., summa cum laude, in mathematics and economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to this role, he served as Managing Director at Cerberus Capital Management, where he oversaw marketing and product development within the Residential Opportunities platform.
Before his time at Cerberus, Mr. Rzeszowski held the position of Managing Member at High Tide Advisors LLC (“High Tide”), an independent consulting firm specializing in helping alternative asset management businesses commercialize their organizations and investment products. With a proven track record in the alternative asset management industry, Mr. Rzeszowski excelled in identifying market dislocations and building successful investment vehicles around these opportunities.
Having dedicated over two decades to BlackRock, Mr. Rzeszowski played a vital role as Managing Director and Management Committee member of BlackRock Alternative Advisors (“BAA”), the firm's Hedge Fund Solutions business. He was also a valued member of the Absolute Return Strategies Manager Research group, responsible for constructing portfolios for large institutional clients globally, as well as sourcing, evaluating, and monitoring hedge fund strategies.
Mr. Rzeszowski's impressive tenure with the firm began in 1995, including his time with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (“MLIM”), which later merged with BlackRock in 2006. During his tenure at MLIM, Mr. Rzeszowski served as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Hedge Fund Analyst within the Hedge Fund Product Development Group. Prior to joining MLIM in 1995, he played a crucial role in consolidating managed futures risks at OMR Systems Corporation, a spin-off from Commodities Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by SS&C Technologies Inc.
The partners of Thalēs include stalworth fixtures within the capital raising and brokerage community and emerging patriarchs.
There exists a steely-eyed composure and humility synonymous with those that have fought through hardships, survived circumstances beyond their control, and performed at the highest level.
Our team leaders consistently exceed expectations across their individual specialties.
This is directly related to the fact that all remain accountable and controlled when tested. Their commitment to doing right and their vigilant demeanor are unshakable. These are the people you want beside you when facing adversity.