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.
Before establishing High Tide, Mr. Rzeszowski spent over two decades at BlackRock. Most recently Mr. Rzeszowski was a Managing Director and Management Committee member of BlackRock Alternative Advisors (“BAA”), the firm's Hedge Fund Solutions business. Mr. Rzeszowski was a member of the Absolute Return Strategies Manager Research group, his responsibilities included constructing portfolios for large institutional clients globally as well as sourcing, evaluating and monitoring hedge fund strategies.
Mr. Rzeszowski's service with the firm dates back to 1995, including his time with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (“MLIM”), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, Mr. Rzeszowski was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Hedge Fund Analyst within the Hedge Fund Product Development Group. Before joining MLIM in 1995, Mr. Rzeszowski was responsible for the consolidation of managed futures risks at OMR Systems Corporation, a spin-off from Commodities Corporation, which was later 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.
Mike has had executive management responsibilities across both traditional and alternative asset classes and has also had operating responsibilities for traditional, alternatives and wealth platforms globally. His focus is helping asset management firms re-invigorate sales and investor relations efforts, development of innovative investment products and strategic planning. Previously, he founded and continues to operate MPM Advisors LLC, a consulting firm that assists asset managers on strategic initiatives focused on the individual investor client segment. Prior to that, Mike was a partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, where he led the individual investor client segment. He has also held executive roles at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management including Global Head of Alternative Investments, Chief Operating Officer of Private Wealth Americas and Global Head of Product Development. Mike earned an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a BA from Saint Peter’s University.