The partners of Thalēs include stalworth fixtures within the 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.
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.
Besides Nucleus, he sits on the Board of First AI, a machine learning platform for credit investments, and is on the Advisory Board of Adaptive Management, an alternative data marketplace as well as an analytics tool to help make better investment decisions. He also is a member of the Advisory Board of Thalēs, a technology-based brokerage firm, a member of the Advisory Board of Turner Investments, a member of the Economic Club of NY, and a member of C2C which is a peer CEO organization.
Previously, Mr. Punater founded Gravitas, a leading technology services platform servicing the Asset Management industry. As Founder and CEO, he organically grew the business to a global firm with 300+ employees, with clients managing more than $1.2 Trillion in AUM. Gravitas was sold to a European listed company in 2017.
Prior to Gravitas he worked at Digital Network Associates in New York City, a technology solutions provider that was rated one of the fastest growing Inc. 500 privately held companies and sold to a public firm. Prior to that he worked at 68000 Inc. a highend defense contractor that provided super-charged Apple workstations to the military and other manufacturing firms.
Mr. Punater is a graduate of Arizona State University with a BSEE and a minor in Economics. He has attended Executive Education courses at Harvard University, Stanford School of Business, Wharton, Columbia University, Northwestern University and has taught an entrepreneurship MBA class at Fordham University as an industry CEO.
He enjoys traveling, exploring different cuisines, and practicing mindfulness and visualization. He also likes to swim, run and play golf in addition to chess. Mr. Punater lives in New York City with his wife who is a mindfulness entrepreneur and coach and two sons who are 11 and 8 years old.
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.
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 Senior Hedge Fund Analyst and Portfolio Manager for the Global Horizons product. Prior to joining MLIM in 1995, Mr. Rzeszowski was responsible for the consolidation of managed futures risks at OMR Systems Corporation.
Mr. Rzeszowski earned a B.A. degree in economics and finance from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993.
Mr. Sternberg received a B.A. cum laude from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Uncertainty and the Use of Forward Contracts”, dealt with theoretical issues concerning hedging and market behavior. In addition to his involvement in global financial markets, Mr. Sternberg has advised governmental and corporate clients as an economic consultant and has authored numerous research and academic papers. He also has served on the faculty of Ben Gurion University and as a visiting scholar at Princeton University.