Event Detail

Career Management: Industry Roundtables for Investment Professionals (Members Only) (Ended)

Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
5:00 pm
The Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL  60605   (Driving Directions)

Join us for our 5th Annual Industry Roundtables for Investment Professionals event where you will learn industry insights from leading professionals in different areas of finance!

Program Description:
Engage in face-to-face interaction with top investment professionals in a small group setting. Learn how 12 different sectors operate in a casual yet structured setting during three 30 minute rounds at pre-selected tables. This members-only program will begin with an overview on the interconnectedness of the industries within financial services, thus, providing insights on identifying your ideal job.

Featured table topics and hosts include: (Alphabetical by Sector)

Nick Ronalds, CFA, Executive Director, FIA Asia - Futures Industry Association & President - RhoFinancial Consulting

Derivative Products
Russell Rhoads, CFA, Instructor - Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange

Emerging Markets
Fritz Kaegi, Lead Portfolio Manager - Columbia Wanger Asset Management

Equity Investment Analysis
Heather Brilliant, CFA, Vice President of Equity Analysis and Credit Research - Morningstar, Inc.

Equity Investment Management - (Quantitative, Enhanced Index)
Janna L. Sampson, CFA, Founding Member & Co-Chief Investment Officer - OakBrook Investments, LLC

Exchange Traded Funds
Jeffrey W. Kernagis, CFA, Vice President & Portfolio Manager - Invesco PowerShares

Fixed Income Investing
Christopher T. Vincent, CFA, Principal & Head, Fixed Income Investment Management - William Blair & Co.

Hedge Funds
Chris McGuire, CIO & CEO - Phalanx Capital Management, LLC

Investment Consulting
Kelli Schrade, Managing Partner and Director of Manager Research - Marquette Associates, Inc.

Product Specialist/Consultant Relations (Marketing)
Richard S. Drake, CFA, Vice President - CastleArk Management, LLC

Private Equity
Craig Waslin, CFA, Partner - Adams Street Partners

Wealth Management
Maura Murrihy, CFA, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust Global Advisors Investment Program Solutions Group - Northern Trust

Date, Time, and Location:
Wed., Feb. 22, 2012
4:30 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.
The Chicago Club

Members - FREE
Student-Members - FREE

Business Casual

Appetizers and Refreshments

For Reservations:
Register online below, or by phone: 312-251-1301. Registration Ends: Feb. 20 at 10am CT

Note: Please note that you must select your roundtable topics for each of the three sessions upon registration for this event. Space is limited at each table and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event that changes to the agenda occur, you will also be asked to supply alternate choices. See agenda below for further details.

4:30-5:00 pm: Registration
5:00-5:10 pm: Introductions and Overview
5:10-5:40 pm: First Roundtable Session (see table topics/hosts below)
5:40-5:45 pm: Break
5:45-6:15 pm: Second Roundtable Session (see table topics/hosts below)
6:15-6:20 pm: Break
6:20-6:50 pm: Third Roundtable Session (see table topics/hosts below)
6:50-7:20 pm: General Social Networking (optional)

Note: Each roundtable session (3 sessions in total) will last 30 minutes, followed by a 5 minute break in between sessions. Each participant will have an opportunity to pose their question(s) to the table's host. Topics could include: skills necessary to succeed, daily responsibilities, obstacles encountered in career, changes in the industry, etc.

Table Hosts:

Nick Ronalds, CFA, is Executive Director, FIA Asia, responsible for managing the Asian affiliate of the Futures Industry Association. In addition, Ronalds is Founder and President of RhoFinancial LLC, a firm which specializes in financial markets consulting and strategic advisory services in exchange-traded derivatives markets. The firm's core strengths derive from a deep knowledge of exchange-traded derivative products and exchanges, including product development, clearing and settlement, risk management, and the risk characteristics of financial and commodity assets. Recently, he assisted Asian securities firms establish a futures brokerage in Chicago, after reviewing acquisition opportunities in the U.S. market. Ronalds' career in the futures industry has included senior positions at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the futures brokerage units of several global futures brokerage firms. From 1987 to 1994, he was Managing Director of the joint Asian Representative office of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), based in Tokyo, Japan. He has published many articles on futures and financial topics in publications as diverse as Futures Industry, Caijing magazine, Nihon Shoken Shimbun (Japan Securities Daily), and The Wall Street Journal. He is a CFA charterholder and past Chairman of CFA Society of Chicago.

Russell Rhoads, CFA, is an instructor with the Options Institute at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He joined the Institute in 2008 after a career as an investment analyst and trader with a variety of firms including Highland Capital Management, Caldwell & Orkin Investment Counsel, TradeLink Securities and Millenium Management. He is a financial author and editor having contributed to multiple magazines and edited several books for Wiley publishing. In 2008, he wrote Candlestick Charting For Dummies. Since joining the Options Institute, Rhoads authored Option Spread Trading: A Comprehensive Guide to Strategies and Tactics, which was released in January 2011, and recently finished work on Trading VIX Derivatives: Trading and Hedging Strategies Using VIX Futures, Options, and Exchange Traded Notes, which was published in August 2011. In addition to his duties for the CBOE, Rhoads teaches a graduate level options course at the University of Illinois - Chicago and acts as an instructor for the Options Industry Council. He is a double graduate of the University of Memphis with a BBA ('92) and an MS ('94) in Finance and also received a Masters Certificate in Financial Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2003.

Fritz Kaegi is a lead portfolio manager for the Columbia Acorn Emerging Markets Fund, which focuses on smaller companies in emerging markets. He has been with Columbia Wanger Asset Management since 2004, where he supervises the Columbia Acorn Funds' investments in foreign basic materials companies, as well as all of its investments in Former Soviet Union countries and Africa. He gained his first exposure to emerging markets as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, where in 1993-94 he studied the emergence of private commercial banks in Russia, the Baltics, and Central Asia. Subsequently, Kaegi worked for Bank of New York-IMB as a trainee and UBS Brunswick Warburg (Russia) in equity research. He received his M.B.A. from Stanford Business School and BA from Haverford College in Political Science and Economics.

Heather Brilliant, CFA is Vice President of Gobal Equity and Credit Research for Morningstar. In this role, she leads the global equity and credit research teams consisting of more than 110 analysts and directors. Brilliant has more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been in her current role since mid-2007. Brilliant held several positions as an equity analyst during the past decade at Morningstar, Driehaus Capital Management and a small hedge fund. She has covered a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, business services, and retail. She started her finance career at Bank of America as a corporate finance analyst covering the auto industry. Brilliant holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a CFA charterholder and is currently the Chairman of the Board of CFA Society of Chicago.

Janna Sampson, CFA, is a founding Member and Co-Chief Investment Officer at OakBrook Investments, LLC. - a registered investment adviser specializing in quantitative investment strategies for US equities thatmanages approximately $2.5 billion in Enhanced Index and Market Neutral strategies for institutional clients. Sampson is responsible for portfolio management, client service and trading functions at OakBrook and is the firm's Managing Member. Prior to forming OakBrook in February 1998, Sampson was the Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at ANB Investment Management & Trust Co. ("ANB") in Chicago. While at ANB, she managed ANB's BalancePlus product line, ANB's LargeCap Growth Fund, the Prairie International Equity Mutual Fund and several other active equity funds. Sampson began her career at ANB in 1983 as an Investment Analyst. Prior to joining ANB, Sampson was a Research Analyst at Waldner & Co., an investment research boutique, and taught economics at the College of DuPage. Sampson received her bachelor's degree, cum laude with honors, in economics and political science from the University of Denver and her master's degree, cum laude, in economics from Georgia State University andis a CFA Charterholder. Sampson has been featured in Forbes, Money, Investment News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and many other publications. She has been seen on ABC World News, Good Morning America, CNBC, Fox News, CBS MarketWatch, and Bloomberg News.

Jeff Kernagis, CFA, currently manages ETFs for Invesco PowerShares, including the Buy-Write and taxable fixed income portfolios. Kernagis previously managed all of the Canadian division's ETFs and supervised fixed income Unit Investment Trust portfolios at Claymore Securities. With capital market experience dating back to 1989, Kernagis has analyzed and traded a variety of security classes (including derivatives) while working at ABN AMRO, Bear Stearns, and Prudential. Kernagis is a CFA charterholder, serves on the Executive Committee for CFA Chicago,and is a General Securities Representative (Series 7 licensed). He holds an M.B.A. from DePaul University and a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Christopher T. Vincent, CFA, is the manager of the William Blair Income Fund and co-manager of the William Blair Bond Fund. He joined William Blair, a private investment bank and asset management company, in June 2002 where he leads the fixed-income team, which oversees approximately $2.4 billion dollars, in sectors including money markets instruments, municipal bonds, structured securities, investment-grade credit, and high-yield bonds. The firm's fixed-income platform delivers products in the retail, institutional and private wealth channels. From 1988 through 2002, Vincent managed core and core-plus fixed-income portfolios for institutional clients at Kemper Financial Services (and its successor firms) in Chicago. He began his investment career in 1983 as a pension plan sponsor at Ralston Purina, a Fortune 100 company headquartered in St. Louis. Vincent earned his undergraduate degree in business from the University of Missouri in 1978. He completed his M.B.A. at Saint Louis University in 1984 and was awarded the CFA charter in 1990. He appeared as a guest on CNBC's "Kudlow & Cramer" and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune. He most recently appeared on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" to comment on the downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt. Vincent is a member of the CFA Institute. His work for CFA Society of Chicago includes being a former board member, serving on the nominating committee, performing university outreach, and teaching the fixed-income portion of the fundamentals of investing class. He currently services as co-chair of Chicago's host committee for the CFAI 2012 annual conference.

Chris McGuire, is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Phalanx Capital Management. He founded Phalanx in 2005 after an extensive sales and trading career in the Japanese markets. In his previous experience, McGuire managed the Japanese multi-strategy portfolio for Daiwa Securities and the Japanese and Asian relative value trading book for Spear, Leeds, and Kellogg. Before moving to the trading side of the business, McGuire managed hedge fund sales for Merrill Lynch's London convertible bond division and SBC Warburg's Tokyo convertible bond desk. He began his career trading commodity options for his own account on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. McGuire graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Marquette University in 1991.

Kelli Schrade, serves as the director of Marquette Associates' manager research, with primary oversight of the domestic equity managers. In addition, she is an owner of the firm and oversees the other asset classes as Chair of both the Traditional and Alternative Search Committees. Before joining Marquette, Schrade was an investment advisor with Christian Brothers Investment Services. She also served as a managing editor and fund analyst at Morningstar, Inc. for seven years, specializing in domestic-equity funds. Schrade has been quoted as an expert on the mutual fund industry throughout the national media, including Barron's and The Wall Street Journal. Schrade holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College. Schrade is also a member of the CFA Institute, CFA Society of Chicago, NASP (National Association of Securities Professionals), and serves as a board member for Women Investment Professionals - Chicago.

Richard S. Drake, CFA, joined CastleArk Management in June 2008 as a portfolio manager on the Large Cap Growth team. In his role as portfolio manager, Drake heads up the client service efforts for both the large cap and small company strategies. Prior to CastleArk, Drake spent 8 years as Senior Managing Director, Director of Equity Research and Portfolio Manager at ABN AMRO Asset Management where he co-managed the ABN AMRO Growth Fund. He began his investment career in 1983 as an equity analyst in the Office of the Manager of Investments at Commonwealth Edison. He then spent 9 years as an analyst following the Health Care and Technology sectors at Chicago Title and Trust. Following a year in Cleveland at Society Asset Management covering the Health Care sector and the Tobacco industry, Drake returned to Chicago to join Duff and Phelps Investment Management. At Duff and Phelps, Drake was a member of the four person portfolio management team that managed about $4 billion. In addition to managing the portfolio, he was also responsible for the analysis and recommendations of companies within the Health Care and Technology sectors. After four years, Drake was recruited back to Chicago Trust (later acquired by ABN AMRO) to assume the roles of co-manager of the Large Cap Growth product and Director of Equity Research. Drake received his BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cincinnati in 1981 and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1983. He is a CFA charterholder.

Craig Waslin, CFA, is a member of the Direct Investment Team with a specific focus on leveraged buyout co-investments. In this role, he is involved in the sourcing, screening, execution, monitoring and exiting of leveraged buyout co-investments. Waslin serves on the Board of Adams Harris. Before joining Adams Street Partners in 2007, he was a Partner at PPM America Capital Partners, LLC. His prior experience includes being the Director of Private Equity at Frye-Louis Capital Advisors, LLC and working as an Associate at Heller Financial. Waslin began his financial services career at Arthur Andersen LLP, where he worked as a Senior Auditor. He is a member of the Adams Street Partners Direct Investment Committee, CFA Institute and CFA Society of Chicago.

Maura Murrihy, CFA, is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. She is a Senior Program Manager in Northern Trust Global Advisor's Investment Program Solutions group focused on Wealth Management Group clients (ultra high net worth families and foundations). In this position, Murrihy helps clients in the design of professional multi-manager investment programs. This includes the development of investment policies, asset allocation recommendations, investment manager search, selection and oversight, portfolio construction, and ongoing monitoring and continuous improvement of investment programs. Before rejoining Northern Trust, Murrihy was a Principal and Head of Global Equity Manager Research for Aon Hewitt and worked directly with clients including public funds, endowments and foundations and corporations. She managed a team of 17 analysts located in five offices around the world. Before its acquisition, Murrihy led the Manager Research function for Equities and Fixed Income for EnnisKnupp + Associates. Prior to that, she was a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Private Bank of Harris Bank, managing relationships with high-net-worth families and individuals including public institutions. She also has experience as an Executive Vice President and Director of Equity Research at Kemper Financial Services managing a group of 21 securities analysts. Murrihy spent 11 years of her career at Northern Trust Company, where she served as a member of the Investment Policy Committee and as Director of Equity Research managing a team of 28 professionals. She also has experience at Northern as an institutional portfolio manager, a convertible bond trader, a strategic planner, and securities analyst covering over half of the stock market. Murrihy has a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Business/Economics and French from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, Accounting and International Business with Distinction from Northwestern University. She earned her CFA designation in 1984.

*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
Student rate only available to students approved as a Student-Member of CFA Chicago for 2011-2012. Credit card is required to guarantee ALL reservations. No day-of-event pre-registrations accepted (on-site only, if applicable and space available). There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins, and you are not guaranteed space at your preferred tables. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, Feb. 17. If you fail to cancel before the deadline and/or fail to attend the event you will be charged a $10 fee.

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