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  HedgeWorld West 2014


For more information on speaking opportunities at HedgeWorld West 2014 contact:
Mark Cecil | Tel: +1-617-856-1871 | Email: mark.cecil@thomsonreuters.com

The Speakers

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Eric Barlow   |  Matthew Bauder   |  Sean Bill   |  Seth Blackman   |  Heinz Blennemann   |  Eric Burl

Eric Barlow, Managing Partner, CEO, Andina Family Offices

Eric S. Barlow is a founder of the Adviser and a Managing Member and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Barlow is, and has been since 2007, a member of Sunrise Capital Management, LLC, a small investment bank focused on funding early-stage companies. He was also a partner in a short-term lending business, BLoC Capital Management, LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah, from December 2006 to December 2007. In April 1999, Mr. Barlow joined Alta Capital Management LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah, a $100 million separate account management firm, as a Partner and Director of Marketing and Client Relations. Until his departure, and through some difficult markets, Mr. Barlow directed the growth of the firm to over $620 million in assets under management. Alta Capital was focused on managing money for institutions, high net worth individuals, pension funds, profit sharing plans, and insurance companies. His role required him to meet with institutional consultants, investment committee board members, and trustees of large institutional portfolios. Mr. Barlow was instrumental in developing numerous strategic relationships with other investment professionals. Additionally, as a voting member of Alta Capitalís Investment Committee, he was involved in the management of the firmís portfolios.

Mr. Barlow has been involved in the investment management business since February of 1992, when he joined the largest fee-based financial consulting firm in the Intermountain West at the time, Sterling Financial Group (formerly Brock and Associates), located in Salt Lake City, Utah. He quickly became one of the firmís top associates. He has helped clients ranging from highly compensated professionals, to successful business owners, to institutions in a number of important areas including investment management, investment policy development, tax planning, accounting, business planning, estate planning, risk management, and budgeting. In June 1998, Mr. Barlow became a partner in Sterling Financial Group, where he helped hire, train, and manage associates while managing a very successful practice of his own. While at Sterling, Mr. Barlow co-founded Meridian Capital Management, Salt Lake City, Utah, an investment advisory firm that focused on selecting top managers and blending them to optimize risk adjusted returns. This was accomplished by using a number of analytical tools and applying the principles of Modern Portfolio Theory.

Eric Barlow graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance (1992) and holds the NASD Series 65 (Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination). He has served as an adjunct professor teaching upper-level classes in finance, investment management, and entrepreneurship. Mr. Barlow recently served on the board of the Crimson Club at the University of Utah and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah.

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Matthew Bauder, Senior Vice President, Investments, The Atlanta Consulting Group

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Sean Bill, Investment Program Manager, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Sean Bill is the Investment Program Manager at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). He is responsible for the oversight and management of the agencyís cash management programs and public fund investment activities, which includes serving as the Chief Investment Officer of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 265 Pension Plan. Mr. Bill also serves as a Trustee for the City of San Joseís Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan. He was appointed to a four year term by the City Council and Mayor Chuck Reed in an effort to improve Board governance and the planís investment returns; he is a member of both the Investment Committee and the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Prior to entering public service Sean spent 15 years as a trader, research analyst and portfolio manager at both traditional long-only and alternative asset managers.

Mr. Bill is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Seth Blackman, Partner In Charge - Hedge Funds, Bay Area, KPMG

Seth Blackman is the partner in charge of KPMGís Bay Area hedge fund practice and specializes in audit, tax and advisory services for alternative investment funds in the financial services industry. Mr. Blackman oversees audit and tax compliance services for hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds. He advises these entities on initial organizational structure, audit processes and the management of operational and tax matters. Previously, Mr. Blackman worked as the CFO/COO for a family office that managed several affiliated limited partnerships employing a long/short equity trading strategy and a hedge fund that primarily traded soft commodities, both located in New York. His responsibilities included overseeing the accounting, finance, operations and HR functions as well as managing relationships with legal, prime brokerage, accounting, audit and tax. Mr. Blackman is actively involved with his alma mater, Binghamton University, having previously served as the Northern California Alumni Co-chair. He is also a member of the Organizing Committee of the Bay Area Hedge Fund Roundtable, a group which facilitates communication, education and networking among the Bay Area alternative investment community.

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Heinz Blennemann, Principal, Blennemann Family Investments

As Principal at his family office, Blennemann Family Investments, Mr. Blennemann is a global investor with a passion for networking with others. He is an active member of the Advisory Faculty at the Institute for Private Investors (a network of ~300 family offices), the Band of Angels (an angel investor group), and the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA, a private equity network).

Previously, Mr. Blennemann has served on the Advisory Board of Institutional Investorís San Francisco AlphaHedge Conference (2011-2013), and has been been invited to speak at such events as the HFI AsiaHedge Conference (2010), the Terrapinn Brasil Investment Summit (2011), the HFI EuroHedge Conference (2012, the Asia AgInvesting Conference (2013), and was summit chair at the SuperReturn Credit Strategies Day (Boston, 2014).

Prior to investing in technology, Mr. Blennemann worked in technology itself. He successfully built Juniper Network's first signal-integrity/technology team. Concurrently, he taught electrical engineering at Stanford University as consulting professor.

Mr. Blennemann received a Bachelorís Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Highest Honors) from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an M.B.A from the Wharton School of Business. In 2012, he was awarded IPI's annual mentoring award for networking among fellow family offices.

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Eric Burl, Co-Head of North America; COO, Man Investments USA

Eric Burl is Co-Head of North America and Chief Operating Officer of Man Investments USA, based in New York. Previously he was Head of Managed Accounts for Manís multi-manager business, where he led the teams responsible for business development, product management and structuring of Manís proprietary managed account platform. Prior to his role as Head of Managed Accounts, Mr. Burl was Head of Structured Products and managed the team responsible for the investment management of Manís multi-billion dollar structured product business. Mr. Burl joined Man Investments in 2004 and has held a number of roles in Manís multi-manager business including portfolio construction, quantitative analysis and product strategy and business development. Prior to joining Man, Eric spent two years with UBS in London, working in the Exchange Traded Derivatives division focusing on trading and treasury functions.

Mr. Burl holds a BA (Hons) in management studies from the University of Nottingham and is CAIA certified.

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