Gary Townsend - Founding member and Chairman, GBT Capital Management, LLC, a macro long/short fund based in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Also, 2007-2013, a founding partner, CEO and Portfolio Manager of Hill-Townsend Capital LLC, a long/short equity financial sector fund. Mr. Townsend has 35 years banking, regulatory, and investment experience. He started his business career in 1978, as a consultant and advisor on anti-dumping trade issues primarily to foreign manufacturers based in Asia. In 1982, he began a 15 year career as a U.S. government banking regulator. In 1990, he was recruited to build out a new, independent federal regulatory agency, the Federal Housing Finance Board, regulator of the Federal Home Loan Bank System. As Chief Examiner and Director of Supervision and Examination, Mr. Townsend organized and implemented supervisory examinations of the 12 FHLBanks and Office of Finance with particular emphasis on their funding activities, use of derivatives, safety and soundness and regulatory compliance. In 1998, Townsend joined FBR Capital Markets as a sell-side analyst, applying his banking and regulatory experience to the investment analysis of commercial banks of all market capitalizations. In 2007, Forbes.com named him as "Best Brokerage Analyst" for commercial banks; also Starmine ranked him the #2 earnings estimator (out of 109 analysts) and in the top 10% of analysts for stock picking and earnings accuracy. Townsend left FBR in November 2007 to launch Hill-Townsend Capital LLC. He holds a CPA designation (1999) and a MBA from George Washington University (1979).
Phil Timyan is a private investor and hedge fund manager with over 25 years professional experience in community bank stock investment and shareholder activism.
Over the years, Timyan has filed 13-Ds in ALGC, HRTB, FSVB, GSLA, RFSV, COMB, and RYFL. In 2003, he helped recap COMB by buying a 9.9% stake and joining their Board until its sale in 2006 to SUPR. He is currently serving on the boards of RYFL and Royal Bank.
Since his graduation in the 1980s with a BA in General Business Administration and an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University, Timyan's career has included stints as a:
Registered Representative for Oppenheimer & Co in Chicago, IL
Securities Analyst for Feshbach Bros./Stockbridge Partners in Palo Alto, CA
Securities Analyst/Portfolio Manager for GW Ringoen & Co in San Francisco, CA
Founder of two hedge funds, Sands Point Partners LLC and Riggs Qualified Partners LLC
Glenn founded GDS Investments in 2012. From 2001 to 2012, he worked for Alsin Capital Management, Inc. as an equity research analyst (2001-2003), co-portfolio manager (2003-2008), and portfolio manager (2008-2012). Before joining ACM, Glenn worked for Enron Corp. as a derivatives structuring manager, and for Commerce Bancorp (now TD Bank) as a real estate credit analyst.
He currently serves as an advisory board member of Value Conferences – an online-only conference featuring some of the most prestigious value investors across the globe.
Glenn has a B.A. in management (accounting concentration) from Gettysburg College and an MBA (finance concentration) from Southern Methodist University. He graduated in the top 10% of his MBA class and participated in study abroad programs both as an undergraduate (Seville, Spain) and graduate student (Melbourne, Australia). Glenn’s interests include running, cycling, golfing and youth coaching.
Lots of school, lots of work. Doing the "internet thing". Making a few bucks. Wish I could spell as fast as I type. Wish I had more time to read. Key DNA markers: 1 - US Army brat 2 - Jesuit Private University in an Ultra-Liberal city (Berkeley is an amateur by comparison) 3 - Still working for the man, hating the man, but not sure I want to be the man 4 - "Safeway" Republican, or Reagan Republican - that is: I shop both from sides of the political aisle. Economic conservative, social moderate, small federal gov't, stronger local gov't. Willing to call b*llsh*t on either side. Currently suffering from: Compassion Fatigue -- Outrage Fatigue Symptoms: Inability to empathize with victims (especially self-espoused victims) Numbness to outrageous behavior (whether from the pulpit, a hotel in Washington, or on the campaign trail).
Hagen Geissler has worked at a value based hedge fund,
at quant equity desk and senior Solutions Consultant ,
for various technologys & trading infrastructur.
His experience and passion runs deeply across multiple technologys
used in the automated tradding world
Currently Chief Analytics Officer of Digital Risk, a mortgage industry loss mitigation service. Formerly head of Advanced Analytics at CoreLogic and prior to that head of Products and Analytics at Loan Performance, a boutique mortgage analytics company located in San Francisco.
Education: BA, Rutgers University, MA, University of Virginia and MBA, Stanford Univestiry.
Kevin Feldman, CFP® is an investment professional with 20 years experience in asset management. He was most recently Managing Director in the iShares® unit of BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager where he had responsibility for iShares marketing, analytics and education efforts.
Prior to BlackRock, Kevin held senior roles at Vanguard and Charles Schwab.
Kevin earned a BA degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MPA degree from Harvard University.