Michael A. Gayed, CFA, winner of the 2016 Dow Award and 2015 NAAIM Wagner Award, is chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager at Pension Partners, LLC., an investment advisor which manages mutual funds and separate accounts according to its ATAC strategies. Prior to this role, Gayed served as a portfolio manager for a large international investment group, trading long/short investment ideas in an effort to capture excess returns. From 2004 to 2008, Gayed was a strategist at AmeriCap Advisers LLC, a registered investment advisory firm that managed equity portfolios for large institutional clients. In 2007, he launched his own long/short hedge fund, using various trading strategies focused on taking advantage of stock market anomalies. Follow him on Twitter @pensionpartners and YouTube youtube.com/pensionpartners. He has re-released his father's 1990 book Intermarket Analysis and Investing, now available on Amazon.com.
Ben Maher, Chief Investment Officer
In September of 2008, Ben began directly managing his capital. Through December 2013, Ben has produced a cumulative return of 1353%, an average monthly return of 21% and an annualized return of 257% for Maher Capital Markets Investments.
Ben’s applied background includes 20 years of business, finance, management and entrepreneurial experience. He has managed money, directed divisions, lead organizations and founded companies.
His academic background includes an MBA from Columbia University and London Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. Ben's undergraduate studies laid the foundation for his post graduate work, that produced his behavioral and fundamental market theories.
His underwriting strategies include macro, fundamental, strategic, tactical and technical assessments, and he believes exposure to the top global financial centers have provided an added dimension when considering an opportunity.
In January of 2009, Ben started Litchfield Holdings (a family office), and added private equity investing to the firms focus. Business fundamentals and probability metrics are core to Litchfield's "PE" investing and underwriting strategy.
Ben’s value is derived from an ability to see the big investment picture, while also aggregating details pertinent to profitable outcomes. Through observation and investigation of relevant facts/drivers and appropriate distillation of useless market noise he has be able to create substantive value for the firm.
Specialties: Capital Markets, Fund and Investment Management, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship
Richard W. Goodwin, PhD, PE is an Environmental Consulting Engineer. Dr. Goodwin has more than 25 years of experience in the waste treatment, disposal, by-product utilization, conducting studies on conceptual engineering and system performance and operations, ash management, securing regulatory acceptance for construction and demolition recycling and disposal projects, investigating viability of Landfill Gas Energy Extraction from abandoned landfills, evaluation of landfill operations, and testimony for hazardous emissions for proposed landfills. He specializes in wastewater reuse and odor elimination. Expert on FGD BY-PRODUCT GYPSUM & FGD, SCR, ESP, CO2 capture technology pollution control coal-fired power plants. Dr. Goodwin has completed a conceptual study for Office of Secretary of Defense for Hazardous Waste Management in Iraq. He is working with electric utilities on permitting of new coal-fired power plants implementing Clean Coal Technology (consulted to USDOE in this area). Dr. Goodwin also consults to investment community including investment bankers, private equity and venture capital firms. Dr. Goodwin has recently been appointed Task Force Chairman Energy Conservation [Palm Beach County FL]. His current work includes anaerobic digestion and energy recovery of biomass; conversion coal-fired plants to bio-mass and Waste-to-Energy Resource Recovery facilities. Consulted to Electric Utilities regarding retrofit and beneficial use of coal ash as consequence of recent regulatory mandates. Contributor to American Coal Association and Electric Utility Solid Waste Advisory Group regarding EPA’s proposed regulation of Coal Combustion Products. Consulted to Electric Utilities regarding SDI vs. FGD retrofits and Natural Gas Conversions. Consulting to investment firms Shale Gas – Energy Economics. Working with EPA SAB Hydraulic Fracturing.
Dr. Goodwin has held executive management positions with Research Cottrell, Chemico Air Pollution Control Corp., and General Electric Environmental Services Inc. He holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon [Tech]/LIU, NYU, and Technion/WOU and Professional Engineer licenses in NY, NJ and VT. He has lectured at Columbia Univ., N.Y. Polytechnic Institute, and Rutgers University and is active in several professional societies. Dr. Goodwin has presented/published over 70 papers and three books dealing with environmental energy issues (e.g. High Volume Residues from Combustion Systems).