I am a State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, as well as having two designations in business valuation. Recognize that in writing for Seeking Alpha, I am not acting as a business appraiser, since a business appraiser must be impartial by definition. I am active in the stock market, and have either been member or chariman of several not for profit endowment funds.
I am an event-based investor focusing on opportunities with hard or predictable catalysts - particularly companies undergoing demergers or mergers, or otherwise able to manufacture high-probability growth due to some quirk of corporate structure, capital structure, accretive share issuance, growth via acquisition pipeline, competitive advantage/reinvestment, or other high-probability mechanism.
I am always on the look-out - especially in context of the opportunities mentioned above - for supply and demand imbalances: forced or uneconomic sellers, predicable (exploitable) behavioral trends, or unusual securities that can't be held by many industry players. Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.
I currently manage an investment portfolio for a corporation based in Oklahoma City. I am also a founding partner of Paratus Capital LLC. Paratus is an investment partnership that consists of myself and two other financial professionals. I have undergraduate degrees in finance/economics and I also have a MBA. I am currently a level 3 CFA candidate. My investment philosophy/style is value driven. I follow the investment holdings of Joel Greenblatt, Bruce Berkowitz, Michael Price and other money managers with similar investing styles. More specifically, I like that they look where others are not looking. The market will be less efficient the less known or in style something is. I like to use boring, under followed or undiscovered companies as a starting point for some of my research because their returns aren't always so boring. That isn't to say that I don't like companies that are taking advantage of growth opportunities, I just make it my number 1 priority not to overpay for that growth/expectation. I favor companies that have generated a historically high ROIC. I focus exclusively on the cash component of earnings. I spend significant amounts of time researching potential special situations as well. I believe that with investments, and most things in life, success happens when preparation and patience meet opportunity. I tend to do more research than I feel as though I actually need to make an investment decision, but I like doing things that way. I do significant amounts of international travel for business and personal reasons. I have international work experience in which I worked for a non-profit in New Zealand that promoted entrepreneurship through hosting/planning different types programs/events.
Obsessive learner and reader of books and blogs about pretty much anything interest.
Favorite thinkers are Charlie Munger, Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, Steven Pinker, and John Gribbin. Actively seeking more.
Investment-wise I focus primarily on event-based special situations: spinoffs, odd occurrences or securities in M&A, large buyback transactions, behaviorally-based opportunities, deep value securities, forced/uninformed/sloppy sellers, stupidly-designed instruments, and - when available - great companies at reasonable prices. Trying to obtain a competency in bankruptcy/distressed investing, but not there yet.