John has been focused on emerging and high growth companies for over 20 years. He currently designs and executes marketing strategies for a variety of tech companies. John was the GM of a consulting firm that utilizes a network of affiliates and relationships in media, internet, advertising, legal and financial services to develop business alliances and revenue. His duties included intervening COO, CRO and CEO Advisor with U.S. and China based start up and mid-sized companies in the internet, video games, 3D film/TV production and advertising businesses. His business development relationships include Sony, Electronic Arts, The Walt Disney Company, MTV Networks, PepsiCo, NBCU, among others. John’s digital media experience started when he was recruited, pre IPO, to join RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK) as an “internet video pioneer”. He was the VP who opened and managed the Comedy Central (HBO/Viacom) office in Los Angeles. He was also an executive with Turner Broadcasting in those “early days of cable TV”.
Reggie Middleton is the personification of the freethinking maverick — the ultimate nonconformist as it applies to macro strategies, investment, and analysis. He uses his background and knowledge in new media, distributed computing, risk management, insurance, financial engineering, real estate, corporate valuation, and financial analysis to pursue, analyze, and capitalize on global macroeconomic opportunities.
Finding most available research lacking, both in quality and quantity, Mr. Middleton assembled his own talented research staff. As forensic research is a lynchpin for his own investing, "to actually put food on the table," he stands behind it as doing what it is supposed to do - illustrate, elucidate and educate. He does not sell advice or research. He is an entrepreneur who exists outside of mainstream corporate America and Wall Street. This allows him the freedom to do things that many cannot—perform without conflicts of interest and corporate politics.
Mr. Middleton prides himself on developing some of the highest quality, actionable research available - regardless of price. He welcomes any and all to peruse his blog of freely available analysis, opinion and participatory social media; use his custom tools, download files, interact with the community and make critical comparisons from a results orientated perspective.
Reggie believes ideas and implementations are improved and fine-tuned when bounced off of the collective intellect of the many, in lieu of that of the few - in essence, a form of collaborative open source financial analysis.
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Jeremy Frommer, CEO of Hedge Fund LIVE
Jeremy Frommer has 20 years of industry experience and is currently responsible for general management and leadership of the General Partner. Previously, Mr. Frommer was a Managing Director and Head of the Global Prime Services Group (“GPS”) at RBC Capital Markets (“RBC”) and was a member of the RBC Global Equities Operating Committee. GPS was a provider of innovative financial services and customized trading technologies for institutional trading desks, hedge funds and individuals. GPS encompassed five business divisions, as well as the Electronic Trading Development Group. Mr. Frommer oversaw in excess of 120 professionals, including a 20-person programming group, ...More and managed the Professional Trading Division, which housed nearly 300 independent traders. Mr. Frommer moved to RBC through its acquisition of Carlin Financial Group (“Carlin”), where he held the position of CEO. Over three years, he is credited with having doubled Carlin's Institutional Sales desk in size and volume while turning Accel, the company's full service direct market access trading system, into a fixture on the trading desks of leading hedge funds across the country. This rapid growth, generated by Mr. Frommer and his team, attracted the attention of RBC Capital Markets Corporation which acquired Carlin on January 2, 2007. While at Carlin, Mr. Frommer oversaw nearly 120 professionals and was the Head of Generic Trading, a broker-dealer affiliate of Carlin servicing nearly 500 independent professional traders. Prior to Carlin, Mr. Frommer was the founder and CEO of NextGen Trading, where he and his development team created proprietary arbitrage trading software, oversaw a group of 30 proprietary traders and a ten-person event-driven sell side trading desk specializing in algorithmic execution. NextGen Trading began its integration with Carlin in 2002, first as an affiliate, and then completed a merger with Carlin in late 2004. Mr. Frommer was named interim CFO of Carlin during the integration period.
Prior to spending eight years as an entrepreneur and senior corporate manager as detailed above, Mr. Frommer spent time as a Managing Director at Bank of America Securities and a Director at the Royal Bank of Canada. In both positions, he was the Head Portfolio Manager of the Event-Driven Proprietary Trading Group, managing portfolios as large as $1 billion. Mr. Frommer has also held a number of senior positions at other financial institutions, including at Guard Hill Capital as Head Trader, at Bankers Trust as Head Trader of the Principal Investing Group, and at Kidder Peabody & Co., where he underwent his credit training. It was at this early juncture in his career when he started to build professional relationships with both Alan Portnoi and Dean Machado that would lead to the construction of the majority of the General Partner’s senior management team. Mr. Frommer holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy from State University of New York at Albany where he graduated magna cum laude and has studied philosophy at the London School of Economics.
In his later life, Mr. Frommer has taken up the practice of yoga, and he imparts his newfound hobby upon his HFL colleagues. He fashions himself a moral realist. Apart from his Wall Street endeavors, Mr. Frommer is an owner of Overnight Productions, a film and television production company in which he is partnered with acclaimed producer Rick Schwartz, as well as 1OAK, a Manhattan hotspot managed by Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva.
Diane Mermigas is an award-winning business writer and analyst, consultant, speaker and adjunct professor specializing in digital media content, advertising, marketing, commerce and consumer behavior-related issues and trends. She excels in developing digital strategies for media content and marketing companies seeking new business models, revenue streams and consumer connections.
Her distinctive thought leadership and actionable business intelligence uniquely span traditional and interactive media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue and Wall Street. Ms. Mermigas leverages her extensive knowledge, skills and high-level industry contacts to provide clients and readers with a better command of interactive transformation, especially as it applies to social mobile platforms.
Ms. Mermigas has served as an advisor on digital convergence, interactive business plans and thought leadership to companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fuse Capital, Public Broadcasting, GE Capital and Akoo International. She has been a moderator and presenter at industry conferences, universities and think tanks such as World Economic Forum and the Monaco Media Forum, American University's Center for Social Media and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
She continues her ongoing rapport with leading industry executives such as long-time NBC Universal chairman and CEO Bob Wright, with whom she is co-authoring a book. While teaching New Media Studies and business model creation to graduate students at Chicago's DePaul University, Ms. Mermigas is constructing a detailed, long-term forecast for the dramatic transformation of media industry economics, company structures, consumer relations, and content creation and distribution.
Her trademark column, big picture analysis and executive interviews can be found at The Hollywood Reporter, Advertising Age and other Crain Communications publications, Seeking Alpha, Business Insider, BNET and Mediapost. She has been a contributor to CNBC, CNN and other television news.