I am a multi-million mile frequent flyer that invests in airline, both on the upside and downside. I write or buy options depending on the situation. Visualize George Clooney in "Up in the Air" and that is me. I just don't meet women like he does. I am also a business consultant and have consulted to a number of airlines, aircraft manufacturing and airline support companies over the years. I also have worked in the aircraft manufacturing industry early in my career. I also worked in a corporate role for a pharmaceutical company for 5 years. then joined the wild world of consulting with two giant consulting firms and one independent before I started my company nearly 25 years ago. I have positions, on and off, positive and negative on almost all airlines I feel that I can predict the direction within the normal parameters of prediction. Anybody that says they know the direction for sure is a fool. That brings me to my new peeve on SA. There are so many posters that repeatedly post the same misinformation on multiple threads here. When I try to correct them on obvious errors (not opinion) they attack me for presenting the facts and call me a fanboy. When you ask why these guys do this, they will tell you that they don't have any positions in that security. I think they are all lying about their holdings, waiting as they think they are forcing the price down or are being paid by someone for their posts.
I am the founder of Shaun Currie Research, an independent investment research firm that offers freelance, contract-based, and performance-based investment analysis and training for investment firms, newsletters, and blogs.
I have 10 years of investment experiences which include time spent at T Rowe Price (long only), Wells Capital Management (concentrated long only), and as the Director of Research at Manalapan Oracle Capital Management (long/short equity). I am currently completing my MBA at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. I graduated with a BS in Business Administration from Villanova University.
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Whitney Tilson is the founder and Managing Partner of Kase Capital Management, which manages three value-oriented hedge funds. Mr. Tilson is also the co-founder of Value Investor Insight, an investment newsletter.
Mr. Tilson has co-authored two books, The Art of Value Investing: How the World's Best Investors Beat the Market (2013) and More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways to Profit in These Bad Times (2009), was one of the authors of Poor Charlie’s Almanack, the definitive book on Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, and has written for Forbes, the Financial Times, Kiplinger’s, the Motley Fool and TheStreet.com. He was featured in two 60 Minutes segments in December 2008 about the housing crisis (which won an Emmy) and in March 2015 about Lumber Liquidators. He served for two years on the Board of Directors of Cutter & Buck, which designs and markets upscale sportswear, until the company was sold in early 2007.
Mr. Tilson received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he was elected a Baker Scholar (top 5% of class), and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a bachelor’s degree in Government.
Mr. Tilson spent much of his childhood in Tanzania and Nicaragua (his parents are both educators, were among the first couples to meet and marry in the Peace Corps, and have retired in Kenya). Consequently, Mr. Tilson is involved with a number of charities focused on education reform and Africa. For his philanthropic work, he received the 2008 John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award from the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York. He is a member and past Chairman of the Manhattan chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Tilson lives in Manhattan with his wife and three teenage daughters.
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Vaughn Cordle has 30 years of experience in the airline industry as an equity analyst and consultant to various institutional investors, money management firms, suppliers, and labor groups. Vaughn founded AirlineForecasts, LLC and managed airline and transportation-related investment research for over 10 years. He has attended executive education programs at Kellogg, Wharton, and other business schools and is considered one of the leading experts in the airline industry. He is also a Airline Transport Pilot with the following ratings, licenses and awards: LRJET/CE500/A320/B727/B737/B747/B757/B767/B777, Gold Seal Instructor, Flight Engineer, 31 World and National speed records.