I have worked in the alternative investment industry for the last eight years including stints with the Carlyle Group and Goldman Sachs. I currently hold my CAIA ("Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst") designation and have held numerous securities licenses in the past. I am also currently pursuing my CFP designation and look forward to starting my own personal financial planning business in the coming years. "Cuar na baile", which means "the stretch for home" in Irish Gaelic,is a phrase that underpins my investment philosophy and approach. I seek to invest prudently while avoiding higher risk but potentially higher yielding investments. The mark of a true investor is how well they perform in down markets -- not how well they perform in up markets. Fundamental valuations and good corporate governance drive my investment philosophy. I enjoy investing in stocks that are often ignored on Wall Street, and have had some success with stocks such as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). I have also had success focusing on publicly traded partnerships, particularly those of alternative asset managers, which I believe are undervalued by most institutional investors. I currently focus on income generating securities such as REITs, publicly traded alternatives managers, and select high dividend stocks.