Investing has been my passion for decades. This resulted in my leaving a top-flight position in the field of hospitality. I began investing my personal funds full-time in 2006. Using a primary research-driven approach I generated an annualized gross return of 15.7% (cumulative 328.8%) during the last ten years. By comparison, during that same period of time (December 31, 2005 to December 31, 2015) the market experienced an annualized return of only 4.9% (cumulative 61.1%) as measured by the S&P 500 price return. In 2008, I seeded and opened a hedge fund with a personal investment of seven figures and the acceptance of clients. I also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 2011.