Richard Kang has the experience of over 25 New York Stock Exchange listed ETF launches since May 2009. Richard was one of three founders and Chief Investment Officer at Emerging Global Advisors LLC based out of New York City which issued and managed ETFs with underlying exposures in emerging and frontier markets. The firm was founded in September 2008 and its first ETFs were launched in May 2009. As of September 30, 2013, their emerging market consumer ETF was ranked #1 (out of roughly 600 open ended funds including actively managed mutual funds) based on risk adjusted returns. In 2016, Emerging Global Advisors was acquired by Columbia Threadneedle, the investment arm of Ameriprise Financial. Richard formerly blogged from 2006 to 2008 on everything about indexing and ETFs at The Beta Brief. In the fall of 2016, ten years after starting The Beta Brief, Richard launched The Fireside Chat, a blog that comments on the future and the impact from the emerging worlds of global investing, new technologies and the modern global citizen. A key objective is to provide new insights so as to find unique growth opportunities among these themes. Over his 20 years of buy-side experience, Richard has had senior roles at a hedge fund, fund-of-hedge fund and an investment counseling firm that was one of the world's first ETF strategist RIAs. He then pivoted to co-found both a US-based index provider and then an ETF issuer firm. Richard currently advises on a US domiciled ETF focused on the emerging market internet and e-commerce space as well as several early stage startups in the fintetch and social networking fields (and those where these areas converge). Richard has earned the Financial Risk Manager designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals and has recently taught the “Fundamentals of Portfolio Management” course at NYU's School of Professional Studies. He sits on FTSE's Country Classification Indexing Committee as well as the editorial board of Institutional Investors' The Journal of Index Investing, the only academic journal for the indexing and ETF industry.
Rick Konrad has been an equity portfolio manager for over 35 years. At present, he provides strategic management consulting to both institutional buy and sell side firms. His greatest joy outside of his family is education, in particular, training young people to become better research analysts, portfolio managers, and financial planners.
Andrew Corn is the Chief Investment Officer of E5A Funds LLC, a firm specializing in alternative investments. E5A is best known for its global investment process.
Until June 2010 Corn was Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer - Equities of the Beacon Trust Company. Mr. Corn ran the firm’s equity investment team managing three long only strategies and in 2008/9 a long/short fund. He also served on the firm’s senior management team.
Mr. Corn was also responsible for Beacon Indexes which publishes three indexes tracked by ETFs.
Prior to joining Beacon Trust Company, Corn was the founder and Chief Investment Officer of Clear Asset Management. He developed the vision and premise of the firm's investment process, multifactor models, and trading strategy. Corn was named Emerging Manager of the Year for Equities in 2007 by Opal Financial Group and “Portfolio Manager of the Month” of March 2007 in Investor’s Business Daily. During this time he also founded Clear Indexes LLC which developed custom indexes for packaged products such as ETFs and custom institutional benchmarks. He has participated in bell ringing for seven ETFs. Mr. Corn also established a popular index and portfolio design contest with 14 leading Universities. Both firms were sold to Beacon Trust in 2008.
Until May 2004, he was SVP of TheStreet.com and SVP of its institutional broker-dealer subsidiary, Independent Research Group.
Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Citigate, Inc. From 1989 until 2000, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Admaster Communications, a specialty financial communications firm, and MasterApproach, an investment industry focused consultant and software developer. Both were sold in 2001 to Citigate. As CEO, Mr. Corn consulted on product development and marketing for institutional money managers, mutual funds, hedge funds, investment banks, pension consultants, and brokerages. He also wrote and/or designed and produced hundreds of analyst presentations, IPO road shows and M&A announcements. Through this process he worked with CEOs, CFOs, research analysts, venture capitalists, investment bankers across sectors and market caps and gained his initial perspective on analyzing public companies. He also co-founded and sold a magazine publishing firm as well as a custom applications and web solutions firm.
Mr. Corn is a former board member of Junior Achievement of NY and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities and guest in the financial media.
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