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Marty Kerns of Kerns Capital Management takes follow up questions from the Ringmasters.

This week six fund managers pitched a variety of strategies to a panel of institutional investors at our Deal Ring event in New York. The sold out event, presented by Hedge Connection and James Rosebush, in association with Baker Tilly, was held on the 30th floor on Thomson Reuters in Times Square, at eye level with the New Year’s ball. In the days leading up to the event, James Rosebush of GrowthStrategy and Former Deputy Assistant to Ronald Reagan and Chief of Staff to the First Lady, coached the managers and worked on their presentations. The preparation was extremely apparent as each of the managers delivered crisp, coherent presentations. On stage presenting we had Kevin Parks of Parks Capital Management, Dana Telsey of Telsey Consumer Fund, Luyu Yang of Brown Brown Bridge Capital, Michael Zapata of Sententia Capital Management, DeWayne Hall of Good Life Asset Strategies, and Marty Kerns of Kerns Capital Management.

The Ringmasters, our panel of allocators, included Wendy Craft of Favara LLC, Thomas Zucosky of Discovery Capital, Anthony Gordon of Gordon Family Office, Cedric Fan of Russell Investments, and David Abramson of FNY Capital. Listening and watching as the panel of professional investors questioned the presenters gave the audience tremendous insight into the mindset of an allocator, and was no doubt beneficial to the many managers in attendance.

After the presentations, the audience used the Deal Ring mobile app to vote for their favorite manager. With all the presentations being unanimously well delivered, the results were tight. In the end, we would like to congratulate Kevin Parks for winning the Audience Choice Award.

Kevin had this to say, “Deal Ring was such a unique and rewarding experience. Spending time with Jim Rosebush was a gamechanger; that certainly helped hone my pitch in terms of content and delivery. It was an ideal venue for an emerging manager to meet experienced allocators and receive immediate feedback. The whole format was so well constructed; grateful I was able to participate!”

We would to thank Baker Tilly for their support and everyone who came out, you were a great audience and provided an encouraging atmosphere to the presenters. The next Deal Ring will be held in Bermuda at our Global Fund Forum in October. See you in the ring!




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