Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business to host Alternative Investment panel

Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business to host Alternative Investment panel

The Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University will host an array of experts in the field of investments for a panel discussion of "The Changing Landscape of the Alternative Investment World," one of the most timely topics in finance today.

The event, which will take place Monday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will feature Arthur Samberg, chairman of Pequot Capital Management Inc.; Mario J. Gabelli, chairman and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management (GAM); Sandra Manzke, chairman and CEO of Maxam Capital; John H. Myers, president and CEO of General Electric Asset Management Inc.; and Gregory D. Koutmos, the Gerald M. Levin Professor of Finance at the Dolan School of Business.

"If you have an interest in what the future holds in the area of alternative investments (hedge funds) this will be the event of the year," said Norman Solomon, Ph.D., dean of the Dolan School of Business. "Having practitioners of this caliber at Fairfield University at one time is not to be missed."

Art Samberg is the chairman of Pequot Capital Management. Samberg established the first Pequot investment fund in 1986. Prior to this, he was an employee and partner at Weiss, Peck & Greer, Inc. and served as a member of their Management Committee. Samberg holds a S.B. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he serves as a member of the MIT Corporation, an M.S. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University where he sits on the Board of Overseers of the Business School.

Mario J. Gabelli is chairman, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Value Products for GAMCO Investors, Inc., a widely recognized provider of investment advice and brokerage service to mutual funds, institutional and high net worth investors. Gabelli founded the firm in 1977 as a broker-dealer. It has since grown into the diversified financial services corporation it is today. Gabelli is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University's Business School, and an Honorary Doctorate from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.

Sandra Manzke, chairman and chief executive officer, founded Maxam Capital in April of 2005. Prior to that, Manzke was the founder and co-CEO of Tremont Capital Management. She was responsible for the oversight of Tremont's operations and the development of Tremont's business plan. She was also a member of the Investment Advisory Board. Manzke oversaw the creation and sale of Tremont's life insurance products, which were the first to use hedge fund investments. Manzke was a principal at Rogers, Casey & Barksdale, Inc., an independent consultant at Bernstein Macauley and an investment manager at Scudder Stevens & Clark. Manzke holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute.

As president and CEO of G.E. Asset Management, one of the world's largest investment firms, John H. Myers has responsibility for the management of approximately $200 billion of assets for G.E.'s Pension Fund, 401k plans and insurance company assets, and more than 200 external institutional clients. G.E. Asset Management offers a diversified, multi-product range including U.S. and foreign equities, venture capital, private equity, real estate and taxable and tax-exempt fixed income. Myers' accomplishments include funding the initial growth capital for Calloway Golf, the merger of Doubletree Hotels and Promus and resulting sale to Hilton, the purchase of Pebble Beach in a consortium with Peter Ueberroth, Arnold Palmer and Clint Eastwood, and the construction and development of the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle in New York City.

Myers graduated from Wagner College in 1967 with a B.S. degree in mathematics. He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Tickets to the panel discussion are $15; admission is complimentary for Fairfield University students and faculty. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

Posted On: 09-21-2005 10:09 AM

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