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CIOS 2020: Welcome, State of the Union: CIO of the Year Ash Williams, Lessons Learned Panel by CIOs & Peers

October 13, 2020 at 10:45:00 AM · Eastern Time (US & Canada)
About This Webinar

During COVID-19’s dips and surges, liquidity and agility created golden opportunities. LPs faced an increase in capital calls. We’re still learning the effects of coronavirus-related shutdowns on the health of outstanding funding, and allocators learned hard lessons regarding alpha vs beta. COVID-19 is changing the world forever, and with U.S. elections looming, it’s due to get even more interesting.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
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Larry Light
markets Editor of Chief Investment officer magazine
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Executive Director, ISS Media
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CIO, Wyoming Retirement System
Sam has 27 years of investment industry experience. He has been the CIO for $8.6 billion Wyoming Retirement System since 2013. Prior to that, he served as a Managing Director of Tulane University’s endowment, and was a founder and portfolio manager for eight years at the hedge fund Silver Peak Capital
Sam’s other investment experience includes three years at VSS, and four years in real estate investment banking at PaineWebber and Kidder Peabody.
Sam received his B.S. in Finance and Investing from Babson College. He holds the CFA and CAIA designations.
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Senior Portfolio Manager, Capital Markets Group, External Public Investments and Credit, OPTrust
Brandon Gill New is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Capital Markets Group at OPTrust. In her role, she provides strategic direction and oversight over a number of strategies within the plan’s portfolio of C$6B externally-managed public-markets funds. She also sits on the Capital Markets and Incubation Portfolio Investment Committees and is involved in a number of efforts related to Responsible Investment.

Prior to joining OPTrust in early 2018, Brandon was a Director at BMO Capital Partners, a proprietary private debt and equity fund at Bank of Montreal. She also spent a decade at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. There, she served as a Portfolio Manager in the Alternative Investments Division managing a portfolio of global hedge funds and esoteric investment funds, and as an Assistant Portfolio Manager in the Public Equities Division covering Emerging Markets equities.

Brandon holds an MBA from London Business School and a B.A. in International Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont. She is also a CFA Charterholder.
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Chief Investment Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Public School Employees' Retirement System
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CEO, Backstop Solutions Group
Clint Coghill co-founded Backstop Solutions Group in 2003 as the Founding Chairman and has helped guide the company as Chairman of the Board. Clint now leads the Backstop Executive Team as CEO.

Prior to joining Backstop in an executive role, Clint was CIO of Coghill Capital Management, a successful Chicago-based hedge fund management company he started in 1995. Among his other professional pursuits, Clint was the Founding Chairman of NFTE Chicago’s Regional Advisory Board, which provides entrepreneurship programs to young people from low-income communities and reaches more than 2,000 youth per year. He is also the founder of two charitable Organizations, the Coghill Family Foundation and the Environmental Impact Initiative.

Clint received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the London Business School.

Fast Facts:
Is happily married to an attorney and has 4 kids; two boys and two girls
Family owned a golf course and his first job was retrieving golf balls from the water h
Keeps active by snow skiing, surfing, ice hockey, golf, and training for triathlons
Fluent in Spanish and spent time backpacking through South America
Enjoys traveling with his family
In 2015 was named the NFTE “Entrepreneur of The Year”
Appointed to the “Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame” in their 30th annual
Is a pro football aficionado and follows the Chicago Bears
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CIO FSBA & Chair, Council of Institutional Investors
Ash Williams, Executive Director & CIO of the State Board of Administration of Florida,
is responsible for managing approximately $207 billion in assets including those of the
Florida Retirement System, the fifth largest public pension fund in the United States.

Prior to joining the SBA, Ash was a Managing Director at Fir Tree Partners and President
and CEO of Schroder Capital Management. Ash has extensive experience with both the
SBA and Florida government, serving as Executive Director of the SBA from 1991 to
1996 and in senior management in Florida’s executive and legislative branches.

Ash currently chairs the Council of Institutional Investors, the Managed Funds
Association’s Institutional Investor Advisory Council, and the Alternative Investor
Forum’s Investor Board.

He serves as trustee of the National Institute for Public Finance, and the Florida State
University Foundation.

Additionally, Ash serves on several investment committees including the Institute of
Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, and the
Community Foundation of North Florida.

Ash also serves on the advisory boards of both the Robert Toigo Foundation, and Robert
F Kennedy Human Rights.

Ash received BS and MBA degrees from Florida State University (FSU) and completed
post-graduate programs at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard’s
John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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