San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Eli Kent of Harvest Funds Management headlined the Ivy Family Office Network San Francisco Forum with a discussion on “Emerging Alpha Strategies“. The Forum was held on February 26th in San Francisco, CA
According to Mr. Kent, “ Secular trends support significant hedge fund industry growth. Research suggests that smaller and younger hedge firms generate the highest returns. Talent looking for seed/acceleration capital is better than it has been in a very long time. “
Moreover, “We like strategies that show strong downside risk protection and operational capability. Strategic investors are in a strong position to negotiate beneficial terms such as equity, revenue share, transparency, and enhanced liquidity. Our focus is on capturing the underlying investment performance of carefully selected strategies and providing investors with exposure to a diversified group of emerging hedge firms at the most advantageous time in their life cycles with a comprehensive program to manage risk.”
Other panel participants were: Oren Shiran of QM Capital, Renan Lachman of Greencrest Capital Management and Les Allan of The Los Angeles Investment Company.
Eli Kent is a founding partner of Harvest Funds Management where he develops and executes Harvest Funds’ business strategy including vetting manager candidates, structuring investments, cultivating relationships with strategic partners and advising the management teams of Harvest Funds’ portfolio companies. Eli joined Harvest Funds’ parent company, Moody Aldrich Partners (MAP), in 2002 and assisted in the 2003 joint venture acquisition of the Pierre & Co. All Cap strategy, rebranded as Moody Aldrich Focused Value.
As a partner of MAP, Eli led the sales and marketing effort for the Focused Value strategy that resulted in over $2 billion in new assets from consultants, large financial institutions and direct clients. The Focused Value business was sold to Anchor Capital in 2012.
Prior to joining MAP, Eli earned an MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Finance. Previously, he worked at MFS Investment Management in institutional sales and at Fidelity Investments in institutional client management.
He attended The Wharton School for Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania and received the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation and earned a BA in Government and History from St. Lawrence University.
Harvest Funds Management, LLC(HFM) specializes in structuring investments and ownership interests in promising, newly independent hedge firms. The company advises large investors on allocations to emerging hedge firms and partners with the hedge firms to build businesses and facilitate exit scenarios for investors.
The firm is supported by an advisory and distribution relationship with Wilshire Associates, a leading investment consulting and services firm serving over 600 organizations in over 20 countries, with combined assets exceeding $5 trillion.* HFM is an affiliated company of Moody Aldrich Partners, LLC and leverages Wilshire's pioneering tradition in manager research, risk management and distribution in order to identify, incubate, grow and harvest top alternative investment firms.
The Ivy Family Office Network Forum is part of an ongoing dialogue with family offices to provide high-value education and information on trends for family office investing, structure and operational excellence. Attendees gain practical strategies and solutions to achieve both short and long-term objectives. The program features off-the-record, peer-to-peer discussions in a non-commercial setting, in-depth and highly interactive sessions.
About The Ivy Family Office Network
The Ivy Family Office Network, IvyFON, is a leading peer to peer global family office network with several hundred family offices attending their events around The Americas within the past 12 months. Some of the more than 1,000 past speakers have included 5 of the top 10 largest asset allocating consultancies, pre-eminent alternative investment funds by return, leading institutional investors by size, best-in-class asset management professionals, family office subject matter experts and world-class family offices. Forum sessions are multi-format and cross-disciplinary covering a range of family office centric topics.
IvyFON’s expertise is an outgrowth of one of the United States’ oldest and largest alternative investment networks, the IvyPlus network. IvyPlus originated as a peer to peer private equity, real estate and hedge fund network consisting of Ivy League alumni and other participants who attended more than 50 globally comparable programs or through merit are worthy participants in the program.
Additionally the network supports deal networks across multiple disciplines including private equity and real estate. More than 10,000 investment, family office and institutional investment professionals have attended forums globally. For more information on the Ivy Family Office Network, go to ivyfon.com/contact.html.
For more information on Harvest Funds Management contact Eli Kent, eli(at)harvestfund(dot)com , call 617.283.9324 or visit Harvest Funds Management’s web site http://moodyaldrich.com/harvestfund/.