Richard Hoge, LL.M, J.D. (Chair)
Rich co-founded VelocityShares in 2009. Previously, Rich was Managing Director and head of the US Structured Capital Products Group at Natixis. Prior to his career in banking, Rich practiced as a tax lawyer and CPA. He has held positions in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS and as a partner with KPMG. Rich holds an LL.M in Taxation from New York University, a JD Cum Laude from St. John’s University, and a BBA from Hofstra University. He is admitted to the New York and District of Columbia Bars.
Mr. Parsons has extensive experience in the financial markets. Prior to his retirement in 2010 he held several senior positions at Barclays Global Investors, and was part of the founding management team for iShares where he led global business development from its inception in 1999 through its sale to Blackrock. He has broad experience in all aspects of financial management, including ETPs, derivatives, portfolio management, trading, and sales. He received an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BA in Math and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.
Nick Cherney, CFA
Nick co-founded VelocityShares in 2009. Previously, he worked at Barclays Capital in New York and had product development and management responsibilities for iPath ETNs. Previous to his role with Barclays Capital, Nick was a portfolio manager for iShares at Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco where he managed over $25 billion of ETF assets across asset classes. Prior to that, he was an index research analyst at Barclays Global Investors. Nick holds a BA with Highest Honors in Economics from UC Berkeley and is a CFA Charter holder.
Ben Cukier is a partner at FTV Capital, which he joined in 1999. Ben leads investments in asset management, lending and banking for FTV. He led FTV’s investment into and sat on the board of PowerShares, a pioneer and global leader in the ETP industry. He also led FTV’s investment into and sits on the board of ETF Securities, a pioneer in the exchange traded commodity space (ETC) and also a global leader in the ETP industry. Ben was previously with the Telecommunications and Media Team at Madison Dearborn Partners in Chicago. Prior to joining Madison Dearborn Partners, Ben was with McKinsey & Co. in New York, where he consulted to clients in the telecommunications, Internet, and healthcare industries. Ben received his BS and BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University.
Alan Freudenstein is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity. Prior to joining the Firm in 2000, Mr. Freudenstein was a Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company, where he was responsible for incubation and venture investments within the new world ventures group. Mr. Freudenstein was previously a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and an equity research analyst at Salomon Brothers. Mr. Freudenstein received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Economics and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.