Author

Jeff Gramm runs a hedge fund and has served on several public company boards of directors.  He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School where he teaches value investing.
 

Speakers

Dianne McKeever is Chief Investment Officer, Managing Member and Co-Founder of Ides Capital Management LP, a New York-based investment advisor focused on small and mid-capitalization public companies that are deeply undervalued and provide a margin of safety. Ides seeks to constructively engage with management teams and corporate boards to improve corporate governance practices and to implement changes that drive long-term value for the benefit of all stockholders. Prior to Ides, Ms. McKeever was a Partner at Park Row Capital. Ms. McKeever began her investment career as an Analyst and Partner at Barington Capital Group, a New York-based small cap activist fund which she joined in 2001, and has served as a public company director of LQ Corporation, Inc. and Sielox Inc., where she chaired the Nominating and Governance Committee. Ms. McKeever holds a JD from Fordham Law, where she graduated cum laude, and received a BE in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemistry from New York University.

Darren Rabenou is a managing director at Terrapin Asset Management LLC. He is member of the firm’s investment committee, which allocates capital to hedge funds globally. Mr. Rabenou joined the firm in 2005 from JP Morgan Asset Management. At JP Morgan, Mr. Rabenou was a senior member of the portfolio management team where he helped oversee $2 billion in small cap active and quantitative strategies as well $1.2 billion in a REIT fund. Prior to JP Morgan, he was a senior analyst and portfolio manager for Prudential Investments, where he focused on the emerging markets and global small cap stocks. Before Prudential, he worked for ING Barings’ institutional equity sales and derivatives division, which had an exclusive focus on the emerging markets (Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe). Mr. Rabenou received his BA in political science from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Mr. Rabenou is married and has two children

Michael Rothenberg is the founding Partner, President and Portfolio Manager of Moab Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Rothenberg has spent nearly 20 years as a professional event driven investor with great success. He started Moab in 2006 to build a research intensive world-class firm that could take advantage of dislocations across the event driven space. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Rothenberg was the senior investment professional at Xerion Capital Partners, LLC, where he was responsible for investing and trading a portfolio of distressed debt, bank debt and event driven equities. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Rothenberg was the distressed debt Portfolio Manager at Troy Capital Management, LLC. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Rothenberg was an investment analyst at Gracie Capital Partners, LLC an event driven and distressed debt focused hedge fund. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Rothenberg was an investment analyst at Perry Capital, LLC, where he focused on distressed debt, event driven equity, and private equity investments. Prior to entering the investment management industry, from 1995 to 1998, Mr. Rothenberg was an investment banking analyst at Peter J. Solomon Company, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Over his career, Mr. Rothenberg has been an active investor serving on a public company Board of Directors and numerous official creditor committees. Additionally, Mr. Rothenberg and Moab Partners have lead several direct equity and loan investments in middle market businesses seeking capital. Mr. Rothenberg earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 1995 from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Finance.

Kenneth H. Traub, has served as Managing Partner of Raging Capital Management, a diversified investment firm since December 2015. Mr. Traub has extensive experience in shareholder activism from multiple perspectives – as an operating executive, as an active investor and as a director. He has worked on numerous shareholder campaigns in order to enhance shareholder value through constructive engagement and facilitating better alignment among shareholders, boards and management. From 2009 through 2015, Mr. Traub was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ethos Management LLC, and from 2015 through 2015, he served as an Affiliate Partner of Rosemark Capital, a private equity firm. From 1999 until its acquisition by JDS Uniphase Corp. (“JDSU”) in 2008, Mr. Traub served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Bank Note Holographics, Inc. (“ABNH”), a leading global supplier of optical security devices for the protection of documents and products against counterfeiting. Following the sale of ABNH, he served as Vice President of JDSU, a global leader in optical technologies and telecommunications, through September 2008. In 1994, Mr. Traub co-founded Voxware, Inc., a pioneer in voice over Internet protocol communication technologies, and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer through 1998. From 1988 to 1994, he served as Vice President of Trans-Resources, Inc., a multi-national holding company and investment manager. Mr. Traub currently serves on the boards of directors of the following public companies: (i) As Chairman of the board of MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC), a global provider of optical and packet communications network equipment, (ii) DSP Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSPG), a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, (iii) Athersys, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHX), a biotechnology company engaged in the discovery and development of therapeutic product candidates, and (iv) A. M. Castle & Co. (NYSE: CAS), a specialty metals and plastics distribution company. He previously served on the boards of directors of (i) Phoenix Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTEC), a supplier of the basic input output system for the personal computer industry, from 2009 until the company was sold in 2010, (ii) iPass, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading global provider of mobility services for Enterprises and Carriers, from 2009 to 2013, (iii) MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry standard processor architectures and cores, from 2011 until the company was sold in 2013, (iv) Xyratex Limited (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading supplier of data storage technologies, from 2013 until the company was sold in 2014, and (v) Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: VTSS), a leading supplier of integrated circuit solutions for next-generation carrier and enterprise networks, from 2013 until the company was sold in 2015. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey chapter of the Young Presidents Organization in 2010 and 2011 and on the board of the New Jersey chapter of the World Presidents Organization since 2012. Mr. Traub received a BA from Emory College in 1983 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1988.

Moderators

Elliot Trexler brings 15 years of investment analysis experience to his role as President and Chief Investment Officer of GLOBAL RETURN Asset Management, LLC. Elliot is a long-biased, value investor focused on risk management. He does not use leverage, employs multiple hedging strategies and invests in common and preferred stocks and options. Elliot currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Value Investing Committee at the New York Society of Security Analysts where he hosts educational events that feature industry-leading value investors. Elliot also organizes an Author SeriesTM during which he interviews best-selling authors of books on investing. Elliot has been active in politics and received three political appointments. He has also served on numerous nonprofit boards, including a $550 million dollar foundation, and was the youngest member ever on the board of directors for United Way of Central Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he studied Political Science and Philosophy and attended the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Mark Sullivan is a Managing Director and Partner at Stonehaven, LLC. Mr. Sullivan works closely with Stonehaven’s CEO to spearhead origination and ongoing management of mandates while also playing a senior management role. Prior to Stonehaven, Mr. Sullivan was the Director of US Sales Management at Man Investments Inc. where he coordinated product operations and development and managed related workflow across stakeholders including investment management, marketing, third party investors, service providers, legal, compliance, operations, reporting and management. Mr. Sullivan came to Man Investments Inc. following the acquisition of Ore Hill Partners LLC in May 2011, where Mr. Sullivan was a Partner and served as the firm’s CFO and COO for over 8 years. Mr. Sullivan built and managed all non-investment functions for the multi-product alternative asset management firm and was integral in helping grow the firm from $70 million & 7 employees to $3 billion AUM & 45 employees. Prior to Ore Hill Partners LLC, Mr. Sullivan worked for Credit Suisse First Boston / Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette within their Private Client Services division from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Sullivan also worked with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in their Private Wealth Management division from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Sullivan earned an M.B.A. from the Leonard Stern School of Business at NYU with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College. Mr. Sullivan is a CFA charter holder and member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Currently, Mr. Sullivan holds the Series 3, 7, 24, and 63 registrations with FINRA. Mr. Sullivan lives in Larchmont, NY with his wife, son and two daughters.

  
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