Advisory Board

Advisory Board/Investors

Advisory Board/Investors

Eric Schwartz

Eric Schwartz, Chairman of the Advisory Board

Eric Schwartz is a private investor with a focus on the financial services industry. In support of those investments, he served as Chairman-elect of Nikko Asset Management, the third-largest asset manager in Japan, from 2008 until its sale in 2009, and currently serves as Chairman of Jefferson National, an insurance company that principally provides low-cost variable annuities to US consumers through the fee-based advisor community; as Chairman of Gold Bullion International, a precious metals dealer based in the U.S.; as a board member at Indostar Capital, a finance company based in India; and as a board member of Prosper Marketplace, an internet-based consumer lending platform in the U.S.

Earlier in his career Eric served on the Management Committee of Goldman Sachs, where over time he was co-CEO of the Global Equities and Investment Management Divisions and was a partner in the Equity Capital Markets unit of the Investment Banking Division. At the time of his departure in June 2007 he was also co-head of the Firm's Partnership Committee, tasked with supervising the process of promoting new partners.

He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S.E. (summa cum laude) and M.B.A. in 1984 and 1985, respectively.

He serves as Chairman of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), an independent advocacy group dedicated to the development and implementation of a comprehensive energy security policy by the United States; as a director of the Food Bank for New York City; and as Chairman of an investment committee overseeing a large philanthropic endowment.

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Arthur Levitt

Arthur Levitt, Advisory Board

Mr. Levitt was the 25th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. First appointed by President Clinton in July 1993, the President reappointed Chairman Levitt to a second five-year term in May 1998. In September 1999, he became the longest-serving Chairman of the Commission. He left the Commission in February 2001. Mr. Levitt joined The Carlyle Group in May 2001 as a Senior Advisor to the firm. He advises Carlyle management on strategic business matters.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. Levitt owned Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Capitol Hill. From 1989 to 1993, he served as the Chairman of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and from 1978 to 1989, he was the Chairman of the American Stock Exchange. Prior to joining the Amex, Mr. Levitt worked for 16 years on Wall Street.

Mr. Levitt graduated from Williams College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, in 1952 before serving for two years in the Air Force. Levitt’s bestselling book, TAKE ON THE STREET: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don’t Want You to Know/What You Can Do to Fight Back was published by Pantheon Books in October, 2002.

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Sallie L. Krawcheck

Sallie L. Krawcheck, Advisory Board

Sallie L. Krawcheck is the past President of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America, the largest wealth management business in the world. Prior to joining Bank of America, Ms. Krawcheck was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman for Citi Global Wealth Management, responsible for the Citi Private Bank, Citi Smith Barney and Citi Investment Research. Prior to joining Citi, Ms. Krawcheck was chairman and chief executive officer of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. She began her career as a research analyst, covering the financial services industry, a role in which she was consistently ranked first in her field by “Institutional Investor.”

She is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, on the board of Carnegie Hall, on the board of Finra and on the investment committee for The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the board of overseers of Columbia University Business School.  Krawcheck is a past member of the Board of Directors of Dell Inc, Blackrock and of the NY Economic Club.

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General Wesley K. Clark

General Wesley K. Clark, Advisory Board

General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Co-Chairman of Growth Energy; senior fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations; Chairman of Clean Terra, Inc.; Director of International Crisis Group; Chairman of City Year Little Rock; as well as numerous corporate boards. General Clark has authored three books and serves as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative's Energy & Climate Change Advisory Board, and ACORE's Advisory Board.

Clark retired a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes Scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He later commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). In his last assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.

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John Hathaway

John Hathaway, Advisory Board

John Hathaway, Senior Managing Director, is a Portfolio Manager and a member of the Investment Committee at Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. He is also a Director of Tocqueville Management Corp., the General Partner of Tocqueville Asset Management.
Mr. Hathaway, who has 39 years of investment experience, manages the Tocqueville Gold Fund, Tocqueville Gold Partners and separate accounts for individual and institutional clients following a gold strategy.
Prior to joining Tocqueville in 1998, Mr. Hathaway began his career in 1970 as an Equity Analyst with Spencer Trask & Co. In 1976 he joined the investment advisory firm David J. Greene and Company, where he became a Partner. In 1986 he founded and managed Hudson Capital Advisors followed by seven years with Oak Hall Advisors as the Chief Investment Officer.
Mr. Hathaway has a B.A. degree from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia and is a CFA charter holder.

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Dan Tapiero

Dan Tapiero, Co-Founder/Advisory Board

Mr. Tapiero is a prominent Global Macro investor. In his 20 year career, he has worked as a portfolio manager and analyst with a number of well-known investors such as Stan Druckenmiller (Duquesne Capital), Michael Steinhardt (Steinhardt Capital), Julian Robertson (Tiger Management), and Steve Cohen (SAC Capital).  Mr. Tapiero also co-founded AGCOA, a private U.S. farmland REIT. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York, Business Executives for National Security (BENS), and the Asia Society. Mr. Tapiero sits on the investment committee of the Lawrenceville School, where he is a board member. He is also a former member of the grain commodity exchanges KCBT, MGEX and WCE. Mr. Tapiero graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in 1990 and an MA in History in 1991 from Brown University.

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Edward J.  Mathias

Edward J. Mathias, Advisory Board

Edward J.  Mathias is a Managing Director and Partner of The Carlyle Group, a Global Alternative Asset Management firm.  He was instrumental in the founding of The Carlyle Group and assisted in raising the firm's initial capital.  Prior to joining Carlyle in January 1994, Mr. Mathias was a long-time member of the Management Committee and Board of Directors of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., a major investment management organization. He presently oversees Carlyle’s Growth Products, spanning the globe and has a long history in venture capital  and extensive experience in the emerging/frontier markets.  Mr. Mathias holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he is a Trustee.  He is also a member of The Council on Foreign Relations , serves  as Program Chairman for The Economic Club of Washington and is a member of The Trustees' Council at The National Gallery of Art.

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