Mitzi Perdue, Author, Speaker, Businesswoman

Author, Speaker, Businesswoman

Mitzi Perdue

Author, speaker, and businesswoman, Mitzi Perdue holds a BA with honors degree from Harvard University and an MPA from the George Washington University.  She is a past president of the 40,000-member American Agri-Women, a former syndicated columnist for Scripps Howard, and her television series, Country Magazine, was syndicated to 76 stations. She’s the founder of CERES Farms, the family-owned company that owns commercial and residential real estate, and plus agricultural land including vineyards that sell wine grapes to wineries such as Mondavi, Bogle, Folie a Deux, and Toasted Head.

Mitzi Perdue’s book, HOW TO MAKE YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS LAST, gives practical advice on how a family businesses can develop a culture that supports keeping the family business in the family. Her advice can be useful to any multi-generational family.

Her I’ve-lived-it experience comes from membership in two long-lasting family enterprises. Her family of origin began in 1840 with the Henderson Estate Company, forerunner of the Sheraton Hotels which her father co-founded.  Perdue Farms (she’s Frank Perdue’s widow) began in 1920.

Most recently, she has authored How to Be Up in Down Times. 

Her co-author is Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.


Agnes Peresztegi, Commission for Art Recovery

Commission for Art Recovery

Dr. Peresztegi has over 20 years of experience regarding Holocaust era property claims, advising non-profit organizations representing survivors and heirs, including working on all issues related to restitution/compensation for human rights violations committed against Hungarian Jewry during WWII.

Eric Peters, One River Asset Management

One River Asset Mgt

Eric Peters

Eric Peters, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer, One River Asset Management

Eric Peters is the Founder, CEO, and CIO of One River Asset Management. Eric oversees the Firm’s business development and strategic initiatives and serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding One River (FKA: Peters Capital Group) in 2013, Eric served as Chairman of Grant Capital Partners, a $1.25 billion discretionary global macro hedge fund. In that role, Eric was a senior member of the Investment Committee focused on thematic investment opportunities and was responsible for all non-investment activities including the direct oversight of the Chief Risk Officer. Over the course of his career, Eric has held various positions that include portfolio manager for Peloton Partners, proprietary trader for both Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse, and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a TH Lee Putnam funded technology firm.

Eric holds a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University and is author of a private weekly investment newsletter – Weekend Notes – which is read globally by investment professionals who directly deploy over $1 trillion in alternative assets.

Nathaniel Polachek, Commodity Asset Management

Commodity Asset Management

Nathaniel J. Polachek joined Commodity Asset Management in 2016 as a Portfolio Manager and Partner. Nate began his career at Goldman, Sachs, & Co. as a derivatives and options trader. Subsequently, Nate held leadership roles at multiple distinguished asset managers, including Bridgewater Associates and AQR Capital Management. Nate serves on the board of the Washington Heights and Inwood Community Council, as well as on the Mount Sinai Investment Advisory Committee. Outside of investing, Nate utilizes multifactor statistical models to forecast NASCAR race outcomes, and has ranked in the top 1% worldwide.

Beste Portnorr

Bessemer Trust

Beste Portnoff is principal and head of operational due diligence at Bessemer Trust Co. N.A. She oversees the operational risk reviews of all the external hedge fund and long-only investment managers within Bessemer’s investment programs.

Prior to joining Bessemer Trust in 2005, Portnoff was a hedge fund analyst at 3G Capital (formerly Synthesis Asset Management) in New York focusing on operations and back office risk assessments of current or prospective hedge fund investments. Prior to this, she held financial analyst positions at Global Securities (USA), Inc. in New York, Premier Farnell U.K. in Chicago and Kocbank Investment Banking Inc., in Istanbul, Turkey.

She earned a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a MA in Economics from New York University.