Clark Cheng, CFA, FRM, CAIA joined Merrimac at the end of 2014 and is the Chief Investment Officer. Merrimac is a large single family office with investments in hedge funds, private equity, real estate and mutual funds.
Prior to Merrimac, he was responsible for managing alternative investment research in the Americas for HSBC’s Alternative Investment Group which had $39B in hedge fund investments across both discretionary and advisory mandates. Before joining HSBC, Clark performed hedge fund research at Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley between 2002 and 2005. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston’s equity research department in 2001. Prior to that, he spent six years building and establishing West Coast Economics.
Clark holds the Chartered Financial Analyst, Financial Risk Manager and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations.
He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Duke University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business/Economics and Psychology from UCLA. He has also completed his coursework towards his Masters Degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.
Dr. Chuback is a Board Certified Cardiovascular Surgeon who has been collecting art, along with his wife Diane Chuback, PhD for nearly 15 years. John had the good fortune of being exposed to a surgical professor, early in his training, who was a serious collector of fine art and subsequently became an enthusiast himself. He and his wife later had a very special encounter with Roy and Ann Boyd at their gallery and home in Chicago, which further solidified the couple’s passion for visual art and collecting. After purchasing their first significant work in the course of that interaction, they have never stopped.
Dr. Chuback’s education in collecting contemporary art has been gratifying, perplexing, exciting, and unstructured. He now possesses a private collection from which he, his friends, and his family, derive tremendous satisfaction and pleasure. He hopes to share some of what he has learned along the way with anyone interested in getting involved in this extremely rewarding paradigm and lifestyle.
Clarvit Capital Family Office
Charles Clarvit is CEO of his family office Clarvit Capital as of June 2015 after retiring from Vinci Partners-US, an asset and wealth management firm headquartered in Brazil. He is a former Managing Director and Co-Head of BlackRock Alternative Advisors (“BAA”), the firm’s fund of funds platform. Mr. Clarvit held significant portfolio management responsibilities and oversaw marketing strategy and client service for the fund of funds business on the BAA platform.
Mr. Clarvit joined BlackRock in 2007 following the acquisition of the fund of funds business of Quellos Group, LLC. At Quellos, Mr. Clarvit served as a Principal. He oversaw the Quellos Client Group and held significant portfolio management responsibilities.
From 1985 to 1998, Mr. Clarvit was a Managing Director with CIBC Oppenheimer & Co., responsible for alternative investment strategies and private equity advisory services for U.S. pensions, endowments, offshore institutions and high net worth families. From 1978 to 1985 he was with IBM Corporation in a system engineer and marketing capacity.
Mr. Clarvit serves on the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees and their Center for Financial Economics Advisory Board, as well as, the Advisory Board of the Information School at Syracuse University. He is an angel investor and Board Member of start-up Brand Yourself and AgeneBio. He earned a BA degree in social and behavioral sciences with a concentration in economics and statistics from Johns Hopkins University in 1978.
Kevin Conroy is the vice president of hedged strategies at Fund Evaluation Group. He has been at FEG since 2005. He had previously been at Western & Southern Financial Group.
He received his BA in finance at Grand Valley State University. He has CFA and CAIA designations.
Candace Cox is the Chief Investment Officer of MMBB Financial Services, a 100 year old ministry of American Baptist Churches. She is responsible for the investment of nearly $3 billion in assets, including MMBB’s nine-choice defined contribution retirement plan, its Annuity Fund, Endowment, the Disability Income Fund and Death Benefits Fund. This entails allocation across asset classes, investment strategy within asset classes and the engagement of external money management firms.
Ms. Cox has built a distinguished career managing the investments of major pension funds, the largest of which was Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) Asset Management Company, where she served as president and chief investment officer for its $54 billion in assets. Prior to that, she was principal investment officer of the New York City Comptroller’s Office, with responsibility for investing $46 billion in assets for nine public pension funds.
Earlier in her career Ms. Cox invested institutional assets for major multi-national corporations, including Schering-Plough, AMF Inc. and Allied Corp. (now Honeywell).
Ms. Cox has eighteen years of corporate board service, having been on the board of directors and chaired the investment committee of RSI Retirement Trust. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She has also served on the boards of directors of the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross National Endowment and the Financial Women’s Association.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Ms. Cox holds an M.B.A. degree in finance from New York University. She has published articles on hedge funds, board investment committees, investment time horizons and currency overlay programs for institutional investors.