Rishi K Narang is the Founding Principal of T2AM and manages T2AM’s investment activities. Mr. Narang began his career as a Global Investment Strategist for Citibank Alternative Investment in 1996. He then co-founded Tradeworx, Inc., a quantitative hedge fund manager, in 1999 and acted as its President until his departure in 2002. For three years Mr. Narang was the co-Portfolio Manager and a Managing Director at Santa Barbara Alpha Strategies before founding T2AM, LLC in 2005. He is the author of Inside the Black Box: A Simple Guide to Quantitative and High-Frequency Trading. Mr. Narang organizes the annual Inside the Black Box quantitative investing conference. He is on the Board of Directors of Village Health Works, and is an Advisor to DARPA, Planet Labs, McKinley Capital, and Machina. Mr. Narang completed his BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Eric Cressman is T2AM’s COO and CCO. He is in charge of the operations and regulatory compliance of the firm, and manages operational due diligence and monitoring. After four years in traditional asset management operations, Mr. Cressman began his hedge fund career at Farallon / Bracebridge Capital, a fixed income hedge fund, as Operations Manager in 1997. He then became the Accounting Manager of SF Sentry, an equity and distressed debt hedge fund, until 2003. Before joining T2AM in 2005, Mr. Cressman was a Managing Director at Santa Barbara Alpha Strategies, where he ran back office operations. Mr. Cressman has a BA in Economics from Union College.
John Cutsinger is the CTO for T2AM and in addition to managing all aspects of the firm’s technology, he conducts due diligence on the technology of quantitative managers as part of T2AM’s investment team. Mr. Cutsinger started his investment career at STW Fixed Income Management as Vice President of Technology in 1987. Following this, he became the Head of West Coast Operations for UNAPEN in 2002 before joining Santa Barbara Alpha Strategies as Senior Vice President in 2004. Mr. Cutsinger served as Director of Technology for Altegris Investments in 2006 before joining T2AM in 2007.
Julie Wilson is Head of Investor Relations at T2AM. She is responsible for all investor relations and marketing functions. Mrs. Wilson began her career at T2AM in 2005 as an Associate. She became an Analyst in 2007 and was responsible for due diligence on the people who manage quant trading strategies and management of the proprietary due diligence process utilized by T2AM. Mrs. Wilson has also been involved with operational due diligence, investment due diligence and monitoring, and firm operations and compliance. Mrs. Wilson completed her BA in Business Economics at University of California at Santa Barbara.
Victor Wood, CFA, is a Quantitative Developer at T2AM. He is responsible for the firm’s analytics software. Mr. Wood began his career at Coast Asset Management in 1992, as Vice President, where he focused on quantitative research and software engineering. After 19 years at Coast, he joined InvestCloud in 2011, where he designed middle-tier web services and maintained back-end databases and servers. Mr. Wood completed his BA in Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles and serves as co-chair of the CFA-LA Program Committee.
Timothy Long, CFA, is Senior Investment Analyst at T2AM, responsible for investment due diligence. Mr. Long began his hedge fund career in 2008, managing the electronic trading system and daily execution for market-neutral and enhanced indexed equity portfolios at Agoralogos. In 2010, he joined AdAstra Capital Management where he frequently led their due diligence process and analyzed a wide spectrum of investment strategies. Mr. Long has a MS in Financial Engineering from Claremont Graduate University.
Elizabeth Castro is an Associate at T2AM and provides support for Investor Relations. Ms. Castro joined T2AM in 2011 and has been involved with assisting the Founding Principal and COO, conducting due diligence on the people who manage quant trading strategies, operational due diligence, and managing the due diligence process for the firm. Ms. Castro completed her BS in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of Southern California.
Jeffrey Driscoll is an Operations Associate at T2AM. He provides support for the COO and is involved in operational due diligence of quant trading strategies. In addition, he assists with firm operations, legal and compliance. Mr. Driscoll completed his BA in International Relations Global Business at the University of Southern California.
Nicole Peters is an Associate at T2AM. She assists the firm’s Founding Principal and provides support to the firm. Prior to joining T2AM, she spent several years in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Peters began her career by launching her own company focused on producing events for nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She then joined The Midnight Mission as Special Events Coordinator from 2011-2015 and most recently was Development Associate at Door of Hope from 2015-2017. Ms. Peters completed her BA in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication at Azusa Pacific University.
Kevin Katerndahl is an Investment Analyst at T2AM. He provides support for the portfolio management team in the areas of investment due diligence, portfolio monitoring and research. Mr. Katerndahl began his career in financial services industry in 2011, serving in various mortgage banking roles. Prior to joining T2AM in 2017, Mr. Katerndahl worked at Trading Advantage as a Proprietary Trader. There, he managed intra-day futures positions in bonds, currencies, indices, and commodities. Mr. Katerndahl completed his BS in Business Management from St. John’s University (Queens, NY).
Stephen P. Boyd is a Scientific Advisor to T2AM, assisting the firm with special research projects. Professor Boyd is the Samsung Professor of Engineering, and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and SIAM, a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His current research focus is on convex optimization applications in control, signal processing, finance, and circuit design. Professor Boyd has authored and co-authored many research articles and three books: Convex Optimization, Linear Matrix Inequalities in System and Control Theory, and Linear Controller Design: Limits of Performance. His group has produced many open source tools, including CVX, CVXPY and Convex.jl, widely used parser-solvers for convex optimization. Professor Boyd has received many awards and honors for his research in control systems engineering and optimization, as well as numerous teaching awards. Most recently, he received the Walter J. Gores award, the highest award for teaching at Stanford University. At Stanford he has served as Director of the Information Systems Laboratory, Chair of the Library Committee, Chair of the David Packard EE Building Planning & Design Committee, and as a member of the Advisory Board. Professor Boyd received an AB degree in Mathematics, summa cum laude, from Harvard University in 1980, and a PhD in EECS from U. C. Berkeley in 1985. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
Dave DeMers is a Scientific Advisor to T2AM, assisting the firm with special research projects. He has had an extensive career in quantitative finance and systematic portfolio management. In 1994, he joined the Prediction Company in Santa Fe, NM. Over six years he built statistical arbitrage systems for global equities, developed risk models and engaged in micro structure research. He was Prediction Company's first equity portfolio manager. In 2001, he founded Black Mesa Capital under the Paloma Partner's umbrella. Black Mesa focused on quantitative modeling and algorithmic trading for global equities. In 2006, Black Mesa became a hedge fund independent from Paloma. It's strong track record and compelling story led to nearly $1billion raised over the first 18 months, despite minimal press and marketing attention. Dave's focus on risk management and early-warning risk signals gained Black Mesa some notoriety for being one of the first firms to identify the August 2007 "quant quake", and successfully preserved investor capital. Black Mesa produced a net return of 13.7% in 2007. Although successfully navigating the 2008 crises as well, with a return of -4%, investors (needing liquidity) redeemed. After running +14% for 2009 but unable to attract new capital, Black Mesa closed in 2010. Dave then joined SAC Capital as a portfolio manager running an internal "alpha capture" center book. Dave fled New England weather to return to his native California in 2013. He spent a few years working for a family office, teaching Statistical Arbitrage at Stanford, advising a handful of FinTech firms and contemplating retirement, but has yet to commit. Dave most recently was the keynote speaker at the 2017 R/Finance conference. Dave graduated from Stanford with a degree in applied math, recieved his JD/MBA from UCLA, and earned a PhD in Machine Learning/Robotics from UC San Diego.