Texas Alternatives Conference 2024 - Speakers

February 27, 2024
Four Seasons Hotel Austin, TX

Conference Speakers

Ryan Bailey

Chief Investment Officer and Managing Partner, Paradigm Institutional Investments

Sara T Brand, Ph.D.

Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

Douglas Bratton

Founding Partner, CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Crestline Investors

Mel Carter

Vice President, Principal, Investments, GCM Grosvenor

Rhett Carter

Founder, Heights Investment Partners
Caroline Cooley MFA

Caroline Cooley

Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Crestline Summit Strategies

Keri Findley

Chief Executive Officer, Tacora Capital

Carolyn Hansard

Managing Director, Head of Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure, Teacher Retirement System of Texas
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Joel Hinkhouse

Director, Public Markets, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Joel Hinkhouse is a Director of External Public Markets at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), a $150 billion pension system serving 1.5 million active and retired educators and their families. Mr. Hinkhouse currently directs the management of the Trust’s $23 Billion external equity portfolio; he previously managed much of the Trust’s $12 billion hedge fund portfolios. Joel is also currently leading TRS’s efforts in leading the Trust’s evaluation of potential on-the-ground presence in Asia. Prior to TRS, Mr. Hinkhouse served in a similar role at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, where he co-managed the fixed income portfolio and a $1+ billion hedge fund portfolio and a $500 million private distressed portfolio. He has also worked for two hedge fund firms in Chicago in various roles ranging from risk management to creation of new fund offerings. Joel began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a technology consultant focused on trading systems for energy companies. Mr. Hinkhouse earned an MBA with High Honors from the University of Chicago, and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.


Aushrif Javeed

Portfolio Manager, Mountain Cove Capital Management

Shaun Jordan

Director of Business Development, Quantitative Investment Management

Charles Labanowski

Founding Partner, Goodlander Investment Management

Warren Lasher

President, Lasher Energy Consulting
Nora Richardson

Nora Richardson

Vice President, Membership & Investor Services, MFA

Andrew Rosell

Chairman of the Board, TAIA
Paul Singer

Paul Singer

Founder, President, Co-Chief Executive Investment Officer, Elliott Investment Management

Paul E. Singer is the Founder, President, Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Elliott Investment Management. Launched in 1977 with $1 million of capital, total assets under management for the Elliott funds have grown to approximately $55.7 billion as of June 30, 2022.  Elliott is a Florida–based trading firm with affiliated offices elsewhere.

Mr. Singer is co-founder of Start-Up Nation Central, an Israel-based non-profit organization.  He is also chairman of The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

Mr. Singer holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Dale West MFA

Dale West

Senior Managing Director and Head of Public Markets, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Dale West is the Senior Managing Director of Public Markets at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in Austin, Texas.  Mr. West’s team oversees the Trust’s portfolio of publicly traded securities including both internal and externally managed strategies.  TRS’ portfolio includes $18 billion in hedge fund investments.  Mr. West joined TRS in 2008 and serves on the Internal Investment Committee and Executive team.  He is a trustee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments.

Prior to joining TRS, Mr. West was based in London with the emerging markets equity team of T. Rowe Price International, where he covered telecoms and emerging markets.  He also served in the U.S. Foreign Service, including a three-year posting to the American embassy in Bucharest, Romania.

Mr. West received an MBA from Stanford University and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Mark White

Head of Real Assets, Albourne Partners

Steven Wilson

Director, Public Markets, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Steven Wilson is Director in the Public Markets group at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a $200 billion pension system serving 1.8 million active and retired educators and their families. Mr. Wilson is responsible for the $10B Stable Value Hedge Fund Portfolio, which includes allocations to Equity Market Neutral, Macro, Managed Futures, Platform, Volatility, and Reinsurance Hedge Funds. He is also responsible for the $7B World Equity Portfolio, which includes Beta Sensitive strategies benchmarked to global equity indices.

Prior to joining TRS, Mr. Wilson was an Investment Director at Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisors, where he oversaw fund selection for $250 million of client assets.

Mr. Wilson received an MBA from the Rice University Jones School of Business in 2012, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, and holds the CAIA designation.

George Wojciechowski

Co-Founder and CEO, Manifest Commerce


Registration for this event is by invitation only. To request an invitation, please email conferences@managedfunds.org