- The launch event was attended by over 100 guests, generally representing Latin America and South Florida firms, and Bill Kelly, CEO of CAIA joined the celebration
- Steve Johnston is Miami Chapter Head. Other Chapter executives are: Karim Aryeh, Eddy Augsten, Gabe Freund, Tisha Turner, and Daisy Weiss
- Karim Simplis, Franklin Templeton Investments, was the keynote speaker with the topic: Current State of Liquid Alts: Products and Regulations
The CAIA Miami Chapter had its launch event on Thursday, May 12th at the Rusty Pelican restaurant on Key Biscayne, FL. The launch event was attended by approximately 105 guests generally representing Latin America and South Florida firms. The evening included a 5 PM cocktail reception and registration followed by a 6 PM program which included a keynote topic on the Current State of Liquid Alts: Products and Regulations, presented by Karim Simplis, VP/Senior Product Managers, Alternatives with Franklin Templeton Investments.
The keynote topic was followed by an Alternative Asset Classes panel discussion led by moderator, Chris Battifarano, Director of Research with GenSpring Family Offices and panelists David Coggins, Principal with Coral Gables Asset Management, Helen Doody, Managing Director with Abbey Capital, and Shawn Lese, Managing Director - Global Assets with TIAA Global Asset Management. A 7:30 PM social networking hour followed the program and many of the guests stayed and enjoyed meeting new faces well into the evening.
Steve Johnston, Miami Chapter Head, welcomed all the guests and briefly discussed the chapter’s mission statement before introducing the other CAIA Miami Chapter executives, Karim Aryeh, Eddy Augsten, Gabe Freund, Tisha Turner, and Daisy Weiss.
Bill Kelly, CEO of CAIA, congratulated the launch of the CAIA Miami chapter for CAIA members in Florida, as well as discussing the importance of the chapter’s inclusion of interested Latin America CAIA participants, which is a targeted growth region for the CAIA Association. The CAIA Miami launch event was sponsored by GenSpring Family Offices.
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