Jennifer Polli | Managing Director, Senior Operating Partner, ITE Management
Jennifer Polli is a Managing Director and Senior Operating Partner of ITE Management, a $4 billion transportation assets leasing manager established in 2014, where she oversees the ITE Intermodal Fund. Jennifer has over twenty years of experience in the intermodal leasing space, including most recently as President and CEO of TRAC Intermodal. Prior to that role, she was a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group with responsibility for managing intermodal businesses including TRAC, SeaCube Container Leasing and Seacastle Ships. Jennifer holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from New York University – Stern School of Business.
Careina Williams | Managing Director, Sundance Bay
CareinaWilliams is a Managing Director at Sundance Bay, a diversified private realestate investment firm, where she oversees the Sundance Bay Debt OpportunitiesFund. Previously, Careina wasPrincipal of Acquisitions and Asset Management at Artemis Real Estate Partners,where she grew the Core-Plus emerging manager business to over $1 billion andserved on the Investment Committee. Before Artemis, Careinaserved as Principal, Investments for Capri Capital Partners, where she wasresponsible for origination, investment structuring, and asset management ofequity and structured finance investments. Careina alsoworked in the Investment Banking division at Goldman Sachs and at BertelsmannMusic Group. She graduated with honors from Harvard University (A.B. Economics)and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Nick Schupach | Co-Founder, Partner, Appia Capital Partners
Nick Schupbach is a Co-Founder and Partner of Appia Capital Partners, which invests in water-related assets in the U.S. Southwest. Prior to Appia, Nick was the Head of Natural Resources for the Barings Private Equity / Real Assets team, the successor firm to real asset investing pioneer Wood Creek Capital Management. At Wood Creek and Barings, a $350 billion asset manager, Nick was responsible for sourcing and underwriting Natural Resources investments across the water rights, farmland, timber and carbon sectors, with a primary focus on water rights. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Nick worked for hedge fund Rayner & Stonington, where he was an analyst and trader. Nick holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Global Financial Analysis from Bentley University, where he was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship. Nick is also a CFA charter holder.
Austin Sperry | President, Co-Founder, Maritime Partners
AustinSperry is President & Co-Founder of Maritime Partners, a leading providerof U.S. inland marine leasing and financing solutions that manages a fleet ofover 1,600 vessels through the American Rivers Fund. Austin was previously Vice President ofBusiness Development and Head of Commercial Marine for Gunderson Marine,Greenbrier’s shipbuilding entity (NYSE:GBX), where he was responsible forapproximately $125m in executed deals. Prior to Gunderson Marine, he was a Business Analyst for Florida MarineTransporters, the fourth largest inland marine transportation company in theUS, and a consultant to Gulf Coast Shipyard in Gulfport, Mississippi. Austin was a member of the US Olympic SailingTeam that competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Richard Blair | Vice President of Investment Research, Sheperd Kaplan Krochuk
Richard Blair is Senior Vice President of Investment Research for SKK, with primary responsibility for developing investment strategy and alternative investment research. He conducts research on capital markets, securities analysis, macroeconomics, investment strategies and portfolio construction for institutional, endowment & foundation, and high-net-worth clients. Rich leads qualitative and quantitative due diligence of alternative investment managers and strategies. Rich is a member of the Firm’s Research Committee and assists the Firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining SKK, Rich contributed to asset allocation, portfolio construction, and manager selection for the Amherst College Investment Office. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware, and is a CFA charter holder.