ALTSCHI Chicago | June 11, 2019 Request Agenda

Following in the footsteps of the highly successful ALTSLA conference, the West’s premier alternative investment conference moves east to one the nation’s most dynamic cities, Chicago! ALTSCHI will provide your company with an opportunity to market your brand and services to a highly engaged group of institutional investors, allocators, family offices and financial advisors who are evaluating and investing in alternative investments.

ALTSCHI is developed and led by the CFA Society Chicago, the CAIA Association and Markets Group. With their guidance and oversight, this one-day event will provide participants with an educationally focused agenda and will feature leading practitioners from the fields of private equity, venture capital, real estate, hedge funds, infrastructure and other sectors of the alternative investment market.

ALTSCHI has been developed for:


John P. Calamos Sr, Founder, Chairman and Global Chief Investment Officer, Calamos Investments

Mr. Calamos, Sr. is Chairman and Global CIO of Calamos Investments, a firm he founded in 1977. With origins as an institutional convertible bond manager, the firm has grown into a global asset management firm. Mr. Calamos is often quoted as an authority on risk-managed investment strategies, markets and the economy. He received his B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He joined the United States Air Force after graduation and served as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War.

George Mussalli, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Head of Research, Equity, Panagora Asset Management

Mr. Mussalli is responsible for oversight of the firm’s Dynamic, Stock Selector, and Diversified Arbitrage strategies, as well as the Equity team’s Data Infrastructure, Portfolio Construction, and Trading teams. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment, Operating, and Directors Committees. His work focuses on combining fundamental insights with sophisticated quantitative techniques to develop proprietary models designed to analyze companies across many dimensions. The research he has conducted also led to the founding of the firm’s Diversified Arbitrage hedge fund strategy in 2010.

Chris Walvoord, Head of Hedge Fund Research, Aon Hewitt

Mr. Walvoord leads Aon Hewitt’s Global Liquid Alternatives Team within Global Investment Management. He oversees research and investment activities across a variety of liquid alternative strategies. His group is responsible for researching, recommending and monitoring managers for both advisory and delegated client portfolios. Prior to joining AHIC in 2016, Chris was a portfolio manager and a member of the investment committee at William Blair. Chris was the lead PM for the custom hedge fund business at Blair which managed client specific portfolios for large institutional clients.

Richard L. Sandor, Ph.D., Dr. sc. h. c., Chairman and CEO, American Financial Exchange (AFX)

Richard L. Sandor (Ph.D., Dr. sc. h. c.) is Chairman and CEO of the American Financial Exchange (AFX), an electronic exchange for direct interbank/financial institution lending and borrowing. He is also the CEO of Environmental Financial Products, which specializes in inventing, designing and developing new financial markets. Dr. Sandor is currently the Aaron Director Lecturer in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He was honored by the City of Chicago for his universal recognition as the “father of financial futures”. In 2002 he was named by TIME Magazine a “Hero of the Planet”; and in 2007 as one of the magazine’s “Heroes of the Environment” for his work as the “Father of Carbon Trading.” In October 2013, Dr. Sandor was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l´ordre de la Légion d´Honneur (Knight in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor), for his accomplishments in the field of environmental finance and carbon trading. He holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He served on the board of directors of leading commodities and futures exchanges worldwide. Dr. Sandor is the author of “Good Derivatives: A Story of Financial and Environmental Innovation”; the lead author of “Environmental Markets: A New Asset Class”, published by the CFA Institute Research Foundation; “Sustainable Investing and Environmental Markets: Opportunities in a New Asset Class” and “How I Saw It: Analysis and Commentary on Environmental Finance (1999–2005)” published by World Scientific. His books have been translated in Chinese by People's Oriental Press. His latest book, “Electronic Trading and Blockchain: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, was also published by World Scientific and released in April 2018. Dr. Sandor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Adam Blitz, CFA, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, Evanston Capital Management

Mr. Blitz is the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer, a Principal, a member of the Investment Committee of Evanston Capital Management, LLC, and a member of its Board of Managers. He has over fifteen years of institutional investment management experience with an emphasis in quantitative analysis, trading and risk management. Prior to helping establish Evanston Capital Management, Mr. Blitz worked in the Prime Brokerage area at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was responsible for developing, selling, and managing funding and financing products to offer to hedge funds. He also worked closely with the risk management group within Prime Brokerage, which is responsible for determining the appropriate amount of leverage to extend to hedge funds from both a regulatory and risk-based perspective. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Mr. Blitz was the Head Trader at AQR Capital Management, a multi-strategy quantitative investment manager. At AQR, Mr. Blitz was responsible for implementing all of AQR’s market-neutral strategies and traded a wide variety of financial instruments, including equities, bonds, currencies, futures, and swaps. Mr. Blitz also assisted in risk management and strategy research at AQR, including extensive modeling and analysis of strategy and fund-level volatilities and correlations. Mr. Blitz also was previously employed in the Asset Management Division at Goldman Sachs, where he was a member of the Quantitative Research group. Mr. Blitz received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, is a CFA charterholder, and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago.

Angela Miller-May, Chief Investment Officer, Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

Ms. Miller-May serves as Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund's Director of Investments. Angela Miller-May previously held the position of Portfolio Manager-Alternatives at the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund (CTPF). Ms. Miller-May joined Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund in 2010 and was responsible for monitoring alternative (real estate, infrastructure, private equity and hedge fund-of-funds) investment managers to ensure contractual, compliance, fiduciary and investment responsibilities to the Fund are met. She focused on initial due diligence and maintenance due diligence as well as overseeing and analyzing all alternative valuations. She actively evaluated and reconciled accounting and performance information provided by the Investment Managers, Custodians and Consultants.

Promod Haque, Senior Managing Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

Mr. Haque has 28 years of experience in the venture capital industry and currently serves as senior managing partner at Norwest Venture Partners. Promod joined Norwest in 1990, and has invested in more than 70 companies since he began his venture career. His investments have been worth more than $40B in aggregate exit value to date, as 25 of his portfolio companies have gone public and 37 have been acquired (or have gone public and been acquired). In 2014 and 2016, Forbes recognized Promod as a “Hall of Fame” investor. 2017 marked Promod’s thirteenth appearance on the annual Forbes Midas List, including 2004, when he was ranked the #1 venture capitalist based on performance over the previous decade. In 2006, Promod was presented with a Global Leadership award from NASSCOM, and he was honored with the 2011 SV Forum Visionary Award based on his outstanding achievements and contributions to the technology industry.

Jim Bethea, CFA, CAIA, Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, The University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Jim Bethea serves as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for The University of Iowa Center for Advancement. Before joining the Center for Advancement, he worked in investment manager research at RVK and Touchstone Investments. He has also worked on mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts at Mystic Capital and as a project engineer for Bridgestone. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and his M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He is a CFA and CAIA charterholder and is on the Investment Advisory Committee for the University of Iowa’s Henry Fund.








Key Discussion Topics

  • 2019 Alternatives Industry Outlook
  • Growing Opportunities in Private Debt
  • Institutional Investors' Perspective
  • Global Private Market Investing
  • Asset Management-Chicago Leaders' Perspective
  • Hedge Fund Investing
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital Investments
  • Technology and the Future of AI
  • Real Estate in a Diversified Portfolio and Opportunity Zones
  • The Future of Alternative Investments


Sponsorship is only available upon invitation and Markets Group reserves the right to refuse sponsorship from any organization or individual deemed by Markets Group to be incompatible with the event. Markets Group forum sessions are closed to all media/press and video/audio recording is explicitly prohibited within the venue.


Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL



Olga Gorlatova

Program Manager / Investor Relations

+1 646-216-8254



Paul Hamann

Head of Alternatives and Strategic Partnerships

+1 347-308-7792