2016 Investment Conference

Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2016
October 13 - 15th, 2016

Join Us! The Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2016 will take place on Friday, October 14th, at Monona Terrace.

We believe this year's conference will be one of the best events we’ve ever put together, as you will have an opportunity to:
• Hear nationally renowned speakers address critical investment topics.
• Get an update on the current state of ASAP and the Hawk Center and participate in a discussion of our vision for the future.
• Reunite with other ASAP alumni.
• Tailgate with fellow alumni before the Badgers take on Ohio State.

Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2016

To view a PDF copy of the below agenda, please click here.

October 14th, 2016
Monona Terrace – Madison Ballroom C
One John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI

Thursday, October 13th - Fluno Center


7:00 – 9:00 pm   Welcome Reception 
  (drinks & appetizers) 
 Mendota Room8th Floor                                                                                                                            



Friday, October 14th – Monona Terrace Convention Center


8:30 – 9:15 am  Check-in / Breakfast  (Madison Ballroom C)                                                   


9:15 – 9:20      Opening Message  (Madison Ballroom C)
       Mark Ready
       Hawk Center Academic Director                                                                                                           


9:20 – 10:15  Can Blockchain Disrupt the Traditional Payment
(Madison Ballroom C)
    Lisa D. Ellis
    Senior Analyst - Bernstein Research                   


10:15 – 10:30    Networking & Refreshment Break



10:30 – 11:30  Big Data - How can you use it to add alpha?
(Madison Ballroom C)
Tim Gaumber
Director of Fundamental Research - Thomson Reuters




11:30 – 12:45    Fixed Income Market Outlook
(Community Terrace)
Louise Purtle
Chief Strategist, CreditSights                                                                                                                    


1:00 – 2:00 pm   The Future of Sell Side Research
      (Madison Ballroom C)        
Jon Langenfeld, CFA
Head of Global Equities - Robert W. Baird     



2:00 – 2:15 pm   Networking & Refreshment Break



2:15 – 3:15 pm   Best Ideas Overview  (Madison Ballroom C)


                         Jim Chanos, Kynikos Associates


                         Ricky Sandler, Eminence Capital


                         Paul Leff, Warbasse67 Investments

*Hawk Center Investment Conference Ends at 3:15 pm




Hawk Center Alumni Reunion


(Open to Hawk Center Students, Alumni & Board Members)



3:45 – 4:00 pm   Campus Capital Campaign Update
           (Madison Ballroom C)
  Mike Knetter, CEO, UW Foundation


4:00 – 4:45 pm   Hawk Center Update
 Mark Ready
 Academic Director – Hawk Center


4:45 – 5:00 pm   Networking & Refreshment Break                                 
 (Madison Ballroom C)                                                                            


5:00 – 6:00 pm   Badger Basketball Update                                                  
         (Madison Ballroom C)
 Greg Gard, Head Coach – Badger Basketball


6:00 – 6:30 pm  Cocktail Reception (Community Terrace)                                                           


6:30 – 7:45 pm  Dinner & Award Presentations
  (Community Terrace)                                           


8:00 – Midnight  Hawk Center Alumni Social Reception
 Brickhouse BBQ
408 West Gorham
(1 block from Fluno)                                         



Saturday October 15th


4:00 – 6:00 pm  ASAP Alumni Tailgate Party 
Varsity Hall, Union South                                                


7:00 – 10:00 pm  Badgers vs. Ohio State
        Camp Randall Stadium  



Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2016

Speaker Bios and Headshots (click here to access as a pdf) 

Lisa Ellis - Senior Research Analyst, Sanford Bernstein

Lisa D. Ellis is the Senior Research Analyst at Bernstein covering US Computer Services & IT Consulting.

Prior to joining Bernstein in 2013, Ellis spent 12 years at McKinsey & Company, where she was elected a Partner in 2007, and was a leader in the marketing & sales practice in North America for technology & telecom and private equity.

During her career at McKinsey, Ellis advised leading hardware, software, IT services, telecom services and defense communications companies on a range of strategy and marketing and sales topics. She also gained expertise in strategic topics, such as the Cloud, mobile applications and third-party distribution.

Ellis earned an MBA with Honors from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business in 2001, an MS in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia in 1999, and a BS in physics and mathematics from the College of William & Mary in 1997, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.

Tim Gaumer, CFA – Director of Fundamental Research, Thomson Reuters

Tim Gaumer is the Global Director of Fundamental Research at Thomson Reuters. He held the same position at StarMine, a company acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2008. 

With more than 17 years of experience conducting fundamental analysis, Tim is widely regarded as an expert helping fundamental investor apply innovative analytics in their investment process. He has worked for two independent research firms and most recently as director of research at Jefferson Research & Management. Tim also previously worked at several buy-side firms, most recently at Transamerica Investment Management as an equity analyst and portfolio manager. 

Tim is a much sought after speaker regularly presenting at global CFA Societies and industry conferences. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and graduate degree in Business Administration.

Louise Purtle – Chief Strategist, Creditsights

Louise joined CreditSights in March 2002 as Chief Strategist. In that role she oversees the integration of the economic, fundamental, technical, and quantitative aspects of the firm's strategic analysis and publishes frequently on a range of economic, investment and industry themes.

Formed in November 2000, CreditSights is the leading provider of independent credit research. The company's mission is to deliver objective and superior decision support to managers of both debt and equity portfolios. CreditSights' research focuses on global corporate and sovereign issuers, and covers the entire corporate capital structure.

Prior to joining CreditSights, Louise was a Director and Head of US Credit Strategy at Deutsche Bank where she was responsible for the formulation of the bank’s macro credit strategy and the marketing of this platform to a global investor base. Louise had a nine-year career at Deutsche covering the full range of US, European and Australian government and corporate bond markets. Before Deutsche, Louise spent ten years at Macquarie Bank in Australia where she specialized in the inflation indexed bond markets. Louise received an MBA from Columbia University in New York in 1999.

Jon Langenfeld, CFA  – Head of Global Equities, R.W. Baird

Jon Langenfeld is Head of Global Equities and Director of Equity Research for Baird, with responsibilities for the publishing equity analysts across Baird’s coverage universe, which includes Business Services, Consumer, Energy, Financials, Healthcare, Industrial, Real Estate and Technology. Jon previously served as the Associate Director of Research and Senior Analyst covering Transportation/Logistics.

Jon is a member of Baird’s Executive Committee and Diversity Steering Committee. He is also a member of the board of Partners Advancing Values in Education (PAVE). Prior to joining Baird in 2000, Jon was a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, providing supply chain consulting services. Jon graduated cum laude with a BS in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Jim Chanos – Founder & Managing Partner, Kynikos Associates

Mr. James Chanos, also known as Jim, serves as the Founder and Managing Partner at Kynikos Associates LP, and has been serving as its President since December 2003. Mr. Chanos founded the firm in 1985. 

Prior to this, he was a Vice President and Analyst at Deutsche Bank Capital Corp. Before that, Mr. Chanos served as an Analyst at Gilford Securities. He has also served as an Analyst at Blyth Eastman, Paine Webber.

Mr. Chanos is also the Chairman of the Coalition of ... Private Investment Companies. He is the President of the Board of Trustees of The Browning School. Mr. Chanos also serves as a Trustee of The Nightingale-Bamford School and The New-York Historical Society. He is a Trustee of Citizens Budget Commission. Mr. Chanos is a Lecturer in Finance at Yale School of Management and at the Wisconsin School of Business, and teaches a class focused on Detecting Financial Fraud. He received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale University in 1980.

Ricky Sandler – Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer - Founder, Eminence Capital, LP

As the CIO of Eminence, Ricky is responsible for managing the investment team and a diversified portfolio across all sectors of the market. Prior to launching Eminence in 1999, Ricky was co- founder and co-general partner of Fusion Capital Management, LLC. Prior to that he was a research analyst covering a wide range of industries and companies for Mark Asset Management, where he began his investing career in 1991. Ricky received a BBA in Accounting and Finance graduating with honors from the University of Wisconsin where he currently serves as a board member for the University of Wisconsin Foundation and as a member of its Development Committee, Investment Committee and Traditional Asset Subcommittee. Ricky is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.


Paul Leff – Co-Founder, Perry Capital

Paul co-founded Perry Capital in 1988, and has served as the Vice Chairman, Senior Managing Director, and Managing Partner at the firm.

Prior to 1988, Paul was a principal and portfolio manager of Harvard Management Company.  From 1984 to 1986, he was a trader and research analyst at Kayne, Anderson and Co., where he specialized in corporate reorganizations. 

Paul is a board member of the University of Wisconsin Foundation and the Co-Chairman of the Wisconsin Eastern Alumni Scholarship Fund, an organization providing academic scholarships to minority, disadvantaged students from New York City.  He has been a Lecturer at the Wisconsin School of Business since 2014, where he teaches a class in Applied Equity Market Research. 

He earned an MS in finance in 1984, and a BBA in finance and economics in 1983 at the University of Wisconsin. 

Prof. Mark Ready – Acadamic Director, Hawk Center

Mark Ready holds the Jeffrey Diermeier Chair in the Department of Finance, Investment, and Banking at the Wisconsin School of Business. He is also the department chair of Finance. He joined University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990, after completing his PhD at Cornell University. 

From the outset, he has been able to bring a practical dimension to his courses, having spent seven years in various finance positions at Ford Motor Company before pursuing his Ph.D. 

Ready’s research focus is in investments and he is well known and highly regarded in the academic community. His work has been cited in more than 450 separate articles published in finance and accounting journals, and he has served as associate editor for both the Review of Financial Studies and Financial Management. He has published studies examining risk and return of a variety of trading strategies, ranging from technical trading rules for timing market returns, to strategies that select individual stocks based on various fundamental measures.

He served on NASDAQ’s Economic Advisory Board from 1998-2000, and he was the chief economist and director of the Office of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from April 2000 through January 2001. 

Ready earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Michael M. Knetter - President & CEO, UW Foundation

Michael M. Knetter joined the University of Wisconsin Foundation as president and chief executive officer on October 16, 2010 after eight years as dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. As dean, he orchestrated the novel $85 million Wisconsin Naming Gift, the expansion of Grainger Hall and the restructuring and improved national standing of the full-time MBA.

Prior to joining the UW-Madison in 2002, he was associate dean of the MBA program and professor of international economics in the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He also served as senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors for former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

A native of Wisconsin, Knetter is a director of American Family Insurance and serves as a trustee of Neuberger Berman Funds. Recently he chaired the capital campaign for The Road Home Dane County, a non-profit that assists in finding housing and work solutions for homeless families in Dane County.

Knetter completed his undergraduate studies in economics and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University.

Greg Gard – Head Coach, Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball

Greg Gard Photo

Long considered one of the best assistant coaches in all of college basketball, Greg Gard was named head coach at the University of Wisconsin on March 7, 2016. A coaching veteran of more than 20 years, Gard is in his 15th season on the Badgers basketball staff, serving as the team's associate head coach since July of 2008.

In his inaugural season as head coach, Gard would lead the Badgers to the 2016 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 becoming just the second-ever first-year coach to win the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award.

Gard, 45, took over as the Badgers’ interim head coach following the retirement of longtime head coach Bo Ryan on Dec. 15. Previously, Gard served as an assistant coach to Ryan at UW-Platteville from 1993-99. During Gard's years on the Pioneer staff, UW-Platteville compiled a 161-13 (.925) record and won three NCAA Division III titles, five straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championships and appeared in six consecutive NCAA tournaments. In his final year at UW-Platteville, Gard served as Ryan's top assistant in charge of recruiting, camp operations and scouting. He also worked as an advisor in the university's admissions office.

Prior to joining Ryan's staff in Platteville, Gard spent three seasons at Southwestern High School and one at Platteville High School, where he served in junior high and assistant varsity coaching capacities.

Gard is a 1995 graduate of UW-Platteville with a degree in physical and health education. He received a master's degree in counselor education from Platteville in 2007. Gard and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters Mackenzie and Peyton and a son, Isaac.

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Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2016

Football Game & Tailgate Party
Cheer on the Badgers as they take on Ohio State! We have booked Varsity Hall at Union South for a pregame tailgate party from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be included in the cost of your tailgate ticket.

*You can purchase tailgate tickets when you register for the conference.

Note that the football game this year is a night game – 7:00 pm kickoff vs. Ohio State.   We are working on a unique ticket option for the game that we think you will really enjoy, but unfortunately it is not yet finalized.   We will be sending you information on this ticket opportunity in the coming 1-2 weeks – stay tuned! 



Hawk Center Fall Investment Conference 2016

Many of our blocks have sold out, and many hotels in Madison have sold out for the weekend. If you have not yet booked your hotel, please be sure to confirm your reservation with one of the remaining hotels by September 13th.

We will be running bus service between the Fluno Center (to serve those staying at hotels in that area) and Monona Terrace on Friday. While all meetings on Friday take place at Monona Terrace, we recommend that conference attendees book hotel rooms in the Fluno Area. 


The DoubleTree by Hilton
525 W. Johnson St.
Room Release Date: 9/13/16
Call to Reserve: 608-251-5511
Group Code: HWK
Reserve Online:
Room Rate: $309


*Please note that the Hampton Inn and Crowne Plaza are further away from the downtown area, located on the East Side of Madison.

If you are looking for rooms through the weekend, please contact the Hampton Inn Madison East as we have setup a block with them. If you will not be staying through the weekend, and will checkout on Saturday, the Crowne Plaza has availability for Thursday and Friday night. A block has not been setup at the Crowne Plaza, but rooms are available to book for the public. 

Hampton Inn Madison East
4820 Hayes Road
Room Release Date: 9/13/16
Call to Reserve: 608-244-9400
Reserve Online:
Group Name to Reference: Hawk Center Investment Conference
Group Code: WAA
Room Rate: $189

Crowne Plaza
4402 E Washington Ave.
Call to Reserve: 608-244-4703
Room Rate: $160 - $201


The Fluno Center  SOLD OUT 

The Hampton Inn & Suites SOLD OUT

The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace SOLD OUT

Graduate Madison  SOLD OUT



Registration is open! Please click the button below to register for the conference.