Mr. Corcelli is the Founder & Chairman of the Florida Alternative Investment Association and has played a critical role in establishing the vision and building the management team for the FLAIA. In addition to his work with the FLAIA, he is a Managing Partner at Alexander Alternative Capital, LLC based in Miami. Prior to joining Alexander Alternative Capital, Michael worked for UBS AG where he was responsible for portfolio management and tactical asset allocation for private clients of UBS Global Wealth Management & Business Banking. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami where he studied Business with a focus in Finance.
Mr. Berkower brings over 25 years of experience providing accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services to the FLAIA board. Maurice is the lead financial service Partner of Demetrius Berkower LLC, and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Rankin Berkower (Cayman) Ltd. He leads those respective firms’ national and international financial services practice groups. Maurice has an MBA in Taxation from Bernard Baruch College and a BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York, New Jersey and California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of CPAs. Maurice serves on the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Investment Companies, Investment Management, Private Equity, and Stock Brokerage Committees. Maurice also serves in leadership capacities for various nonprofit and charitable organizations and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the Florida Alternative Investment Association.
Mr. Florez is Executive Vice President of Public Risk Insurance Agency, PRIA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc. Prior to joining Brown & Brown, Florez served as Governer Jeb Bush’s Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Special Assistant. Florez was appointed to the UCF Board of Trustees in 2006 and served until January 2010. He attended UCF and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.
Mr. Gould practices in the Corporate & Securities area and is the Co-Head of the Financial Services Practice at Winston & Strawn LLP. Jay Gould is a corporate partner in the firm’s San Francisco and New York offices and serves as co-chair of the firm’s financial services corporate practice group. Mr. Gould concentrates his practice on investment funds and investment management. He counsels clients involved in all aspects of the financial services industry. He represents U.S. registered investment companies, hedge funds, offshore investment companies, investment advisers, retail and institutional broker-dealers, and municipal bond underwriters. He has extensive experience in drafting private placement memoranda, partnership and limited liability company agreements, subscription agreements, registration statements, proxy statements, periodic reports, no-action letters, applications for exemptive relief, and other documents for filing with the SEC, FINRA, and other regulatory agencies. Mr. Gould advises investment companies, investment advisers, and broker-dealers on mergers and acquisitions. He also provides counsel on matters involving corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, mortgage securitizations and sales, collateralized debt offers, joint ventures and strategic relations, and retail, institutional, and offshore securities distribution strategies and regulatory considerations.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gould served as Chief Counsel for E*TRADE Global Asset Management, Inc., Vice President with TransAmerica Life Companies, Senior Counsel to Bank of America NT&SA, and as an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission and four other major international law firms. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1978 and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1983.
Rich Strait if managing partner of Strait LLC, an independent commodity consulting group with facilities in Miami and New York. The firm advises institutional metals mining and refining clients as well as proprietary trading firms and family offices on commodity related investments, risk management, futures/options execution as well as clearing and inventory finance. Strait LLC is active in developing commodity based yield enhancement strategies as well trading programs for institutional clients wishing to diversify into this space. Accordingly, the firm provides operations and marketing support for emerging managers in the alternative space. Before establishing Strait LLC in 2008 Rich Strait held the post of Marketing Director of Triland USA and Metals Marketing Director with the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prior to that he was employed as a market maker by several international metals trading groups and bullion dealers including Gerald Metals, Mocatta Corp, S+W Berisford Group and ING Derivatives.
The managing principal, Rich Strait’s 30+ year career focus has been directed toward international non-ferrous and precious metals trading. Richard currently serves or has served on the Boards of Florida Alternative Investment Association, National Association of Introducing Brokers and is former chairman of the metro NY chapter of International Precious Metals Institute and served on the board of the Gold and Silver Institutes. He is a former member of the New York Mercantile Exchange where he maintained a floor brokerage unit trading in gold, silver, platinum, palladium and copper future/options. He is registered and in good standing with the National Futures Association where he served on the Board Nominating Committee. Richard also maintains director registration with The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).
Dr. Knight joins the FLAIA from the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic University, where he holds joint professorship positions. In addition to his academic focus, he brings a wealth of applied industry experience, as he is a Co-Founder and Partner of the Florida Institute of Finance, a consulting and financial services thank tank located in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Knight also possesses significant applied industry experience in the areas of: Mergers and Acquisition, Venture Capital Investments, Fixed Income Pool Analytics, Hedge Fund Analytics and Portfolio Construction and Asset Allocation. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University with a doctoral thesis in the area of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).
Mr. Valero is the Executive Director of the Florida Alternative Investment Association. Prior to joining FLAIA, Mr. Valero worked as a Senior Marketing Analyst at Ramius, the $13 billion global alternative investment management business of Cowen Group. In his role as Analyst, Mr. Valero was responsible for formulating marketing materials, researching alternative investment managers and maintaining client relations for the firm’s hedge fund and private equity products. Prior to Ramius, Brian worked as a Business Development Analyst for Lyxor Asset Management, where he was responsible for opening investor accounts and maintaining client relationships. Brian also worked as Operations and Compliance Analyst for Hencorp’s broker-dealer and Marketing Analyst for Permal Asset Management, the $20 billion fund of hedge funds firm. Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Political Science from Columbia University in the city of New York.