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Senior Management Team

  • Christopher Geczy, Ph.D.

    Christopher Geczy, Ph. D. is the Founder, CEO, and Chief Investment Officer of the Firm. In addition to overall Firm management and Firm direction, Dr. Geczy oversees investment decision-making including manager selection, portfolio construction, and tail hedge overlay management. He is also the lead member of the Investment Committee as well as co-portfolio manager on private funds for which Forefront is the investment manager.

     

    Professor Geczy has been on the Finance Department faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania since 1997. He is Academic Director of the Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research. He is also Academic Director of the Wharton Wealth Management Initiative at Wharton Executive Education. He has a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in finance and econometrics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.

     

    Before his studies at Chicago, Chris worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC in its Division of Research and Statistics. He regularly teaches investment management and co-created the first full course on hedge funds at The Wharton School, a course on Impact Investing, and a large number of executive education courses. He has taught AIMR/CFA Institute-accredited professional Risk Management courses through the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.

     

     

    Chris has been the Academic Director of a number of Wharton Executive Education programs including the 2009 Securities Industry Institute in partnership with SIFMA, the Private Wealth Management program in partnership with The CFA Institute, and programs focused on advanced strategies, endowments and foundations, alternatives and hedge funds in partnership with the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). In addition, he has taught Investment Management in the Penn-Securities Association of China (Penn-SAC) program for a number of years. He received the Best Elective Course Teaching Award in the Wharton Executive MBA Program.

     

    He has served on the Economic Advisory Board of NASDAQ, has been an editor of the Journal of Alternative Investments and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Wealth Management. Chris is also a founding board member and past Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hedge Fund Association and served on the curriculum and exam committee of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA).

     

    Chris’s current research focuses on various topics including multifactor models, wealth management, risk management, asset allocation, the performance of managed funds including hedge funds, venture capital and private equity as well as other alternatives, and various aspects of equity lending and short-selling. His work has appeared in numerous books and scholarly journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, the journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Journal of Political Economy. It has also been covered in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Financial Times, Forbes, NPR, on CNBC’s Squawk Box and in numerous other media outlets.

     

    He currently consults with and advises a number of private and institutional investors including pension plans, insurance companies and ultra-high net worth families and others in the area of portfolio construction, management and evaluation, asset allocation, investment selection, alternative investments including private equity, infrastructure, hedge funds, risk management, and subprime exposures in both the 1940 Act space as well as the private fund area.

     

    Chris also serves on the Board of Directors of the Alexander Hamilton Friends Foundation.

     

     

  • Stephen Kitching

    Stephen Kitching is the Chief Operating Officer of the Firm and assists in servicing the Firm’s clients and is a co-founder of the Forefront affiliate, GKFO, LLC, a multi-family office he formed with Dr. Geczy.

     

    Prior to joining Forefront, he was a Business Director at Guggenheim Partners where he co-headed the family office group, working with Ultra-High-Net-Worth (UHNW) families.  Steve was part of the Private Family Office (PFO) and Private Family Networks (PFN), both of which were merged into Guggenheim Partners.  PFO served UHNW families around the world. PFN was an infrastructure technology company that provided investment aggregation, data and document management around operating businesses, private equity firms and liquid pools of capital. He was also a co-founder of Family Solutions Group, which aided families with complex financial governance. He has a B.S. in Finance from Saint Joseph’s University.

     

  • Nicholas Neilio, CPA

    Nicholas Neilio serves as Chief Compliance Officer of the Firm.  He is responsible for the day-to-day development and administration of the Firm’s regulatory and investment compliance program, as well as implementing and managing the Firm’s operational due diligence reviews of existing and potential hedge fund managers.  Nick is also responsible for leadership and oversight of the back-office related activities of the Firm, which includes fund financial reporting, trade reconciliation, profit and loss, and other various functions such as managing relationships with third party service providers.  Nick has nineteen years’ experience in operations, strategy, and compliance, and is a member of the Firm’s Management, Investment, IT, Compliance, and Best Execution Committees.

     

    Prior to joining Forefront in 2008, Nick worked for a public accounting firm and its registered investment adviser (RIA) affiliate.  During this time, Nick specialized in federal, state, and local tax compliance, FINRA regulatory filings and audit support for broker dealers, and portfolio accounting at the RIA.  Nick has a B.S. in accounting from Wesley College and is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA), and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA).

     

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