Jay Rogers is an investment management professional with over 17 years working in the financial services industry. His financial background began with a career on the sell side with such firms as Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and Bear Stearns. He later worked as Chief Investment Officer for a family office and made his transition to the buy side with a startup long only equity manager. For several years he also worked for an independent third party marketing firm raising money in both traditional and alternative asset classes. Alpha Strategies was formed through a group of highly experienced investment professionals with a shared belief that boutique investment managers as well as qualified investors are still underserved in their access to deep domain expertise in alternative investments and certain long only investment strategies generating consistently high levels of “pure” alpha. It has since grown into a diversified financial services company with specialties in alternative investment consulting, management and marketing.
Jay is a trusted advisor to several family offices here in Southern California and is instrumental in syndicating private investment opportunities among family offices and UHNW investors nationwide. These opportunities include real estate, private equity, and venture capital.
Jay is also a frequent speaker at industry events on family office and alternative investment issues. He has appeared on CNN’s Your Money and is frequently quoted in financial publications including the Wall Street Journal. He has presented to audiences at IMN, Opal Financial, IvyPlus and other investment conferences around the country on alternative investment and family office issues.
Jay holds a BS from Northeastern University and is also a graduate of the USMC Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He holds several securities licenses and has completed several professional courses in Advanced Estate Planning, Asset Allocation, Retirement Planning, 401(k) and Qualified Retirement Plans. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Orange County (CFAOC). Currently residing in Ladera Ranch with his wife and three sons, he is active in his local community as Vice President of the board for Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS), a community services organization. Mr. Rogers is also the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 637 and is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.
Tom is an experienced and knowledgeable investment management professional with a background in both securities and accounting. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Accounting and began his career in public accounting where he progressed from auditor to CFO of a real estate investment firm. He transitioned into the investment industry when he joined Payden & Rygel, a Los Angeles based investment management firm, as Corporate Controller and Mutual Funds CFO.
Tom progressed to portfolio management and partner at Arnel & Affiliates, a multi-billion dollar family office, as the Chief Investment Officer. While at Arnel he managed a $1 billion + diverse investment portfolio including hedge funds, private equity, venture capital and concentrated stock positions. He also managed a hedge fund that successfully outperformed the s&p 500.
After Arnel, Tom became the Chief Investment Officer and CFO for Cymric Family Office Services (now GenSpring), a multi-family office. Cymric provided investment, philanthropic, insurance, tax and estate planning advice to ultra-high net worth families.
Most recently, Tom was a partner with a UBS brokerage team that managed $650 million in client assets. Tom serves as a board member of the Orange County CFA society. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and California licensed CPA. Tom has been married for 26 years, his daughter is a graduate of USC and his son is a senior at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
Dayne Austin is the Director of Alternative Investments at Alpha Strategies where he is responsible for managing the firm’s internal sales & marketing operations as well as developing new and managing existing relationships with institutional investors, family offices, registered investment advisors, and fund managers.
Dayne has spent nearly eight years in the Capital Markets industry with a primary focus on alternative investment strategies including real estate, private equity, credit derivatives, managed futures, and hedge funds. His comprehensive understanding of strategic asset allocation and the benefits of incorporating alternative asset classes into traditional equity and fixed-income portfolios has helped him cultivate a reliable, results-defining professional reputation. His ability to develop cohesive cross-team synergies that integrate sales and marketing with technical analytics have proven to increase organizational efficiency, stimulate growth, and has be a key to helping him raise over $500 million in AUM.
Dayne earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Finance from the University of Colorado in 2005. He currently holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation and maintains FINRA series 7 and 66 securities registrations.
Austin King is a Research Analyst at Alpha Strategies Investment Management where he provides fundamental and technical market research and analytical support to the firm’s alternative investment platform. Mr. King’s responsibilities include sourcing and screening investment managers, developing complex financial models, conducting due diligence, asset valuation, and risk management procedures. Austin specializes in quantitative and econometric methods used to evaluate and identify macroeconomic trends and investment opportunities across both traditional and alternative investment strategies.
Mr. King is active in Newport Beach’s investment community where he is currently a member of the CFA Society Orange County’s Programs Committee as well as the co-founder of Newport Beach Finance Events, a private finance and investment networking association for local institutions and investment professionals.
Austin is currently completing his master’s degree in Applied Economics from the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, at Cal State Fullerton and holds a B.A. in economics from San Diego State University with honors and distinction in economics. FINRA Series 65 registered.
Nick Ruzette has experience developing relationships with business executives and owners to facilitate M&A activity on behalf of private equity investors. He has also worked to raise money from family offices and institutions for real estate funds and other alternative investments.
Nick was raised in the foothills of California where he attended Colfax High School. He chose to study at the University of California, San Diego where he majored in Economics and minored in Accounting. Nick participates in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life annually. This event raises money for education, research, and support to all those affected by cancer. FINRA Series 65 registered.