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CFA NC presents Paul Smith, CFA, President & CEO, CFA Institute

Members: No Charge / Guests and Non-Members $40

Building the Investment Profession

CFA Society NC begins their 45th Anniversary year by welcoming newly-appointed President & CEO, Paul Smith, CFA to Charlotte to share with members CFA Institute’s vision and initiatives. Mr. Smith will discuss his three-point leadership agenda that includes developing future professionals, delivering member value and building market integrity. After formal comments members will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from the new leadership at CFA Institute and learn about the direction of CFA Institute.

Paul Smith, CFA, Biography

Paul Smith leads CFA Institute and its more than 130,000 members worldwide in promoting the highest standards of education, ethics, and professional excellence in the investment profession for the ultimate benefit of society.

Smith joined CFA Institute in 2012 as managing director for Asia Pacific, overseeing its expansion into China and India. He later assumed the leadership of its Institutional Partnerships division, which is responsible for engagement with key firms, groups, and associations in the global investment industry. He was appointed president and CEO in January 2015. He brings extensive leadership experience in the investment management industry, having held a variety of positions in major financial centers over 30 years. Smith started his career in asset management at Ermitage International, an alternative funds management company, progressively taking up roles of increasing responsibility across Europe (London, Paris, and Dublin) over 11 years – the last seven as the firm’s CEO.

Smith moved to Asia in 1996, just as the region’s economies began to take off, to join Bank of Bermuda in Hong Kong as Asia head of securities services. In 2001, he was promoted to global head of funds services. After HSBC’s acquisition of the bank in 2004, he served as HSBC’s global head of alternative funds administration working in Hong Kong and New York, where he was responsible for the delivery of services to 2,000 investment funds with over US$250 billion of assets.

He has also pursued entrepreneurial roles, most recently as founder and CEO of the Hong Kong-based hedge fund investment management firm Asia Alternative Asset Partners for six years prior to joining CFA Institute. Asian Investor magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential People in Asian Hedge Funds. With over 18 years of experience in Asia, Smith is active in the region’s investment community as an Executive Committee member of the Alternative Investment Management Association in Hong Kong. He has also served on the board of a number of Asia-based funds over the years.

Aside from being a CFA charterholder, he is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and worked as an auditor at Pricewaterhouse in London for four years early in his career. He holds a master’s degree in history from Oxford University.

Walk-ins will not be accepted at this event.

Triad Summer Networking at BB&T Ballpark

Join your fellow members at the BB&T ballpark for our summer networking event sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

This is a members only event and due to the size of the box, we will have a waitlist.
The Dash are hosting the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for a 7pm game.

The CFA NC members attending will receive two (2) drink tickets.  There is no charge to attend, but if you would like additional drinks or food, please be sure to bring some money.


The Future of Finance featuring Charley Ellis

Charles D. Ellis serves as a consultant on investing to large institutional investors, government organizations, and wealthy families.

His professional career centered on three decades with Greenwich Associates, the international strategy consulting firm he founded in 1972. Recognized worldwide for the proprietary research which informs its consulting, the firm grew in the 30 years he was Managing Partner to serve the leading firms in over 130 professional financial markets around the world. Services to the investment profession include: Chair and two terms as governor of the profession’s CFA Institute and an associate editor of both The Journal of Portfolio Management and the Financial Analysts Journal. He is one of only 12 individuals honored for lifetime contributions to the investment profession.


If you would like to book one of the discounted rate rooms at the Embassy Suites, use the link below.  Deadline for receiving the discount is Feb 26th.

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2015 Annual Forecast Dinner

Please join CFA Society of North Carolina as we celebrate our 2015 Annual Forecast Dinner. This event is the premier networking event of the year, bringing together over 350 of North Carolina’s leading investment professionals and key decision-makers. In 2014, over 20 prominent North Carolina firms supported their Society members-employees and honored their newly inducted Charterholders by underwriting the event and purchasing corporate tables.

Keynote Speakers

Peter Chiappinelli, CFA GMO
Mr. Chiappinelli is a member of GMO’s Asset Allocation team. Prior to joining GMO in 2010, he was an institutional portfolio manager in the asset allocation group at Pyramis Global Advisors. Previously, he was the director of institutional investment strategy and research at Putnam Investments. Mr. Chiappinelli earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Carleton College. He is a CAIA Charterholder, and is the founder of the CAIA Boston chapter. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Dorothy Weaver Collins Capital Investments, LLC
With over 35 years of investment experience spanning hedge funds, real estate, energy, and emerging markets, including eight years in Latin America, Dorothy Weaver has few peers in the investment community. She is the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank in Miami, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, serving on the Board of Trustees for 17 years and chairing the Finance Committee. She also served on the Investment Committee of the American Red Cross. In 2010, Mrs. Weaver was awarded 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2010 “Industry Leadership Award.” The 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Industry Leadership Award is given to a woman who has shown leadership in the hedge fund industry. The honoree will possess talent, business ethics and a passion for investing that define the hedge fund industry’s standards of excellence. Awardees have been pioneers in some aspect of the business and have influenced a large population of hedge fund participants.


For other sponsorship information, please contact us.

Corporate Table Sponsorship: Register  (includes table of 10, reception and dessert reception)


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About the CFA Society North Carolina

“Serving CFA Charterholders, candidates, investors and the broader professional investment community through educational events and the opportunity to engage and interact with one another.”

CFA Society North Carolina (CFA NC) was established in 1971 to provide education and support to the area’s investment professionals. CFA Society North Carolina membership consists of portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisors, and other financial professionals. CFA Society North Carolina is one of the world’s larger societies of investment professionals. Learn more »