The Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) program is sponsored by the Hedge Fund Group, a global networking association of more than 100,000 industry professionals. The Hedge Fund Group strives to create a valuable, rewarding experience for clients through our team of full-time employees, industry consultants, and board of directors.
Since its founding in 2006, the Hedge Fund Group has grown from a small network of industry professionals into an internationally recognized organization with over 100,000 members from more than 60 countries employed at the world’s top hedge funds. The Hedge Fund Group has leveraged its deep connections within the hedge fund industry to produce a two-tiered hedge fund training program designed with busy professionals in mind. Today, the Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) designation has graduated over 1,500 participants and continues to improve and constantly update the training courses with the help and guidance of the Hedge Fund Group.
Hedge Fund Group Headquarters
The Hedge Fund Group was founded in Boston in 2006. Our headquarters have since moved to the West Coast. We are currently located in Orenco Station in Portland, Oregon with associates and board members in New York, London, Chicago, Sao Paulo, San Francisco, Bejing, and Dubai.
Contact Us Today
Hedge Fund Group (HFG)
Re: CHP Designation Program
3300 NW 185th Avenue Suite #108
Portland, Oregon 97229
Phone: (503) 922-2752
Fax: (480) 772-4041
Learn More About Us
Our website gets over 1,000 visits a day, and we get many inquiries about the CHP program. Many of the questions we receive are answered in our Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact us through Click-to-Chat, email, or by phone. Our office hours are 8:30AM – 5:30PM (PST), Monday through Friday We have a team of professionals ready to answer your questions and we look forward to hearing from you.
The Hedge Fund Group Team
Richard C. Wilson, Managing Director
Richard C. Wilson is a bestselling author, global speaker, and the founder and managing director of the Certified Hedge Fund Professional Designation (CHP) Program. He is a prominent figure within the hedge fund industry, working daily with hedge fund managers and family offices.
Mr. Wilson also founded the Hedge Fund Group, a professional networking association with more than 100,000 members. He lectures frequently at hedge fund conferences and hosts several annual networking events through the Hedge Fund Group in locations such as Switzerland, Russia, Singapore, Japan, Belgium, Brazil, and Lichtenstein. His past work experiences include risk consulting and capital raising as third party marketer to hedge funds. Richard Wilson has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University, a M.B.A. from the University of Portland, and he completed some masters level coursework on the psychology of influence at Harvard University.
David Becker is an expert in portfolio and risk management, and is well adept in his knowledge of financial derivatives. Mr. Becker has an 18 year track record of creating and initiating successful investment ideas. During his professional career, David has worked for 2 investment banks, which include Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney, trading equities, debt derivatives, commodities and foreign exchange. David also spent time working at 3 different hedge funds, where he managed portfolios and developed a successful track record. David has in depth knowledge of many trading strategies that lead to successful short and long term returns.
Theodore O’Brien, Alternative Investment Research Analyst
Theodore O’Brien has been with our team since the beginning. He is primarily responsible for alternative investment research analysis, having produced over 1,000 pieces of research and reporting content on the space. Theo is also responsible for advising on technical aspects including web design, exam technology, and program planning. His background is in hedge fund market research, alternative investments and private equity, and he is a frequently published writer on these subjects.
Aldo S. Rabih CPA, Directory of Participant Mentoring & Career Growth
Aldo S. Rabih is a Senior manager in New York working on reinsurance technical issues and derivative credit valuations. Aldo gained over ten years experience dedicated to serving financial services entities (mainly hedge funds and private equity entities) and over four years of diversified experience in other industries and capital markets, both at Metlife as well as from other big four public accounting firms. Aldo has also spent two years as an independent risk consultant with a focus on internal controls and due diligence for fund of funds as well as reviewing transparency standards for fund of hedge funds.
Aldo began his career in Montreal Canada and maintains both his Canadian chartered Accountancy as well as CPA licensure. Aldo’s former and current clients included Hedge funds, Private Equity Firms, Clearing Brokers, Introducing Brokers, Mutual Funds, and, Registered Investment Advisors, Trust Company, or Transfer Agents, as well as Alternative investment vehicles. He received a BComm. degree in accounting (Concordia University – Montreal) and Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting (McGill University – Montreal) He is a Certified Public Accountant, Canadian Chartered Accountant and member of AICPA as well as the Massachusetts Society of CPAs.
Ashley Wirthlin, Program Coordinator/VP of Operations
Ashley Wirthlin joined the Hedge Fund Group in June of 2009 to help us keep up with potential candidate inquiries and public relations activities related to the CHP Designation. Ashley is key to our organization’s ability to now take on 300 additional participants per session within the CHP Designation. Once you are a CHP Designation member, you will most likely interact with Ashley on day-today studying and exam related inquiries.
Charlie Barr, Video Production & Editing
Charlie Barr is the Hedge Fund Group’s video editor. Charlie helps produce video study aides, video recordings of team member speeches at conferences, and Hedge Fund Premium resources. Charlie’s background is in conducting market research and investor database product construction projects within the Hedge Fund Group. As a member of the CHP Designation Program you will gain access to Hedge Fund Premium and watch many videos which Charlie helped produce and edit over the past few years.
Adriana Albuquerque, Director of Candidate Services
Adriana Albuquerque handles participant inquiries and research projects. She is responsible for ensuring that the CHP Designation materials and Hedge Fund Premium resources are updated frequently and that participant needs are promptly met. Adriana also helps coordinate Hedge Fund Group networking events and seminars for CHP members and hedge fund professionals across the industry in over 10 cities around the world including New York, Moscow, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Boston, London, and San Francisco.
Adriana obtained her Bacherlor’s Degree from Harvard University.
Jordan Blotnik, Participant Manager
Jordan assists with the daily CHP Program operations. He supports potential and current participants by answering questions, confirming registrations, and sending out participant materials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the CHP team. They team is here to help you by chat, phone, or email.
Jordan has extensive experience in customer service, management and research. He graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree.
Angela Malone, Executive Assistant and Resource Manager
Angela ensures that our main office runs smoothly along with a number of other duties including producing and distributing our training materials and assisting in the marketing and promotion of our investment workshops and events.
Angela joins the CHP team after a career as the Communications & Charitable Giving Specialist at Leupold & Stevens, Inc.
Rafael Tassini, Resource Research & Construction
Rafael Tassini was added to our team to help us consistently produce new resources, alumni benefits, and downloadable multimedia from our website. Rafael is an expert in resource research and construction and many of the tools you use within our programs were built with his help.
Rafael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Business from Universidade Paulista.
CHP Preferred Recruiters
The following recruiters and placement agents are not part of our internal team, but they act as an extension of the Hedge Fund Group (HFG), assisting with the CHP’s offerings. The recruiter below have become familiar with the Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) Program and would prefer to work with professionals who hold this designation over those that do not.
Rick Gold, First Call Associates
I am an executive recruiter specializing in the financial services industry. Specifically, I cater to Investment Banks, Asset Management firms, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity. I have placed PM’s, Traders, and Analysts across most asset classes. I have experience with discretionary and systematic strategies. My industry experience prior to my recruiting career, my dedication to building and maintaining relationships, and the level of honesty and integrity that I work with are what separates me from my competitors.
The Advisory Board
The CHP Designation is sponsored and offered by the Hedge Fund Group, an international industry networking association with with more than 100,000 members. Our team of eight professionals have been working with CHP Program participants on a daily basis in addition to fielding advice and input from our Board of Advisers shown below.
The Board of Advisers for the Hedge Fund Group consists of over 50 hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, and industry consultants making this hedge fund certification program designed for and by hedge fund professionals. Ongoing conversations with additional funds and industry consultants indicate the Advisory Board will grow to over 100. Below is a sample of the current Advisory Board members:
Joe Omansky, Program Adviser
Mr. Omansky helps our team spread our brand among hedge fund managers throughout the industry and he has recently been spending time helping us improve and refine the learning objectives of the CHP Designation overall. Outside of the CHP Designation, Mr. Omansky runs the SkyRank System of Hedge Fund Ratings, which he created in April 2003. Prior to his work on SkyRank, he created and managed an equity options volatility model for Tradelink LLC, a Chicago-based multi-strategy hedge fund. Prior to this, he was an equity options market maker of Lakota Trading Inc., a market-making entity owned by Steve Fossett on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Early in his career, he worked for Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments. Omansky received his Master’s in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University and his Bachelor’s in Economics from Clark University.
Gines Arnau, Program Advisor
Gines Arnau is a member of the CHP Designation’s Advisory Board; he, along with other board members, help to ensure that our program is providing excellent training to participants. Mr. Arnau is a board member and the COO of Strategic Acquisitions, Inc. He is a former bank executive as an EVP Chief Lending Officer as well as a co-founder of a State Chartered FDIC insured commercial bank with over 25 years of underwriting and asset origination experience with large institutions. Mr. Arnau has an extensive background in the capital markets with experience in secondary markets as well as loan securitizations and trading bank notes. He is well versed in bank compliance and operating in a highly transparent and regulated industry. Mr. Arnau is responsible for operating the Managed Funds group where he oversees all aspects of the fund’s administration and portfolio asset selection.
Mr. Arnau’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Century University as well as completing courses in Income Property Appraisal and Real Estate Analysis at UCLA. In addition, he holds the CHP designation and is licensed by DRE.
Daniel Hachem, Advisory Board Member
Daniel Hachem CHP, CFA (Candidate) is an associate professor of economics at Collin College. Dan has been researching alternative investments and hedge fund strategies for over 24 years. Professor Hachem also has investments experience in a variety of functions with companies such as Southwest Securities and Fidelity Investments. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a masters degree in economics.
Shier Lee, Advisory Board Member
Shier is currently a research analyst with an asset management firm. She received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) charterholder.
|Mark McClanahan||James P. Dougherty|
|Headline Investments, LLC||Confidential Hedge Fund|
|Alessandro Pasin||Chris Marquardt|
|Confidential Hedge Fund||Coronation International Ltd|
|Nakul Nayyar||Julia Grice|
|Simpson Capital Mgmt.||Confidential|
|Alan Andreini||Simon Coxeter, CFA|
|Cogo Wolf (FoF)||AsiaSource Capital|
|Jeffrey Evanello, ChFC||Gary Mair|
|Source Capital Group||Fund Advisor, LLC|
|Susan Murphy||Adam Harrison|
|Magnetar Capital||3A Ltd.|
|Thomas Thiel||Lance Baraker|
|McAdams Wright Ragen||Caledonian|
|Pajani Singah||Doug Fincher|
|Inflection Point Investments||Rock Maple Funds|
|Jeslie Chui||Mark Tower|
|Bank of China Ltd.||Muirfield Capital Mgmt.LLC|
|Alicia Herrera||Mark Hurrell, CFA|
|Integra Investments LP||Meridian Capital Partners|
|Stefan Nieborak||Ben McMillan|
|Old Lane LP||Confidential – $2B FoF|
|Sheri Kanesaka||Arun Kelshiker|
|Latham & Watkins LLP||TARA Global Investors, ICC|
|Joseph Julian, PhD||Saverio Massi Benedetti|
|Absolute Return Strategies||PG Alternatives, LP|
|Peter Brady||Johann Schwimann|
|Prism Capital Partners, LP||Seven Capital Mgmt|
|Paul Taglia||Richard Wilson|
|Pinstripe Capital, LLC||Hedge Fund Group (HFG)|
|Adam Connors||Marcus Goormastic|
|Spire Search Partners||Goormastic Search|
|Adam Miller||Confidential Name|
|Viresco Capital Management||$1.2B Hedge Fund|
|Gines Arnau||Daniel Hachem|
|Strategic Acquisitions, Inc.||Associate Professor of Economics|
Ready to register? You can easily register for the Certified Hedge Fund Professional training program here.
Note: The Certified Hedge Fund Professional (CHP) designation program is in no way affiliated with, sponsored by, or related to the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation or CAIA Designation, and is not administered by the CFA Institute or CAIA Institute. The CHP Designation is an independent certification and training program which is only associated with the 100,000+ member Hedge Fund Group (HFG) and G.T.C. Institute, a US-based training and certification firm.