Ben Strom, Investor & Advisor, Confirmed as Next Founding Member
April 22, 2019
Dear IEC Members & Friends,
Please welcome Ben Strom, Investor & Advisor, as our next confirmed founding member of the International Executive Council (IEC). We have included his bio and LinkedIn profile below for your review.
Mr. Strom has 17+ years as a portfolio manager and analyst at a variety of institutional firms ranging from long/short (“L/S”) equity hedge funds to a global asset manager. His focus has been a L/S equity strategy in public equities (i.e. stocks), but experience spans advisory/valuation of private businesses/assets and investing in credit, real estate, venture capital, and other alternative assets.
Through last 12 years, Ben has managed ups and downs of different cycles and market environments for L/S equity. For example, as a partner in Kacela Capital, he helped the fund generate positive returns in 2008 and up 35% in 2009. While in NY, he also worked as the head of consumer at a multi billion multi-strategy hedge fund for about 2 years. His favorite part of living in NY was the amazing people he met: co-workers, buy side /sell side peers, and Fortune 500 management teams- meeting with hundreds annually. For the last 6 years, Ben worked at PIMCO as a portfolio manager of a L/S equity fund helping the fund achieve top quartile results and grow assets from $200M to peak $1.5B+ at one of the world’s largest bond firms.
Currently, Mr. Strom is an advisor to a single family office, a serial entrepreneur in the tech space with whom he enjoys a 15+ year relationship – back to his first Wall Street job. The mandate is direct private deals with preference to control investments. Working with good people is the starting point. In his spare time, Ben is still investing in stocks (L/S) and start-ups, both directly and as an investor in the Cove Fund (at UC Irvine). Through the family office, Ben is a member of the Institute of Private Investors (IPI).
Philanthropy has been a key part of his life as his mother was founder/CEO of a non-profit for 20 years. He is a past board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Thomas House Homeless Shelter, and still chairing a marketing committee.
Mr. Strom is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and holds a BS with honors as a Finance major from University of Florida.
Ben resides in Corona del Mar with his wife and two children.
IEC Founding Member, Ben Strom, Investor & Advisor
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