Our Team

Bob Long
CEO

Mr. Long is the CEO of Conversus.

Mr. Long has three decades of experience in the private markets and has led investment teams for global firms in both the general partner and limited partner role. He has served as the CEO of two publicly-traded companies focused on expanding private market access for high net worth investors.

Prior to Conversus, Mr. Long was the CEO of OHA Investment Corporation, a publicly-traded specialty finance company. Previously, he co-founded Conversus Capital, the largest publicly traded fund of third-party private equity funds with $3 billion of AUM and served as its CEO. Previously, Mr. Long led Bank of America’s $7 billion strategic capital division. Early in his career, Mr. Long served as the lead in-house counsel for a large portion of Bank of America’s Investment Banking Division and worked as a securities lawyer for a major law firm.

A recognized industry leader, Mr. Long was named one of 50 “GameChangers” by Private Equity International, has been profiled in the WSJ, and hosted CNBC Squawk Box Europe on numerous occasions. He is a founding Director of the Defined Contribution Alternatives Association and chairs its Public Policy Committee.

Mr. Long received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his JD from the University of Virginia. Mr. Long has served on board of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina and is active supporter of adoption organizations.

Neil Menard
President of Distribution

Neil Menard

President of Distribution

Mr. Menard is the president of distribution of Conversus.

Mr. Menard is a seasoned distribution leader with almost 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Over his career, he has built a broad and deep network within the financial advisor and broker dealer communities.

Prior to Conversus, Mr. Menard served as the president of CNL Securities Corporation and CNL Capital Markets where he oversaw the firm’s capital raising efforts. Before that he was a senior vice president at Franklin Square Capital Partners where he was responsible for selling business development companies to registered investment advisors (RIAs). He also sat on Franklin’s management committee. Previously, Mr. Menard was the head of distribution at Steben & Company, a leading provider of managed futures to broker-dealers and RIAs.

Mr. Menard serves on the board of the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives (IPA) which coordinates the resources of its members to create opportunities for the advancement of industry objectives through established regulatory and political processes. The IPA’s mission is to continue to raise awareness of alternatives to legislators and regulatory officials, clearly communicating the distinct attributes alternative products can offer the investing public.

Mr. Menard received a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and serves on the board of the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives. He holds FINRA 7, 24 and 63 licenses. He is on the board of the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute.