Mr. Hambacher is a vice president at Conversus, a StepStone Company. Conversus focuses on delivering private market solutions to high net worth investors.
Prior to Conversus, Mr. Hambacher was an investment strategist for the Wells Fargo Investment Institute focused on sourcing, due diligence and ongoing monitoring of direct private investment opportunities. Before that he was a member of the investment teams at Corrum Capital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Strategic Investments Group focused on private equity, private credit, and hedge fund investments. Prior to BAML, Mr. Hambacher was an analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey focused on originating, underwriting, and syndicating leveraged loans.
Mr. Hambacher received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
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.
Mr. Sittema is the Executive Chairman of Conversus, a StepStone company. Conversus focuses on delivering private market solutions to high net worth investors.
Prior to Conversus, Mr. Sittema served as CEO of CNL Financial Group, a $10 billion asset manager providing access for individual investors to the private markets. Previously, Mr. Sittema enjoyed a 27-year career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch serving in a variety of leadership roles, including the U.S. Head of Real Estate Investment Trusts and Lodging Investment Banking Division.
Mr. Sittema received a BA from Dordt College and an MBA from Indiana University. He is a Director of the Florida Council of 100 and a past board chair of the Institute for Portfolio Alternatives.
Mr. Smith is the COO and CFO of Conversus.
Mr. Smith brings over 25 years of operational experience working in private equity, alternatives distribution and asset management businesses.
Prior to Conversus, Mr. Smith co-founded Carolon Capital, a distribution firm that focuses on closed-end funds and long-only strategies. He also co-founded Carolon Investment Funds, which assists US-based asset managers with fund structuring, distribution and regulatory oversight. 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 CFO. Mr. Smith has also held senior level roles at Bank of America, Instinet Group and Fidelity Investments.
Mr. Smith has served as a guest lecturer at Stanford University and the University of Virginia, and he has presented at numerous conferences on topics ranging from private equity to governance.
Mr. Smith received his BS from the University of Virginia and his MBA from the University of Richmond. He is a certified public accountant. He is active with the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Charlottesville, VA and serves on the board of the Emergency Medical Center at the University of Virginia.
Ms. Stenson is the executive assistant to the Conversus Team.
Ms. Stenson brings 15 years of senior administrative experience working in private equity, asset management and manufacturing.
Prior to joining StepStone, Ms. Stenson was senior executive assistant to the CEO of JELD-WEN, Inc., a global building supply manufacturer. Prior to that, she worked in investor relations for Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P., a private equity fund in Boston. Ms. Stenson began her career as executive assistant to the head of private wealth management at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Weltler is the managing director of distribution of Conversus.
Mr. Weltler is a seasoned leader in distribution and has almost 25 years of experience across both Institutional and Retail markets.
Prior to Conversus, Mr. Weltler spent 15 years as the Vice President of Distribution for Steben & Company, a leading provider of managed futures and hedge funds, where he oversaw the firm’s capital raising efforts to RIAs and Broker Dealers. Previously, he was Vice President at Fox Asset Management where he was responsible for generating new sales of traditional investments through Institutional Consultants and the Public and Taft-Hartley pension markets. Mr. Weltler was formerly employed by Performance Analytics, an Institutional Consulting firm in Chicago.
Mr. Weltler received a B.B.A. from St. Norbert College and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst charterholder. He holds FINRA 3, 7, 24 and 63 licenses.