In 2010, Brett Minarik drove 3,000 miles from Carlsbad,
California, to New York with his future wife, Phoebe, and their
dog, a German ShepherdBelgian Malinois mix named Zeus.
Minarik, 30, who was born in Cleveland and grew up near Salt
Lake City, made the move because his then-girlfriend wanted to
relocate to the Big Apple. His adventurous spirit led him into
the arms of hedge fund research and advisory firm Aksia shortly
after he arrived on the East Coast. (Sadly, the couple had to
find a new home for Zeus after moving into the city.)
New Yorkbased Aksia has more than $62 billion in
assets under advisory and many large institutional investors as
clients, including U.S. aluminum producer Alcoa, the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation Trust, nonprofit hospital operator Mercy
Health System and the Pennsylvania Public School
Employees Retirement System. As senior portfolio adviser,
Minarik helps the firms institutional clients to choose
strategies and managers that optimize their existing hedge fund
portfolios. He works with head of advisory Matt Mullarkey,
formerly an investment officer and portfolio manager for the
New York State Common Retirement Fund, and three other
In 2013, Minarik started a research and development group to
work on an online solution for addressing potential
inefficiencies in the advisory process and coming up with new
ideas for delivering specialized research. The project team,
which has met nearly every week for the past three years, keeps
adding features to what is now called MAX, a proprietary
web-based platform that Aksia clients can use for everything
from portfolio analysis to due diligence on prospective
Minarik studied finance and international business on an
academic scholarship at Orange, Californiabased Chapman
University. His first job after he graduated in 2008 was as an
associate and then as a client service manager with nearby
Carlsbad Wealth Advisor Group.
Minarik has kept on seeking adventure. In the summer of 2013
12 days backpacking solo and off-trail in Alaskas Arctic
wilderness after passing the Chartered Alternative
Investment Analyst exam.
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