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The 2016 Hedge Fund Rising Stars: Brett Minarik

At advisory firm Aksia, institutional clients look to Minarik to help strengthen their hedge fund portfolios.

Brett Minarik

In 2010, Brett Minarik drove 3,000 miles from Carlsbad, California, to New York with his future wife, Phoebe, and their dog, a German Shepherd–Belgian 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 York–based 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 firm’s 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 portfolio advisers.

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 investments.

Minarik studied finance and international business on an academic scholarship at Orange, California–based 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 he spent 12 days backpacking solo and off-trail in Alaska’s Arctic wilderness after passing the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst exam.

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Hedge Fund Rising Stars of 2016

Jessye Ball
Millennium Mgmt
Sarah Berner
Aristeia Capital
Jenna Bussman-Wise
AIG Investments
Maureen Chang
Point72 Asset Mgmt
Dennis Chenfu
Charles Dufresne Jr.
Sciens Capital Mgmt
William Freda
Graticule Asset Mgmt Asia
Samantha Greenberg
Margate Capital
Mark Gurevich
Ropes & Gray
Tal Gurion
Mariner Glen Oaks
Craig Huie
University of California
Yusef Kassim
Blue Harbour Group
Florian Kronawitter
White Square Capital
Vikram Kumar
TT International
Brandon Levin
Jana Partners
Jonathan Levin
George Weiss Associates
Brett Minarik
Ian Monroe
Etho Capital
Jason Morrow
Utah Retirement Systems
Pierre-Adrien Nicolas
Squarepoint Capital
Jamie Pabst
Green Owl Capital Mgmt
Parag Pande
Blackstone Group
Agata Praczuk
Max Saffian
Fortress Investment Group
Matt Satnick
MSD Partners
Eric Singer
Viex Capital Advisors
Katina Stefanova
Marto Capital
Reginald Tucker
New York State Common Retirement Fund
Michael Wang
Cypress Funds
Sean Wygovsky
Polar Asset Mgmt Partners

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