The 3rd Annual Great Plains Institutional Investor Forum is an educational initiative designed through close coordination with the region’s leading institutional investors to build peer communities that merge global best practices with local expertise.
The program’s agenda will cover smart beta, pension fund management, private equity allocation trends, fund operational issues, the global equity market landscape, hedge fund allocation trends, asset recovery, securities litigation, the distressed cycle and credit market navigation, interest rates and the credit cycle, real assets and non-traditional asset classes, fiduciary responsibility and fraud protection. The forum is specially designed to bring together 100+ staff members, investment officers, board members and trustees representing Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
CPAs can receive CPE credits towards their continuing education obligations.
Mr. Waskiewicz has 25+ years of investment experience mostly advising and managing assets for institutional clients. Mr. Waskiewicz is a team leader and skilled investor with a proven track record generating strong risk-adjusted returns using absolute-return focused portfolio construction techniques and thoughtful, differentiated manager selection processes.
Mr. Waskiewicz has over ten years experience as a chief investment officer managing short-term and long-term capital for institutions, building investment programs, creating prudent investment solutions and establishing selection processes for products and managers within the equity, fixed income, real asset, hedge fund and private equity markets.
Mr. Waskiewicz currently serves as Chief Investment Officer for Mercy Health (St. Louis, MO) managing the AA- rated health system’s short-term, long-term and pension plan assets, totaling $2.7B in assets under management. With 33 hospitals across Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, 40,000 employees and $4.5B+ in net revenues, Mercy is the nation’s 5th largest Catholic health system. Mr. Waskiewicz joined Mercy in February 2010 as the system’s first chief investment officer charged with creating a top-performing in-house investment program. Under his leadership, Mercy has generated strong risk-adjusted returns while receiving industry recognition as a leading healthcare investor, including Investor Intelligence Awards - Healthcare Chief Investment Officer of the Year (2014); Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards - Healthcare System of the Year Nominee (2014) and Annual Hedge Fund Industry Awards - Rising Star Award Recipient (2012).
Mr. Waskiewicz brings a unique industry perspective to an in-house investment team. Prior to taking on his first role as CIO in 2005, Mr. Waskiewicz spent fifteen years in the asset management and advisory business, learning from and working with industry leaders at T. Rowe Price, Mercer Investment Consulting, Evergreen Investments and Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Waskiewicz is an active member of the investment community serving as a member of the CFA Institute and the St. Louis Society of Investment Analysts. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences and roundtables.
Mr. Waskiewicz also serves as an adjunct professor in the business school at Webster University (St. Louis) and presently serves as on the Board of Coopers-Anthony Child Advocacy Center (Hot Springs, Arkansas), as well as, the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Investment Sub-Committee at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School in St. Louis, where his two daughters, ages 17 and 15, attend.
Thomas Crook Vice President, Treasury Services Essentia Health
Susan Slocum Treasurer & Investment Officer Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Darlene Green Comptroller City of St. Louis
Brian Neale Chief Investment Officer University of Nebraska
Laura Block Chief Financial Officer University of North Dakota
Greg Zick Manager, Pensions & Investments Xcel Energy
Todd Thorsen Senior Investment Manager Medtronic Employee Pension Plan
Kim Faust Vice President & Treasurer Fairview Health Services
Jay Kiedrowski Board Member Guthrie Theatre
Phillip Kapler Former Executive Director Fresno County Employees Retirement Association
Jonathan Havice Chief Investment Officer J Slocum Associates
John Linder Consultant, Principal Pension Consulting Alliance
Michael Wahlin Treasurer Iowa State University Foundation
Karen Florez Manager of Investments The Minneapolis Foundation
Tami Koosmann Director of Treasury CentraCare Health Systems
Ian Janecek Research Director Private Equity | Senior Consultant Gavion
Jim Dykstal Portfolio Manager DeMarche Associates
Alyssa Cheatham Senior Consultant Pavilion Advisory Group
Style Investing the Smart Way
Actively combining risk premiums to achieve stable out-performance.
Major Forces and Trends in 2016
As we enter into a new calendar year, what are some of the big issues that will likely see continuations from the previous periods?
Practical Steps Towards ESG Integration
How can environment, social and governance (ESG), as well as manager diversity, considerations be woven into the portfolio construction process?
Investing in Today's Global Equity Markets
Amid the dynamic nature of global equity markets, where can opportunities be found today, and what are the challenges facing plan sponsors?
|Sponsorship is only available upon invitation and Markets Group reserves the right to refuse sponsorship from any organization or individual deemed by Markets Group to be incompatible with the event. Markets Group forum sessions are closed to all media/press and video/audio recording is explicitly prohibited within the venue.|
Head of US Institutional Sales