Every Chestnut Advisor has deep experience as a senior investor, marketer or salesperson at leading asset managers. We are all operators, so we approach each client’s business as if it were our own.
Our team’s capital markets experience spans rates, equity, currencies, debt, and private equity; long-only and long/short, levered and unlevered. Our team’s marketing experience ranges from institutional to retail, from domestic to international, from boutique to top 10 globally. From risk metric concerns to current portfolio positioning, we understand the language of asset management and the culture of investing.
Amanda Tepper is the founder and CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group. Amanda honed her expertise in asset management business development throughout her investment management career. Prior to founding Chestnut, Amanda served as Global Director of AllianceBernstein’s senior portfolio management team, a group that crafted and delivered the firm’s investment insights to institutional and retail clients and consultants. Amanda developed deep experience in sell-side equity research as Associate Director of Equity Research at Bank of America and as an Institutional Investor All America Team-ranked analyst at JPMorgan. Before moving to the sell-side Amanda spent five years as an investment banker in JPMorgan’s retail industries group She began her investment career on a corporate bond trading desk.
Amanda holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa. Amanda is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Endowment of the Art Students League of New York. She also serves on the Andover Development Board of Phillips Academy.
Prior to co-founding Chestnut Advisory Group, Maria spent 20 years as a senior attorney and business professional. She was senior counsel at GE Capital Treasury Operations, where she specialized in derivative transactions, and also served as strategic advisor for risk management, business, tax and cash management operations. Maria was a senior legal consultant to Safra National Bank of New York for derivative transactions. She spent eight years post-law school working in several preeminent NYC law firms specializing in complex litigation matters, risk management and loss avoidance.
Maria holds a JD from St John’s University Law School and a BS in Mathematics from Marymount College. She is a founding member, trustee and board member of Charna’s Kids Club/New York Presbyterian-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. She also serves as vice-chair of the finance council for Church of the Assumption.
Simon, who is based in Toronto, brings to Chestnut’s clients the experience gained from over 25 years in senior business development, marketing and client service positions with both Canadian and global asset management firms. Prior to joining Chestnut, he was Vice President & Director, Institutional Relationships with TD Greystone Asset Management, where he was instrumental in using data and technology to successfully drive business development and improve client service, and was a key manager of TD Greystone’s OCIO relationships. Before TD Greystone, Simon was the CEO and Head of Sales for BNP Paribas Investment Partners Canada, where he was ultimately responsible for the distribution of both traditional and sophisticated investment strategies to institutional and quasi-institutional clients. Over his career, Simon has helped retail and high net worth investment firms successfully enter the institutional arena, and has consistently grown businesses by tailoring marketing and sales strategies and processes to suit specific distribution channels. For ten years, Simon chaired the investment committee of the Canada Gives Foundation and served on the Foundation’s board of directors.
Simon earned a B.Sc. (Honors) in applied mathematics from the University of Alberta, and an M.A. in Mathematics from Stony Brook University, and is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.
Chief Operations Officer
Jeff joined Chestnut with 25 years’ experience managing client service, technology, and operations. He has directed client service, marketing, and e-commerce project management teams for clients such as eBay, PayPal, General Motors, Pitney Bowes, and AT&T. Recently Jeff helped improve educational outcomes for underserved K12 schools as Director of BIS for Achievement First and Director of Program Operations for New Classrooms.
Jeff holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Wharton.
Cynthia was most recently Executive Vice President, Head of Manager Research, Performance Analytics, and Investment Solutions at BNY Mellon Investment Management. She was she was responsible for performance oversight, due diligence, and analysis of investment performance across BNY. She held previous senior roles at Russell Investments and Rogerscasey as well as having served as chief investment officer for United Technologies, Philip Morris, the City of Hartford, and SBLI, a New York-based insurance company. Currently, she serves on the Investment Committees of the Hartford and New Haven Community Foundations as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and Hartford Healthcare Corporation.
Cynthia received her Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. from The Bank Street School.
Elyse has spent her career in financial services focused on client and employee engagement and experience, strategic planning and portfolio management. She was most recently the Chief of Staff and Global Head of Experiential Marketing for the Marketing team in the Investment Management division at Goldman Sachs. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Elyse held roles in private wealth management and in portfolio management for Lehman Brothers/Morgan Stanley and for American High Growth Equities Corporation, respectively.
Elyse participated in the Returnship at Goldman Sachs and is involved with iRelaunch and Take the Lead, as well as a mentor for women interested in returning to work after a hiatus. She is also a passionate supporter of AIDS Walk New York.
Elyse has a B.S. from Cornell University.
Kevin has spent his career in management consulting and commercial real estate providing advisory and consulting services across the range of commercial real estate activity, including strategic planning, opportunity assessments, market research, business development, and fundraising initiatives. He served as a Sales Director for Cushman Wakefield/MKRS and a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In addition, Kevin has 25 years direct experience as a commercial real estate investor.
Kevin holds a B.S. in Engineering from Howard University, an M.S. Cert. from NYU/Polytechnic University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School.
Natalie has more than 25 years’ experience in the investment management industry working at both boutique and global asset management firms. Natalie was most recently a Client Portfolio Manager with PNC Capital Advisors’ U.S. small cap team. Prior to that Natalie served as a Managing Director on the Global Distribution team at Turner Investments, an Executive Director at Echo Point Investment Management, and worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York, Philadelphia, and London in financial and sales management roles. She started her career with Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, LLP and Deloitte & Touche in Philadelphia. She is a member of Women in Investing Network of Philadelphia, the CFA Society Philadelphia, Women’s Leadership Initiative, and 100 Women in Finance.
Natalie earned a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University. She is a CFA charterholder and also holds the Chartered Alternative Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Alison brings a decade of capital markets research experience to Chestnut. Most recently she initiated and maintained institutional equity sell side research on the retail industry, covering more than $80billion in equity market cap at Pali Capital. Previously Alison was at JPMorgan, serving on an Institutional Investor All-America-ranked equity research team covering the footwear and apparel industries. Alison was first trained as an investment banker at JPMorgan.
Alison holds a BS in Economics and a BA in English from Duke University.