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James Hill CEO of MCF Energy ⁠ Website: ⁠ BIO: James Hill is a leader in global energy - specializing in exploration projects across Europe and North America. He holds over four decades of combined professional and technical experience and has led many successful projects, including a massive exploration campaign across six countries. A geologist by trade, James earned his Master’s of Science in Geology from California State University and holds his P.Geo designation and is a Chartered Member of the London Geological Society. To date, he has led the growth of several companies and scaled energy businesses through the M&A process and the development of strong go-to-market strategies. He has a strong track record in European exploration, and is well-known for having grown the continent’s largest heavy oil field by 40x. He is responsible for leading one of Europe’s largest exploration projects and increasing oil production by 2000%. James served as the President of Professional Affairs for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). He joined MCF Energy as President and CEO in December 2022. James is working to drive change and through MCF Energy, a gas and oil exploration and production company, he is dedicated to strengthening Europe’s energy security in light of the Russia-Ukraine War. MCF is working to create a lasting impact in Europe by working to develop its internal resources and infrastructure. The company currently has two exploration projects underway in Austria and Germany. Prior to MCF, James was VP of Exploration for both BNK Petroleum and Bankers Petroleum. --- Support this podcast:
Nick Griebenow, CFA and one of the Portfolio Managers at at Shelton Capital Management - Ticker: $EQTIX with over $4 Billion in assets under management. Website: Bio: Nick Griebenow, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager for Shelton Capital Management’s Option Overlay Strategies. Mr. Griebenow has extensive knowledge in option strategies and was previously a Senior Derivatives Trader at a large national brokerage firm. He received a B.A. from Colorado State University. Shelton Capital Firm AUM as of 9/30/23 is $4.3B (of that over $1.1B in managed option strategies) --- Support this podcast:
God and Nature Are Long. To Make Profits, Take Profits.   Name: Dryden Pence  Title: Pence Capital Management CIO Pence Wealth Management, & Pence financial group. Website: AUM: $2.2B & $1B AUA Bio: Dryden Pence serves as Chief Investment Officer for Pence Capital Management (“PCM”), overseeing the consulting activities for PCM related strategies. With 30 years of experience in the financial industry, and as a retired Army Colonel trained in the field of Intelligence, Special Operations and Psychological Warfare, he specializes in capitalizing on the supply chain of human demand by identifying investment opportunities through its trademarked process: Choke Point Investing™. Dryden Pence combines his formal training and knowledge as an Economist with his years of experience in psychological warfare to bring a unique understanding of human behavior and how it affects the economy and the markets (ahead of change). He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and in his capacity, as Chief Investment Officer at Pence Capital Management, he oversees the investment strategy and consultative services provided to product platform distributors. --- Support this podcast:
Craig Conti, Chief Financial Officer, Verra Mobility, ($VRRM) Website: Bio: Craig Conti has served as Verra Mobility’s Chief Financial Officer since April 2022. Prior to joining Verra Mobility, Craig was the executive vice president and CFO of Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ: CENX), a global producer of primary aluminum. He previously served as the CFO for ITW’s welding business, and he also led financial planning and analysis for GE Healthcare’s IT business. Mr. Conti began his career at GE, where he gained a wide range of finance, operations and strategy experience over the course of 15 years. --- Support this podcast:
Chris O’Keefe, CFA, lead portfolio manager of Logan Capital Management $4B in AUM and AUA. Chris manages over $1B in his dividend strategies. Chris manages the Dividend Performers Strategy and the Dividend Performers Balanced Strategy at Logan Capital. Chris O’Keefe, CFA, lead portfolio manager of Logan Capital Management’s Dividend Performers Strategy and the Dividend Performers Balanced Strategy. Chris notes now is the time for investors to consider dividends. He says, in a stressed economy with rising rates, you want more durable, resilient companies. Dividend-paying stocks tend to do better in this environment, and valuations look more reasonable on that side of the universe. --- Support this podcast:
Distressed Investing With George Schultze, Founder & CEO, of Schultze Asset Management ~ $100M AUM Website: Bio: George J. Schultze is Managing Member and Founder of Schultze Asset Management, LLC (SAM). He chairs the firm’s Investment and Strategy Committees and, together with his team, makes the final decision on all investments for the portfolio. Mr. Schultze is widely recognized as an expert on distressed and special situations investing and is often quoted in the media regarding high profile reorganization cases such as the Chrysler Automotive bankruptcy. He is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and graduate schools such as Harvard Business School. Prior to founding SAM, he honed his activist distressed investing approach with MD Sass. Before that, he was employed with Fiduciary Partners fund of funds, the Mayer Brown & Platt law firm, and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Schultze is a joint graduate of Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School, JD/MBA. He founded the Columbia Law School Investment Club and served as editor for the Columbia Business Law Review. He also authored several papers including: Negotiating the TWA Bankruptcy Restructuring, Tax Factors and ERISA Implications of Corporate Restructurings, and International Banking Law. While at Columbia, he placed 2nd in the 1995 business school annual stock-picking contest. Mr. Schultze earned a BA from Rutgers College where he graduated with a joint major in Economics/Political Science and the Henry Rutgers Scholar distinction. While at Rutgers, he won The Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in Economics and placed 23rd nationwide (from over 14,000 participants) and first place at Rutgers in the 1991 AT&T Annual Stock Picking Contest. Although born and raised in the U.S.A., Mr. Schultze is fluent in German and Spanish. He is a regular contributor to the online version of Forbes, wrote the book on Vulture Investing, is a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, and regularly speaks at industry forums. --- Support this podcast:
Kurt Nye, CFA, Group Head of Alternative Investments, Managing Director, MAI Capital Management ($14B AUM) Website: Kurt manages several of MAI's private funds and the Managed Volatility Strategy which leverages alternative investments to mitigate risk. MAI has a strong focus on alternatives and having options to help clients withstand market volatility. --- Support this podcast:
The Business Behind The Stock Brian Frank, President Of Frank Funds & Portfolio Manager of the Frank Value Fund (FRNKX) with approximately $200M in Assets Under Management Website: Bio: Brian Frank has been the CIO for Frank Funds since 2003 and the Portfolio Manager of the Frank Value Fund and Frank Value Fund SP (Cayman) since inception in July 2004, and January 2014, respectively. After working at Lightyear Capital, a private equity fund organized by Donald Marron of Paine Webber, Brian co-founded Frank Funds which started as a single-family office, and Brian managed the assets with the goal of maximizing wealth for the long-term. The success of this strategy led to the creation of the Frank Value Fund, a mutual fund isolating Frank Funds’ equities portfolio. The Frank Value Fund has eight times been ranked as a Wall Street Journal Category King. Brian has a BS from New York University’s Stern School of business in Finance and Accounting. He is a Registered Investment Advisor and has a Series 65 license. --- Support this podcast:
Christopher J. Day Founder And CEO Days Global Advisors who runs the DGA Absolute Return ETF Ticker: $HF. Christopher and his team manage over $500 million. Website: Bio: Christopher J. Day is a Houston-based wealth advisor, financial expert, and founder of Day Global Advisors. He has recently launched the Days Global Advisors Absolute Return ETF on the New York Stock Exchange. The ETF goes by the ticker HF and incorporated absolute return investing and was launched to realize Christopher’s vision of making investing and hedge fund management accessible to 99% of investors. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and Management Information Systems from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He helped manage over 550M+ privately and 15.5M publicly since the August launch of the HF ETF.  He prefers to focus on his public ETF work in Absolute Return portfolio management over AUM.  --- Support this podcast:
Christopher Manske, founder and president Manske Wealth Management over half a billion dollars in assets under management. Bio: Chris graduated from West Point and earned his CFP (Certified Financial Planner) from Rice University while working with Merrill Lynch for over a decade. While at ML, he was asked to devise and execute nationwide training for ML brokers. He founded Manske Wealth Management in 2012, which now has over half a billion dollars in assets under management. MWM is consistently rated one of the top wealth management firms in Houston. 2020, Chris published his first book The Prepared Investor, which guides investors as to what to do in a crisis. His second book, Outsmart the Money Magicians, will be published with McGraw Hill this fall. It warns investors not to allow what he calls “lifestyle creep” to impede wealth accumulation and informs investors about the conflicts of interest and pressure to sell that challenge even the best-intentioned advisor in a traditional brokerage firm. Website: --- Support this podcast:
Learn How Daryn Dodson, Managing Partner Of Illumen Capital, Uses Diversity To Generate Alpha Website: Bio: Daryn is a passionate advocate of social and economic justice, especially for disadvantaged and marginalized groups. His work with impact investors, private equity funds, Fortune 100 companies, universities and foundations has been viewed through the lens of addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.  Daryn previously led the Special Equities Program as a consultant to the Board of the Calvert Funds, a $12 billion pioneer of the impact investing field. Through this vehicle, Calvert maintains a portfolio of more than 40 funds on five continents, representing over 350 underlying portfolio companies. Prior to serving as a consultant to Calvert, Daryn served as Director of University and Corporate Partnership for The Idea Village, where he created a platform engaging leading private equity firms, business schools, and Fortune 500 companies to invest in New Orleans entrepreneurs post-Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Dodson currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ben and Jerry’s.  He earned his M.B.A. from Stanford, where he serves on the Dean’s Management Board, and his A.B. from Duke University. --- Support this podcast:
Guest: Tal Jacobson, CEO, Perion, $PERI Website: Bio: Tal Jacobson has been a leader and executive in the ad-tech industry for more than two decades. Prior to his appointment as Perion's CEO in 2023, Tal served as General Manager of CodeFuel, Perion's Search Advertising unit, since 2018. During his tenure, he turned CodeFuel into a significant driver of Perion's market share and valuation. He also cemented a strategic relationship with Microsoft for which the company won the Microsoft Advertising Global supply partner award. Tal's success is rooted in his extensive experience in all facets of the tech industry. As Chief Revenue Officer of SimilarWeb, he was paramount to the Israeli unicorn growth spurt in its early days. Prior to that, he held the position of VP of Business at McCann Erickson, the role of CEO at the video collaboration platform Watchitoo, and Director of Business Development at AOL. --- Support this podcast:
Guest: Lewis Black, CEO, President, & Founder Of Almonty Industries. Bio: Mr. Black is currently a Partner of Almonty Partners LLC and has over 15 years of experience in the tungsten mining industry. From June 2005 to December 2007, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Primary Metals Inc. (“PMI”), a former TSX-V listed tungsten mining company. Mr. Black also formerly served as head of sales and marketing for SC Mining Tungsten, Thailand. Website: --- Support this podcast:
Keith Larkin, Managing Director, Principal At A $4.6B Money Management Firm Shares Timeless Advice With The Audience. Bio: KEITH LARKIN Managing Director, Principal Keith is a Managing Director and Principal at Robertson Stephens. The firm manages over $4.6 Billion. With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Keith will work with you to develop customized strategies to help you reach your financial goals. His process begins with listening to understand where you are today and where you are trying to go. This includes a thorough understanding of your goals, priorities, concerns, tolerance for risk, income needs, assets and liabilities. Keith will then build and implement a plan that addresses what’s most important to you and your family, including consulting with other advisors if needed. Keith works with entrepreneurs, multigenerational families and company executives. He has several specializations including pre- and post-IPO planning and utilizing options to hedge single stock risk as well as to generate income in single stock portfolios. Prior to Robertson Stephens, Keith worked at Wells Fargo Advisors as a financial advisor since 2013. In 2019, he was recognized as a Premier Advisor, a distinction reserved for a select group of financial advisors at Wells Fargo Advisors. Previously, Keith was a Director at Deutsche Bank, where he provided wealth, estate and retirement planning services for high-net-worth individuals, and a Vice President at Neuberger Berman. Keith graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. Away from the office, he enjoys running and traveling. Keith is a resident of San Francisco and enjoys all that the Bay Area has to offer. The Premier Advisor distinction is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by completion of educational components, business production and professionalism. Additional criteria, including length of service, may also be used to determine recipients. Website: --- Support this podcast:
Guest: Howard Wilson, Chief Financial Officer at PagerDuty (Ticker: PD) Website: Bio: Howard Wilson is the Chief Financial Officer at PagerDuty, where he leads the company's internal and strategic execution. In his role, he builds and directs the finance organization to support PagerDuty's growth and scaling. Before becoming CFO, he served as PagerDuty's Chief Commercial Officer, leading efforts to empower decision-making and provide ongoing customer value from the PagerDuty Operations Cloud. Howard brings more than 20 years of experience in software, services, and operational management to his role. Before joining PagerDuty, Howard oversaw the SaaS business at Dynatrace, the leader in Application Performance Management. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Keynote Systems, where he managed all customer-facing operations. Howard also served as Senior Vice President of Field Operations at Ventyx, where he oversaw various functions, including business planning, sales operations, and recurring revenue operations. Prior to Ventyx, he spent 14 years in various senior leadership roles at Oracle. Howard holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems and psychology from the University of South Africa. --- Support this podcast:
Mr. Jonathan Awde serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Dakota Gold. (Ticker: $DC) Bio: Jonathan Awde Mr. Awde serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Dakota Gold. Previously, he served as co-founder, Director and Chief Executive and President of Gold Standard Ventures Corp. As CEO/President/Director, from July 2010 through December 2020, Awde oversaw all corporate development, asset acquisition, joint ventures, capital raising and the procurement of capital for the development of Gold Standard Ventures Corp.’s assets. Awde spent the last 15 years raising financing for various junior resource companies, focusing on institutional accounts, high net worth and family offices, and has raised more than $600 million for public and private companies in the natural resources sector during this period. Mr. Awde holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Finance from Acadia University. Website: --- Support this podcast:
Rodney Varner Genprex Chairman, President & CEO shared timeless advice with the audience. Bio: Rodney Varner is a co-founder of Genprex and has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, and as Chairman of its board of directors since August 2012. Mr. Varner served as a partner of the law firm Wilson & Varner, LLP, since 1991. Mr. Varner has more than thirty-five years of legal experience with large and small law firms and as outside general counsel of a Nasdaq-listed company. Mr. Varner has represented for-profit and non-profit companies at the board of directors or senior management levels in a wide variety of contractual, business, tax, and securities matters, including technology transfers, licensing, collaboration and research agreements, clinical trial contracts, pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturing and process development contracts, state and federal grants, including NIH and SBA grants, corporate governance and fiduciary issues, and real estate matters. Mr. Varner served as counsel in company formation, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, other business transactions, protection of trade secrets and other intellectual property, real estate, and business litigation. Mr. Varner is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Tax Court. He has been a registered securities representative and founder of a company that is a licensed securities broker-dealer. Mr. Varner received his BBA, with high honors, from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. Website: --- Support this podcast:
Loreen Gilbert, CEO, of Wealthwise Financial Services With $280M AUM Website: Bio: Loreen Gilbert is an experienced wealth manager who has spent more than three decades creating comprehensive wealth strategies for her clients. Upon graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Business Administration, she launched her career at Fidelity Investments where she assisted clients with investment management services. Gilbert then worked for a private company selling retirement plans to municipalities and their employees. She has been in private practice as a wealth manager since 1997, and is the founder and CEO of WealthWise Financial Services, which offers securities and investment advisory services to individuals, business owners and corporations through her affiliation as a registered principal with LPL Financial. Loreen has many accolades under her belt including, Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In-State list, Forbes Top 1000 Female Advisor list and the Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. She has also been covered by CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, TD Ameritrade, BBC, Cheddar, US News & World Report, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, Yahoo! Finance, Money Magazine, Reuters, Financial Advisor Magazine, Plan Sponsor Magazine and She also hosts on-air segments for KX FM in Laguna Beach, California, to educate listeners on financial matters. --- Support this podcast:
Jim Martin, Co-CEO and CFO of Cocrystal Pharma $COCP Website: About Jim: Mr. James Martin has over 25 years of finance and management experience including providing financial leadership to commercial-stage, publicly traded health science companies. Prior to Cocrystal, Mr. Martin served as the Chief Financial Officer of Motus GI (Nasdaq: MOTS), a medical device company. From September 2014 to November 2016 he served as the Chief Financial Officer of VBI Vaccines, Inc. (formerly SciVac Therapeutics, Inc.) (Nasdaq: VBIV), a pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company. From April 2014 to September 2015, Mr. Martin served as Chief Financial Officer of Vapor Corp, Inc. (Nasdaq: VPCO), a vaporizer retail and wholesale company. From January 2011 to October 2013. Mr. Martin served as Chief Financial Officer of SafeStitch prior to its merger with TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC). Mr. Martin also serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Non-Invasive Monitoring Systems, Inc. (OTC Pink: NIMU), a company marketing non-invasive medical devices. Mr. Martin holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and an MBA from Barry University in Miami. He is a Certified Public Accountant. --- Support this podcast:
Nancy Tengler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Laffer Tengler Investments with $1.2 billion in assets under management. $TGLR Website: link Bio: Nancy Tengler is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Laffer Tengler Investments. Nancy is responsible for active equity management research and portfolio management as well as leading the firm. Prior to joining Laffer Tengler, Nancy had a distinguished investment management career in several senior leadership roles. Most recently, she served as Chief Investment Officer at Heartland Financial where she was also a Director of Arizona Bank & Trust. Nancy has also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Fremont Investment Advisors in San Francisco. Prior to that, she founded Global Alliance Value Investors. She also worked for UBS Asset Management as Head of the Value Equities Group and with Spare, Tengler, Kaplan and Bischel, Ltd. as President and Senior Portfolio Manager. Tengler is a committed advocate of financial literacy for women as the leader of Laffer Tengler’s Women & Wealth initiative, which encourages and informs women on how to take charge of their own financial and investment planning. The second edition of her book, “The Women’s Guide to Successful Investing” will be out later this year. As one of the most dynamic women in the investment management industry today, Nancy is a sought-after TV and print financial commentator on local and national media outlets. Website link: --- Support this podcast:
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This is a great program. Sean has a fascinating story and I love his perspective on investing. Here is some more from him and that were published in a beautiful Virginia magazine.

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