Date: January 25, 2011
Decosimo Certified Public Accountants (Decosimo), a leading accounting and business advisory firm, has signed on as the first strategic partner for the MidSouth Alternative Investment Association (MSAIA), a knowledge-based, networking organization connecting alternative investment professionals in the MidSouth through informal gatherings and fundraising efforts for worthwhile charities. As part of the strategic sponsorship, Decosimo’s support will provide the venue and speaker for the next networking event on Feb. 8, as well as a meaningful share of the administrative costs for all of MSAIA’s 2011 activities. Decosimo has consistently sponsored MSAIA events since 2008.
“Decosimo is committed the success of the alternative investment partnership industry and seeks to support and provide continuing education and networking opportunities for investment advisors and Fund managers,” said Karl J. Jordan, CPA, international and domestic principal and the alternative investment partnership practice leader with Decosimo.
MSAIA is currently taking reservations for its spring mixer set for Feb. 8 at 5:00 CST at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant in Nashville, Tenn. where the featured presenter will be Arthur B. Laffer, Jr., the president and chief executive officer of Laffer Associates. Mr. Laffer will address the 2011-2012 political cycle’s potential impact on the economy. To make reservations, email email@example.com or visit www.msaia.net. While there are currently no membership dues associated with MSAIA, the organization raises funds for a selected charitable organization in connection with each of its events. For the spring mixer, a $20 minimum donation to benefit the Nashville Children’s Alliance (NCA) is payable at the door. (Add this event to your calendar.)
About the Speaker:
Arthur B. Laffer, Jr. is the president and CEO of Laffer Associates. He has more than 25 years of financial services experience in marketing, product management, sales, information technology, and security analysis. His responsibilities at Laffer Associates include overseeing all marketing, client relations, operations and financial activities for the Firm. Mr. Laffer joined the Firm after having worked for Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management in the capacity of senior manager for insurance products and managed accounts. While there, Mr. Laffer was responsible for product management, marketing and key account service for more than $10 billion in separate account business.
Prior to Nicholas-Applegate, Mr. Laffer worked at Putnam Investments for nearly six years in several key management capacities. His last position was Vice President, National Sales Manager for the Firm’s variable insurance products, which then accounted for more than $25 billion in Putnam assets. Mr. Laffer started his professional career in 1987 at Bradford and Marzec, Los Angeles, an institutional fixed income asset manager, where he was involved in trading, research, marketing and information technology.
About Decosimo Certified Public Accountants:
Perennially ranked as a Top 100 accounting and business advisory Firm, Decosimo is a recognized trusted advisor in the financial services area for their domestic and international clients. With offices strategically located in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio and the Cayman Islands, Decosimo provides audit, tax and advisory services to clients throughout the world. As an independent firm associated with Moore Stephens International Limited, Decosimo has access to resources and professionals in 630 office locations across 98 countries. Together with Moore Stephens, Decosimo offers a global reach while maintaining a local perspective. The Decosimo Financial Services Group furnishes services to financial institutions, alternative investment funds, offshore entities, fund of funds, real estate funds, investment advisors, dealer-brokers and alternative loan and private investment groups. The Firm serves a client base that includes a variety of Funds that range from start-ups to Funds managing billions of dollars in assets.
Beyond tax and assurance solutions, Decosimo’s Financial Services team provides advisory services for independent due diligence and transaction services; accounting assistance with fund launches; counsel related to fund structure, fee agreements and complex tax allocation issues; advice on matters of board governance and ethics; and attestation services under the SEC Custody Rule provisions for Registered Investment Advisors. Decosimo’s full service Grand Cayman office, Moore Stephens Decosimo Cayman Limited, helps its domestic and international clients leverage the benefits of a jurisdiction without direct taxation.
About MidSouth Alternative Investment Association:
MSAIA is a knowledge-based, networking organization which connects alternative investment professionals in the MidSouth and raises funds and awareness for worthwhile charities in our region. MSAIA offers a professional environment for constructive dialogue among members through educational programs, networking events and other services designed to facilitate communication within our community of institutional investors, high net worth investors, alternative investment money managers, professional service providers and academics. The target audience are alternative investment professionals in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Birmingham, Huntsville, Louisville and points in-between.
About the Benefiting Nonprofit Organization:
The Nashville Children’s Alliance (NCA), formerly the Nashville Child Advocacy Center, is a nonprofit organization providing services to children when there are allegations of sexual or severe physical abuse. The Nashville Children’s Alliance is a unique partnership with the Office of the District Attorney General, the Department of Children’s Services and the Metropolitan Police Department working together for the detection, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. NCA was started in 1992 by a dedicated group of community professionals and volunteers who believed that children deserved a coordinated approach by the professionals working on these difficult cases. More information is available at www.nashvillechildrensalliance.org.