Mr. DeGaetano is the Chief Investment Officer and Founder of Bramshill Investments. Prior to founding Bramshill, in 2012, Mr. DeGaetano was a Senior Portfolio Manager at GLG Partners LP where he not only managed the predecessor to the Bramshill Income Performance Strategy, but also managed a levered US credit portfolio for the GLG Market Neutral Fund. Combined Mr. DeGaetano had approximately $375 million in assets under management for GLG Partners LP. Prior to joining GLG Partners in 2007, Mr. DeGaetano was a Managing Director and Head of US Credit Trading at RBS Greenwich Capital from 2005 through 2006. He traded and oversaw the credit trading desk, comprised of 14 traders across corporate bonds, credit default swaps and index products from investment grade to high yield averaging a $4 billion gross position. Prior to RBS Greenwich Capital, he traded credit for 12 years for Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. He was a Senior Managing Director and the Head Trader on the high yield trading desk from 2000 through 2004. He managed a group of 4 traders along with trading his own positions during this period overseeing a gross position of approximately $1billion. His expertise has been in high beta sectors such as telecom, financials, and special situations. Prior to trading high yield, he was a Managing Director on the investment grade trading desk at Bear Stearns from 1992 through 1999. Mr. DeGaetano has a B.A. from Colgate University.
Art is a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation and actively supports student-athlete programs and scholarships through a family foundation.
Mr. Selver is the Chief Executive Officer of Bramshill Investments. Mr. Selver joined Bramshill in 2014. Mr. Selver was previously a Managing Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Inc. in High Yield Sales where he covered many large institutional asset managers. Before joining Bank of America, Mr. Selver spent 14 years at JP Morgan as a Director, selling various credit products to funds including loans, bonds, credit derivatives and CDO’s. Prior to JP Morgan, Mr. Selver was an attorney at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey where he specialized in corporate finance and public finance. Mr. Selver is a graduate of Albany Law School and Holy Cross College. Mr. Selver serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Food Action in Englewood, NJ.
Mr. Nieporte is the Co-Founder, Senior Managing Member, and Chief Compliance Officer at Bramshill Investments. Prior to co-founding Bramshill in 2012, Mr. Nieporte was an Early Stage Founder and the Senior Director of Field Sales & Operations from 2003 until 2012 for Accept Software, which was eventually acquired by Artemis in January of 2012. Prior to Accept, he was Vice President of Business Development and Operations for CCG Consulting for three years. Prior to CCG Consulting, he was the Director of Business Development and Operations for Net TV / Lumenati a Pequot Company for two years. His prior company was seeded by Net TV. Mr. Nieporte graduated cum laude, receiving a B.S. in finance and economics from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Mr. Pines is a Portfolio Manager & Analyst at Bramshill Investments where he co-manages their flagship Income Performance Strategy with Bramshill’s CIO. Prior to joining Bramshill Investments in 2012, Mr. Pines spent over a decade as a Proprietary Trader and Portfolio Manager leading a multi-asset class strategy which specialized in quantitative modeling techniques and utilized fundamental research to determine relative value. The bulk of that time was with Assent (Sungard Financial) and Chimera Securities. He also spent a year with Accenture in their Core Trading Services Group. He has almost 20 years of investment experience in fixed income and exchange traded securities within both long-only and long-short investment vehicles. Mr. Pines has been involved in charitable organizations such as NextStep, The Hoya Diamond Club, and Party with Purpose where he spent several years on the board. He holds a Masters Graduate Certificate in Algorithmic Trading from Stevens University. Mr. Pines graduated cum laude with a B.S. in finance from Georgetown University.
Michael Hirschfield, CFA
Mr. Hirschfield is a Portfolio Manager & Analyst at Bramshill Investments focusing on credit and special situations. He is a member of the firm’s investment committee. Before joining Bramshill Investments in 2018, Mr. Hirschfield served over 9 years as Portfolio Manager for Man Group, the world’s largest publicly listed Hedge Fund. He ran the US Credit portfolio for their GLG Market Neutral Fund, a multi-strategy credit fund. Michael also worked alongside Bramshill founder, Art DeGaetano, during their tenures together at GLG Partners, helping to develop the predecessor to the Bramshill Income Performance Strategy in 2009. Prior to GLG Partners, Michael was Head Trader for Cedarview Capital, an event-driven credit hedge fund. Prior to the buy-side, Mr. Hirschfield worked as a sell-side bond trader for FTN Financial on their Investment Grade Corporate Bond desk. Michael became a CFA charter holder in 2007. He received his B.A. in Economics in 2003 from Yale University. Michael co-founded the Bulldogs Care Foundation, a 501c charitable foundation which raises funds to support student-athlete development programs for underprivileged youth in NYC. The foundation honors four Yale Bulldogs who passed away in a tragic car accident in 2003. Michael serves on the board and has helped to raise over $1.1mm its since inception in 2007.
Steven Carhart, CFA
Mr. Carhart is a veteran investment and research professional with extensive portfolio management experience. Steve’s previous investment experience included three years as Vice President and portfolio manager of a major mutual fund at Pioneer Investment Management and five years as Vice President and portfolio manager of the Baker Fentress closed end mutual fund. In earlier stages of his investment career, he managed equity and balanced portfolios at the Northern Trust Company as well as founding the investment research firm Carhart Associates Inc. Steve is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an SB in Electrical Engineering. He also earned an SM from the Program for the Social Application of Technology in the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Society of Security Analysts.
Paul van Lingen
Mr. van Lingen is a Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Bramshill Investments specializing in Mortgage Backed Securities and all Structured Products. He is a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Bramshill Investments in 2017, Mr. van Lingen was a Managing Director, Principal, and Portfolio Manager at Rimrock Capital Management, a west coast Hedge Fund. He served as Head of All Structured Products managing approximately 4 billion dollars in capital. Prior to that Mr. van Lingen was a Managing Director at RBS Greenwich Capital where he managed day to day trading activities overseeing several employees as well as worked with private and government agencies to help restore residential securitization markets. He served as Head of Non-Agency MBS Trading managing approximately four billion dollars in capital. Prior to RBS Greenwich, Mr. van Lingen was a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns where he oversaw one of the largest trading and issuance platforms overseeing many employees. He served as Head of Agency and Non-Agency ARM Trading managing over twenty billion dollars of capital. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. van Lingen served in various roles in managing, consulting, modeling and technology for all aspects of the securitization business at Bankers Trust, Bank of New York, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Mr. van Lingen has a B.S. from New York University, Stern School of Business.
Mr. Balabanian specializes in all Structured Product sectors (MBS/ABS/CMBS) that the firm invests in. He is a Portfolio Manager and member of the firm's Investment Team. His primary focus is on investment management of the Hedge Fund and the firm's other Structured Product mandates. Prior to joining Bramshill Investments in 2019, Mr. Balabanian held positions as a Director at RBS and Performance Trust Capital Partners as well as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Balabanian’s background is in Structured Finance with 18+ years of experience with specific expertise in underwriting and originating mortgage backed, commercial mortgage backed and asset backed securitizations as well as arranging asset based financings, structured sales and advisory services. Mr. Balabanian has a B.S. in Engineering Management Systems (Operations Research) and Concentration in Economics from Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Ms. Cifello joined Bramshill Investments in September of 2017 and has 20 years of accounting and financial management experience. Ms. Cifello was previously the Controller of R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management, a twenty-year- old CTA firm based in New York City. Her responsibilities included managing the day-to- day operations and business affairs of registered investment advisors. In addition, Ms. Cifello worked as the Controller and CFO for a Single Family Office helping to establish an accounting system and developing processes and procedures to encompass all of the Family Office financial functions. Prior to joining Niederhoffer Capital, Ms. Cifello worked in public accounting from 1997 to 2004. Ms Cifello graduated cum laude, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Caldwell University.
Mr. Jester is the Chief Operating Officer of Bramshill Investments. Prior to joining Bramshill in 2018, Mr. Jester’s roles included the Head of Prime Brokerage Client Services and Arbitrage Relationship Management over his 8 years at BNP Paribas. Mr. Jester has supported diverse trading teams including Long/Short US Equity, International Equity, Credit, Macro and Commodity portfolios. He has experience covering proprietary, quantitative and high frequency trading strategies and his group was responsible for settlement of all US instruments traded from BNP’s international sites. Prior to his career at BNP Paribas, Mr. Jester worked in Mortgage Backed Securities Operations for JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Jester has a B.A. from Ramapo College and brings over 13 years of financial service experience with him to Bramshill.
Mr. Byrnes is a Senior Portfolio Analyst at Bramshill Investments specializing in income securities and capital structure analysis. Before joining Bramshill Investments in 2014, Mr. Byrnes worked for SAC Capital for 8 years where he co-ran an equity portfolio focused on the Energy, Power and Utility sectors for one of the largest portfolio managers at the firm. Prior to that, Mr. Byrnes was an analyst at CJS Securities specializing in small and midcap companies. Mr. Byrnes is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Leschen is a Managing Director at Bramshill Investments. He is primarily responsible for infrastructure and analytics. Before joining Bramshill in 2013, he worked at the Institute for International Research where he lead research campaigns with private and institutional investors, focusing on best practices in hedge fund operations, compliance, and risk management. Mr. Leschen is a graduate from the University of Delaware and is a founding participant of the CFA Institute Investment Foundations Program.
Nicolas Amato, CFA, CAIA
Nicolas (“Nico”) Amato is a Managing Director of Bramshill Investments. Mr. Amato has over 20 years of industry experience, mostly in Alternative Investments. Prior to joining Bramshill Investments in 2019, Mr. Amato was Head of Alternatives Portfolio Management at Wilshire Associates and also oversaw Manager Research for Alternative Investments within Wilshire’s Funds Management Group. Before joining Wilshire Associates, Mr. Amato was at Dorchester Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles-based Alternative Investments manager, from 2004 through 2014. While at Dorchester, Mr. Amato was a Partner of the firm and responsible for communicating with investors, overseeing investment portfolios, and managing the Research and Risk Management teams. Mr. Amato started his career in 1998 at the Merrill Lynch office in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mr. Amato earned an Economics Licentiate degree, Cum Laude, from San Andres University, a Masters in Finance from CEMA University (both in Buenos Aires), and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Mr. Amato is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA).
Mr. Selver is a Managing Director at Bramshill Investments and has nearly 50 years of experience in the securities industry. Mr. Selver joined Bramshill in 2014 focusing on equities and risk management across the firm’s asset allocation process. Prior to joining Bramshill, Mr. Selver was a Managing Director at JP Morgan for 18 years in Equity Sales where he sold all equity, equity derivatives, swaps and other cross products to large institutional clients worldwide. His prior experience was as a Director at Salomon Brothers (later Citigroup) for 21 years where he was responsible for equity sales and trading. Mr. Selver is a graduate of Bryant College (B.S.) and currently an active member in the Wall Street Chapter of St. Jude Charity.
Laura Simione is an Executive Director at Bramshill Investments. Ms. Simione joined Bramshill in 2017 and has 10 years of asset management sales experience. Ms. Simione was previously a Vice President at Boone Pickens Company, where she covered RIA and Intermediary sales focusing on energy and energy infrastructure investments. Before joining Boone Pickens Company, Ms. Simione spent 3 years at Baron Funds as a Senior Investment Consultant where she focused on Intermediary equity sales. In addition, Ms. Simione has held other sales roles at asset management companies including IndexIQ and Legg Mason, where she focused on RIA and Intermediary sales covering hedge fund ETF’s, equities and fixed income. Ms. Simione has her B.A. in Finance from the State University of New York at Oswego. Laura is a member of the James Beard Foundation and is an Executive Council Member of Ellevate.
Mr. Bubbs is an Executive Director at Bramshill Investments. Josh joined Bramshill in 2017 and has 15 years of sales and marketing experience. Prior to Bramshill, Josh was previously a Registered Investment and Insurance advisor at Barnum Financial Group, where he built external relationships with investment professionals. Josh began his career at Fred Alger Management, working as a portfolio manager liaison for their institutional clients. Josh has a B.S. in economics from Union College. The MS Society is near and dear to Josh, which he supports through riding and fundraising with his sister and her bike team Velox Rota.
Ashley Pullen is an Executive Director of Bramshill Investments. Ms. Pullen joined Bramshill in 2019 and brings over a decade of experience in new business development, consultant relations and client service across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Prior to Bramshill, Ashley ran her own boutique capital advisory firm focused on women-owned alternative asset managers. Prior to Sparhawk, Ashley managed capital raising mandates from institutional investors at Hound Partners, a Tiger Cub seeded by Julian Robertson and led business development efforts for APS Asset Management in Singapore.Ashley serves on the Board at Help for Children and has a M.S. in Management from New York University. She is passionate about mountaineering – Having completed four of the world’s seven summits.
John Wasilewski is an Executive Director of Bramshill Investments. John joined Bramshill in 2019 and has 15 years of investment management sales and marketing experience. Prior to Bramshill, John built his career as an Institutional Marketer at Bridgewater Associates, Pine River Capital Management, and two emerging hedge funds. John has deep relationships with institutional investors with an emphasis on public pension plans throughout the US and Canada. He also serves on the Board at Chick Mission, a charity founded to provide financial aid and education for newly diagnosed cancer patients interested in fertility preservation. John has a B.B.A. in Finance and Organizational Management from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Roderick Jones Jr.
Mr. Jones is an Associate at Bramshill Investments and focuses on infrastructure and operations. Prior to joining Bramshill, he attended Colgate University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Most recently, he worked as a Business Development Associate at Commercial Finance Partners, where his responsibilities included sales of various financial products and underwriting.
Brittney Van Calcar
Ms. Van Calcar is an Associate at Bramshill Investments focusing on client relations and the team’s daily operations. She has 2 years of experience working in marketing and operations. Prior to joining Bramshill, Ms. Van Calcar attended the College of Charleston, where she graduated with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Business Administration.
Woody (Anthony) Forns, CPA, CGMA
Mr. Forns is currently serving as a consultant to the company after serving 5 years as the firm’s chief financial officer. As a former partner of J.H. Cohn & Company, now Cohn Resnick LP, he handled both public and privately held clients. As part of his career in private industry he has been the CFO for Sound Distributing, an Anheuser Busch distributor, Van Leer Chocolate, a chocolate manufacturing company, the United States CFO for Barry Callebaut, a multinational company following its an acquisition of Van Leer, the CFO for Pezrow, Inc., a food brokerage company and as Regional Director of Finance for Advantage Sales & Marketing following its acquisition of Pezrow. Mr. Forns holds an MBA with a concentration in Accounting/Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BBA with a concentration in Accounting from Siena College. Following graduation from Siena, Mr. Forns was commissioned as a Finance Officer in the U.S. Army and after serving time on active duty and the reserves, was discharged at the rank of Captain. Mr. Forns is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed in the State of New Jersey.