15th Annual Value Investor Conference - Omaha
Thursday and Friday, May 3 - 4, 2018

University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Business Adminstration

Presenter Bios:

Corporate Values Summit
Summit Series Speakers 2018:  TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA, TBA,TBA, Robert Miles
Omaha Value Dinner
Value Investor Conference Dinner:
Keynote Speaker: TBA

Barbara Ann Bernard
CEO & CIO, Wincrest Capital [Bahamas]
Topic: “TBA
Barbara Bernard

Barbara Ann Bernard, the founder of Wincrest Capital, has a passion for investing that goes back to her days growing up in The Bahamas. It was there that a 15-year-old Barbara Ann persuaded legendary value investor Sir John Templeton, a fellow Bahamian resident, to take her on board for the first of what would become a series of summer jobs, giving her a first glimpse of the business and instilling in her a fundamentally value-oriented perspective on public markets.

Later working in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and asset management at Deutsche Bank, Barbara Ann acquired a robust grasp of private market valuation that she went on to leverage at Holowesko Partners for nearly a decade, helping the hedge fund grow to several billion in AUM with her focus on special situations and takeouts. Barbara Ann has kept her focus on value since striking out two years ago to launch Wincrest, where she runs a concentrated long-short portfolio built around a foundation of in-depth research.

Robert Hagstrom
Author, Sr Portfolio Manager, EquityCompass Strategies, Stifel Financial
Topic: "TBA"

Robert Hagstrom

Robert Hagstrom is Senior Portfolio Manager for Stifel Financial Corp's investment advisory subsidiary, EquityCompass Strategies. Mr. Hagstrom focuses on developing equity strategies that will invest globally combining EquityCompass' quantitative approach and his own qualitative approach to investing. Mr. Hagstrom has more than 28 years of investment experience, including 14 years as Portfolio Manager for Legg Mason Capital Management's Growth Equity Strategy.

Mr. Hagstrom was most recently Chief Investment Strategist of Legg Mason Investment Counsel. Previously, he was Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Growth Equity Strategy at Legg Mason Capital Management. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Investment Officer of Legg Mason Focus Capital, General Partner of Focus Capital Advisory, and Principal at Lloyd, Leith and Sawin. Mr. Hagstrom acted as Portfolio Manager with First Fidelity Bank from 1989 to 1991. From 1984 to 1989, he was a Financial Advisor for Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc.

Mr. Hagstrom is the author of nine investment books, including The New York Times Best Seller, "The Warren Buffett Way," (which has sold over 1.5 million copies and is now in its third edition), "The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy," "The Detective and the Investor: Uncovering the Investment Techniques from the Legendary Sleuths," and "Investing: The Last Liberal Art" (second edition). He earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Villanova University and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.

Chris Swasbrook [New Zealand]
Managing Director, Elevation Capital
Topic: “TBA"

Chris Swasbrook

Christopher Swasbrook is the Managing Director and Founding Shareholder of the Manager. He was previously a Partner of Goldman Sachs JBWere Pty Limited, Co-Head of Institutional Equities at Goldman Sachs JBWere (NZ) Limited and a Foundation Broker of the New Zealand Exchange Limited (“NZX”) and prior to that an Individual Full Member of the NZ Stock Exchange (“NZSE”).

He is currently a member of the NZX Listing Sub-Committee (since 2008) and a member of the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal (since 2013). He is also Chairman of NZX listed - Bethunes Investments Limited [BIL.NZX]. Mr. Swasbrook is independently recognised as a global value investor. Mr Swasbrook graduated from the University of Auckland with a BCom (Economics) in 1995.


Sanjay Bakshi is an experienced and successful value investor/advisor and is also one of India’s best-recognized finance professors who has been teaching Security Analysis, Behavioral Finance and Business Valuation at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon since 2001. As a practitioner of value investing in India for more than 22 years, Sanjay has an excellent long-term track record.

Sanjay received M.Sc. (Economics) from London School of Economics and Political Science and B.Com. (Hons.) from University of Delhi, India. He is also a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

For more information on Mr. Bakshi: https://www.sanjaybakshi.net/


Jon Clifton

Jon Clifton is a Managing Partner at Gallup and a member of the company’s Executive Committee. His mission is to help the world’s 7 billion citizens be heard through the Gallup World Poll, a 100-year initiative in 160 countries to measure the “will” of every person in the world. He is responsible for the company’s global government work and is a member of the Public Release Committee, the governance board that oversees and maintains Gallup’s public release standards for data, research and methodology.

Jon is a nonresident Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and a member of the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration’s International Business Advisory Board. He serves on the board of directors of the Meridian International Center and StreetWise Partners. Jon received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a J.D. in international law from the University of Nebraska. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Stacey

Glen Arnold, PhD, used to be a professor of investing but concluded that academic life was not nearly as much fun, nor as intellectually stimulating, as making money in the markets. As a wealthy investor he now spends most of his time running his equity portfolio from an office in the heart of rural Leicestershire, far from the noise of the City of London. His main research focus explores the question ‘What works in investment?’, drawing on the ideas of the great investors, academic discoveries and corporate strategic analysis – see www.glen-arnold-investments.co.uk. While he used to teach on this subject in the City, he would now rather concentrate on actual investment analysis, but does explain his investment choices and discusses investment ideas at newsletters.advfn.com/deepvalueshares. He is the author of many investment books, including the UK’s bestseller.

Staley Cates, CFA
Vice-Chairman, Principal, Southeastern Capital Management, Longleaf Partners Fund
Topic: “TBA”
Staley Cates

Staley Cates is the President of Southeastern Asset Management, Inc., an independent global investment management firm. Southeastern manages over $19 billion as the investment advisor to the Longleaf Partners family of mutual and UCITS funds and to separately managed institutional accounts. Mr. Cates joined Southeastern in 1986. Morningstar named him and Co-Portfolio Manager, Mason Hawkins, Domestic Equity Fund Manager of the Year in 2006, for which they were also nominated in 2003 and 2009. In 1998 Money magazine called Longleaf "The Best Mutual Fund Family in America."

Cates attended the University of Texas and holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is Co-Founder of New Hope Christian Academy and was a founding board member of Soulsville, Memphis Athletic Ministries, and the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation. He serves as Chairman of the Poplar Foundation, which supports various educational initiatives in Memphis. He was the Governor's appointee to the Transition Planning Commission in 2011-2012 for the consolidation of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools.

Omaha Value Dinner
Keynote Speaker:TBA

Topic: "TBA”




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Robert P Miles

Robert P. Miles is an internationally acclaimed keynote presenter, author and distinguished authority on Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway.

Pursued by journalists and media moguls on just about each and every move that Mr. Buffett makes, Robert is not only a long term shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway [nyse: BRKa/BRKb], he has had the great honor of getting to know Warren Buffett, the man and the remarkable wealth-building strategist.

He is the author of 3 books, has created assorted audio and video programs, and has appeared on many radio and television programs on five continents, including NPR, CNN, CNN International, CNBC, FOX Business, Channel News Asia, Sky Business News, Shanghai Today, CNBC Asia, CNBC Africa and Bloomberg TV. His Buffett CEO book was featured as a special on National Public Television's Nightly Business Report.

As the writer of the top-selling books, The Warren Buffett CEO: Secrets From the Berkshire Hathaway Managers  and 101 Reasons To Own the World's Greatest Investment: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway [Wiley], Robert has relentlessly followed his passion and found great success in doing so. 

He is the author and presenter of Warren Buffett Wealth: Principles and Practical Methods Used by the World’s Greatest Investor[Wiley (book) and Nightingale (audio)]. He is host of the Buffett CEO Talk video series, conversations with the Berkshire Hathaway managers filmed before live studio audiences and broadcast on public television.

Many of his live keynotes, along with his hardcover and paperback books have been translated into assorted foreign languages, including Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

Known for his subtle wit and entertaining stories, this author without borders has shared his valuable insights, strategies, philosophies, and anecdotes with enthusiastic audiences throughout the world.

For more than a decade, Miles has given hundreds of live presentations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia in 15 countries, over 45 cities and 12 universities.

Miles is the founder and host of the original Value Investor Conference held each year immediately preceding the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. Attendees from all 6 continents enjoy this unique retreat style forum featuring presentations from Warren Buffett CEOs, global investment managers and best-selling authors. 

In the fall of 2011, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Robert Miles created the curriculum and began teaching a graduate Executive MBA course based on his worldwide lectures and titled The Genius of Warren Buffett: The Science of Investing and the Art of Managing. This one of a kind program includes a distinguished speaker series, multiple valuation case studies of actual businesses and stocks purchased by Warren Buffett, and for the final exam, student presentations of businesses they think would best fit into the Berkshire family of businesses.

Miles is a graduate of the University of Michigan Business School and resides in Tampa, Florida.

Read more detailed information about Mr. Miles here.

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