Mr. Beard is the Chief Operating Officer of Ridgetop Research, an independent primary source research firm, where he oversees the firm's relationships, strategy, and business development. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Beard served for four years as President of JMB Capital where he originated, financed and managed private equity and real estate transactions. From 2003 to 2005, he was the Director of Marketing for the Pan Funds, a multi-strategy fund of hedge funds. Prior to that, he served for six years as Vice President and Head of Venture Services at JPMorgan Securities in New York and San Francisco. Mr. Beard earned a joint MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School in 2006, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1995. He currently serves as a trustee for the Tsunami Foundation and is on the Board of Directors for the Urban Education Exchange. He and his wife, Veronica, have two children and reside in New York City.
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