operations are located in Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco
Hedge Fund Center is unique from all other hedge fund
resources because it is completely unbiased. Unlike other
hedge fund web sites, the Center is not aligned or associated
with any investment manager or consulting firm. As such,
it can rigorously pursue its goal of providing objective,
professional information and evaluation of relevant issues
unfettered by commercial or political issues. Such a posture
allows it to publish the highest quality content with
one goal in mind: transparency.
Transparency is not easily attained in the world of hedge
fund investing. Traditionally, the hedge fund industry
has been a closed one. Information on hedge funds is not
easy to come by. Managers have been slow to provide investors
with pertinent information. What is made available is
often put forth in obscure, technical language, making
interpretation and evaluation problematic. Consulting
firms that have collected data on hedge funds levy a heavy
access toll. The demise of several well-known hedge funds
in the second half of 1998 revealed that such conditions
are unacceptable. The Hedge Fund Center was initiated
as a remedy to these conditions.
Center will provide interested parties with direct access
to relevant information.
It will explain the theoretical, operational, and commercial
issues related to hedge funds and hedge fund investing
in coherent terms so members can develop an understanding of
the intricacies of this industry. It will provide members
with the tools necessary to make meaningful evaluations
and well informed decisions about hedge funds. These tools
will allow members to become educated and prudent investors--ones
who will demand to be treated as true partners with money
managers with whom they choose to invest.
Tom Augenthaler, Managing Principal
of Hedge Fund Center
Tom is a founder and managing principal of Hedge Fund Center. His responsibilities include marketing, online promotion and public relations functions. He is also a founder and managing member of Hedge Fund Launch, LLC (www.hedgefundlaunch.com), the premier network uniting start-up hedge fund managers with providers of seed capital. Additionally, Tom is a co-founder, director and secretary of the Texas Hedge Fund Association (www.texashfa.org).
Tom brings to Hedge Fund Center (and its parent firm, Fund-Investors, LLC) an eclectic background that blends retail and institutional sales/marketing experience on Wall Street with deep expertise in public relations. While with Oppenheimer & Co. and Smith Barney, Tom marketed alternative investment strategies to Fortune 1000 companies and pension managers. These investment strategies included equity long/short, market neutral, dividend capture, global/macro, and tactical asset allocation.
In the public relations realm, Tom was affiliated with Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Golin/Harris International. During his affiliation with these firms he provided counsel to clients on the issues of branding, reputation management, media strategy and business-to-business communications. He possesses a broad background in disciplines that include finance, high technology (semi conductors and servers), e-commerce, as well as consumer.
Tom received a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College in 1986 and earned a Masters in Liberal Arts from Harvard University in 1996.