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Mid-America Alternative Investment Association

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Mid-America Alternative Investment Association (MAAIA) St. Louis Networking Event

Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:30-7:30pm CST


  • 4:30–5:30pm  -  Networking (appetizers & open bar courtesy of our event sponsor, Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P)
  • 5:30–5:50pm  - Chris Varvares, Founder & Senior Managing Director of Macroeconomic Advisers, 2013 Economic Outlook
  • 5:50-6:20pm  -  A panel discussion amongst local alternative investment professionals (to be determined…suggestions, recommendations, and brave volunteers all appreciated)
  • 6:30-6:45pm  -  Q&A
  • 6:15–7:30pm - Additional Networking

About Our Sponsor: Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P. is a New York-based, alternative investments firm that manages approximately $2.3 billion in assets across three distinct strategies providing investors with multi-manager expertise across a full spectrum of commodities. It is registered with the SEC, the CFTC, and is a member of the NFA.  Pinnacle's global investor base includes public and corporate pension plans, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices.

About MAAIA: MAAIA is a knowledge-based networking organization which connects alternative investment professionals in the Mid-America region and raises funds and awareness for worthwhile charities in the area. MAAIA 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.  MAAIA is focused on serving alternative investment industry professionals and investors in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. MAAIA is primarily engaged in activities and functions that promote higher business standards, education and information sharing within the business community of alternative investment professionals in the Mid-America region. No part of MAAIA's net earnings is intended for political or legislative activities or for the benefit of any private individual. While MAAIA is not organized for profit or organized to engage in an activity ordinarily carried on for profit, MAAIA is operated with the purpose of being self-sustaining.


Event Type

Society; Educational

Education Topic

Alternative Investments

Start Time

2/28/2013 4:30 PM

End Time

2/28/2013 7:30 PM


Saint Louis



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Location:       The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, First Floor, in The Restaurant

Address:        100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, MO 63105

Parking:         Valet ($6), Garage ($5), and Street (free) Parking will be available


About Our Speaker:
Chris Varvares, Senior Managing Director & Co-Founder
Macroeconomic Advisers, LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Chris Varvares is a senior managing director of Macroeconomic Advisers, a company he co-founded with Joel Prakken and Laurence Meyer as Laurence H. Meyer & Associates in 1982. Mr. Varvares has nearly 30 years of experience in macroeconomic forecasting and policy analysis, both as a principal of Macroeconomic Advisers (1982 to present) and as a member of the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1981-1982). While at the Council, he served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in April 1982. Mr. Varvares is a recent past president and a former director of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He served as president of the St. Louis chapter of NABE, and is a member of the American Economic Association. He serves as a member of Time Magazine’s Board of Economists, is a member of the New York State Economic and Revenue Advisory Board, serves on the Bureau of the Census Advisory Committee, has participated in the meetings of the Outside Consultants to the Congressional Budget Office, and has been a panelist for the World Economic Forum.
He and the other principals of Macroeconomic Advisers serve as consultants to key agencies of the U.S., Canadian, Japanese, U.K., European, and other governments, major trade associations, and private corporations, and are widely quoted in the business and financial media. The firm is widely recognized as among the most accurate forecasters of the U.S. economy. Mr. Varvares holds a B.A. in economics from The George Washington University and received his graduate training (ABD) in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was also a member of the adjunct faculty.

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