Author Jeff Gramm, Dear Chairman, May 16, 2018
Fireside chat with Jeff Gramm, Dear Chairman and Ben Mackovak, Strategic Value Bank Partners, May 16, 12pm, The City Club
Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism?
Jeff Gramm manages a hedge fund, and teaches value investing at
Columbia Business School. His recently published book, Dear Chairman:
and the Rise of Shareholder Activism was named one of the best books of
2016 by the Financial Times. It has been praised as "a terrific read" by
Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times, "a revelation" by the
Financial Times, "a grand story" by The Wall Street Journal, and “an
engaging and informative book” by The New Yorker.
wrote about Dear Chairman, “It should be required reading for anyone who
wants to participate in our great ownership system, as investor or
Mr. Mackovak is the Co-Founder and Managing Member of Strategic Value
Bank Partners, an investment partnership specializing in community
banks. Prior to Strategic Value Bank Partners, Ben was the Founder and
Portfolio Manager of Cavalier Capital, a long/short hedge fund based in
Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to founding Cavalier Capital, he was the Senior
Analyst at Rivanna Capital, a long/short hedge fund based in
Charlottesville, Virginia. Prior to working at Rivanna Capital, Mr.
Mackovak worked at First American Trust, a large cap money manager based
in Newport Beach, California. He began his career at Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Mackovak earned his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden
Graduate School of Business and a BA from Kent State University, where
he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Mackovak
currently serves as a director for United Security Bank, First South
Bank, TIG Bancorp, Foothills Community Bank, and Cecil Bank. Ben
has authored and collaborated on several finance case studies for the
University of Virginia and has been a guest speaker at the Darden
Graduate School of Business, McIntire School of Commerce, Case Western
Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, and University of
Virginia Department of Economics.