Hightower's Robert Picard on how a $117B wealth management platform approaches alternative investments
Ep. 43 with Robert Picard, Managing Director, Head of Alternative Investments, Hightower
Today on the Alt Goes Mainstream podcast we have a guest who has rich experience in the alts space.
Robert came onto the podcast to discuss how he’s witnessed alts evolve over the past 30 years. He’s worked with top-tier asset managers, built private wealth units for banks, and is now building out Hightower’s expansive alts capabilities in-house to provide bespoke sophisticated solutions for some of the industry’s best wealth managers.
Robert was recently First Republic’s MD and Head of Alternative Investments. At First Republic Private Wealth Management, he consolidated two alternative investment businesses into a single platform and generated meaningful growth in wealth management team participation in alts and fund offerings across all asset classes.
Prior to First Republic, he founded and was CEO of the Rumson Ridge Group, a consultancy focused on building alternative investment platforms. Prior to Rumson Ridge, he held senior leadership positions at The Carlyle Group / Rock Creek, Optima Fund Management, RBC Capital Markets, and InfraHedge / State Street.
Robert and I had a thought-provoking conversation about the evolution of alts and the importance of alts in an investor’s portfolio.
We drilled down on how an expert like Robert performs manager due diligence and what he looks for in a successful fund manager, which is becoming increasingly important as many new managers enter the alts world and as new allocators look to invest into funds.
Thanks Robert for sharing such thoughtful views on the alts space on the show.