Todd WaltersManaging Member
Jarrett BostwickGeneral Counsel
Scott A. SandstromManaging Director,
Liquid Market Strategies
Christopher ShepherdManaging Director,
Kenneth FoleyManaging Director,
Wealth Management and Strategic Partnerships
Andrew ScholnickAssociate Director,
Claudio ConteAssociate Director,
Patrick WalshAssociate Director,
Timothy TroutmanChief Operating Officer
Michael RasmussenChief Compliance Officer
& Deputy General Counsel
Tanya Shapiro-PolzerExecutive Office Manager
Todd Walters is the Managing Member & Co-Founder of Spearhead.
Mr. Walters has over 23 years of experience in the alternative investment management industry working in Asia, Europe and the United States. He has spent much of his career focused on sourcing alternative investments for institutional and sophisticated investors globally as well as providing capital services for investment managers.
In 2008, Mr. Walters founded New Vernon Financial LLC, a predecessor to the acquisition of Spearhead Capital, LLC. Prior to founding New Vernon Financial LLC, Mr. Walters was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch within the Hedge Fund Development and Management Group servicing the alternative investment needs of both private and institutional clients.
Before joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Walters was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, where he held several roles globally, including as the Head of US and Asia Hedge Fund Coverage for Prime Services based in New York and London.
In 2002, Mr. Walters established and co-managed Arden Asset Management's London office, where his responsibilities were for international (Asia and Europe based) hedge fund manager research, manager selection and firm marketing. Prior to Arden, Mr. Walters was a Vice President with Morgan Stanley Prime Brokerage in Hong Kong and London where he focused on Sales & Marketing as well as Capital Introductions. Mr. Walters started his career with Wurfbain Management (1996-2000) in Hong Kong managing Asian Capital Holdings, a fund of hedge fund solely dedicated to Asian trading strategies.
Mr. Walters holds a BBA in Finance, Investments and Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jarrett Bostwick is the General Counsel and Co-Founder of Spearhead. Mr. Bostwick is also the Managing Principal of National Financial Companies, a multi-family office venture capital investment firm.
Prior to Spearhead and National Financial Companies, Mr. Bostwick was a Partner in the law firm of Handler Thayer, LLP, which provides professional services to affluent families, family offices and privately held companies. He remains of counsel to the firm. Prior to joining Handler Thayer, LLP, Mr. Bostwick was a Partner in the Wealth Planning & Philanthropy Group of Gardner, Carton & Douglas, LLP in Chicago, Illinois. His experience includes tax litigation, valuation and accounting analysis, and serving as the Director of Wealth Planning Design for a nationwide financial planning company.
In December 2005, Mr. Bostwick was named by Worth Magazine as "One of the Top 100 Attorneys in the United States" serving affluent families and family offices. He has also been recognized by various independent organizations on their lists of top attorneys. Leading Lawyers Network named Mr. Bostwick as one of the Top Attorneys in Illinois, in the area of Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law. Mr. Bostwick has also been named to the lists of The Best Lawyers in America for Trusts & Estates Law, and to the Super Lawyers Illinois Rising Stars in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, and Tax. Mr. Bostwick is a member of the American, Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, and was named the Vice Chair of the Exempt Organization Sections of the American Bar Association Real Property Probate and Trust Law Charitable Planning and Exemption Organizations Group. Mr. Bostwick is a nationally prominent speaker and author who has been named to Marquis Who's Who in America, as well as to The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Bostwick earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs Degree at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., his Juris Doctorate Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, and his Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, Washington.
Scott A. Sandstrom is the Managing Director of Spearhead's Liquid Market Strategies.
Mr. Sandstrom was previously the founding partner of Bankers Row Wealth Management LLC.
Prior to founding Bankers Row Wealth Management LLC, Mr. Sandstrom was the Managing Principal of MLV Wealth LLC, a firm he was hired to build for MLV & Co., an investment bank based in New York City, which was subsequently acquired by FBR Capital Markets (NASDAQ: FBRC). Prior to MLV Wealth, Mr. Sandstrom was a Principal and Senior Wealth Adviser with Bessemer Trust in Palm Beach FL, responsible for advising over $1.6 billion in private client assets.
Mr. Sandstrom joined Bessemer Trust in 2005 as a Senior Vice President. Previously, Mr. Sandstrom was a Regional Vice President at Network Telephone in Atlanta, GA (acquired by Talk America), overseeing the Southeastern United States with P&L responsibility for sales and operations from Kentucky through Florida. Prior, Mr. Sandstrom was the Chief Executive Officer of Sascomnet, Inc., a FCC 214 authorized telecommunications company, providing wholesale telecommunications services, globally, to major telecommunications carriers and government agencies.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Sandstrom was responsible for building the sales and operations offices throughout the Southeastern United States for Nuvox Communications (now Windstream [NASDAQ: WIN]) and previously held management positions with LCI International (acquired by Qwest (now CenturyLink [NYSE: CTL]).
Mr. Sandstrom is a member of the East Coast Estate Planning Council, the Planned Giving Council of Palm Beach County and an affiliate with the Florida Bar Tax Section. In 2013 Mr. Sandstrom participated as an invited guest panelist for the Kellogg Finance Summit "Finance Industry Eco-System" presenting on the Private Banking and Wealth Management industry, held in Miami, FL.
Mr. Sandstrom earned his B.A. from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. (concentration in Finance) from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Christopher Shepherd is the Managing Director of Spearhead's Wealth Management division.
Mr. Shepherd brings over 21 years of experience in high-net worth client relationship management, marketing and product development.
Mr. Shepherd consults to family offices, ultra-high-net worth families, trustees and private foundations. His family office consulting work centers on the coordination of the in-house and outsourced investment management and infrastructure needs.
Mr. Shepherd has a long history of successfully building private client practices, having most recently spent 15 years at Shepherd Kaplan LLC, a registered investment advisory firm where he lead the growth and development of the private client practice in which he provided consulting, educational and investment management services to private investors.
Mr. Shepherd holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University and studied at New College, Oxford University
Mr. Shepherd is significantly involved in the Boston, Mount Desert Island, ME and Chicago communities, serving on several non-profit governance and finance committees.
Kenneth Foley is the Managing Director of Spearhead's Wealth Management and Strategic Partnerships division.
Mr. Foley brings 20+ years of financial services and insurance industry experience. Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Foley served as the Senior Vice President of Agency Distribution at Lombard International. Mr. Foley oversaw all agent distribution in the U.S., and personally managed the Alpha Alliance, which is the exclusive membership program at Lombard reserved for professionals and firms with a proven tradition of service to the high-net-worth client community.
A frequent speaker, Mr. Foley has presented on the topics of Private Placement Insurance (PPLI) and Private Placement Variable Annuities (PPVA) at many industry venues, including the AALU Annual Meeting, The Forum 400, the PPLI/PPVA Forum, the Fall Private Placement Conference presented by SALI Fund Services, as well as many broker-sponsored and private family office events across the country.
Prior to Lombard International, Mr. Foley served as a Senior Associate for the Vanguard Group. Mr. Foley attended Penn State University and holds Series, 6, 26, and 63 licenses.
Corey Tiller is the Director and Portfolio Manager of Spearhead's Liquid Markets Strategies.
Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Tiller served as a global equity analyst and institutional portfolio manager for Northern Trust. The multibillion dollar fund family operated in both the high net worth individual and institutional investor spaces on platforms across the market. During his tenure at Northern, Mr. Tiller contributed to a diverse range of products and investment styles, including U.S. Large Cap Value, U.S. Large Cap Growth, International Core and Balanced products.
Mr. Tiller earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Liberty University, a Master's in Business Administration from University of Florida, and a Master's of Science in Accounting from Liberty University as well.
He is both a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
David Reynolds is the Director of Business Development across Spearhead's financial services platform.
He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. In addition to supporting the firm's more broad business development initiatives, Mr. Reynolds also oversees Spearhead's Private Placement Insurance business, as well as its Insurance Dedicated Funds platform.
Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Reynolds spent several years as an Institutional Sales professional at HedgeCo Securities, a broker-dealer and hedge funds service provider. Mr. Reynolds generates new business for the firm's fund administration, prime brokerage, third party marketing, and website development divisions. In doing so, he established a network of family offices and institutional investors for whom he sourced emerging and early-stage hedge fund managers.
Mr. Reynolds has also completed independent projects on behalf of Archery Capital, a former Manhattan-based fund of funds, as well as the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County.
Mr. Reynolds earned his Bachelor of Science in Personal Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County and currently serves as President of the Palm Beach Badgers UW-Madison Alumni Club.
Mr. Reynolds holds Series 3, 7, 34 and 63 licenses.
Andrew Scholnick is an Associate Director within Spearhead's Wealth Management division.
Mr. Scholnick focuses on all aspects of Spearhead's ultra-high net worth families' and family offices' wealth management and risk management needs.
Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Scholnick worked at Shepherd Kaplan as a Client Advisory Associate in the Private Client Practice.
He earned his Bachelors of Science in Finance from Bentley University in Waltham, MA.
Mr. Scholnick currently holds his Series 65 license and is a registered Massachusetts state Notary.
Claudio Conte is an Associate Director within Spearhead's Investment Services.
Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Conte worked as an Assurance Associate at a Big Four accounting firm (Ernst & Young) in South Florida. In his role as an Assurance Associate, Mr. Conte assisted in auditing the financial statements of large publicly traded companies. He performed substantive analytic and detail testing auditing procedures over significant and high risk accounts. Mr. Conte also prepared walkthroughs and conducted test of control procedures as a part of year-end audits to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.
He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and graduated in December 2015 and December 2017, respectively.
Mr. Conte is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds Series 65 license.
Patrick Walsh is an Associate Director within Spearhead's Investment Research Services.
Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Walsh served as the Senior Case Designer for Pinnacle Financial Group, a life insurance broker and consultant servicing ultra-high net worth clients. While at Pinnacle, he was responsible for assembling financial presentations for clients and their advisors, demonstrating the usefulness of life insurance. It was here, where he obtained a unique skillset pertaining to the implementation of Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) within clients' estate planning strategies.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Walsh spent 5 years within the Alternative Investment Solutions division of State Street Global Services. There, he performed back office fund administration services and was responsible for ensuring KYC practices were followed in accordance with Federal Reserve requirements for his hedge fund clients. In addition, Mr. Walsh was part of a leadership group that saw the conversion of a multi-billion dollar investment manager to State Street's platform. He gained experience working on FOF, Private Equity, Global Macro, and high-frequency trading Long/Short investment strategies.
Mr. Walsh earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Providence College and is a Chartered Financial Analyst ® (CFA). He is also a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council (BEPC).
Timothy Troutman is the Chief Operating Officer of Spearhead.
Mr. Troutman oversees significant aspects of Spearhead's Advanced Wealth Planning service model. This responsibility is coupled with Mr. Troutman having operational oversight of the firm and its turn-key Asset Management Solutions.
Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Troutman was COO and CFO for PB Partners and worked with the managing partners to develop and implement the business strategy of four entrepreneurial companies.
Prior to joining PB Partners, Mr. Troutman was a Senior Vice President at Hill International Inc. managing the operational aspects of Hill Housing focusing on the appropriate building technology and economics for each project.
Earlier, he was Senior Vice President at Tiedemann Wealth Management and was responsible for building and managing their Family Office practice in Florida.
Before joining Tiedemann, Mr. Troutman held numerous management positions at JPMorgan including managing the Private Client Center in Boca Raton and managing Client Services in the southeast for the Private Bank.
Mr. Troutman earned a B.A. from The King's College, New York and a Master of Management from Pennsylvania State University.
Michael Rasmussen is the Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel for Spearhead.
Prior to joining Spearhead, Mr. Rasmussen worked as a compliance consultant for two national investment advisor and broker-dealer compliance services companies.
Previously, Mr. Rasmussen worked for a securities regulations law firm based in West Palm Beach, where he supported publicly traded companies in their ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements and provided legal support to broker-dealer clients.
Mr. Rasmussen began his career in the securities industry as an Examiner with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
Mr. Rasmussen received his Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and his Juris Doctor from the Shepard Broad Law School, both at Nova Southeastern University.
Mr. Rasmussen is an active arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and is a licensed attorney in the State of Florida. Mr. Rasmussen holds Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses.
Adam Blum is an Analyst at Spearhead specializing in alternative investments.
Mr. Blum's primary responsibilities are investment research, third-party manager due diligence, custom portfolio analysis and portfolio reporting.
Mr. Blum earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from The University of Central Florida.
He holds his Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses and is fluent in Spanish.
Tanya Polzer is the Executive Office Manager of Spearhead.
Mrs. Polzer brings over 25 years of experience in Fortune 500 business administration, executive support and office management.
Mrs. Polzer has 14+ years in the Wealth Management industry, having worked for firms such as Bessemer Trust, MLV Wealth and KL Group in Palm Beach County.
She is a registered Florida state Notary and is fluent in Russian.