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John Abunassar

is a member of the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies Investment Committee and is responsible for providing strategic and tactical guidance on manager research, strategy and portfolio construction for the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies. Prior to joining William Blair in April 2011, he was a Principal at Guidance Capital and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Guidance Capital in November 2009, he was President and CEO of Allegiant Asset Management and was also President and CEO of the Allegiant Funds. Prior to joining Allegiant, John spent 11 years with Banc One Investment Advisors, where he was senior managing director of institutional asset management, a member of the Board of Directors, and a member of the investment management policy committee. Earlier in his career, he was an investment consultant with The Capital Control Group. He began his career as a pension consultant at Hewitt Associates. John holds his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Lake Forest College and an M.B.A. in finance from Keller Graduate School of Management.

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Peter Carl

is a member of the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies Investment Committee and is responsible for manager research, portfolio construction and risk management for the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies. Prior to joining William Blair in April 2011, Peter was responsible for hedge fund manager research at Guidance Capital and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Guidance Capital in August 2006, he was Chief Operating Officer of Explorer Fund Advisors, where he developed and launched a quantitative global macro hedge fund. While at Explorer, he was responsible for portfolio and risk management, and infrastructure development. Before starting Explorer in 2002, Peter was an Executive Director at Union Bank of Switzerland (“UBS”) where he developed risk management services for hedge funds. While at UBS he also managed an exclusive relationship with Prediction Company, an independent research and development firm, to create an equity market-neutral proprietary trading business. Prior to joining UBS, Peter worked for O'Connor and Associates, a boutique options-trading firm from 1986 to 1992. The firm was acquired by Swiss Bank Corporation in 1992 and then merged with UBS in 1998. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering/Management Science from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he focused on finance.

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D Trowbridge Elliman, III

is a member of the Hedge Fund Strategies Team. Prior to joining William Blair in April 2011, Toby was a co-founder, principal and portfolio manager responsible for hedge fund manager research at Guidance Capital LLC and a member of its investment committee. Prior to the formation of Guidance Capital in July 2001, he was a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley he worked with several major financial institutions developing and marketing alternative investment products. He also worked closely with Oxford Advisors Ltd. in developing and marketing a family of offshore hedge fund products, including the Oxford Strategic Income Fund and the Oxford Strategic Market Neutral Fund. Toby has been in the investment management industry since 1980. He holds a B.A. in economics from Hampshire College.

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Jason Moede

is a member of the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies Investment Committee and is responsible for manager research and portfolio construction for the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies. Jason began his career in the industry in 1997 and brings investment research and management experience to the William Blair Hedge Fund StrategiesTeam. Prior to joining William Blair in September 2011, Jason was a portfolio manager and quantitative strategist with TradeLink, LLC where he managed both proprietary and hedge fund portfolios in the systematic futures space. Prior to joining TradeLink, Jason co-founded and acted as Managing Director of Constellation Investment Group, LLC (a JV partner of TradeLink). At Constellation, he was responsible for the research, development, and management of the company’s equity market neutral hedge fund. Before launching Constellation in June 2003, Jason was a Director at BCG ValueScience, a subsidiary of the Boston Consulting Group, which focused on shareholder value creation and management strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining BCG ValueScience in May 2000, he also served as Business Development Manager at a subsidiary of Bechtel Enterprises from March 1997 to May 2000 and was an economist at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from September 1994 to March 1997. Jason holds a B.A. degree in economics from Carleton College.

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Christopher Walvoord

is a member of the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies Investment Committee and is responsible for manager research and portfolio construction for the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies. Prior to joining William Blair in April 2011, Chris was a principal of Guidance Capital and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Guidance Capital in August 2002, he was Director of Hedge Fund Investments at The Northern Trust Company. At Northern Chris oversaw all aspects of the investment process for the firm’s fund of hedge funds program. He previously served as a portfolio manager for the firm’s structured short-duration credit portfolios. Prior to joining Northern Trust in August 1996, Chris was an associate in John Nuveen and Company’s Capital Markets Group where he modeled municipal derivative transactions for investment banking clients. Chris holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he focused on finance and statistics.

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Brian Ziv, CFA

is the Head of the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies Investment Committee and is responsible for manager research and portfolio construction for the William Blair Hedge Fund Strategies. Prior to joining William Blair in April 2011, Mr. Ziv was a co-founder and principal of Guidance Capital and a member of the firm’s investment committee. Prior to the formation of Guidance Capital in July 2001, he was Chief Investment Officer of Graystone Wealth Management Services, a division of Morgan Stanley. He has continuous investment experience dating back to 1980. Mr. Ziv has published articles on a wide range of investment topics, including portfolio strategy, use of hedge funds and investment manager selection. Prior to joining Graystone in 1994 he founded and managed Ziv Asset Management, a value-oriented equity management firm. The firm also provided a range of specialized investment services to several national investment firms. Mr. Ziv has also served as Chief Investment Officer of a Frank Russell Adviser in Chicago. In the 1980s he was an equity analyst and a member of the Stock Selection Committee of Kidder Peabody & Co in New York. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University.