The opening presentation at the November 7th Gala was given by Paul Schott Stevens, CEO and President of the Investment Company Institute. The closing remarks were given by Michael Goldstein, Managing Partner of Empirical Research Partners.
Paul Schott Stevens
Paul Schott Stevens has served as president and CEO of the Investment Company Institute since June 2004. He also is a director of ICI Mutual Insurance Co. Previously, he was ICI's general counsel. Outside ICI, Stevens' career has included varied roles in private law practice, as corporate counsel, and in government service. He was a leader of the financial services practice of Dechert LLP, and general counsel for mutual funds and international enterprise at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. Earlier in his career, Stevens served as special assistant for national security affairs to President Reagan, as executive secretary and legal adviser of the National Security Council, and in other senior positions at the White House and the Pentagon. Upon leaving government service, he received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, DOD's highest civilian decoration. His current community and civic activities include service on the Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, the executive board of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Yale University Library’s development council. A Scholar of the House at Yale, Stevens received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1974; he received a J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1978.
Michael L. Goldstein
Mr. Goldstein is the Managing Partner of Empirical Research Partners LLC, an independent research firm and broker-dealer. The firm provides research on portfolio strategy, quantitative tools for stock selection, and on the money management industry to over 400 institutional investors, including over 80 of the largest 100 organizations.
From 1990 through March, 2002 he was the Chief Investment Strategist of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors from 1995 until the firm's sale to Alliance Capital in 2000. During his tenure as an investment strategist and quantitative analyst at Sanford Bernstein, he was a perennial member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team, and his written research was chosen among the ten best on Wall Street nine times in ten years. After time away to start up Empirical Research Partners, he was again named to the Institutional Investor All-America Research team for 2004, 2005 and 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He also authors The Future of the Money Management Industry, a well-known study of the industry's fundamentals with his associate, Beth Segers.
From 1986 through 1989, he was a Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. covering the diversified financial services, brokerage and money management industries, and was selected as a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team. From 1984 through 1986, he was a Senior Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. supporting the equity trading and arbitrage division, and from 1979 through 1984, he worked at what is now Accenture, specializing in business planning and financial modeling.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA, and the University of Wisconsin with a BBA, both with honors.