Senior Business Professionals:
Brett S. Messing – President
Brett S. Messing is the President of SkyBridge Capital. He began his career at Goldman Sachs where he held various positions including Vice President and Co-Head of the Restricted Stock Group. Thereafter, he was a partner at Oscar Capital Management, which was acquired by Neuberger Berman, LLC. Following the successful integration of the business, Mr. Messing founded GPS Partners, a $2.5 billion hedge fund at its peak, which focused primarily in the energy infrastructure sector. Mr. Messing was the firm’s Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. Thereafter, Mr. Messing worked for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villariagosa as Co-Chief Operating Officer responsible for economic and business policy. Mr. Messing served as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at C40 Cities, a joint venture with the Clinton Climate Initiative. Mr. Messing is the Terence M. Considine Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Law, Economics, and Business at Harvard Law School. He is the co-author of The Forewarned Investor and contributed to Learning from the Global Financial Crisis – Creatively, Reliably and Sustainably, a compendium published by Stanford Business School. Mr. Messing received his A.B. from Brown University, magna cum laude, and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Eric Alper – Partner, Deputy General Counsel, Head of Tax
Eric Alper joined SkyBridge in 2009 and is a Partner, Deputy General Counsel and Tax Director at SkyBridge focusing on legal, operational and tax issues as well as new product development. Immediately prior to joining SkyBridge, Eric was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at U Capital Group, LP, which was one of SkyBridge’s seeded hedge fund managers. Prior to U Capital, Eric was Chief Financial Officer at Weston Capital Management, Vice President of Hedge Fund Accounting at Ivy Asset Management, and Vice President and Tax Counsel at Neuberger Berman. Earlier in his career, Eric worked for two multi-national corporations and two national public accounting firms specializing in tax law and accounting. Eric received a BBA with a concentration in accounting from The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, a JD from The Washington College of Law at American University, and a LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. Eric is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and attorney with the State of New York.
Christopher Hutt – Partner, Head of Hedge Fund Administration and Operations
Christopher Hutt is a Partner and the Head of Hedge Fund Administration and Operations at SkyBridge where he is responsible for managing the operations for the SkyBridge product suite and is also the product manager for the fund of hedge fund products and managed accounts. Prior to this role, Mr. Hutt was Director of Hedge Fund Operations within the Hedge Fund Management Group at Citigroup Alternative Investments (CAI). Prior to joining CAI in 2004, Mr. Hutt held various product management positions at Morgan Stanley & Co. and JPMorgan Chase over an eight year span. Mr. Hutt received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Cortland.
Marie Noble – Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Marie Noble is a Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at SkyBridge. Prior to joining SkyBridge in November 2010, Ms. Noble was an Associate General Counsel at Citigroup Alternative Investments, where she was lead counsel supporting various hedge fund platforms managed by Citi’s registered investment adviser. Ms. Noble joined Citi in 2006 after spending six and a half years practicing corporate law in the New York and London Offices of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where her primary focus was on domestic and international securities transactions.
Ms. Noble is a member of the board of directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a preeminent legal aid organization providing pro bono legal representation to artists, designers and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
Ms. Noble received a B.A. degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University and a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Boston University where she served as Note Editor on the Boston University Law Review.
Robert Phillips – Partner, Chief Financial Officer
Robert Phillips is a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer of SkyBridge. Prior to joining SkyBridge in 2007, Mr. Phillips served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of two investment management companies–Lucerne Management, LLC and Coventry Capital, LLC. Prior to 2001, Mr. Phillips served as the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of a publicly held bio-pharmaceutical contract service organization where he was responsible for all finance, accounting, SEC reporting, and investor relation functions. Mr. Phillips began his career as an auditor and spent 8 years with BDO Seidman, LLP, a national professional services firm which provides assurance, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies.
Mr. Phillips earned a B.A. degree in Accounting from Upsala College and is a certified public accountant.
Jason Wright – Senior Partner, Global Head of Marketing
Jason Wright is a Senior Partner and Global Head of Marketing at SkyBridge. Prior to SkyBridge, Mr. Wright was Managing Director of Business Development at Soleil Securities Group. He was also Managing Director at SoundView Ventures from 2000 to 2003.