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Connie Teska

 

Ms. Teska is a principal of Pluscios Management LLC.

Prior to co-founding Pluscios, Ms. Teska was President of JPMorgan Capital Management (formerly Banc One and First Chicago) (the “Bank”), the Bank’s fund-of-hedge fund business, which invested both proprietary and client assets in portfolios of hedge funds. Ms. Teska was responsible for all facets of the business providing strategic direction, management, and leadership. As head of the Investment Committee she was responsible for portfolio construction, portfolio management, risk management, manager selection, due diligence, and on going manager monitoring. Ms. Teska was the founding member of this business and successfully managed it for nine years achieving top quartile performance. She also designed the alternative asset sales and marketing process for the Bank’s private wealth group.

In the 1990s, Ms. Teska, Senior Vice President, was part of the team that spearheaded an $8 billion proprietary investment business using up to 10% of Bank Capital and contributing up to 20% of total Bank revenue. The Corporate investment group’s strategy was to access the best managers, both internally and externally, through direct investments and investments in funds. The group initially entered the alternative asset class through investments in private equity, tax-oriented investments (e.g., leveraged leases, energy investments, etc.), structured value investments (e.g., CMBS, CDOs, etc.) and market value investments (e.g., hedge funds). Ms. Teska was instrumental in launching each investment class and served on the Investment Committee and Management Committee for each asset class.

Ms. Teska's career at JPMorgan and its legacy institutions spanned twenty-five years. During this time she was a frequent speaker on alternative assets at conferences and other industry events.

Ms. Teska received her M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her B.S. degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwestern University Settlement House and also served on the Board of the Chicago Chapter of Hedge Funds Care.

Constance T. Teska
Principal
Pluscios Management LLC


Kelly Chesney  

Ms. Chesney is a principal of Pluscios Management LLC.

Prior to co-founding Pluscios Ms. Chesney was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Capital Management (formerly Bank One and First Chicago) (the “Bank”), the Bank’s hedge fund group which invested both proprietary and client assets in portfolios of hedge funds. Ms. Chesney was on the Investment Committee and the Management Committee. Additionally, she had primary responsibility for product design and development, product launches and lifecycle management, and had oversight for all aspects of the business operations.

Ms. Chesney also spent several years in the mid-nineties working with the Bank’s Corporate Investments and Capital Markets Groups where she structured and negotiated complex domestic and international commercial finance transactions including tax-related transactions, derivatives, foreign exchange transactions and hedge fund, venture capital, asset backed and collateralized debt obligation investments. She participated in the strategy development and directed the creation of offering documents for a hedge fund of funds; structured the first foreign tax credit transaction for the Bank; and participated in the development and launch of new derivatives products.

After earning her M.B.A., Ms. Chesney worked as a corporate strategy consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and in the consumer finance division of HSBC. She began her career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom and Mayer, Brown & Platt.

Ms. Chesney earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a B.A. in communication studies from Northern Illinois University.

Kelly Chesney
Principal
Pluscios Management LLC

Ms. Teska and Ms. Chesney are frequent speakers on various subjects including:
  • Alternative investments
       - Developing an alternative investment platform
       - The case for hedge funds
       - Creating portfolios of hedge funds
       - Hedge fund due diligence
  • Moving from corporate life to entrepreneurship
  • Advancing diversity in financial services

If you are interested in having one of the principals of Pluscios speak at an event, email your request to pluscios.fund@pluscios.com

Pluscios: a Greek word that means wealth, abundance and riches.

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