Keith Danko is the Founding Partner and Managing Member of Witherspoon Partners.
Mr. Danko has over two decades of experience building and managing businesses, much of it as a leader in the alternative assets industry. Most notably, he restructured and served as CEO and CIO of ACAM Advisors (the former Allied Capital) where from 2003 to 2007 he managed top-quartile fund of hedge funds portfolios for large institutional clients, creating a unique investment process which used liquid short-sellers and other non or low-correlated strategies to control risk and reduce volatility. At ACAM he also created the ACAM ACES (Asset Class ETF Select) Fund, an innovative alternative fund which used ETF's across all asset classes to exceed in a highly liquid manner the target returns of a multi-strategy hedge fund. He directly marketed the firm's products, resulting in several nine-figure relationships and multiple offers of interest from potential acquirers. During Mr. Danko's tenure at ACAM the equity value of the firm increased 900%.
Prior to founding Witherspoon Partners Mr. Danko served as CEO of CQS US for three years and was also a Partner at Titan Capital. At CQS he managed the launch of the US business, including SEC registration, built out the trading teams, and established the CQS brand and marketing effort in the Americas, raising assets under management in the difficult post-2008 environment. At Titan he embarked upon a turnaround of the firm, including development of the Titan Asia Fund and the Hong Kong office, working with Hong Kong, Singapore and Japanese investors and regulatory regimes.
Mr. Danko began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he served as an Executive Director and headed international mortgage securities trading. A pioneer in the global asset securitization market, he structured, priced and marketed the first UK sterling multi-tranche mortgage issue and the first UK auto receivables securitization, and he introduced and sold the first UK subordinated mortgage securities into the Japanese institutional market. These transactions were the first pound sterling mandates for UK issuers in the history of Goldman Sachs. After seven years at Goldman he left to found Minnisink Partners and the registered investment advisor Witherspoon Investment Management, as well as the software company Tachyon Systems, which developed the first real-time analytics for NASDAQ Level II data and the award-winning FalconEye.com website.
Mr. Danko earned a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard University and is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School. He is a regular contributor to SmartBlogs/SmartBriefs on Leadership, and has published numerous research pieces, including in 2005 the influential white paper, Portable Alpha: An Updated Perspective. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Phoebe Outerbridge is a Managing Director of Witherspoon Partners.
Ms. Outerbridge has over 20 years of experience as a marketing and communications professional, working for institutions ranging from Shearson Lehman Brothers to Princeton University. Ms. Outerbridge started her career in Bermuda where she served as advertising manager for Gibbons Management Services, Ltd., a retail, banking, and insurance conglomerate.
Following her return to the U.S., Ms. Outerbridge continued to write for clients in diverse industries, also working for two years at a pharmaceutical advertising agency, and later in the communications offices of The Lawrenceville School and Princeton Day School.
In 2012-2013 Ms. Outerbridge was Marketing Project Manager for Cybergistics, a health information management company, coordinating the company's website redevelopment, market positioning, and communications.
Ms. Outerbridge is Co-President of the Board of Trustees at Princeton Junior School, where she has been a trustee since 2002. She has been actively involved in its advancement initiatives, having chaired the development, trusteeship, and capital campaign committees. She has also been involved in various other nonprofits, including Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, where she was a trustee for 10 years.
Ms. Outerbridge is a member of the Queenston Hockey Club (UWHL). She earned a B.A. from Colgate University and is a graduate of The Taft School. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Jim Butler is a Senior Managing Director of Witherspoon Partners.
Mr. Butler spent the majority of his career at Credit Suisse First Boston, where for over two decades he was responsible for all taxable fixed income sales (high grade and high yield, cash, and derivatives) for a wide variety of institutional investors such as BlackRock, MetLife, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual, and John Hancock, and for public funds such as the State of Wisconsin and the Public Funds of Ohio. His responsibilities included corporate and mortgage securities and private placements, short-term, corporate, and municipal fixed income products.
Following his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Butler held senior sales positions at Barclays, Lazard Freres, Jefferies, and from 2009 until joining Witherspoon Partners, at Seaport Group in New York. At Seaport, he served as Managing Director, Sales, and significantly expanded the firm’s relationships with major institutional clients.
Mr. Butler earned a BA from University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Indiana University. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Sebastian Man is a Senior Advisor to Witherspoon Partners.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sebastian Man is the Chairman and CEO of Chung Mei International Holdings Limited, a company he acquired in 1990. Chung Mei Industries Limited manufactures small household electrical appliances for major international brands such as Delonghi, Goldair, Breville, Sunbeam and Vornado.
Under Mr. Man’s leadership, Chung Mei formed a joint venture with two key industry players: Turk DemirDokum Fabrikalari, the largest industrial company in Turkey, manufacturing radiators and other heating products in China (and now a subsidiary of Chung Mei), and SGL Italia, a subsidiary of N&W Global Vending, the largest vending machine company in the world and one of the largest manufacturers of espresso machines in China.
Mr. Man is an executive committee member of Pearl River Delta Council, Federation of Hong Kong Industries, a member of the Court of The University of Hong Kong and Vision 2047 Foundation, and a council member of The Better Hong Kong Foundation. He was a director of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, the oldest and the largest charity organization in Hong Kong. He was a charter member and the first President of the Lions Club, Metropolitan Chapter in Hong Kong.
Since 1999, Mr. Man has been a board member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Shenzhen-Baoan Committee and is also the Vice Chairman of the Return of Chinese Fellowship Association, Shenzhen-Baoan. He is also a Councilor of Hunan Youth Exchange Promotion Association Ltd. He is an Executive Committee Member of the International Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong China Business Council and a director of Pacific Basin Economic Council, and a member of Hong Kong Council of Volunteering, a committee member of Agency for Volunteer Service and a committee member of Hong Kong, China Committee of United Nations Volunteers.
Mr. Man was Co-President of the Harvard Business School Association of Hong Kong and is now a director of the Association; he also served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Cate School (California), and the Board of the Corporation Development Committee.
Mr. Man holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He currently resides in Hong Kong.
Anthony Lukas is a Senior Advisor to Witherspoon Partners.
Mr. Lukas has an extensive background in creative marketing and branding solutions for advertising agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and service industries, with an emphasis on content creation and social media.
In 2004 he founded Stunt Double Industries, a full-service retail-creative boutique specializing in brand incubation/rollouts/extensions and product development. He currently serves as Stunt Double's marketing director. Through his approach of qualitative analysis and comprehensive research, Mr. Lukas has generated positive sales results for his clients, which include Avia, Samsonite, Carter's, and Schott NYC (Schott Bros.).
Mr. Lukas also specializes in licensing development and acquisition. Having acquired the Pan Am master license to develop in-house, he pitched the script concept for Pan Am, the period drama that premiered on ABC in 2011. Other licensing clients include Li + Fung USA, VF Corporation, and Round House Denim.
Prior to creating Stunt Double, Mr. Lukas worked on all sides of the advertising business (producer, creative director, account supervisor) for companies such as MSNBC, Showtime, Ford, Coca-Cola, and Head Sports.
Mr. Lukas earned a B.S. from Spring Garden College in Philadelphia.
The Witherspoon Network
Witherspoon Partners draws as needed upon its network of experienced professionals, many former colleagues of Keith Danko. This network includes former CEOs, CIOs, COOs, Directors of Research, Heads of Marketing, company founders and risk managers.