Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Peter Mullin | Alexandria Ashdown | Michael G. Balog | Kristi Barens | Clarke Anderson | Richard Gadbois | H. Robert Heller | Robert Muh | Ravi Kaza

Peter Mullin is Chairman of the Advisory Board and also recently served as Chairman Emeritus of MullinTBG, the nation’s largest independent executive benefits services and solutions provider prior to its sale to Prudential in October of 2008. Before forming MullinTBG in 2006, Mr. Mullin served as Chairman of Mullin Consulting, Inc., a leading non-qualified benefits firm he founded in Los Angeles in 1969. He is also co-founder and Chairman of the Board of M Financial Holdings Incorporated (M Financial), a network of independent firms serving the financial and life insurance needs of corporations, executives and affluent individuals. Mr. Mullin serves on numerous boards, including the Avery Dennison Corporation Board of Directors, the Gene Autry Heritage Museum National Advisory Board, the Guggenheim Foundation Advisory Board, the Hospital of the Good Samaritan and The UCLA Foundation Boards of Trustees. He is Chairman of The Music Center Foundation of Los Angeles, as well as past Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Mr. Mullin is also involved in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, serving on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Education Foundation.


Alexandria J. Ashdown is a retired Managing Director of Morgan Stanley with a career spanning 33 years including leadership positions in institutional equities, capital markets, firm management and private wealth management. Most recently she was the regional manager for Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management based in San Francisco responsible for one of the largest regions in wealth management for the firm. Prior to returning to the United States in 2006, Ali was the Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Stanley Asia based in Hong Kong overseeing operations, risk management, government relations, corporate communications and several of the firms’ joint venture relationships. She contributed to all areas of strategic expansion in the region where Morgan Stanley’s presence expanded significantly during the 10-year period she was in Asia. Prior to her posting in Hong Kong, Ali worked in London and previously in New York in capital markets, institutional equity and divisional management. Presently she is member of the board of trustees for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and is a trustee for the San Francisco Girls’ School. She holds a BA in economics from George Washington University in Washington, DC. In 2008 and 2009, she was named as one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times.


Michael G. Balog is Managing Partner of Balog Capital Management, LLC. Michael graduated with a BS from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business in 1981, with a concentration in Marketing and Decision Science. After several years as product manager for hardware IT at Harris Corporation, Carterfone Communications and Datastream Communications, he joined Montgomery Securities in 1986 as an Institutional Salesman. Michael was named a Principal of the firm in 1990, was near the top producers for nearly a decade, serving a host of the largest mutual funds, as well as the largest US hedge funds. After the merger with Nations Banks, then Banc of America Securities, in 1998, Michael was named head of Equity Product Marketing, and ultimately named to the Executive Management Committee at Banc of America Securities. He was a weekly contributor to both Fnn and CNBC live market programs. In 2002, he left Banc of America Securities to create Shoreline Asset Management, a family office fund format. In 2010, Michael joined Andor Capital Management as Principal and Portfolio Manager, and spun off Balog Capital, LLC in 2011. His fund maintains offices in Rye Brook, NY and Paris, France.


Kristi Barens From her natural leadership skills, to the passion she displays in everything she undertakes, Kristi is a powerful force in the executive benefits industry. Respected by her peers and her clients as a life insurance and disability insurance expert, Kristi has published several articles on executive benefits and insurance and serves as a seminar speaker at industry events. Her love for, and facility with, numbers started at an early age and led her to earn a BS in Mathematical Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before founding Mullin Barens Sanford Financial, Kristi spent more than 25 years at MullinTBG and Mullin Consulting. With many years of consulting experience in the design and funding of executive benefit programs, Kristi has worked with hundreds of public and private corporations on their customized benefit and insurance plans for key employees. Kristi also has expertise consulting with individual executives on their overall insurance needs. She is serving on the inaugural Board of Directors of Finseca, the newly combined AALU & GAMA organization to serve financial security professionals that provide financial and retirement security to individuals, families and businesses. In her personal life, Kristi sets a strong philanthropic example. She currently serves on the Women’s Health Advisory Board at UCLA and the Campaign Committee at UCSB, and formerly served as Vice Chair on the Board of the Lutheran High School of Orange County. Kristi’s giving nature also earned her nominations for Philanthropist of the Year, Executive of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s ‘Women Making a Difference Awards.’ Beyond everything she does for her clients and her community, Kristi’s proudest accomplishments are her happy and healthy adult son and daughter. Both of whom share Kristi’s passion in the retirement field and recently joined MBS Financial and a Southern California M Member Firm.


Clarke Anderson has nineteen years’ experience in trading, energy, and private equity. As co-founder of GHI Energy, he developed an innovative renewable fuel marketing platform that catapulted the company into the position of the largest third-party provider of CNG in the state of California. As an industry leader, GHI Energy was recently acquired by UGI Energy Services, who will use their energy commodity marketing expertise and strong customer base to expand GHI into other parts of the country. Post-transaction, he continues to manage GHI Energy while assisting new owners desire to aggressively grow the platform. He is founder of Anderson LCFS, LLC the lead investor in GHI Energy – it has realized 125X returns to date; and previously co-founded Grounds Anderson, LLC, a civil engineering consulting firm and Alta Capital Fund, a natural gas and electricity trading venture, Clarke also oversees various public and private investments of his parents’ Houston family-office as Manager of Freedom Hill Enterprises, LLC; Vice President of Anderson Family Partnership;. and as a Director of The D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson Foundation. A graduate of Rice University in 2001 with a B.A. in Political Science and Policy Studies, Clarke continues to be actively involved with Rice. He has served on the board for Friends of Fondren and the Rice University Owl Club; on the Association of Rice Alumni Nominations Committee; and as co-chair of his Reunion years. Within the civic community, Clarke volunteered from 2011-2017 with The Children’s Fund, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to helping early stage charities fulfill their mission to provide critical services to disadvantaged children across the greater Houston area, Chairing Donations, Corporate Development, and Charity Selection Committees. In 2015, while serving as President, he helped to raise over $745,000 in distributable funds. Clarke is also an active volunteer at St. Francis Episcopal School, serving as a Board member since 2016 while serving on the Executive Committee for the majority of that time. Clarke is the co-founder of the Sporting Clays event benefiting the Patrick Nicosia CARE Fund and has actively served on the Steering Committees for the school’s multiple Capital Campaigns to purchase property for new campus, construct new Primary School and begin an Upper School. Clarke resides in Houston with his wife, Elle, and their two daughters.


Richard Gadbois is currently a Senior Advisor to Oakmont Corporation, a $2.5 Billion family office for Robert Day, where he has maintained an investment relationship since 1989. He is also an advisory board member with Main Management in San Francisco and co-founded the firm’s Core Endowment Portfolio with Kim Arthur in 2007. In addition, Richard is Chairman of HS Group, an Asian-focused hedge fund seeding firm, and a Director of Argyle Street Management, a distressed credit fund, both based in Hong Kong. Richard began his career at EF Hutton in 1980 and then opened the west coast office for the Corporate Executive Services Group at Prudential Securities in 1989. In 1994 Richard became a senior Vice President with Merrill Lynch where he advised insiders at public companies in the US and Europe. He retired from Merrill in 2001 with client assets of over $3 Billion. From 2001-2006 Richard was President and Co-Founder of Vantis Capital Management, a long-short equity fund with offices in Los Angeles and New York. From 2010-2013 he was CEO of Roth Asset Management. Richard graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Economics. He has served as Director of several public companies and charitable organizations over the last 20 years. Richard is also a Founder and Trustee emeritus of the Sage Hill School.


H. Robert Heller, a former Governor of the Federal Reserve System and President of VISA U.S.A., has had a distinguished career in business, government and education. After obtaining his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, he began his career as a professor of economics at UCLA. He then became Chief of the Financial Studies Division of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. After that, he joined Bank of America in San Francisco as Senior Vice President and Director of International Economic Research. Mr. Heller was appointed by President Reagan as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. At the Federal Reserve he served as the Administrative Governor with responsibility for the overall management of the Federal Reserve Board. He also served as Chairman of the Committee on Bank Supervision and Regulation, as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, and as the U.S. delegate to the Economic Policy Council of the OECD in Paris. Returning to the private sector, he joined VISA International as Executive Vice President for Finance, Risk Management, Audit and Security. Two years later, he was elected President and CEO of VISA USA., with overall responsibility for the nation’s largest retail card payments system. Under his leadership VISA acquired the PLUS and INTERLINK systems. Most recently, he was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of the Fair Isaac Corporation (FIC), the world’s leading credit analysis firm. He also served as as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marin General Hospital. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE), Bank of Marin (NASDAQ) and the Eton Corporation. He also serves on the Advisory Board of PAX Scientific. He has published seven books and hundreds of articles and is a frequent guest commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg.  He also serves currently as the Commodore of The San Francisco Yacht Club.


Robert Muh was a co-founder of Sutter Securities Inc. where he was CEO from 1992 until 2019. Prior to Sutter Securities, Mr. Muh was a Partner/Senior Managing Director in charge of the San Francisco region of Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. where he supervised the overall business development and operations of 200 professionals and staff. Bear Stearns’ activities in San Francisco included corporate finance, retail brokerage, institutional sales, fixed income sales, public finance and real estate in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. He joined Bear Stearns in 1978 as head of the Los Angeles regional corporate finance department where he built the firm’s largest corporate finance office outside of New York. He was chairman of Newburger, Loeb & Co., Inc. a New York Stock Exchange member firm, from 1970-1972 and with McKinsey & Co., management consultants, from 1966-1969. Bob was a trustee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 25 years and is now is a Life Trustee Emeritus. He has served as a trustee of the Culinary Institute of America since 2009 and is currently Chairman of the Board. Bob served as a member of the FINRA Board of Governors from 2016 to 2019. He has also served as a director of more than 20 public and private companies. Mr. Muh has a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both an MBA and a Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University. While at Columbia, Mr. Muh was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Finance. From 2015 through 2019, Bob was an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco Law School.


Ravi Kaza graduated from The Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Finance Summa Cum Laude at age 19. Since then, Ravi has spent the last 25 years consistently focused on disruptive technologies. Ravi started his career in Silicon Valley at a prominent investment banking group founded by Frank Quattrone and George Boutros, where he worked on numerous notable transactions for clients such as Amazon, Netscape, Apple, Lucent, and Lam Research. Then Ravi entered the money management as a Vice President at Pequot Capital Management, at the time one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers with a prominent focus on technology long/short investing. Ravi oversaw the efforts within Pequot centered on the convergence of the Internet with several more traditional sectors such as retail, media, and finance. Ravi was then hired by Stanley Druckenmiller to be Managing Director at Duquesne Capital Management with primarily investment responsibilities centered around long/short equity strategies in the technology sector. In 2003, Ravi founded Seasons Capital Management, a multi-billion-dollar SEC-registered investment manager which oversaw multiple TMT strategies. In 2010, Ravi shifted his focus to running solely internal capital with a continued primary focus on disruptive technologies (Twitter, Uber, Digital/Blockchain assets). His focus on crypto/digital assets has grown significantly in recent years: Bitcoin in 2014, Ethereum in 2016, Early-stage crypto venture funds in 2017, and venture deals centered around the digital asset ecosystem in 2018. As of summer 2020, digital asset related investments (liquid and illiquid) constitute more than 50% of his total portfolio exposure. Ravi has now invested directly or indirectly in over 100 digital asset related investments. His core investment belief is that a disproportionate share of risk-adjusted alpha in the world during the next decade will come from the digital asset sector. Consistent with this belief, Ravi has been spending upwards of 75% of his time focused on digital asset investing thus far in 2021.