Cushman & Wakefield hedge
fund real estate pro Jonathan Luttwak (center)
celebrates a winning hand as retired General Peter Pace
(top left), Flintlock's Dave Walker (second from top
left) and others look on. Photo: Violetta
Hedge funders showed their military ties and poker skills
Thursday night at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New
York to support veterans looking for jobs in finance.
Players from Elliott Management, Visium Asset
Management, Flintlock Capital Asset Management and others
stacked chips and called each others' bluffs at a charity
fundraiser for the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation, which helps
prepare disabled veterans for careers in the financial services
industry using a six month program including class work, exam
preparation, mentorship and internships.
The event featured approximately 600 attendees, 400
of whom played poker, and raised several hundred thousand
dollars for WSWF. Charlie Prince, an associate at entertainment
law firm Grubman Indursky & Shire, won the tournament.
The industry didn't do so badly: Stefan Lumiere, a
distressed and special situations portfolio manager at Visium,
made it to the final table and came in fourth place.
Many of the hedge funds represented on the
battleship-turned-museum had military ties. David Walker,
president and chief operating officer of Flintlock, is a West
Point graduate who led an Army special operations unit. Another
West Pointer, Flintlock's chief investment officer and Tudor
Investment Corp. alum Steve Mathews, served in the Army as a
tank platoon leader and company commander. The Flintlock execs
came up with the idea and worked with WSWF to put on the
tournament this year and last.
Peter Gaudet, president and COO of hedge fund
Axonic Capital, is another West Point alum (Axonic is led by
Army veteran Clayton DeGiacinto). There were also players from
WestSpring Advisors, which is led by Army veterans Ralph Nacey
and Brian Cox. Other hedge fund-related attendees included AIS
Futures Management, G2 Capital Management and such hedge fund
service providers as law firm Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff &
Cohen and real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield.
The event also featured several high profile
military veterans, including retired United States Marine Corps
General Peter Pace (former chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff); retired Brigadier General
Peter Dawkins (a Heisman Trophy winner, Wall Street executive
and co-founder of Flintlock); Army Captain Jack Jacobs (who won
the Medal of Honor for service in the Vietnam War); and Sargent
Dakota Meyer (a Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor by
President Obama on September 15 for saving dozens of lives in