Education Committee Chairs
Alison Hermann, CAIA
Associate, The University of Texas Investment Management Company
Chairman — Austin
Alison is currently a Senior Analyst on the Marketable Alternatives team at the University of Texas Investment Management Company. She is responsible for portfolio monitoring, due diligence and sourcing of external managers at UTIMCO, one of the country’s largest endowments. Most recently, Ms. Hermann held a similar position with Austin Capital Management, a fund of hedge funds. Before moving to Austin, she was a fixed income research analyst at 40|86 Advisors, a subsidiary of Conseco, in Indianapolis, where she gained experience evaluating bank-sponsored and private placement deals. Prior, she supported the emerging structured finance unit of STAR Financial Bank focusing on taxable and tax-exempt bonds. Alison began her 10 year investment career at Heller Financial in Chicago, with the majority of her tenure spent in the Aircraft Finance Division, which became part of GE Capital Aviation Services once the company was acquired.
Alison graduated from Indiana University and received her MBA with a concentration in finance from Butler University. She holds the CAIA charter as well as Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Nichole Ake, CAMS
SVP, BBVA Compass
Chairman — Education Commitee
Nichole Ake is the SVP, SR Mgr BSA/AML for BBVA Compass. She is the 2018 President of the BBVA Houston Volunteer Chapter. She is actively involved in BBVA’s LeaderLink initiative and a founding executive of Women in Leadership at BBVA. She has been recognized by BBVA’s Top Talent Program.
Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of an investment adviser/broker dealer firm that focused on alternative investments, fund to funds, due diligence on hedge funds and traditional wealth management. She started her career at Lehman Brothers in Boston and eventually moved to Texas.
She has over 20 years of financial services experience in operations, trading and compliance with startup firms as well as large international firms.
She’s been a speaker, panelist and moderator at Thomson Reuters, HFBOA, DSTA, and STA on operational risk management, industry and regulatory focused initiatives. She holds a BS in Finance from Boston College, an MBA from Southern Methodist University and completed the three year Securities Industry Institute program through Wharton/SIFMA as well as other notable management certificates from University of Texas, University of Dallas and University of North Carolina executive programs.
Nichole is a past-President of the Dallas Security Traders Association (DSTA) and served as Co-Chair of the national Securities Traders Association (STA) Compliance Committee. She currently is the chair of the Houston TXWSW Education Committee and serves on the Board. She actively volunteers as a mentor for BBVA employees as well as Boston College students.
Ashleigh B. White, CPA
Audit Manager, Rothstein Kass
Chairman — Dallas
Ashleigh White is a Manager in the Financial Services practice of Rothstein Kass. Based in Rothstein Kass’ Dallas office, Mrs. White began her career with the Firm in 2009 where she has worked with various domestic and offshore clients within the alternative investment industry, including hedge funds, fund of funds and private equity funds. She has experience with equity securities, fixed-income securities, commodities and various other derivative products. Mrs. White received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Master of Science in Accounting from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Mrs. White is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), Texas Hedge Fund Association (THFA) and Texas Young Professionals – Dallas Chapter (TYP).
Mrs. White serves as the website editor and bookkeeper for the THFA and is a formal mentor to a high school junior through the Foundation for the Education of Young Woman’s mentorship program.
Education Committee Members:
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