Bruce H. Lipnick is Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Asset Alliance Corporation. He has an extensive background in alternative investments, with over 45 years of experience in the financial services industry, and was a pioneer in utilizing hedging techniques in portfolio management. He served as President of Pierpont Management, one of the earliest family offices. While under Mr. Lipnick's leadership, Asset Alliance acquired and or seeded 18 firms, raising over $7 billion in AUM along with its affiliated managers. In 2002, Asset Alliance launched the first 40 ACT Mutual Fund, which invested in Alternatives (with AUM growing to $1.7 Billion).
Mr. Lipnick was a member of the Advisory Council of the Milken Institute California Center and the First Eco Power Summit in Brazil. He was also a member of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Congressional Speakers Cabinet. Mr. Lipnick has received numerous awards, including the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Executive of the Year in Investments and Financial Planning by Worldwide Who's Who, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Giving from Hedge Funds Care, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Young Jewish Professionals.
Mr. Lipnick has run several Fund of Funds, was a featured speaker on panels regarding the state of the hedge fund industry, and was invited to participate in the Champions of Change event at The White House for crowd funding in 2013. He is often quoted in Barron’s, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Forbes. Mr. Lipnick is also a patron of The Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Lipnick also served on the board of HedgeCoVest, the next generation of hedge fund investing for accredited and non-accredited investors to access hedge fund and long only strategies online. Mr. Lipnick is the Chairman and Founder of nRapt, a new streaming media platform with aggregated performing arts content in theater, dance, opera, concerts, and educational programs. Mr. Lipnick is one of only 200 VR visionaries worldwide to be selected as a member of the Kaleidoscope Network for VR industry leaders.
Mr. Lipnick is a graduate of Long Island University and currently holds securities licenses 3, 24, 7, 63.
PIETER VAN LEUGENHAGEN
Pieter Van Leugenhagen is an all-round entrepreneur and marketer with a penchant for immersive experiences. As co-founder and Int. Growth Director at yondr, he spearheads virtual reality marketing in both Europe (Antwerp - Amsterdam - Ibiza) and the US (New York - Los Angeles). Yondr produces high-end 360° videos and virtual reality experiences across the globe, nurturing a growing community of VR creators worldwide.
Pieter is a true immersive marketing evangelist, and a visionary strategist at that. He’s been at the helm of virtual reality entrepreneurship since 2014, successfully venturing beyond the gimmick by pushing boundaries and forging strategic partnerships.
Prior to his VR endeavors, Pieter began his career at MTV and earned his stripes in PR and digital media. Before founding yondr in 2014, he had already built his successful digital agency commefort from scratch. His co-workers describe him as tenacious and empathic, with a great nose for solid business opportunities.
In recent years, he has helped the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Barco, L'Or Espresso, New Balance, Nike, Decathlon and countless others to turn virtual reality into a tangible and valuable business asset.
BADFAITH is a independent virtual reality content collective that enables its members to formulate and actualize experimental VR projects. BADFAITH members work within the fields of film making, contemporary art, science and cultural theory. The collective have produced work that has received acclaim through film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, as well as museums including MoMA and the National Gallery of Australia.
Winslow Porter is a Brooklyn based director, producer and creative technologist, specializing in virtual reality and large-scale immersive experiential installations. With over six years of experiential work under his belt, he has helped create interactive experiences for Google, Delta, Diesel, Merrell and Wired, to name a few.
Tyson Sadler is an award-winning VR journalist and documentary filmmaker. As the Director of Special Projects for RYOT VR, he has been at the forefront of reporting Europe's refugee crisis in 360.
Thomas Wallner is a producer, writer, and director working in film and interactive media. In addition to producing innovative cross-media properties for television, he has written and directed eight award-winning feature documentaries that have been broadcast in more than 30 countries. His last two features The Guantanamo Trap and Before the Final Curtain Falls both won the Special Jury Prize at Hot Docs.
Wrote and Directed New Wave with Vrse. Awards: Gold Lion, Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors Showcase, Best New Director Cannes Lions 2010, Gold Clio, Canadian Emmy Nomination.