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The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) Awards STRAIT the 2019 Chairman’s Award for Leadership

The Chairman’s Award for Leadership is one of the highest honors the NAIC bestows. It recognizes an individual or organization who has exhibited outstanding, innovative and visionary leadership while demonstrating an understanding of the value of diversity in the investment community. 

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Operational Due Diligence Expectations for Emerging Managers

Earlier this year STRAIT attended the 2019 Texas Emerging Manager Conference in Austin, TX hosted by the Teachers Retirement System of Texas.  One of the focus panels discussed what emerging managers could expect from operational due diligence by institutional investors and how to prepare.  STRAIT is dedicated to helping emerging managers develop and execute on institutional level processes. 

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STRAIT sponsors the 10th Annual SALT Conference

STRAIT is proud to sponsor the 10th Annual SALT Conference. The event will take place in Las Vegas, May 7-10, 2019. SALT is a global thought leadership forum devoted to unlocking growth opportunities in the fields of finance, economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, technology and philanthropy. SALT brings together approximately 2,000 of the world’s foremost investors, policy experts, politicians and business leaders for four days of networking, entertainment and idea sharing.

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The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) Awards STRAIT the 2019 Chairman’s Award for Leadership

The Chairman’s Award for Leadership is one of the highest honors the NAIC bestows. It recognizes an individual or organization who has exhibited outstanding, innovative and visionary leadership while demonstrating an understanding of the value of diversity in the investment community. 

Operational Due Diligence Expectations for Emerging Managers

Earlier this year STRAIT attended the 2019 Texas Emerging Manager Conference in Austin, TX hosted by the Teachers Retirement System of Texas.  One of the focus panels discussed what emerging managers could expect from operational due diligence by institutional investors and how to prepare.  STRAIT is dedicated to helping emerging managers develop and execute on institutional level processes. 

STRAIT sponsors the 10th Annual SALT Conference

STRAIT is proud to sponsor the 10th Annual SALT Conference. The event will take place in Las Vegas, May 7-10, 2019. SALT is a global thought leadership forum devoted to unlocking growth opportunities in the fields of finance, economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, technology and philanthropy. SALT brings together approximately 2,000 of the world’s foremost investors, policy experts, politicians and business leaders for four days of networking, entertainment and idea sharing.

STRAIT is proud to be a presenting sponsor for the Next Gen Symposia

During the recent NAIC Next Gen symposium in Washington, DC on April 26, STRAIT presented on Building Your Back Office – How the right infrastructure can drive returns while minimizing risks. STRAIT representatives Shana C. Johnson, Daryoush Niknejad, Zain Lalani, and Shane Mpala held interactive sessions walking attendees through the processes, internal controls, and considerations critical to launching a new firm and the risks to be mindful of post launch.

The Impact of the Women of STRAIT

In reflecting on my last few years at STRAIT, I’ve had the privilege of observing firsthand the powerful impact that women can have on a firm. Each female that we’ve hired and put into a position of leadership has served to make our team stronger, more successful, and better rounded.

Women of STRAIT: Francesca Liu

When I joined STRAIT in October 2017, there were only five females in the firm. This did not surprise me as it is common in financial services. It is also industry standard that the higher the rank is, the fewer women you will find owning these roles.  However, this unbalanced gender ratio did not remain for long. As STRAIT grew, the firm hired women across all different levels and service lines. The female population has grown rapidly by 500% since I joined the firm a year and half ago. Not only has the female population grown in the firm, but also the gender diversity has balanced across all levels, from staff to leadership.

Women of STRAIT: Kris McGahey

I had the privilege of attending the Dallas Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring Monday last week, where I was able to meet with some of the most influential women in the Dallas community...When asked [the menor] what was the single most contributing factor that got her where she is today she replied with “Relationships.”  I couldn’t help but think of STRAIT’s company value, “Relationships Matter.” It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how long your resume is, but whether you took the time to build relationships with others. Did you treat others well along the way? Skills can be taught, but relationships are built. Slow down and take the time to build some.

STRAIT Compliance Control Framework

STRAIT has adopted a “control framework” model for its fully outsourced regulatory compliance offering.  Already in common use for public company financial controls and among European regulated entities to meet compliance goals, STRAIT’s Control Framework is a unique application of this comprehensive and transparent model to U.S. based investment advisers’ compliance needs. 

STRAIT TESTIMONIAL: SHANA JOHNSON, YEAR END REFLECTION

It’s been said “Find something you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” One of the biggest lessons I learned in 2018 is to find a TEAM you love to work with, and you’ll never work a day in your life.

STRAIT testimonial: Shane Mpala

Over the past month, STRAIT partnered with Junior Achievement to serve area youth in the North Texas community. Senior Accountant Shane Mpala shares his experience, “I count myself lucky to have participated in educational systems in three different countries during my scholarly times. But nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had volunteering with Junior Achievement."

How you can ensure that your firm is prepared for your 2019 ADV Renewal

On November 12, investment advisers likely received an email from FINRA regarding the IARD system. The IARD system is the online gateway for advisor regulatory filings, and this email should serve as an early reminder that year-end filing requirements, such as the Form ADV, are on the horizon.  Are you prepared?  STRAIT is here to take care of all your compliance needs.

Top 100 Fastest Growing Firm in DFW

STRAIT is one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial companies in the Dallas area, according to the SMU Cox School of Business’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship.

STRAIT Commits to Conscious Capitalism

Aligning with our values of ethics above all else and working to better our community, STRAIT is participating in the Conscious Capitalism movement. Conscious Capitalism creates a world in which business is both practiced and perceived as the greatest force for good.

2018 Women In Business Honoree

Our very own Stacey Relton, has been chosen as one of Dallas Business Journal's 2018 Women in Business Honorees!

New Corporate Headquarters Grand Opening

STRAIT is excited to announce our move to a new corporate headquarters in Dallas, TX. After outgrowing our previous offices at Preston Center, it was time to design a working environment that aligned more directly with our company values and unique culture...On May 17th, we held our Grand Opening, welcoming clients, friends of the firm and members of the alternative investment industry to meet the Stait team, see our offices and learn why we are one of the most respected and fastest growing services firms in the industry.

STRAIT's 2017 Summer Kickoff Event

STRAIT hosted its 2017 Summer Kickoff event on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the firm’s new lake house on Cedar Creek Lake. “Putting our people first is one of our firm values. The STRAIT lake house will be more than a fun place to gather and hold firm events; it will be where we build memories as a team and as a family” explained Stacey Relton, Chief Strategy Officer.