About Us

The BridgePort senior team has over 100 years of combined financial industry experience including leadership roles at global investment banks, hedge funds and the SEC, along with significant development/design expertise to build customer-focused, disruptive technology platforms and solutions.

Christopher Nero

Founder/ CEO
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Christopher Nero is the founder and CEO of Bridgeport Financial Technology, and has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Chris founded HedgeWorks in 2000, pioneering the concept of “hedge fund transparency” through the independent calculation of key hedge fund portfolio metrics and analytics. These quantitative attributes were designed to give sophisticated hedge fund investors deeper insight into the underlying quality of their investments, and provide a level playing field to better compare one hedge fund to another. Today, third-party analytics, valuation and transparent reporting have become “best practice” in the hedge fund industry.

In 2008, with offices in San Diego, Boston and Grand Cayman, Chris sold HedgeWorks to Deutsche Bank, the 15th largest multinational investment bank and financial services company in the world, operating in over 58 countries. Chris transitioned from HedgeWorks’ CEO to Managing Director and Global Head for the successor business, Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services (”AFS”), expanding globally into Europe and Asia, and growing it by over 300% before retiring in 2011. In 2009, Deutsche Bank AFS was ranked #2 in the Global Custodian Survey of hedge fund service providers.

Since that time, Chris has served and continues to serve on the board of public, private and not-for-profit organizations, and is an active investor in the private fund and financial technology industries.

Prior to founding HedgeWorks, Chris was Chief Operating Officer at Bricoleur Capital Management, a $1B+ U.S. Equity Hedge Fund in San Diego; a Director at United Asset Management in Boston; Vice President at Scudder, Stevens & Clark in Boston; and a Senior Accountant at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in Boston. Chris holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Providence College.

Current Boards:
  • Franklin Templeton Funds (2)- Independent Director; 2012 to Present
Prior Boards:
  • Reality Shares ETF Trust; 6 listed ETFs- Independent Director; 2013 to 2018
  • Board of Trustees and Founding Trustee- Pacific Ridge School; 2006 to 2018

Marcus Steele

Director of Operations
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Marcus oversees daily operations, including client engagement, onboarding and transaction procurement, as well all administrator and vendor relationships.

Prior to BridgePort, Marcus was a partner and Director of Administration at Alpha Alternatives Administration, and a Senior Associate of Private Funds at Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services (HedgeWorks).

Marcus holds a B.S. in Accounting from University of the Pacific.

Lisa Lee

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Lisa oversees platform development, design and security. Lisa has over 25 years of experience in financial industry software, including Brandes Investment Partners, Deutsche Bank AFS, HedgeWorks and LCL Engineering, working with a number of traditional and alternative investment firms.

Lisa holds a B.S. in Mathematics from San Diego State University.

Jason Belice, Esq.

Legal Counsel
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  • Prepared and closed over $1.5 billion in private placement Regulation D securities offerings.
  • Represented private and public companies in negotiating, structuring and closing domestic and international mergers and acquisitions with market values between $1 million to over $1billion.
  • Represented U.S. software company in acquisition of Mexican software company for $60 million.
  • Represented biotech company in $20 million series C preferred financing.
  • Represented optical networking systems company in $30 million Series B preferred stock private placement and Regulation S placement in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the U.K., Saudi Arabia and The United Arab Emirates.
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.

Our Board of Advisors is comprised of a diverse group of accomplished industry professionals who bring unique experience, skills, relationships and perspectives to Bridgeport, and promote a culture of innovation. The board provides strategic and operational perspective, challenges management with insightful questions and scenarios, and helps to create a constructive environment of progress and accountability.

Gary Lenhoff, CFA

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  • Great Lakes Advisors (WinTrust) in Chicago- Chief Investment Officer for Fundamental Equity Strategies, and member of the Board of Directors,
  • Ironworks Capital Management, a small cap long/short equity hedge fund in Chicago- Chief Investment Officer
  • Bricoleur Capital Management- Portfolio Manager and Partner; helped build a team of seven analyst, and grow assets from $450 million to over $1.3 billion
  • Anderson, Hoagland & Company in St. Louis- Portfolio manager for an $800 million portfolio
  • Analyst with Prudential Investment Company, and promoted to PM of a $3.3 billion portfolio of leveraged buyout and equity investments
  • Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago
  • BA in Economics from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Michigan

Johann Verheem

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  • Parsons School of Design- The New School, NY, NY- Graduate Professor, Design Thinking
  • Havas Edge, New York, NY- Executive Vice President. Havas is an award-winning international performance marketing agency with expertise across all digital, broadcast and media domains
  • Board of Trustees- Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad, CA
  • CEO of Fithaus, Ltd., and JH Direct
  • Director of Product Development, Guthy Renker
  • Master’s Degree, Strategic Design- Parsons School of Design
  • MBA- San Diego State University
  • BC, University of South Africa

Justin Ferayorni, CFA

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  • Tamarack Capital Management, a long/short equity healthcare-focused hedge fund established in 2005- Founder and Chief Investment Officer
  • Board of Directors- Independent Director, Reality Shares ETF Trust; 6 listed ETFs, including the first Blockchain ETF
  • Bricoleur Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund that grew to more than $1.3 billion in assets- Director of Research
  • Equity Analyst at John Galt Capital Management, a long/short equity hedge fund
  • Associate, Robertson Stephens & Co
  • Princeton University- AB, Chemistry

Jason C. Brandt, CPA

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  • Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer at Sante Capital, a venture capital and alternative asset management firm in Austin, TX
  • Regional Head of Alternative Fund Services for the Americas, Maples Fund Services in Boston
  • Director of Client Services, Deutsche Bank Alternative Fund Services (fka HedgeWorks), based in London, covering client relationships across Europe, Middle East and Asia
  • Managing Director of Operations, HedgeWorks- San Diego, Boston and Grand Cayman
  • AVP for Global Portfolio Administration at TCW
  • Accounting Associate at both Ernst & Young and Coopers & Lybrand
  • Certified Public Accountant and current member of the CFA Institute
  • B.S., Loyola Marymount University

BridgePort is an innovative SaaS platform designed to bring centralization, standardization and fluidity to private fund investing.

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