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