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NAIC 2014 Annual Highlights

The NAIC held its 2014 Annual Private Equity & Hedge Fund Conference October 28 – 30, 2014 at the Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, CA. The diverse lineup of panels, guest speakers, and general sessions addressed significant industry issues, trends, challenges, and opportunities. Among the sessions was The Changing Role of the Investment Consultant which looked at the different roles and strategies investment consultants pursue and how these shifts are impacting the industry.

2014 Highlight Video
Another session, The State of the Private Equity & California Plan Sponsor Industry detailed the growth trend in private equity since the end of the global financial crisis. The session offered insights into the state of plan sponsors in California, with speakers from leading Plan Sponsors and others detailing their strategies and challenges for 2014 and beyond. In How to Deliver Superior Returns by Driving Operational Value and Structure, investment managers and portfolio company CEOs discussed “operational excellence.” This is an element of organizational leadership that stresses the application of a variety of principles, systems and tools toward the sustainable improvement of key performance metrics. The first evening concluded with the NAIC’s annual Gala Dinner Reception and awards presentations.
The following day began with A Call to Action: Expanding Opportunities for Women in Private Equity. Participants in the interactive session discussed barriers for entry for women in the industry as well as proven strategies for career growth. Attendees shared real-life issues and engaged with other women to share creative solutions to those problems. One of the final sessions, Successful Strategies for Emerging Managers took a critical look at which strategies work for emerging managers and how these managers can make themselves stand out from their larger counterparts. Other topics included what investors should be aware of when considering investing with an emerging manager and whether there are niches better suited for emerging managers.
2014 Photo Gallery