Robb founded The Strategic Group PR back in 1998 as a platform for expressing his core belief that to have a true edge you have to be willing to look at things differently and seek to explore opportunities around the edges of markets. A strong entrepreneurial spirit led him to move from a corporate role in investment banking in order to pursue his own path. He started his journey in investing by starting his own Hedge Fund focused on the short side. His contrarian spirit served him and his fund well. Drawing on his experiences from working in investment banking, he developed strategies with a focus on identifying flawed businesses and fraud in the microcap market space. He would uncover mispricing and fraud and expose them through the media and the SEC. His fund achieved outsized alpha from 1998 to 2005 before short selling restrictions hampered his main strategy. He then set about developing a broader investment business, build upon the foundations of his core beliefs and the experiences he had gathered from managing the fund. He now oversees a proprietary PE company that focuses on acquiring and developing financial services, investment and technology businesses with a strong stakeholder mentality.
Marc is the Founder of LoPresti Law Group, P.C., a co-founder of the alternative data magnate BattleFin Group, LLC and BattleFin Asset Management, LLC, a co-founder of IDI Group, LLC, a collaborative, family-office based approach to direct venture capital investing, and is a recognized authority on alternative investments. LoPresti Law Group, P.C. was awarded the 2014 International Hedge Fund Awards “Securities Law Firm of the Year”, the 2015 International Hedge Fund Awards “Best Alternative Investment Management Law Firm” and most recently, the 2015 Global Fund Awards “Hedge Fund Law Firm of the Year.” Most recently, the firm was awarded the 2019 International Hedge Fund Awards “Best Securities Law Firm of 2019” and the 2018 International Hedge Fund Awards “Alternative Investment Law Firm of the Year.” Marc is frequently a featured speaker at conferences focused on alternative investments and family office investing. He is also contributing co-host of a weekly webinar, Venture Talk Weekly, which offers insight into the latest venture capital market in areas such as alternative data, fashion merchandising, sports and entertainment and virtual marketing. Marc has structured and launched numerous alternative asset management ventures during his 17+years of practice as a securities attorney in New York.
Susan graduated from Ohio State University in 1980 and is a certified public accountant (CPA) in Florida. Ms. Blasberg started her career as a financial auditor for Arthur Anderson and Company in Houston, working primarily with major international oil and natural gas companies. In her role as auditor, she provided management advisory services and financial risk control services. Susan’s responsibilities have increased during her career as she held the following positions: owner of a private commercial industry for eleven years in Wisconsin, an accountant in Public Accounting for five years in both Wisconsin and Florida, and a controller of a publishing company in Houston, TX and of a major real estate company in Gainesville, Florida.