Michael Lapat is counsel at Law Offices of Michael Lapat and serves as counsel to a number of hedge funds. He is also the President of Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. In 1998, Mr. Lapat was a co-founder of a successful hedge fund which, from August 1998 through September 2000, grew in assets from $500,000 to $60,000,000 with an average annual return of 78.53%. At that fund, he was responsible for document preparation, investor relations, fund administration, and legal and compliance issues, as well as other back-office matters. Mr. Lapat was responsible for the initial launch of the domestic hedge fund as well as its transition to a master-feeder fund structure with onshore and offshore feeder fund components. In September 2000, he left that position to form Turn Key Hedge Funds Inc., where he developed the concept of the "Turn Key Hedge Fund." From 2005 until 2009, he served on the Board of Directors of the Hedge Fund Association, a non-profit association representing the hedge fund industry.
He is an attorney admitted to the practice of law in the states of Illinois in 1976, Florida in 1994, and New York in 2000; as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit in 1984, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Southern Division, in 1992, U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 1994, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 1998, U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida in 1998. He is a graduate of University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he received a B.A. Degree in 1972 and is a graduate of the John Marshall Law School where he received a J.D. degree in 1976. While at the fund, he was an officer and compliance director of an Illinois Investment Advisor and an Illinois Investment Advisor representative.
He successfully completed the NASD Series 3, Series 30, Series 7 and Series 65 examinations; was a registered member of the NFA and an "Associated Person" of a Registered Commodity Pool Operator. Mr. Lapat is also the recipient of the American Civil Liberties Union Recognition Award for Litigation and Support of Civil Rights awarded in 1985.
Ainsley Fuller is the Director of Technology for Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. and a founder. He joins Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. from his own successful computer consulting firm, Clearwater Services, Inc.
Mr. Fuller is Microsoft Certified and well versed with Microsoft networking solutions and business applications. He has been providing and implementing technology solutions as well as consulting services to a wide variety of business and organizations since 1994. He is equally experienced in network analysis, design, administration, and security. He is well versed in a wide variety of hardware & software configurations and the deployment of these technologies.
Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. and its clients have benefited from his knowledge and experience in computer networking and business applications. Technology makes the process of starting a Hedge Fund easier. Mr. Fuller is available to promptly assist hedge fund managers and their computer traders in dealing with all their technology needs. He is available to perform a system analysis of their existing hardware and software configurations as well as to provide technology risk management consulting to improve and maintain trading technology.
Linda McDonald entered the financial industry and joined Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. in 2002. She was initially employed in the company's fund launch section. In that section Ms. McDonald was individually responsible for entity formations, state securities filings for Private Investment Companies, federal "Form D" filings, internal investor and fund document preparation and filing, fund investor relations, as well as coordination of monthly reporting. In January 2004, Ms. McDonald directed "Fund Administration," managing the company's fund administration clients. In that capacity she was responsible for supervising, managing and directing launch activities, entity formation, document preparation, Commodity Pool Operator Registration activities, Investment Advisor registration activities, as well as administrative client fund investor relations. Presently, Ms. McDonald manages Commodity Pool Operator (CPO) registration, Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) registration, Investment Advisor registration (RIA) and IRA custody and rollover approvals, in addition to other duties described herein. Ms McDonald has completed Ethics and Anti-Money Laundering training.
Louis Lapat is a staff video producer/director for the production division of Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. Louis will produce, direct and edit promotional videos for fund web pages, offering materials, and promotional pieces. Louis is currently teaching Final Cut Pro Editing at the New York Film Academy. During 2006, Louis was an Adjunct Professor of "Media Workshop: Documentary" at Marymount College, New York. While at Marymount College, he was a Media Lab Manager which included managing the Mac G5 Final Cut Pro editing lab and mini-dv camera equipment.
Louis has extensive film crew experience. His credits include: "Assata" - Gaffer/Production Coordinator - Directed by Fred Baker; "The Squid and the Whale" - 3rd Prop Person, a Peter Newman Film. As an Editor (all in Final Cut Pro) Louis worked on Xavier Promotional Video for A&E, "Homecoming Soccer" Video; "Ying Ling" - Splitpillow Challenge Filmmaking Competition, "4 Young Trees" - Roatan Films. Louis was engaged as Grip/Electric/Camera Assistant on the following projects: "Fairies" - Speak Productions - Key Grip; The Verve Pipe Music Video - Key West Productions - Grip/Electric; "The Handbook To Casual Stalking" -Northwestern University. Production "Reservations" - Northwestern University. Production - Dolly Grip; "Reality" - Northwestern Univ. Production - Grip/Electric; "Crack Kildare" - Jeremy Brunges - Dolly Grip; "7 Digits" - RadioRidge Productions - 2nd Assistant Cameraman. As a Set Production Assistant: VH1 Rock The House, VH1; "Bad Meat" - Chill-O-Vision - Set PA Corporate Video - Bucktown Pictures ; Spec Spot - Bucktown Pictures; "I was a Mathlete until I Met Margo Harris" - Flapper Girl Pictures. Louis was Featured Filmmaker on GENART.COM: http://www.genart.org/film.link.htm?itemid=1535.
Louis created, produced, and directed an award-winning film, "Depression." Its awards include DVD distribution on 'Journal of Short Film', official selection in 10 film festivals, featured on Plum TV, 'Eye For Sound' Contest Winner, and featured on several websites streaming short films online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy5qXm9NS3E
His other films include, "Project Rhythm," a Short Promotional Video DV; "The Week", a feature-length documentary in progress; "Who is Warren?" short fiction DV; "Enter The Jonas" a short fiction DV; as well as a number of Columbia University and Northwestern University films/exercises.
His publications include "Evo-Cad," Computer Aided Design using an evolutionary algorithm. (Publication online at http://helen.cs-i.brandeis.edu/pr/buildable/evocad/Lous_Instructions.html) and "mpMe!," Master's Thesis for Northwestern University, music recommendation software. (Publication online at http://www.iuiconf.org/02pdf/2002-003-0059.pdf)
Louis Lapat was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science from BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, Waltham, Massachusetts; a Master's Degree in Computer Science from NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Evanston, Illinois; and Master's Degree in Film-making from COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, New York.
Adam Mirkin serves as the company’s client reconciliation accountant. In this capacity he is responsible for various accounting and bookkeeping duties including, the reconciliation realized and unrealized gains and losses with the client’s brokerage statements. Adam also supervises video production division of TURN KEY HEDGE FUNDS, INC. and is responsible for the supervision of production of promotional videos for fund web pages, offering materials and promotional pieces. In this capacity, Adam’s experiences include the management of art and photography projects for Orlando publications as well creating trademarks for various businesses.
Adam is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, where he studied marketing as well as art, photography, film, and computer graphics. He also studied art at the Chicago Art Institute, Urbino University, Urbino, Italy and Bergamo University, Bergamo, Italy. He furthered his study in film at the New York Film Academy.
Stasia Fuller is the Senior Web Page Designer for the Marketing division of Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. In 2002 she joined Clearwater Services, a computer software service provider as a web designer and marketing specialist. At Clearwater she gained extensive experience in web page design and in the marketing of websites for various industries ever since. She continues to provide consulting to Clearwater. In 2007, Stasia Fuller joined Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. as a web page designer. Stasia Fuller is responsible for registration of domain names, setup of web hosting accounts, creation of email addresses, development of compliant password-protected web pages and creative web design. Stasia Fuller is also responsible for uploading of the monthly performance reports on hedge fund websites.
Stasia Fuller attended University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale.
Howard J. Kaplan, CPA: Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with the accounting and consulting firm, Kaplan & Company (K&CO), based in Northbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), to provide independent auditing services to clients of Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. Mr. Kaplan is the Managing Partner of K&CO. Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. has formed this ongoing strategic relationship with K&CO to provide start-up consulting services, accounting services, auditing services, tax consultation and preparation services to private investment partnerships and offshore funds. Mr. Kaplan has been providing accounting and tax services to private partnerships since 1971. Prior to joining K&CO, he worked for one of the "Big Five" accounting firms where, in addition to providing auditing and tax services, he was involved in SEC matters and the preparation of SEC filings on behalf of firm clients. Mr. Kaplan is a graduate of Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and also holds memberships in the tax section, consulting services section, personal financial planning and information technology sections of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants where he has served on various committees. Mr. Kaplan has testified as an expert witness in Federal and State court on various matters. He has taught courses to other accountants for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Kaplan has spoken before various groups on income tax and investment planning matters.
Maurice Berkower, CPA: Turn Key Hedge Funds, Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with the accounting and consulting firm Demetrius Berkower LLC.
Maurice Berkower, CPA, is an audit principal at Demetrius Berkower LLC (DB) and a managing
director of Rankin Berkower (Cayman) Ltd. (RB) and is a leader of their respective financial services practice groups.
DB and RB provide start-up consulting services, accounting services, auditing services, tax consultation and preparation services to nearly 300 private investment partnerships and offshore funds. These services include maintenance of partners' capital accounts on an economic and tax basis and net asset value computations.
Mr. Berkower has been providing accounting and accounting services to investment partnerships, offshore funds, securities broker-dealers, and private investment companies since 1975.
Mr. Berkower is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a BS in Accounting and a graduate of Baruch College with a MBA in Taxation. He serves on the New York State Society Stock Brokerage Accounting, Investment Management, Investment Companies and Private Equity committees. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Jersey and New York State Societies of Certified Public Accountants, as well as other nonprofit, and charitable organizations.
Mr. Berkower has contributed accounting and consulting articles to The CPA Journal, various community and local newspapers, as well as presented various educational and informational seminars and programs to other accountants, bankers, attorneys, hedge fund managers and industry professionals.