About Us

We founded Boosted.ai in 2017 to bring the value of easy to use, fully explainable machine learning to institutional investors.

Machine learning is revolutionizing every facet of modern life. Investment management is not immune. Our team takes on the heavy lifting of data science and algorithm development, so you don’t have to.



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Meet the Team

Joshua Pantony

Co-Founder & CEO

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Nicholas Abe

Co-Founder & COO/CFO

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Jonathan Dorando

Co-Founder & CTO

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Michael Priest

President

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Philip Tregenza

Director of Product

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Spencer Reich

Partner & Chief Revenue Officer

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Kang Sun

Director of Data Science

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Porter Fraker

Managing Director, Sales

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Davison Westmoreland

Director of Customer Success

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Joshua Pantony

Co-Founder & CEO

Josh was a Co-Founder and CTO at Maluuba a deep learning NLP company which was later bought by Microsoft. At Maluuba he built the earliest prototype, recruited the entire Machine Learning team, and oversaw general technology development from 4 people up to a 30 person company. He has 8 patents to his name all of which are core Maluuba IP. After leaving Maluuba he was a Principal Machine Learning engineer at Bloomberg for 4 years. At Bloomberg he helped start and build numerous critical Machine Learning initiatives including Ranking, Recommendation, Question and Answering, Crowd Sourcing, and Knowledge Graphs. He also acted as a consultant on numerous initiatives across the company and helped build several ML teams.

Nicholas Abe

Co-Founder & COO/CFO

Nick has over 15 years of financial work experience, he started in the industry as a trader and has held most other front office jobs throughout his career (research analyst, portfolio manager, and investment banking). In his managerial roles as CCO and CFO of financial firms he helped to launch half a dozen hedge funds and registered both a sell side brokerage and buy side asset manager. Most recently Nick worked for Investor and Treasury Services division of the Royal Bank of Canada where he was responsible for business management and process automation. His in-depth knowledge of financial markets and technology led him to create solutions that helped the bank improve front office performance and risk analysis for a $50 BN (USD) portfolio.

Jonathan Dorando

Co-Founder & CTO

Jon has over 7 years of experience in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing in the financial domain. In his prior job at Bloomberg, Jon was the manager of the Machine Learning for Information Retrieval. His responsibilities included theory development in the areas of Recommendation, Ranking, Personalization, Online Learning, Crowd Sourcing, Knowledge Graph, and Offline Policy. He was also responsible for prototyping through production level engineering of the systems pertaining to the theories. During Jon’s time with Bloomberg, he had collaborations with Cornell University and University of Amsterdam for developing next generation theory, and subsequent deployment of the theories into Bloomberg production code. Prior to Bloomberg, Jon received his BS in Chemical Physics at Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from Cornell University in Theoretical Chemistry.

Michael Priest

President

Michael has over 25 years of progressive executive and managerial experience in the investment management space. Previously, Michael served as Chief Operating Officer for Miura Global Management LLC, an investment manager to fundamental long-short global equity hedge funds. Michael was responsible for building the operational infrastructure to support the various business needs and relationships. Prior to that, he was a finance manager at Jennison Associates LLC. He earned his MBA in Finance and Information Systems from Fordham University and his BBA in Public Accounting from Hofstra University. Michael is licensed as a CPA in New York. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University Gabelli School of Business and is a frequent guest speaker at the business school. He also serves on the advisory board of the Fordham Foundry, an on-campus innovation ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Philip Tregenza

Director of Product

Phil was platform lead at Maluuba, where he worked as lead software engineer and manager for the organizations content search team. The platform team created a new system that searched across 20 different third party content providers in under a second. After Maluuba, Phil worked at Amazon where he led initiatives in Financial Intelligence to analyze Amazon’s massive worldwide retail data set. As a part of this team, Phil created a new analysis platform for the retail organization that utilized a real time query engine built on Presto. This became the new default analysis tool for the retail organization and replaced daily data reports with an ad hoc analysis tool.

Spencer Reich

Partner & Chief Revenue Officer

Spencer has over 15 years of investing experience as a portfolio manager, research analyst, and trader across all macro products, including interest rates, currencies, commodities, and equities. Prior to joining Boosted, Spencer was a senior investment analyst and portfolio manager at Tiger Management, reporting directly to Mr. Julian Robertson, Chairman of Tiger. He has ten years of hedge fund experience across all aspects of the investment process including fundamental research and idea generation, trade structuring and execution, and risk management. Spencer began his career at Goldman Sachs in the fixed income division on the interest rate products desk. He earned an MBA from The Wharton School and graduated from Duke University in 2003 with a BA in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.

Kang Sun

Director of Data Science

Kang has over 10 years of experience in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. In his prior job at Bloomberg, he led the Machine Learning - Pattern Recognition team, which worked on various Machine Learning models for market predictions and applications of Natural Language Processing in finance including: predicting IPO returns, predicting the impact of news on stock volatility, construction of factors based on news data and SEC filings, analysis of earnings calls transcripts, time-series analysis, and recommendation systems. Kang received his BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MS from the University of Illinois at Chicago. There, he was a former PhD candidate (ABD) in Computer Vision before joining Bloomberg.

Porter Fraker

Managing Director, Sales

Porter has over 15 years of sales experience in the Financial Services industry. Prior to joining Boosted, Porter was a Managing Director on the institutional equity sales desk at Evercore ISI in New York where he spent 7 years developing, improving and maintaining hedge fund and mutual fund relationships focusing on fundamental equities, macroeconomics, equity capital markets and derivatives products. Prior to Evercore ISI, Porter was a Senior Salesperson at Susquehanna International Group and Bank of America in Boston, MA. Porter began his career at Morgan Stanley in 2005. He graduated from Trinity College in 2004 with a BA in Economics.

Davison Westmoreland

Director of Customer Success

Davison started his career as a Financial Services Advisor for Ernst & Young. Since then, he has worked in business development at a number of small businesses. Mostly recently, he was the Head of Business Development at Variant Perception, a global macro research company. He earned an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. and Johns Hopkins University with an M.A.

Board of Advisors

Patrick McCormack, CFA

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William Tatham

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Ray Williams

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Aman R. Patel, CFA

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Parth Vasa

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Board of Advisors

Patrick McCormack, CFA

Patrick has 30 years experience as an equity research analyst and portfolio manager. Mr. McCormack started his career in 1987 at Dean Witter, ultimately becoming an SVP Equity Research Analyst with a focus on the retail industry. In 1999 Patrick joined Tiger Management where he worked as Managing Director, Consumer Analyst. After a brief period Patrick earned the opportunity to launch one of the first Tiger Seed funds: Tiger Consumer Management. He managed that fund for 15 years, growing assets to approximately $3 billion USD and generated alpha on both the long and short side for his investors. Patrick closed the fund when he retired in 2015.

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William Tatham

Mr. Tatham started his career as a University of Waterloo cooperative education student at IBM and as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co. As Founder, Chair and CEO, Mr. Tatham led Janna Systems Inc., a world leader in enterprise customer relationship management software for financial services, which sold in 2000 in a record value transaction for a public Canadian software company. Mr. Tatham then founded and was Managing Partner of XJ Partners, a venture capital and advisory services firm that incubated NexJ Systems, where he acts as Chair and which he took public in 2011. Mr. Tatham is also Executive Chair of NexJ Health Inc., which was spun out from NexJ Systems in 2016.

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Ray Williams

Ray Williams is Managing Director and Vice Chairman, Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC) at National Bank Financial. In this role, he is responsible for facilitating engagements with strategic accounts working closely within financial markets to promote the banks’ ‘One Client, One bank’ (1C1B) synergy approach. As a Financial Services executive, specialized in global capital markets, Mr. Williams has extensive experience in Cash and Derivatives products in multiple asset classes, Infrastructure Financing, Provincial & Federal Liability Management, and Mortgage Finance Companies (MFC) Financing and Hedging of Securitized Product. Mr. Williams is also committed to community engagement, in particular in the area of diversity and inclusion efforts. He serves on leadership boards for various organizations, including 100Strong Foundation.

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Aman R. Patel, CFA

Aman has over two decades of experience as an equity research analyst and portfolio manager in institutional asset management. Mr. Patel began his career in sell side equity research working at Prudential Securities and the Union Bank of Switzerland before attending the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his MBA in Finance and Strategy. Upon graduation in 2002, Aman joined Systematic Financial Management (an affiliate of AMG), a U.S equity value manager emphasizing both quantitative and fundamental disciplines. His quanta-mental approach leveraged proprietary quantitative screens incorporating both value and momentum factors. Through his tenure at Systematic over the last 17 years, Aman became a portfolio manager and partner, helping firm wide assets peak at approximately $15 billion USD, and generated positive alpha on an annual basis since inception for investors in his strategy. He has also attained a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).

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Parth Vasa

Parth is Director of Engineering at Facebook. He leads some of the most heavily used products on Facebook like Instagram Shops, Instagram Search and Explore. Parth has over 15 years of experience in building mission critical products and managing large engineering organizations. Prior to Facebook, Parth built and led Search and AI teams at Bloomberg.

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Adam Felesky

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Scott Beattie

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Adam Felesky

Adam Felesky is the Chief Executive Officer of Portag3 Ventures and is based in Toronto. He is the Founder and former CEO of Horizons Exchange Traded Funds, a director and founding investor of BetaShares Exchange Traded Funds in Australia and also led the launch of an ETF platform in Colombia. Previously, Adam worked in JPMorgan Derivative's group in New York, where he co-led the coverage for many top tier corporate clients amongst the oil & gas and power & utility sectors. Adam began his career in investment banking at JPMorgan Canada and CIBC World Markets respectively. Adam is a current member of the Fintech Advisory Committee for the Finance Minister of Ontario as well as the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). He also supports numerous charities and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Immigration Access Fund. Adam is the recipient of a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering and a B.A. in Political Science from McMaster University.

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Scott Beattie

E. Scott Beattie was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elizabeth Arden, Inc. He was involved in every element of the company's expansion and development since its inception in 1992, and played a key role in Revlon’s acquisition of the company. Scott started his career at Accenture Consulting before moving to Merrill Lynch, where he became Director and Vice-President of Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Beattie also co-founded Bedford Capital, a private equity firm with a long track record of success in helping early stage companies grow their businesses. Scott also has extensive financial markets experience and serves on several boards including the Executive Committee of the Ivey School of Business, PENCIL (Public Education), and as Vice-Chairman of Revlon.

Careers

We seek intellectually curious people to join our team. You don’t just run face first into a problem, your brain is hardwired to want to understand the problem, what you’re doing, and the best way to solve it. And if your way doesn’t end up working as planned, you want to know why it didn’t. Every day you encounter a new problem, you’re not only gaining new experience but also learning new things.

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