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Ryan Hart Joins Coquest Inc. as Director of Research, Portfolio Manager

Ryan Hart, CFA, CAIA, joined Coquest Inc. as Director of Research and portfolio manager. Formerly with Altegris Advisors, Mr. Hart will find and perform due diligence on new managers to add to Coquest client portfolios.

Dallas, TX, July 23, 2015 --( Dallas-based Coquest Inc., one of the largest independent brokers in the U.S. derivatives markets, announced today that Ryan Hart has joined the firm as Director of Research and Co-Portfolio Manager and will help build its Coquest Advisors Group. Using his analytical background, Mr. Hart will be responsible for investment research and due diligence on commodity trading advisors and hedge fund managers. Mr. Hart formerly was a portfolio manager and Director of Research & Investments for Altegris Advisors, an affiliated company of Altegris Investments, where he managed a team of investment analysts and was part of the group responsible for strategic and tactical allocation decisions.

“Ryan is an invaluable addition to Coquest Inc. in building out our company, especially Coquest Advisors,” said John Vassallo, Coquest Inc. co-founder. “He provides more than a decade of experience in analyzing and helping select alternative investment managers to enhance and upgrade client portfolios. His insights will be welcome.”

Mr. Hart began his career as a hedge fund analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments. In early 2007, he became the senior hedge fund analyst with Meritage Capital, and then worked briefly with Wells Fargo Advisors (previously Wachovia Securities) as an alternative investment strategist. The past five years he was with Altegris Advisors, where he honed his expertise in vetting hundreds of investment managers and implemented a portfolio construction process that incorporated quantitative and qualitative factors as well as multiple risk measures. “The best traders have a disciplined and repeatable process to identify opportunities and generate attractive risk adjusted returns for their clients. Allocating to traders and structuring robust portfolios for clients is no different. I’m excited for the opportunity to implement the process I’ve fine-tuned over the course of my career for our clients at Coquest,” Mr. Hart said.
“Ryan understands the business and has an astute eye in evaluating trading managers,” said G. Maxwell Eagye, who joined Coquest Jan. 1, 2015 as Managing Director. “He will be the first contact in finding and critiquing new managers to be added to our stable of traders. In addition, he will continuously evaluate those managers already on board. He also is part of our investment committee, which will give final approval on any new managers.”

Mr. Hart, who was born in Napa, CA but raised in Seattle, will be working out of a San Diego satellite office for the near-term. He says his interest in investing started early when he saw his father buy stock in an upstart technology company and kept checking the paper daily to watch the investment grow. The company? Microsoft.

“I was always interested in business, even as a kid,” he said. He also was shrewd. “I used to set up kick ball games by my lemonade stand so I would get more business.”

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. In 2006 he became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) in 2008.

About Coquest Inc.: Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Coquest Inc. was founded by John Vassallo and Dennis T. Weinmann in 1990 to leverage their energy trading and brokering expertise from working on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Today the company is a full service brokerage and consulting firm based in Dallas, with offices in Chicago. It provides multi-national corporations, institutional banks, individual traders, oil companies, utilities and energy marketers with a single comprehensive source for market liquidity, price discovery, and intelligence. Coquest Inc. and Mega Capital are registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and are members of the National Futures Association (NFA). Mr. Vassallo served on the NFA board from 2002-2012. Coquest also is a member of the National Introducing Brokers Association. (

About Ryan Hart, CFA, CAIA – Mr. Hart has more than a decade of experience in investment strategy research, manager due diligence, and portfolio management. Prior to joining Coquest Advisors, Mr. Hart held similar roles at Altegris Advisors, Wachovia Securities, and Meritage Capital. He began his career as a Hedge Fund Analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments in San Mateo, CA. Mr. Hart graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

For more information, please contact:
G. Maxwell Eagye, Managing Director: 214.580.4210,
Ryan Hart, Director of Research and Co-Portfolio Manager: 469.844.1611,
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