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LEADERSHIP

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Ben Upward | CIO, Managing Principal

Ben has more than 20 years of experience as a portfolio manager, financial market analyst, and trader.  He has held senior level positions at Munder Capital Management (now part of Victory Capital Management), a $60 billion mutual fund company, Robinson Capital Management, a hedge fund organization, and Telemus Capital, a $3 billion wealth management firm. Ben started and operated two trading desks for institutions and one trading desk for a broker-dealer.  Ben was heavily involved in researching technology stocks and IPOs for the leading internet mutual fund complex in the world during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

 

Ben has traded virtually every asset class across the globe for institutional portfolios up to $15 billion.  Prior to Synchronicity, he co-managed two alternative hedge funds and a mutual fund totaling over $100 Million in assets while simultaneously directing the strategy and execution for all futures, options, FOREX, equities, and CDS.  Mr. Upward founded Synchronicity in 2015 and has since constructed and launched three managed futures strategies, a blockchain investment fund, and several ETF portfolios for high net worth and family office clients.   

 

Ben graduated from Albion College as a double major in Political Science and Economics and Management and earned his Chartered Market Technician designation in 2012. He has been featured in Trader’s Magazine, Benzinga Premarket Prep, The Bubba Show, Hedge Fund Alert, Opalesque, and CTA Intelligence and been a speaker and panelist at Trade Tech. Ben was an advisor to a DEX (decentralized exchange) that was acquired by one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges by volume in the US.  He is an advisor to Gecko Governance.

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Brandon Fluegel | CSO, Portfolio Manager, AP

Brandon has more than 20 years of experience as a trader, proprietary derivatives trader, risk-manager, and strategy consultant. He began his career in the Eurodollar options pit at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as an arbitrage clerk. Brandon later managed with discretion up to $1B+ notional value daily for International Trading Group (ITG), a major Chicago proprietary trading firm. Brandon has traded privately for over two decades and has discretionary execution of over 100k round-turn trades in forty unique futures contracts to his name. 

Brandon has enjoyed leading, managing, and counseling other traders over his career emphasizing critical risk-management implementation, risk initiatives, thorough research, and contingency planning. He has consulted for an independent Registered Investment Advisor and contributed trading and market knowledge to a financial news start-up.  Brandon was an advisor to a DEX (decentralized exchange) that was acquired by one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges by volume in the US.  He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in Risk Management and Finance.

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Phil Lundrigan | Managing Director

Phil was an early mover into the crypto asset space by investing in 2013.  He is the Managing Partner for Tipperary Capital, a boutique consultancy focused on providing investment due diligence and industry intelligence into the digital asset industry since 2013.  Most recently Tipperary helped launch BitBull Capital, the first cryptocurrency fund of funds out of Stanford's StartX incubator.  Phil is a partner @ the Digital Asset Strategy Summit, the premier allocator-only event on digital assets held annually in Dallas.  He has worked with some of the largest bitcoin miners in America consulting on due diligence, deal structure, and power agreements.

 

Previously, Phil worked for a family office specializing in due diligence and strategy for a portfolio of equities, private oil wells, precious metals, and he completed a lead investment in a FOREX currency trading platform.  Phil completed his B.S. from Oral Roberts University in Business admin while playing Division 1 Soccer and helping lead 4 international humanitarian aide trips over the summers.  He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife and four children and enjoys running, cycling, and playing golf in his spare time. 

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