The Founder’s Award
Mr. Aren LeeKong is a Managing Partner and Co-Head of Investments at TFO USA Limited, a multi-billion dollar global investment manager. He is a member of the Executive Committee of The Family Office Co. BSC and the Investment Committee and Portfolio Management Committee of TFO USA Ltd. He is also a member of the investment advisory committee of the $200bln New York State Common Retirement Fund Pension Plan, the supervisory board of directors for GripInvest (Burger King) and the board of directors for Consolidated Lumber. He was previously a Managing Director of Highbridge Principal Strategies (“HPS”) and a co-Portfolio Manager of the Strategic Capital Partners strategy. Prior to joining HPS in 2011, Mr. LeeKong was a Director at Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts (“KKR”) where he was a founding member of the capital markets team. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. LeeKong spent nine years at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Mr. LeeKong is very involved in a number of charitable organizations that are focused on expanding opportunities for the less fortunate through increasing the availability of educational opportunities and high quality healthcare solutions including SEO and The Family Center. Mr. LeeKong holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
The Advocate’s Award
Liquidnet For Good
Liquidnet For Good is dedicated to leveraging the fintech company Liquidnet’s best assets for social impact, both in the communities where they have offices and around the world.
This begins with Liquidnet’s talented employees, who support the company’s signature project for orphans and vulnerable youth in Rwanda (the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, or ASYV) and also put considerable energy into making a difference in their own local communities. It extends to applying the company’s understanding of technology and capital markets to mobilize more private capital for public good, through effective philanthropy, impact investing, and innovative models of financing social impact.
For nearly a decade, employees in Liquidnet’s NYC office have purchased, wrapped, and distributed holiday gifts off a wish list for children served by The Family Center. In recent years, Liquidnet has extended its backing for The Family Center as more employees have become involved, including Sarah Stone, who is now a member of the Leadership Council.
Liquidnet is proud to support The Family Center and the critical work they do to strengthen families in New York City.
Master of Ceremonies
Mike Muse, co-founder of Muse Recordings, is a Music Executive, Pop Culture Expert, Political Expert, and Change Agent. By intersecting politics and pop culture, Mike uses his platform to create social change. As an industrial engineer turned media entrepreneur
Mike is host of SiriusXM’s “The Mike Muse Show,” Co-host of “Sway in the Morning” with his segement “Political News with Mike Muse,” Co-Host of ABC newest talk show “Real Live.” He leverages his platform to show policy as lifestyle, the topic of his first of two TED Talks. As a guest lecturer on various topics dealing with the business of music and politics at Columbia University, Wharton School of Business, Clive Davis School of Recorded Music at New York University, and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan to name a few; Mike enjoys helping shape discussion, debate, and future thought leaders. When not behind a lectern, he can be seen in front of the camera on national television for VH1, ABC, BET, NBC, and ARISE as a political/pop culture expert.
While serving as a member of President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, Mike was recognized as one of the youngest persons in America to raise over $1 million dollars for any American President in one year. Most recently he was appointed to serve as the Unites States Small Business Administration, My Brother’s Keeper, Millennial Entrepreneurial Champion-designed to support President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. As well as the United States Small Business Administration Federal Commission for the Council of Underserved Communities as the Millennials in Business Representative. Mike is a Google NextGen Tech Policy Fellow, appointed by New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, to serve on the Board of Advisors for the Mayors Fund to Advance New York City and The Board of Visitors for Howard University School of Divinity, respectively through 2018. He is a 2016 Cadillac Trailblazer Award recipient, a Network Journal 40 Under 40 awardee, Links Organization National Trends and Service Award recipient, and recipient of the 100 Black Men of America Achievement Award.
Charles Antin of Lot 1 Auctioneers
Charles is a Senior Wine Specialist and Auctioneer at Zachys, and was both a commercial auctioneer and charity auctioneer at Christie’s for close to a decade. He auctioneered hundreds of benefits including the Jackson Hole Wine Auction, Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, Autism Speaks, Teach for China (Hong Kong), the Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence, the Friends of Acadia auction, Pairings Nashville and auctions benefiting the Boston Symphony and the Nantucket Wine Festival. He was also a NY State licensed commercial auctioneer at Christie’s, at the time of licensing the youngest at the firm, bringing down the gavel on thousands of lots, and tens of millions of dollars of wine, watches, Post War & Contemporary art, Asian art, and single-owner collections, such as the collections of Robert H. Ellsworth and Huguette Clark. He holds an MFA in fiction from NYU, a commercial pilot’s license, and his essays and fiction have appeared in Food & Wine, the New York Times, the VQR and elsewhere.