About

We deliver real value to our clients by leveraging our investment expertise and accelerating growth for talented managers.

Leveraging Investment Expertise

Context’s investment team comes from the world’s most successful options trading firms and we were born from a family office so we understand the unique needs of families and institutions. We take great pride in working closely with affluent families and institutions to identify, develop and deliver innovative investment solutions that generate alpha with minimal correlation to traditional market risks. 

Accelerating growth for talented managers

Context accelerates business for talented and emerging managers through direct partnerships to which we provide branding and communications, compliance, operations and back-office support. This approach enables the manager to focus on managing portfolios and generating performance. Through our unique and proven approach to identifying, evaluating and overseeing highly differentiated and specialized investment solutions, Context delivers edge for fund managers as a full financial and operational partner.

Context's leadership team is comprised of seasoned executives with a diverse set of experiences. Our unique, individual perspectives provide a decision-making framework that ensures continuous innovation.

Ron Biscardi
Chief Executive Officer
John Culbertson
Chief Investment Officer
Derek Wood
Chief Legal Officer
 and General Counsel
Kevin Garton
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Salameh
CEO Context Summits
Amy Smith
Chief of Staff
Arun Gowda
Managing Director, Business Development
Ron Biscardi is responsible for overall firm management, growth initiatives and strategic partnerships. He has over 25 years of business management, strategy and investment experience across start-ups, hedge funds, private equity and asset management.
John Culbertson leads the firm's investment process and is responsible for sourcing emerging managers and developing investment solutions. John is an industry veteran of more than 28 years, his experience encompasses trading, venture capital, asset allocation and hedge fund portfolio management.
Derek Wood serves as the firm's Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel and oversees compliance, human resources and office administration. His experience includes operations support and legal counsel to a variety of clients regarding general corporate matters, human resources, tax and accounting matters, contracts, dispute resolution, litigation, and intellectual property.
As COO, Kevin Garton oversees Context's corporate strategy, marketing, technology and operations teams. Kevin works to ensure collaboration and coordination across Context business units. Kevin's experience includes leading strategy, marketing, product, business development and operations teams in the financial services, technology and consumer products industries.
Mark Salameh is responsible for growing and developing the Context Summits business unit, which is the world’s largest hedge fund cap introduction conference. Mark brings over 20 years of business management, sales, and marketing experience across the alternative asset management industry with a specific focus on events.
Amy Smith is responsible for planning and directing operational activities and strategic initiatives, prioritizing critical issues, project management, serves as advisor and sounding board to the CEO. She has 20 years in the financial services industry.
Arun leads Context business development and investor relations programs. Arun has over 25 years’ experience in global financial services having held senior positions at several major financial institutions.
Ron Biscardi
Chief Executive Officer
Ron Biscardi is responsible for overall firm management, growth initiatives and strategic partnerships. He has over 25 years of business management, strategy and investment experience across start-ups, hedge funds, private equity and asset management.
John Culbertson
Chief Investment Officer
John Culbertson leads the firm's investment process and is responsible for sourcing emerging managers and developing investment solutions. John is an industry veteran of more than 28 years, his experience encompasses trading, venture capital, asset allocation and hedge fund portfolio management.
Derek Wood
Chief Legal Officer
 and General Counsel
Derek Wood serves as the firm's Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel and oversees compliance, human resources and office administration. His experience includes operations support and legal counsel to a variety of clients regarding general corporate matters, human resources, tax and accounting matters, contracts, dispute resolution, litigation, and intellectual property.
Kevin Garton
Chief Operating Officer
As COO, Kevin Garton oversees Context's corporate strategy, marketing, technology and operations teams. Kevin works to ensure collaboration and coordination across Context business units. Kevin's experience includes leading strategy, marketing, product, business development and operations teams in the financial services, technology and consumer products industries.
Mark Salameh
CEO Context Summits
Mark Salameh is responsible for growing and developing the Context Summits business unit, which is the world’s largest hedge fund cap introduction conference. Mark brings over 20 years of business management, sales, and marketing experience across the alternative asset management industry with a specific focus on events.
Amy Smith
Chief of Staff
Amy Smith is responsible for planning and directing operational activities and strategic initiatives, prioritizing critical issues, project management, serves as advisor and sounding board to the CEO. She has 20 years in the financial services industry.
Arun Gowda
Managing Director, Business Development
Arun leads Context business development and investor relations programs. Arun has over 25 years’ experience in global financial services having held senior positions at several major financial institutions.