Jacob Walthour, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer of Blueprint Capital Advisors LLC. Jacob has over 25 years of experience in capital markets, traditional and alternative investment management. Prior to founding BCA, he served as Vice Chairman of Product and Business Development at Ramius, the $11 billion investment management division of Cowen & Company. He was responsible for developing the firm’s seeding and acceleration effort for emerging alternative investment organizations. He served on the firm’s management committee. Previously, he served as Managing Director of Cliffwater, a leading provider of hedge fund, private equity, real estate and real asset consulting. He served on the firm’s Investment Committee and was responsible for client consulting. Prior to joining Cliffwater, Jacob was a Partner and Managing Director at Citadel Investment Group where he managed the firm’s North American distribution effort. Before Citadel, he was Head of Advisory Services at Aksia LLC, where he oversaw client consulting and portfolio management for the firm’s discretionary accounts. In addition, Jacob has held senior roles at Morgan Stanley Asset Management, Quellos Group and Moore Capital Management. At Morgan Stanley Asset Management, he advised some of the firm’s largest clients on asset allocation and investment implementation and built the firm’s Canadian asset management presence. Prior to Morgan Stanley he was Executive Assistant to the Comptroller of the State of New York and sole fiduciary of the New York State Common Retirement Fund. He was involved in the due diligence process for banks, brokerage firms, consultants, traditional and alternative investment firms. Jacob started his career at Lehman Brothers as an analyst in the investment banking division.
Jacob received his BA cum laude from the Nelson Rockefeller School at the State University of New York in Albany. He has served as Trustee for the New York Foundation for the Arts and as a Director of New York Cares. He also served on the Investment Subcommittee of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America for six years and the Board and Investment Committee of the University of Albany Alumni Foundation. He currently serves as a Trustee of the ECLC School of New Jersey which provides education and job training for children and adults with learning disabilities. Jacob has been a frequent speaker at pension, hedge fund and alternative investment conferences including events sponsored by SALT, Institutional Investor, Global ARC and Pensions and Investments. Jacob has been featured on CNBC and has contributed to a variety of articles in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor Alpha and Bloomberg.