Our Team Has Raised Billions in Various Funds, Strategies, and Geographies
Plain and simple, we are business builders. Our team has over 65 years of experience in building alternative investment businesses and raising capital from institutional investors. Founded in 2010 by Mark Marxer and Brian Leftwich after building out the Hedge Fund Placements Group, Private Equity, and broader Alternatives Business at a major investment bank and building dozens of alternative businesses throughout their careers, MMX is comprised of five professionals with extensive experience located in both Minneapolis and New York.
From traditional Long Short Equity to Municipal Bond Market Making, we have worked with a broad range of strategies. From Family Offices to Sovereign Wealth Funds, we have closely covered and personally know an even broader range of institutional investors. Continuing with our theme of simplicity, our team knows the alternatives space like no other, and our capital raising record shows it.
MMX launched in 2010 with three professionals and one mission – to connect best in class alternative investment managers developing thoughtful business models with top tier investors. We work diligently to position our managers to capitalize on the present generational opportunity and build each business according to its specialized needs.
MMX guides our clients through all aspects of their business cycle, lending our years of experience to a suite of services ranging from drafting all documentation and asseessing the competitive landscape to growing an investor base in a strategic and targeted fashion. By partnering with a select group of only the most talented managers, we are able to strive to find strategic partners throughout the globe. From banks, endowments, foundations, family offices, public and private pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors know that our team will only bring the best to their table.
Mark is Managing Partner and Co-founder of MMX Management based in New York and Minnesota. Previously, he was Managing Director and Global Head of Hedge Fund Placements/Advisory within the Alternatives Distribution Group at Citi in New York. Mr. Marxer was recruited specifically to build out the HF placements business from scratch in 2006. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Marxer was a Senior Managing Director and the Chief Marketing Officer with Black River Asset Management. Previously, he was a Founding Partner of RedSky Partners, where he was also a Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to RedSky, Mr. Marxer was a Senior Vice President and Director of Alliance Hedge Fund Investments with Alliance/Bernstein Capital Management. He was a Vice President and Director of Marketing with American Express Asset Management. Mr. Marxer earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Oregon State University. Mr. Marxer brings over 26 years of business development and asset raising experience having raised over $13 billion in the Hedge Fund, Private Equity, and broader alternatives space since 1994.
Brian is Partner and Co-founder of MMX Management based in New York. Previously, he was a Director in the Alternatives Distribution Group at Citi in New York. Prior to joining Citi, he was a Vice President in the Private Equity Group at Merrill Lynch, specializing in Hedge Fund Placements. Previously, Mr. Leftwich was an Associate in M&A (Media and Telecommunications) Investment Banking and Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. Prior to that, Mr. Leftwich was a Healthcare Investment Banking Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney. He earned an Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University and his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School. Mr. Leftwich brings over 20 years of business development and advisory experience in the hedge fund, private equity, M&A and corporate finance industries.
Adam Gruver is Vice President of Marketing at MMX Management based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously, he was an Alternative Investment Associate at MMX Management. Prior to joining MMX, Mr. Gruver worked in the Investment Department of Mid American Financial Group, a wealth management firm under the umbrella of New England Securities and MetLife. He has extensive knowledge of the alternative investment space, institutional portfolio tendencies, and hedge fund investment strategy. Mr. Gruver earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Finance from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Chris Manlove is Partner of MMX Management based in New York and Minnesota. He has 21 years of investment experience and previously was Managing Director of Client Relations for Deephaven Capital Management, LLC, where he was responsible for marketing the firm’s global multi-strategy and single strategy hedge funds to pension funds, endowments, foundations, investment consultants, family offices, and hedge fund of funds. Prior to that, Mr. Manlove was Director of Institutional Sales and Client Service for AXA Investment Managers, Inc. where he was recruited to develop the group’s institutional marketing and client service capabilities. Previously, he was a Vice President of Institutional Sales for Advantus Capital Management. Mr. Manlove has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Gustavus Adolphus College and Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the Twin Cities Society of Security Analysts.
Brian has over 30 years of investment industry experience with 25 of those years specific to the investment management business. Most recently Brian served as President and Principal at First Light Asset Management where his primary focus was on marketing and client service. Prior to First Light, Brian spent 22 years at Roxbury Capital Management, serving in a variety of senior roles with the last 7 years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Brian played a significant role at First Light and Roxbury helping both firms become nationally recognized investment organizations. He achieved this in part through his significant network of relationships with national and regional pension consultants, large single and multi family offices and other investment capital pools across the country. Brian started his career at John Nuveen and Co. and Kemper Securities in Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa.