Jim Besaw

Mr. Besaw is responsible for the oversight, selection and management of all investment-related activity across all strategies and portfolios, as well as the development of all new investment strategies and GenTrust products.

Prior to co-founding GenTrust, Mr. Besaw worked at Element Capital (which managed a fund that was ranked 4th on Barron’s Top 100 hedge funds in 2010) as Head of Business Development. Mr. Besaw was responsible for marketing, investor relations, recruiting, asset class expansion, new business development, and evaluation of private investment opportunities. Mr. Besaw served on the firm’s risk committee and spent extensive time discussing macroeconomic strategy, positioning and portfolio hedging with sovereign wealth funds, pensions, insurance companies, fund of funds and family offices.

Prior to Element, Mr. Besaw was a Managing Director at Barclays Capital, where he was the Head of USD Fixed Income Options Trading. Mr. Besaw managed a team of 12 traders across 3 times zones and dozens of products.

Prior to Barclays, Mr. Besaw was a Vice President and Head of USD Fixed Income Options Trading at J.P. Morgan Chase. Mr. Besaw and his team of 9 traders regularly traded over $10 billion dollars of interest rate swaps, options and fixed income securities on a daily basis with the world’s largest pensions, banks, mortgage companies, corporations, asset managers and hedge funds.

Mr. Besaw graduated with distinction from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics. Mr. Besaw won the Ronald Meltzer Prize for most outstanding senior essay: Managing the Risks of Plain-Vanilla and Exotic Options. Mr. Besaw is a Chartered Financial Analyst.