Limited Partner Advisory Board
D. Scott Luttrell, LCM Group
Scott Luttrell is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of LCM Group, Inc., an investment firm specializing in alternative asset funds management and financial market consulting services. Scott has over 35 years of investment and financial market experience with particular expertise in hedge fund and fund of funds, venture capital, private equity, foreign exchange, and fixed income investing.
Scott launched LCM Group in 1988 with its first hedge fund and after three years merged the investment activities of LCM Group with Caxton Associates, LLC, a New York based diversified investment firm. Serving from 1991 through 2000 as Principal and senior officer of Caxton, Scott’s responsibilities included Senior Trading Manager, Director of Global Fixed Income and senior member of the firms’ portfolio risk management committee.
Scott currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the YMCA Retirement Fund, a $6 billion retirement fund serving the employees of the YMCA. He also serves on several private company Board of Directors and is active in various academic and community organizations including serving on the Southern Methodist University’s Cox School Executive Board and the Cox School Alternative Asset Management Center Board of Advisors.
Scott graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Business Administration/Finance and attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program in corporate governance.
John Touchton, The Witt-Touchton Company
John Touchton is a third-generation partner and President of The Witt-Touchton Company, a family investment partnership in Tampa, Florida. Previously, he was a founding partner at Bayshore Capital Advisors and also worked at Lazard Frères & Co. in New York and for NationsBank Investment Banking in Charlotte, North Carolina.
John currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Preparatory School, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Tampa General Hospital, where he chairs the Strategic Planning and Investment Committees. John formerly served as Chairman of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and as President of CFA Tampa Bay. He was a member of the Advisory Faculty of the Institute for Private Investors in New York City, and a member of the Private Client Task Force for the CFA Institute.
John graduated with honors from Washington & Lee University and received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Brett Couch, Regions Bank
Brett Couch is Senior Executive Vice President and oversees banking operations in the bank’s East Region, which includes Florida (excluding the Panhandle), Georgia, East Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. He is also a member of Regions Operating Committee. Regions is a regional bank that operates throughout the South, Midwest and Texas and is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.
Prior to assuming his current duties in 2008, he served as Mississippi state president and area president for West Florida. Brett previously held various positions, including head of Business Banking, manager of Credit Review and commercial sales manager. Prior to joining Regions, he worked in National Accounts for SunTrust Bank.
Brett graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Corporate Finance. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Brett serves on the boards of directors of the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA (Governance Board Chair), Enterprise Florida (Past Vice Chair) and Florida Council of 100. He also has prior leadership roles with United Way, American Heart Association (Heart Walk Chair – 2007) and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.
Gustavo Cardenas, Hamilton Lane Advisors LLC
Gustavo Cardenas is a Vice President on Hamilton Lane’s Investment Team, based in the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office, where he sources, performs diligence and actively monitors direct and fund investments, primarily in Florida but also for Hamilton Lane’s global co-investment vehicles. As a member of the in-state team, Gustavo supports the Florida Growth Fund through outreach efforts, deal investment sourcing and client support.
Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2012, Gustavo was at Mesoamerica Partners, an investment and advisory group focused on Central America and Colombia. Previously, he was with Banc of America Securities in their financial institutions group investment banking division.
Gustavo graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Economics and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Eric Obeck, Hancock Bank
Eric Obeck became Whitney Bank regional president in 2008, expanding that executive role when Hancock acquired Whitney in 2011. Eric recently extended his executive oversight to include all lines of business in Hancock’s Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi markets. His experience includes 11 years at Barnett Bank in Tampa and 10 years running three start-up companies in the healthcare, internet, and marketing technology industries, respectively.
Eric is the immediate past chairman of the St. Joseph Hospitals Board of Trustees and currently serves on the executive committee of the BayCare Health System Board of Trustees and chairs the finance committee.
Eric graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in Economics.
Peter Chiste, PNC Venture, LLC
Pete Chiste joined PNC Equity Management Corp. in 2001 to manage its portfolio of venture capital and private equity partnership investments represented by limited partnership interests. The portfolio has over 150 funds and $700 million in committed capital. Additionally, Pete has responsibility for over $300 million in other alternative and equity oriented investments held by PNC Investment Corp., including hedge fund investments and direct investments in private and public entities. He is a member of PNC’s Alternative Investment Management Committee.
Previously, Pete was a Vice President in the Venture Fund Investments Unit of Banc One Venture Partners,where he focused on private equity fund investments and development of a fund-of-funds product offering. He has 20 years of institutional trust and investment management experience.
Pete graduated from Rutgers College with a degree in Business Administration and English Literature, received a JD from Rutgers School of Law, and received an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.