Kenny Feng is Co-Founder of Alerian, which equips investors to make informed decisions about energy infrastructure and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs). Prior to Alerian, Kenny was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of SteelPath, a Dallas-based MLP investment manager. He previously covered MLPs, Electric and Gas Utilities, and Diversified Gas Companies at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s Global Investment Research Division. Kenny graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and is a CFA charterholder.
Mr. John L. Jacobs has served as a director of tZERO since September 2020. Mr. Jacobs currently serves as Chairman of Alerian, Founder and CEO of Q3 Advisors, LLC, Board Member of ProCure Funds and US Bank LiFT Board, and Executive Director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy. And an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Mr. Jacobs previously served The Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) in a variety of positions, starting his career with the firm in 1983. He most recently served as Senior Advisor and Principal Consultant to Nasdaq’s CEO and President, where he was responsible for reviewing potential opportunities in the index and data business, and supporting product and business development efforts. Prior to that, Mr. Jacobs served as Nasdaq’s Chief Marketing Officer and EVP for the Global Marketing Group and the EVP of the Global Information Services Group. As CMO, he led all aspects of the company’s brand, from strategy to execution, and carried out a transformation of the company’s image from a national brand in U.S. stocks, to a global leader for diversified financial services. Jacobs established and built the Global Index Group from the ground up, and created one of the largest ETF fund families in the world with the launch of Nasdaq’s Fund business, built on his creation of QQQ – the ETF tracking the Nasdaq-100 Index. Mr. Jacobs earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland. Mr. Jacobs is also a certified public accountant.
Director of Research
Stacey Morris is the Director of Research at Alerian, which equips investors to make informed decisions about energy infrastructure and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs). Ms. Morris engages with the investment community to increase awareness of the Alerian Index Series and support broader understanding of the role that midstream assets play in North American energy markets. Ms. Morris was previously the Investor Relations Manager for Alon USA Energy, overseeing investor communications for the corporation and its variable distribution MLP, Alon USA Partners. Prior to Alon, she covered the integrated majors and refiners at Raymond James as a Senior Associate in the firm’s Equity Research Division. Ms. Morris graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Stetson University and is a CFA charterholder.
Kelly Spector is the COO of Alerian, a leading independent index provider focused on building innovative, index-based investment strategies with over $23 billion in total assets tracking its indexes. Kelly is responsible for the global operations of Alerian and its subsidiaries, including S-Network. In this role, Kelly’s areas of responsibility include strategy development and implementation, staffing, risk assessment, quality control and index production process and efficiency. Kelly brings over 25 years of experience in indexing and the broader financial markets. Prior to joining Alerian, Kelly spent over 20 years at Nasdaq where she held leadership roles in Corporate Development, Corporate Services, Indexing and Information Services businesses. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College and a Master’s in Business Administration from The George Washington University.
Director of Research, Space Investment Services LLC
In his previous role as Director of Research and Analysis at the Space Foundation, a globally recognized nonprofit working to advance the use of space, Micah led development of all research projects and publications. With his team of in-house researchers and external contractors, Micah produced 12 editions of the Space Foundation’s annual flagship publication, The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity. The report is used as a reliable and informative reference source by space agencies, policymakers, industry executives, and media throughout the world.
Micah has also authored papers on space-specific topics such as the impact of export controls on the U.S. space industrial base, and cross-sector subjects such as the role of space technology in aviation. As a leading expert on the global space economy, Micah has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, NPR, Space News, ABC News, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, The Economist, and many other media outlets. He also regularly briefs government and private-sector audiences on technological and economic developments in the space industry.
Micah has a Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy (with concentrations in space policy and security policy) from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College, where he double-majored in Astronomy and Political Science.