Dee Dee Ricks
Founder / Chair of Boards
Ms. Ricks is a single mother to two sons who are avid hockey players. As a cancer survivor and an advocate for underinsured women diagnosed with breast cancer, Dee Dee is constantly working to build a legacy meaningful enough that will make her sons proud of her if the unimaginable happens. She could think of no better way to make her sons proud than by launching the NextGen AAA Hockey Program, giving their peers access to the game regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status.
Dee Dee is a pioneer within the financial services industry. Ms. Ricks founded MAM, LLC in December 2015 to leverage over 20 years of access to the under the radar alpha generators within the alternatives industry as Founder of RICKS | Consulting Group, Inc. Dee Dee Ricks founded Ricks Consulting Group, Inc. in 1994, to serve and advise hedge funds, private equity funds, asset managers and family offices on talent acquisition and strategy development that helps maximize portfolio optimization. For over two decades, she has focused exclusively on identifying new business opportunities and talent acquisition to build strategies within the hedge fund industry. Ms. Ricks received the Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of Year Award in 1998 for her groundbreaking recruiter training venture, Internet Research Services. Ms. Ricks received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of HHP at the University of Florida in 1991 and was inducted into the University of Florida’s HHP Hall of Fame in 2016.
In addition to her pioneering work within the Alternatives Industry, Ms. Ricks a recognized breast cancer survivor/advocate. Since her diagnosis with breast cancer and the debut of her HBO documentary, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, she has given over 100 keynote addresses to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and non-profit organizations domestically and internationally. Ms. Ricks is a sought after inspirational speaker on mending the gap in access to quality healthcare, patient navigation, and entrepreneurship.
Gigi Lam has over 20 years of financial operations experience, most recently as Chief Financial Officer/Chief Compliance Officer at Pyrrho Capital Management, a global cross-capital structure event driven fund from 2012-2015. Previously she was Global Director of Operations at Avenue Capital Group, a $12 billion distressed investment firm, where she managed middle and back office operations for the funds from 2008 to 2012 and the Vice President of Accounting and Finance for the Europe Distressed Strategy at Avenue Capital from 2005 – 2008. Prior to that, she managed back office operations as Controller at M. Safra & Co., and implemented accounting and operational control policies for various fixed income and trading businesses as Business Unit Controller at JP Morgan Securities from 1993 to 2002. She began her career holding various accounting and regulatory positions at Bear Stearns and Prudential Securities. Ms. Lam received her B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from SUNY at Buffalo.
James F Duffy
James F. Duffy has worked most of his career in stock exchange regulation and management. He is now a consultant on capital markets regulation and corporate governance. Since 2015 Jim has been a Senior Advisor To Mediant Communications, Inc., consulting on proxy communications issues. Jim Joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1999 as Deputy General Counsel, and became Executive Vice President and General Counsel of NYSE Regulation, Inc. when that subsidiary was created in 2006, at the time of demutualization of the NYSE. During 2009-2010, pending the transfer of most of its regulatory functions to FINRA, Jim was the interim head of the NYSE Regulation, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors. In that role, Jim also served as a member of the FINRA Board.
Prior to moving to the NYSE, Jim served for ten years as General Counsel of the American Stock Exchange. Earlier he practiced corporate and securities law on the legal staff of GTE Corporation, and with the law fim of Lord, Day & Lord in New York. Jim Received his JD from NYU School of Low and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Fordham University.