Originally from New York City, Diana relocated to Austin, Texas in early 2016 because she thought it would be nicer to enjoy the ride rather than constantly be on the way somewhere (I35 notwithstanding). She and her husband, Robert, have happily immersed themselves into all things Austin along with their son, Brendhan, who is based in Los Angeles.
Diana has spent her entire career with three firms, specializing in Facilities Management, Events and Charitable Initiatives. In 2011, she managed a multi million dollar build-out of over 25,000 RSF, representing Pine River Capital throughout negotiations and ensuing major renovation, construction and relocation. The following year, she planned and produced the Pine River Capital “First Annual” (but, in retrospect, only) Poker Tournament, which raised over $500k for the Robin Hood Foundation. In 2013, Diana helped form a Charitable Initiatives Committee to administer the company’s newly allocated charitable fund. As a member of that Committee, throughout the next few years, she identified opportunities for employee engagement and coordinated local charitable events and Benefits.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Diana volunteered with the Association to Benefit Children (ABC). For the next year, she worked full-time with families who were directly affected, by providing one on one attention and focused interaction with young children while their parents maneuvered the processes required to document their losses and secure available benefits. In December of that year, she helped coordinate a large-scale holiday gathering for the children and surviving parents. At the event, families were given gifts that were sent to ABC from tens of thousands of people around the world. This tremendous outpouring of support in the face of the unimaginable helped guide Diana’s focus on partnering with people and organizations that endeavor to do some good, however that may be.
Diana is a proud graduate of Elizabeth Seton College/Iona with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She had the good fortune to complete her course load in a specially designed Honors program housed in the former W.B. Thompson House, a 20th Century mansion built in the style of Renaissance Revival. The mansion is now known as Alder Manor, and is arguably the glitziest catering hall in Yonkers.
In addition to her work with partner organizations of ASK, Diana remains actively involved with the New York Sled Rangers, the Association to Benefit Children and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
"Mighty Oaks From Little Acorns Grow"
Co-founder and President
In late 2015, Steve co-founded the ASK Charitable Foundation in his beloved adopted home of Austin, TX. Since that time, he has been actively involved with local organizations such as Nobelity, RBI Austin, JFON and with the Parker Lane United Methodist Church.
Prior to devoting his time to the Foundation and its local partnerships, Steve was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Pine River Capital, where he focused on seeking new opportunities for the firm. Steve served on both the Executive Committee and on the Charitable Initiatives Committee. Prior to joining Pine River in 2008, Steve was a Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs. Based in New York and Beijing from 2002 to 2007, he was part of the mortgage portfolio management team. From 1999 to 2002, Steve was a Japanese convertible bond trader at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago. Prior to that, he was head of mortgage backed securities trading at Cargill. Steve received an AB cum laude in Economics from Harvard University in 1991.
Steve serves on the board of the Andy Roddick Foundation, Immigrant Justice Corps and the Young People’s Chorus of New York. He was instrumental in bringing the Chorus to Austin in the newly formed Austin YPC, which seeks to replicate the incredible academic and artistic excellence of the world renown Young People’s Chorus of New York.
He is a formidable pickleball competitor, a top notch ping pong player and a world-rated Hanabi champ.
Co-founder and Vice President
Al has a wonderful wife Cathy, 5 children and 1 grandchild:
Stephanie 35, Matt 33, Kylie 26, Keenan 18 and George 17; and our 1st grandchild Hunter 16 months!
Al currently lives in Plymouth, MN - Voted number 1 city to live in by Money Magazine in 2010 (I think they forgot to consider our winter and mosquitos).
Worked as at ExpressPoint for 16 years as an Engineer and Purchasing agent. Serviced the point of sale industry.
Texas Lutheran University grad Seguin, Texas in 1986 (60 miles south of Austin, Texas)
Played college golf at Texas Lutheran
Played college baseball at North Hennepin Community College.
Earned Technical Degree from Northwestern Electronic Institute in 1997
Al is very excited about the amazing initiatives started by the ASK Foundation. He has been a volunteer at Prodeo Academy in Columbia Heights, MInnesota ( Steve andAl's home town) . Prodeo has been very success at closing the achievement gap for minority students.
Bradley founded and co-manages the investment portfolio at Davenforth with Logan Brown. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and serves in a CFO capacity for many of Davenforth’s portfolio companies. He supports RBI Austin and serves at the Austin Stone Community Church.
Paul Twitchell joined Whitebox in 2005. As Head of Event, Mr. Twitchell oversees the Event strategies. Mr. Twitchell started at Whitebox as a senior trader, trading convertibles, options and capital structure opportunities. He was promoted to Whitebox’s Head of Event Strategies in 2010. Before joining Whitebox, Mr. Twitchell was employed at EBF & Associates for more than seven years where he managed a convertible bond portfolio. Mr. Twitchell began his career with Cargill, Inc. in 1992 assisting the North American, European and Emerging Market trading desks. He spent time on the mortgage desk and assisted in the development of the North American sovereign debt arbitrage desk with a focus on U.S. and Canadian fixed income arbitrage. He received a BA in Elective Studies from St. Cloud University in 1995.
Logan founded Davenforth, an Austin-based investment partnership, along with Bradley Roofner. He practices early stage venture investing and small-cap public markets investing. He and his wife Hallie reside in East Austin where they are involved in the local foster care community.