Phillip Herring

Ever dream of founding a hedge fund? Or perhaps launching a new business in the finance space? Well, Phillip Herring has done both… and then some.

With a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Georgia, Phillip is a Founder and Principal of PJH & Associates, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based hedge fund specializing in systematically trading global futures markets. He spearheads the firm’s strategic planning, including product development, sales and marketing — as any card-carrying entrepreneur and finance guru would.

Before this, Phillip was Founder and Principal of Systematic Alchemy, a New York-based hedge fund specializing in systematically allocating capital to Commodity Trading Advisors. Prior entrepreneurial endeavors include launching Excelsius Investments Inc., a Multi-Manager Commodity Pool Operator and Registered Investment Advisor from 2002 – 2011. When Phillip is not trying to outwit the global futures markets, he can be found playing guitar, planning a surf trip or reading the new issue of The Economist at the local coffee shop.

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What’s the COOLEST place you’ve ever visited? Why was it so cooool?

G-Land, Indonesia is by far the coolest place I have visited during my travels as a surfer. G-Land is an isolated surf break on the eastern tip of Java surrounded by lush green jungle and crystal blue ocean. The wave is a very long, world-class, barreling left hand reef/point break that breaks along the east side of Grajagan Bay. It has long been considered one of the world’s best left hand waves. I have experienced surfing some of the greatest waves of my life at G-Land and met many interesting and wonderful people from all over the world there.

What’s your all-time favorite memory from business school?

My favorite memory from business school was my trip to Japan with friends from my cluster. I enjoyed learning about Japanese culture and cuisine and discovering that my quest to eat sushi everyday was the same as someone visiting the U.S. and wanting to eat a hamburger and French fries everyday….you just don’t do it…lol.