Founder

Nigol Koulajian is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Quest Partners LLC. He has been designing and trading short-term and long-term technical systems for over 22 years. Mr. Koulajian began his career with Andersen Consulting and then moved to Deutsche Bank, where he helped create and computerize a risk management system that became a widely used tool for senior management. He then became the Head Trader for Carmel Capital and while working at Carmel, designed and priced hedges on international equity and fixed income arbitrage positions. In 1996, Mr. Koulajian joined Weston Capital Management, where he was the Director of Asset Allocation and Product Development, responsible for the allocation of assets to equity hedge funds and CTAs. In 1998, Mr. Koulajian started Avalon Asset Management, a fund of funds, and in 1999 he co-founded a CTA, Enterprise Asset Management. Mr. Koulajian earned an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in electrical engineering from Notre Dame.

Research

Paul Czkwianianc is Head of Research at Quest Partners LLC. He joined the firm at its inception in 2001. Mr. Czkwianianc started his career in the financial industry in 1999 at Enterprise Asset Management where he worked alongside Mr. Nigol Koulajian. Mr. Czkwianianc holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University and an M.S. degree in Mathematics from New York University. At NYU, he was enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the field of mathematical neuroscience.

Trading

Robert Toth is Head of Trading at Quest Partners LLC. From 2010 until 2014, Mr. Toth was Head of Trading for Vegasoul Capital Management, a high frequency, systematic hedge fund. He was responsible for global trading, technology and quantitative research with a specific focus on transaction cost analysis and portfolio optimization. Prior to joining Vegasoul, Robert worked at Quest beginning in 2005. His responsibilities included quantitative development and trading before assuming the Head Trader role in early 2010. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School.

Operations

Darren Johnston is Chief Operating Officer and Compliance Officer at Quest Partners LLC. Darren brings over 13 years of alternative investment management experience to the role. From 2005 to 2013, he was Director of the single manager business at leading fund-of-funds advisor, Tremont Group Holdings, Inc. From 2001 to 2005, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Compliance Officer of Tremont’s Toronto-based subsidiary, responsible for executing the firm’s business plan for the Canadian marketplace. Darren holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for his undergraduate studies.

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