Overview of the Association

The MidSouth Alternative Investment Association (MSAIA) promotes industry development and understanding among money managers, investors, service providers and academics in the MidSouth region of the U.S. The association began meeting in 2008 and offers a professional environment for constructive dialogue among members through educational programs, seminars, networking events and other services designed to facilitate communication within our regional alternative investment community. Membership in the MidSouth Alternative Investment Association is open to alternative investment industry professionals in the MidSouth region. 

Members are generally located or have a connection to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

MSAIA Subscriber Profile / Geographic Distribution

 Subscriber Profile Geographic Distribution

Primary Objectives
  1. Knowledge-based networking organization connecting alternative investment professionals through informal gatherings.
  2. Advocacy of high ethical behavior and best practices.
  3. Fund raising for worthwhile local charities through luncheon and/ or dinner events with formal knowledge brokering (i.e. panel discussions, presentations, etc.).

  • In December 2007, a quarterly hedge fund cocktail hour was proposed among five lunch partners at Bricktops on West End.
  • On March 3, 2008, over 40 people attended the inaugural mixer at Tin Angel, thirteen days before Bear Stearns was forced to sell itself to JP Morgan for $2 per share.
  • In 2008 the MidSouth Hedge Fund Association (MSHFA) met four times and grew to 180 members.
  • In 2009 MSHFA changed its name to MSAIA introduced short content-rich presentations at networking events. Membership continued to expand and ended the year with approximately 300 members.
  • In 2010, MSAIA formalized its non-profit status, launched version 1.0 of MSAIA.com and expanded membership to over 400.
  • In 2011, MSAIA expanded geographically with an event in Memphis.
  • In 2012, MSAIA membership expanded to over 600 and initiated the annual hedge fund portfolio manager perspectives series.
  • In 2013, MSAIA membership cross the 700 mark and idea dinners for investors were introduced.
  • In 2014, MSAIA continued the annual health care private equity investment perspectives series.
  • In 2015, MSAIA initiated the annual allocators' perspectives series and co-promoted the first FinTech Accelerator luncheon.

Board of Advisors

Greg Dyra; Chairman and Sponsorship Committee
Michael Cross; Membership Committee
Scott Hodgson; Treasurer and Finance Committee
Laura Dyra, Event Planning Committee
TBA; Technology Committee
TBA; Secretary and Best Practices Committee


Jason Beaird - Technology & Event Planning Committees
TBA - Membership  Committee
TBA - Member Services Coordinator

Meeting Protocol

MSAIA members and guests are strongly encouraged to behave in a manner which is supportive to the goals of networking and knowledge sharing.

Money managers and service providers should offer their business card only when an investor first offers their own business card.