Overview of the Association

The MidSouth Alternative Investment Association (MSAIA) is a knowledge-based, networking organization connecting over 700 alternative investment professionals in the MidSouth through informal gatherings and fund raising for worthwhile charities. The MSAIA has been active since March 2008 or eleven years and counting! MSAIA offers a professional environment for constructive dialogue among members through educational programs, networking events and other services designed to facilitate communication within our community of institutional investors, high net worth investors, alternative investment money managers, professional service providers and academics. The target audience are alternative investment professionals with an interest in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Birmingham, Huntsville, Louisville and points in-between.

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

Asset allocator attendees include decision makers on at least $75 billion in assets. Staff attend from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) (~$50 billion), Vanderbilt University endowment (~$5 billion), Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (~$4.5 billion) and several ultra high net worth families.

MSAIA Member 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 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 Nashville's 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 during a global financial crisis.
  • In 2009 MSHFA broadened its name to The MidSouth Alternative Investment Association (MSAIA) and introduced short content-rich presentations at networking events. Membership expanded to approximately 300 members.
  • In 2010, MSAIA formalized its non-profit status, launched version 1.0 of MSAIA.org 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 expanded to over 700 and introduced idea dinners for investors.
  • 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.
  • In 2016, MSAIA  launched version 2.0 of MSAIA.org.
  • In 2019, MSAIA expanded topics to include credit market specialists and real estate managers.

Board of Advisors

Chairman and Sponsorship Committee:     Greg Dyra
Membership Committee:                           David Pruitt
Treasurer and Finance Committee:            Scott Hodgson
Event Planning Committee:                        Greg Dyra
Technology Committee:
Secretary and Best Practices Committee:

Staff/ Volunteers

Laura Dyra - Event Planner and Membership Liaison
Jason Beaird - Technology & Event Planning Committees
Matthew Dyra - Videographer
TBA - Membership  Committee
TBA - Member Services Coordinator

Protocol at Meetings

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.