Overview of the Association

Since 2008 the MidSouth Alternative Investment Association ("MSAIA") has been an educational and networking nonprofit organization. 

The MSAIA offers a professional environment for constructive dialogue and sharing among members through quarterly educational programs, networking events and other services designed to facilitate communication and to promote ethical standards within our community of institutional investors, high net worth investors, family offices, alternative investment money managers, professional service providers and academics.

Quarterly event charge $50 which is paid directly to select charitable organizations.

Asset allocator attendees include decision makers on at least $75 billion in assets. Staff attend from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS) (~$55 billion), Vanderbilt University endowment (~$8 billion), Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (~$5 billion) and several ultra high net worth families.

Membership has grown to approximately 700 members. The target members are alternative investment professionals in Nashville, Memphis, Birmingham, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Louisville and points in-between. Approximately 15% of the members located in the Midwest and Northeast generally have a family or professional connection to Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Virginia.

Our corporate sponsors have shown their multi-year commitment to supporting the alternative investment industry in the region with their participation at events and generous financial contributions since 2008.

The organization began during the initial rumblings of the Global Financial Crisis as the MidSouth Hedge Fund Association (MSHFA). At our first event in March 2008, Nashville mixer attendees included professionals with experience in private equity, real estate, hedge funds and managed futures. The name of our association changed very quickly to the MidSouth Alternative Investment Association (MSAIA) to reflect the breadth of the alternative investment industry practitioners who had expressed interest in meeting others in the region.

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, by regulators, 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 website.
  • In 2019, MSAIA expanded topics to include credit market specialists and real estate managers.
  • In 2022, MSAIA, along with seven other regional associations, began collaborating more formally under the MFA Partner Program. Topics expanded to include music royalties with a primer from The Mechanical Licensing Cooperative.

Board of Directors

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

Staff/ Volunteers

Greg Dyra - Membership  Committee
Jason Beaird - Technology & Event Planning Committees
Laura Dyra - Event Planner and Membership Liaison
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.