Leadership Team

David B Perkins Profile

David B. Perkins, CAIA
Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

David Perkins has served as Chief Executive Officer of Hatteras Funds since founding the Firm in September 2003. He founded Hatteras Funds, a boutique alternative investment specialist, with the goal of developing alternative investment solutions for Financial Advisors and their Clients. David’s vision was to eliminate the many obstacles associated with implementing alternatives and to help clients build better portfolios. Today, he is responsible for creating and implementing the strategic vision of the firm.

Prior to founding Hatteras Funds, David Co-Founded CapTrust, a $103 Billion Registered Investment Advisor, in 1997. At CapTrust, he was responsible for implementing the investment consulting process including strategic asset allocation, manager search and selection, and performance analysis, and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to independence and transparency. David has more than two decades of investment management experience and offers proven results in building, operating and leading client-focused firms. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has also earned his designation as a Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst (CAIA).


Rob Brown Profile

Robert B. Brown
Partner, President

Robert Brown assists in the development and implementation of the Firm’s strategic vision.  In this role Rob integrates the sales, marketing, national accounts and investment management teams. Prior to his current role, Rob has held various positions within the firm, including regional sales, sales management, national accounts, and marketing management.  

Before joining Hatteras Funds,  Rob served as Director of National Sales & Marketing at Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas, where he led the firm’s sales and distribution initiatives, marketing efforts, and national account relationships. Rob has also served as Vice President of Alternative Strategies at Highland Associates, where he performed alternative investment strategy research, alternative investment manager search and due diligence, and client education.  He was also an Associate at Galway Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based merchant banking firm with a special focus on mezzanine and venture finance.  Rob has more than a decade of alternative investment industry experience.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University and his Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in management and entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.


Michael P Hennen Profile

Michael P. Hennen, CFA
Partner, Head of Investment Management

Michael Hennen serves as head of investment management. In this role, Mike oversees and provides strategic direction for Hatteras' investment team. In his role as portfolio manager, Mike’s responsibilities include asset allocation, portfolio construction, and risk management.

Prior to joining our team, Mike was a vice president at Morgan Stanley in the Graystone Research Group-- an alternative investments advisory group within Morgan Stanley-- where he led the sourcing, evaluation, execution, and monitoring of alternative investments across a variety of strategies. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mike was an analyst at Morningstar in Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Western Michigan University. Mike has also earned his designation as a chartered financial analyst (CFA).


Lance Baker Profile

Lance Baker, CFA, CPA
Partner, Chief Financial Officer

Lance Baker is responsible for all financial and accounting functions of the Hatteras operating entities. In addition, Lance serves as the Treasurer for the Hatteras registered fund of funds products, where he oversees and supports the relationships between Hatteras and its administrator, auditor, and tax service provider.

Prior to joining Hatteras, Lance was the Controller and Vice President of Fund Administration and Portfolio Accounting at Smith Breeden Associates, in Chapel Hill, NC. Prior to joining Smith Breeden, Lance worked in public accounting for BDO Seidman in Greensboro, NC. Lance received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degree from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lance has also earned his designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) within the state of North Carolina.


Jessica R Sherburne Profile

Jessica R. Sherburne
Partner, Head of Operations

Jessica Sherburne manages the team directly responsible for client service, compliance, technology and integration as well as SEC and Board level communications. Jessica is the liaison between Hatteras and all service providers related to the operations of the Hatteras Funds platform.

Most recently Jessica served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Firm. Prior to joining Hatteras in May 2011, Jessica held the role of Director of Marketing for First Eagle Funds. In addition, she has held various roles for investment management firms including Oppenheimer Funds and The Hartford. She received her B.S. with a double major in Math and Physics from Trinity College and attended the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts to earn her Master of Business Administration degree.


Andrew P Chica Profile

Andrew P. Chica
Partner, Chief Compliance Officer

Andrew Chica serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Hatteras Funds. His primary responsibilities include oversight and administration of the comprehensive compliance program for group and its affiliated entities.  Andy also serves as the liaison between us and all service providers related to the operations of the funds. In fulfilling his role, Andy has frequent contact with executive management members, the Boards of Directors and our associates, whereby he provides periodic updates on new rules and requirements, as well as reports on our internal controls and procedures.

Before joining Hatteras Funds, Andy was the compliance manager for UMB Fund Services, Inc., where he was responsible for coordinating compliance reporting and supporting fund clients’ obligations. Before joining UMB in 2004, Andy spent five years working with U.S. Bancorp Fund Services as assistant vice president of mutual fund compliance. Andy received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame.