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).


Bennie Thomas
Managing Director, Sales

Bennie Thomas serves as Managing Director for Hatteras Funds. He leads the firm’s business development process and team. Bennie is focused both on developing new Advisor relationships and expanding the level of service we provide to current clients.

Prior to joining Hatteras Funds, Bennie founded Kipling Advisors where he helped small to medium sized businesses generate increased sales and client engagement.

Mr. Thomas has 23 years of experience in executive management and organizational leadership. He has an extensive record of driving business growth, specifically in new market expansion roles. His experience includes significant C-level engagement for more than two decades. Bennie received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from North Carolina State University.