Frequently Asked Questions

THFA committee volunteering is a stepping stone to becoming an industry leader.  Serving on a THFA committee offers skills, training, and experiences to grow personally and professionally. Some benefits of serving on one of our committees include:

  • Q:

    What is the Texas Hedge Fund Association (THFA)?

    A:

    The THFA is a well-supported, motivated and active not-for-profit entity that promotes the understanding of the hedge fund industry and dialogue between the regional members of the investment community, through education and communication.

  • Q:

    What are the types of Members in THFA?

    A:

    (1)  Allocator / Asset Manager, (2) Industry Service Provider, (3) Family Office, (4) Student

    Each member receives communications directly from the THFA, has access to the members-only portions of the THFA website and is eligible to attend all events free of charge. If you have any additional questions about the benefits of membership, please Contact Us with your request.

  • Q:

    How do I Join the THFA? What are the fees and how do I pay?

    A:

    All investment industry participants, related vendors, academics, individual investors and interested parties are invited to join the THFA. We have created a scaled, equitable membership dues system in order to encourage membership from all interested parties. Please click here to access the membership application. Payment can be made online by credit card or by check mailed to the Texas Hedge Fund Association.

    PLEASE CONTACT US if you are not sure whether or not  you are already a THFA member.

    There is an annual membership fee to join the THFA, as follows:

    Students -- $75
    Allocators / Asset Managers -- $250
    Family Offices -- $250
    Industry Professionals / Service Providers -- $500

    If you are not a student and are not associated with a Firm, please contact us to discuss the applicable membership level.

    Make checks payable to:
    Texas Hedge Fund Association, Inc.
    Attn: Ashleigh B. White, Treasurer

    2323 Ross Ave

    Suite 1400

    Dallas, TX 75201

  • Q:

    How often, and where, does the THFA meet?

    A:

    The THFA Board officially meets once a quarter in a Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin or San Antonio location. THFA Member events are typically planned around these dates with additional regional events, seminars, educational panel discussions and networking events scheduled at various times during the year.

  • Q:

    May I attend events if I am not a THFA member?

    A:

    We welcome guests to any THFA event. Please note that there is a fee levied for non-members to attend. Payment may be made by credit card through the website or by check or cash at the event registration table.

  • Q:

    How do I Join a Committee of the THFA?

    A:

    Committees are appointed by President from invitees and nominations received from the membership. Please indicate your interest in committee membership by emailing sriley@texashfa.org.

  • Q:

    How can I sponsor a THFA event?

    A:

    Please contact Sarah Riley to learn more about sponsoring opportunities with us. This information is located on the Contact Us page.

  • Q:

    Why is THFA updating its membership fee structure in 2017?

    A:

    For the past 12 years, the Texas Hedge Fund Association has worked hard to bring you high-caliber events in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio, and valuable networking opportunities in the alternative investments community in Texas. Historically, THFA has waived annual dues following the initial membership fee, in spite of rising expenses. Effective January 1, 2017, we are moving to an individual based annual membership renewal. Our fees will remain the same but will now be charged per individual on an annual basis. These membership dues will allow us to expand our content and programming, support our growing organization (including our first full-time paid President) and allow us to continue representing the Texas hedge fund community. If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please contact us.

  • Q:

    Who do I contact to talk to about establishing an affiliation with the THFA?

    A:

    Please contact Sarah Riley at sriley@texashfa.org. You can also use the Contact Us page of the web site. Any one of the officers will be able to discuss establishing an affiliation with your organization.

  • Q:

    Who are the current members of the THFA?

    A:

    Institutions and investors, including pension funds, foundations, regional banks, trust companies, fund of funds, wealth management firms in addition to family offices, hedge fund managers, traditional investment managers, industry lawyers, accountants, brokers, prime-brokers, administrators, registered investment advisers, academics, students and all other interested parties.

  • Q:

    What do I gain from joining the THFA?

    A:

    This will depend on your motivation for joining and your participation within the hedge fund community. For Institutions, the THFA will provide a valuable educational resource, of which they can take advantage. The THFA will provide access to the most talented minds in the industry. For academic members, the THFA will provide a forum for the interaction with and feedback from the practical side of the industry. Hedge fund managers will gain access to other managers and a recommended directory of resources and services; have access to industry icons and mentors and network with industry colleagues. Besides these specific benefits to specific members, the THFA will function as a community for the industry and all affiliated and interested parties, contributing to the industry's growth and well-being.

  • Q:

    What are the membership dues used for?

    A:

    The THFA is a non-profit organization for the members by the members and all dues will be used for the prudent benefit of the association, it's membership and the industry.  This will include expanding our content and programming, maintenance costs of the association website and costs associated with industry events.


  • Q:

    Why not broaden the scope of the association to the entire Southwest rather than limit it to Texas?

    A:

    We welcome all hedge fund industry participants throughout the Southwest to join our association. As we mentioned before, Texas is the third largest center for hedge funds, in terms of assets under management, in the United States. Because of this fact, we decided to center our association here.

  • Q:

    Why does Texas merit a hedge fund association on its own?

    A:

    In the United States, Texas is third only to New York and California in assets under management by hedge funds. As the industry is growing and new hedge fund managers are entering the marketplace, the Texas hedge fund community believes a separate, not-for-profit trade association is necessary to help address the regional and immediate issues hedge fund managers and investors now require in addition to providing a dynamic, live and local forum for the industry and its participants.

  • Q:

    Who does the THFA serve?

    A:

    We serve the entire spectrum of the hedge fund community throughout Texas as well as the Southwestern United States. This includes hedge fund managers, high net worth investors, pension fund investors, family offices, foundations, other institutional investors, vendors (including legal, accounting and prime broker representatives), academics and industry-affiliated parties.

  • Q:

    Other trade associations exist that service the hedge fund industry, is there need for another one?

    A:

    Although other fine trade associations exist, they only partly service the hedge fund industry. As the hedge fund industry grows and matures, particularly in Texas, the need for a grass roots organization that meets the needs of its regional participants is required. The THFA intends to address a broad range of industry and regional issues and provide a forum and resource for investor education, industry development, and networking.