David Burkart, CFA, founded CCF in June 2009 and brought over eight years of portfolio management, research and client relationship experience from Barclays Global Investors where he created and managed institutional and exchange-traded commodities products and separate accounts. In addition to building an $800+ million institutional commodities business from the ground up, he was instrumental in leading BGI's $9 billion commodities iShares efforts. Prior to his commodities responsibilities at BGI, he served in the Allocations Group managing fund-of-fund products ranging from balanced funds to target-risk strategies that utilized active derivative positioning. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business with his MBA in finance, holds an MA from the University of Virginia in foreign affairs and received his BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Burkart is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, a CFTC-registered Principal and Associated Person and holds the Series 3 FINRA license. On behalf of CFA Institute, Mr. Burkart lectured regarding commodities investing in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France and the Middle East. More recently, Mr. Burkart has presented for CE credit on commodities investing and hedge fund management for Chartered Financial Analyst Institute's San Francisco Chapter as well as to student groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.