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“It doesn’t matter what you tell me you’re going to do. The only thing that matters is what you actually do.”
Kirk Sims is an opportunity builder. With a career shaped by seizing the right moments at the right time, Kirk works every day to create valuable opportunities for emerging managers. His multifaceted background cultivated guiding principles that spearhead his current investment approach. With the goal of leaving the industry better than he found it, Kirk works diligently to embark some of his hard-earned wisdom on the next generation of investment professionals.
Kirk now heads the Emerging Manager Program at the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas, an initiative that focuses on building relationships with outperforming managers at the beginning of their life cycle. Sourcing top talent involves crossing paths with numerous up-and-coming managers. Kirk takes this opportunity to offer advice and mentorship—including to managers that are not currently positioned for an investment. Through supporting these managers in their early stages, Kirk is able to help the next generation navigate this industry, all while ensuring the retirement of Texas’ beloved teachers.
“You're finding talent early, you build that talent, you build that relationship, and those relationships are valuable for years. No matter how big that manager is, they remember that their early capital came from you.”
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Kirk was raised in a small town in Georgia but eventually moved to the nation’s capital of Washington D.C. to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration at Howard University. Kirk then earned an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Prior to TRS of Texas, Kirk oversaw a manager of manager’s retirement platform as well as an open architecture investment platform at Prudential Retirement. He was also responsible for the Emerging Manager Program at Teacher Retirement System of Illinois.
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Disclaimer: This podcast is not investment advice, and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions. All content in this podcast reflects the opinions and views of the speakers. This podcast is for informational purposes only, without representation as to accuracy or completeness. The guest(s) on this episode had a client relationship with SEI Novus at the time of recording.
Disclaimer: This podcast is not investment advice, and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions. All content in this podcast reflects the opinions and views of the speakers. This podcast is for informational purposes only, without representation as to accuracy or completeness. The guest(s) on this episode did not have a client relationship with SEI Novus at the time of recording.
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