New York City
As a partner and cofounder of ACME Equities in New York, Jason Selch leads a real estate hedge fund with commercial properties important to the oil and gas sector. Combining the resources of Shale Realty Fund and ACME Alliance #1, Mr. Selch and his partners created ACME Equities in 2012 to acquire and manage residential, commercial and other real estate investments in areas with strong potential for energy exploration. At present, ACME Equities holds properties in North Canton, Alliance and Byesville, Ohio. Apart from ACME, Mr. Selch serves on the board of directors of Chicago-based MB Financial Bank.
Former co-portfolio manager of Iroquois Energy Fund, Mr. Selch previously oversaw a long/short oil and gas hedge fund focused on small and mid-cap energy firms. Beginning with $10 million in assets under management in 2010, Mr. Selch grew the fund to exceed $18 million AUM by March 2011. Mr. Selch allied his fund with Iroquois Capital Management two years later and subsequently increased Iroquois Energy Fund to $28 million AUM, with returns of 12.4 percent in the first half of 2014.
With an extensive history in the energy sector, Jason Selch launched Iroquois Energy Fund following a successful tenure as a managing director of Equity Group Investments, where he managed $100 million of energy public equities. While there, Mr. Selch spearheaded a $45 million private equity investment in Kuwait Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company with interests throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. A director of Kuwait Energy from 2007 through 2011, Mr. Selch also served on the board of GeoPetro Resources Company during this time.
Before EGI, Mr. Selch served as a portfolio manager at Magnetar Capital and spent 11 years with a leading Chicago asset management firm, overseeing $2 billion in energy investments as a managing director and global energy analyst of a $20 billion family of mutual funds. Co-portfolio manager of a $180 million small cap fund and a $280 million, Irish Stock Exchange-listed smaller companies fund as well, Mr. Selch positioned the latter as the firm’s second-highest ranked small cap fund.
Other roles held by Mr. Selch include associate at Weisser, Johnson & Co., oil and gas consultant with Ammonite Resources, and financial director for Western Geophysical in Gabon. A Chartered Financial Analyst since 1997, he holds an MBA in finance and AB in economics from the University of Chicago.