Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is composed of seasoned
industry professionals with a shared interest in
helping Witherspoon to achieve its objectives.

Witherspoon is committed to delivering consistent, balanced performance in liquid alternative products that
meet the needs of institutional and individual investors. Our Advisory Board is composed of seasoned industry professionals with a
shared interest in helping Witherspoon to achieve its objectives.

Two of the advisors, Helmut Weymar and Roch Hillenbrand, both former Commodities Corporation (now Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund
Strategies Group) senior executives, bring to Witherspoon a shared background and legacy from their pioneering work in managed
futures. The third, Scott Sipprelle, is a seasoned hedge fund industry professional and investor in start-up businesses across a range of
disciplines, adding additional perspective to Witherspoon’s goal of establishing itself as a unique creator of investment products that
offer a better alternative to investors


F. Helmut Weymar is the former Chairman/CEO and co-founder of Stockton Holdings Limited, a Bermuda- based reinsurance company which deployed its investment capital through Goldman Sachs, Princeton, formerly Commodities Corporation. Co-founded by Mr. Weymar in 1969, Commodities Corporation achieved its initial success by trading and investing its capital in the futures markets. Its successor organization within Goldman Sachs continues to be one of the largest operations of its type in the global hedge fund industry, investing the capital of private investors and institutions. Expand

Prior to forming Commodities Corporation, Mr. Weymar was Manager of Commodity Economics at Nabisco, Inc. He is a past member of the Chicago Board of Trade and the New York Coffee, Sugar and Cocoa Exchange, where he served on its Board of Managers and Executive Committee. He has also served on the Board and Executive Committee both of the National Futures Association and of the Futures Industry Association, and is a founding inductee to the Futures Industry Hall of Fame. In addition, he is a director of the MIT Investment Management Company and a member of the Investment Committee and past Vice Chairman of the Board of the Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ, from which he graduated in 1954.

Mr. Weymar is currently Managing General Partner of Baxter Partners LP, a family investment partnership, and President of Twin Chimney, Inc., a family foundation. In addition, Mr. Weymar is Vice President, former President, and co-founder of the Siasconset Beach Preservation Fund, organized in 1992 to explore and implement an erosion control program on Nantucket Island.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Business and Engineering Administration (1958) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1965), Mr. Weymar’s doctoral dissertation, DYNAMICS OF THE WORLD COCOA MARKET, was published by MIT Press (1968) and received the American Agricultural Economic Association’s award for best published research that year.


Mr. Hillenbrand began his career at Citibank, New York in 1974 as a corporate lending officer in the National Banking Group. In 1980, Mr. Hillenbrand joined Commodities Corporation (a futures industry pioneer firm in the managed futures and hedge fund industry) in Princeton, NJ as Treasurer. After serving in a variety of senior executive positions, he was named President of Commodities Corporation in 1994.Expand

In 1997, Mr. Hillenbrand orchestrated the acquisition of Commodities Corporation by Goldman Sachs. In 1998, he was named a Partner of Goldman Sachs. In addition to continuing as President of Commodities Corporation (renamed Goldman Sachs Hedge Fund Strategies Group), Mr. Hillenbrand became Head of Global Active Equity within the Goldman Sachs Asset Management division, overseeing portfolio managers based in New York, London, Tokyo, Singapore, and Tampa who, collectively, managed over $60 billion in assets. He was also a member of the GSAM Private Equity Group Investment Committee, and the Goldman Sachs firm-wide Risk Committee.

After retiring from Goldman Sachs at the end of 2003, Mr. Hillenbrand founded Stony Brook Investments LLC to invest in private equity and hedge fund partnerships. He also is currently involved with several national philanthropic organizations, serving as Chairman of the Board of All Kinds of Minds, Chapel Hill, NC (which focuses on neurodevelopment learning techniques and how to apply them to children who struggle to learn), a Director of College Summit, Washington, DC (which works with 50,000 students in over 175 schools around the country to increase the college enrollment and success rates of youth from low-income communities, helping them go on to and succeed in college), and on the Board of Searching for Solutions Institute, Naples, FL (which brings social entrepreneurs to the community to inspire others to get involved with their efforts).

Mr. Hillenbrand graduated from Boston College in 1972 with a major in Economics and received an MBA with distinction from New York University Graduate School of Business in 1974.


Scott Sipprelle has held a variety of leadership positions in the capital markets and investment management businesses. At Morgan Stanley he was the Head of the Equity Capital Markets division, a group that structures capital-raising transactions for corporations. In 1998 he launched Midtown Research Group, which grew to become an investment manager to many of the nation’s largest foundations and endowments. Midtown, and its successor firm, Copper Arch Capital, generated investment returns significantly above the market indexes over their ten-year life without experiencing a down year. The firm grew to $1 billion and returned all capital to investors in 2007.Expand

Mr. Sipprelle is the Founder of Westland Ventures, a Princeton, NJ investment firm that provides growth capital for emerging companies. Westland has been a lead investor in The Bank of Princeton, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea (where Scott serves as Chairman), Cinchcast, and The Narragansett Brewing Company, among its many investments. Scott is also the co-founder of Innovation Garden, a Princeton Forrestal Village-based incubation space for innovative start-up companies in the digital media, health information, and e-commerce industries.

Through Sipprelle Charitable Corporation, Scott and his wife have been active supporters of philanthropic endeavors in the Princeton area, focused on education and self-reliance programs addressing structural poverty. The Sipprelle Foundation provided primary funding for the establishment of Isles Community Enterprises, an initiative focused on financial literacy and micro-lending in Trenton. Scott is currently the President of the Board of the Historical Society of Princeton.

Mr. Sipprelle graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College, with a concentration in Economics and Government, and was the recipient of the Clark Prize in public speaking. He is the son and grandson of diplomats and spent a portion of his childhood living overseas, primarily in Latin America and the Middle East.


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