We are excited to announce that Mr. Luther Eston Woodard III, CAIA has officially joined Stonehaven, LLC doing business as a new Affiliate Partner, CognitiveG Capital Group, LLC.
Eston Woodard is the Managing Partner and Founder of CognitiveG Capital Group LLC. Mr. Woodard focuses his efforts on capital raising for alternative investment managers with niche and non-correlated strategies.
Prior to launching CognitiveG Capital Group, Mr. Woodard was a Managing Director at Riverside Management Group/BCW Securities, a boutique merchant bank where he was responsible for deal sourcing, alternative investment manager research, and institutional capital formation. As a Managing Director, Mr. Woodard spearheaded engagements for venture capital, emerging hedge fund, technology, and real estate private equity investment managers. During his tenure at RMG, Mr. Woodard either advised or participated in approximately $250M of successful financings across many verticals including: maritime, natural resources, real estate and infrastructure.
Mr. Woodard also has an extensive background in high-technology. As a Lead Sales Executive at IBM he positioned their flagship hybrid-cloud computing platform on Wall Street. He leveraged competitive intelligence and strategic product positioning to optimize enterprise IT economics and enhance system resiliency. Mr. Woodard helped launch a completely new, transformational IT life-cycle paradigm and articulated the nuances of organizational change-management. He delivered DCF financial models for infrastructure capital investment driving millions in revenue.
As an IBM Partner, he engaged market data latency, clock synchronization and feed handling complexities of buy-side technology for global capital markets. He closed an enterprise private cloud deal with a U.K. based investment bank that improved market resiliency, scalability, and efficiency. Prior IBM, Mr. Woodard was one of Oracle Corporation’s leading national business development executives for Retail SaaS applications.
Mr. Woodard earned an AB from The College of William & Mary, an MA in Religion with a concentration in Social Ethics from Yale University, and an MBA in Banking with Merit from The University of London. He currently holds the Series 62, 63, and 65 registrations with FINRA., and has earned the designation of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). Mr. Woodard is a former NCAA Division 1A springboard diver, Classic America’s Cup yacht racing sailor, and international adventurer. Mr. Woodard lives in Westport, CT and enjoys spending time with his partner Loren and their dog, Pal.
About Stonehaven, LLC
Stonehaven is an industry leading global placement agent focused on hedge funds, private equity, real estate, venture capital, private placements, and long‐only strategies. Stonehaven’s platform serves as a nexus between select investment opportunities and the institutional investment community with a talented capital raising team and robust infrastructure. The Firm’s dynamic structure fosters an ever‐ evolving stable of distinctive managers to match the demand across the diverse investor community. Founded in 2001 by CEO David Frank, the Firm is entirely management owned, giving it complete independence to continue pursuing its entrepreneurial approach while maintaining the highest ethical and regulatory standards.