Robert S. Tull Moves From SEC's Philadelphia Office To Consulting Firm

Robert S. Tull has moved from the Securities and Exchange Commission's Philadelphia district office, to become a senior compliance consultant at SEC Compliance Consultants. Tull is greatly experienced in regulatory, financial, accounting and risk assessment matters. He joined the Commission as a compliance examiner through its Outstanding Scholar Program and was then promoted to staff accountant. In this capacity, he led SEC exam teams and the division of enforcement in reviews of mutual fund and hedge fund advisors, transfer agents and administrators.

Joel Press to Retire From E&Y Hedge Fund Practice

Joel Press, senior partner and founder of Ernst & Young's hedge fund practice, has announced his retirement, effective Feb. 28. Arthur Tully and Michael Serota will replace him as co-heads of the unit.

Press has 38 years of experience in the financial services arena and founded E&Y's hedge fund practice in 1990. The business has served many of the largest and best-known hedge funds in the country by providing advice on such issues as leadership, succession planning, compensation issues, systems security, future technology design and other infrastructure matters. As a result, Press has established a number of industry best practices.

"It has been gratifying to have had a hand in the growth of the hedge fund industry," Press said. "We were there from the earliest days, and I can say with great pride, we helped shape some of the industry's fundamental practices and procedures, upon which so many great companies have flourished. While I will miss the day-to-day excitement, I leave our practice confident that our next generation of leadership will maintain the highest standards of quality, dedication and ethics that have made us the very best hedge fund practice in the world."

"We are enormously grateful to Joel for his vision, his leadership and his friendship," said Steve Howe, the area-managing partner of Ernst & Young's financial services office. "He will be missed around these halls, but his legacy lives on in the very talented individuals selected to replace him. Both Art and Mike have deep experience in the hedge fund marketplace."

Eicker Joins Touchstone as An External Wholesaler

Mark Eicker has joined Touchstone Investments as an external wholesaler. In this role, he will be responsible for wholesaling efforts serving financial professionals in southern California and Hawaii.

Eicker has more than 11 years of experience in business development, investment planning and portfolio management. Prior to joining Touchstone, he was with Planco, where he served as regional marketing director and increased production in his territory by 35% in the first six months. Prior to that, Eicker worked at UBS Financial Services as a financial adviser and at Smith Barney as a financial consultant.

"Mark's fund expertise and knowledge of the financial professionals in his territory are an excellent fit with Touchstone," said Jim Grifo, president of Touchstone Investments. "He's a great addition to our business development team, and we look forward to a long and successful association."

"I'm excited to be working with Touchstone," Eicker said. "Having spent my whole career on the Pacific Coast, I'm well prepared to forge new relationships as well as leverage existing ones on Touchstone's behalf."

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