Adam W. Stauffer

Adam Stauffer
  • Lecturer

Academic Background

  • MBA , Finance - The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, Biology - Trinity College

About Adam

Adam Stauffer brings a rich tapestry of experiences from the finance sector, complemented by a profound personal journey shaped by adventure and adversity. His career in finance began in the high-stakes environment of Wall Street, where he was an Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) trader and market-maker for Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.

Before the fast-paced world of trading, Adam embraced a strategic role at Advent Software as a Segment Marketing Manager, specializing in Hedge Funds and Offshore Fund Administrators. His professional path is underpinned by an MBA from The Wharton School of Business and an undergraduate degree from Trinity College, reflecting his deep commitment to learning and excellence.

Adam's life took a dramatic turn when he and his wife were displaced from their home in the British Virgin Islands by Category 5 Hurricane Irma in 2017. Prior to this life-changing event, Adam served as the Chief Investment Officer of a boutique Registered Investment Advisor in the BVI, where he applied his extensive financial knowledge to guide investment strategies and manage assets.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Adam has a profound love for the ocean, which is evident in his enjoyment of surfing with his young daughter at Haleiwa. His adventurous spirit was also demonstrated in an ambitious sailing journey across the Caribbean for a year and a half with a close friend from high school, exploring the vast beauty and challenges of the sea.

On his summer breaks, Adam is channeling his energy into a new personal project far from the turbulent waters of the finance world and Hawaii. He is cultivating a Food Forest on several acres in Erie, Pennsylvania, aiming to create a sustainable, biodiverse perennial ecosystem. This endeavor reflects his dedication to environmental stewardship, concern over food quality, and belief in the importance of reconnecting with the earth.