Mr. Sussis is currently SVP/ director of communications at hedge fund SPM, LLC (Ranked #1 by Bloomberg Markets 2010, Listed in Top 10 of Barron's Top 100 HFs, and winner of Best Fixed Investment Fund 2010 by Absolute Returns).  Prior to that he served (2002-2006) as VP of business development.  His work has contributed to AUM growth from $600M to $3B.  His responsibilities include managing the company’s message; marketing materials; investor calls & conferences; marketing communications; public relations and website.


In the late 1990's to 2000, Mr. Sussis ran an investment group for high net worth individuals.  After a successful run, he closed the funds in April, 2000 --thus preserving high double digit investor gains.  Prior to this, he was retained by small and large cap companies as well as several pre- IPO companies to advise them on communications, business planning and negotiations.  He is a founding member of the New York New Media Angels and currently involved in venture investing.


From 1982-1991 Mr. Sussis was CEO of DASA Inc., a manufacturer that created, branded and licensed high-end designer products--including YSL, Dior and Mary McFadden.  From 1972-78, he held a full-time faculty position at The City University of New York/Hunter College in the Dept. of Communication Arts and Sciences.  At that time, he founded the college's multi-media lab.


He is a graduate of Queens College of The City University of New York (cum laude, class president) and has graduate degrees from U of Wisconsin, Madison (M.A., communications), and NYU (M.S. interactive media, Tisch School of the Arts).  Mr. Sussis has published more than seventy-five articles on business, investment and technology.  He is also a two time winner of Ford Foundation Fellowships.  For several years he was a contributing columnist at the WSJ online and was the first eCommerce Columnist at Internet.com


Mr. Sussis has served two terms as vice-president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and has been on the advisory boards of several national charities as well as numerous start-up ventures.  He was an early presenter at Tiger21.

Donald Sussis
SVP / Director of Communications
SPM, LLC

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