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21 March 2014

Robert F. Smith receives award at the SEO Alternatives Investment Conference

On March 21, 2014 at The Pierre Hotel in New York, Robert F. Smith was honored at the SEO Alternative Investments Conference for his achievements and leadership that have expanded opportunities for professionals of color in the alternative investments sector. 

About the SEO Alternative Investments Conference

The annual SEO Alternative Investments Conference promotes diversity by providing a day of educational panels and networking, increasing access and career development for more than 300 professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternatives sector.

The Conference features the insights of prominent leaders from private equity, hedge funds, real estate, limited partners, fund of funds, emerging managers, and career placement firms, while fostering valuable exposure and interaction for participants.  Panel discussions and networking activities with sector leaders, limited partners and fund managers are also offered.

The Project Realize


As beneficiaries of our great American economic system, we feel that it is incumbent upon us to give back and help grow another great American company to its full potential.

How It Works

After companies apply for our program, they are interviewed and selected based on various criteria. Our team then works with the selected companies for 1-3 years on strategy development and operational improvements. The goal is to help those companies realize their full operational and financial performance potential.

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Project Realize is currently engaged with Falcon Containers full-time and Cedar Concepts in an advisory capacity. Falcon, founded in 2002, is an Austin-based provider of portable storage solutions and modified container solutions.  Cedar, founded in 1991, is a Chicago-based chemical manufacturer.

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The Founder

Robert F. Smith, Founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, one of the world's leading private equity firms, founded Project Realize in the Fall of 2010. Vista Equity Partners has delivered outstanding investment results to its investors for over ten years.

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