Frank Fernandez has been managing and advising multi-billion-dollar institutional private equity portfolios for more than 20 years. More recently, he has been utilizing this experience to serve as an advisor to blockchain projects such as Cognida, Hatch Crypto and Vault Wallet. He founded Gateway Private Capital (“GPC”) in 2004 to advise large institutional investors and assist with the management of their private equity portfolios. Since 2008, he also has served on the Investment Committee for Keystone National Group, a private equity and private credit fund manager with over $1 billion under management. Frank previously was the founding member and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Alternative Investments Asset Class at the $100 billion Florida State Board of Administration.During his six years at the Board, Frank managed a private equity portfolio with over $6 billion of committed capital, including a $1 billion direct investment program and a $1 billion co-investment program. He was a member of more than 20 advisory committees, for funds at Carlyle Group, Apollo, among others and from 2000 – 2004 served as the Vice- Chairman of the Institutional Limited Partners Association. After receiving an MBA in finance from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and a BS in engineering from Tulane’s School of Engineering, Frank began his career in New York at Kidder Peabody & Co. in the investment banking department and then moved to Smith Barney in Chicago. A former officer in the U.S. Army, he has also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Robert Toigo Foundation.