Little Rock Ed Barksdale was born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1945 and grew up in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from W.F. Dykes High School in 1963, where he was active in student government. Ed graduated from Duke University in 1966 with a B.A. in economics and from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 with an M.B.A. in finance. Upon graduation, Ed joined General Dynamics in New York as a pension officer; in 1969, he joined Mitchum, Jones and Templeton, which later became Callan Associates, in San Francisco, as performance measurement and investment manager, tracking staff and systems. He returned to New York as a pension and investment consultant to institutional investors with Dreher Rogers. In 1976, Ed joined Rogers, Casey and Barksdale in Stamford, working with institutional clients and managing technical staff and systems. His division was purchased by Northern Trust of Chicago in 1995, and Ed became president and CEO of Northern Trust Global Advisors and Northern Trust of Connecticut. In 2000, Ed was co-founder of Federal Street Partners in Stamford, where he created pooled vehicles focused on alternatives, primarily hedge funds. In 2018, the firm downsized, focusing on partner capital and advice to a few long-time clients. Ed and his wife Joan have three children (living in Tokyo; Freeport, Maine; and Missoula, Mo.). He belongs to the Tokeneke Club, Wee Burn Country Club, Noroton Yacht Club, Campfire Club and Lost Tree Club. He enjoys boating in the summer and skiing in the winter. Sponsored by Gene Markowski.