Asymmetria's Leadership

Asymmetria’s leadership and our staff of financial analysts have the experience, connections, tools, and skills needed to access, identify, vet, and structure opportunities into asymmetric investments. Each opportunity is evaluated to ensure adherence to Asymmetria’s criteria within our philosophy.

 

Greg Carstensen

President & CIO

Greg is a co-founder of Asymmetria. He has over 20 years of institutional investment management experience. Before founding Asymmetria, Greg oversaw the fixed income portfolio at American Equity, managing over $26 billion of assets. During his tenure, Greg actively managed sleeves focused on investment-grade credit, distressed debt, real estate, and mortgage-backed securities. Greg’s investment acumen was proven out through successfully navigating various market disruptions, including the tech bubble in 2001 and the financial crisis of 2009. In 2007, he co-founded CK Capital, which has funded various investment strategies such as distressed debt, real estate, private financing, and venture capital.  Greg earned an MBA from the University of Iowa in 1996 and a BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from St. Olaf College in 1992. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is a member of the Iowa Society of Chartered Analysts.

DJ Stewart

Principal

Mr. Stewart is responsible for assisting in the strategic direction of the overall platform, expanding the sponsor network, and supporting the investor relations effort.  Mr. Stewart has a nearly 10 years investing background in the alternatives markets, in addition to his 15 years of experience working on an institutional trading desk. Prior to joining Asymmetria, Mr. Stewart was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, working for over 15 years within the Securitized Products business.  His responsibilities included managing relationships for large institutional clients, overseeing their day to day trading activities with Credit Suisse, and the facilitation of strategic mandates, including loan participations and warehouse facilities.  Mr. Stewart’s product experience centered around CMBS, ABS, agency and non-agency RMBS, and the respective underlying loan products.  Mr. Stewart received his MBA from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (2004), and his BS from Cornell University (1998).

Chad Carstensen

Principal

Mr. Carstensen leads investor relations and capital raising efforts.  In addition to those responsibilities, Mr. Carstensen is a member of the investment advisory board and proactively monitors investment performance and reporting.  Since Asymmetria’s inception, Mr. Carstensen has played a supporting role in the sourcing, underwriting, and managing of Asymmetria’s diverse portfolio.  During this time, Asymmetria has transacted on $1.2bn of assets across various asset classes comprising of – multifamily, office, retail, agriculture, self-storage, industrial, and hospitality. Mr. Carstensen received his MBA and an undergraduate degree from the Paul R. Carter College of Business at Harding University. 

Steve Harms

CFO

Steve Harms joined Asymmetria Group in 2016. From 2008 to 2016, Steve was Vice President of Financial Reporting and Tax at American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company where he had a wide variety of duties that included GAAP accounting, SEC reporting, income tax provisions and accounting, and working with national rating agencies. Steve began his accounting career in 1989 with Kiesling Associates, LLP, a regional accounting firm with an office in West Des Moines, Iowa. He was a partner from 2000 through 2008. He graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa with a major in mathematics in 1988. Steve is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Iowa Society of CPAs.