CTi Investment Team
We are extremely excited to invite you to participate in the asset-backed passion investment fund: CHROME TEMPLE Investments Mach 1 Fund and look forward to providing you with the opportunity to access and benefit from the collective knowledge and network of our dedicated automotive and financial experts.
MEET OUR TEAM
A dedicated team of experienced industry professionals working across automotive sales, storage and transportation, portfolio management, market analysis, marketing, accounting and logistics to ensure our clients reap the full rewards of involvement in the CTi Mach 1 Fund.
Lex PedersenCTi Portfolio Manager & co-founder
Lex is the dedicated Portfolio Manager of CHROME TEMPLE Investments.
An accomplished entrepreneur, Lex has founded and grown several start-ups and was a pioneer of Australian ecommerce having co-founded, globalised and listed SurfStitch. With a diversified background in corporate strategy, retail, and digital strategy, Lex specialises in strategy development, corporate vision, and identifying disruptive technologies and business opportunities. But, fuelled by an avid passion for all things loud and fast, the automotive expertise Lex accumulated as a rev head and enthusiast merged with his professional ambitions when he launched CHROME TEMPLE.
In his personal time, Lex had purchased several vehicles for his personal collection and superannuation fund, enjoying continuous double-digit value appreciation. With the continued success of managing his own portfolio, but lacking the time to dedicate himself fully to the opportunity, Lex sought to invest with a fund. However, he found that there were no car funds to invest in. The returns and profile presented too great an opportunity to pass on and Lex extracted himself from his other business endeavours to focus on launching Australia's first ever car fund and developing CHROME TEMPLE into an ecosystem of automotive excellence that eases the burdens of ownership - the which Lex had become all to familiar with as his personal collection grew.
Prior to CHROME TEMPLE, Lex served on the Board of SurfStitch Group. More recent postings include providing strategic guidance to several emerging and established brands and serving as CEO of an Australian listed company, after successfully globalising and listing it. International postings in EU and US broadened operational, cultural and automotive horizons, and proved vital in expanding strategic connections and networks in key global automotive markets.
Charlie Lanchester CTi Chairman Of The Board Of Directors
With 25 years of investment experience as one of Australia’s best connected and most respected Investment Bankers, Charlie is presently the Managing Director and Head of Fundamental Active Equities for Blackrock in Australia.
He previously held the Deputy Head of Equities at Perpetual for over 14 years. He brings to the team, not only a wealth of Asset and Portfolio management, but a vital professional standard on how the fund will be run and managed.
Ryan CurnickCTi Chair Of The Investment Committee
Ryan started his professional career as a Mechanical Engineer before becoming a Patent Attorney.
He spent over 20 years with the leading patent attorney firm: Spruson & Ferguson, and was one of the Principals of the group that transformed it from a privately held unit trust to the ASX listed company IPH Ltd (market cap AU$1B+). Throughout this time he also drove, rallied, raced, restored, modified and collected classic cars, especially air cooled Porsche 911. He brings to CTi both passion and experience in: classic car trading; provenance research; and a knack for picking emerging vehicle trends.
George Nakkas CTi Director & Investment Committee Member
Undoubtedly amongst the most successful and respected vehicle wholesalers and collectors in Australia, George has an enviable personal and professional collection.
George is the co-founder of Dutton Group, and adds a wealth of knowledge to CTi for both on and off shore opportunities. George has the proven capability of orchestrating +1,000 vehicle movements a month.
Simon FranklinCTi Director
Simon has over 25+ years' experience in international investment, advisory and professional services.
His career and executive leadership has spanned all stages from start-up to listed companies. He is a seasoned strategist, company director, corporate advisor and growth influencer. Simon brings a wealth of practical experience across all aspects of corporate governance including risk, compliance and strategy. He has advised, structured, setup and managed investments funds across a number of domestic and international jurisdictions.
Nick Adamo CTi Director
Nicholas has been a pioneer in corporate advisory, strategy and technology services, using analytics, machine learning and AI to develop products, services and solutions for clients.
He has worked extensively with enterprises, established organisations, government and global corporations to develop and implement practical innovation, as well as working with start-ups and early stage ventures.
Experienced in operational and strategic risk, data governance and security, leveraging technology platforms to transform and accelerate growth and profitability, and the development of both organic and leveraged growth strategies.
Prior to working as an investor, mentor and board advisor, Nicholas was a partner at Ernst & Young, where he spent five years, most recently as the Strategic Growth and Acquisitions Leader for the Advisory group and APAC lead for the Enterprise Intelligence team. Before EY, Nicholas was the national lead partner for Deloitte Australia’s Forensic Technology Group. He was appointed to the role after his company, Forensic Data, was acquired and merged with Deloitte in 2007.
Luke O'NeillCTi Investment Committee, Special Advisor
Luke’s invitation-only Burrows Drive Days now attract over 70 private owners of prestige sports cars at each event and is the longest running private track day in Australia.
His automotive event management company has been engaged by brands from Ford to Ferrari and has designed and delivered driving events of all nature. There are not too many cars Luke hasn’t driven either on road or track, but he rates a highlight of his journey as being personally selected by Ron Dennis to be the Australian Brand Ambassador for McLaren Automotive.
Clover ChambersChief Analytics Officer
With a 15-year career dedicated to data analysis, Clover brings data science to the Fund’s execution. Having served as a former Investment Banker for J.P. Morgan in New York, and leveraging her experience in big data for the private sector, Clover will be the Chief Analytics Officer for the Fund. As CTi builds out our proprietary database, her expertise will help us build and identify algorithms that support our investment thesis and identify opportunities.
The CTi Trainspotters
The CTi Trainspotters are a collection of Australia’s best collector vehicle aficionados, each with a particular penchant for certain marques and markets. With impressive personal collections and a depth of knowledge invaluable to the CTi proposition, our Trainspotters are a motivated extension of the CT Investment Committee.