The Hedge Fund Association has appointed Thalius Hecksher as Regional Director for the HFA’s Southeast Chapter, and Robert G. Sawyer in the newly created role of Regional Director for the HFA’s Boston Chapter.

These accomplished industry professionals have been chosen to direct the HFA’s local event programs, and contribute to the organization’s mission of advancing transparency, development and trust in alternative investments.

Thalius Hecksher is Global Managing Director of Business Development for Apex Fund Services. Apex Fund Services, a global provider of total fund solutions to the Asset Management community with 33 offices worldwide and is one of the fastest growing independently owned Administrators.

He has over 18 years of experience working within the international financial markets and has significant expertise in the fund management and asset management sectors.

Prior to joining Apex, Thalius was Head of Sales for EMEA at Linedata Services and before that was a sales director at Thomson Financial (now Thomson Reuters).

Robert Sawyer’s practice at Foley Hoag LLP is focused on investment advisers and private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity and venture capital funds.

As co-chair of the firm’s investment management practice, Robert assists advisers with the formation and structuring of domestic and offshore investment funds, as well as a range of regulatory compliance matters, including formulation of policies and procedures tailored to their business, advice and assistance with respect to current regulatory developments and compliance with registration and reporting requirements.

Thalius Hecksher, regional director for the HFA’s Southeast Chapter, said: "As the markets continue to react positively and we see continued growth within the hedge funds arena, I’m delighted to join a panel of well-regarded industry experts at the HFA who actively guide the shape of industry as we know it today through collaboration and sharing of insights in an ever changing landscape. Florida and the Southeast is becoming a great jurisdiction of choice for new and well established managers and I’m pleased to taking on this leadership role at an important time and location."

Robert Sawyer, regional director for the HFA’s Boston Chapter, said: "I’m excited to be taking on this leadership role in an organization that represents such a dynamic segment of the financial industry. The continued growth of alternative investments relies not only on our ability to promote broader understanding of the value of these investments, but also to promote discussion and understanding amongst our own professionals as to current issues and regulatory developments facing the industry. I’m looking forward to being part of that growth through the HFA."

Mitch Ackles, president, HFA, said: "All HFA leaders, elected and appointed, volunteer to help foster the growth of the alternative investment industry. These new U.S. regional leaders, each highly accomplished senior professionals, will add to the wealth of talent and networking opportunities available to HFA members everywhere."