The CastleKeep Team
Michael (Mike) Benevento, Partner
At CastleKeep, Mike works closely with ultra-high net worth individuals and families serving their sophisticated and complex investment needs.
For the first twenty-five years of his Wall Street career, Mike was a portfolio manager and securities analyst, primarily in an institutional capacity, serving ultra-high net worth families, pensions and endowments. In 2022 he made the decision to pursue a role that would merge his investment background with his connectivity skills, enabling him to make a direct impact on clients’ lives.
Prior to CastleKeep, Mike was a portfolio manager at Millennium Management, a global alternative investment platform with over $58 billion in assets. He has also held portfolio manager and analyst roles at several of the world’s most respected hedge funds, including Bronson Point Management, Hilltop Park Associates, and Pequot Capital Management. Mike was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of DYAD Capital Management LLC, a long/short equity hedge fund founded in 2006. He began his career on Wall Street in 1996 as an analyst working for Mario Gabelli at GAMCO Investors, Inc. and has held senior positions at Banc of America Securities LLC and Gemstar-TV Guide International (21st Century Fox Corporation subsidiary). He earned his CPA following three years at Ernst & Young.
Mike is a frequent guest lecturer at the Freeman College of Management at Bucknell University & the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing. He has also been an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School. He is the Founder & former Chairman of the Bucknell Finance Network and a member emeritus of the Athletics Board of Directors at Bucknell. He is also President of the Graystone University Housing Corporation, a not-for-profit real estate corporation in Lewisburg, PA.
Mike resides in New Canaan, CT, with his wife Taylor and four children, Ryan, Matthew, Alex, and John, all of whom attended New Canaan Public Schools. He is a Founding Member and current Chairman of the Board of the New Canaan Athletic Foundation, a public-private partnership with the Town of New Canaan. He is also an active member of the Country Club of New Canaan and contributor to the New Canaan Community Foundation.
Mike graduated from Bucknell University with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting, where he was a member of the varsity football team. He also earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), holds the Series 7 and 63 licenses (inactive) and is studying for the series 65 exam. Mike has passed the Level 1 and 2 exams of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program.