Steven D. Niss

Steve Niss, the Founding and Managing Partner of the NFS Consulting Group since 2007, leads the firm's Investment Management practice. He has been an executive search consultant for more than twenty years, serving a global client base of leading investment management and alternative investment organizations. Previously, Steve was with Fiderion Financial Services Group and Futures International, where he built and expanded their presence within the investment management community.

Prior to his career in executive search, Steve enjoyed a long career as a senior executive within global investment management organizations. As Managing Director of Creditanstalt Global Asset Management, he led the firm from start-up to a $1.2 billion asset, global, diversified asset management group. Previously, Steve was Director of Marketing for Posthorn Global Asset Management, an American Express London-based subsidiary which managed $4 billion in global/international assets for sophisticated institutional investors. Prior to Posthorn, Steve was responsible for Chase Securities Lending and Institutional Custody businesses. Recruited to Chase in 1982 after the loss of $280 million in the collapse of Drysdale Securities, Steve successfully rebuilt securities lending, assumed additional responsibility for institutional custody and grew those businesses to over $140 billion assets.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, completed the U.S. Naval Officer's Nuclear Power School and earned an MBA in Finance at New York University Stern School.

Greg Niss

Greg Niss brings 16 years of financial services and investment management experience and most recently has 5 years search experience as a Partner for NFS Consulting Group. Prior to joining NFS, Greg consulted to the technology hedge fund, Technology Focus Capital Management. Greg was previously a research associate at Cowen Company and was an instrumental member of the two-person, Technology Strategy team responsible for the rollout of Technology Focus - a bi-weekly publication providing institutional investors with thought-provoking and highly differentiated research.

Greg has held positions at two different independent research firms: he was a research associate at CreditSights, Inc, covering technology strategy, fixed income strategy, and media/telecom; at Palladian Research, he was an equity research associate covering the industrials sector. Earlier in his career, Greg was also a member of the quantitative investments team at UBS Global Asset Management where he provided investment analysis for equity and fixed income funds and separate accounts. He has also held positions as an investment consultant at BT Alex.Brown and PaineWebber.

Greg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Fairfield University and is a CFA charterholder.

Robert J. Friedland

Robert J. Friedland is a Founding Partner of the NFS Consulting Group. He works with a client base that includes sell and buy-side organizations, including hedge funds, private equity firms and their portfolio companies.  Robert has 29 years of executive search experience and a background that has provided him with a unique perspective on the identification, assessment and retention of human capital. In addition to his proven assessment, execution and search process management skills, he has also led consulting assignments for clients addressing compensation, staffing, markets and products.

Prior to establishing the NFS Consulting Group/Essential Human Capital, he was a founding partner of RWD Executive Search. Earlier in his career, he worked with Hadley Lockwood, Secura Burnett Partners and was a founder of Management and Capital Partners, an integrated executive search and organization effectiveness consulting firm. Previously, Robert worked for the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York City where he ran a group home for multi-handicapped blind people. After seven years with the Guild, Robert spent three years in his family’s manufacturing business before beginning his executive search career.