Over the course of his career as an investment professional, Arthur “Art” Samberg has led several successful firms, including Pequot Capital Management in Westport, Connecticut. He currently oversees his family office, Hawkes Financial, LLC. Beyond his professional accomplishments, Art J. Samberg is proud to have summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2000.
Reaching over 19,000 feet above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro owns the distinction of being the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro comprises three volcanic cones named Shira, Mawenzi, and Kibo. While Shira and Mawenzi are both extinct, Kibo is a dormant active volcano. Climbers trekking across Kibo will still encounter a strong sulfur smell emanating from the inner cone.
In 1889, Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller became the first climbers to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Nearly 130 years after the men conquered the mountain, Kilimanjaro remains one of the world’s most popular climbing destinations. Each year, over 25,000 climbers visit the mountain, but only a fraction is able to reach the summit.
Even those who do not reach the summit, however, are able to enjoy a unique beauty that only Kilimanjaro can offer. The Tanzanian mountain features everything from desert and savannah ecosystems to glaciers and snowfields. Mount Kilimanjaro is also home to diverse wildlife, including over 140 mammal species.
A Stanford University graduate and hedge fund innovator, Arthur “Art” Samberg currently functions as the owner of Hawkes Financial, LLC, a family office. Beyond his work, Art J. Samberg supports the PeerForward program and received the Lifetime Peer Leader honor during the organization’s 2016 gala event.
PeerForward provides students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, with a support network of teachers and peers with the aim of ensuring more people attend college. The organization notes that less than 10 percent of low-income students receive full college educations, despite estimates that 65 percent of jobs will require a college education by 2020.
Since its inception, PeerForward has worked with over 500 schools to boost the numbers of low-income students applying to college, achieving an 85 percent application rate during 2015 in the schools it operates in. Overall, PeerForward has increased college application numbers by over 20 percent across its partner schools, in addition to achieving a 64 percent submission rate for federal student aid to help low-income students.
A seasoned financial professional, Arthur “Art” Samberg currently runs his family office, Hawkes Financial LLC. In 2000, Art J. Samberg summited Mount Kilimanjaro. The following are things you need to know before attempting such a feat:
1. Climbing isn’t required – Outside of some minor bouldering if you take the Machame, Umbwe, Shire, or Lemosho routes, you don’t need climbing skills to summit Kilimanjaro. However, fitness is essential, as you will spend approximately five to seven hours hiking on difficult terrain each day.
2. The weather – Most Kilimanjaro climbers make their ascents between January and February or June and October, as these are the mountain’s dry weather periods. If you wish to avoid crowds you can gamble on attempting an ascent during the transition from these dry periods into the rest of the months. However, you may find your attempts curtailed due to the weather.
3. Drink plenty of water – Dehydration is a key contributor to altitude sickness, so you should aim to drink about three liters of water each day. Your guide will replenish water supplies as you ascend so ensure you have plenty available to you at the start of each day.
Arthur “Art” J Samberg is an entrepreneur and executive with over three decades of experience on Wall Street and in the financial industry. Currently, Art Samberg is the owner of Hawkes Financial LLC, his family office, which he founded following over a decade of experience as the founder of Pequot Capital Management, Inc. An engaged philanthropist, Mr. Samberg was recently honored as a Lifetime Peer Leader along with former first lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 Peer Forward Gala by College Summit.
College Summit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and GuideStar Gold Star Charity that works for provide positive peer influence to high school students across the United States. The organization has been recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum for its work, which is conducted primarily through its PeerForward program.
The PeerForward initiative involves the training and coaching of high school students to serve as positive peers for their friends and classmates. The process begins with the development of partnerships between high schools and College Summit, which then recruits four 11th graders and four 12th graders who are influential amongst their peers. Peer leaders are then trained by College Summit via summer workshops to lead school-wide campaigns and make an impact at their schools, with the ultimate goal of boosting college enrollment and preparedness.