What's In a Name?
Appaloosa is one of the most popular horse breeds in the US and to me represents independence, freedom, and character. Those are the key attributes of the company I founded and a classic representative of the breed is prominent in our logo.
I have always loved horses. Early in my childhood I had severe allergies to hay and horse hair which did not allow me to be around horses at all. As I grew older I outgrew these allergies and occasionally had the opportunity to ride. A few years ago my wife, my two boys, and I had an especially memorable vacation at a horse ranch. In preparation for the trip, we took riding lessons at a local stable. While at the ranch we spent many hours tacking, riding, and just being around these wonderful creatures. It was at that point where I was formally introduced to the Appaloosa breed.
In addition to their distinct and often beautiful markings, I found the breed to be a wonderful mix of strength, agility, loyalty, and independent spirit. I want to strive to represent those same characteristics in my practice.
The name is also in admiration of hedge fund manager and philanthropist David Tepper, who founded Appaloosa Management in 1993. He is a brilliant investment professional who worked for Cleveland based Republic Steel early in his career.