Category: Jeff Drobny

A History of Hope – For Abbey and Other Children

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Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation

Jeff Drobny, an executive with Black River Asset Management, divides his time between Minnesota and Scottsdale, AZ, and supports a variety of charities nationwide. Among the organizations that Jeff Drobny contributes to is the Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation, dedicated to keeping children safe from pool-related injuries.

In 2007, Abbey Taylor was an ordinary six-year-old girl, enjoying a day playing in a wading pool. But a poorly maintained drain injured her so severely that she spent the next nine months in hospitals as doctors performed multiple surgeries and organ transplants with the hope of saving her life. Abbey lost her battle in March 2008.

Abbey’s parents, Scott and Katey Taylor, turned their family’s personal tragedy into a way of helping other families with their founding of the organization. Scott serves as chairman of the board of directors of Abbey’s Hope, while Katey serves as its president. Katey Taylor has additionally earned a credential from the National Swimming Pool Foundation as a certified pool and spa operator, and advises other nonprofit groups dedicated to child safety.

“The Italians” Continues to Define the People of Italy

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The Italians by Luigi Barzini

Financial executive Jeffrey Steven Drobny, based in Minneapolis, MN, heads the global alternative investment firm Garda Capital Partners as its chief investment officer and a managing partner. In 2015, Jeffrey Drobny and his partners established the company with an emphasis on disciplined and strategic portfolio management designed to sustain long-term gains. In his time away from the office, Jeff Drobny, who also owns a home in Scottsdale, Arizona, devotes his energies to vintage automobiles, fine wines, travel, and Italian history.

In the book The Italians by Luigi Barzini, readers will find a time-tested guide to forming an impression of Italian people throughout history. Politician and journalist Barzini was born in Milan and educated in the United States. His father, also a journalist, edited the renowned Corriere della Sera newspaper. During World War II, the younger Barzini suffered imprisonment for his opposition to the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini.

After an extensive career as a foreign correspondent covering political crises in Europe, Asia, and Africa, Barzini brought his erudition, experience, candor, and wit to writing the book The Italians. Published in English in 1964, The Italians has earned widespread praise from readers, many of whom regard it as a contemporary classic of nonfiction. Reviewers have noted both its trenchant criticism of the problems endemic to the Italian society of its time and its genuinely warm tone when discussing the country’s people and their many outstanding cultural achievements.

What is Fixed-Income Arbitrage?

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Longtime Minneapolis resident Jeffrey Steven Drobny splits his time between MN and Scottsdale, AZ. Jeff Drobny has spent his career in the financial services industry providing fixed-income investment strategies to his clients. Jeff Drobny’s two decades with Cargill taught him methods of isolating desired risks and mitigating undesired risks. One of the strategies he has employed to make a return on capital over his career is fixed-income arbitrage.

Fixed-income arbitrage relies on the concept of arbitrage or the fact that different segments of a market may value a product differently. Thus, one can buy the product where its price is lower and sell it where it is higher, thereby making a profit. In modern financial markets, arbitrage also can be the act of borrowing an asset at one rate of interest and then investing it at a higher rate of return.

Fixed-income arbitrage relies on financial instruments that guarantee a stream of income, examples of these are bonds issued by institutions, and credit default swaps. Credit default swaps are essentially insurance on a specific risk, such as the risk of a corporation defaulting. In the most common form of fixed-income arbitrage, the investor makes opposing bets on the value of a bond and the bond’s credit default swap, betting for example that the bond value is lower than market price, and credit default swap value is higher.

Getting to Know the Wine Regions of Italy



Chief investment officer and managing partner Jeffrey Steven Drobny serves the Geneva, Switzerland, and Minneapolis, MN-based global alternative investment firm Garda Capital Partners by setting the tone for its strategic direction. Jeff Drobny devoted the previous two decades of his career to overseeing fixed-income investment strategies at Cargill Inc./Black River Asset Management.

In his personal time, Jeff Drobny is an enthusiast for Italy’s history, culture, and wines. Any traveler to Italy will enjoy its rich and age-old tradition of winemaking, with a wide range of distinctive wine-producing regions. Experts have identified some 350 official varieties of Italian wines, although many believe there are actually thousands.

The country’s dozens of wine regions include Lombardy in the north, which produces chardonnay, pinot noir, and other varieties that include the high-altitude Valtellina red wines. The varieties produced in the Veneto region include merlot and the sparkling prosecco.

In the central part of the country, Tuscany offers cabernet sauvignon, the red Sangiovese (meaning “Jove’s blood”), and so many other varieties that many oenophiles consider the region a favorite. Italy’s central area is also home to Umbrian wines such as the white Trebbiano and Grechetto. Winemaking in Calabria in southern Italy is dominated by the production of white Greco and red Gaglioppo, both wines of Greek provenance.

It Takes a Village to Nurture a Child with Cancer


The medical community has made great strides in treating childhood cancers over the past few decades, in no small part thanks to the contributions of donors such as Jeff Drobny, a Minnesota and Scottsdale, AZ-based financial executive and a principal at Black River Asset Management. Jeff Drobny and other donors’ ongoing support of the work of groups such as the American Cancer Society allows for new avenues in research into multiple types of cancers.

Equally important to treating cancer – perhaps particularly in children – is the work of the entire treatment team. A typical pediatric oncology team includes not only physicians, radiologists, and surgeons, but nurses with special training, psychotherapists and occupational therapists, social workers and family educators.

Today’s hospitals and treatment centers provide staff whose sole function is to meet regularly with families to answer questions, address concerns, and offer access to emotional and spiritual care. A pediatric oncology social worker, for example, understands how to assist parents in creating and implementing plans for dealing with diagnosis, paying for treatment, and helping their child – and themselves – deal with the social and emotional issues that arise in the healthiest way over the long term.

Childhood and Adult Cancers – The Differences

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American Cancer Society

Financial professional Jeff Drobny is a dedicated supporter of a variety of social service causes that assist children and people in need. Based in Minnesota and in Scottsdale, AZ, Jeff Drobny has contributed to the American Cancer Society and to programs that fund research into cancers in children.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are important differences between cancers in adults and those that develop in children. While adult cancers may result from lifestyle choices such as sun exposure or smoking, children tend to develop cancers due to cellular changes that can take place as soon as they are born, or even before while they are still in the womb.

Leukemias are the most common cancer type seen in children, accounting for almost one-third of cases. Brain and nervous system tumors account for slightly more than one-quarter of cancers in children. Skin cancers are most commonly seen in adults, followed by lung cancers. The good news: children seem to handle chemotherapy better than adults do, although any child who has undergone cancer treatments will need careful monitoring, even if the disease remits.

Cancer Vaccines to Prevent and Treat Cancer

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Cancer Vaccines

While Jeff Steven Drobny spends most of his time at his firm Garda Capital Partners in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he also maintains a part-time residence in Scottsdale, Arizona. Jeff Drobny is a dedicated supporter of several charities in Arizona and beyond, including the American Cancer Society.

The American Cancer Society has a strong focus on cancer research, and has helped make almost every research breakthrough since 1946 possible. One area of cancer research that is getting a fair amount of attention these days is immunotherapy and cancer vaccines.

Vaccines work by introducing a innate or weakened virus or bacteria into someone’s body in order to help their immune system identify and fight against the pathogen. Some cancers are actually caused by viruses like human papillomavirus and hepatitis B, so traditional vaccines like these can prevent cancer by preventing those viruses.

Many cancers are not, however, caused by infections. Researchers still don’t know exactly how certain cancers are caused, so it would be impossible to create a preventative vaccine for every form of cancer. Vaccines can also be used treat a cancer that already exists. Cancer cells are mutated versions of healthy cells that already exist in the body, so the immune system can have a harder time identifying and fighting against them. A cancer vaccine can help teach the body what kinds of cells to destroy in order to return the body to a healthy state. Since the immune system has its own memory, the theory is that if the immune system can learn to fight a certain type of cancer, that cancer would be much less likely to recur.