Meet The Team

Dr. Eugene Lai

Founder of Lai Capital Management LLC

Dr. Eugene Lai is the founder of Lai Capital Management LLC.  He is a board-certified anesthesiologist and was chief resident of anesthesia at the University of California-Irvine; over the years he has co- authored numerous scientific articles in peer reviewed publications.  He has retired from the practice of medicine and now manages investments full time.  Dr. Lai has over 30 years of experience in investing  and previously held membership in the Chicago Board of Trade, which is a subsidiary of CME Group Inc. (one of the largest futures and option exchanges in the world).  He has considerable experience in the development, implementation, and back testing of various fundamental databases through using highly sophisticated analytical tools.  He has determined that the best way to invest is to implement strategies backed by academic research.   Dr. Lai believes this improves the odds of out-performance because it does not rely on human intuition.

Maki Tohmon

Executive Administrative Assistant

Maki currently studies Public Health Science at UC Irvine, having also previously studied biology at Pomona College. She has been a recipient of scholarship awards such as University of Tokyo’s Friends of University of Tokyo Global Leadership Award and UCI’s Dr. John R. Miltner/ Irvine Health Foundation Endowed Memorial in the Emerging Leaders award. She has also qualified and competed at the NCAA DIII Swimming & Diving Championships several times during her time on the Pomona College swim team. In addition to her academic and athletic success, Maki also has extensive experience as an administrative assistant at Elite Educational Institute and Japanese Customer Service Associate at MUFG Union Bank, N.A. She is a native Japanese speaker and in her free time, loves to bake cakes and desserts for her friends and family.

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