People

Brenden Gebben, MBA, CIMA®

Managing Director

Portfolio Management, Research, Product Design, Operations

Brenden’s experience in navigating the financial markets spans more than 20 years, with the majority of those specifically dedicated to third party money management. He co-founded Absolute Capital in 2002. He earned an M.B.A., from the University of Illinois, Springfield, and his B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University. He holds a Certified Investment Management Analyst, CIMA®, designation through IMCA in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business. He is an active participant in industry organizations such as IMCA.

Brenden resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons. He enjoys time outdoors hiking and camping with family and friends.

Craig Anderson

Operations & Account Manager

Craig began his career with Absolute Capital in 2012. Craig spearheads Absolute Capital’s Back Office Butler program and acts as the primary contact for any related inquires. Prior to Absolute Capital, Craig gained financial industry experience working in banking. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in economics. Craig enjoys playing hockey, golf and spending time with family and friends.

Jayson Angus

Internal Sales

Jayson joined Absolute Capital in 2016 in Internal Sales. Previously Jayson received his Finance Degree at Lake Superior State University in Michigan where he played NCAA Division I Hockey. Jayson spends his free time golfing and working out at the gym. He also continues to keep his skills sharp by playing hockey in adult or pick-up leagues.

Vikash Banka MBA, CPA

Director, Back Office

Vikash joined Absolute Capital in 2004. Vikash began his financial career with Prudential Financial and Waddell & Reed, Inc. A graduate of Robert Morris University, Vikash earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a major in finance. He went on at Robert Morris to earn his MBA with an emphasis in Accounting. He also holds his CPA certification.

Matt Gioella

Director of Operations

Matt joined Absolute Capital in 2017 as Senior Operations Director. He received his B.S. in Marketing from Penn State University. Matt brings nearly a decade of financial services experience to Absolute Capital. Outside of the office, he enjoys traveling, golfing, boating, and spending time with family and friends.

Renee Gebben

Strategic Projects Manager

Renee utilizes her two-plus decades of experience in financial services to her role at Absolute Capital. She earned a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. Prior to joining Absolute Capital, she served as Vice President and Director of Insurance Marketing at Federated Investors where she was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive marketing programs. Her programs reached tens of thousands of institutional investors and brokers each year, supporting their decisions on investment products. Renee began her career at Prudential, where she was recruited by the firm’s Executive Management Development Program.

Matthew Hardin, Esq.

Chief Compliance Officer

Matt is responsible for overseeing compliance at Absolute Capital. He is a securities attorney, mediator, and arbitrator and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton in 1983, his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University in 1986, and his LL.M. in federal securities regulation from Georgetown University in 1987. In addition, Matt owns Hardin Compliance Consulting LLC, a firm specializing in providing compliance consulting and support services to various registered investment advisers, broker-dealers, investment companies and private funds. He has gained his experience over twenty years in the financial services industry, including six years with the broker-dealer and investment adviser affiliates of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.; three years with the mutual fund complex of Federated Investors, Inc.; four years at Banc One Corporation and four years at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Tom Kapfer, MPA

Data Manager

Tom joined Absolute Capital in 2010. He received his B.A. in Economics with a minor in mathematics from Kent State University where he served as a Junior Fellow for the American Academy for Political and Social Sciences. Prior to joining Absolute Capital, Tom also completed his Master of Public Administration and Policy Research and Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh. Tom resides in Pittsburgh with his wife and son. Outside the office, he enjoys traveling, cooking, golfing and playing hockey.

Mary Ann Kimball, MBA, CPA

Billing and Account Support Specialist

Mary Ann joined Absolute Capital in 2016. She attended both Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana where she received a B.B.A. degree, as well as, the University of Pittsburgh where she received an M.B.A. degree. Mary Ann is a C.P.A. and was employed in the past on the audit staff at Arthur Young & Company in Pittsburgh. In addition, she was a Vice President and Division Manager at Mellon Bank, where she held various positions in the Operating Services, Human Resources, and Finance Departments. In her spare time, she volunteers as a member of both the Finance Council and Audit Committee at her church.

Joan Mackey, CPA

Billing and Account Support Specialist

As a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, PA, Joan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a CPA License in Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. After practicing for years as a CPA in the fields of Audit and Tax and also as a Financial Analyst for public and private companies, Joan joined Absolute Capital in early 2014 to work in the areas of Billing and Accounting.

Bob Mallon

Chief Operating Officer

Bob joined Absolute Capital as the Chief Operating Officer in 2016 with nearly 30 years of experience in Management, Business Consulting and Operations. During his career, Bob has worked extensively with various businesses and industries in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with a focus on Continuous Improvement of Business Processes and Operational Excellence. He earned a B.S. Degree from Rutgers University. When he’s not working, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, watching basketball, and working on his home.

Venera Petrova, MS

Director, Information Systems

Venera has spearheaded information systems, technology and accounting at Absolute Capital since 2004. Prior to joining Absolute Capital, Venera held positions in the banking industry. She holds a B.A. and Masters in mathematics and computer science from Plovidic University, Bulgaria.

Mike Sciulli

Internal Sales

Mike joined Absolute Capital in 2017 in Internal Sales. Mike has previously worked for PNC and Federated Investors. He received his B.A. in Marketing from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where he played NCAA Lacrosse. Mike also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Lake Erie College in Cleveland. Outside of work, Mike is involved in coaching youth Lacrosse.

Sandra Szewczyk

Administrator

Sandra provides administrative support to our back office operations.