Management Team

Robert Eide

Robert Eide
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Eide is the CEO and President of Aegis Capital Corp.  He founded Aegis in 1984 and his vision has helped guide the firm for over 25 years.  Mr. Eide’s attributes and skills include financial literacy, managerial aptitude, and the knowledge and experience attained through his service as a director of multiple public and private corporations.  Mr. Eide currently serves as a Director of Nathan’s Famous, Inc. (NATH) and he has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since 1979.
George Kott

George Kott
Chief Operating Officer

George Kott, Chief Operating Officer, has over 15 years of industry-related experience with an extensive background in Trading and Operations.  He joined Aegis Capital Corp. in 1999 and served as the Manager of the Operations and Trading Departments until 2007. From 2007 through 2009, he garnered extensive experience in Branch Management, Compliance & AML.  He returned to Aegis Capital during 2009 to fill the role of Chief Operating Officer.  George brings a strong operational background coupled with a deep knowledge of technology. He has assisted Aegis Capital in managing its dual clearing relationship with Penson and RBC.  Mr. Kott received his degree from Hofstra University and currently maintains Series 7, 63, 24, 55, and 79 licenses.
Samuel Guidetti

Samuel Guidetti
Chief Compliance Officer

Sam Guidetti, Chief Compliance Officer, has 30 years of financial industry experience in the area of compliance which includes equity trading, institutional sales, retail sales and management. Mr. Guidetti joined Aegis Capital Corp in June 2013. Prior to joining Aegis Capital Corp., he has held the position of Chief Compliance Officer at some of the major OTC market making firms as well as senior management positions at others. Additionally, at some of his prior firms, Sam held the position of the firms designated Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer.  Sam has served as a member of the Executive Management Committee at some of his firms.  He attended Thomas Edison State College where his major was in Business Administration. Sam currently holds the Series 7, 63, 24, and 55 licenses.
Ramnarain "Joe" Jaigobind

Ramnarain "Joe" Jaigobind
Head of Global Equity Capital Markets

Mr. Jaigobind is the head of Aegis Capital’s Global Equity Capital Markets. Joe has raised in excess of $55 billion in capital markets through Leading, Co-Lead Manager or as a Syndicate Member.  Mr. Jaigobind started his career at Shearson Lehman Brothers in the Private Client Group and was most recently with Rodman & Renshaw, where he held the position of Head of Global Equity Capital Markets. Joe has also acted as Senior Vice President with Investec Ernst and was an Executive Managing Director at Maxim Group. He's been a Chairman’s Circle Member of the US-India Business Council and served as a Director of the Board of the US-Pakistan Business Council.  Mr. Jaigobind was a member of the Susquehanna Investment Network based in Lewisburg and has previously served on the board of directors of Care Management International. Mr. Jaigobind is also a Trustee of the West Street Charitable Foundation.
Phillip Michals

Phillip Michals
Head of Business Development

Phil Michals has worked on the business development side of the brokerage business since 1994.  Phil has specialized in recruiting and retention and has assisted in growing some of the largest independent branches in the country.  Phil has been a partner in two previous HR consulting companies, MSCI and Uptick Trading; both companies consulted with NYSE and FINRA broker dealers. Since 1999, Phil has also been on the board of directors of Manhattan Bridge Capital, a public company that trades on the NASDAQ (LOAN), where he serves on the audit, compensation, and nominee committees. Furthermore, since November 2000, he has also been a Principal of RG Michals and PPG Trading. A Founder and Principal of the financial advisory company Quadstar Capital Advisors, Mr. Michals received a BS degree in HRIM from the University of Delaware.  Mr. Michals is currently registered as an Investment Advisor.
David Bocchi

David Bocchi
Head of Investment Banking

David Bocchi, Head of Investment Banking, has traditionally focused on equity financing mergers and acquisitions, debt capital markets, and alternative financing. He has expertise in the middle-market, and structuring investment product for growth opportunities. Since joining Aegis in 2010, David has raised capital and advised for public Health Care, Consumer Goods, Real Estate, Autos & Dealerships, Media, Long Term Care, Defense, Retail, and Resource companies. He has expertise in product structuring for Preferred Equity, Convertible Debt Financing, Registered Directs, IPOS, Secondary Offerings, and PIPES. Prior to joining Aegis, David was at Jesup, where he raised capital in a multitude of industries and assisted clients in both short term bridge needs, as well as long term capital fundraising. David graduated magna cum laude with a BBA from Boston University School of Management, with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting, and a minor in Political Science. He holds the Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses.
Adam K. Stern

Adam K. Stern
Head of Private Equity Banking at Aegis Capital

 
Head of Private Equity Banking at Aegis Capital
 
Adam@sternaegis.com
 
Office:212-813-1010
 
Adam K. Stern:
 
Head of Private Equity Banking at Aegis Capital and CEO of SternAegis Ventures.
 
Formerly the Senior Managing Director of Spencer Trask Ventures. Mr. Stern has over 25 years of venture capital and investment banking experience focusing primarily on the life science and technology sectors of the capital markets. Mr. Stern has completed over 100 transactions throughout his career, including private placements, public offerings and mergers and acquisitions, valued in excess of several billion dollars.
 
Mr. Stern currently is a Director at Prolor Biotech (NYSE:PBTH), InVivo Therapeutics (OTC:NVIV) Organovo Holdings (OTC:ONVO) and LabStyle Innovations.
 
Mr. Stern has been a keynote speaker and conference panelist nationally on topics ranging from Venture Capital to Alternative Public Offerings. Prior to being Head of Private Equity Banking at Aegis Capital and CEO of SternAegis Ventures, Mr. Stern was the Senior Managing Director at Spencer Trask Ventures from 1997 to 2012 and was at Josephthal & Co., from 1989 to 1997 as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Private Equity Marketing. Mr. Stern has been a FINRA licensed securities broker since 1987 and a General Securities Principal since 1991.
Anthony Lapadula

Anthony Lapadula
Executive Vice President

Anthony Lapadula serves as EVP of Aegis Capital Corp. and is the head of Sales and Trading for the firm's Long Island office and its associated Branch Offices. Mr. Lapadula has approximately twenty years of experience in the securities industry while serving in a variety of senior management roles.  Anthony’s unique skill set brings a breadth of knowledge to the firm allowing him to serve as a liaison with retail clients. Throughout his lengthy career in the securities industry, Anthony has benefited significantly from his tremendous work ethic and commitment to running a practice which always puts the client first. Anthony has historically been a very successful Registered Representative with some of the nation’s leading independent broker/dealers.  He currently maintains the following licenses: FINRA Series 7, 63 & 24.
Stanley JG Crouch

Stanley JG Crouch
Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Stanley JG Crouch has been in the Investment business since 1983. He began his career at Herbert J Sims & Co, Inc, where he became Managing Director. Throughout his career, as an investor, Registered Representative and Registered Investment Advisor, he has focused on income-producing securities including bonds, income producing equities, and high income specialized financings. He has had roles in issues totaling over $5 billion, financing hundreds of projects throughout the United States.
 
Mr. Crouch joined Aegis Capital Corp. as Chief Investment Officer and Senior Managing Director  to establish an income-centric investment focus and platform at the firm, as a valid alternative strategy to conventional asset allocation models prevalent in the industry today.  Mr. Crouch is a widely recognized speaker on topics concerning the economy, markets, investment strategies, and topics relating to the Financial Services Industry.
 
Mr. Crouch attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a graduate of Wagner College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He resides in Westport, CT, with his wife and four children. He is active in numerous civic and charitable activities, most notably the Smile Train and the Salvation Army’s ARC program.
Raffaele Gambardella

Raffaele Gambardella
Chief Administrative Officer

Raffaele Gambardella has been in the financial industry since 1995.  Mr. Gambardella has been a partner of an independent OSJ, which grew from two to over one hundred  advisors within multiple locations for the past 10 years.   During his time at Aegis, Mr. Gambardella has held positions of Branch Manager, Vice President, and Sales Manager. Most recently, Ralph held the position of Regional Officer Manager, where he was responsible for the administration of multiple branch offices. Mr. Gambardella was educated at the University of Economics and Commerce Naples, Italy, prior to attending City University of New York-Baruch College, where he received a BA in International Marketing. Since November 2000, he has also been a principal of management consulting companies, RG Michals Holdings and PPG Trading.  Ralph is also a Partner of Quadstar Capital Advisors, a financial advisory company. Mr. Gambardella holds the Series 7, 63, 24, 4, and Variable Life Insurance licenses.
Michael Pata

Michael Pata
Senior Executive Director

Michael began his career in the financial services industry in 1995. After hard work and countless hours of dedication to his clients he rose to join the leadership ranks. While Michael still enjoys helping his clients reach their financial objectives, he has had great pride and success in growing firms by hiring quality registered representatives over the years from wirehouse firms to boutique investment firms. Michael sets himself apart because he understands the wants and needs of a registered representative because he is an active representative. In addition to servicing his clients’ needs, Michael works closely with the overall structure of Aegis Capital including management and recruiting. Michael is currently Senior Executive Director at Aegis Capital Corp. and an Executive of Aegis General Insurance Agency.  Michael was educated at Hofstra University where he majored in Finance and he currently holds a General Securities Representative License (Series 7), Uniform Securities Agent State Law License (Series 63), Registered Options Principal License (Series 4), General Securities Principal License (Series 24) and a Life & Health Insurance License.
Alex Yelensky

Alex Yelensky
Managing Director of Institutional Equities

Alex Yelensky has been in the financial industry since 1992.  After his quick ascent thru the ranks of Grunthal, Alex joined Josephthal in 1995 as a VP of Investments.  While employed by Josephthal he received numerous awards, including top producer, and he was also elected a member of the Chairman’s Council.  Mr. Yelensky left Josephthal as a Managing Director.
 
In 2001, Mr. Yelensky founded an OSJ focusing on developing institutional clientele, which evolved into a business with a run-rate in the mid-seven figures.  His production ranked him as the number-one producer five out of six years amongst a thousand brokers.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Yelensky has established relationships with the largest hedge funds and mutual funds in North America, along with large institutional investors in the UK.  Mr. Yelensky received a degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts in 1992 and currently maintains the Series 7, 63, 24, and 4 licenses.
Thomas M. Dowling, CFA, CIMA, CRPS

Thomas M. Dowling, CFA, CIMA, CRPS
Managing Director of Wealth Management

Thomas M. Dowling has been in the financial services industry since 1994 and spent his entire career in Wealth Management. His areas of expertise include complex asset accumulation, protection, and distribution strategies for individuals, institutions and foundations. Prior to Aegis Capital, Thomas directed the east coast expansion of a publicly-traded investment banking firm and was Vice President and Senior Advisor of a regional investment advisory organization. He was a recognized leader and a member of each firm's Chairman's Council and President's Circle. Thomas is also a founder and principal of Quadstar Capital Advisors, which provides advisory services to ultra-high net worth clients.   Mr. Dowling received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from the State University of New York and completed the graduate-level Certified Investment Management Analyst program held in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst as well as a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist.   Civically, he volunteers for Dale Carnegie Training, which is an organization devoted to helping people develop strong leadership, communication, and public speaking skills. He is also a founder of The Resource Group and a member of the CFA Institute, New York Society of Security Analysts and Investment Management Consultants Association.