OUR PEOPLE

MEET OUR TEAM

The Transcend team brings together experienced investment professionals passionate about setting a new standard and improving our clients’ wealth management experience.

MANAGING PARTNERS

Robert Brown

Managing Partner

Brian Gorczynski

Managing Partner

Matthew Guenther

Managing Partner

Duncan Niederauer

Managing Partner

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Cheryl Andrew

Senior Associate

Carrie Angott

Senior Associate

Robert Bezzone

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Robert Bragoli

Partner, Chief Compliance Officer

Glen Bushery

Partner, Chief Financial Officer

Ector Cabetas

Manager, Technology

Alexandria Causley

Operations Specialist

Richard Davis

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Sandra Jengo

Operations Specialist

Hoa Le

Senior Associate

Mark Lichtenfeld

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Amy MacIsaac

Senior Associate

Maria Millner

Director, Operations

Geri Mira

Senior Associate

Andrew Moss

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Emily Nikoloudis

Senior Associate

Lara Philibosian

Manager, Operations

Jeffrey Pierce

Client Associate

Michael Saul

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Eric Schwartz

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Leigh Shannon

Senior Associate

Richard Spinner

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Kara Valentine

Partner, Chief Marketing Officer

Bradford Vannelli

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Leigh Shannon

Senior Associate

Leigh is a Senior Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Leigh was an Associate Director at UBS Private Wealth Management. Before UBS, she held similar roles at Smith Barney and RBC. Leigh has been with Transcend since its inception.

Leigh attended Carnegie Mellon University.

lshannon@transcendcapital.com
973.370.2704

Emily Nikoloudis

Senior Associate

Emily is a Senior Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Emily worked at UBS Private Wealth Management where she held the roles of Senior Client Associate, Wealth Strategy Associate and Team Administrator. She started her career at Smith Barney and has been with Transcend since its inception.

Emily attended New York University.

enikoloudis@transcendcapital.com
973.370.3245

Geri Mira

Senior Associate

Geri is a Senior Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Geri worked at UBS for over 25 years as a Client Associate, Financial Advisor, Operations Manager, Supervisory Compliance Officer, and Team Administrator. She has over three decades of financial services experience.

Geri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

gmira@transcendcapital.com
313.944.0185

Sandra Jengo

Operations Specialist

Sandra is an Operations Specialist at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Sandra spent her career as an Executive Assistant at some of Wall Street’s top firms including Perella Weinberg Partners, the New York Stock Exchange and Goldman Sachs.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from New Jersey City University.

sjengo@transcendcapital.com
973.646.2243

Cheryl Andrew

Senior Associate

Cheryl is a Senior Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Cheryl worked at FFP Wealth as an Operations Manager for a branch of supervisory jurisdiction. She has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of trading, operations and client service.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kean University.

candrew@transcendcapital.com
973.646.2259

Lara Philibosian

Manager, Operations

Lara is a Manager, Operations at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Lara worked as a Fixed Income Product Manager at E*TRADE/Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, she worked as a Registered Client Associate at Merrill Lynch.

Lara holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Rutgers University.

lphilibosian@transcendcapital.com
973.221.5100

Kara Valentine

Partner, Chief Marketing Officer

Kara is a Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Kara was Chief Marketing Officer at Cary Street Partners. Before Cary Street Partners, she was Head of Marketing at Rockefeller Capital Management and previously led marketing and brand strategy for Dynasty Financial Partners. Kara has also served in marketing leadership roles within Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management Division, working at both Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust, as well as with Morgan Stanley. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child and the Executive Board for the Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights at the Villanova School of Business.

Kara holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from Villanova University.

kvalentine@transcendcapital.com
973.819.5853

Bradford S. Vannelli, CRPC®

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Bradford is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Bradford served as a Wealth Advisor, Senior Vice President at UBS Wealth Management. Prior to UBS, Bradford spent 13 years as a Vice President, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. For over two decades, he has helped individuals, families and business owners with goal planning, cash management, lending and investment management. He holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning.

Bradford holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Oakland University.

bvannelli@transcendcapital.com
313.944.0183

Rich Spinner, CFP®, ChFC®

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Rich is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Rich worked at Edge Wealth Management and Merrill Lynch. He has over a decade of experience as a wealth management advisor and over two decades of experience working in institutional bond sales. He holds the designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from SUNY Buffalo.

rspinner@transcendcapital.com
973.370.3320

Eric Schwartz

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Eric is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to founding Transcend, Eric was a Senior Vice President at UBS Private Wealth Management and Smith Barney. For more than 25 years, he has been providing comprehensive wealth advisory services to entrepreneurs, private and public technology industry executives and professional athletes. Eric has been recognized by Barron’s, The Financial Times and Forbes in its annual lists of top advisors.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science from Plattsburgh State University of New York and attended the Wharton School of Business to attain his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) accreditation.

eschwartz@transcendcapital.com
973.370.3185

Michael Saul, CIMA®, CRPC®

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Michael is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Michael spent over 25 years at Merrill Lynch where he was a Senior Vice President. He focuses on individual bonds, alternative investments and separately managed accounts. He holds the designations of Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and Charted Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC). Michael also serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Somerset Hunterdon & Warren Counties.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State University and an MBA from Rutgers University.

msaul@transcendcapital.com
973.370.3103

Jeffrey Pierce

Client Associate

Jeff is a Client Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Jeff worked for PNC Bank as a Universal Branch Specialist. He played professional hockey for six years before transitioning into a career in financial services.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Western Michigan University.

jpierce@transcendcapital.com
248.468.7172

Andrew H. Moss, CIMA®

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Andrew is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Andrew spent 26 years at Merrill Lynch where he was a Senior Vice President. He was a multi-year member of the firm’s Circle of Excellence. Andrew holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designations.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

amoss@transcendcapital.com
248.468.7171

Maria Millner

Director, Operations

Maria is a Director, Operations at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Maria spent over ten years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in various roles supporting financial advisors, servicing clients and most recently working alongside the Mid Atlantic Divisional Management team. Maria co-founded and currently serves as an active board member and volunteer of The Aubrey Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to student empowerment, education and community service.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Bentley University, graduating magna cum laude.

mmillner@transcendcapital.com
973.370.2090

Amy MacIsaac

Senior Associate

Amy is a Senior Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Amy worked as a Senior Client Associate at Merrill Lynch. She has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Ithaca College.

amacisaac@transcendcapital.com
973.370.3505

Mark Lichtenfeld

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Mark is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to founding Transcend, Mark served as a Managing Director at UBS Private Wealth Management. He has been advising high net-worth individuals and families for over 25 years, focusing primarily on the tax-efficient preservation and growth of capital. Mark has been recognized by Barron’s and The Financial Times in its annual lists of top advisors.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, where he was named a Henry Rutgers Scholar.

mlichtenfeld@transcendcapital.com
973.370.3176

Hoa Le

Senior Associate

Hoa is a Senior Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Hoa worked as a Registered Senior Client Associate at Merrill Lynch. She has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years.

Hoa holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from the University of California-Davis.

hle@transcendcapital.com
973.813.5852

Matthew Harbarcuk

Director

Matt is a Director at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Matt was a Registered Client Associate and Team Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Prior to transitioning into finance, he served in the United States Air Force for four years, completing his service in 2006.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.

mharbarcuk@transcendcapital.com
248.468.7173

Richard Davis

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Rick is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Rick worked for UBS Wealth Management and The Ayco Company. He is a comprehensive financial planner, specializing in estate planning, investments, taxes, insurance, corporate benefits and retirement planning.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University. He also holds a Juris Doctor and an MBA from Wayne State University.

rdavis@transcendcapital.com
248.204.8315

Alexandria Causley

Operations Specialist

Lexie is an Operations Specialist at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Lexie worked as a Client Associate at Merrill Lynch. Before Merrill Lynch, she worked in retail banking for PNC Bank.

Lexie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Organizational Change Leadership from Western Michigan University.

lcausley@transcendcapital.com
248.468.7175

Ector Cabetas

Manager, Technology

Ector is a Manager, Technology at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Ector worked for Black Diamond where he supported registered investment advisors leveraging the platform. Prior to Black Diamond, he spent a decade at Fidelity Investments within their Service Team, Active Trader Group and Central Supervisory Team.

Ector holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.

ecabetas@transcendcapital.com
239.241.5561

Glen Bushery

Partner, Chief Financial Officer

Glen is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Glen spent over 25 years in private equity accounting and fund administration. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at GenNx360 Capital Partners and prior to that, he held the same roles at Falconhead Capital Partners. Earlier in his career, Glen was Controller at Vestar Capital Partners, Assistant Controller at The Blackstone Group and spent 11 years as a Certified Public Accountant.

Glen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Hofstra University.

gbushery@transcendcapital.com
973.233.0753

Robert Bragoli

Partner, Chief Compliance Officer

Rob is a Partner and Chief Compliance Officer at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Rob spent over 20 years in various legal and compliance-related roles that have afforded him the opportunity to gain extensive experience in most areas of a comprehensive compliance program. Most recently, he served as Chief Compliance Officer at Rockefeller Capital Management. Prior to that, he worked for other leading financial institutions including BNP Paribas, Standard & Poor’s, Jefferies & Co, Credit Suisse and FINRA.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law and an MBA from Rutgers Business School.

rbragoli@transcendcapital.com
973.646.2250

Robert Bezzone

Partner, Wealth Advisor

Rob is a Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Rob served as Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch. He has over three decades of experience in portfolio management and wealth planning as a financial advisor serving high and ultra-high net worth individuals and families. Rob has been consecutively recognized by Forbes in its annual list of top advisors. He serves on several nonprofit finance and charity boards.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Villanova University.

rbezzone@transcendcapital.com
973.813.5851

Duncan Niederauer

Managing Partner

Duncan is a Managing Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to founding Transcend, Duncan was the Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Euronext. Earlier in his career, he was a Partner at Goldman Sachs. In addition to his responsibilities at Transcend, Duncan co-chairs the investment committee at Communitas Capital Partners, an early-stage venture fund, serves on the board of Realogy Holdings and is the President of Venezia FC.

Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and an MBA from Emory University.

dniederauer@transcendcapital.com
973.370.3203

Matthew Guenther

Managing Partner

Matt is a Managing Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Matt spent over 20 years as a private equity investor, most recently as a Managing Partner at GenNx360 Capital Partners.  Prior to GenNx360, he was at Walden Capital Partners, KPMG Consulting and AT&T where he began his career. He is experienced in sourcing, evaluating, structuring and negotiating investment opportunities.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Union College and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University.

mguenther@transcendcapital.com
973.370.2086

Brian Gorczynski

Managing Partner

Brian is a Managing Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Brian spent over 25 years as a private equity investor, most recently as a Partner at Veritas Capital. Previously, he co-founded and was a Managing Partner of North Cove Partners and prior to that, served as Co-Head of BAML Capital Partners, the private equity investment arm of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He serves on the board of CURE Epilepsy and previously served on the March of Dimes New Jersey board.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston College, graduating magna cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

bgorczynski@transcendcapital.com
973.370.0361

Robert Brown

Managing Partner

Bob is a Managing Partner at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Bob spent over 20 years at Fidelity Investments rising to become the Head of Institutional Fixed Income. Previously, he served as the President of Bonds overseeing more than $380 billion in assets under management with direct responsibility for Portfolio Management, the Chief Investment Office, Trading, Institutional Portfolio Management and Quantitative Research. Prior to overseeing the Bond Division, Bob was President of Fidelity’s Money Market Division overseeing more than $500 billion. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Bryant University and is Chair of the Investment Committee. Bob also serves on the Investment Committee of SolutionHealth. He is Chairman of the McKeryn Bridge Foundation and an Advisor to the venture capital firm, York IE. 

Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Bryant University.

bbrown@transcendcapital.com
239.241.2057

Carrie Angott

Senior Associate

Carrie Angott is a Senior Associate at Transcend Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Transcend, Carrie spent 20 years as a Client Associate at Merrill Lynch. She is experienced in the daily operations of client management, including account administration, account opening and money movement.

cangott@transcendcapital.com
248.468.7174