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Brian R. Gaister

 Co-Founder and CEO

Bethesda, Maryland

Brian Co-Founded and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Pennington Partners & Co., a private investment and strategic advisory firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. Brian is also Co-Founder and Partner of SaaS Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage enterprise technology companies.  Brian serves on the Investment Committees of both Pennington Partners & Co and SaaS Ventures.


Brian is a serial entrepreneur, active investor, and is passionate about building and investing in companies and helping mentor and develop the next generation of leaders. Brian is also actively involved with family companies. Prior to founding Pennington Partners & Co, Brian spent 8 years at leading investment banks. Brian holds a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation, as well as a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) designation, both awarded by the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®) in conjunction with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and has also completed the Executive Education Program on Strategy and Leadership at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.


Brian devotes substantial time serving on the investment committee for the Bender JCC of Greater Washington D.C. as well as serving as a long-time committee member for the Investment Management Consultants Association. Brian is also a member of The National Young Leadership Cabinet through JFNA and is a founding member of the Keirestu Forum in Washington D.C.


Brian previously taught economics and served on the advisory board of the Academy of Finance in Howard County, Maryland and is a member of Nexus Global.