Meet the Team

Robert Branton, CEO

Robert Branton, CEO

Robert currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Contego. He founded the Sub-Advisor in 2014. Prior thereto the formation of Contego, Robert accumulated over 20 years of financial industry experience. He started his career with Merrill Lynch managing money for clients and implementing company retirement plans and corporate cash plans. Robert departed Merrill Lynch to become one of the founding members of Orion Wealth Management, a wealth manager that was ultimately acquired by a larger wealth manager. [more]

Brian Gahsman, CIO/PM

Brian currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Contego (effective July 2018). Brian also serves as the Portfolio Manager of private accounts as well as the AlphaCentric Global Innovations Fund sub-advised by Contego.

Previously, Brian, along with Robert Branton, formed Gahsman Branton, LLC to focus exclusively on making investments in businesses benefiting from the robotics and automation theme. In March of 2017, Brian and Robert Branton joined Pacific View Asset Management, where Brian was responsible for managing the PVAM Global Innovations Strategy and AlphaCentric Global Innovations Fund. [more]

Ryan Carlson, CCO

Ryan Carlson, CCO

Ryan Carlson currently serves as the CCO and Investment Advisor Representative (“IAR”) with Contego fulfilling compliance duties for the firm and working with private/institutional clients.

Prior thereto, Ryan accumulated over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, overseeing departments in Compliance/Operations and Client Facing. After a short time with AXA Advisors, LLC he joined Smith Barney & Co. as a Financial Advisor. In 2008 Ryan was a co-founder of an independent financial advisory practice in West Fargo, North Dakota. [more]