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.
Upon the sale of his company, Robert was recruited to enter the wholesaling and distribution side of the financial services business. He managed multi-person sales teams that drove sales of funds, retirement plans, and annuities for two of the largest distributors in the world, AIG and Pacific Life Insurance Company.
In March of 2017, Robert and Brian Gahsman joined Pacific View Asset Management, where Robert was responsible for the distribution of the Global Innovations Strategy. Robert Branton’s and Brian Gahsman’s affiliation and roles with Pacific View Asset Management through which they were responsible for managing and distributing the AlphaCentric Global Innovations mutual fund, ended upon Contego’s effective registration with the SEC and upon Contego’s approval to serve as Sub-Advisor to the Fund. To that end, in 2018, Contego began sub-advising the AlphaCentric Global Innovations Fund.
Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Marketing from St. Cloud State University. He also holds the following licenses in the security and insurance industry: Series 7, 24, 66 and life/health and annuities license.