Welcome! My name is Brian Gaister and I am a Co-Founder and a Partner at SaaS Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early stage enterprise technology. I am also the Co-Founder and CEO of Pennington Partners & Co, a multi-family office that partners with successful families who have built their wealth through privately held businesses and real estate. I serve on the investment committee of both companies.
Education and Background
I attended the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business and earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business. I am a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) and a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®). Both certifications are 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.
Previously I served families as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and as a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch, where I co-led a group overseeing over $600 million in assets and liabilities. With the valuable knowledge and experience I gained working for these multinational firms, I set out into the entrepreneurial world and was fortunate to launch SaaS Ventures and Pennington Partners within the last two years.
Having experienced first-hand how daunting and challenging investing and setting up a company can be, I am passionate about assisting fellow entrepreneurs and investors to succeed. I serve as an Advisory Board Member of the Academy of Finance at Howard County, Maryland since October 2007. I also became a member the Nexus Global Youth Summit in New York City, becoming part of a global movement to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship.
Passionate about giving back to the community, I serve on the economic council for Jewish Community Services in Baltimore, Maryland as well as on the economic committee for the Bender JCC of Greater Washington. It is my honor to serve as a committee member for the Holocaust Museum Tribute Dinner.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch through email or connect with me via social media. I welcome the opportunity to get to know you!