Cova Capital Parters

Member of FINRA and SIPC


Edward T. Gibstein


Edward Gibstein has been licensed in the financial industry since 1982. In 1989, Mr. Gibstein began his Wall Street career with Lehman Brothers. After achieving the title of Senior Vice President and member of both the President's and Chairman's Council, Mr. Gibstein then moved to Prudential Securities. In 1996, he formed Taylor Stuart Financial (TSFI), where he served as Chairman and CEO. As Chairman, he guided all aspects of the firm, including Investment Banking, Retail Brokerage, Proprietary Trading and Market Making. As CEO, Mr. Gibstein focused much of his efforts on Investment Banking, and was successful in raising significant funds for both private and publicly listed companies.

In 2010, Mr. Gibstein joined Bannockburn Partners, LLC, and subsequently purchased the firm in 2012. Bannockburn Partners, LLC changed its name to COVA Capital Partners, LLC, later the same year.

Mr. Gibstein is active in his community. He sits on the Commerce and Industry Committee of North Shore LIJ Health System, one of the country's largest; on the Advisory Board of Rock and Wrap It Up, a charity fighting hunger and poverty in the United States; and is a member of the Executive Board of the Long Island Golf Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Engineers Country Club, where he has been a member for over 20 years.

Mr. Gibstein is an accomplished amateur golfer, and twice was named the Long Island Golf Association's Player of The Year. He enjoys skiing, traveling and spending time with his wife and two children.

Mr. Gibstein is a graduate of New York University and holds a FINRA Series 7, 63, 66, 79, and a Series 24 Securities Principal, License. Mr. Gibstein has also worked in the Insurance industry for a number of years, and currently holds Broker licenses for Life, Accident, and Health Insurance, as well as a Property and Casualty Insurance.


William John Odenthal

Managing Director Investment Banking, Capital Markets

William Odenthal has over 30 years of capital markets and equities banking experience. He currently is Principal and Head of Investment Banking for Alere Financial Partners, LLC., exploring innovative, small capitalization public corporations, primarily in the biomedical sector; providing comprehensive banking and advisory initiatives.

In June of 2013, William Odenthal founded Alere Financial Partners, LLC., as a division of Summer Street Research Partners. During his tenure at Summer Street he served as Director of Investment Banking, managing all aspects of equities banking deals for Alere Financial Partners, LLC. Over his eighteen month tenure at Summer Street, Mr. Odenthal oversaw, and was the lead investment banker on over 40mm dollars of unregistered security placements to institutional investors.

Prior to Summer Street Research Partners, Mr. Odenthal instituted the advisory business at The Benchmark Company. As a leader of Capital Markets at Benchmark from March of 2007 until June 2013, he orchestrated dozens of non deal road shows and attended multiple investment conferences.

Additionally, Mr. Odenthal served as a Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Weatherly Securities for over five years supervising over 160 employees in three branch offices. Over his tenure at Weatherly he was the President and Chief Operating Officer and acted as a principal of the firm.

Principal/Supervisory Exams

General Securities Principal Examination - Series 24
General Securities Representative Examination - Series 7
Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination - Series 63
Investment Banking Representative Qualification Examination - Series 79

Phone: 917-747-4762

Kevin Cody

Institutional Sales Capital Markets

Mr. Cody brings over 20 years of financial markets experience to the Alere Financial team.  In the early stages of his career Mr. Cody worked on equity structured products sales for institutional clients in the New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong markets. More recently, Mr. Cody brought that institutional experience to build an alternative investment platform for high net worth and family office investors. Over the past 5 years he has narrowed his focus on medical technology companies with strong management teams that require purposeful funding.  The collaborative effort of the Alere Financial Alternative Investment Platform will provide multiple funding channels for companies at every stage of their development. Mr. Cody holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY.

FINRA Registered Representative

General Securities Representative Examination - Series 7
Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination - Series 63

Phone: 917-566-3322

Richard Crockett

Chief Compliance Officer

Richard Crockett has been in the financial industry for over 40 years. During his tenure, Mr. Crockett has been employed by Broker Dealers of varying size and scope, with lines of business that include Retail and Institutional Brokerage as well as Investment Banking. He has worked in many different capacities from Back Office operations, Sales Office Administrations, Branch Manager, AML/Anti Money Laundering Principal Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Crockett has worked abroad in London and Hong Kong and is a licensed representative of the Securities and Futures Authority in the United Kingdom. He currently holds Securities licenses Series 7 general representative, Series 4 Option Principal, Series 8 (9&10) Sales Supervisor, Series 23 (24) Sales Principal, Series 79 Investment Banking, Series 63 State Law and Series 99 Operations Professional.

A solutions-focused and highly accomplished Compliance professional possessing diversified experience within the financial services industry, with noteworthy credentials and outstanding success in the compliance management of all the markets sales & trading business lines. Extensive background and expertise across multiple subject areas, most notably on matters involving surveillance, policies and procedures development, marketing and trading documentation review, development of compliance training, supervision, product/project management, and regulatory audit, review, and communication.

Phone: 917-398-3033

Joseph Gelet

Director of Private Markets

Joseph Gelet Sr. was an algorithmic asset manager for 20 years in the Foreign Exchange markets, and was an NFA Member since 2005 as CTA. He holds licenses Series 7, 3, 30, 34 & 63 as well as Life & Health Insurance South Carolina and is a Notary Public TN. He is the author of 3 books, Splitting Pennies, Splitting Bits; and 1 textbook commissioned by NOVA University Splitting Markets. Skills include systems design, architecture, and administration with a focus on Financial Technology. Currently he is the Director of Private Markets for COVA Capital Partners LLC, a registered broker-dealer. 

Phone: 917-398-3033

Steve Utley

VP of Private Markets

Stephen Utley was born and raised in the UK. He earned his BA(hons) in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University. He started his finance career in New  York city in 1995 at Gerard Klauer Mattison - a boutique institutional brokerage house. Steve went on to earn his MBA in finance from Zicklin Business school in New York in 2008 and was previously VP of Forex at Fortress Capital. More recently Steve has concentrated in the private equity markets as Manager of DT Unicorn Fund. Steve is series 7 and 63 licensed.

Phone: 917-398-3033

Providing professional corporate finance consulting and funding through institutional and accredited investors and lenders.