Erik Gebhard

Co-Founder

Upon graduation from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration, Mr. Gebhard acquired his Series 6 & 63 securities...

Upon graduation from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration, Mr. Gebhard acquired his Series 6 & 63 securities licenses with what is now Fortis Financial Group. With Fortis he offered mutual funds and insurance products to clients. He then earned his Series 3 commodity broker license at a futures options specialty firm, and subsequently worked at two other brokerage firms.

In 1997 Mr. Gebhard partnered with Mr. Armbruster to create Altavest. He has since been involved with all aspects of Altavest including developing trading strategies and working with clients, to helping create new technologies and relationships. Mr. Gebhard worked alongside Mr. Armbruster and Altavest’s staff to create and develop ThetaTrader, which pre-selects complex multi-legged option trades and automatically manages risk and reward directives. Mr. Gebhard is a registered principal of Altavest Private Client Services, LLC, a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) offering managed accounts for accredited investors. Additionally, he is a managing partner with Altavest Wealth Management, LLC, a registered CTA designed to serve family offices, investment advisors, institutions and ultra-high net worth investors. AWM specializes in trading a systematic non-correlated multi-strategy approach for its separately managed accounts as well as its proprietary hedge fund accounts.

Mr. Gebhard enjoys spending time with family on adventurous outings, along with vintage automobiles, bike riding and church activities. He also volunteers as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for La Sierra University’s Zapara School of Business.

800.994.9566 / ext. 102

Charles Starnes

Vice President, Operations

Mr. Starnes is a graduate of Rice University and has earned an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. For over 30 years,...

Mr. Starnes is a graduate of Rice University and has earned an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. For over 30 years, Mr. Starnes has been involved in the futures industry, active in every aspect of brokerage operations. For clearing firms in Chicago he has provided support services to a broad range of independent brokerage operations. He brought one of the industry’s first electronic trading platforms to market and was the first to provide retail order connectivity straight through, first to the trading floor and later to the CME’s Globex platform. As a special projects manager, he has worked with a variety of vendors and providers in IT, Compliance, Clearing, and much more.

For the past 9 years, Mr. Starnes has worked with the founders at Altavest to bring to life the trading technology that is the foundation of the service we provide to our customers. We co-ordinate trading strategies with order management and account visualization in a unique way to enhance and clarify the customer experience.

When Mr. Starnes is away from the markets, he enjoys spending time with his wife and playing golf.

800.994.9566 / ext. 293

Jim Henderson

Branch Manager, Trading Advisor

Mr. Henderson is the Branch Manager for Altavest’s Orem, Utah office. He is Series 3 & 30 licensed, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading...

Mr. Henderson is the Branch Manager for Altavest’s Orem, Utah office. He is Series 3 & 30 licensed, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and a member of the National Futures Association (NFA).

He joined Altavest in 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Henderson was involved in sales and marketing for a multimedia company working with university graduate programs around the country. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Marketing/Business. While at BYU, Mr. Henderson played for the Cougar football team.

As an Altavest Trading Advisor, Mr. Henderson services both self-directed and managed accounts. His managed account service is available for qualified investors through Altavest Private Client Services, a registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA).

Mr. Henderson also serves as the liaison between Altavest and its educational affiliate, FuturesANIMAL. In this role, Mr. Henderson works with FuturesANIMAL in planning live educational trading seminars for existing and prospective Altavest clients.

He is active in the community, enjoys vacationing with his family, coaching, golfing, watching BYU sports, skiing and being outdoors.

800.994.9566 / ext. 210

Mike Armbruster

Co-Founder

Mr. Armbruster earned graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business/Accounting from the University of Kansas. Prior to...

Mr. Armbruster earned graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business/Accounting from the University of Kansas. Prior to entering the futures industry, he worked for Trans World Airlines performing compliance and financial audits of the airline’s global operations. He has been Series 3 registered with the National Futures Association since 1994. He co-founded Altavest in 1997 along with Erik Gebhard and is also a registered principal of Altavest Private Client Services, LLC.

Mr. Armbruster is involved in all operational aspects of the Company, including its relationship with its educational affiliate, FuturesANIMAL. In addition to advising individual clients, he is also involved with the ongoing build-out of Altavest’s proprietary trading technologies. He recognizes that recent advances in mobile and web-based technologies gives Altavest the tools it needs to provide a unique experience to individual investors. His goal is to empower the individual investor with direct access to the same strategies and risk management tools employed by major institutions. Direct access means giving clients a web-based hands-on approach to managing their alternative investment without having to rely on (and pay) an Investment Advisor. Due to their inherent complexity, multi-legged option strategies were once off-limits to all but professional traders. Thanks to Altavest’s proprietary technology and the cooperation of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Altavest now offers individual access to an alternative marketplace in a user-friendly format that requires only a few minutes a day for self-directed clients.

When he is away from the markets, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, training for competitive cycling events, and of course, Jayhawk basketball.

800.994.9566 / ext. 101

Courtney Nicoll

Director of Client Services & Human Resources

Ms. Nicoll joined Altavest in 2003. She is Series 3 & 30 licensed, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading...

Ms. Nicoll joined Altavest in 2003. She is Series 3 & 30 licensed, registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as an Altavest Principal and a member of the National Futures Association (NFA).

After completing her studies at San Diego State University, Ms. Nicoll worked extensively in the hospitality industry. She was the Front Office Manager at the Inverness Hotel in Englewood, Colorado. While at Inverness, she was assigned to the Denver Broncos account (which was very exciting for her, since being a Colorado native, she has always been a passionate Broncos Fan). Ms. Nicoll regularly organized lodging and meetings during the football season and in the offseason helped coordinate a variety of charity events for the Broncos. When she moved to California, Ms. Nicoll was the Office Manager at Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, California.

In her role as Director of Client Services, she is often the first point of contact for new clients. Ms. Nicoll works closely with each of Altavest’s Trading Advisors to support the ongoing needs of our client community.

Having resided in Colorado and Montana, Courtney now enjoys the beach-life with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, glamping (aka glamorous camping) and reading.

800.994.9566 / ext. 105