At Pinhook Capital, we strive to deliver investment results consistent with client objectives. Our team has a deep knowledge and understanding of today’s complex financial landscape.
Ray Lucia Jr.
Chief Executive Officer
As the chief executive officer of Pinhook Capital, Ray Lucia Jr. is responsible for overseeing the firm’s financial strategy, product design, and overall vision. He prides himself on providing a work environment that fosters growth and opportunity within a family-oriented culture, and he has dedicated his professional career to creating innovative products and services with the end goal of exceeding client expectations.
Ray graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, with a B.S. in accounting. He has obtained the CPA certification and earned the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation from the AICPA. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 licenses as well as his California insurance license (#OE12175).
Ray is also the chief executive officer of Lucia Capital Group and Lucia Securities, LLC.
Mark C. Scalzo
Co-Portfolio Manager, Chief Investment Officer
Mark C. Scalzo, the chief investment officer of Pinhook Capital, is a co-portfolio manager of the Destra Multi-Alternative Fund and responsible for investment management, investment strategy creation, and research communications related to the firm’s Managed Portfolio Strategies. Mark is also the chief investment officer of Validus Investment Advisors, LLC, a research-focused separate account manager.
Prior to joining the firm, Mark was executive vice president, co-portfolio manager, and director of research for brokerage firm Aletheia Securities, Inc. Before that, he served as group vice president, mergers & acquisitions, for Fisher Asset Management, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Mark graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics.
Aaron Rosen, CFA®
Co-Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President
Aaron Rosen, senior vice president for Pinhook Capital, is a co-portfolio manager of the Destra Multi-Alternative Fund and responsible for portfolio management and security selection as well as due diligence, research, and the sourcing of investments. He focuses on private investments and other illiquid securities.
Prior to joining the firm, Aaron served as the senior alternative investment analyst for AIG Advisor Group, focusing specifically on illiquid alternatives. Before that, Aaron served as a senior analyst for Irongate Capital Management, LLC, where he provided an extensive range of investment management services, including research and asset allocation decisions on investments for a family office.
Aaron graduated magna cum laude from the Boston University Honors Program with a BSBA in finance and a minor in economics.
Chief Compliance Officer
Mitch Avnet is chief compliance officer for Pinhook Capital, responsible for the ongoing oversight and development of the firm’s compliance program. Mitch is also the founder and managing partner of Compliance Risk Concepts (CRC) where he is responsible for the firm’s business development, relationship management, and overseeing the execution of all client driven / business focused Compliance and Ethics Risk Management strategic engagements.
Prior to launching CRC, Mitch was a member of Corporate Leadership Group (CLG) at Lincoln Financial Group (LFG) where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, having direct oversight of the company’s anti-money laundering, privacy, ethics and compliance risk management programs. In addition, Mitch maintained responsibility for Lincoln’s entire Compliance and Ethics Technology strategic initiatives, developing and implementing a long term strategic approach to upgrade and modernize the effectiveness and efficiency of Lincoln’s overall Compliance programs.
Mitch maintains the Series 4, 7, 9, 10, 24, 55, 63 securities license designations. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics, graduating magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Operations Manager / Portfolio Specialist
Portfolio Specialist Emily Paup is responsible for supporting distribution, sales, marketing, and general operations for the Destra Multi-Alternative Fund, focusing on interval fund education for advisors and their clients.
Emily was part of a team that brought liquid alternatives to the non-traded REIT space in 2014 and served as a senior internal wholesaler at Realty Capital Securities, where she was a member of the top team in the liquid alternatives division.
Emily holds her Series 7 and Series 63 licenses and earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan.
Tom Wyckoff, CFA, CFP®
Tom Wyckoff is a research analyst for Pinhook Capital. In this role, Tom is responsible for researching and performing due diligence on investment opportunities in the Destra Multi-Alternative Fund and the firm’s Managed Portfolio Strategies. Tom’s focus is on illiquid securities and asset allocation.
Prior to joining the firm, Tom worked as a financial planner with Lucia Capital Group and an accounting assistant/junior accountant with Cole Financial Services and WR Wyckoff, CPA. Tom holds a B.A. in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Zach Leeds is a research analyst for Pinhook Capital. In this role, Zach is responsible for researching and scoring investment opportunities in the Destra Multi-Alternative Fund as well as in several outside managed funds. Zach’s focus is on fundamental equity research.
Prior to joining the firm, Zach worked as an equity analyst for Ford Equity Research. While at Ford, he was responsible for covering fundamental analysis for roughly 1,000 publicly traded companies. He also interned at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Zach holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a certificate in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.