Kenneth R. Hyman
Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer
and Managing Partner,
Partnervest Financial Group, LLC.
Kenneth R. Hyman founded Partnervest in 2001 and is responsible for the direction and oversight of Partnervest’s business, financial, compliance and operational affairs. He also serves as Co-Portfolio Manager and member of the Investment Management Committee overseeing the STAR Asset Management program.
Prior to establishing Partnervest, he was the Senior Executive and Financial Officer for Integral Securities, Inc. (Predecessor of Partnervest Securities Inc.) and Integral Securities Europe Ltd. the regulated entities of software developer Integral Development Corp. (IDC). He was also the President and Sole-Proprietor of Partnervest, a financial services consulting firm specializing in operations, e-commerce, financial operations, compliance and regulatory issues, product and service development, and business strategies.
Prior to Partnervest and Integral, Mr. Hyman was the Managing Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Mercer Global Securities and the Director of Operations for Mercer Global Advisors, one of the nation’s largest fee-only financial planning and investment management firms. He was also the Vice-President of Trading for Associated Financial Group, a financial services company providing support to more than 328 representatives in over 179 branch and satellite offices.
Mr. Hyman received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics/ Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 1984. He has been in the financial services industry since 1980. From 2005-2008, he was a Member of FINRA District Committee 2 and served as Chairman in 2007-2008. He is licensed as a Financial Operations Principal, a General Securities Principal, a Municipal Securities Principal, an Options Principal, and a General Securities Representative.
John serves as the Managing Partner for Partnervest Financial Group. He is also a Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer for Elysian Capital Holdings, LLC, an equity partner of Partnervest Financial Group. He drives the strategic direction and operational performance of Partnervest, while creating the vision and leading the company in its corporate endeavors.
With over 25 years of sales distribution experience, John began his career as a National Sales Manager and Senior Vice President for The ING Group. He later became the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Investments, Mutual Funds and Variable Annuities for Transamerica Capital Management. John later joined Vertical Capital Markets Group, LLC as an Executive Vice President and National Sales Manager.
John earned his Master’s Degree in Marketing from Pepperdine University and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from the University of California, Irvine. He maintains FINRA Series 6, 26 and 63 registrations.
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A. NICHOLAS GEORGGIN, ESQ.
Nick serves as Corporate General Counsel for Partnervest Financial Group. He is also a Founder, Managing Partner and Corporate General Counsel for Elysian Capital Holdings, LLC, an equity partner of Partnervest Financial Group. He is a Founder and Partner of Pinnacle Dispute Resolution Services and the Founding Partner of Georggin & Georggin, a civil litigation law firm in Orange County, California. Nick is a licensed attorney and has been practicing law for 23 years.
His background and experience includes running his own law firm for over 21 years concentrating on complex litigation, class action, public entity defense, and residential/commercial construction cases. During his career, Nick has managed over 1,500 litigated matters in both the trial and appellate courts. He has been designated as class counsel in employment class action cases, recovering more than $140 million for his clients. In addition to his broad litigation experience, Nick has handled a variety of legal matters for both public and private clients, including corporate formation and governance, governmental contracts, complex zoning and eminent domain matters.
Nick earned his Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from Western State University College of Law, graduating in December 1993. He was the class Salutatorian,
graduating second in his law school class. Nick was an Associate Editor and Lead Articles Editor for the Western State University Law Review and a Legal Research Intern for the late Justice Henry T. Moore, Jr., of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three. He became licensed to practice law in the State of California in June of 1994. He is also admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California.
Chief Compliance Officer
Tina Mahota joined Partnervest in 2008 and currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Partnervest Advisory Services, LLC. In this role, Tina is responsible for ensuring compliance with SEC regulations, identifying and addressing regulatory risks, as well as planning and executing a compliance program that addresses day-to-day operational compliance activities and controls.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, MN. She is also a qualified General Securities Representative (Series 7), Registered Investment Advisor Representative (Series 66), Municipal Securities Principal (Series 53), General Securities Principal (Series 24), Registered Options Principal (Series 4), and Financial and Operations Principal (Series 27).
DESPINA GEORGGIN, ESQ.
Chief Marketing Officer and
Associate General Counsel
Despina is a Partner, Chief Marketing Officer and Associate General Counsel for Elysian Capital Holdings, LLC. She is also the Chief Marketing Officer and Associate General Counsel for Partnervest Financial Group, LLC. Despina has been a licensed attorney for 20 years. She began her professional career as a journalist and television news reporter and following law school, worked with a civil litigation law firm managing a full spectrum of professional negligence, wrongful death and constitutional law matters. Following her relocation from San Diego to Orange County in 1999, Despina worked exclusively on matters involving business litigation, class actions and complex employment and construction defect matters. She has participated in hundreds of mediations during her career, and has a keen ability for resolving conflicts in an efficient and effective manner. She is an owner and managing partner of Georggin & Georggin, a full spectrum civil litigation law firm in Orange County. Despina is also a private mediator with Pinnacle Dispute Resolution Services. As part of her duties with Elysian Capital Holdings, LLC, and coupled with her experience as a journalist, Despina is responsible for the creation, distribution and management of media content for the organization and its affiliates.
Despina graduated from San Diego State University with a major in Journalism, an emphasis in Radio / Television News, and a minor in Political Science. She earned her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for both Trial Practice and Mediation. She became licensed to practice law in the State of California in June 1996.
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa serves as Chief Financial Officer for Partnervest Financial Group. She is also a Partner and Chief Financial Officer for Elysian Capital Holdings, LLC, an equity partner of Partnervest Financial Group. Lisa oversees all aspects of Partnervest’s accounting and financial matters, including the management of all financial reporting and budgeting, financial statement preparation, internal auditing and accounting processes.
With a focus on detail, Lisa has served in many capacities throughout her personal and professional life. She spent the first part of her career as a senior analyst at Bankers Trust, where she structured cash flow models that, in part, birthed the age of derivatives and collateralized mortgage obligations. She continued her career heading a sophisticated commercial mortgage-backed securities portfolio with Pacific Life before dedicating her time to raising her two children.
Lisa has multiple undergraduate degrees, including bachelor’s degrees in Economics, Political Science and Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her Masters Degree from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Finance.
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