Our Principals

Brian Friedman, CFA, MBA

Brian has more than 25 years of experience in the field of investment management and economic research.  Brian has been the President of GHP Investment Advisors, Inc. (GHPIA) since 1999. GHPIA is an SEC-registered investment advisor with $900 million in assets under management as well as the managing member of Israel Investment Advisors, LLC. Prior to joining GHPIA in 1999, he was a U.S. Equity Portfolio Manager with Owen-Joseph Asset Management and served as a U.S. & International Equity Analyst for Founders Asset Management, a Denver-based mutual fund company.  Before entering the investment business, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution, a leading public policy think tank in Washington, D.C.

Brian earned a BA in Economics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is also active in a number of organizations including a board position with World Trade Center Denver and acts as Vice-Chair of the Financial Roundtable of the National Association for Business Economics. He is also a former board member of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, and was a member of the Colorado Council for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. A native of Denver, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children.

Shaul Gabbay (Ph.D)

After his military service as a Commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, Shaul Gabbay completed a BA at Bar Ilan University and an MA at Tel-Aviv University. In 1991 he received a Presidential Fellowship from the U.S. to continue his studies. He completed the Ph.D. program at Columbia University in New York and received an invitation from the University of Chicago for a Post Doctoral program.

Professor Gabbay returned to Israel to join the faculty of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He joined the University of Denver as the Director of the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2001 and directed ISIME until 2010.

He is currently a Senior Scholar at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and also serves as Expert on Muslim societies. Professor Gabbay’s research topics focus on social networks in the context of Israel and the Middle East and he has published numerous papers and books on strategic social networks and social capital. He is a frequent commentator in national media such as CBS, NBC, FOX and MSNBC, analyzing Middle East news stories.

Andrew Kark, CPA/PFS, CFP®

Andy Kark has been in the investment management business for nearly 18 years as a partner at M.Z. Kark & Associates, Inc, an SEC-registered investment advisor in Denver, Colorado.  Prior to joining M.Z. Kark & Associates, Andy worked with the Curtis Group at Shearson Lehman Hutton in Palo Alto, California.  Before entering the investment business, Andy worked for Arthur Anderson & Company in the Washington, D.C. office as an accountant and senior auditor.

Andy earned his BS in Management with a concentration in accounting from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Andy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) as well as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).  He has been involved in numerous not-for-profit Jewish organizations including The Jewish Experience, the DAT Minyan, East Denver Orthodox Synagogue, the Jewish Community Relations Council, Denver Academy of Torah and is currently serving as the General Campaign Chair for the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado and as President of the East Denver Eruv Committee.