Who We Are

Ascendant Alternative Strategies is a managing broker-dealer, providing customized investment banking and securities servicing solutions to the investment advisory and broker-dealer communities. We serve as a trusted advisor to our clients in connection with alternatives, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, capital raises, fairness opinions, and other tailored services. We are a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).

Our Team

Mark Martino

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Martino is a Co-Founder and CEO of Ascendant Alternative Strategies. Prior to co-founding Ascendant Alternative Strategies, Mr. Martino spent 24 years at Axiom Capital Management, Inc., which culminated with his role as CEO and President. During this time he held a variety of leadership positions such as Head of Investment Banking, Director of Research, and Head of Equity Trading, and was involved in numerous private and public capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate advisory engagements.

Mr. Martino began his career at Goldman Sachs and also worked at Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, and Smith Barney. He graduated from Cornell University, where he majored in Business Management and Marketing.

Jeffry Schneider

Founding Principal

Jeffry Schneider is CEO of Ascendant Capital, and a Founding Principal of Ascendant Alternative Strategies. Mr. Schneider brings over 25 years of financial services industry experience and an extensive network of public and private pension funds, family offices, and global financial services firms.

As CEO of Ascendant Capital, Mr. Schneider oversees sales, marketing, operations, policy, and overall production. Mr. Schneider graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kristen Hayes

Vice President of Administration and Operations

Ms. Hayes joins Ascendant Alternative Strategies with over 20 years of experience in securities brokerage, investment banking operations and administration experience. At Ascendant Alternative Strategies Ms. Hayes fills a number of roles including support of the general operations of the firm as well as Investment Banking activities.

Prior to joining Ascendant Alternative Strategies, Ms. Hayes worked at Axiom Capital Management, Inc. as a Vice President where she held various roles supporting the operations of research, capital markets and investment banking departments of the firm. With her administrative support, the firm successfully completed a number of Initial Public Offerings and private financings over the last several years of her tenure.

Ms. Hayes began her career at CIBC Oppenheimer working in the private wealth management division. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

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