Our Team

Since inception, Gator Capital Management has delivered successful investment performance for institutional and high net worth clients with our distinctive fundamentally-focused, quality-driven investment philosophy. At Gator, we strive to invest in the highest quality companies for our investors AND to hire high-quality investment professionals.

Investment Team

  • Derek Pilecki, CFA

    Managing Member and Portfolio Manager

    Email: derek.pilecki@gatorcapital.com

    Phone: (813) 381-5376

    In 2008, Derek Pilecki founded Gator Capital Management. He currently manages a long/short financials strategy, long-only financials strategy, and various other individual portfolios. Derek has managed a private fund for 11 years. He launched one mutual fund and took over management of another mutual fund.

    From 2002 through 2008, Derek was a member of the Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Growth Equity Team (Co-Chair of the Investment Committee for the Growth Team and a Portfolio Manager).

    Prior to GSAM, Derek was an Analyst at Clover Capital Management in Rochester, NY and Burridge Growth Partners in Chicago, IL. He covered the Financials sector at both firms. Before entering graduate school, Derek worked at Fannie Mae providing interest rate risk analysis for the company’s mortgage investment portfolio.

    Derek holds an MBA with honors in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Duke University. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

  • Chris Pilecki, CFA

    Trader and Quantitative Analyst

    Email: chris.pilecki@gatorcapital.com

    Phone: (813) 337-6394

    In 2014, Chris Pilecki joined Gator Capital Management as a Trader and Quantitative Analyst.

    From 2008 through 2014, Chris was a Trader at Chesapeake Capital Corporation where he gained extensive experience trading equity index, fixed income, foreign currency (FX) and commodity futures contracts on global exchanges. While at Chesapeake, Chris also was involved in trading system research.

    Chris was an analyst at Atlantic Capital Management in Richmond, VA from 2003 to 2008. At Atlantic, Chris followed small and mid-cap companies in the technology and energy sectors. He also worked at Shockoe Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund, and in the sell side research department of Wachovia Securities prior to joining Atlantic Capital.

    Chris holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

  • Aryannesh Patel, MSF


    Ms. Aryannesh Patel started working with Gator Capital Management in August of 2023. At Gator, Aryannesh is an Investment Professional.

    Prior to joining Gator, Aryannesh worked for over two years with Ernst & Young where her responsibilities included statutory audit of banking and finance companies. Aryannesh holds a Bachelor of Management Studies and a Master of Science degree in Finance.

    Aryannesh provides her services to Gator Capital Management through Tristone Strategic Partners. Tristone provides research & investment professionals to support investment firms.

Marketing and Operations

  • Erik Anderson, CFA

    Chief Financial Officer

    Email: erik.anderson@gatorcapital.com

    Phone: (917) 684-0993

    Erik Anderson joined the firm in 2012 and has over fifteen years of experience acting as CFO and COO for several hedge funds and investment managers.  His responsibilities include oversight and management of financial reporting, operations, infrastructure, and all other back and middle office functions for Gator Capital.

    Erik additionally serves as the COO for two investment advisors, TAH Management, LP and AmbiView Advisors, LLC. From 2015 to 2020, Erik served as CFO for the manager partnership program at Oakpoint Advisors, where Gator was a client. In this role he and his team helped launch a platform to manage the back office and operational infrastructure for several hedge fund managers, including Vinik Aset Management.

    Previously, Erik was CFO for Praesidis Advisors, the CFO and a founding employee of Jove Partners and CFO for Imperium Capital Management.

    Erik earned his BS in Finance from Florida State University. He is a CFA® charter holder.

  • Beau Audirsch

    Portfolio Accountant

    Email: beau.audirsch@gatorcapital.com

    Beau Audirsch joined Gator Capital Management in February of 2013. At Gator, Beau is a Portfolio Accountant.

    Prior to joining Gator, Beau worked for MAC Investment Management. Beau joined MAC in 2011, where his responsibilities included accounting and back-office operations. At Gator, Beau’s primary responsibility involves portfolio accounting, as well as assisting in matters related to GIPS compliance.

    Beau studied at St. Petersburg College.

    Beau provides his services to Gator Capital Management through Oakpoint Advisors, LLC.

  • Alexis Shahnasarian Sayers, MA

    Director of Communications

    Email: alexis.shahnasarian@gatorcapital.com

    Alexis joined Gator Capital Management in 2014 as a Marketing Analyst. She oversees marketing firm wide. Alexis’ responsibilities include creation and branding of materials, website management, client outreach, and due diligence.

    Alexis earned her BA in English from Florida State University and her Master of Arts in Management from Wake Forest Univesrtiy.

  • Garrett Brookes, CFA

    Director of Investor Relations

    Email: garrett.brookes@gatorcapital.com

    Garrett has more than 15 years of experience in sales and relationship management within the investment management industry.

    Previously, Garrett was an RIA Consultant at OFI Global, the institutional arm of Oppenheimer Funds. Prior to OFI Global, he served as Regional Director for GLOBALT Investments, an Atlanta-based Investment manager.

    From 2009 to 2014 Garrett was a Regional Vice President at Guggenheim Investments, covering the Eastern US as a product specialist for the firm’s Rydex product group.

    Garrett earned his BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Close Partners

  • Kyle Bubeck

    Chief Compliance Officer

    Email: krbubeck@beaconcompliance.com

    In 2009, Kyle Bubeck founded Beacon Compliance Consulting in 2009. The firm provides Chief Compliance Officer services to registered investment advisors, stand-alone mutual funds, and mutual fund series trusts.

    Kyle joined the compliance industry in 2003 when he became a partner and the Chief Compliance Officer of TrendStar Advisors, LLC. In March of 2008, in addition to serving as Trendstar Advisor’s CCO, Kyle also assumed the role of Chief Compliance Officer of Trendstar Investment Trust, whose funds were managed by Trendstar Advisors.

    Kyle received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

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