About | Management
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Dreyer is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Compass Point. Mr. Dreyer founded Compass Point in 2007. Under his leadership, the firm has become a premier independent, full-service investment firm focused exclusively on the financial services sector.
Mr. Dreyer is responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the firm. He plays an active role in many of the firm’s largest client relationships.
Prior to founding Compass Point, Mr. Dreyer had a successful career as an institutional Wall Street trader. Mr. Dreyer spent 13 years at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc., where he established and managed the firm’s trading operations. Prior to joining FBR, Mr. Dreyer spent 10 years with Johnston, Lemon & Co., as a position trader and managed the firm’s trading activities from 1987-1989. Mr. Dreyer began his career on the floor of the American Stock Exchange.
Mr. Dreyer received a B.S in Finance from the University of Oklahoma and his M.B.A from The George Washington University. Mr. Dreyer currently serves on the Board of Directors for The First Tee of Greater Washington, and The Advisory Board of The Michael Price MBA School of business at the University of Oklahoma.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Chris Nealon is President and Chief Operating Officer of Compass Point. Mr. Nealon oversees the administrative and operational areas of the firm, including accounting, compliance, facilities, human resources, operations and technology.
Mr. Nealon joined Compass Point in 2012, after spending 17 years at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc., where he was Managing Director, Head of Operations. At FBR, Mr. Nealon was responsible for overseeing the firm’s broker-dealer operations. Previously, Mr. Nealon worked at Alex Brown & Sons Inc. and Bear Stearns & Co.
Mr. Nealon received his B.S. in Banking & Finance from Hofstra University.
MICHAEL TARKAN, CFA
Managing Director, Director of Research, Senior Research Analyst
Michael Tarkan is the Director of Research and a Senior Analyst covering the Consumer Finance and Education Services sectors at Compass Point. Prior to joining Compass Point in 2012, Mr. Tarkan was a Senior Analyst at Topeka Capital Markets and FBR Capital Markets. Previously, Mr. Tarkan served as Associate Analyst at Citigroup Global Markets covering the Regional Banks, Insurance, and Asset Manager industries. Mr. Tarkan began his career at Mercer Consulting as an Actuarial Analyst.
Mr. Tarkan earned his B.A. in Mathematics and Economics in 2002 from Emory University. He is a CFA charterholder.
Director of Policy Research
As the Director of Policy Research for Compass Point Research & Trading, Mr. Boltansky coordinates the firm’s Washington policy analysis and follows financial services policy issues with a particular focus on mortgage finance, consumer lending, education services, and tax policy.
Mr. Boltansky joined Compass Point from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Congressional Oversight Panel and previously worked as an analyst at EJF Capital, LLC.
Mr. Boltansky earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from Ohio Wesleyan University.
BURKE HAYES, JR.
Managing Director, Head of Investment Banking
Burke Hayes is Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Compass Point. Mr. Hayes is responsible for oversight of the firm’s investment banking and advisory services.
Mr. Hayes joined Compass Point from Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc., where he spent more than 10 years in its Investment Banking group, successfully completing more than $4 billion in capital markets transactions. Mr. Hayes was most recently Managing Director in their Investment Banking group focusing on Specialty Finance and Real Estate.
Mr. Hayes received his B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
Managing Director, Institutional Sales
Prior to joining Compass Point in 2008, Mr. Feinstein was a founding partner at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc. At FBR, Mr. Feinstein held senior positions in the firm’s Institutional Sales Department, and most recently served as Senior Managing Director of Sales, Private Wealth. Prior to his 20 years at FBR, he was Senior Vice President at Johnston, Lemon & Co. in their sales group.
Mr. Feinstein received a B.A. from Duke University.
Managing Director, Head of Capital Markets
Tom Sheedy is Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at Compass Point where he coordinates the firm’s Research, Sales and Investment Banking efforts.
Before joining Compass Point, Mr. Sheedy served as Managing Director of Institutional Sales at Pritchard Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to Pritchard, Mr. Sheedy was based in San Francisco where he was Head of Capital Markets at First Albany Inc. Previously, Mr. Sheedy was Managing Director and Head of Sales at Robertson Stephens, Inc.
Mr. Sheedy received his B.E. from Vanderbilt University and M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Jody Rosen is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Compass Point. Jody Rosen is responsible for the firm’s legal and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Compass Point, LLC, Mr. Rosen worked as an Associate Attorney at the Law Office of John M. Fedders, where he practiced securities litigation with the former Director of Enforcement at the SEC. While there, he represented companies and individuals in SEC, SRO, and state securities regulator investigations and enforcement actions, as well as brokers and investors in FINRA arbitrations.
Mr. Rosen received a B.S. in Finance with Departmental Honors from the University of Maryland and earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.