About | Management
Founder and Executive Chairman
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.
BURKE HAYES, JR.
Chief Executive Officer, 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.