Partner, Pathfinder Capital Advisors LLC
Bruce Gebhardt is the co-founder and principal at Pathfinder Capital Advisors, an investment bank, advisory and investment group founded in 2001 which has closed transaction in excess of $15 billion. Mr. Gebhardt’s previous experience including Bank of America Securities’ Structured Capital Markets group, J.P. Morgan’s Energy, Minerals, and Construction Department, Merrill Lynch’s Project and Lease Finance and Global Product Development groups. Bruce has developed innovative securities including Trust Originated Preferred Securities (“TOPrS”) or Trust Preferred ($200-billion+ market), storm cost securitizations, various renewable energy and efficiency transactions, as well as cross-border transactions.
Being very bullish on the renaissance of and committed to the economic development of his native Pittsburgh, he has invested in and mentored over a dozen startups in the Pittsburgh area. One of the more prominent being Fifth Season (formerly RoBotany) which completed a 60,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art indoor vertical farming facility in Braddock, PA. He believes that providing capital to and mentoring startups with positive social impact products and services can be both profitable as well as improve the community. As we are all in this together, we need to make sure that business success ensures equal opportunity for everyone who wants to participate.
Mr. Gebhardt is involved in numerous charitable endeavors including Vision To Learn which provides free vision screening and glasses to kids from low-income communities. VTL launched in Pittsburgh in June 2018 and is currently working with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and other area districts to ensure that every student has the correct vision to see the board or their book clearly.
Bruce and his wife Celeste live in Tuxedo Park, NY and have one daughter—Olivia who is 25 years old. He received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon's Tepper Business School in 1984 and his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980. He is a member of Tepper's Alumni Board as well as Johns Hopkins Physics and Astronomy Council.