A true measure of any organization is the people it employs. Divine Capital’s team members provide experience, expertise, dedication and diversity unlike any other financial services firm. Through a collaborative process, our individual talents are brought together to accomplish one common goal: Helping clients achieve their objectives. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the Senior Team members of Divine Capital Markets by clicking the member's bio.
Ms. Hughes is the CEO and Founder of Divine Capital Markets LLC. Ms. Hughes founded Divine Capital in 2001 with the intention of aligning her firm's interests with her client's interests, understanding the importance of transparency in the global marketplace along the value chain within the securities industry. Today, Divine is recognized for providing high quality equity and option execution, research and trading strategies, investment banking services, and capital introduction. Divine Capital's clients include leading institutional fund managers, pension plan sponsors, major corporations, family offices and high net worth individuals.
Ms. Hughes began her Wall Street career in 1991, and has extensive proven expertise in the areas of proprietary and agency equity trading and investment banking. From 1992 to 1998, Ms. Hughes served as Vice President of Trading at M.H. Meyerson & Co., a large wholesale market making firm, and was responsible for establishing the firm's IPO and Secondary trading desk. In 2005, Ms. Hughes established Divine Alternative Asset Management.
Ms. Hughes appears regularly on CNBC and is a frequent guest on FOX Business. She is an active member of the Women's Presidents Organization and serves as the Finance Chair on the Board of Directors of Camp Ma-He-Tu, a not-for-profit Lutheran Girls Camp located in Bear Mountain New York.
Ms. Hughes graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She holds the Series 7, 63, 55, 24, 53, 65, 79 and 99 securities licenses.
Ms. Johnson joined Divine Capital's team in 2011. Bringing over 25 years of investment experience to our firm, Ms. Johnson adds breadth and depth to our team. Prior to joining Divine, Ms. Johnson founded and ran a long/short equity hedge fund. Her buy-side experience includes stints at Equitable Life and Fleet Specialist where she provided research coverage on a variety of industries. She also spent several years as an institutional equity salesperson at Smith Barney. Ms. Johnson received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and has an M.B.A in Finance from New York University. She earned her CFA charter holder designation in 2001.
She holds the Series 7, 63, 86 and 87 securities licenses.
Mr. Camardo joined Divine Capital Markets in 2010 as a Senior Equity Trader. Mr. Camardo began his career as a floor clerk on the New York Stock Exchange in 1986. Soon after, he joined the upstairs trading desk of W&D Securities as an equity trader. In 1992 he signed on with Rochdale Securities as an equity sales trader where he provided equity trading and execution services to institutional clients for over 17 years. Mr. Camardo brings 23 years of trading experience to Divine Capital Markets
Mr. Camardo holds the Series 7, 63 and 55 securities licenses.
Joe Libretti began his career in 1980 with Able Noser Corporation as a Junior Analyst specializing in fundamental corporate research. Proving his value to the organization, he was invited to develop a trading desk and floor operation. Able Noser Corporation recognized Mr. Libretti’s passion for the trading business and he was appointed Senior Clerk at the New York Stock Exchange to handle the firm’s Institutional Business.
Because of his strong client relationships, Mr. Libretti became a founding partner of Sharpe Securities Inc. in 1992 and was Director of Floor Operations. Sharpe specialized in Canadian Arbitrage and IPO markets. Mr. Libretti was a pioneer in introducing trading platforms directly on clients’ desktops. In 2003, he joined Paris Securities to establish a trading execution business for High Net worth clients. Mr. Libretti joined Divine Capital Markets in 2011 as Senior Institutional Sales Trader.
Mr. Libretti graduated Hunter College in New York City with a BA in Finance and Economics. He holds the Series 7, 63, and 55 licenses.
Mr. Padilla joined Divine Capital Markets in 2011 as a Senior Equity Trader. He has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry, with a specialty in the Canadian marketplace. Mr. Padilla started his career in 1995 working for Legg Mason Wood Walker and in 2000, he joined Magna Securities, a MWBE registered firm.
Mr. Padilla comes to Divine with an extensive trading background in Basic Materials. He holds the series 7, 63, and 55 securities licenses.
Mr. Aledort joined Divine Capital Markets in April 2012 as a director of institutional trading. He was previously with WJB Capital LLC, as part of the Doyle Miles merger. At Doyle Miles, Mr. Aledort assumed the role of head trader and supervisor of its institutional sales and trading desk.
Mr. Aledort began his Wall Street career in 1989 on the floor of the NYSE with Robb, Peck McCooey Specialists division. In 1990, he joined the specialist firm of Weiskopf, Silver LLC where he worked as an assistant specialist and market maker for seven years. After leaving the NYSE in 1998, Andrew moved to Magna Securities Inc where he worked on the International/arbitrage and Domestic Equities desk for five years as a sales trader and supervisor.
Mr. Aledort attended the University of Maryland. He holds the Series 7, 63, 55 and 24 securities licenses.
Mr Haupt joined Divine Capital Markets in 2013 as a director of institutional trading. He began his career on Wall Street in 1986 working for Spear, Leeds and Kellogg becoming a specialist on the NYSE. Prior to joining Divine Capital, Mr Haupt was a partner with Griswold Co. His responsibilities included overseeing the trading desk on the NYSE and covering institutional and broker dealer accounts.
Mr Haupt attended Ohio Weslyan University. He holds the Series 24, 7, 63 and 55 securities licenses.
Mr. Hathaway joined Divine Capital Markets in February of 2013 as a Senior Global Equity Trader. He is well-versed in trading across Europe, Asia, Latin America, and EMEA. He began his career in 1991 at Baring Securities where he worked as a market-maker on the Latin American desk. In 1999 he joined CLSA where he was responsible for ADR Arbitrage and Customer Facilitation. In 2005 he joined Auerbach Grayson as a Sales-Trader, covering European and Asian markets from New York. He most recently hails from Mizuho Securities where he was Director of International Trading. Mr. Hathaway graduated from Miami University with degrees in both International Studies and Spanish. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, and 63 licenses.
Mr. Charest joined Divine Capital Markets in 2003, along with three colleagues, with a mission to leverage their unique capabilities as an independent research & sales trading group. As the firm's Research Principal, Mr. Charest develops research and investment strategies for institutions and private investors, with a focus on small and mid-cap companies across all industrial sectors. His approach combines fundamental and technical disciplines to identify operating optimums within the business cycle. Mr. Charest's Wall Street career began with Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1991 following several years' sales & marketing experience in consumer and pharmaceutical products. A focus on technically driven equity strategies led to a move to Bear Stearns in 1996, and May Davis Group in 1997, where he began publishing research. Steven is a frequent guest commentator in financial radio, television and print media.Mr. Charest graduated from the University of South Florida in 1986, where he majored in Advertising/Mass Communications and minored in Fine Arts. He holds the Series 7, 63, 65, 24, 86 and 87 securities licenses.
Mr. Laemmel retired from Strategic Air Command as a Captain and began a career on Wall Street in 1963 as an analyst at Middendorf Colgate, focusing on the Insurance industry. This expanded to the Banking industry, and eventually the Financial sector. In 1980 Mr. Laemmel garnered recognition of his economic engine model by briefing Bob Parker at the Department of Commerce and Steve Taylor at the Federal Reserve on its implications for the economy. In 1984, the development of fiber optics presaged the breakup of the Bell System, which led Mr. Laemmel to focus on the Telecom Service sector. His focus now is following the baby boomer demographic and its spending patterns in Healthcare.
Mr. Laemmel currently holds his Series 1 & 86 licenses.
Dr. Jim Garvin has more than twenty five years experience in the financial industry and started his early career in London. A large portion of the experience has focused on two business sectors, energy, and biotechnology – a focus that has proven to be successful. In addition, he has also done significant work in distressed debt and consumer finance. Jim has spent considerable time abroad, developing a far ranging network of relationships and clients. He has been a featured speaker and participant in a host of events across the globe and continues to sit on the boards of a number of international concerns. He is fascinated with the impact of microfinance in developing countries and works with a network of colleagues around the world in providing guidance and assistance to micro enterprises. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Russian, a masters in Administration and a PhD in Urban Studies.
Prior to joining Divine Capital in 2012, Mr. Hamel was with Pfizer and Perot Systems is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point. He has proudly served our nation in tours for the Army in Iraq, Central America, and Africa.
Mr. Hamel’s extensive client network is active in the healthcare, technology, industrial and service industries. He is passionate about bringing awareness to the plight of refugees and works with various agencies in Jordan, Syria, Kenya, Somalia, and Vietnam. He holds the Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Mr. Libretti joined Divine Capital in 2013. He graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Environmental Economics. Prior to Divine, he interned with Sharpe Securities and later with Paris Securities working on the floor of then New York Stock Exchange. During his internship he had the opportunity to learn and experience the daily trading and investment business. Mr. Libretti enjoys a fast-paced environment and always has his hand a variety of different projects. His computer knowledge and technological expertise make him a valuable asset to the Divine Team.
Ms. Gray joined Divine Capital in 2013 as the Managing Director of Wealth Management. Maureen has been in the securities business for over 30 years with experience from York Securities. Previous to York Maureen began her career in the securities business at Bernard Herrold, Gilder Gagnon and Co, and Openheimer. Much of Maureen’s time has been spent developing a high net worth clientele and attending to the specific needs of the client thereby building long-term relationships.
Maureen attended Pace University and holds a series 7 license.
Ms. Morgan joined Divine Capital Markets in 2011 as part of the operations team. She handles a variety of administrative duties, as well as resolution of trade issues. Ms. Morgan began her career in 1982 at Prudential Bache, where she was responsible for ticket deliveries. After three years she moved on to Burns Fry where she carried out a variety of tasks, specializing in reconciliation of customer accounts. After several years at Burns Fry, Ms. Morgan became supervisor of the settlement area. In addition to the above, Ms. Morgan has many years of experience involving both clearance and settlement of trades.
Jeanine Blackman joined Divine Capital Markets in 2012 and works in the firm’s Compliance Dept. She brings over 12 years of securities industry experience. Prior to joining Divine Capital, she worked for a mid tier broker/dealer in Atlanta as a Compliance Officer. Mrs. Blackman graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Environmental Economics and Georgia Southern University with an MS in Economics. She holds the Series 7, 24, 4, 9, 10, 55, 79, 63 and 65 licenses.