Eric Gerster currently manages private capital for individuals in Riverside, CT. After 18 years of managing institutional capital, he’s enjoying the intimate relationship required in managing individual capital. A hardworking professional, Eric is also a family man, finding time to travel with his wife and kids, play sports with them, coach their sports teams, settle in for family movie nights, and raise their Yellow Labrador puppy, Sadie.
Growing up in Minnesota, Eric Gerster was exposed to many of the things that would later become cornerstones in his life. Eric’s father was an avid investor and instilled in Eric a fascination with the markets. Eric bought his first stock when he was just twelve years old. His passion for investing led him to study how news from around the world would impact the prices of different securities. Eric learned more about the business while serving as a Global Credit Officer at JP Morgan in the mid-90’s. This led to his decision to pursue a full time career on the buy side.
Eric’s Background and Interests
His father also introduced Eric to golf at the age of nine. Eric has always loved sports of all kinds, but golf presented his competitive side with a frustrating, yet ever-rewarding challenge that provides room for continuous improvement. In addition to golf, Eric grew up swimming, fishing and boating in the Mississippi River. Eric Gerster is a dedicated Minnesota sports fan, and his hopes for championship seasons rise and fall on his beloved Vikings and Twins.
Though a Minnesotan at heart, Eric loves to travel. His first major trip was at twelve with his Mom when he traveled to Maine and New Hampshire. The majestic Maine coast and the beauty of the White Mountains were captivating. He fell in love with the area and would later return to the Northeast to enroll in Boston College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations/Strategic Management and Finance. He would later receive an MBA with a concentration in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1998 as a Palmer Scholar, recognition for Eric’s scoring in the top 5% of his class.
An Overview of Eric’s Causes
Eric Gerster also highly values being an active community member. For six years, he served on the Board of Graham Windham, a 208-year old child welfare agency that left a deep and lasting impression on him. At Graham Windham, according to Eric, “the staff was 100% invested in creating a positive home life for each child, giving them a chance to earn an education, and developing an environment that could lead to long-term success”. He is also a regular donor to his and his wife’s alma mater Boston College and the Jesuit community there. He recognizes the strong education he received and the support he found in the Jesuit community during his college years. Eric’s wife, Mini Nunna, is herself an active member of the community, dedicating herself to several charities, including several stints as co-chair for Greenwich Hospital’s Under the Stars fundraiser and as a local volunteer for AmeriCares.