Meet Your Team

At Aspire Capital, we pride ourselves on building a team of individuals who continually excel in education, experience, and customer service. Our knowledgeable staff and talented advisors work diligently to ensure our clients enjoy the best experience possible. When visiting our offices, our clients are greeted by our friendly, experienced staff members who are ready to assist with all our client’s financial service needs. Our team is continuously growing and evolving to better meet the needs of our clients.

Eric Abowd CFS, CAS, CES

CEO and Lead Financial Advisor

Eric has worked determinedly in financial management since graduating with dual degrees in economics and politics with a minor from Drake University in 2003. He has built Aspire Capital Team upon the core values he believes cannot be compromised: loyalty and quality. Eric has received the top awards given by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), including Chairman’s Club (2012, 2013, 2015), Agent of the Year (2005-2016), Top of Council Qualifier (2007 – 2012) and Blue Chip Qualifier (2006 – 2015).

As CEO and Lead Financial Advisor, Eric demonstrates his commitment to his clients and lifelong learning by modeling the way and obtaining additional certifications and designations in the insurance and finance industries. He encourages his team to do the same. Having grown up in northern Nevada, Eric has a deep admiration for the area and shows he is committed to its continued growth and improvement by volunteering for local youth-related causes and initiating a needs-based scholarship at Carson High School.

Eric Abowd is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory, and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. Supervisory Office: 901 Marquette Ave. Suite 2600, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1-612-333-1413. Aspire Capital is not a subsidiary or affiliate of MML Investors Services, LLC, or its affiliated companies.

Aspire Capital Team

Mitch Mountain

Director of Marketing

Mitch has been a part of our team since August of 2017. Since joining the team, he has completed his FINRA Series 6 registration. As Director of Marketing, Mitch creates fun ways for our staff to connect with the Reno community as well as providing excellent customer service to our clients. He graduated this fall (2018) from the University of Nevada, Reno with his Bachelor’s degree in Management.

Amanda Starr

Director of Operations

Amanda was born and raised here in Northern Nevada; because of her love for the mountains and beautiful Lake Tahoe, she couldn’t imagine advancing her career anywhere else. In 2016, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting, graduating at the top of her class as a member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. As Director of Operations, Amanda has made it her mission to implement Aspire’s core values into her day-to-day work, ensuring that all aspects of the business run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Since joining Aspire Capital Advisors, Amanda has acquired her FINRA Series 63 registration on top of her duties as Director of Operations. Her strong customer service background and hard work ethic make Amanda a key member of our team.

Ben Winston

Director of Planning

Ben, a Nevada native, is currently completing his Finance degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Since joining Aspire Capital Advisors in 2016, Ben has acquired his FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations. His strong attention to detail and solid work ethic make Ben a valuable member of our team.

Kurt Hillson

Lead Account Manager

Kurt joined the team in September of 2017. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018 with his bachelor’s degree in Economics. Kurt brings a youthful perspective to our firm, and as Client Services Manager, provides our clients with diligent service on a daily basis. Having grown up in Reno, he has strong local ties and looks forward to contributing to long lasting financial security and building relationships with clients. Kurt has completed his FINRA Series 63 exam & is currently studying for his Series 7 examination to broaden his knowledge of the financial industry.

Jake Covert

Account Manager

Jake has been a part of the Aspire team since June of 2018. He spent his Freshman year of college at Pomona College in Claremont, CA and is now entering his sophomore year at the University of Nevada, Reno. While Jake has a few more years of college left, he is taking advantage of every opportunity by gathering real-world experience in the financial realm before he graduates. Jake is a native to Northern Nevada and looks forward to building strong client relationships and helping each client succeed in their financial goals.

Austin Howery

Account Manager

Austin is currently in his second year at the University of Nevada, Reno where he is pursuing a dual major in Finance & Accounting as well as a minor in Statistics. Austin was born and raised in Reno and is looking forward to establishing meaningful connections with clients and making sure their experience with Aspire Capital Advisors is seamless. Austin is developing his skills with hands on experience at Aspire in addition to getting a head start on preparing for his FINRA Series 63 & Series 7 examinations.

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