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 from Drake University in 2003. He has built the Aspire Capital Team upon the core values he believes cannot be compromised: loyalty and quality. Eric has received some of the top awards in the financial industry including Chairman’s Club, Agent of the Year, Top of Council Qualifier and Blue Chip Qualifier.

As CEO and Lead Financial Advisor, Eric demonstrates commitment to his clients and lifelong desire to learn by 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 likes to spend his days off enjoying time with his 13 year-old daughter Mallory.

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: 100 South Fifth Street, Suite 2300, 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

Kurt Hillson

Investment Specialist

As Investment Specialist, Kurt 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. He has also graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Kurt has completed his FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations.

Amanda Starr

Director of Marketing and 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. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting. As Director of Marketing and Operations, Amanda has made it her mission to implement the Aspire core values into her day-to-day work, ensuring that all aspects of the business run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Amanda has acquired her FINRA Series 63 registration. Her strong customer service background and hard work ethic make Amanda a key member of our team. 

Austin Howery

Lead 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. As Lead Account Manager, Austin continually develops and improves his skills with hands on experience at Aspire while providing our customers with excellent service of their accounts.

Alana Cordano

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, Alana provides a glowing personality here at Aspire Capital Advisors and focuses on creating the highest quality client experience. She is the first person you see when visiting our office and the first friendly voice you hear when dialing in. Alana has worked with client relationships her entire career and thrives in the Aspire Capital atmosphere.

Ryan Anderson

Director of Client Relations

Ryan has his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Reno. Born and raised in Reno, Ryan cherishes the local community and is passionate about helping people. As Director of Client Relations, he helps our clients by managing their investments and servicing their accounts. He loves working with our clients and aiding in their financial wellbeing.

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