President, Alternatives (Co-)
Mr. Hopkins has been a Partner and Portfolio Manager since the inception of Ancora in 2003 and is a long-time member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He has had a leading role in building the firm’s Alternatives practice, founding the group in 2004. Brian serves as Co-President of Ancora subsidiary Ancora Alternatives LLC and runs the group alongside Jim Chadwick. He is a Portfolio Manager for the firm’s alternatives products and has initiated the group’s moves into a number of investment strategies including activism, arbitrage, appraisal rights and special situations.
In addition to Mr. Hopkins’ role in the alternatives group, he manages Corporate Development for the firm as a whole. In this capacity, Brian advises the CEO on growth opportunities for the firm including M&A opportunities, joint ventures, capital raising opportunities and certain organic growth initiatives, including new market entrances.
Prior to Ancora, Mr. Hopkins was an Investment Associate with Primus Capital Partners. At Primus, he performed due diligence for new investments and monitored portfolio investments. Before joining Primus, he worked in the Consumer Industry Group of the Investment Banking Division of Deutsche Bank in London as an Associate after working in the Consumer Industry Group of Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown in Baltimore as an Analyst. Mr. Hopkins’ investment banking assignments focused predominantly on advising on corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Hopkins graduated with Honors from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and CEO of Regional Brands Inc. (OTC: RGBD), a member of the Board of Directors of Wayne Savings Bancshares (OTC: WAYN) and a member of the Board of Directors of privately held RSI Partners LLC.