LOUIS R. CIVITARESE, MBA, CAIA®, CMT®

Chief Investment Officer


Louis Civitarese joined GA Investment Management in 2020. He chairs the Investment Committee and is responsible for The Firm’s multi-asset strategic and tactical recommendations as well as the management of the firm’s internal-only flagship Total Return US Large Cap Equity Strategy which focuses on dividend paying and growing securities. Louis also works with clients as their lead Financial Advisor where he takes a goals-based approach to solving life’s financial challenges.

His experience and knowledge base within traditional and alternative investments, including Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Option Strategies brings a uniquely comprehensive perspective to portfolio risk management and design.

Prior to joining GA Investment Management, he worked within Merrill Lynch’s Wealth Management Division as a Senior Investment Manager where he was responsible for investment research and client recommendations spanning over 600 Individual, and Institutional clients with $1.2b in AUM. Earlier in his career he was an Independent Options on Futures Trader and an Investment Analyst within Merrill Lynch’s Private Bank, where he made investment recommendations for clients with a liquid net worth of $5m and up.

Louis is a graduate of Boston College’s MBA program where he specialized in Asset Management. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Accounting from Duquesne University. Louis holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®) and Chartered Market Technicians® (CMT®) designations. As a member of the Market Technicians Association, he was featured in the Member Spotlight section of the organization’s Technically Speaking Publication as an Investment Analyst while at The Private Bank at Merrill Lynch. Louis was also featured on the TastyTrade network during their popular Rising Stars Segment as an Independent Options on Futures Trader.

Louis serves as a member of the Investment Strategy Institute Advisory Council for Duquesne University’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business and on the Board of Directors for Family Promise of Southwestern Pennsylvania, a non-profit organization that provides a hand up to fathers, mothers, and their adolescent children that are experiencing housing insecurity.

His driving force as your Chief Investment Officer, and of the Team at GA Investments, is to help you and your businesses navigate the financial markets by providing investment and financial planning advice as you pursue your financial and personal goals. He considers it a privilege to serve each of you.

Louis lives in downtown Pittsburgh and enjoys growing Ghost Peppers, surfing/bodysurfing, cycling, golfing and being outside in general.