Our Founder

Brian Duggan

Guardian Capital is led by Brian Duggan, an astute serial entrepreneur known for his impressive track record in founding operating companies and executing complex investments, spanning both the real estate and technology sectors. Brian has a remarkable ability to identify niche opportunities, attract and train exceptionally talented and diverse teams, and streamline systems and processes while also focusing on business fundamentals and profitability.   Due to his track record of scaling and exiting many ventures, he is widely considered one of the most effective entrepreneurial CEO’s in the country and is frequently sought out by Operating Companies and Investment Companies (PE and VC) for advisory and Chief Executive roles.   

At the core of Brian’s business endeavors is Guardian Capital, which is the parent company for all of his ventures and is a testament to his unwavering commitment to value-driven strategies in both operating and real estate investments.  Guardian currently has eight unique investment strategies as well as a non-profit endowment focused on combating homelessness and hunger. 

Brian often refers to himself as an “institutionally trained entrepreneur” given the first half of his career, prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, was spent with some of the largest institutions in the country.  Brian started his career at UBS Paine Webber in Wealth Management, after which he spent many years at Ernst & Young in the Audit, Management Consulting, and Investment Banking divisions of the Big Five (now four) accounting firm.  He then worked with Macquarie Capital (subsidiary), Mesirow Capital, and Harlem Irving before finally founding Guardian Capital in 2008.  

Brian’s academic journey includes a finance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. 

Brian’s entrepreneurial prowess gained national recognition with the founding of JumpForward and his appearance on the hit TV show “The Shark Tank.” Brian is frequently asked to speak at conferences, business schools and other events on topics including entrepreneurship, real estate investment, and scaling businesses.   

Brian is a loving father and husband and enjoys spending the little free time he has with his kids at the soccer field, at the beaches in Florida, or on the slopes in Park City. 

“Since our inception, our unwavering focus has been on generating enduring value for our investors, our portfolio companies, partners and our employees”

– Brian Duggan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer