Executive Team

Mike McCrory


Mr. McCrory has worked in the securities industry since 1995, prior to which he spent over 10 years as an executive in the insurance industry. He has lived in Italy since 1994 and worked with institutional investors throughout Europe. In addition to serving in his capacity at I-Bankers Direct he serves on the Board of Directors of various other companies. Mr. McCrory has been securities licensed since 1992 and holds both a Series 7 and Series 24 license. He holds a BSBA from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Ron Furst

Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Ronald Furst comes to I-Bankers having 40 years of extensive hands-on experience in the equity markets, with the last 35 years as a Heightened Risk Supervision Manager/OTC Market Maker Supervisor/Branch Manager & Director of Compliance. He is also a third generation Registered Representative with 15 years of affiliated membership on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and has extensive branch office supervision experience and knowhow. His education includes NY Institute of Finance where he started his financial career in 1978. He holds a Series 7, 24, 63, 55, and 99.

Scott Schalk

Managing Director

Mr. Schalk Joined I-Bankers in January of 2017. Previously he had been with Dawson James Securities, through the current management teams annexing control from the previous partners/management.
During his tenure at Dawson James, Mr. Schalk started the Institutional Sales Department, and grew it to be a significant portion of the firm’s revenues. Mr. Schalk also formed the firm’s Capital Markets Group, and helped the firm build its investment banking practice to be one of the most active investment banks in the healthcare sector for many years.
Throughout Mr. Schalk’s career he has been involved with over 200 equity financings totaling well into the billions of dollars. In 2017, Mr. Schalk as Head of U.S. Capital Markets, helped I-Bankers to complete 15 IPOs as lead or co-lead underwriter totaling more than 2 billion dollars.
Mr. Schalk holds a Series 7, 63, and 24.

Jason Gardner

Senior Vice President

Mr. Jason Gardner joined I-Bankers Direct as Senior Vice President of Investments with over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Gardner brings multiple layers of discipline and focus along with comprehensive experience in mergers, acquisitions, bridge financing, PIPE financings, and reverse mergers to our I-Bankers Direct team.
Jason holds a Series 7 and 63 License and manages investment portfolios for a wide range of accredited, high net worth investors in the capital markets, focusing on equities and private IPO dealings. Mr. Gardner will play a key role in our continued effort to service our clients with quality and timely investments, both domestic and internationally.

Norbert Kozma

VP Investments

Mr. Norbert Kozma has a degree in Economics with emphasis on international financial transactions. After pursuing a master’s degree in economics at the Central European University in Budapest, he participated in a fellowship from The Gorge Soros Foundation. Mr. Kozma has been working in the financial industry for the past 15 years, advising individuals and institutional clients worldwide in the space of investment banking, corporate finance, M&A, special purpose acquisition companies, initial public offerings, derivatives, and equity securities. The companies he helped underwrite belong to a wide spectrum including biotech, healthcare, media, energy, technology, emerging economies.
On a personal note, Mr. Kozma is happily married to a construction defense attorney, has a young son and spends his free time running obstacle course races, riding motorcycles and deep sea diving. Mr. Kozma holds a Series 7.

Chris Nash

CTO & Manager Operations

Chris has over ten years of experience in the IT sector. Before joining I-Bankers Direct, Chris managed accounts as a systems administrator and, later, developed web solutions for two Fortune 500 consulting companies. At I-Bankers Direct, Chris oversees internal operations, and operates webmaster and director of development for web-based and interactive applications. Chris received a BA from the University of Connecticut, and holds a Series 99 securities license.