Brian J. Machtley, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Cognios Capital Mr. Machtley is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Cognios Capital. Mr. Machtley is also Managing Director of Brandmeyer Enterprises. Prior to co-founding Cognios, Mr. Machtley was a Senior Analyst at Helzberg Angrist Capital, the predecessor firm to Cognios. Previously, Mr. Machtley was an associate portfolio manager at the Discovery Group, a Chicago-based hedge fund manager focused on micro-capitalization equities. Before his tenure at Discovery Group, Mr. Machtley was an analyst in the Chicago office of Houlihan Lokey where he worked on a wide variety of engagements including sell-side M&A transactions, buy-side M&A transactions, business recapitalizations, fairness opinions, valuation appraisals and other financial advisory assignments. Mr. Machtley received his B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Finance and Economics from Drake University.