Our Team

Grady Gaynor - President & CEO

Grady has over 25 years of experience in the financial services and banking industry. His primary focus has been on helping high net-worth families achieve their investment objectives. His efforts center on portfolio management by using technical analysis to find superior fundamental investment opportunities for his clients. He has developed a set of criteria to direct clients in both bull and bear markets. Grady is a cum laude graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky with a degree in business administration. He is an active youth baseball and basketball coach in Carmel, Indiana where he lives with his wife Robin and six children.

For six years, Grady has been named a Five Star Wealth Manager, most recently in 2016. The Five Star Wealth Managers are a select group representing less than five percent of the wealth managers in the Indianapolis area.

Five Star Rankings Disclosure:
In order to consider a broad population of high-quality wealth managers, Five Star Wealth Manager award candidates were identified by one of three sources: firm nomination, peer nomination or pre-qualification based on industry standing. In addition, nominees were evaluated against 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria: Registered as an investment advisory representative (IAR) or a registered investment adviser; actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years; favorable regulatory and complaint history review; fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards; accepting new clients; one-year client retention rate; five-year client retention rate; non-institutionalized discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; number of client households served; and educational and professional designations. The award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. For information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, please see: Financial Services (PDF).

Five Star Wealth Managers do not pay a fee to be included in the research or the final list of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine’s Five Star Wealth Managers. The overall evaluation score of the wealth manager reflects an average of all respondents and may not representative of any one client’s experience. The Five Star Award is not indicative of the Wealth Manager’s future performance. Please bear in mind that working with a Five Star Wealth Manager is no guarantee of future investment success or that the Wealth Manager will earn this award in the future. 1,743 Indianapolis wealth managers were considered for the award in 2015; 348 (approximately twenty percent of candidates) were named 2015 Five Star Wealth Managers.

Jay Brammer - Chairman

Jay has been involved in both traditional and alternative investments for over 30 years. He helped establish mutual funds that reached over $300 million in assets. Jay manages Indie Asset Partners' private fund, Indie Diversified Asset Fund, and leads Indie Asset Partners' alternative investment program; with his many years of experience in alternative investing, he is able to lend this diverse expertise to Indie Asset Partners' clients.

Jay is a graduate of Indiana University in business administration. His past business experience includes ownership and management of the largest privately-held cemetery and funeral home business in the country, which employed approximately 1,500 people; owning and operating a real estate company, with over 2,400 apartment units and 600,000 square feet of office space; and owning and operating a medical billing business with over 100 employees. Jay and his wife have four grown children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Brent Foster - Sr. Wealth Manager

Brent has over 12 years in the banking and financial services industry.

Since graduating from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in both Accounting & Finance, Brent’s focus has been helping high-net-worth families achieve a mindset of financial freedom.

As Sr. Wealth Manager, Brent will leverage his broad knowledge of investments, banking, and financial planning to holistically review clients’ wealth structure and also design a plan to achieve clients’ financial goals. His efforts will include portfolio construction and management while executing strategic and tactical decisions for clients based on their investment objectives.

Brent was raised in Oregon and moved from Santa Barbara, CA to Indiana in 2008. He is married to Nora Foster and they have one child. He enjoys spending time with them, serving in the community, and is an avid sportsman.

Donna Dickinson - Chief Compliance Officer

Donna has ten years of experience in the investment field, and serves Indie Asset Partners as its Chief Compliance Officer, overseeing the compliance program of the firm. Additionally, Donna is responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the firm and its private fund. Donna graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a B.A. in Business Administration and an A.A. in Paralegal Studies. Prior to working in the investment industry, Donna served as a paralegal to a business attorney for over 20 years. Donna and her husband reside in Carmel, Indiana, and have three children.

Kelly Newman - Sr. Administrative Service Associate

As the Sr. Administrative Service Associate, Kelly’s first priority is to be the liaison between the client and Schwab or other custodians. It is her responsibility to keep the "paperwork wheel" moving in a positive and forward direction, and her prodigious attention to detail and willingness to go the extra step will ensure that all client requests are met. It is her goal to provide top-notch customer service and generate the best experience for our clients.

Kelly has worked for many years in the financial services industry, and has 25 years of customer service experience. She attended IUPUI, majoring in Business Management; she is also Project Management Certified and Customer Service Certified through IUPUI.

Sharon Alerding- Client Administration Associate

Sharon has 20 years of experience in managing small businesses and her own bookkeeping company. An Indianapolis native, Sharon attended Cathedral High School and Ball State University. She earned her B.A. from Ball State University in 1993, cum laude, in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. Sharon assists Indie Asset Partners’ clients with their administrative needs and provides her expertise in overall family planning to our high net worth clients. Sharon and her husband, Kevin, have four children and reside in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Anne Smith - Client Administrative Trainee

Anne grew up in Indianapolis and attended North Central High School. After spending some time at IU she is currently completing her degree at IUPUI. She comes to Indie Asset Partners with skills in data analysis, website building, and public speaking. Anne plans to use her previous experience in numerous customer service positions as well as her positive high energy to efficiently and effectively serve IAP customers.

Anne spends her free time hiking, working with animals and spending time with friends.