Meet the Senior Team

George Odden


As an investment banker of over 25 years, George Odden has worked for multinational banks conducting transactions valued in the billions of dollars, as well as having worked in the middle market helping small companies find the right partners to reach business owners’ goals.  He started his career as an officer in the United States Navy, serving aboard the USS Tripoli in support of Operation Desert Storm.  Having worked on Wall Street at Dillon Read and UBS, with transactions including mergers and acquisitions as well as debt and equity financing, Mr. Odden also led the M&A efforts of two Fortune 500 companies, Rockwell International and Honeywell Aerospace, working to grow these businesses through acquisition and joint venture.  Mr. Odden left corporate America to return to investment banking, where he now serves small and middle market clients, primarily helping private owners sell their businesses.  Mr. Odden earned a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jordan Geotas


Jordan Geotas is a mergers and acquisitions advisor, licensed attorney, and a commercial real estate broker.  In his career he has been instrumental in advising businesses in the divestiture process and for commercial real estate transactions and commercial mortgages.  Mr. Geotas has been a licensed attorney for over 25 years and brings over 15 years of investment banking experience.  Mr. Geotas earned a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Rutgers College and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University.  Jordan lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife and their two daughters.

Taylor McGilvray


Taylor McGilvray brings 10 years of investment banking experience to bear for Ardent’s middle market clients, having previously served as senior associate with JDB Capital Partners and vice president at both KPMG Corporate Finance and CP Capital Advisory Services prior to Ardent.  Taking great pride in managing all aspects of the M&A process and navigating clients through the many layers of engagement, Mr. McGilvray’s investment banking experience crosses several industries including aerospace and defense, consumer, transportation, general industrials, and other sectors.  Mr. McGilvray earned a BS in Business Management from Arizona State University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Nick Rossi

Senior Associate

Nick Rossi brings over 10 years of experience working with small business owners, having served most recently as a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors and a senior associate at a Phoenix-based M&A and commercial real estate firm before becoming a founding member of the team at Ardent.  In his current role, Mr. Rossi diligently assists clients through the full spectrum of the M&A, commercial real estate, and commercial finance processes to bring about a successful close.  In his prior professional experience, he successfully managed a portfolio of high net-worth individuals at Wells Fargo Advisors, among other accomplishments.  Mr. Rossi earned a BS in Finance from Arizona State University.

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