Operations Team

Marcia Hocker, President

Mrs. Hocker serves as President of Penn Capital Management. Mrs. Hocker’s responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s accounting and financial controls, human resources, and long-term business strategy. She also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee which drives overall strategy and management of the firm. Prior to founding Penn Capital, Mrs. Hocker was involved in establishing and managing several businesses in the financial, retail, and service industries. Mrs. Hocker served on the Board of Directors of a $500 million community bank that was acquired in 1995. Mrs. Hocker co-founded the Ethel Mae Hocker Foundation which provides scholarship opportunities to students who have demonstrated leadership abilities, academic success, commitment to the community and are in need of financial support. Mrs. Hocker graduated from Strayer University.


Gerald McBride, CPA, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer & Partner

Mr. McBride began his career with Penn Capital as Chief Financial Officer in 2007. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2013. Mr. McBride has over twenty years of operational and managerial experience including serving as a Vice President and Controller with the NCO Group, Inc., a leading global provider of business process outsourcing solutions. Previously, he was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for twelve years, with a primary focus on middle market growth companies. Mr. McBride is responsible for the oversight of the Penn Capital’s finance, operations, technology, and administration functions and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee which drives overall strategy and management of the firm. He received a BA in Accounting from Rutgers University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Robert McLaughlin, CFA, Partner, Director of Operations

Mr. McLaughlin joined Penn Capital as Manager of Business Operations in 2011. Mr. McLaughlin has over 15 years of experience in the investment management industry and was most recently a Director with Evergreen Investments’ Global High Yield team, serving as a Trader and Portfolio Analyst. Prior to Evergreen, he was a Director at Deutsche Asset Management, where he held various positions including Trader and Portfolio Analyst on the Global High Yield team and Performance Analyst in the Fund Administration group. He received a BS in Accounting from Villanova University and a MBA with a concentration in Finance from Widener University. Mr. McLaughlin also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Marty Keane, Partner, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Keane joined Penn Capital in 2009 as Vice President of Information Technology. He now serves as Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Keane has over 31 years of experience in the engineering and technology industries and holds a number of Information Technology industry certifications. Prior to joining Penn Capital, he was Vice President of Business Technology for Rittenhouse Financial Services and later, Vice President of Managed Assets Business Technology for Nuveen Investments. Mr. Keane’s focus was on developing the strategic vision and tactical application of technology. He’s been an active member of The Money Management Institute and has held various leadership positions within the Technology/Operations Committee. Mr. Keane received an AS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Information Technology Management and Masters of Business Administration.


Lisa Matson, Esq., Partner, General Counsel

Ms. Matson joined Penn Capital in 2014. Previously, Ms. Matson was a senior counsel and assistant vice president with Lincoln Financial Group. Prior to Lincoln Financial she spent 10 years with The Vanguard Group, Inc. She began her legal career in private practice with the Philadelphia law firm Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP. Ms. Matson holds a BA with honors from Carleton College and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Linda R. Ridolfi, Chief Compliance Officer

Ms. Ridolfi joined Penn Capital as Chief Compliance Officer in 2016 and is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the firm’s Compliance program. Ms. Ridolfi has been involved in the Regulatory/Compliance field for 17 years and most recently served as President and Chief Compliance Officer for Lombard International Distribution Company (formerly, Philadelphia Financial). Throughout her career Ms. Ridolfi has served in a variety of regulatory and compliance roles at a compliance consulting firm, The Bank of New York Mellon, PFPC Inc. and began her career as a paralegal at the law firm Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP. Ms. Ridolfi received a BA in Psychology and BS in Criminal Justice, both with honors, from New Mexico State University.


Bruce M. Reiprich, CPA, Controller

Mr. Reiprich joined Penn Capital as Manager of Corporate Accounting in 2014. Previously, Mr. Reiprich served as Senior Manager within PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Financial Services Assurance Practice primarily focusing on Investment Management and Insurance clients. He received a BS in Accounting and an MBA with concentrations in Accounting and Finance from Fairfield University. Mr. Reiprich is a Certified Public Accountant.


Donald J. Polis, Jr. Manager of Operations

Mr. Polis joined Penn Capital in 2008 as a Portfolio Accountant. He currently serves as Manager of Business Operations. Mr. Polis devotes the majority of his time improving the firm’s operational workflows, with specific focus in the areas of trading, settlements, and middle to back office system platforms. His responsibilities include leveraged loan trade settlement and administration, vendor oversight, business analysis, and assisting in the management of daily firm operations. Mr. Polis received his BS in Business Studies with a concentration in Finance from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.