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Richard Makowski, CFP

Richard Makowski, CFP

Chief Investment Officer


Richard brings several years of business consulting and investment research experience to Evident Financial. Prior to joining Evident, he worked at the Gannon University SBDC and co-founded Qualstra, LLC, an investment-research firm. Richard received a bachelor’s degree majoring in finance, international management, and sports-marketing & management, as well as an MBA from Gannon University. He holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.  

Together with Richard Hauser, PhD, he co-authored More Quality, Less Quantity: Diversification and Risk Reduction in Quality Portfolios. The article received the “best paper” award at the NABET 2019 conference and was published by the Journal of Business, Economics and Technology. 


I was born and raised in Germany and came to the U.S. to play “American” football in college. I met my wife Kelli at Gannon University. After school, we stayed in Erie and live together with our four-legged child Remi.

I enjoy traveling, sports, and family time whether it is here or back home in Germany.


Cottbus, Germany

Favorite Quote:

“Find a way” – Brad Rzyczycki (Gannon University Head Football Coach 2012-2019)

Why I do what I do:

I have always been a numbers guy. When I was introduced to finance as part of my undergraduate curriculum, I knew that I had found what I wanted to do. Being able to help others achieve their goals while doing what I’m passionate about is extremely rewarding and brings me a lot of joy.