Martha “Marti” J. Awad
Founding Partner, Cardan Capital
Marti Awad has more than 26 years of experience working in the capital markets, first as a practicing tax attorney at one of the country’s top securities, mergers and acquisitions law firms and, for the past 19 years, as a private wealth advisor. Before that she worked in the tax consulting group of a national accounting firm.
Marti holds the internationally recognized postgraduate law degree LL.M. in Taxation from New York University; a J.D. from Southern Methodist University; and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst® and Certified Financial Planner® designations and is a member of the Denver Society of Securities Analysts and the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.
Marti is a dedicated member of the Denver civic and nonprofit community and has served on numerous boards and committees. She currently serves on the boards of Metro State University of Denver Foundation,The International Women’s Forum of Colorado and WorldDenver and was appointed by Governors Hickenlooper and Polis to the Colorado State 529 Plan board for which she currently serves as Chair. In 2015, Marti was one of ten people worldwide to receive the Merrill Lynch David Brady Award for exceptional service to clients, collaboration with colleagues and contributions to the community.
Marti was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as 2019’s Outstanding Women in Business in the category of Small Business Leader and by the Girl Scouts of Colorado as a 2019 Woman of Distinction. Marti has been quoted in the Denver Business Journal, Financial Advisor IQ, Financial Planning Magazine, US News & World Report and was featured in the Wall Street Journal.