Robert F. Draper, Jr.

Founder/Chief Investment Officer
Registered Investment Advisor

Robert graduated from St. Anthony’s high school in South Huntington in 1989, and Providence College in 1993 with a degree in Marketing. Robert began his career in the financial industry at State Street Bank, followed by positions at Bear Stearns and AXA Advisors, before founding Draper Asset Management in 2008.

The tumultuous 2008-2009 financial crisis was the starting point and eventually the proving ground  for the implementation of a fundamentally driven concentrated strategy. 

His firm, which has  grown considerably over the years, has remained committed to a personalized one-on-one approach. The focus has always been, and will continue to be, on the individual needs, goals, and aspirations of each unique client.

Robert has been happily married since 2004, lives in St James, New York, and is the proud father of three children. He has been actively involved in his community, specifically with respect to youth sports and the development of the Middle Country Soccer ‘TOPSoccer’ program. TOPSoccer, which  is one of his passions, is a youth sports program dedicated to providing athletic opportunities to developmentally challenged individuals. 

Mr. Draper enjoys skiing, coaching his kids in basketball and soccer, and spending time with his family.

Joe Cracchiola

Client Relationship Manager

After a successful career at JP Morgan, Joe joined our team in March of 2021. His diverse background from JP Morgan in Trading, Financial Reporting, and Accounting has had an immediate positive impact on our firm, enabling us to be more efficient and reallocate that time to improve the client experience and services of the firm.

During his time at JP Morgan he led initiatives in location strategy and process improvement. This led to the reduction of wasted resources and ability for JP Morgan to release quarterly earnings reports two days earlier than before. Following his transition to Securitized Products Sales, Joe covered the largest clients of the firm including PIMCO, TIAA, Hedge Funds, and the Money Center Banks.

Joe resides on Long Island, having attended St. Anthony’s in South Huntington and then Penn State University. In his free time, he enjoys cooking for his family and friends, playing golf, skiing, and traveling.

Lauren Ann Novellino

Director of Operations

 As a graduate from St. Anthony’s High School and Hofstra University, Lauren started her career dancing professionally in New York City.  While dancing, she began event planning for companies such as American Ballet Theatre, GlaxoSmithKline, Merk, Novartis, Pfizer and BlackRock where she worked directly with their CEO, President and other executive level staff and helped develop their Events Department and manage large scale internal and client conferences and events. 
Residing in Smithtown, New York with her husband and three children, Lauren took a little time off from the corporate world to raise her family, then ran her own event planning company, Affairs of Elegance. She began working for Draper Asset Management in 2023.  

Lauren is also currently is a private chef for small offices and families and sits as an advisor on the boards of New York Dance Theatre and St. Patrick School, is in charge of wardrobe for all NYDT productions, chairs the Parent Teacher Partnership at St. Patrick School, and volunteers with the Mother’s Guild at St. Anthony’s High School.

Greg Dipenta

Client Service Associate

Greg is a former insurance agent with a passion for finance and customer service with 34 years of experience. He is a licensed life, health, and property/casualty agent, and a lifelong resident of Smithtown, NY. Greg is known for his friendly and approachable demeanor, and is always available to answer his clients' questions. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, camping, and golf.

Nicholas Lucas

Equity Research Analyst

Nicholas graduated from Binghamton University in 2020 with degrees in Political Science and Economics. He is currently getting his JD from Maurice A. Deane Law School at Hofstra. He began working for Draper Asset in the beginning of 2022 where he now works as a research analyst and manages the team of interns. 

Nicholas crafts many of the in-house research reports that are then used when considering portfolio construction. He also supports and guides our team of interns during their research. In doing so, he gives the team valuable experience and allows them to learn more about the world of finance. 

When Nicholas is not in the office, he enjoys playing golf, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.