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Summary Of Executive Moves In Global Wealth Management - September 2020

Editorial Staff, 12 November 2020


The latest senior moves in wealth management positions from across the world.

Rockefeller Capital Management added a Dallas, Texas-based wealth management firm to its private wealth management platform. Rockefeller brought in The Moore Group, led by Marie Moore, managing director and private wealth advisor. The team includes Shawn D Moore, senior vice president and PWA, Robin Barry, associate VP and client advisor, Emily H Lumley, senior associate and client associate, and Cassidy Steck, associate and client associate. The group joined Rockefeller from Morgan Stanley. 


Bank of the West, a subsidiary of Paris-based BNP Paribas, appointed Hope Mehlman as general counsel and corporate secretary, as well as corporate secretary of BNP Paribas USA. Mehlman leads Bank of the West's legal activities, regulatory relations and government affairs functions and serve as a member of its executive management committee. 

Ballentine Partners, a wealth management firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts, appointed Elliot Rotstein as senior client advisor. Rotstein, who was most recently a partner at MPI, focused on business valuation and advisory. He started his career at Fidelity Investments and served as its director of charitable planning. He is a graduate of Ithaca College and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Argent Trust Company named Jeff Bradley as senior vice president of institutional services. Based in the Birmingham, Alabama office, he reports to Mark Milton, director of institutional services at Argent Trust. Prior to this role, Bradley worked for Regions Financial Corporation for 17 years. He started in Mobile as vice president of institutional services. In 2010, he moved to the Birmingham office and was promoted to senior vice president of institutional services. Prior to Regions, Bradley was vice president of trust at First-Citizens Bank and Trust in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Baird, the US wealth management house, brought on board Tennessee-based firm The Parker Group. It is based in Columbia in the state. Formerly with Morgan Stanley, the team includes Stewart J Parker and Drew M.Parker, who both serve as directors; Clay Buttrey, serve as vice president, associate financial advisor; and Richard T Law, serves as financial advisor.

Carson Partners, the group of wealth management firms across the US, brought over Financial Management, Inc, a business based in Yakima, Washington. The firm was founded by Clark L Permann, a senior wealth advisor, who has more than 28 years’ industry experience. The FMI team also Includes managing partner and senior wealth advisor Erik R Pielstick, who worked in the sector for more than 20 years.

Juncture Wealth Strategies, a US financial planning and investment advisory firm, appointed Bryan Noonan as a senior wealth advisor to serve high net worth families, professionals, and business owners from its office in Scottsdale, Arizona. Noonan joined from Edward Jones where he served as a financial advisor. He has been a financial services professional for 16 years.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management appointed Christine Calderon as a client strategist in Chicago. Reporting directly to Chicago regional president Stacie Kuhlman, Calderon is responsible for all aspects of wealth management product, service, and sales delivery.

Previously, Calderon was executive director, banker at JP Morgan, where she advised on personal wealth, including banking, lending, investment management, estate, tax, and charitable planning. She began her tenure at JP Morgan as a senior investment associate. 

Argent Trust Company named Jeff Bradley as senior vice president of institutional services in the Birmingham office. He reports to Mark Milton, director of institutional services at Argent Trust. Prior to this, Bradley worked for Regions Financial Corporation for 17 years. He started in Mobile as vice president of institutional services. In 2010, he moved to the Birmingham office and was promoted to senior vice president of institutional services. Prior to Regions, Bradley was vice president of trust at First-Citizens Bank and Trust in Raleigh, North Carolina.

HSBC Bank USA appointed Mark Pittsey as the head of wealth for HSBC USA. Pittsey is responsible for the entire wealth proposition across private management, spanning retail customers to ultra-high net worth clients. He reports to Pablo Sanchez, regional head of wealth and personal banking in the US and Canada. Holding a number of senior posts, Pittsey joined HSBC in 2010.

Compliance Risk Concepts appointed Jeff Press as a senior regulatory compliance professional. Press brought 25 years of expertise in compliance, risk and operations programs from build out, to gap analysis, to lights on optimization and maturity. Press was a CCO at large and small broker-dealers and registered investment advisors.

Sealy Investment Securities, the broker-dealer affiliate of Sealy & Company, added a number of senior figures to boost sales and distribution. Brian Rivera serves as executive vice president of business development and will be responsible for maintaining all existing selling agreements with Sealy's current distribution partners. Rivera has more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry, including roles with CIM Group and KBS Capital Markets Group.

The other two new appointments, Dawn Impellizzeri and Brian Duffy, were hired as senior vice presidents and joined existing wholesale team of Kerry Peoples, Mike McDaniel and Brett Williams.
Citi Private Bank appointed Matthew Rizzo to its manager research team, having previously left Morgan Stanley. 

Hohimer Wealth Management appointed Mark Dederer in the newly-created role of director for philanthropic services. Most recently, Dederer served as the executive director of the Biller Family Foundation. He was also senior vice president of community affairs for Wells Fargo in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. He has also been VP of the Safeco Insurance Foundation. 

Canadian firm Optimize Wealth Management appointed senior financial planner Joe Palhad. Palhad previously worked as an aircraft mechanic for 10 years. Optimize is based in Toronto, with a number of offices across Canada.

US wealth advisor Jonathan Dane launched Defiant Capital Group, a boutique asset management firm, based in Pittsburgh. Dane recently served as the director of portfolio strategy and research for a $900 million multi-family office. Previously he worked in New York City at Goldman Sachs and Jefferies, and at PNC in Pittsburgh.

Aite Group, the consultancy made a range of appointments in areas including financial services. 

Ginger Schmeltzer was named as a senior analyst for Aite’s retail banking and payments practice covering enterprise retail payments, emerging payments, and the processor and acquirer landscapes. Before joining Aite Group, Schmeltzer was the principal and founder of GDS Advisors, a strategy consulting firm focused primarily on fintech, digital banking, and payments. She was also SVP of emerging payments at Fiserv.

Rodney Nelsestuen was appointed as a senior analyst covering strategic IT matters relevant to chief information officers across financial services - including banking, securities and investments, insurance - such as digital transformation - cloud migration, IT services and outsourcing, contract negotiation, and vendor management.

Manoj Upreti was named a senior analyst with Aite Group’s Life Insurance and Annuity practice. He brought 15 years of experience in product development, market research, and digital transformations in the life insurance, annuity, and retirement industries.

Vinod Jain is a senior analyst who supports the efforts of Aite Group’s institutional securities and investment team. He concentrates on institutional trading operations, post-trade processing, audit and regulatory compliance, and data management across equity, fixed income, and OTC derivatives.

Wilmington Trust appointed Scott Wilkins as a senior wealth advisor, focusing on the Southeast region, and based in Atlanta. Wilkins has more than three decades of experience in the financial services and consumer goods and services industries, during which time he worked with companies in the US, Europe, and Latin America. In 2007, Wilkins was the managing partner and owner of Cielo Partners, a private equity and advisory firm targeting small to middle market entities. Previously he served as a vice president in the Private Wealth Management division at Morgan Stanley, a senior securities analyst at SG Securities in Paris, France, and was a senior securities analyst at HSBC working from their offices in London and Paris.

Argent Trust Company named Chris Kelly as market president for its wealth market in Nashville. He serves as the senior leader of trust, estate and retirement services administration in Middle Tennessee and report to company president Ken Alderman.

Raymond James welcomed advisors John Cleary and Renee Rossi to Raymond James & Associates – the firm’s employee advisor channel. Cleary and Rossi joined from Merrill Lynch, where they previously managed approximately $108 million in client assets. They joined RJA’s West Hartford, Connecticut office, which is managed by Marty Carroll and is part of the Southern New England Complex led by Bill Drew.  

The Sharp Financial Group appointed Kevin Rudd as executive managing director. Rudd worked for more than 35 years providing middle-market companies with services related to mergers and acquisitions, capital sourcing and financial advice. He has mainly worked with family-owned and closely held businesses. Rudd oversees Sharp's transaction advisory group. 

BNY Mellon Wealth Management appointed Jennifer Barnaby as a senior client strategist, working with high net worth individuals, family offices, business owners, executives, and foundations and endowments on their wealth strategy and planning. Based in Atlanta, she reports directly to Southeast Regional president, Kent Moegerle.

Prior to this, Barnaby was at Branch Banking & Trust Company (Truist), where she worked in several roles. Most recently she was vice president, wealth advisor, serving as a relationship manager for HNW clients.

Raymond James, the Florida-based wealth management house, welcomed financial advisors Jared Stricklin, Darryl Dunn and Robert Meeder to its employee advisor channel. They are based in Overland Park, Kansas.

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