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Summary Of Industry Moves In The Americas: November 2014

Eliane Chavagnon Editor - Family Wealth Report December 1, 2014

Summary Of Industry Moves In The Americas: November 2014

Here is a summary of all the industry moves covered by Family Wealth Report in October 2014.

H Paulett Eberhart was elected to LPL Financial's board of directors and as a member of the audit committee.
Eberhart joined from CDI Corporation, where she was president and CEO from 2011 to 2014. Previously, she held roles as president and CEO of Invensys, chairman and CEO of HMS Ventures, as well as senior and executive posts at EDS Corporation. She began her career at MD Anderson Cancer Center and today also sits on the board of directors at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Cameron International Corporation.
Charyl Galpin was appointed as head of BMO Nesbitt Burns, the full-service investment arm of BMO Financial Group.
Galpin will oversee the investing and wealth advisory business in Canada, which consists of some 1,300 investment advisors at 60 branches.
She has served as co-head of BMO Nesbitt Burns since 2011, having joined BMO in 1979, moving in 1986 to Burns Fry. The firm told Family Wealth Report that she previously worked alongside Richard Mills, who will be leaving in January). In 2000, she was named as senior vice president and managing director, and head of national operations of the private client group, and then in 2006 became chief operating officer of BMO Nesbitt Burns.
Irvine, CA-headquartered First Foundation, which recently became listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, brought in Tyler Resh as director of marketing and strategy.
Resh was latterly a partner at Echelon Partners, an investment bank and consulting firm focused on the wealth and investment management industries.
He has a strong background in marketing M&A deals, conducting valuations and providing strategic consulting, First Foundation said. He also has over 14 years of experience advising wealth and investment managers on strategic growth strategies.
US Bank  named Rachel Ferguson as a managing director of private banking at its Private Client Reserve in Cincinnati, OH.
In her 13 years with the PCR – which serves individuals and families with at least $3 million in investable assets – Ferguson has specialized in providing balance sheet management strategies to families with large concentrations of wealth in public and private companies.
Lenox Advisors appointed Salim Admon as a managing director in Los Angeles, CA, responsible for advising high net worth individuals and families.
The firm said the hire is part of its strategy to expand on the West Coast. Admon was previously a wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual.
San Francisco, CA-based Cypress Wealth Advisors named Justin Renaudin as a principal, responsible for investment manager research, and a member of the senior management team.
Renaudin joined Cypress Wealth Advisors in 2011 and has since worked as a portfolio manager, investment strategist and financial analyst.
Before Cypress, he was a senior associate portfolio manager at BNY Mellon in San Francisco, having previously been a senior financial analyst within the treasury department of Charles Schwab & Company. He began his career as a research associate at VentureOne.
Chad Thiel rejoined Andersen Tax as a managing director to spearhead the launch of a new office in Irvine, CA, which will open its doors in January.
Thiel spent the last six years at the assurance, tax and consulting firm McGladrey as a tax practitioner and leader of family wealth services for the western region.
Thiel, who specializes in advising business owners, entrepreneurs and wealthy families, first started working at Andersen when it launched in 2002.
Bessemer Trust added Steven Dwyer to its Los Angeles, CA, office as a senior vice president and real estate asset manager.
Dwyer will manage all real estate assets held in clients’ trusts, reporting to Todd Dubovy, head of real estate advisory.
Prior to joining Bessemer, Dwyer held a similar role at US Trust - also in Los Angeles - overseeing client properties worth over $500 million. Before that, he worked at Hines Interests, in charge of real estate asset management for a private REIT, and at Sumitomo Life Realty NY as an executive vice president responsible for a national real estate portfolio.
Merrill Lynch made a splash of financial advisor hires across the US from firms including Raymond James, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley.
Jay Higgenbotham joined the Birmingham, AL, office with $225,509,913 million in AuM from Raymond James while Ricardo Guerrero joined in San Antonio, TX, with $100 million in AuM.  Guerrero generated $904,000 in production at his prior firm, JP Morgan.
Meanwhile, in the Golden State Richard Zinman was hired in Century City with $104,019,264 million in AuM, having generated $1,218,224.00 in production at his prior firm, Morgan Stanley.
Lastly, in New Jersey, Edward Viola joined the Paramus office with $83,047,763 million in AuM, while Christopher Carbone and Charles Sergewick were hired in Toms River as a team with around $200 million in AuM. They generated more than $2 million in production at their prior firm, Morgan Stanley.
US Bank Wealth Management hired Heather Gross as a trust relationship manager at its Private Client Reserve in Sacramento, CA.
Prior to joining the PCR, Gross worked as an estate planning and trust administration attorney at Legacy Law Group in Sacramento.
Foundation Source appointed Dennis Ladd as managing director in New York – a key market for the firm.
Ladd will report to national director of sales, Yvonne Dahl. For much of his career prior to Foundation Source, Ladd worked at FactSet Research Systems, which provides financial data and analytic tools. Most recently, he served as FactSet's senior vice president and director of sales for the New York investment management team.
Wells Fargo Private Bank named Kei A Sasaki as regional chief investment officer for the Northeast.
In this role, Sasaki is responsible for providing strategic guidance on investments and asset allocation and maintaining consistent implementation of the firm’s investment strategy to all clients’ portfolios in the region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Based in New York City, Sasaki works with a team of more than 440 investment advisors.
Sasaki has more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was managing director of equities, serving as head of research and client portfolio manager, at PineBridge Investments. He also held positions at Credit Suisse Asset Management and Yasuda Bank and Trust Company, and he started his career with MTV Networks in New York City.
Executive search firm Sheffield Haworth appointed Christopher Smailes as executive director, asset management practice, based in New York and Hong Kong.
Smailes joined from global executive search boutique Eban International. He began his career in 2002 when he joined FSS, a search boutique servicing asset management and investment banking clients.
In 2006, he joined Eban International, specializing in equity capital markets and asset management, working closely with a variety of global banks and investment firms in London and New York. In 2008, he relocated to Hong Kong to oversee the asset management practice.
Barclays Wealth & Investment Management appointed Josh Crossman and Ginny Neal as directors and investment representatives.
Based in Palm Beach, FL, they are responsible for implementing Barclays’ global wealth management programs and for providing alternative investment strategies to high net worth individuals, foundations, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations.
They will report to John Cregan, regional manager for Palm Beach.
Crossman joined from JP Morgan Chase & Co,  where he was vice president and senior leader on the private bank UHNW investment team.
Neal also joined from JP Morgan Chase & Co where she was a senior private banker. She began her career at Greenberg Traurig.
NBT Bank, which offers personal banking, asset management and business services in the US northeast, appointed Kimberley Twitchell as a regional commercial banking manager.
She will manage NBT Bank’s regional loan portfolio and commercial banking team in the southern Maine market. She is based at NBT Bank’s recently-opened Maine regional headquarters that is located in the Merrill’s Wharf building at 254 Commercial Street on the waterfront in Portland.
Twitchell has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, she was senior lender and commercial relationship manager for TD Bank in Portland. Prior to that, she was commercial relationship manager for various financial institutions in the Portland area including Bank of America and Fleet National Bank.       
First Republic Bank, the private bank and wealth management firm, announced that Mike Roffler, deputy chief financial officer for the past five years, has been named executive vice president, CFO effective Jan 1, 2015.
Roffler succeeds Willis Newton, who has served as CFO of First Republic for the past 26 years.
Newton joined First Republic in 1988 as chief financial officer; in 2011, Newton was named CFO of The Year by The San Francisco Business Times. In a statement, First Republic said he was “instrumental in First Republic's divestiture in 2010 from Bank of America, including its $1.8 billion capital raise, second IPO and secondary common stock offerings”.
Chairman and CEO Jim Herbert paid tribute to Newman, who remains engaged with the bank as a consultant.
Roffler, meanwhile, joined First Republic in 2009 and has had direct responsibility for accounting, tax, and both financial and regulatory reporting. Prior to joining First Republic, Roffler worked for 16 years in the audit practice at KPMG and became a partner in 2004.
Alliott Group, a global alliance of independent accounting, law and consulting firms, named Ken Miles, of NSBN, the tax planning, accountancy and consultancy firm that is based out of Los Angeles, CA, as deputy chair for North America. The previous deputy chair was Rick Sovitzky, from the firm Chortek.
Jan Golaszewski, a dispute resolution and litigation specialist, was promoted to partner in Carey Olsen’s Cayman Islands office, bringing the total number of partners across the firm's global litigation team to 12. It also promoted one of its trust experts to the status of counsel.
Golaszewski is experienced in offshore and investment fund litigation with an emphasis on complex multi-jurisdictional commercial, arbitration and regulatory matters.  He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2003 and as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2008. Before relocating to the territory he practiced in the London and Hong Kong offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  
The Cayman Islands office also promoted trust expert Graham Stoute to counsel.  He advises private and institutional clients on Cayman Islands and BVI trusts as well as on wills and estate planning matters, probate applications and the administration of complex estates.  
First Commonwealth Financial Corp hired David Buckiso as executive vice president, wealth services, for First Commonwealth Bank.
Buckiso will oversee all aspects of the organization's array of wealth management services, including trust, investments, brokerage and financial advisory.  
He will lead the planned build-out of First Commonwealth's advisory talent, with a particular emphasis on retirement planning, educational funding, generational wealth transfer and long-term investment planning. Previously, Buckiso served as senior vice president and managing director for FNB Wealth Management, in Pittsburgh, PA.
US-headquartered law firm Butler Snow, which launched its London office in 2013, added Christopher McLemore to its operations in the UK capital.
McLemore is a member of the tax group, and will focus his practice on international tax and wealth management, the firm said in a statement.
Boston Private Bank & Trust Co, which is part of Boston Private Financial Holdings, appointed Cynthia Terwilliger as senior vice president, commercial loan officer in its specialty lending team.
Terwilliger will be based at the firm’s headquarters in Boston.
Previously, she worked at RBS Citizens’ Private Equity Banking Group, where she held the role of relationship manager for a decade; Terwilliger has also worked at State Street Bank & Trust Co, Fleet Bank and Shawmut Bank.
TD Wealth’s private client group promoted John Leto - regional wealth leader for the metro New York region - to senior vice president and chief operating officer.  
The bank hired Margaret Preston – latterly of US Trust - to assume Leto’s former duties. She will continue to expand TD’s wealth management presence in the New York City, Westchester, Long Island and Northern New Jersey markets.
Meanwhile, Leto will lead sales and support functions on behalf of the TD Wealth private client group, focused on the national sales office and national sales programs, sales and business strategy, reporting and analytics, governance and control, and credit management.  
He joined TD Wealth in 2012 after serving as president and chief executive of Standard Chartered Private Bank, Americas. Before that, he was managing director and global chief administrative officer at Citi Private Bank.  
RBC Wealth Management – US recruited financial advisors Paul Pallo, Jeffrey Laster and Frederick Levine in Florham Park, NJ.
Joining from Oppenheimer & Co, the team has a combined total of $151 million in assets under administration and $1.8 million in production.  
Also joining the firm with the team was Paula Kirejevas, senior registered client associate; Jenilee Hill, registered client associate; and Kyle Boughton, client associate.
Highmount Capital, a wealth management firm with $2.3 billion in assets under management, updated its leadership structure.
Steven Hoch and Maarten van Hengel, founding partners of the firm, assumed the additional responsibilities of chief executive and chief investment officer respectively. Founding partners Berk Nowak and Brian Walsh round out the leadership team.
Kevin Bannon, who served as CIO for five years, remains a vital member of the Highmount team, the firm said. As a managing director, his focus has shifted toward the research and management of Highmount's private equity interests. He continues as a member of the investment team, participating in discussions regarding the firm's investment approach and asset allocation structure.
Prior to Highmount, Hoch was a member of the executive committee at Pell Rudman Trust Company (now Atlantic Trust), and held senior positions at Bessemer Trust and Chemical Bank in New York and Zurich. Van Hengel was a managing director at Trainer Wortham & Company, where he established the family wealth management team. He also held other senior roles at Bankers Trust Private Bank and Swiss Bank Corporation. Together they founded Highmount Capital in 2002.
Evercore Wealth Management appointed Stephanie Hackett as a managing director and portfolio manager.
Hackett joined from the multi-family office Brandywine Group Advisors, where she worked for eight years as an investment director. Previously, she worked for seven years at JP Morgan, focused on alternative asset management and private banking.
In her New York City-based role she reports to Jay Springer, a partner and portfolio manager at Evercore Wealth Management. She is also a member of the firm’s Manager Selection Committee, which is responsible for the selection, due diligence and monitoring of all third-party investment managers.
The independent investment advisory firm Archvest Wealth Advisors affiliated with Raymond James Investment Advisors in Walnut Creek, CA.
Archvest is run by Eric Lai, president and co-founder, and John Wenzel, chief financial officer and co-founder - who together previously managed over $100 million in client assets. Kimberly Terry serves as director of operations.
Prior to co-founding Archvest, Lai was a senior financial advisor and principal at a fee-only planning investment advisory firm, while Wenzel was previously a financial advisor at an RIA. Terry also joined Archvest from an RIA and is responsible for business and financial compliance, cashiering transactions, client applications and maintaining client files. She also provides day-to-day operations support for the advisors.
Bank of America's US Trust made a spate of hires across the US, recruiting from firms including JP Morgan, US Bank and PNC Wealth Management.
In New Jersey, Glen Macdonald joined the Florham Park office as a private client advisor from Olson Financial Group while in Connecticut Donna David joined in West Hartford as a senior trust officer from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
In the southeast, Maria Clarke joined the McLean, VA, office as a private client advisor from Investment Strategies Group, as Tara Brummell joined the Baltimore, MD, branch as a private client manager from PNC Wealth Management.
Meanwhile, Amy Best - formerly a private client manager at US Trust - became a private client advisor in Saint Louis, MO. Patrice Hudson was hired in Kansas City, MO, as a senior trust officer from US Bank.
In Texas, Katherine LaLonde - formerly a regional marketing manager at US Trust - assumed a new position as a private client advisor in Dallas, while Patrick Pacheco was added in Houston as a wealth strategies advisor from JP Morgan.
To the west, Matthew Benson and Nelrose Sims joined the Los Angeles, CA, branch, and James Trujillo was recruited from Bank of America as a private client manager in Las Vegas, NV.
Lastly, Cindy Runger was hired in Seattle, WA, as a private client advisor from JP Morgan.
MUFG Union Bank named Mike Feldman as head of branch and private banking – a newly-created role.
In his expanded role, Feldman will manage MUFG's private banking arm, through which it serves affluent individuals, families, businesses and organizations.
Based in Orange County, he continues to report to Pierre Habis, who heads the consumer and business banking groups. He will continue to oversee retail branches in California, Oregon and Washington.
Feldman joined Union Bank in 2009 and was previously head of California branch banking and national sales manager for the retail banking division.
Neuberger Berman appointed investment management expert Celine Dufetel as its new head of client service.
Dufetel joined from the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, where she was a partner and served as leader of the North American asset management practice.
At Neuberger Berman, she will report to chief operating officer and global head of distribution Andrew Komaroff. She succeeds Lori Holland, who has taken on a senior role as part of Neuberger Berman's multi-asset class team – an area which the firm has in recent months made a “significant investment in,” it said. (Erik Knutzen was named as the MAC chief investment officer in May 2014, for example.)
Focus Financial Partners, the US network of independent wealth management firms, added $1.4 billion through Strategic Wealth Partners joining its network in Deerfield, IL.
“Given the highly fragmented nature of the Chicago RIA market, we see tremendous potential for Strategic Wealth Partners to further establish a regional presence in and around Chicago,” said Vamsi Yadlapati, managing director at Focus.
Strategic Wealth Partners principals David Copeland and Neal Price each have over 25 years of financial planning and investment advisory experience. SWP serves high net worth individuals and small institutions, with 14 members of staff.
The addition of Strategic Wealth Partners brought Focus’ total number of transactions for the year-to-date to 23.
RBC Wealth Management – US recruited the Thompson Wealth Management Group in Indianapolis, led by senior vice president and financial advisor Daniel Thompson.
Also joining RBC Wealth Management was Matt Rittenhouse, senior financial associate, and Alyson Frantz, senior registered client associate.
The Thompson Wealth Management Group has over 25 years of combined industry experience and joins from Merrill Lynch with $103 million in assets under administration and $1.2 million in production.
Washington Wealth Management, an independent RIA supporting fee- and commission-based US advisor practices, added Nadia Dickinson to its network.
Dickinson has 30 years of industry experience and approximately $100 million in assets under management, as of joining in September from Morgan Stanley.
Her newly-formed practice is called Dickinson Graham Capital Management and is based in Lancaster, CA (while focused on clients in California, the firm also works with clients in other parts of the US).
The investment manager PineBridge Investments appointed former Goldman Sachs man John Thornton as chairman.
Thornton - who retired as Goldman’s co-president in 2003 - succeeded E Mervyn Davies, a former Standard Chartered head, who has been chairman of PineBridge for four years.
PineBridge - which has $71 billion in assets under management - is majority owned by the Pacific Century Group, the investment firm run by the Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li. It was formerly the asset management arm of the American International Group which sold it to Pacific Century in 2010.
Thornton joined Goldman Sachs in 1980 and became renowned for his high octane deal making while working in London. He is also chairman of the board of Barrick Gold Corporation and director of the Ford Motor Company.
BNY Mellon hired Marcelino Pendas as a senior director and team leader at its international wealth management office in Miami, FL.
Pendas joined BNY Mellon as part of the two-year expansion of the firm’s sales teams in key wealth markets. Reporting to managing director Douglas Schaenen, his primary responsibility will be to grow BNY Mellon’s international private client business, with a focus on Latin American opportunities.
Pendas was previously director of trust sales for Amicorp Services’ private client group – a role in which he developed relationships with intermediaries such as financial institutions, family offices, legal and tax advisors.
Earlier, he co-founded International Wealth Planning Solutions, focused on serving residents and citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean. Pendas has also worked at Citigroup, Smith Barney and Barnett Capital Advisors.
US Bank Wealth Management promoted Dan Farley to Twin Cities investment leader, reporting to Margaret Paddock, Twin Cities market leader of the firm's Private Client Reserve.
Farley has over 13 years of financial services experience, having previously been a vice president at Dougherty Commercial Properties. In that role he led joint venture deal structures, acquisition due diligence and institutional funding.
Additionally, Farley has also worked as a management consultant within Deloitte Consulting’s strategy practice.
Justin Bass left SunTrust Banks, where he was responsible for the high net worth sports and entertainment group, to become managing director at True Capital Management, which also has a strong focus on the sports and entertainment sectors.
Bass was managing director of the sports and entertainment group within SunTrust Banks' private wealth management division from 2011 until November 2014. It is unclear who has taken on his former role at SunTrust.
Earlier, he spent 15 years as a partner and managing director at CSI Capital Management, an independent wealth management firm with a similar client base as True Capital and SunTrust.
True Capital Management works with over 200 professional athletes and entertainers, managing over $500 million in assets from offices in San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and New York.
Bessemer Trust added Grant Gardner to its New York office as a principal and head of estate administration and fiduciary counsel.
Gardner will manage all estates for which Bessemer is serving as executor or as personal representative, reporting to Lynn Lederman, managing director and senior fiduciary counsel for the northeast.
Before joining Bessemer, Gardner worked within the estate administration departments at Northern Trust and US Trust Company. Earlier in his career, he practiced law with Holland & Knight and Kelley Drye & Warren.
RBC Wealth Management added Todd Watson as a senior vice president and financial advisor in Fort Lauderdale, FL, said Kirstin Turner, director of the firm’s West Palm Beach complex.  
Watson joined RBC Wealth Management from Wells Fargo Advisors with $116 million in assets under administration and $655,000 in production.  He will report to Jim Jahnsen, branch director in Ft Lauderdale.
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management brought in Kevin Laurie from Barclays as a director and client advisor at the New York private client services office.
Laurie reports directly to John Sutton, managing director and regional executive at the branch.
Previous roles he has held include director and financial advisor at Barclays Wealth & Investment Management and a financial advisor on the corporate cash management team at Lehman Brothers. He began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he spent ten years as a fixed income trader.
Highland Capital Management, a Dallas, TX-based investment management firm, appointed Carla Martin as managing director of national accounts for the broker-dealer channel at Highland Capital Funds Distributor.
Reporting to Brad Ross, president of Highland Capital Funds Distributor, Martin will expand Highland's alternative products line-up, including non-traded and mutual fund offerings, to retail investors. She'll also lead the sales team, working with Jennifer Ricci on the IBD effort.
Martin is latterly of the corporate financing firm W P Carey, where she was a senior vice president of business development within the independent broker-dealer channel.
BNY Mellon Wealth Management hired Ygnacio Garcia-Saladrigas as a senior wealth director in Miami, FL, reporting to managing director Luis Castellanos, who joined the firm’s business development team in September.
Garcia-Saladrigas joined from JP Morgan Chase & Co, where he was a private banker working with high net worth clients.
Before that, he advised ultra high net worth clients at Barclays Wealth Americas; ran a boutique middle-market corporate and real estate investment bank; and served as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co.
PIMCO appointed Marc Seidner as a managing director and portfolio manager after he left the firm earlier this year.
Seidner returned in a new role as chief investment officer for non-traditional strategies and head of portfolio management in New York, as well as a member of the investment committee.
He reports to Daniel Ivascyn, group chief investment officer, who recently replaced bond heavyweight William Gross. Gross left the firm he co-founded over 30 years ago to join rival Janus Capital Group in September.
Seidner was a senior portfolio manager at PIMCO from 2009 to 2014 and a member of the PIMCO investment committee.
In his new role he will work with Ivascyn on the oversight of several non-traditional investment teams and will assume general portfolio management responsibilities as part of his new role.
Additionally, Curtis Mewbourne, current head of the firm’s New York portfolio management group, will return to the firm’s Newport Beach, CA, office as a senior member of the firm’s portfolio management team. He is set to join Newport in mid-2015 and will remain as head of the insurance, diversified income and sector fund separate account teams.
Morgan Stanley appointed former Central Intelligence Agency official Jami Miscik to its board, replacing Griff Sexton, who retired after nine years.
Miscik is president and vice chairman of consulting firm Kissinger Associates. Prior to joining Kissinger Associates in 2009, she was the global head of sovereign risk at Lehman Brothers, and also served as a senior advisor to Barclays Capital. Before entering the private sector, Miscik had a 20-year career in intelligence, ultimately serving as the Central Intelligence Agency's deputy director for intelligence.
Sexton has been a director since September 2005.  He has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and visiting lecturer at Princeton University. Before his academic career, he was an investment banker and advisory director at Morgan Stanley.

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