Financial Advisors

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Financial Advisors

The top 422 on Barron's 1,200 list were identified and inputted onto the attached spreadsheet on the tab Top Advisors. Below are some findings.

Observations

  • For Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia, only 6 top financial advisors were identified and mentioned.

Rankings

  • Of the 422 top advisors ranked, 82 are from Morgan Stanley (19%), 80 are from Merrill Lynch (19%), 53 are from UBS (13%), 13 are from JP Morgan (3%), and 194 are from other firms.
  • Of those from Merrill Lynch, 21 advisors deal with private wealth management and 59 deal with wealth management.
  • Of those from Morgan Stanley, 31 advisors deal with private wealth management, 39 advisors deal with wealth management, and 12 are from Graystone Consulting.
  • In Alabama, the first ranked financial advisor is Tony Smith. Smith is the managing director of Investments at Stonegate Wealth Management, a division of UBS Financial Services, Inc.
  • In Alaska, the first-ranked financial advisor is Jeff Leonard. Leonard is one of the founders of Leonard & Marten and a registered principal of Raymond James Financial Services LLC.
  • In Arizona, the first-ranked financial advisor is Trevor Wilde. Wilde is the managing director at the Wilde Wealth Management Group.
  • In California, Gregory Vaughan is the first-ranked financial advisor. Vaughan is a managing director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management (PWM).
  • In Colorado, Shawn Fowler is the first-ranked financial advisor. Fowler is a managing director at Morgan Stanley PWM.
  • In Connecticut, the first-ranked financial advisor is Jeff Erdmann. Erdmann is a managing director at Merrill Private Wealth Management.
  • In Washington, D.C., Marvin McIntyre is the first-ranked financial advisor. McIntyre is a managing director at Morgan Stanley PWM.
  • In Delaware, the first-ranked financial advisor is Kimberlee Orth. Orth is a private wealth investor at Ameriprise Financial.
  • In Florida, Thomas Moran is the first-ranked financial advisor. Moran is the founder and CEO of Moran Wealth Management.
  • In Georgia, the first-ranked financial advisor is Rod Westmoreland. Westmoreland is a managing director at Merrill Private Wealth Management.
  • In Hawaii, Matthew Megorden is the first-ranked financial advisor. Megordan is the senior vice president of the Megorden Group at UBS Financial Services.
  • In Illinois, the first-ranked financial advisor is Paul Tashima. Tashima is a managing director of the Corporate Cash Management Group at UBS Financial Services.
  • In Indiana, Wm. Craig Dobbs is the first-ranked financial advisor. Dobbs is a managing director at Morgan Stanley Graystone Consulting.
  • In Kentucky, the first-ranked financial advisor is Barry Barlow. Barlow is the managing director of Barlow Associates at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
  • In Maryland, Robert Scherer is the first-ranked financial advisor. Scherer is a managing director at Morgan Stanley Graystone Consulting.
  • In Massachusetts, the first-ranked financial advisor is Raj Sharma. Sharma is the managing director of the Sharma Group at Merrill Private Wealth Management.
  • In Michigan, Charles C. Zhang is the first-ranked financial advisor. Zhang is the founder and CEO of Zhang Financial.
  • In New York, the first-ranked financial advisor is Lyon Polk. Polk is the managing director of the Polk Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.
  • In North Carolina, William Oliver is the first-ranked financial advisor. Oliver is the managing director of the Oliver Private Wealth Group at Wells Fargo.

Research Strategy

As mentioned in the findings, for some states only 6 advisors were ranked and, therefore, it was not possible to provide 10 top advisors for each state. For certain advisors, no email addresses were available either on the company website or from third-party sites or publications. For these companies, we had to reconstruct their email addresses from email formats provided by email search services. Often these search services provided multiple email format options and we chose the one that was similar to email addresses from advisors from the same firm that we were able to find. The cells containing the constructed email addresses are highlighted with a light shade of red.
Please note as well that not all advisors have a LinkedIn profile. This was concluded after thoroughly searching the platform.
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