In Surprise, Helck to Retire From Raymond James

The head of private client operations and former SIFMA chairman will step down in February after 25 years with the firm

Raymond James COO Dennis Zank, PCG CEO Chet Helck and ex-RJFS CEO Dick Averitt in 2011. Raymond James COO Dennis Zank, PCG CEO Chet Helck and ex-RJFS CEO Dick Averitt in 2011.

Chet Helck, CEO of Raymond James’ (RJF) Global Private Client Group and a company board member, said Thursday that he will retire next month. He has been with the firm for 25 years and will stay on as a special advisor through year-end as needed.

"Chet has been a very strong leader for our organization. He was our first head of a combined Private Client Group (PCG) and has managed our core business through challenging markets while delivering consistently excellent results," said Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly, in a press release.

Helck, 61, now represents Raymond James on the board of directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and served as the group’s chairman in 2012.

Raymond James says that Scott Curtis, president of its independent advisor channel, and Tash Elwyn, president of its employee advisor channel, will join the firm’s Executive Committee upon approval of the board at its February meeting.

“I have been privileged to help lead one of the industry’s finest companies," Helck said, in a press release. "Raymond James is well-established as the destination for the best advisors in the industry. Tash and Scott are well-prepared and I am proud of the management team we have built together."

Company Changes

Raymond James has seen several key leaders retire in recent years.

Dick Averitt, formerly CEO of the independent advisor channel, retired from that role in 2012. He remained chairman of this unit through the end of 2013.

Former CEO Tom James passed the baton to Reilly in May 2010, one year after Reilly began acting as president and CEO-designate.

"Chet's contributions to the firm go beyond his leadership with our Private Client Group, including as a key contributor to the development of the firm's technology, wealth solutions and marketing efforts," said  James, now executive chairman, in a statement.

“Prior to his broader PCG leadership role, Chet was one of a small management team that made Investment Management & Research and its successor, Raymond James Financial Services, a leader in the independent contractor brokerage business,” James added.

Raymond James, which acquired Morgan Keegan in 2012, now has some 6,200 financial advisors with client assets of roughly $441 billion.

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