Recruiting Roundup: Wells Fargo Gains 2 Advisors From Rivals

Northern Trust expands Houston wealth management team; Raymond James adds affiliate

Advisor recruiting has slowed in early 2016. Advisor recruiting has slowed in early 2016.

Wells Fargo Advisors (WFC) has recruited two advisors with more than $260 million in client assets.

Geoffrey “Case” Gatlin, who manages $169 million in client assets, left Raymond James (RJF) to join the Laurence, Nebens and Valdez team in San Antonio, where he will report to William Lee, complex manager.

Thomas Braley joined in WFA in Saginaw, Michigan, from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC), where he managed more than $95 million in client assets. He now reports to Tony Thorpe, senior vice president and complex manager for the central Michigan complex.

Northern Trust, meanwhile, expanded its Houston wealth management team by brining on five registered reps: Martha Voss, Brian Thomas, Chad Lyons, John Jacobi and J. Adam Brennen.

Voss, now senior vice president, senior lender and banking practice leader, spent more than 33 years at JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and its predecessors in a variety of management positions; Thomas, senior wealth strategist, was most recently managing director of JPMorgan Private Bank in Houston.

Lyons, a vice president and banking relationship advisor, was formerly in oil and gas banking at Scotiabank; Jacobi, vice president and portfolio manager, used to hold the same title at Capital One Asset Management; and Brennen, vice president and senior client advisor, spent more than 10 years at Amegy Bank.

In other news, Raymond James says it gained a new affiliate.

The advisors of GCB Financial Services, a division of Greenfield Cooperative Bank of Greenfield, Massachusetts, will offer investment and wealth management services to its clients through Raymond James Financial Services.

The GCB Financial Services team, which includes program manager and financial advisor Michael Johnson and financial advisor Edward Zadworny, previously partnered with MML Investors Services for third-party support.

“We chose Raymond James as our new partner because it provides its clients with superior research, technology and planning tools,” Michael Tucker, president and CEO of Greenfield Cooperative Bank and its parent company, Greenfield Bancorp, MHC, said in a statement.

“The breadth of the resources and the type of support available to its financial advisors will allow us to provide more in-depth service to our clients, and ultimately, to help them better achieve their financial goals,” Tucker explained.

“We are pleased to welcome the professionals at GCB Financial Services to our Financial Institutions Division,” added John W. Houston, managing director of the division, in a statement. “Their decision to partner with us is further proof that Raymond James resources and support continue to attract expanding bank investment programs.”

RBC Adds Directors in San Francisco; IFA Expands to Austin

Meanwhile, RBC Wealth Management brought in a new senior managing director and San Francisco complex director. With more than 25 years in the financial industry, Michael Schipper joined RBC from Raymond James; he was earlier with Morgan Stanley.

Schipper now will oversee about 70 financial advisors and 125 total employees serving clients in seven branches, located in San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Monterey, El Dorado Hills, Walnut Creek, and Oakland.

Fee-only RIA and fiduciary wealth management firm Index Fund Advisors, based in Irvine, California, says it launched a new office in Austin, Texas, and brought in Derick Kann to run it.

Kann brings more than 20 years of financial services experience to his new position as senior vice president and wealth advisor; formerly, he was with USAA Wealth Management Services, where he qualified for their top producer’s Champion’s Conference from 2013-2015.

--- Read the Feb.18 Recruiting Roundup on ThinkAdvisor.




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