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Ameriprise Nabs UBS Family Team: Recruiting Roundup

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Amerprise Financial says it has recruited a team with four family members from UBS in Dallas. The Vilfordi Group manages about $314 million in client assets.

“We’re pleased to share that four members of the Vilfordi family, who operate an advisor practice in Dallas, Texas, joined our employee channel from UBS,” Ameriprise said in a statement. “Their practice has three generations of experience supporting clients in financial planning relationships.”

The four family members and the years in which they became part of the practice are: George Vilfordi III, uncle, 1979; Aaron Vilfordi, George’s nephew, 2012; Alex Vilfordi, 2016, George’s nephew (and Aaron’s brother); and Adam Vilfordi, 2018, also George’s nephew (and Aaron’s brother).

Client service associates Rosmari Trump and Tonya Merriweather also made the move with the Vilfordis, and all now report to branch manager Blake Harris.

The family’s work in the business go back to the 1950s, according to Ameriprise.

George, for instance, cut his teeth at Merrill Lynch starting in 1980. He spent 29 years there, before moving to UBS in 2009, according to Finra BrokerCheck.

“We serve a variety of high-net worth clients and business owners through a comprehensive financial planning relationship. Many clients who worked with my father and uncle decades ago still work with us today,” Aaron explained in a statement. “We are also proud to serve many of their children and grandchildren.”

“I’m excited that the Vilfordi family decided to join Ameriprise,” according to Harris. “They are a strong team with deep roots in the Dallas community and decades of experience helping clients plan for retirement and other key financial goals. I look forward to working with them as they continue building their business into the future.”

Chalice News

Chalice Financial Network, benefits firm for independent advisors and RIAs, says it is rolling out a lending service to support M&As for its advisor clients.

It also made several executive appointments, said it bought Succession Link — an online matching service for indie advisors – and struck an alliance with Oak Street Funding.

“From identifying potential transactions, to obtaining deal financing, to expertise on transaction execution and business integration, we now offer the entire continuum of solutions that independent advisors need to buy or sell a business,” according to Chalice CEO Keith Gregg.

As more deals in the advisory space occur, “streamlined access to M&A guidance and competitive financing will mark the difference between success or failure for these advisors,” Gregg explained.

Chalice aims to serve as “Amazon Prime” for advisors, the firm says, via its fintech platform and digital marketplace, Chalice Advisor Exchange.

The San Diego-based firm recently promoted Derek Bruton from COO to president. Also, Succession Link CTO Tim Horton is now CTO of Chalice.

According to Bruton – who has about 30 years in the business, “our alliance with Oak Street Funding provides a powerful capital solution for our constantly expanding base of members across the independent financial advice space.”


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