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Stifel Adds $140M Rep From Wells Fargo: Recruiting Roundup

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Stifel Financial says veteran advisor Sandra Wheeler has left Wells Fargo Advisors and joined its in San Luis Obispo, California. Wheeler has 25 years of industry experience and has worked with $140 million in client assets.

“We are very pleased that Sandra chose Stifel and that she will become an integral part of WIN – Stifel’s Women’s Initiative Network led by First Vice President Crystal Schlegl,” according to John Pierce, head of Recruitment for Stifel. “WIN is transforming Stifel and attracting some amazing women advisors and other professionals throughout our organization.”

Meanwhile, LPL Financial recruited five advisors with Chesapeake Investment Planning to its hybrid platform with about $150 million in assets. They moved from Kestra Financial and are based in Stevensville, Maryland. 

Chesapeake was founded by Todd Wilhoit in 2009 and worked with LPL until 2013. 

“With [the platform] ClientWorks Connected, so many resources are all integrated into one workflow. … It’s a game changer, and it will greatly enhance the experience for my clients,” Wilhoit said in a statement. “Since coming back to LPL, I’ve also been so impressed with the company’s service transformation.”

Moving with Wilhoit are Jay Bogaczyk, Jeremy Meyer, Tommy Painter and Adair Tyler; all started their careers in the banking industry. Office support is provided by Megan Penn and Amber Kemens.

LPL also says advisors Mark Sudol, CFP; Gary Sudol and Jeffery Lavin of the Sudol Group have joined it hybrid platform from Ameriprise Financial. They work with about $300 million of assets and are based in Las Vegas. 

“We believe LPL’s platform gives us the most open canvas to help our clients paint their financial futures. There are no proprietary products, so we are free to advise our clients and create portfolios that are truly catered to their needs,” according to Mark Sudol, who has over 35 years of industry experience. 

The group also has an office in Gardenia, California, and receive office support from Courtney Sudol and Sarah Ahlheim.

Also moving to LPL from Ameriprise are advisors Carter Johns, Michael Chu and John Gillis of JCG, LLC, in Chesapeake, Virginia, who work with about $150 million.

Gillis, Chu and Johns formed JCG in 2012 and have nearly 60 years of combined financial-services experience.

“We want to grow and are looking to LPL’s size and scale to help us do that,” Chu said, in a statement.

“With LPL’s deep well of resources, we feel positioned well for success. I hope to create a business that my children will hopefully want to be part of one day,” he added.

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Separately, Raymond James welcomed two financial advisors from Ameriprise to its employee channel: Greg Vandergrift, CFP, and Zach Vandergrift, CRPC, in Orlando and Tampa, Florida.

The team does business as Vandergrift Financial Group of Raymond James.

“What caught our attention is the firm’s focus on culture and the client-advisor relationship,” according to Greg Vandergrift, managing director, who has been in the business for 30 years. “It was important to us to work with a firm with remarkable technology and resources, in a conflict free environment where clients come first.”

In addition, Robertson Stephens Wealth Management says RIA Blue Blaze Financial Advisors, which has roughly $200 million in assets, has joined its operations in Holmdel, New Jersey. Blue Blaze’s co-founders are Frank Corrado, CPA, CFP, and his son Frankie Corrado, CFP; the group also includes Kevin Talty, CFP. 

“Blue Blaze prides itself on building its reputation on trust and transparency. Frank and Frankie’s passion for holistic financial planning strengthens Robertson Stephens’ commitment to building solutions tailored to our clients’ individual life goals,” said Stuart Katz, CEO and chief investment officer of Robertson Stephens Wealth Management, in a statement.

The addition of the Blue Blaze puts Robertson Stephens’ total assets under management at about $1 billion. The firm has 25 employees in four offices in San Francisco, New York, New Jersey, and Sun Valley, Idaho.


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