Steward Partners has hired a former Morgan Stanley executive to be its first head of wealth management.
The independent employee-owned RIA, which is associated with Raymond James, says Doug Kentfield will help support its 100-plus advisors in 21 offices.
“Our team has been speaking with some of the industry’s top leaders, but it wasn’t until we met Doug that we knew we had found someone special who could help manage our quickly growing team of advisors,” according to Steward CEO Jim Gold.
Kentfield has over three decades in the business, having started at E.F. Hutton in 1986 and becoming a branch manager at Smith Barney in 1988. He moved up the ranks at Smith Barney through 2009.