Mr. Stern joined Berkshire Capital in 1998. During his career at the firm, he has completed transactions involving institutional asset management, mutual fund, wealth management, and securities firms. Jon currently co-heads the firm’s institutional and mutual funds practice areas.
Jon brings extensive transaction experience in financial services to Berkshire Capital assignments. Prior to joining Berkshire Capital, Jon had spent his entire career at First Union and a predecessor bank, First Fidelity Bancorporation, beginning in 1984. He has extensive experience in the corporate finance area focusing on M&A and capital planning, and was a Senior Vice President responsible for acquisitions and divestitures in the Northern part of First Union’s franchise. Previously, he held other management roles within the finance division including asset/liability management and accounting & reporting.
Jon graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Economics and received an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Valerie G. Brown
Valerie G. Brown is Executive Chairman of Advisor Group, Inc., one of the nation’s largest networks of independent financial advisors with more than 5,000 independent advisors and approximately $160 billion in client assets under management. Advisor Group provides comprehensive broker-dealer services, technology, and advisory programs through its four registered broker-dealers and Registered Investment Advisors: FSC Securities, Royal Alliance Associates, SagePoint Financial, and Woodbury Financial Services.
Before assuming her current position with Advisor Group, Ms. Brown served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cetera Financial Group from the company’s formation in 2010 until its sale in 2014. In 2009 she led the spin out of the Cetera companies from ING to Lightyear Capital. Prior to Cetera, Ms. Brown was chief executive of officer of ING Advisors Network, having previously served as its president for five years.
Ms. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Financial Services Institute and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Board of Directors. Ms. Brown has also served on the Membership and District 7 committees of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) and as a Director on the Blackrock Equity/Bond Funds Board.
Ms. Brown has been honored with a number of industry awards over the years. She is actively involved in charitable arts organizations and is a member of C200, an invitation-only membership organization of women business leaders from around the world. Ms. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree with high scholarship in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Susan Theder assumed the role of Chief Marketing Officer at Advisor Group in 2016. As CMO, Susan develops ways to enhance the effectiveness of the Firm’s communications and drive awareness of all our platform has to offer. She also focuses on developing programs to support our advisors’ growth objectives. Susan has spent over 25 years in financial services, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer at Cetera Financial Group, overseeing marketing and communications for it’s 11 independently managed broker-dealers.
Prior to Cetera, Susan was a Managing Director at Pershing, LLC, responsible for the strategic marketing of their BD, RIA and global business units. Prior to Pershing, Susan held senior positions in marketing, product management and practice management at Fidelity Investments.
Susan earned a BA, with Honors, in History from Bowdoin College and holds Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.
Kelly Waltrich is a member of eMoney Advisor’s core leadership team and has served as Head of Marketing and Communications since joining the company in 2013. Since that time, she has established the department and now leads a team of 25 people responsible for the planning, development, execution and monitoring of eMoney’s marketing, communications and creative initiatives. She also sits on the company’s Business Acceptance, Risk and DR committees.
Prior to this position, Kelly served as Assistant Vice President/Director of Advisor Marketing and Communications at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, where she was responsible for creating and managing marketing strategies that increase brand awareness, positively impact revenue and improve the client experience. Before joining Janney, Kelly provided strategic marketing support to institutional sales and client service professionals at Turner Investment Partners.
Kelly attended James Madison University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications. She formerly served as Treasurer for the Bucks County Chapter Board of Associates of the Fox Chase Cancer Center and chaired both the Marketing and Events committees for Women in Investing of Philadelphia. She is a member of the CMO Club and American Marketing Association.
Ms. Sanders is a business consultant for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. She has spent her career working with firms as they prepare to launch, develop growth strategies and plan for their eventual succession or sale. Ms. Sanders leverages over 20 years of consulting, financial modeling and valuation experience from prior roles with Bank of America, Circle K/Tosco, Agilent Technologies and Charles Schwab. She pulls directly from her corporate M&A experience, and the personalized consulting done with existing RIAs, as she assists transitioning advisors with building a foundation for growth and increasing overall value. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.
Jeff Schwantz is head of Morningstar’s client solutions, where he leads the execution of strategic solution sales, marketing and client success experience across Morningstar’s multi-channel customer solutions for asset managers, broker dealers, registered investment advisors (RIAs), family offices, bank wealth management organizations, and online brokerage clients. Within Morningstar, Schwantz is an executive leader that works across the enterprise to deliver Morningstar’s data, research, software, and investment management services across the continuum of the ever-evolving investment advice industry. Schwantz also works collaboratively across many of the Financial Institutions than make up the current and future state of the investment advice ecosystem.
Schwantz has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Morningstar in 2015, he was a director and senior relationship manager for Pershing LLC’s global client relationships team, where he was responsible for business development and led a nationwide team of relationship managers that managed the firm’s customer relationships with RIAs; independent, full-service, fixed-income, and bank broker dealers; and trust companies. Before Pershing, Schwantz was a relationship manager for Allstate Financial in both the retail and institutional asset management segments, having held positions in business development, operations and distribution technology. Previously, he worked for Wells Fargo.
Schwantz holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University’s Graduate School of Business. He was a contributor to and featured in the book Five Keys to Powerful Business Relationships (McGraw-Hill, 2013). In March 2017, Schwantz was awarded and recognized as a 2017 Rising Star in the industry by Fund Action Fund Directions, during the 24th Mutual Fund Industry Awards.
Megan Carpenter is a Co-Founder and is the CEO of FiComm Partners, based out of Los Angeles. Megan’s entire professional career has been driven by her deep and sincere passion for the independent financial advisory space. As a fellow entrepreneur, Megan has become an advocate on behalf of the business owners that lead the independent advisory movement, empowering them with strategic communications programs that drive growth. With a solid track record of delivering results for financial advisory clients, Megan is a commenter in the media on communications issues for financial advisers and has been asked to speak at various industry events on the topics of communications, marketing, business development, client relationship management and team building.
Megan has consulted with some of the nation’s top financial advisers and advisory firms. Prior to founding Caritative Wealth Consulting, LLC, in 2012 – the firm she merged with Founding Partner, Jason Lahita to form FiComm Partners – Megan was an executive at two of John Hancock Financial Network’s largest regional firms, Signature Resources, Inc. and Signature Financial Partners, LLC. During her time as the Director of Marketing at Signature Resources, Inc., the firm was awarded the John Hancock’s Presidents Trophy 3-times and, under her supervision as the Director of Business Development at Signature Financial Partners, LLC the firm was awarded the John Hancock Growth Award 3-times for greater than 15% growth across all product lines.
Megan graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Global Management. She is a proud supporter of the USC Alumni Association, the USC Marshall School of Business Scholarship Fund, and the American Red Cross.
Robert Moore was appointed chief executive officer of Cetera Financial Group in September 2016. As CEO, Mr. Moore assumes overall executive responsibility for Cetera Financial Group, which includes: Cetera Advisors, Cetera Advisor Networks, Cetera Financial Institutions, and Cetera Financial Specialists along with First Allied Securities, Summit Brokerage Services, and Girard Securities. He also continues to serve as a member of Cetera’s board of directors.
Mr. Moore was formerly the chief executive officer of Legal & General Investment Management America (LGIMA). Prior to joining LGIMA, Mr. Moore served as president of LPL Financial with oversight of the company’s primary client-facing functions, client service and operations teams. Prior to becoming president of LPL, he served as CFO.
Before joining LPL Financial, Mr. Moore served as chief executive officer at ABN AMRO North America and La Salle Bank Corporation. He has also held a number of finance management positions, as well as key investment and portfolio management roles earlier in his career.
He currently serves on the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Executive Committee, Advisory Board for the Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), as well as a board member for Invest in Others, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Chicago History Museum. He is a former member of the board of the Financial Services Institute, the development board for The University of Texas, Austin and has also served on the LIGMA board since 2008. Mr. Moore currently holds Series 7, 24, 27, 99 securities registrations and is a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA).
Matt Lynch is the Managing Partner of Strategy & Resources, LLC, a financial services consulting firm. Matt, who has over 25 years of industry experience, has had a successful career as a financial services senior executive and consultant. He is sought after for his ability to link strategy with the art of the possible in terms of implementing change. Matt serves senior executives at financial services companies by focusing on corporate-level strategy, resource optimization and change management. His management consulting is highly customized and leverages an innovative open-architecture business model which provides clients access to multiple subject matter experts from independent consulting firms.
Matt’s professional background includes progressive senior leadership roles as President & CEO of an independent broker-dealer and RIA, Capital Analysts Incorporated, CFO of Lincoln Financial Advisors, and field management roles with New York Life. His consulting credentials include Moss Adams, LLP, where Matt was a Director of the business consulting group where he was widely recognized for his industry expertise in succession planning, M&A, and financial services distribution strategies. Matt was also affiliated with Tiburon Strategic Advisors as a Principal where he focused on strategy consulting.
Matt is a frequent keynote speaker at company events and industry conferences for firms and organizations throughout North America. He also serves as a board director for a number of financial services firms.
T. Neil Bathon
T. Neil Bathon is managing partner of Fuse Research Network, a leading-edge decision support firm that employs a highly refined market intelligence capability to deliver informed, decisive and forward-looking guidance to firms in the asset management industry. Fuse Research Network delivers tactical research-based, client-specific recommendations that improve the productivity and effectiveness of the resources devoted to sales, marketing, and product management.
Timothy D. Welsh, CFP®
Timothy D. Welsh, CFP® is president, CEO and founder of Nexus Strategy LLC, a leading consulting firm to the wealth management industry. Nexus Strategy’s primary focus is working with leading financial services and technology firms to distribute products and services through the advisor channel.
Prior to founding Nexus Strategy, Tim was director of business consulting services for Schwab Advisor Services, where he led the development and marketing of practice management resources for independent advisors. While at Schwab, Tim also held senior roles in Strategy, Marketing, Advertising, PR and Industry Content development.
Prior to joining Schwab, Tim was vice president at Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for marketing, product development and financial advisor training for the financial planning group. Tim is frequently quoted in the wealth management media on a wide range of business management and industry topics. He is the author of a number of industry white papers, a guest columnist for RIABiz, Investment News and WealthManagement.com, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in finance from the University of Colorado.
Tim holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation and is an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), where he serves in a leadership role on a number of task forces and committees, and was formerly an elected member of the National Board of Directors.