WealthManagement.com Industry Award Judges
David Armstrong is the editor-in-chief and executive director of content and user engagement for WealthManagement.com and its print component, Wealth Management magazine.
His journalism career began at Fox News, where he was one of the first business reporters for Foxnews.com. He worked at Forbes magazine for eight years, covering everything from entrepreneurs to technology to finance. There, he was a co-editor of the Forbes 400, the annual ranking of the 400 richest people in America.
In addition to his journalism background, Armstrong was a senior editor at HNW, a boutique marketing company, crafting messages and communications directed at high-net-worth clients of financial advisors from clients including Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Wells Fargo, UBS and Northern Trust. In that role, he also helped spearhead major bespoke research projects—both qualitative and quantitative, on HNW investors and their relationship with financial advisors—for clients like Fidelity, Lincoln Financial and RBC Wealth Management.
He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taken post-graduate courses at the New School for Social Research.
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.
Doug Fritz is founder of F2 Strategy and a tenured wealth management chief technology officer. His team of experienced wealth management executives address a widening gap between the expectations of affluent clients and their wealth management experience. The F2 Strategy perspective and experience come from a long history of innovations and transformative technical projects at major financial institutions. Doug has led teams through transformative initiatives such as robo-advisor integration, paperless client onboarding, digital client engagement and many other areas currently challenging our industry.
Martine E. Lellis
Martine is the chief operating officer for Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney (SBSB), an SEC-registered investment advisor located in McLean, VA. SBSB manages over $3 billion for affluent individuals, families and institutions, and offers a full range of comprehensive financial planning, portfolio management, fiduciary and tax services.
Martine earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Duke University, and an MBA from Georgetown University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), as well as a Certified Financial Planner (CFA). She has consulted with Keir Educational Resources as a writer and instructor for CFP exam review courses. She was a former member of the Schwab Advisor Services Technology, Operations & Service Advisory Board.
In her free time, Martine enjoys CrossFit, traveling with friends, and hanging out with her rescue Tabby.
Julie Littlechild is a speaker, writer and researcher. Her firm, Absolute Engagement, helps advisors tailor their client experience to support a compelling personal vision for the future.
Julie has worked with and studied successful financial advisors, their clients and their teams for more than twenty years. Prior to founding Absolute Engagement, she launched and ran one of the industry’s leading research firms, focused on client engagement. Julie is the author of a popular blog, the co-host of the Becoming Referable podcast and her first book, The Pursuit of Absolute Engagement, was released last year.
Julie sat on the national board of the US Financial Planning Association from 2010 – 2013, was twice identified as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Planning by Investment Advisor Magazine, and won the Influencer Award in practice management from Financial Planning Magazine. She works in the US, Canada, UK and Europe and holds an MBA from the University of Toronto.
You can reach Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.absoluteengagement.com
Tom Lydon is editor and publisher of ETF Trends, a website with daily news and commentary about the fast-changing trends in the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry. Mr. Lydon is also CEO of Global Trends Investments, an investment advisory firm specializing in the creation of customized portfolios for high-net worth individuals. He has been involved in money management for more than 30 years.
Mr. Lydon serves on the Board of Directors for U.S. Global Investors, Inc. and is an independent Director on Guggenheim Investments Funds Board. He helped create the CNBC Model ETF Portfolios. Mr. Lydon is the author of The ETF Trend Following Playbook, as well as iMoney: Profitable Exchange-Traded Fund Strategies for Every Investor. He and his firm produce educational webcasts and virtual conferences for financial advisors on a wide variety of ETF and Alternative Investing topics.
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.
Strategy & Resources serves senior executives at financial services companies by focusing on corporate-level strategy, resource optimization and change management. Their management consulting engagements are highly customized. Senior consulting professionals with decades of experience in the financial services industry bring their acumen to the firm’s clientele. Multiple subject matter experts provide a well-rounded metrics-based, think tank experience.
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 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 fintech and financial services firms.
Craig D. Pfeiffer
Craig Pfeiffer is the President and CEO of the Money Management Institute. MMI is the leading voice for the global financial services organizations that provide advice and professionally-managed investment solutions to individual and institutional investors.
In 2012, Craig founded and continues today as Chairman of Advisors Ahead llc. pursuing a passion to continuously elevate the professionalism of the investment advice industry and the successful development of Financial Advisors.
Additionally, Craig is engaged as the Executive Chairman of the Board at Inlet llc, a joint venture between Broadridge (NYSE:BR) and Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI), and a Board Director for Westfield Group’s Ohio Farmers Insurance Company. Previously, Craig was an Advisory Board member at Snowden Lane Partners and served as a Board Director for PriceMetrix.
Craig is a proven senior financial services executive, following 29 years with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and predecessor firms. He transitioned from MSSB in 2012 where he was Vice Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee. From 2003 to 2011, he held a progression of senior leadership positions at MSSB, including the National Sales Group and responsibility for marketing strategy and client communications, desktop technology solutions, and brokerage-based banking. From 1982 to 2003, Craig advanced through field management roles, starting as a Financial Advisor and transitioning into field management at all levels.
Active with industry and community organizations, Craig is a member of the Board and the Executive Committee of Citymeals-On-Wheels serving New York City and President of Bright Seed Foundation. He serves on the Dean’s Council for Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Tina C. Powell
Tina Powell is the CEO of C-Suite Social Media, a digital marketing consultancy for the financial services industry. With over 20 years of hands-on digital marketing campaign and strategy, Tina’s extensive experience has kept her on the cutting edge of marketing and social media. Prior to C-Suite Social Media, Tina was a partner at Beacon Wealth Management, an SEC registered RIA firm based in Hackensack, New Jersey.
A TEDx speaker and industry thought-leader highly skilled in idea generation, Tina is a current member of TD Ameritrade’s Institutional Presidential Panel and served previously on the TD Advisor Panel for three consecutive years. Most recently, Tina was a judge for the 2018 T3 Technology Tools for Today Advisor Conference – Student Competition and Orion’s Fuse Utah Hackathon for years 2016 – 2017.
Tina graduated with high honors from New York University with a Master’s Degree in Graphic Communications Management and Technology. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, magna cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University and holds a Series 65 license. Tina is a member of the Financial Planning Association and Women in ETFs.
Scott leads Cerulli’s research efforts focused on investor behavior and advisory relationships. Prior to his current role, he led Cerulli’s research efforts in intermediary distribution and has been the lead author of many reports across these practices.
Scott has more than 19 years of financial services industry experience, with particular concentrations in advice delivery and distribution strategy. Prior to joining Cerulli Associates, Scott held a variety of roles at MFS Fund Distributors and Putnam Investments with a focus on strategic planning and product development.
Scott received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in Economics and his MBA with a focus on marketing from Bryant University.
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.