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Barry Ritholtz

Chairman & Chief Investment Officer
Chairman & Chief Investment Officer

Barry Ritholtz has spent his career helping people spot their own investment errors and to learn how to better manage their own financial behaviors. He is the creator of The Big Picture, often ranked as the number one financial blog to follow by The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and others.

Barry is the creator and host of Bloomberg’s “Masters in Business” radio podcast, and a featured columnist at the Washington Post. He is the author of the Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy (Wiley, 2009). In addition to serving as Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management, he is also on the advisory boards of Riskalyze, and Peer Street, two leading financial technology startups bringing transparency and analytics to the investment business.

Barry has named one of the “15 Most Important Economic Journalists” in the United States, and has been called one of The 25 Most Dangerous People in Financial Media. When not working, he can be found with his wife and their two dogs on the north shore of Long Island.

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Josh Brown

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer

Josh Brown has spent his career helping people invest and manage portfolios. His clients range from individuals to corporations, retirement plans and charitable foundations.

Josh is the author of the book Backstage Wall Street, (McGraw-Hill, 2012).

He is on the advisory board of Brightscope, where he hopes to help usher in a new era of transparency for the financial advisory industry.

Josh blogs at The Reformed Broker, where he discusses markets, politics, economics, media, culture and finance using statistics, satire, anecdotes, pop culture references, sarcasm, fact, fantasy and any other device that help to get his points across and easily understood.

He will challenge your perceptions, call it like he sees it and occasionally, make you laugh.

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Kris Venne, CFP®

Director of Wealth Management
Director of Wealth Management
E-mail: kris@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“In 2007 I decided that I wanted to change careers from food co-ops to finance. I joined a major brokerage firm on January 1, 2008. Being at a big brokerage firm through the financial crisis was the single best learning experience I could have asked for. It truly had a formative impact on my view of this industry. It was clear to me that the future was not in the brokerage world. Meeting Josh and Barry in 2012, then joining them was akin to joining your favorite band.”

Favorite part of the job:

“The people. I read somewhere that if you’re the smartest person in the room that you should leave that room – if that’s the case, I’m not leaving this room anytime soon. That’s true for my coworkers, as well as our clients.”

Experience:

Linkedin

Education:
  • The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, B.A. Political Science
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ / CFP
Professional Organizations:

FPA of NY

When I’m Not Working:

“My wife Lori and I live on Long Island with our teenage son Owen. My daughter Juliana is a Social Worker in NJ. When I’m not leading the advisors here at RWM, and working with my partners to grow and develop our firm – I’m tending my garden and plotting our next meal, we like to grow and cook food in our house. Prior to the recent situation we’re all in, we loved to travel – and are looking forward to getting back to it.”

What’s on My Mind:

Read my latest thoughts here.

Contact:

Call 212-625-1200

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Michael Batnick, CFA®

Director of Research
Director of Research
E-mail: michael@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“I was following Josh Brown’s work, both on Twitter and the blog, and what he was talking about really resonated with me. My career began with a sales position at a life insurance company and the things that Josh was writing about, in terms of career incentives and being a fiduciary, really resonated with me. I was lucky enough to meet him at a train station in the town we both grew up in, and the rest as they say, is history.”

Favorite part of the job:

“I have a deep respect for how hard investing for the long-term is, so knowing that we’re helping people on their journey gives me tremendous satisfaction. I love the fact that we’re helping our clients achieve their goals, which is why people invest in the first place.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

  • Queens College, B.A Economics
  • Chartered Financial Analyst®

When I’m Not Working:

“Like most people, nothing gives me more pleasure than spending time with my family. When they go to sleep, I love to read and write. I’m very excited for my first book to come out. Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments inverts the traditional financial book. Rather than look at how Warren Buffett and other super investors built their fortune, I study their biggest mistakes and how they were able to overcome them.”

Contact:

Call 212-625-1200

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Executive Team

Bill Sweet, CFP®

Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
E-mail: bill@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“After six years on active duty as a Captain in the United States Army, I joined a family tax practice and began doing income tax work in Tuxedo, New York. During the 2007-2009 recession, I had a lot of clients ask me what they should do with their investments. In seeking answers, I found two voices of reason in the chaos of that time in Barry and Josh – both of which helped me and my clients understand and survive the crisis. I added a Certified Financial Planner™ / CFP  designation in 2012.  When Ritholtz Wealth Management put out a notice for financial planners I responded to the inquiry less than ten minutes after the notice posted. It’s been an incredible ride so far working with our team and the most rewarding experience of my professional career.”

Favorite part of the job:

“I just honestly like helping people, especially if it involves finding a way to reduce a client’s tax burden. I feel that most advisers don’t pay enough attention to the impact their investment recommendations have on an after-tax basis, so when I’m able to keep more of our client’s investment earnings in their portfolios, I feel good about what we are doing.”

Experience:

  • LinkedIn
  • United States Army, Captain; awarded Bronze Star Medal for combat action in Iraq in 2003

Education:

  • Computer and Systems Engineering (B.S.), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ / CFP

Professional Organizations:

Treasurer, Tuxedo Park Library.

When I’m Not Working:

“In 2017, I became a father for the first time to a happy, baby boy, Sam.  I am really enjoying this new role and love spending time with my family.  Another passion of mine is restoration work.  Most recently, I restored an 1840 boarding house.”

Contact:

Call 212-625-1200

 

Erika Mauro

Director of Client Operations
Director of Client Operations
E-mail: erika@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“I had spent many years in the financial services industry and saw the growing trend of registered investment advisory firms entering the space. I wanted to learn more, so I moved along with these changes in the industry. After gaining seven years’ experience at an RIA firm, I jumped at the chance to help RWM build their operations from the ground up.”

Favorite part of the job:

“I love interacting with our clients. Whether I am helping them establish a relationship with our firm, transitioning over their accounts or troubleshooting an operational issue, there is never a dull moment. I also enjoy working with numbers and finding ways to improve efficiencies in our operations.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

When I’m Not Working:

“I’m a single mother to three children, and that role is the most fulfilling one in my life. Supporting my children in their pursuits, be it in academics, athletics or musical arts is how I enjoy spending my time. Relaxing with my family, cooking and watching hockey are all ways I like to unwind.”

Contact:

Call 212-625-1200

Patrick Haley, CFP®

Chief Technology Officer
Chief Technology Officer
E-mail: patrick@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“After leaving the Navy in 2005, I took a job at Merrill Lynch in Washington DC. I was looking for something completely different from the military and didn’t want the typical “Navy-Lite” life (such as Booz Allen, Lockheed, etc). When I started, a USMA grad pulled me aside and suggested I read David Rosenberg and Richard Bernstein. Reading Rosenberg led me to Barry’s blog, The Big Picture, which I still read every day.”

Favorite part of the job:

“Finding solutions that can help advisors and clients with financial planning is most rewarding.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

  • United States Naval Academy, Bachelor of Science, Ocean Engineering
  • United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, Air Traffic Controller
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ / CFP

Professional Organizations:

When I’m Not Working:

“I love staying active with my wife and young sons (12 and 14) by skiing, surfing and running.  When Army-Navy square-off in football, I can be found cooking up a big BBQ feast for my friends.  We live in Newport, RI.”

Contact:

Call 212-625-1200

Patricia Hatzfeld

Chief Compliance Officer
Chief Compliance Officer

How I arrived at RWM:

“I had spent many exciting years as a regulator in the financial services industry, leading national programs to review compliance of broker-dealers and registered representatives with securities laws and rules. Having had exposure to various types of large and small firm compliance programs, I decided to take a new step in my career by pursuing a compliance role at a private firm. Given the trend of increasing registered investment advisory services, I was interested in challenging myself by learning and applying my skill set in this growing area. I was fortunate to learn of the opportunity to build out the Compliance program at RWM. It didn’t take me long to see how revered Barry and Josh were and I quickly realized that it was a chance to become part of one of the fastest-growing registered investment advisory firms in the nation and I never looked back.”

Favorite Part of the Job:

“The ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment, empowered by some of the most preeminent thought leaders in the industry ”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

Utica College, M.S. Economic Crime
St. Francis College, B.S. Accounting

Professional Organizations:

CPA

When I’m Not Working:

“I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband Chris and I live on Long Island and are very proud of our three children Christina, Matthew and Sean. Christina is a nurse, Matthew is finishing up college and Sean is in 9th grade. We typically spend our time together at sporting events, both professional and amatuer (retired baseball Mom turned hockey Mom). In the summer, we like to enjoy all Long Island has to offer by playing golf, boating and enjoying the beaches. We also love spending down time with our adorable Cockapoo, Buddy”.

Contact:

Call 212-625-1200

Ben Carlson, CFA®

Director of Institutional Asset Management
Director of Institutional Asset Management
E-mail: ben@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“I followed Josh and Barry’s work for a number of years before I started writing and they had a huge influence on me. When I began my website I reached out to Josh to share my thoughts on what is wrong with the institutional asset management industry and how I would do things differently. We realized we shared similar values and principles which led me to get to know other team members at RWM. I loved the fact that everyone had a shared vision and I knew this was the perfect firm for me. I joined in late-2015 to build out our institutional and family office division.”

Favorite part of the job:

“My favorite part of the job is educating investors and helping them avoid the stress that comes along with money management. Our biggest role is really solving problems for individuals and organizations.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

Grand Valley State University, B.A.
Hope College, A, Business Administration/Economics/Accounting
• Chartered Financial Analyst®

When I’m Not Working:

“Most of my free time is spent reading, and I love to escape in a good suspense novel.   Exercise, like jogging, helps me take care of myself physically and clears the mind.  My colleague, Michael Batnick and I host a podcast, Animal Spirits, that is some of the most fun I have all week. I love spending time with my wife and three young children doing fun things in my hometown of Grand Rapids, MI, like trips to the zoo and park.”

Contact:

Call 616-288-6250

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Nick Maggiulli

Chief Operating Officer & Data Scientist
Chief Operating Officer & Data Scientist

How I arrived at RWM:

“After working in litigation consulting/data analytics for 5 years I decided to start an investment blog. Michael Batnick was one of my first 20 Twitter followers and we eventually met at EBI East in November 2017.   We quickly realized that RWM needed someone to do data science for them.  I pitched them on my vision to incorporate client-focused analytics into their business and it must have struck a chord.  Since then I have transitioned into a more broad operations role.”

Favorite Part of the Job:

“I love the fact that I’m using what I love (programming) to improve the experience for our clients and help them achieve their goals.  It’s also nice that I get to work with like-minded individuals where I can be myself.  I am a huge proponent of cultural fit, and the values practiced by RWM resonate with me.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

Economics (B.A.), Stanford University

When I’m Not Working:

“I spend a lot of time trying to improve myself.  Whether this means meeting new people, going to the gym, or reading books, I’m always trying to push myself and expand my circle of knowledge.”

 

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Tony Isola, CFP®

Non-Profit / 403(b) Plans
Non-Profit / 403(b) Plans
E-mail: tony@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“For many years, I was a big fan boy of both Barry Ritholtz and Josh Brown, and later began following Ben Carlson and Michael Batnick. Their blogs kept me sane during the great financial crisis. I used their wisdom in many client letters when I had my own independent firm, ATI Investment Consulting, Inc. On a lark, I sent RWM a message inquiring about a project to help clean up the current cesspool that is also called non-Erisa public school teachers’ 403(b) plans. Kris Venne got right back to me and the next thing you know we were meeting with everybody. We hit it off immediately and decided to deep-six the project idea and go all in and merge our firms. The rest is history.” 

Favorite part of the job:

“Liberating people from the greedy hands of financial predators who exploit their lack of financial literacy and suppress client wealth is a favorite part of my job. I also like exposing the bad guys on my blog and making connections to other areas of discipline to help people understand investing. Going into classrooms and teaching kids financial literacy is also pretty cool Completing comprehensive financial plans and explaining them in English gives me great pleasure. Showing clients that investing is filled with uncertainty and being brutally honest about the lack of definite answers in this sphere is a task that I also enjoy. Not having to remember what our philosophy is helps me sleep at night.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

  • Hofstra University, M.S. Secondary Education
  • Boston University, B.A. Economics, Minor History
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ / CFP

When I’m Not Working:

“I enjoy working out, eating Italian food and gardening.  Attending my twin sons’ sporting events and reading good books on any topic are big on my agenda. Watching the Giants and Yankees can sometimes be pleasurable activities.”

What’s on My Mind:

Read my latest thoughts here.

Contact:

Call 631-675-1420

Read more from Tony Isola, CFP® at:

Dina Isola

Non-Profit / 403(b) Plans
Non-Profit / 403(b) Plans
E-mail: dina@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“My husband, Tony, and I started our own fee-only fiduciary registered investment advisory firm in 2002, when there was little talk of this business model.  As Barry Ritholtz and Josh Brown started shedding more light on this space, it became a comfort to us that we were not alone in this fight for transparency and decency in the financial services community.  We joined forces in late 2015. ”

Favorite part of the job:

“My background in this industry is in communications.  I have always deemed myself an ‘outsider’ to this industry and had to learn its language, so I can relate to clients who feel they should have a better understanding, but are too embarrassed to admit their confusion.  I enjoy boiling things down, and explaining concepts that may have eluded clients in the past.  I want them to feel at ease to ask any questions they may have.  Turning someone’s anxiety into knowledge and giving them back control of their finances is very rewarding.  I especially enjoy freeing teachers from horrible 403(b) plans and educating them – and their students – so they can be in a position of strength.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

Fairfield University, B.A. English/Writing and Communications

When I’m Not Working:

“For personal enjoyment, nothing beats spending time with my husband and sons.  Lucky for them, I like to cook!  I love getting lost in a good book, writing fiction, listening to music and attempting to learn guitar.”

What’s on My Mind:

Read my latest thoughts here.

Contact:

Call 631-675-1420

Dan LaRosa, AIF®, QPFC

Corporate Retirement Plans
Corporate Retirement Plans

How I Arrived at RWM:

As an advisor specializing in 401(k)s and other corporate retirement plans, it was easy to see that the system was broken; plan sponsors and participants pay excessive fees for non-existent consultation and financial advice. When a colleague introduced me to Kris, I realized that we shared the same principles and I knew right away that I wanted to be a part of what they’re building.  The team at RWM is on the forefront of fixing what’s wrong with the investment advisory world, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Favorite part of the job:

I love that my role allows me to work with employers from very different industries and walks of life. Helping them understand their fiduciary responsibilities and navigate a myriad of ERISA regulations is great, but my favorite part of the job is educating plan participants and having the opportunity to have a positive impact on their retirement.

Education:

State University of New York at Albany, B.S.B.A. in Management and Marketing

Accredited Investment Fiduciary / AIF®

Qualified Plan Financial Consultant / QPFC

Professional Organizations:

American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries / ASPPA

When I’m Not Working:

I live on Long Island with my wife, Lauren, our dog, Sonny, and our newest addition, Emilia.  I’ve recently (and happily) been spending all my free time with my daughter, but anything extra is spent exploring the east end of the island, travelling, or going for a run with Sonny.

Contact:

Call 212-625-1200

Dan McConlogue, AIF/PPC®

Corporate Retirement Plans
Corporate Retirement Plans
E-mail: dan@ritholtzwealth.com

How I arrived at RWM:

“I came to the financial services / retirement plan space as a result of responsibilities I had for employee benefits during my corporate days.  I thoroughly enjoyed that part of the job and at one time served as both an Investment Committee member for our Pension plan and later, as a Trustee of our 401k plan.” 

Favorite part of the job:

“In a nutshell – education.  There is so little education for plan sponsors, individual clients, plan participants as to what really matters in retirement savings; and what the difference is between ‘product’ and ‘process.’  I love that part of the job.”

Experience:

LinkedIn

Education:

Providence College, B.A. Political Science

Professional Organizations:

Accredited Investment Fiduciary the Professional Plan Consultant designations from the Center for Fiduciary Studies

When I’m Not Working:

“I like to stay active in my community; the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers, Florida is particularly near and dear to my heart. I love a good golf course, even if it doesn’t love me back (though it’s so much better when it does).   Family time is very important to me.  My wife Rose and I spend quite a bit of time with our adult children and ever-growing brood of grandkids.”

Contact:

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