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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 daughter, Juliana and our son, Owen. At the moment Juliana is busy applying to graduate schools for social work, while Owen is working through 5th grade.  Sometimes I feel like I am a taxi for my son’s sports. Whether it’s football practice, lacrosse tournaments, or his second lacrosse team (that I am assistant coach for), we’re always on the move. We really like to travel together as a family; we’re headed to Costa Rica this year and we’re really looking forward to it.”

What’s on My Mind:

Read my latest thoughts here.

Contact:

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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:

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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:

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Executives

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:

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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:

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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 (9 and 11) 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 with our trusted family dog.”

Contact:

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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:

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