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Deals Of The Day: The Latest In Wealth Management M&A - Raymond James

Editorial Staff, August 4, 2020

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The latest transactions and acquisitions in the North American wealth management industry.

Raymond James has added to its presence in the Salt Lake City, Utah area by bringing in a team of advisors to its embrace.

Chris Williams, Robb Farr, Brad Wittusen, Jeffrey Smith, Roger Thornton and Kelly Holtman have joined Raymond James Financial Services, the firm’s independent advisor channel. 

The advisors, along with Jana Berry, office manager and RJFS registered client services associate, and Kristin Craddock, client services associate, operate as Uinta Wealth Management. The team joins from Wells Fargo Financial Network, where the advisors managed about $300 million in client assets.

A Certified Financial Planner™ professional, Williams has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Before joining Raymond James and rebranding the practice as Uinta Wealth Management, he was co-founder and managing partner of WFH Wealth Management, part of the Wells Fargo Financial Advisors Network. Earlier in his career, he was a financial advisor at Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley. Williams earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

Farr, co-founder of UWM and RJFS financial advisor, started his career in 1999 as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley. Prior to Raymond James, Farr was affiliated with Wells Fargo FiNet, where he and Williams co-founded WHF Wealth Management in 2011. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

Wittusen, senior vice president of UWM, RJFS financial advisor and a Chartered Financial Analyst®, has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to Raymond James, he served as a managing partner of WHF Wealth Management (Wells Fargo FiNet), a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch and an associate on Wall Street with Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University.

Smith, senior vice president of UWM and RJFS financial advisor, has been in financial services for more than 35 years. Smith has served as a consultant for several Utah major market 401(k) plan providers, an advisor for a large hospital foundation, and as a financial advisor for many high net worth families and foundations. Before joining Raymond James, he was a senior vice president and financial advisor at WHF Wealth Management (Wells Fargo FiNet). Prior to that, he was a vice president of investments at RBC Wealth Management and UBS Financial Services, and a first vice president at Morgan Stanley. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

Thornton, senior vice president of UWM and RJFS financial advisor, has been in the industry for over 40 years, with past experience at firms including Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and, most recently, Wells Fargo FiNet.

Holtman, RJFS financial advisor, has over 12 years of experience in financial services. Prior to Raymond James, she was a registered client associate at WHF Wealth Management (Wells Fargo FiNet) and a financial advisor at Soltis Investment Advisors and Presidio Wealth Management. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

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