HighTower is a firm built by advisors, for advisors. Our service-driven relationship model provides comprehensive operational support with flexible affiliation options, allowing advisors to focus on serving their clients and growing their businesses. HighTower attracts some of the highest-caliber professionals and most successful teams in the wealth management industry. Our rigorous, selective evaluation process ensures that we affiliate only with high-performers who share our goals and values.
There are two ways to affiliate with HighTower:
1. HighTower Platform
We offer comprehensive, turnkey practice management solutions for independent practices and migrating advisors. Advisors enjoy full support for operations, middle-office, compliance, technology and marketing functions, as well as benefits from associating with our established brand and elite community.
We buy Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and independent broker-dealers, managing day-to-day business functions. All HighTower advisors gain access to our operational infrastructure, investment research and Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) solutions to help optimize client financial plans.
David L. Bahnsen is Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group in Newport Beach, CA and New York, NY. Prior to joining HighTower in 2015, he spent eight years as a Chairman's Club Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and seven years as a First Vice President at UBS Financial Services.
In 2017, David was named one of “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors” by Barron’s, “America’s Top 250 Advisors” by Forbes and “America’s Top 300 Advisors” by the Financial Times. He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business, and is a regular contributor to National Review and Forbes.
David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute and the Lincoln Club of Orange County. He is author of the upcoming book, Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It (Post Hill Press).
David is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®).
Jason Ezzell is Founder and Managing Director of The Ezzell-Conklin Group in Folsom, CA. Prior to joining HighTower in 2014, he spent 15 years as Senior Vice President of Wealth Management and Senior Portfolio Manager in the PIA Program at Merrill Lynch. At ML, Jason was a Designated Retirement Plan Advisor and member of the firm’s Circle of Excellence.
Jason’s main areas of focus are Private Client and Corporate Services. He leads the group’s research and investment process, driving customized portfolio construction and management for affluent private clients, institutions, and endowments.
Jason holds dual degrees from California State University, Sacramento and an advanced certificate from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®), and Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P®).
Geoff Gregory is Managing Director of The Andriole Group in Madison, CT. He has 38 years of the experience in the financial services industry, most recently as a First Vice President at Merrill Lynch. He spent 15 years of his career in commercial banking, most notably managing state-wide divisions supporting middle market and privately-held companies. Geoff was also the co-founder of a boutique investment bank in New York City.
Geoff specializes in strategic advisory services, wealth management, financial planning and consulting for personal and corporate retirement plans. He was instrumental in developing the HighTower Strategic Advisory Network, which provides clients with access to high-level Investment Banking resources.
Geoff earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary and a graduate degree from the University of Delaware’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He has completed professional education courses focused on leadership and strategic planning at both Harvard and Columbia University. He is Chartered Retirement Plan Counselor® (CRPC®) and Certified Financial Manager® (CFM®).
Laurie Kamhi is Managing Director, Partner, and Chief Investment Officer of LCK Wealth Management in New York, NY. Prior to joining HighTower in 2013, she spent 20 years at Merrill Lynch in the Private Banking and Investment Management Group.
In addition to serving the private wealth management and financial planning needs of high-net-worth individuals and families, Laurie has a wealth of experience serving institutional and corporate entities, including managing pensions, stock programs, and transitions of personal wealth from liquidity events such as business sales or initial public offerings (IPOs). In 2015, Laurie was recognized by Private Asset Management as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth.”
Laurie received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®).
Drew Nordlicht is Managing Director and Partner at HighTower San Diego in San Diego, CA. He is a financial services veteran of 26 years. Prior to joining HighTower in 2012, Drew spent five years as a First Vice President for Investments at UBS Financial Services. Earlier, he spent 13 years as a Vice President at Smith Barney.
Drew focuses on providing solutions for advanced tax and financial planning. His experience working in the corporate and venture services arena gives him a distinct perspective of the financial issues faced by the team’s core client demographic: corporate executives and entrepreneurs. He is a specialist in the area of concentrated and restricted stock, equity compensation, 10b5-1 plans, and pre-IPO liquidity planning.
Drew received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. He is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®).
Richard Saperstein is Managing Director, Principal, and Chief Investment Officer of Treasury Partners in New York, NY. He leads a team of 20 professionals who deliver a broad array of cash and wealth management services to corporate and private clients.
Richard has more than 30 years of experience on Wall Street. He spent 16 years at Oppenheimer & Co. before his team moved in 2003 to Bear Stearns, where they established and ran the Corporate Cash Management Group.
Richard has ranked on Barron’s annual list of “America’s Top 100 Financial Advisors” every year since the survey was introduced in 2004, including his highest-ever ranking (sixth) in 2017. Barron’s also ranked him fourth in New York State on its survey of the country’s “Top 1200 Financial Advisors” and fifth among “America’s Top 100 Independent Advisors “in 2017 as well.
Richard earned his MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he currently lectures and serves as an advisor to the Michael Price Student Investment Fund.
Timothy Scannell is Managing Director and Partner of Scannell Wealth Management in Valparaiso, IN. Prior to becoming one of HighTower’s first advisors in 2008, Tim amassed more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. His client service specialties include corporate cash management, budgeting, comprehensive wealth planning and income tax planning.
Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).
Roger Shaffer is Founder and Managing Director of Shaffer Wealth Management in Alpharetta, GA. He has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, Roger served for a decade as a Senior Vice-President and Private Wealth Advisor with SunTrust Investment Services. He began his career as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.
Roger received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®), and member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®), where he holds a certificate in wealth management.
Jania Stout is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Fiduciary Plan Advisors in Owings Mills, MD. Prior to joining HighTower in 2014, Jania founded and managed the Fiduciary Consulting Group at PSA, a team of consultants with a unified focus on helping plan sponsors with their fiduciary responsibilities. In five years, she grew the practice from approximately $300 million to nearly $3 billion in assets.
Earlier, Jania spent 10 years at ADP’s Retirement Services Division, helping the firm become one of the largest retirement plan providers in the country. Jania was appointed to the Leadership Council of National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) in 2014 after winning the organization’s prestigious 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award in the previous year.
Jania received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Hofstra University and graduated from the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Leadership program.