A Message From CEO Sean Hanlon
I learned long ago that successful businesses share four essential qualities: Passion, Integrity, Vision, and Care.
– Sean Hanlon
We’ve made those same qualities the bedrock of our business, and you’ll see their positive effects across our full range of our offerings—from asset management to technology solutions to comprehensive Registered Investment Advisory services for financial professionals and their clients.
We’re dedicated to sustaining world-class service through continuous enhancement of our entire suite of solutions and the processes we use to deliver them. The indicators of that dedication are plain to see:
• The positive energy of our service professionals who are devoted to ensuring your every interaction with us ends with a smile.
• The long hours of our research and trading professionals, who understand that behind every dollar they manage is an important life goal for the investor who entrusted their money to us.
• The commitment of our tireless developers, who never stop pushing our technology solutions toward the cutting edge.
We’re deeply honored by the trust and faith financial professionals and their clients place in us to help them navigate the ever-shifting investment landscape, and look forward to building on Hanlon’s reputation as a trusted partner to financial professionals and the investors they serve.
Internal Mission Statement and Business Principles
Our mission is to provide the complete solution for firms and advisors to be the best at delivering financial services, enabling them to serve each and every client.
The Hanlon Leadership Team
Sean Hanlon is CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Hanlon Investment Management, which he founded in 1999.
After graduating from Stevens in 1980, with a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering, Mr. Hanlon became a project engineer with Rohm and Haas. Two years later, Mr. Hanlon had a desire for a Wall Street career and was hired into the renowned, industry-leading training program at Merrill Lynch. Three years later, Paine Webber recruited Mr. Hanlon to open a branch office in 1986, where he expanded his already successful investment services practice.
In 1993, Mr. Hanlon’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to leave Paine Webber and become an independent financial advisor, starting his own independent firm. In 1999, having developed a specialized investment management approach for his direct clients, Mr. Hanlon launched Hanlon Investment Management (HIM), an SEC-registered investment advisor, expanding an already successful retail investment management practice to now include distributing investment management solutions on a wholesale level, where HIM provides investment management services for advisors and their clients.
The HIM wholesale business expanded rapidly and needed considerable technology solutions, so Mr. Hanlon lead HIM to make critical investments into purchasing and developing software. Today, Hanlon is an innovative asset management, services and financial technology company, employing over 130 associates. Its product offerings include an asset and wealth management platform for advisors, wealth managers, family offices, broker/dealers, banks and institutions. Over 100,000 clients are served daily through the HIM platform, enabled through a fully-integrated, cloud-based technology that includes high quality service and premier investment management teams.
Mr. Hanlon is a member of the Stevens Board of Trustees and is chairman of the advisory board for the Hanlon Financial System Center at the Stevens School of Business. The Hanlon Center’s mission is to provide facilities and labs for educating the students that will become tomorrow’s financial services leaders. The Hanlon Center also supports financial systems research; the development, testing and evaluation of software for financial networks; the investigation of cyber-security challenges in the financial domain; hosts conferences; and much more. Mr. Hanlon does or has served on the advisory board of numerous financial service companies and venture capital partnerships.
Mr. Hanlon earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation in 1997, and he is a member of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Financial Planning Advisory Board. He and his wife of 28 years, Cathy, have two wonderful, successful adult children, John and Erin, and they enjoy spending time with their immediate and extended family, especially at the New Jersey Shore.
Nathan Berk joined the company in 2010. As the Chief Information and Platform Officer, he is responsible for formulating the strategic information technology goals and plans for the company and leading the implementation through the direct management of the technical teams. He is also responsible for developing the overall corporate IT mandate of the company and ensuring the mandate is met. Prior to joining us Nathan held the role of Vice President of Sales and Marketing and General Manager of Omicron Consulting, LLC. At Omicron Nathan focused on managing the daily operations of Omicron, set the firm’s overall strategic direction and managed Omicron’s sales and marketing teams. Nathan began his career in technology over 20 years ago as an Engineer for Atlantic Electric. Nathan obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in 1992 and received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Rutgers in 2001 where he graduated with Honors.
Email: DDownham@Hanlon.comlinkedin: Dierdre A. Downham
Dierdre Downham began her career with the company in 2002. As a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Administrative Officer, Dierdre provides oversight and direction related to administrative functions, health, safety and environment, and human resources. She supervises the office staff and works collaboratively as a member of the senior management team providing input with the strategic development of the firm. Prior to joining Hanlon, Dierdre worked for eight years for Prudential Securities. Dierdre earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Email: CAdamo@hanlon.comlinkedin: Christopher Adamo
Chris Adamo has approximately 20 years of compliance experience in the financial services industry and was named the company’s Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Counsel in January 2018. Chris began his compliance career as a Special Investigator for FINRA. Prior to joining the company, Chris spent a combined ten years at Lord Abbett & Co. and Legg Mason Global Asset Management where he focused on compliance matters related to investment advisers, investment companies and fund distribution. Chris graduated from Villanova University and earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Community Christian Choir in Trenton.
Don Williams joined the company in 2004 and oversees the Back and Middle office departments of the firm. Don worked for Montauk Financial Group prior to joining us. Don earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from Rutgers College, Rutgers University. He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially golfing and mountain biking.
In March 2002, Wade joined Interactive Advisory Software (IAS) as our first Customer Support Representative. Using his past experiences working as an Associate Financial Planner and Income Tax Preparer, Wade has been instrumental in establishing a common customer experience and delivery of a consistent high level of support, which today are considered company differentiators and core competencies. Over the years, Wade has been a major leader in our company. In August 2016, Wade was appointment to Chief Product Officer leading a collaborative effort to set a strategic direction for the platform. Wade also manages the client relationships of the firm through the Customer Support team and directly manages the Product Management team who define the direction of our platform’s functionality and services. Wade graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Finance and is a Certified Financial Planner™, Chartered Financial Consultant™, and Chartered Life Underwriter™.
Based in northern New Jersey, Andrew Hanlon is an Advisory Director for Hanlon Investment Management serving the Eastern United States, handling all aspects of the sales efforts for the firm by meeting advisors and introducing them to the Hanlon Story. Andrew is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, (CAIA). Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry including 18 years of Wall Street experience. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Pension Fund Investment Consultant, a specialist and market-maker on the New York Stock Exchange (member), American Stock Exchange (member) and New York Futures Exchange (member). Andrew studied Economics at Fordham University. He enjoys golfing and skiing.
Kyle McClure has been with Hanlon since September of 2011 serving in several different roles including client services and sales. In 2018 he was named Hanlon’s Internal Sales Manager. Prior to joining Hanlon Kyle worked for ING Direct as their top sales representative and worked in the ticket office of the Philadelphia Eagles. He currently holds his Series 7 and 63. He graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Management.
Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristen and 3 children, Ryan, Cooper, and Ellie. He also has a passion for his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.
George Peller joined the company in 2013 as a Research Associate. Along with his current role as Co-Chief Investment Officer, he also oversees the daily operations of the Hanlon Research Team. He has over 10 years of investment experience, including six and a half years at BlackRock as a member of the Alternative Investments team and two years at Wells Fargo. George graduated with honors, Cum Laude, from La Salle University in 2003 with a major in Finance and a minor in Risk Management and Insurance.
Frank Manna joined the company in October 2013. In his current role as Strategic Account Manager, Frank works with existing customers to expand relationships (software and services) and partners with internal teams to ensure customers’ needs and expectations are met by the company. He is responsible for the overall relationship the customer has with Hanlon Advisory Software. Prior to joining Hanlon Advisory Software, Frank worked for BNY Mellon/Pershing and The Vanguard Group. Frank earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Law from Saint Joseph’s University and his Master of Business Administration from Penn State University. In his spare time, Frank enjoys snowboarding, playing tennis, participating in classic car events, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Carmine Turso joined the company in 2011. Carmine is the Trading Manager overseeing the Brokerage, Hanlon Mutual Fund and Variable Annuity business. Prior to joining, Carmine worked in the Broker Dealer and Mutual Fund industry for 20 years. He worked as a Product Manager at UBS and was Assistant VP of Broker Dealer Services for Merrill Lynch Investment Management and Blackrock Inc.. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his two sons in Little League Baseball and Recreation Basketball. Carmine is a Youth Ministry Leader at Bayside Chapel in Barnegat.
Mark Bernacki joined the company in 2013. Mark is the Data Reconciliation Manager overseeing the daily reconciliation, billing and performance for the business. Prior to joining, Mark worked for JP Morgan in Back Office Operations department for 6 years. He attended East Stroudsburg University of PA and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Associate’s Degree in Economics. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Philadelphia sports teams, golfing and spending time with his two young daughters.
Heather Goodwin began her career with the company in 2006. As the Director of Operations she is responsible for the management of our two Service Teams, as well as the Operational Support and Quality Assurance departments. Prior to joining us, Heather worked for four years as a Branch Office Administrator for Edward Jones and Company. Heather graduated Cum Laude from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Education.
Stephen Hartney joined the company in August 2008. As a Customer Support Manager, he oversees the flow of requests from our customers using the software. He is the subject matter expert in multiple areas of the software including portfolio billing, portfolio accounting and performance reporting. Prior to joining us, Stephen worked as a Financial Advisor for 5 years at Morgan Stanley and a few independent financial planning firms and then as a Portfolio Manager & Trader at Gratus Capital in Atlanta for over 2 years. Stephen graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He enjoys spending time with his 2 daughters and playing sports including tennis, basketball, and softball.
Ryan Jotkoff joined the company in September of 2009. As a Senior Manager of Conversions, he oversees our conversion department, which brings new advisors or firms previous system data on the HAS Platform including CRM and Portfolio Performance data. Prior to working in Conversions, Ryan worked as a Product Manager covering Rebalancing, Portfolio Management, and Portfolio Performance. Prior to joining us, Ryan spent 7 years working in the Financial Services Industry doing back office reconciliation and operations for a CPA & RIA firm. Ryan earned Bachelors of Science in Accounting from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and his MBA from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Rushi Patel began his career with the company in 2012 as a Software Engineer. In his current role as the Director of Application Development, he oversees all aspects of the software development life cycle. He works in partnership with Infrastructure and Product Management to deliver innovative solutions. Prior to joining us, he worked as a Software Engineer at Home Depot. Rushi graduated from Georgia State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Marlene Kneisel joined the company in 2005. In her current role as Administrative Services Manager, Marlene supervises the operation of supportive services for the company. Prior to working for us, Marlene was an Account Supervisor at an advertising agency where she managed various casino accounts in New Jersey, Indiana, Mississippi and Canada. Marlene earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration from Trenton State College.