Small Firm Advisory Board Runoff Election
The recent FINRA election to elect a New York Region member of the Small Firm Advisory Board (SFAB) resulted in a tie. FINRA is holding a runoff election for eligible small firm members in the New York region to select their SFAB representative. The candidates in the runoff election are:
Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel
Constellation Wealth Advisors LLC
I currently serve as the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Constellation Wealth Advisors LLC, a multi-family office registered with FINRA, SEC, NFA and MSRB. I have over twenty years of diversified experience in the securities and financial services industry and serve frequently on conference panels and I am a published author on compliance and risk. I am an adjunct professor in the Financial Services LLM Program at New York Law School lecturing on various topics including "best practices"for Portfolio Managers and aspects of operating in offshore domiciles. I am on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors ("AM&AA") assisting with expanding the knowledge base for New York middle tier investment banking and private equity sector. I serve as a Small Firm Representative on the FINRA District 10 Committee and also serve as a Hearing Panelist for FINRA District 10. I am admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, the Federal District Court of Newark and before the United States Supreme Court. I hold Series 7, 24, 53, 63 & 65 registrations. I obtained a B.A. from Syracuse University with a degree in Russian & Eastern European Slavic Studies and my J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where I am recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus.
I am running for the SFAB because serving in the role of a Chief Compliance Officer has played an important role in my professional life. I believe that individuals and firms involved in the securities industry have an obligation and responsibility to serve their constituents in an ethical and professional manner. The securities industry has a continual responsibility to ensure that self-regulation accomplished through FINRA membership responds to the changing needs of broker-dealers, associated persons and investors. Continually adapting to market and industry trends and consulting with our members provides the best method to formulate and facilitate rule making that strengthens an already robust regulatory environment that will continue to instill confidence with our investors. Firms should vote for me to represent them because I understand and would be sensitive to their needs. Being on the District 10 Committee would allow me to leverage that position and provide a practical and responsible approach to serving small firms. Self-regulation and business practicability can be compatible and I would seek to assist in the process whereby rules are formulated collaboratively thus strengthening the relationship between the member firm, the District and FINRA itself. I truly believe that I would represent member firm interests well on the SFAB. I appreciate the continual support I receive from the New York Broker-Dealer community.
Link to Resume/CV: http://www.cwallc.com/Myles-Edwards.asp
Chief Compliance Officer
Robotti & Company, LLC
Stephen Hart is the Chief Compliance Officer for Robotti & Company. Prior to joining Robotti & Company, Steve worked at BlackRock as a Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Department, supporting both global Compliance and Operations. Before joining BlackRock, he worked in the Corporate and Finance departments of Waldron & Goldstein, P.C., focusing primarily on Compliance consulting. Steve earned a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS degree in Banking and Financial Services Management from Boston University. He holds an Investment Adviser Core Compliance Certification as well as his FINRA Series 7, 24, 66 and 99 licenses.
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to build programs and manage firm-wide initiatives.
Having worked for the world's largest asset management firm as the global Chief Administrative Officer for Compliance, and currently working as the Chief Compliance Officer for both a broker-dealer and registered investment adviser of a smaller firm, I have developed strong generalist skills with a broad base of experience.
The firms which the SFAB represent are unique in that our firms encounter issues that larger firms do not. We have limited resources and bandwidth, and by my serving on the SFAB, I pledge to advocate an agenda that promotes small firm BD business growth while allowing exemptions that will not penalize firms of our size with over burdensome costs of implementing regulatory reform targeted for larger money manager and banks on Wall Street. Regulatory reform for small broker-dealers in many cases continues to hurt the viability of registered representatives to sustain a career in his or her line of business. It is all of our duties to protect our investors ultimately, but there must be tailored Compliance programs allowed by our SRO that continue to help firms of our limited size and resources. Regulatory reform is not and cannot be a "one-size-fits-all"model.
I greatly value the thorough and analytical environment of working in compliance and respectfully submit myself as a candidate for the SFAB.
Link to Resume/CV: http://www.robotti.com/our_team.php?team=management