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At Stratos, we are not just a team of consultants; we’re your partner…working hand-in-hand with you to analyze and create strategies to help your practice grow.
With you, we work to identify opportunities to help gather assets, get the ball rolling on positive change, provide objectivity, understand your mission and vision, reduce risk and liabilities and continue to monitor your progress right alongside of you as a true accountability partner. Simply put, we are here to help you help your clients!
The more we can help you engage your clients’ hearts and minds, working together with you, the more likely we are to create a successful relationship! Partners working fervently towards similar goals greatly improves successful and meaningful outcomes. Results that your clients will appreciate.
We are passionate about working with advisors each and every day in helping them deliver the ultimate experience for their clients.
Ben began his financial services career at First Union in 2000 where he traded agency bonds, working with high net worth and middle markets advisors. From there he moved to Bank of America Securities. He continued to trade retail fixed income while expanding his sales role, focusing on institutional and high net worth clients and advisors on the west coast, with a focus on structured products and preferred shares.
In 2006 he was hired by UVEST Financial Services to expand and develop the role of the fixed income sales and trading team, where he introduced structured products. After LPL’s acquisition of UVEST, Ben managed the combined fixed income team in Charlotte and San Diego, creating a cohesive sales and trading organization. He also worked to expand the institutional sales effort focused on financial institutions he began at UVEST, building a team fully dedicated to servicing the trading needs of banks and credit unions across the US.
In 2013 Ben moved to Global Strategic Investments in Miami, the US division of the largest independent broker/dealer in Colombia. While there he designed and built the US brokerage and advisory units for GSI, with responsibility for recruiting, hiring, and oversight of retail brokerage, advisory, and insurance. Ben also worked to build an institutional trading team in New York and Miami dedicated to the sales and trading of US dollar denominated securities.
Ben grew up in Georgia. He attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia where he majored in comparative religions and French, with a concentration in economics. After college, he spent a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming, before working for the Forest Service as a wilderness back country ranger in the Rocky Mountains. Between college and graduate school, he also spent several years as a youth pastor. He studied for a master’s degree at Princeton Theological Seminary where he pursued interdisciplinary studies in religion and society through the seminary and Princeton University. Ben’s interests include health and nutrition, rugby, a wide range of outdoor pursuits, and travel. Ben has lived in a dozen states and visited eighteen countries.
Kate joined Stratos Wealth Partners as a Transition Specialist in 2016. Prior to joining Stratos, Kate was a licensed Insurance Agent and Registered Representative with Farmers Financial Services. She currently holds her FINRA Series 6 and 63 registrations with LPL Financial.
Kate has developed a keen understanding of the challenges and concerns faced by Small Business Owners after working closely with them for over 13 years. A passion for small business and commitment to Customer Service make the Transitions Team a great fit.
Kate is located in our San Diego location and lives with her husband and two children. She spends most of her free time on the sidelines of her kid’s soccer and baseball games or at the beach.
A highly motivated, service-driven professional with experience across multiple industries, Ann joined the Stratos family in 2014 as a Transition Specialist and is now a member of the Advisor Relations team. Ann’s primary focus is to collaborate with field leadership and proactively engage with financial advisors and their teams, to identify and incorporate effective growth initiatives, practice acquisition and succession planning strategies, introduce resources to navigate industry trends and adopt best practices, to assist with escalations and remove operational hurdles.
Prior to joining Stratos, Ann spent time at Wells Fargo Advisors where she obtained the FINRA Series 7, currently held through LPL Financial, and Series 66, currently with LPL and Stratos. She also holds the Life and Variable Annuity licenses through the State of Ohio. In addition to her experience in the financial services industry, Ann spent several years in management, both retail and medical practice, as well as information technology sales working with the Fortune 1000.
A graduate of the University of Dayton, Ann continues to enjoy the “Flyer” tradition as her youngest son attends her alma mater. Her older son is an Ohio State “Buckeye,” so football and basketball have become her past time. When not visiting the college campuses, Ann and her husband enjoy traveling, the outdoors and time with family.