"Your help has been extremely valuable and we have enjoyed working with you and your team."Bryan Taylor CFA,
President of Cornerstone Management, Inc
Colin Wahl, CFA
Founder and CEO
Colin is a business professional with over 20 years of experience. He was trained in market research during his years in brand management with The Procter & Gamble Company. He has continued to build significant expertise over the years through his roles as a marketing consultant, senior marketing executive and college lecturer. Colin most recently served as an Adjunct Professor at The University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Previously, he was the Founder and CEO of InvestorForce, Inc., a firm that provides technology for conducting online investment research. The company's investors include CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System), Merrill Lynch, Mellon Bank, and Thomas Weisel Capital Partners. InvestorForce won a "World-class Performance" award from Electronic Commerce World. InvestorForce’s database business was purchased by MorningStar, Inc. in 2006 and in 2013, the company was purchased by MSCI.
Prior to InvestorForce, Colin was Founder and CEO of Momentum Group, Inc. a firm that provided research-based marketing consulting. Over the years his clients have included Brandywine Asset Management, Prudential Investments, GE Investments, INVESCO, Mellon Asset Management, and Morgan Stanley. Earlier in his career, Colin began his career as a Brand Manager with The Procter and Gamble Company.
Colin has been a speaker at various conferences including The Charles Schwab Institutional Annual Conference and Mellon Corporation's Annual Global Executive Team Meeting.
Colin holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan and B.Com from the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
David G. Lee
David is a seasoned business executive with over 25 years of experience in investment and financial services.
Prior to joining Client Opinions, David was Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Brandywine Asset Management, a $15 billion institutional investment firm. In this role, he was responsible for business and financial management including strategy, national sales, client service, operations, technology and human resources.
David has held various senior executive positions in the investment/financial field. Prior to Brandywine, he was President, Fund Resources (Mutual Fund Division of SEI Investments), managing mutual fund operations for 400 fund clients with assets of $100 billion. David was also President of the SEI Mutual Funds. Prior to SEI, he was with Great Western Financial Brokerage as President of GW Sierra Trust Funds and Senior Vice President, Investment Services, responsible for managing the firm's $2 billion broker-distributed mutual fund company. He also managed sub-advisors, a wholesaling network and shareholder servicing capabilities. He developed fee-related services with special focus on annuity products; wrap accounts and investment management services to retail and institutional customers. He managed Great Western Bank's 401 (K) and 457 Plan products and sales.
Previously, David spent time with San Diego Trust & Savings Bank as Vice President, Asset Banking, responsible for trust and retail products including the pension and private trust sales team, corporate cash management, retail mutual fund programs and discount brokerage services. David began his career with Clayton Trust Company as a Vice President and Trust Officer. In this role he oversaw administration and client management for approximately 1,100 corporate pension plans, individual retirement accounts, and Keogh Plans.
David's past roles/memberships include: Director, ICI (Investment Company Institute) Board of Governors; Director (Chairman), Bishop Street Funds, Hawaii; President and Chairman, Fund Resources, Intl. (Dublin); Chairman, San Diego Special Olympics.
David attended the University of Missouri and graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Special Education.
Advisory Team Members
We have an Advisory Board of experienced business professionals across a broad range of industries. The advisors provide deep domain expertise and insights to help structure and analyze results.
President, Climb High Consulting, LLC
Beth is the President of Climb High Consulting, LLC. She works with financial institutions to provide group coaching for advisors and offers personalized coaching to wirehouse, as well as independent and bank financial advisors across the country.
Prior to forming Climb High Consulting, LLC, Beth served as a Performance Business Consultant for Securities America, a division of Ameriprise Financial. Beth also served in three senior positions as Vice-President at Merrill Lynch in the training divisions delivering comprehensive training and coaching programs from up to 5000 financial consultants nationwide.
Beth holds her bachelor’s degree from the
Theodore L. Reed, PhD
President, reed | group
Dr. Reed is a re-known market researcher with over 20 years of experience in working with organizations to collect market data to drive organizational renewal and focus. His experience covers start-up firms, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Ted is recognized for his expertise in the application of quantitative and qualitative research techniques to help organizations gather critical information that impacts strategic positioning, client retention and sales/marketing effectiveness. Mr. Wahl has known and worked with Dr. Reed since the early 1990's in developing and executing market research.
Dr. Reed is co-author of A Theory of Public Bureaucracy (Harvard Press, 1975) and numerous articles on organization change and adaptation. He is a frequent industry speaker on issues of client retention, customer retention and customer satisfaction.
Todd Cipperman, esquire
Todd Cipperman has extensive experience in the investment management and financial services industries. He has served as general counsel of a public mutual fund and financial technology firm with over $80 Billion in assets under management and $600 Million in annual revenues. He has also served as general counsel of one of the largest international equity managers and served as primary in-house counsel to a $65 Billion mutual fund family. Mr. Cipperman also spent several years in private practice on Wall Street representing both buy and sell side clients in investment management and capital markets transactions. He has represented a wide range of firm including investment advisers, broker-dealers, fund sponsors, fund service providers, and technology companies.
During his career, Mr. Cipperman has been engaged in the full array of investment management transactions. He has created mutual, hedge, offshore and private equity funds. He has developed separate account, wrap account, and annuity products. He has also developed innovative distribution structures and worked several acquisitions and joint ventures. He has developed and executed compliance and internal audit programs.
He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Cornell University.
Patty is a financial industry professional with over 20 years of leadership, customer service, business analysis, and project management experience. She has been recognized for her leadership and for the creation of a corporate service philosophy and strategy that led to national recognition of corporate service excellence.
She is currently acting as an independent consultant and business analyst. She has performed critical operational reviews of corporate policies and procedures to address gaps identified between corporate process and industry regulations. These reviews have resulted in implementation and/or enhancement of over 100 corporate policies, procedures, and reports. Patty has also been instrumental in the creation of formalized corporate documentation and resource manuals. She was successful in the implementation of an annual client research program leading to the implementation of strategic initiatives for enhanced service satisfaction including assignment of account relationship managers, new billing process/procedures, and additional service level goals and benchmarks.
Patty’s career began at Oppenheimer Fund Services where she held numerous leadership positions. As Vice President, she managed diverse investment product operations for the variable annuity product, closed-end funds, and Oppenheimer’s first charitable donor advised fund. In her career at Oppenheimer she was also responsible for a broad range of projects. She created and implemented a rollover asset retention program to capture assets from Mass Mutual sponsored Qualified Plans with over $28 million retained within initial 9 months. She managed the corporate project design and implementation of Cost Basis Processing resulting in improved data accuracy and statement generation to an additional 30,000 customers. While managing the registered representative customer service department the company was recognized three years in a row as the number one service provider in the industry- Dalbar Survey (nationally recognized industry award).
Patty earned her B.S.B.A. in business from the University of Denver.
William works with the Client Opinions as an independent research consultant. He is involved in consulting on the execution, implementation, planning, and development of research projects as needed.
William is a graduate of Duke University with a B.A degree in Markets & Management and Sociology. Before joining Client Opinions, William was as a Financial Cost Analyst for a PPD, Inc., a Pharmaceutical company based in Raleigh, NC.
Steve is a seasoned sales, marketing, and product business manager with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has been a leader at major corporations and has established extensive client and industry relationships.
Most recently, Steve's role at Prudential Financial was critical where he was responsible for redesigning the delivery of mutual fund products and services to multiple distribution channels including both Prudential Securities and Prudential Insurance. Prior to this assignment, he managed the Managed Money Product Group (totaling $12 billion in AUM). He introduced the model portfolio concept as well as developed fee-based and high net worth sales and marketing initiatives.
Previously, Steve worked for SEI Investments where he was responsible for developing the prototype wholesaling structure for SEI 's banking. Steve 's last assignment at SEI was to lead the Bank Advisory Group.
Steve also spent nearly 10 years building and developing INVEST Financial (acquired by Kemper Financial) one of the first and leading providers of bank-based brokerage services in the country. Steve started his career in financial services with Drexel Burnham Lambert in Manhattan.
Steve has been recognized a leader and has been awarded several awards along the way-Drexel's Producer Awards, Kemper's Golden Circle Awards, SEI President's Club, and Prudential Search For Excellence and Leadership Programs.
Steve attended The University of Wisconsin (Madison) and graduated with a BA and earned an MBA from The City University of New York.
Vice President, Antiphony Consulting
Ellen has extensive operational and human resource expertise. Prior to joining Antiphony, Ellen was a vice president at the Mayer Leadership Group, an executive coaching firm. She also was instrumental in the growth of Investor Force, a provider of technology-based solutions for institutional investment professionals, where she created the company's initial human resources department, facilitated strategic planning, and managed the organizational aspects of the company's mergers and acquisitions.
Ellen spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She also has served as a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting, and she currently is the executive director for Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment fund focused on emerging growth companies.
Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.
Managing Director, Antiphony Consulting
Rob has held a variety of executive positions for emerging technology companies. Most recently, he served as President of knoa, an e-learning software company, where he successfully redefined the corporate product strategy and repositioned the company to capitalize on new market opportunities. Additionally, he served as President of Elastomeric Technologies, a leading electronic connector manufacturer.
Rob is a founder of Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment fund focused on emerging growth companies. Additionally, he serves as a Lecturer at The Wharton School where he teaches business planning and entrepreneurial management.
Rob earned Bachelor of Science in Economics (B.S.E.) and Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees from The Wharton School and School of Engineering at The University of Pennsylvania.