Jeff has had 30-year career spanning law, wealth management, asset management, consulting, outsourcing, and wealth tech. His career started in the mid-80s as lawyer in Washington DC, where he specialized in ERISA fiduciary responsibility. Jeff left the law and joined wealth management firm Shearson Lehman Hutton, where he became Head of Retirement Plan Services and part of the firm’s Consulting Services Group. Jeff was part of the team that launched the industry’s first wrap fee mutual fund program, and was responsible for the industry’s first advisory service for 401k plan participants.
Jeff joined Putnam investments in the mid-90s where he launched its 401k business for Advisors and its variable annuity and sub-advisory businesses, ultimately driving Putnam to become the industry leader at that time in both advisor-sold 401k and variable annuity asset management. Jeff was then reassigned to London where he ran Putnam’s business in Europe for 3 years, establishing and growing several successful joint ventures in Italy, France and other countries. Returning to Boston, Jeff was recruited by PE investors to turn-around and sell a troubled fintech firm that they owned. He then joined Mercer as President of its Global Outsourcing business, President of Mercer Trust, and Executive Committee member, driving the business unit from $450M in revenues to nearly $900M while in this role.
Following that, Jeff joined UBS as the head of Advice and Platforms, which included all fee- based products and tech, mutual funds, ETFs, financial planning, discretionary model management, manager research, and retirement accounts. Among other things, in this role Jeff worked with BlackRock to create the industry’s first implementation of Aladdin for Wealth Managers. After leaving UBS, Jeff worked on a number of early stage wealthtech firms as an investor, board member, and operator, including Capital Preferences and Truelytics. Jeff also joined the board of SharesPost, the leading marketplace for private share transactions, and later joined as President and COO. In that capacity he was the impetus behind the recently announced merger with Forge Global and will remain as both an advisor and shareholder of the combined company.