How The Chief Operating Officer Fits Into The RIA C-Suite

In the fourth episode of our podcast, The COO Roundtable , Matt sat down with Tom Harms of Summit Trail Advisors and Stacey McKinnon of Morton Capital Management. Summit Trail Advisors manages about $5.2 billion in client assets across five office locations: New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. Morton Capital Management, located in Calabasas, California, manages roughly $1.8 billion in client assets.

Matt, Tom, and Stacey discuss the core values and structure they’ve instilled at their respective firms and much more, including:

  • The history and background of Summit Trail and Morton Capital
  • Their individual professional experiences and how those experiences have shaped their roles today
  • Stacey’s extensive work in career pathing and establishing Morton Capital’s 5 E’s
  • Tom’s comprehensive risk management work he’s done across all of Summit Trail’s teams
  • Stacey’s standardization of Morton Capital’s client-facing marketing material and the greater importance this initiative has had on their organization
  • Tom’s crucial role in Summit Trail’s aggressive M&A strategy
  • The networking groups and industry consultants that Tom and Stacey turn to for peer insights and professional help
  • How Tom and Stacey see their role as COO fitting into the greater organizational structure
  • Related: Why Professional Management Fails for Advisors

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