Knut A. Rostad, MBA co-founded and chaired the Committee for the Fiduciary Standard and co-founded and is president of the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, a nonprofit formed in 2011 to advance the fiduciary standard through research, education and advocacy. He served as the regulatory and compliance officer at Rembert Pendleton Jackson, a registered investment adviser in Falls Church, Virginia, for ten years until early in 2015.
The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard seeks to advance fiduciary principles in investment advice. The Institute has established the Institute’s Six Core Fiduciary Duties, the Fiduciary Declaration, Fiduciary September, the Frankel Fiduciary Prize, and advocates for a true fiduciary standard before the SEC and DOL. Rostad has authored numerous articles, papers and regulatory comment letters.
Rostad is the editor of The Man in the Arena: Vanguard Founder John C. Bogle and His Lifelong Battle to Serve Investors First, published by Wiley in December 2013. He is also a contributing editor at AdvisorOne; speaks frequently at industry conferences on fiduciary and compliance issues; and is regularly cited in media national and industry outlets. Rostad was named to Investment Adviser Magazine’s ‘IA 25’ list in 2014, which it calls “our annual list of the most influential people in and around the advisor industry.”
Rostad earned a BA in Political Science at the University of Vermont and an MBA from the Norwegian School of Management.
Jim Patrick is a Managing Director of Envestnet. He is responsible for strategic development of Envestnet’s advisor directed solutions. Prior to joining Envestnet, Patrick spent a short time as a Consultant to financial services firms, after 12 years in various roles with Allianz Global Investors, including sales and sales leadership, product development, and national accounts across a variety of channels.
His final role was Managing Director, Co-head of US Retail Distribution for Allianz Global Investors. Patrick holds NASD series 7, 66, 24, 26 and obtained the CIMA designation in 1998. He has served on the board and executive committee of the Money Management Institute (MMI). Patrick holds a BS in Business Administration from UNH, having graduated in 1991.
Michael Zeuner is managing partner of WE Family Offices. Previously, Zeuner was, until October 2012, the Senior Executive Partner of GenSpring Family Offices, where he was responsible for the leadership and management of GenSpring’s network of local family offices in the United States and the delivery of the overall client experience. In addition, he was a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to his role at GenSpring, Zeuner was Managing Director and Global Head of Wealth Solutions at JP Morgan Private Bank
A management consultant by training, Zeuner led projects in the financial services area for both Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He joined Chase Manhattan in 1995 as Vice President in the investment bank, and moved to the private bank in 1997 to head up strategy and marketing worldwide. JP Morgan and Chase Manhattan merged in January 2002. Zeuner graduated from Brandeis University and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago School of Business. He also studied at The London School of Economics.
Paul A. Pagnato is founder and CEO at PagnatoKarp, an independent wealth management firm based in Reston, VA with over $3.8 billion assets under advisement. Mr. Pagnato is ranked #19 on Barron’s Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors and #30 on Forbes America’s Top Wealth Advisors. He is a frequent contributor to CNBC, Bloomberg, WSJ, Barron’s, Forbes and NYT and at top business schools and conferences around the nation. Paul and his team previously worked through HighTower Advisors and he spent 19 years with Merrill Lynch, where he founded the Washington, D.C. Private Banking & Investment office. Paul is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and The Executive Program at Singularity University.
PagnatoKarp focuses on streamlining the lives of high-net-worth families by going beyond wealth management to help improve access, opportunities, transparency, security and savings. Through True Fiduciary® standards and innovative technology, clients’ interests are legally placed first. Personalized services include financial planning, investments, tax, legal, private banking and trust, family governance, and concierge. It is PagnatoKarp’s mission to positively impact one million lives through True Fiduciary® standards of transparency.