Press Release

Jun 26, 2017

Janney Branch Manager Recognized as “Top 10 Branch Manager,” Eight as a “Top 100 Branch Managers” by On Wall Street




PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 26, 2017– Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (“Janney”), a leading full-service wealth management, financial services, and investment banking firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, announced that that Vincent Crognale of the firm’s Greenville, DE branch office has been named to On Wall Street’s list of the nation’s Top 10 Branch Managers and seven other Janney branch managers join him on On Wall Street’s list of the nation’s Top 100 Branch Managers. On Wall Street annually spotlights the industry’s top branch managers who bring out the best in their advisors. These individuals exhibit unsurpassed expertise in the field, a dedication to superior service, outstanding leadership, and an unwavering commitment to meeting clients’ needs. The Janney Branch Managers joining Crognale in the Top 100 recognized by On Wall Street are: Michael Brown, Complex Manager of the Radnor and Berwyn, PA offices and Linwood, NJ office; Gordon Eide, Richmond, VA; George Keith, Complex Manager of the Fairfield, Darien, Glastonbury, West Hartford, Mystic, and New Haven, CT offices; Steve Pitassi, Complex Manager of the Providence and South Kingstown, RI offices; Thomas Simcik, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager; Stephen Spahr, Naples, FL; and Tom Urban, Complex Manager of the Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart, FL offices.

“It’s a testament to these gentlemen’s leadership and dedication to our advisors, their clients and their communities to receive this national recognition,” said Jerome F. Lombard, Jr. president of Janney’s private client group. “We thank them for their continued commitment to the staff in their offices and to all in our Firm, and could not be more proud to have them as a part of the Janney team.”

On Wall Street’s Top 100 Honorees were nominated by their firms and then narrowed down by a panel of judges, based on quantitative and qualitative findings.

Brief profiles of the four Janney Branch Managers receiving this recognition follow:

Michael Brown, Radnor and Berwyn, PA; Linwood, NJ
Michael serves as Senior Vice President/ Complex Manager and engages his 20-plus years of industry experience to help guide, coach, mentor, and partner with financial advisors in the development of their strategic plan and business execution. Prior to joining Janney in 2010, Michael served in various roles at Smith Barney, where he began his career as a financial advisor in 1995. His management experience includes serving as Blue Bell (PA) branch manager, Mt. Laurel (NJ) assistant branch manager, as well as Regional Development Officer for Smith Barney’s Greater Philadelphia Region, where he was instrumental in the region’s business development, training, and recruiting activities. A native of Pottstown, PA, he received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Michael was previously named a Top 100 Branch Manager by On Wall Street in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Vincent Crognale, Greenville, DE
Vincent serves as a First Vice President/ Wealth Management and Branch Manager and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Vince began his financial services career in 1995 with Wheat First Butcher Singer and then spent 13 years with Smith Barney/Morgan Stanley before joining Janney in 2013. He received a B.S. in Management with concentrations in Marketing and Labor Relations, and a minor in Economics from Widener University, and an M.S. in Finance with a concentration in Investments from Drexel University. Vince spends time volunteering for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Delaware and is a Past President of the Delaware Region of the Porsche Club of America.

Gordon Eide, Richmond, VA 
Gordon serves as Senior Vice President/ Investments and Branch Manager and has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry. Gordon received his A.B. at the College of William and Mary. He worked as an educator and coach prior to beginning his financial career with Janney. Gordon has been recognized for many achievements including being named Janney’s Branch Office Manager of the Year 2012 and was previously named a Top 100 Branch Manager by On Wall Street in 2016. Gordon also sat on Janney’s Branch Managers Advisory Council from 2013 through 2014. Having been a Board Member of The Virginia Securities Association and The Chesterfield Adult Soccer Association, Gordon is a proponent of being active in local organizations.

George Keith, Darien, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Mystic, New Haven, and West Hartford, CT
George serves as Senior Vice President/ Complex Manager and has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Janney in 2012, George spent many years in the industry with firms such as Fidelity, Alliance Bernstein, ScudderKemper, Dreman Value, and PaineWebber. George’s first job after graduating Cum Laude from the University at Albany was at Touche Ross as a CPA and management consultant. George was recently named Janney’s 2016 Branch Office Manager of the Year and was previously named a Top 100 Branch Manager by On Wall Street in 2016.

Steve Pitassi, Providence and South Kingstown, RI
Steve serves as Vice President/ Branch Manager and has been with Janney for the entirety of his 35 year financial services career. Prior to joining Janney, Steve was Controller for the City of Providence. He received his undergrad degree from Roger Williams University and earned his Masters in Business Education from Johnson and Wales University. Steve was previously named a Top 10 Branch Manager by On Wall Street in 2014.

Thomas Simcik, Philadelphia and New Hope, PA
Thomas serves as Senior Vice President/ Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, and is responsible for management and oversight of 26 Janney offices. Additionally, he serves as branch manager of the Philadelphia branch, in Janney’s corporate headquarters. Prior to joining Janney in 2008, Tom served as Regional Manager for Legg Mason Wood Walker and has served in additional management roles with Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch, where he began his career as a financial advisor in 1983. He received a B.A. in English from Yale University.

Stephen Spahr, Naples, FL
Stephen serves as Senior Vice President/ Assistant Regional Manager of Janney’s Florida offices. He has over 35 years of industry experience and joined Janney in 2015, shortly after the Naples office opened. Stephen graduated from Rollins College and sits on the board of the Winged Foot Scholarship Foundation, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete from each of the Collier County high schools. He stays active in his community by not only sponsoring, but participating in the Naples and Marco Island Fitness Challenge Triathlons.

Thomas Urban, Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart, FL
Thomas serves as Senior Vice President/ Complex Manager and has over 22 years of industry experience. He leads Janney’s Branch Manager Council and has previously been named a Top 100 Branch Manager by On Wall Street in 2011 and 2014. Tom earned his Bachelor's degree from St. Leo University with a specialization in accounting and finance. As an active member of his community, he has coached little league in North Palm Beach for several year helping the team to the Little League State title in 2015 and 2016. He is also involved with St. Peters Catholic Church,the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Harley Davidson owners group.

About Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Janney provides advice to individual, corporate and institutional clients. Our expertise includes guidance about asset management, corporate and public finance, equity and fixed income investing, equity research, institutional equity and fixed income sales and trading, investment strategy, financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, public and private capital raising, portfolio management, retirement and income planning, and wealth management. Janney is an independently-operated subsidiary of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Additional company information is available at www.janney.com.



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