Press Release

Aug 7, 2017

Janney Names George Keith as Branch Manager of the Year

George Keith, Complex Manager of Janney Montgomery Scott’s Connecticut branch offices, was recently honored as Branch Manager of the Year. Janney’s Jerry F. Lombard, President, Private Client Group, presented Keith with this top honor, which is awarded to a Branch Manager who exhibits unsurpassed expertise in the field, a dedication to superior service, outstanding leadership, and resourceful integration of resources, both in the office and in the community.

Keith, who is a CPA, joined Janney in 2012 and has been making an impact ever since. He said, “I wanted to align myself with a firm that I could be proud of and support. Janney has a great history and a successful story, but compared to our competitors – it’s remarkable.” 

Keith is one of Janney’s most successful managers in recruiting, welcoming 23 Financial Advisors to his six offices. Since 2013, Keith has recruited Financial Advisors entrusted with oversight of more than $3 billion in client assets. He currently supervises 50 Financial Advisors in the Darien, Fairfield, Glastonbury, Mystic, New Haven, and West Hartford, Connecticut offices. 

Keith said, “Janney’s size is right, allowing us to have access to top management. We believe we have a culture where Financial Advisors can grow, serve clients effectively, and build a strong business.” He added, “I try to create an atmosphere where people enjoy coming to work. For me, it’s important to create an environment where employees feel respected and enjoy working with their peers. I have a passion for my complex and I think advisors can see that. It’s truly a great time to work at Janney.” 

On being a successful recruiter, Keith commented, “As a CPA, I view everything in terms of numbers. I know the impact that recruiting talented people has on a firm, and the electricity it creates in a branch. While I’ve always had a talent to be a good influencer, I never promoted anything I didn’t genuinely believe in. Janney is one of the oldest firms in the industry and the strongest, with world class technology, and a positive reputation. It’s easy to be proud of that.” 

Prior to joining Janney, Keith had a successful career in the financial services 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. 

In addition to receiving Janney’s Branch Manager of the Year, Keith has also been named as one of the Top 100 Branch Managers by On Wall Street in 2016 and 2017. 

“George went above and beyond this past year in his management efforts and his success deserved to be recognized,” said Jerry F. Lombard, President, Private Client Group at Janney. “He is great example of a dedicated leader who is living Janney’s values every day: driving for results, delivering with integrity, keeping people at the center, and exceeding expectations. Since 2012, George has continuously built on his success, adding significant value to his branches and to Janney as a whole.”

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