FOUNDER CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Edward founded E.K. Riley Investments in 2002 with the vision of building an employee-owned securities brokerage and the hope that it would eventually become the premier independent brokerage firm in the Pacific Northwest. Ed has spent nearly 20 years as a part of the Pacific Northwest investment community, working as a Senior Vice President of Ragen MacKenzie and later as an independent branch owner with Wells Fargo Investments. He began his career in 1989 as a founding member and managing partner of BondTrac, Inc. Drawing on nearly 25 years of experience in the securities industry, Ed’s knowledge of finance and institutional investments is well recognized in the business community; he currently serves as a District Committee Member of FINRA (District 3).
FOUNDER PRESIDENT FIXED INCOME MANAGER
Brian’s career in the industry started at Ragen MacKenzie in 1996. After working briefly at Morgan Stanley, Brian returned to Ragen MacKenzie and began his Fixed Income career as an assistant in Institutional Trading and Sales, where he traded Agencies, Corporates, Municipals, CMO and Mortgage Pass Throughs to a variety of small institutional accounts. As President, Brian oversees all aspects of Fixed Income Trading including Risk Management, and Supervision. Brian has continued to trade for a handful of clients over the past 10 years while helping build E.K. Riley Investments on the management side. He returned to trading full time in 2009 and primarily trades Corporates and MBS products.
FOUNDER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Aaron has 17 years of experience in the securities industry. After graduating with a Business Administration degree from the University of Washington, Aaron started his financial career at Ragen Mackenzie Inc. Later he became a Vice President and department manager within Ragen Mackenzie’s operations. As a founding member of E.K Riley, Aaron was in charge of building the operations and accounting departments. As CFO, Aaron’s management responsibilities include accounting, risk management, commissions, payroll, and financial reporting. Aaron is the firm’s designated Financial and Operations Principal.
FOUNDER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Gail is a founding member of E.K. Riley and brings with her years of industry experience from Ragen MacKenzie, Inc., Pacific Clearing Corporation and National Securities Clearing Corporation She began her career in the securities industry with Seattle First National Bank’s Trust Services Division in 1975. Primary areas of responsibility at E.K. Riley include firm operations, clearing liaison and oversight of broker conversions, marketing and human resources. Gail serves on E.K. Riley’s Management and Executive Teams. She is active in Invest in Youth, a local organization that partners volunteer educators with students to receive tutoring assistance at local elementary schools.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Chris began his professional IT career in the Financial Industry with Ragen MacKenzie in 1996 and later worked with Wells Fargo in their Correspondent Services division. He understands the unique and critical role that technology plays to Financial Advisors and the staff that support them. Chris oversees E.K. Riley’s Information Technology department and works to offer the same world class technologies to every member of the firm regardless of where they are geographically located. E.K. Riley’s guiding principle for IT is that the technology should work transparently and reliably, empowering the user to serve their clients better while allowing for a modern work-life balance.
CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Joanne M. Salisbury FLMI, AIRC, is a progressive and proven leader who in the past 30 years has held executive positions as President, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at a variety firms including full-service, online, self-clearing, fully-disclosed and insurance-affiliated BDs and RIAs. She believes that organizational and risk-management strategies must be effective and adaptable and that they must be applied with a common sense that allows representatives, advisors and staff to do their jobs.
Joanne has been a member of the Financial Services Institute, the Wood’s Creek Executive Peer Group and NACHA. She was past-president of the Northwest Securities Management Association, sat on Broker/Dealer Committee for LIMRA/LOMA and currently participates in the Seattle RIA CCO Round Table. She frequently enjoys speaking on compliance matters at a variety of venues and is an active volunteer with ArtsFund (formerly Puget Sound Council of the Arts) and Hopelink.