The former Southeast director is now in the position vacated by Scott Curtis as he ascends the ladder -- and oversees Perry

September 11, 2018 — 12:00 AM UTC by Brooke Southall

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In the HR equivalent of a blink of an eye, Jodi Perry has become the highest ranking executive overseeing independent advisors at Raymond James. She scaled two executive levels in barely two months and will now serve as president of RJFS-Independent Contractor Division, a newly created position. 

Scott Curtis
Scott Curtis now heads up Raymond James' Private Client Group

The former national sales director of Raymond James Financial Services -- a position she ascended to in May from her perch as Southeastern sales director -- replaced Scott Curtis, who is moving upstairs as part of a corporate succession plan. She'll continue to report to him. See: Raymond James lets six advisors steal the show at its national event with TED-style talks

Despite her quick rise, Perry has paid her dues. She began her career with Raymond James in 1994. She holds a business degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla, and completed SIFMA’s Securities Industry Institute program at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

“In her expanded leadership role, I’m confident Jodi will effectively lead the continued growth and success of the RJFS independent contractor division and further enhance the support and resources provided to independent financial advisors and branch professionals affiliated with our firm,” Curtis noted.

Tash Elwyn, current president of Raymond James & Associates (RJA) PCG, is also moving up He's been named president and CEO of the RJA broker/dealer, adding regulatory oversight and reporting responsibilities to his duties.

RIA vacancy

Meanwhile, Curtis takes a big step up to head the firm’s Private Client Group (PCG). With this change, he will be responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s domestic PCG divisions, including his old charges in the IBD and the traditional full-service brokerage. See: With Dick Averitt retiring, Raymond James taps a star, Scott Curtis, from within to take on LPL

Dennis Zank
Dennis Zank's retirement sparked the latest round of changes at Raymond James.

“With Scott’s deep experience and institutional knowledge, we are excited for his potential to drive cross-organizational leadership and continued success for our wealth management business,” Raymond James Chairman and CEO Paul Reilly said to explain his elevation of Curtis in a release. 

Prior to his current role, Curtis served as senior vice president of RJA PCG for six years. Before that, he supported both domestic PCG businesses as president of the firm’s insurance group, Planning Corporation of America (now Raymond James Insurance Group).

He joined the firm 15 years ago from GE Financial, where he was senior vice president, leading several key business units during his 13 years with the organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Denison University and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Executive Shuffle

The executive shuffle was set off by the retirement, announced in April, of Raymond James Financial Chief Operating Officer Dennis Zank, who industry watchers regard as the last of the firm's old guard.

Zank plans to continue his affiliation with the firm as a financial advisor -- hence, he will be on hand indefinitely to assist with transitions, as needed. He is set to vacate his current position Sept. 30. 

But a big question mark still hangs over Raymond James' RIA unit, following Bill Van Law's sudden exit from the top job back in March. "We do not have updates on Bill Van Law’s former position at this time," a company spokeswoman said in response to a query. See: Bill Van Law's exit from Raymond James was preceded by 'administrative leave' and HR investigation, sources say.

As of March 30, Raymond James had 4,551 independent advisors — up from 4,221 twelve months before. It also has 3,053 full-service brokers and total Private Client Group assets under administration of $695 billion. The company posted a record $157.6 million in first-quarter, pre-tax profits and $1.27 billion in net revenue.

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