RIABiz is an online journal covering the rise of the financial advice business as a legitimate force. Our Mill Valley, Calif.-based publication rose from the wreckage of the 2008-'09 financial meltdown and the resulting diminution of business-to-business print publications. Rather than fighting the decline of sales-based advice and print-based publishing, our model, which leans on deeply sourced journalism, chronicles Wall Street's ongoing self-destruction and the continuing ascendance of the RIA model. The advice industry is in the process of shifting from serving 15% of investors -- and dubiously at that -- to serving more like 85% -- and well. After eight years in business, RIABiz has discovered firsthand that readers will be loyal to a publication that chronicles the market and practitioners of client-first financial advice.
Brooke is known locally in Sausalito, Calif. as a cyclist, houseboater, and the guy with the huge black dog. On the web he's known as a regular voice on the happenings of the RIA business. He started RIABiz in 2009 after deciding the industry could use a more focused channel of information, which has proven to be the case. Brooke oversees the flow of articles on RIABiz, but still gets to spend a considerable amount of time reporting and writing. Somehow he manages to pump out story after story despite the frequently crashing of his Windows 7 laptop and his hunt-and-peck typing method.
Frank hails from the Garden State, and regardless of being here in the Bay Area for over 25 years, he's always rooting hard for his beloved Yankees. Frank heads-up the RIABiz advertising program, along with tending to his duties of managing our business and financial operations. He's been in publishing within the advisory market since starting at InvestmentNews in 2000, at about the same time Brooke became the RIA-beat reporter for our former employer. He lives with his wife, Roni, along with their 3 daughters and a goldendoodle in San Anselmo. Almost every day, Frank is running the trails around Mt Tamalpais.
Dina is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has worked for 16 years as a reporter and editor for publications including The New York Times, the New York Daily News, InvestmentNews, Stage Directions and Oxygen.com. Her book, “Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond,” was published in March 2013 by PublicAffairs Books. Dina lives and works in New York City.
Lisa has been a reporter for over 15 years and has been covering the financial services industry for 8 years - she also comes from the world of InvestmentNews. She's been with RIABiz since November 2010. Lisa is based in the middle of the country on the northwest corner of Indiana, about an hour from Chicago. She's married with two young children – Liz and Chance.
John and Dawn live in the Northwest in Bellingham, Washington, are avid outdoors people, and are really into road bicycles, hiking and motorcycles. They have been managing the Directory since its launch in 2010. They are excited to see the continued growth of RIABiz and the Directory in the past few years, as the Directory approaches 900 companies involved in the RIA marketplace. John and Dawn are also part of our ad sales team.
Robin joined RIABiz in September, 2016. She’s been in publishing all her career and specifically within the financial advisory market since 2000. To date she’s covered just about every territory in the country seeing her clients & enjoys it very much, as she’s passionate about the business & loves the challenge. She lives with her husband George and they share their time between New York City and Rowayton, CT.
If Graham wasn't working to sell advertising for RIABiz, he might be writing its articles and, in fact, sometimes does. Despite working in financial advisory publishing since 1999, he never stops asking questions and spreading his contagious enthusiasm. He started in San Francisco with Research magazine before spending eight years with InvestmentNews. He lives in Chicago with his wife and their two young daughters.
Jessica has been writing for RIAbiz since November 2016. She is new to the financial space, but not new to writing. As an English graduate from The University of Texas, Jessica has been asking people questions and telling their stories since her professor handed her a tape recorder. Her passion for people landed her in editorial writing and journalism, and she is excited to be writing for the fintech sector. She currently spends her time in Austin where she tries to convince her French husband that queso is clearly a superior form of cheese.
Janice has enjoyed a very varied journalism career, doing everything from radio news at WOR and WQXR in New York as well as the ABC radio network and 1010 WINS to sportscasts at WFAN, also in New York City, and ESPN Radio. She has also spent many years as a wire service reporter and editor, at UPI and Knight-Ridder, and written for Crain's New York Business. Newspaper work includes some reporting for the New York Times and copy editing for the New York Post. Doing business news on radio has also kept her occupied a good bit of the time, at Wall Street Journal Radio and Bloomberg Radio. She has also done voice-over work and audio books, as well as some off- and off-off Broadway theatre.
Since leaving InvestmentNews as a Washington Bureau reporter 15 years ago to be a stay-at-home mom, Sarah has been freelancing as a reporter and editor from her home in Maryland. Her writing has appeared in InvestmentNews, the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post and on CNBC.com, among other places. In her spare time, Sarah usually hides out in her music studio or collects cool rocks and shells at the beach.
Sanders started writing for RIABiz in January 2014. The soft-spoken graduate of the University of Chicago grew up in Yarmouth, Maine where clams are not slang for dollars. Before journalism, Sanders worked in politics and also wrote reports for an angel investing group. Sanders is currently attending the University of Virginia School of Law.