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Mark Bruno

Managing Director, Associate Publisher, InvestmentNews

Mark Bruno is the Managing Director, Associate Publisher at InvestmentNews. He is an award-winning journalist, author and researcher who has written and edited for a number of financial publications over the last decade, including InvestmentNews, Financial Week and Pensions & Investments. Mr. Bruno has been recognized with multiple accolades for his writing and reporting, including the American Business Media's prestigious Jesse H. Neal awards, and has also received awards from The Society of American Business Editors and Writers for his breaking news coverage and analysis of the financial services industry. In his current role as the head of digital and research, InvestmentNews has won multiple awards for its website design and databases, in addition to being named one of the top ten business-to-business websites in the media industry. Mr. Bruno is the author of Save Now or Die Trying: Achieving Long-Term Wealth In Your 20s and 30s, one of the top-selling retirement planning books of 2007. He also been featured frequently on television and radio as an expert on investing and retirement, and has also been quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune and Investor's Business Daily.

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James Gallardo

Senior Research Analyst

James is a Senior Research Analyst at InvestmentNews. He leads InvestmentNews Research's flagship practice management benchmarking studies on financial performance, compensation, staffing and technology. James also manages custom client research projects, maintains the RIA and Independent broker-dealer data centers and contributes to Numbers Game, a blog highlighting market research & data trends in the financial advice industry.

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Mark Tibergien

Chief Executive Officer, Pershing Advisor Solutions, a BNY Mellon company

Mark Tibergien is Chief Executive Officer of Pershing Advisor Solutions, a BNY Mellon company. Pershing Advisor Solutions is one of the country’s leading custodians for registered investment advisors and family offices. Mark is also a Managing Director for Pershing and a member of its Executive Committee and BNY Mellon’s Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to joining Pershing in 2007, Mark was a principal at the accounting and consulting firm, Moss Adams LLP, where he was partner-in-charge of the Business Consulting group, chairman of the Financial Services Industry group and partner-in-charge of the Business Valuation group. Previously, he was president of a nationally recognized bank and business training and consulting firm, a principal in an investment management and business valuation firm, a writer for a financial trade magazine and a general assignment newspaper and radio reporter.

Mark has worked with public and private companies on matters related to business management, transition planning and strategy formulation since 1976. This includes hundreds of independent registered investment advisors, broker-dealers, investment managers, insurance companies and other financial services organizations in the United States, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Canada.

For his contributions to the industry, in 2016 Mark was named to InvestmentNews’ Icons & Innovators list which recognizes those who have shaped and transformed the financial advice profession. In 2015, Private Asset Management magazine honored Mark with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication, commitment and achievements in the industry. In 2015, Investment Advisor (IA) magazine recognized him for the 13th consecutive year as one of the “25 Most Influential People” in the financial services industry and, in 2016, IA ranked Mark as number one in the “Top 7 Most Honored People in IA’s 25 History.” Mark received the 2015 Insiders Forum Leadership Award, and in 2012 InvestmentNews named him to its list of “The Power 20.” For eight consecutive years, Accounting Today recognized Mark as one of the “100 Most Influential” people in the accounting profession.

He is the author of four books published by Bloomberg Press (John Wiley & Sons), Practice Made Perfect, How to Value, Buy or Sell a Financial Advisory Practice, Practice Made (More) Perfect and the latest, The Enduring Advisory Firm, co-authored with Kim Dellarocca, Global Head of Segment Marketing for BNY Mellon’s Investment Services. Mark has also been a regular columnist for Investment Advisor magazine on management issues since 2005.

Mark has previously served in a variety of community and industry organizations including the Rotary Club of Seattle, Travelers Aid Society, the Foundation for Financial Planning, the International Association for Financial Planning and the SIFMA Foundation. Most recently, Mark was named to the Advisory Council for the Center for Financial Planning whose mission is to promote diversity in the advisory profession.

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