What We Do
Career Management Advisors, CMA Consulting, brings years of real world actual "sat in the seat" professional experience in the financial services industry. We provide a combination of valuable perspectives having served in senior executive leadership, field management and sales roles representing global banks, brokerage and investment firms, and private wealth managers. With expertise in law, business strategy and execution, we partner with clients and deliver a holistic consulting experience to help achieve desired results.
Mergers & Acquisitions for both RIA Buyers & Sellers
Placement, Retained Search & Recruiting for Financial Services Firms & Professionals
Business Valuation & Strategy Consulting
Who We Are
Linda Willis is a top-performing, outcome-driven financial services professional. With a proven track record of leading global financial services businesses, she has held senior positions at major financial institutions and distinguished herself as an astute business leader and tenacious and accomplished recruiter of top talent.
A former securities litigator with experience in corporate and employment law, Linda built a business career at global investment firms as well as launched and scaled her own independent RIA. Linda’s experience across the landscape of the financial services industry, coupled with her proficiency as a skilled negotiator and over-all business manager, ensures superior results for clients seeking an M&A, succession or transition advisor.
A graduate of Mercer University with a J.D., LAW, Linda has completed advanced educational and leadership programs at both Harvard University as well as the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her thought leadership and insightful counsel provide CMA clients with a comprehensive and holistic engagement.
Linda is passionate about fitness and a hot yoga fanatic. A mother of three accomplished daughters, she offices in Atlanta and New York City.
An experienced business professional with success in the sales and advertising industry, Russ Cherami has achieved consistent revenue growth for major brand leaders such as Forbes Magazine (the #1 Business publication).
Throughout his career, Russ has established himself as a relationship builder who understands each client’s business needs in order to establish trust, foster loyal partnerships and create successful results.
As an accomplished publisher, Russ brings business acumen and insights from his experience defining and providing quality content while maximizing revenue and profits for major national publications.
His sales leadership has given him the experience and versatility to join the team at CMA as a Consultant expanding search and recruitment efforts on behalf of clients of Career Management Advisors.
Russ and his wife Donna are avid golfers and adoring grandparents.
Nancy Clark Wilson Managing Director
Nancy Wilson brings over three decades of experience in the financial services industry. Having started her career on Wall Street in Institutional Sales and Trading working in New York and San Francisco covering global clients, Nancy built a reputation as a new business development guru executing strategic priorities and building trusted relationships.
Over her career she has excelled at raising capital for asset managers, delivering solutions and driving growth for family offices and wealth advisors.
Nancy’s experience, extensive network and results-driven approach benefit Career Management Advisors' clients and contributes meaningfully to their success in reaching business objectives.
A graduate of Boston College with an MBA in International Management & Finance, Nancy has received industry recognition as a leader, top producer and strong collaborator. She has held senior roles in Sales, Marketing and Distribution representing Broker-Dealers as well as RIAs catering to institutional and wealth management clients.
Nancy is a food and wine enthusiast married to an accomplished Chef, Jim. Together with their son and dog MacKenzie, they split time between Boston and Nantucket.
Liam is a Marketing Analyst. He is responsible for market research and market outreach, business development reporting, and indirect channel marketing support.
Liam earned his BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he was on the Honor Council, the Executive Committee of Student Government, and an Ambassador to Hartford Consortium for Higher Education Advisory Board.
Liam enjoys golfing, running, architecture, automobiles, travel and community service volunteering.
Nancy Gibbons is a business savvy Human Resources Professional that has a track record of successfully partnering with business leaders, understanding their business drivers and influencing them in developing their people assets to assist leaders in successfully achieving their goals.
Having spent most of her career in the Financial Services industry, Nancy has effectively built, launched, restructured, coached, and developed teams and HR processes within her career.
Her experience extends beyond the USA to Canada, Latin America, the UK and Asia.
Nancy is graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Management and completed advanced educational and leadership programs including the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Leaders Leading Change at the Darden School, University of Virginia. She carries the certifications and designations of SPHR and SHRM-SCP.
Nancy loves to ski, spend time at the beach, and as an avid traveler has been to all 7 continents. Nancy resides and works in Atlanta.
Howard Milstein serves as Chairman of the CMA Advisory Board. Mr. Milstein is Chairman and CEO of the family’s business operations, including New York Private Bank & Trust Corporation (the holding Company for Emigrant Bank), Milstein Properties, and various Milstein Brothers operations in real estate development and management in New York and Chicago. He is a founding partner of FriedbergMilstein, an alternative asset investment manager.
For a combined service of over thirty years, Mr. Milstein has been a member of the Investment Committee for Cornell University’s multi-billion dollar endowment, and has chaired its Real Estate Sub-Committee, achieving top quartile returns throughout the period. Also, he has guided the investments of the New York Blood Center’s $300 million endowment as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Milstein’s other civic and philanthropic efforts include: Chairman of the American Skin Association; Trustee and Presidential Counselor, Cornell University; and Overseer, Cornell Medical College. He is a member of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee and the Executive Committee of the HLS Dean’s Advisory Board. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia, and on the Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC. Mr. Milstein received his B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Who We Serve
We are a full service consulting firm catering to professionals and entities in the financial services industry.
For individuals, Career Management Advisors (CMA) provides guidance and advice on identifying the optimal career setting inclusive of market assessment; contract review and negotiation; transition and new business set-up. Expertise in financial advisor transition from wirehouse to independence.
For financial services entities, CMA provides broad business consulting and valuation services assisting with strategy, growth, acquisition and succession needs inclusive of M&A advisory as well as retained search and recruiting.
Engaged by International Bank to assess, value, and structure deal terms for potential wealth management business acquisition.
Conducted comprehensive review of the wealth management business for a $3.5B independent Broker/Dealer/RIA and developed strategy for enhancement and growth. Redesigned recruitment and acquisition process and expanded business presence into two new markets through M&A and recruiting.
Represented a $2.8MM wirehouse advisor to assess RIA options for transition to independence. Successfully matched candidate with RIA.
Represented private banker in search for more senior level position. Identified and assessed opportunities in the marketplace, facilitated introductions and negotiated deal terms.
Represented seasoned RIA practitioner to identify and negotiate transition to new RIA platform with longer term succession agreement.
Retained by $35B+ National financial services company to source and introduce candidates for senior level roles within the business.
Represented both buyers and sellers in RIA purchase and sale transactions, identifying and vetting candidates, negotiating terms, structuring deals, preparing documentation and bringing to successful fruition.
Created merger and succession/acquisition strategy inclusive of structuring, documentation and execution planning for two RIAs.
Engaged by entrepreneur to structure equity inclusion strategy and structure to add team members at various levels to equity ownership in business inclusive of entity restructuring and compensation modeling.