Bio - Jonathan G. Heller - Founder
Jonathan G. Heller founded JGHELLERFamilyWealthManagement in 2010 after spending over 22 years as a Branch/Complex Manager and 26 years as a financial advisor for PaineWebber and UBS Financial Services, Inc. An overview of his educational background and experience follows:
1983: Completed his MBA at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business (this is where Graham and Dodd taught...notable alumni include Warren Buffet and the current or recent CEOs of Morgan Stanley, Citicorp and Merrill Lynch). While there, he completed concentrations in Finance and Real Estate and was the #1 ranked student in Financial Statement Analysis.
1983-1986: Joined EF Hutton in the prestigious Accelerated Management Program where he was one of 5 selected out of over 600 candidates from the top 10 graduate business schools. While at Hutton, underwent extensive training in the Consulting Services Department (CSD). This department pioneered the concept of offering professional money management to individuals (previously only available to institutions and ultra-affluent investors).
1986-1987: Joined PaineWebber as the Assistant Branch Manager in the Los Angeles branch which was then the #4 ranked branch in the United States. In 15 months, Jonathan hired and trained 28 new financial advisors, hosted a weekly investment meeting, was the syndicate coordinator in charge of all IPOs (initial public offerings and supervised all financial advisors in the branch.
1987-1995: Promoted to Branch Manager of the Pasadena branch in July of 1987. At that time he was the youngest branch manager in the country for PaineWebber. Under Jonathan's leadership, the branch's assets grew by over $800MM in the first 5 years alone. Jonathan recruited top advisors from virtually every major Wall Street firm. This recruiting success was instrumental in leading the branch to its #1 ranking among all firms in Pasadena. During the late 80's and early 90's, the branch was recognized as one of the leading equity focused branches in the country. Jonathan, with other key advisors, developed a national reputation for conducting original research on small publicly traded companies and developed close relationships with both principal traders and firm research analysts. In 1992, 4 of the top 5 equity focused advisors in the entire Pasadena market worked in Jonathan's branch. In 1993 and 1994, Jonathan coached and trained his advisors on how to identify, hire and blend money managers as Wall Street began to move away from its historic focus on individual stocks.
1995-2005: Moved to Tucson, AZ as Branch Manager. Placed in charge of both domestic wealth management and a growing international business with Mexico and Latin America. While there, was recognized as a national leader in transitioning advisors from doing business on a commission basis to charging a fee on assets. The branch was also recognized as an innovator in creating unique trust structures designed to meet the complex needs of Latin American clients. In 2003, Jonathan was recognized by UBS as the #3 ranked manager in the country out of over 350 locations (Director's Council) based upon overall performance in 2002 (the last year of the 2000-2002 bear market).
2005-2006: Promoted to Complex Manager for the Oregon complex which encompassed the entire wealth management business for the state of Oregon. At that time, the complex included over 110 advisors, including 2 of the top 50 advisors in America as ranked by Barron's. Assets in client accounts totaled over $11 BILLION. In 2005 the Portland branch was ranked #2 nationally at UBS in total assets under discretionary management by financial advisors.
2006-2008: In December of 2006, Jonathan moved to San Francisco to become the Branch Manager of the West Coast Corporate Employee Financial Services (CEFS) branch, one of only 4 branches in the United States that managed the stock option plans for Fortune 1000 companies and their executives. In 2007, the branch led the nation in adding new corporate clients. Additionally, the branch was recognized as the leader and innovator in establishing 10b5-1 trading plans for executives of public companies.
2008-2009: Under a new corporate structure, Jonathan moved to Pittsburgh to become the Deputy Branch Manager for the Pittsburgh Complex. In this role, all Financial Advisors in 4 locations (the Grant Street Complex) reported directly to him. While there, he ran the weekly investment meeting for all advisors in 7 locations, created the UBS CEO speaker series and was responsible for an important innovation in the financial planning software used nationally at UBS and other firms.
2010: JGHELLER Private Wealh Advisors is founded with the goal of delivering sophisticated advice, concierge service and total transparency to select individual investors all for one highly competitive fee.
2012: Jonathan became the "pro-bono" Securities Expert for the University of Pittsburgh Law School Arbitration Clinic. Jonathan also began teaching a course in Investment Advisor Law (Series 65).
2013-2016: Jonathan continued to grow his family wealth management business at JGHELLER Family Wealth Management and developed a national reputation as a Securities Expert testifying in 13 FINRA arbitrations on behalf of investors.