Michelle brings over 30 years of diverse management and executive experience in the financial services field, ranging from operations and compliance to conflict management and leader development. Michelle has devoted her career to the thoughtful convergence of operational expertise and human engagement as essential to the thriving organization. She is committed to harmonizing the pressing business imperatives of clients, and the often complicated and contradictory regulatory requirements they must observe, with professional development at both the team and managerial levels. She is particularly focused on helping organizations successfully navigate transitions and keep conflicts at a productive and energizing level.
Michelle got her start in 1985 as the Internal Controls Manager for a Seattle-based self-clearing firm. Prior to Precedent, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for dual registrant McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc., with total client assets of over $8 billion. As a member of the executive team, she helped shepherd the organization’s growth from about 60 employees in 2006 to over 170 in 2012, with branches throughout the Pacific Northwest. During that period, she developed and managed compliance protocols for an extensive range of services including core brokerage activities, proprietary equity and bond trading, institutional sales, investment banking, and proprietary research. Her compliance role was especially important in the rapid evolution of the firm’s transition toward a substantial investment advisory business with assets under management of over $2 billion.
Michelle completed NTL's Organization Development Certificate Program and is qualified to administer the MBTI® Instrument. Michelle currently holds the series 4, 7, 24, 27, 55 and 79 securities licenses, and previously held the Series 53.
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