PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hennion & Walsh has recently hired 3 experienced professionals for its proprietary SmartTrust® Unit Investment Trust (UIT) business. These individuals will serve in different, critical roles to help further support and grow the ever-expanding SmartTrust® UIT platform.
"We are excited by the rapid growth of SmartTrust® and bringing on fresh talent is just another way to show our commitment to this business," said Bill Walsh, President of Hennion & Walsh. "All three have extensive UIT experience and we are looking forward to further strengthening our SmartTrust® brand with them," added Richard Hennion, Partner of Hennion & Walsh.
James (Jamie) Gunter joins as an External Wholesaler and will serve as a Regional Vice President reporting to SmartTrust® National Sales Manager Dave D'Arcangelo. Mr. Gunter has 27 years of financial services industry experience, including most recently serving as a Senior Advisor Consultant and Regional Sales Manager for Oppenheimer Funds.
Jeffrey Paladino joins as an Internal Wholesaler. Mr. Paladino joins the SmartTrust® team from Merrill Lynch Bank of America and has 14 years of industry experience working with UITs, including serving as a Regional Vice President of Wholesale Distribution at Advisors Asset Management (AAM).
Ryan Schoeffield joins as a UIT Product Specialist. Mr. Schoeffield joins from TS Capital, LLC where he served in a similar capacity as a UIT Product Specialist and has 7 years of industry experience working with UITs, including serving as a Supervisor of UIT Fund Administration at The Bank of New York Mellon.
"As we continue to grow, it is very important to support our innovative product line-up with quality people with a strong background in UITs. With the additions of Jamie, Jeffrey and Ryan, we are very excited for the future and continued success of SmartTrust® UITs," said Kevin Mahn, Chief Investment Officer at SmartTrust®. "Their broad knowledge across the board, coupled with the experience of the existing team at SmartTrust®, will only further solidify our commitment to provide the best UIT service and support on Wall Street."
SmartTrust® UITs offer diversified income and total return opportunities through innovative investment strategies. Assets grew by 28 percent in 2015 while the number of Trusts outstanding grew by 24 percent over the same period. For more information about Hennion & Walsh's SmartTrust® UIT products, please contact the firm's Internal Support Desk at 888-505-2872.
About Hennion & Walsh
Hennion & Walsh, a full service brokerage firm specializing in municipal bonds, was founded in 1990 by Richard Hennion and Bill Walsh. Their mission is to be individual investors' fiercest and most passionate advocate. Investment guides, webinars, seminars and online content are just some of the ways they help investors become better informed and make better investment decisions. The firm has built its reputation on developing strong, mutually beneficial relationships designed to last a lifetime, serving over 16,000 clients with brokerage accounts and managed portfolios. They are committed to providing individual investors with the institutional-quality service and guidance they believe they are entitled to. Additional information on Hennion & Walsh is available at www.hennionandwalsh.com. Hennion & Walsh is a member of FINRA and SIPC.
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