For Immediate Release
MRA Announces Two New Hires and Multiple Promotions in February
Phoenix-Based Investment Firm Welcomes New Client Associate and Investment Analyst; Promotes Seven Team Members
PHOENIX (February 22, 2016) – Miller Russell Associates, one of the Valley’s leading independent investment and wealth management firms, recently announced the addition of a new investment analyst and client associate to the growing firm, as well as the promotion of seven team members.
Matthew White joins Miller Russell Associates as an investment analyst. His primary focus is on the firm’s investment research and due diligence efforts. Prior to joining the firm, White served as an investment analyst for Cohn Financial Group where he managed the firm’s investment research and performance reporting capabilities. He began his career in finance at Northwestern Mutual. He subsequently worked as an analyst at Wells Fargo & Co. and as a financial advisor at MetLife Securities. White holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is currently a Level III Candidate in the CFA program.
Samera Harvey was hired as a client associate for Miller Russell Associates. In her role, Harvey provides tax planning, tax compliance, investment advisory, and wealth management services to clients. Prior to joining Miller Russell Associates, she worked as a tax analyst at Drivetime Automotive Group and tax staff accountant CBIZ MHM, where she worked on partnership, corporate, and individual tax returns. Harvey holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both accountancy and finance from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Mary Ann Hennelly-Favata has been promoted to senior client advisor. In her new position, she provides investment management and financial planning services for high net worth clients. Hennelly-Favata works closely with the CPAs and attorneys of clients to ensure proper implementation of investment, financial, insurance, retirement, tax, and estate planning goals. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, California. Hennelly-Favata is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.
Matt Walker has recently been promoted to client advisor. In this new position, he provides investment advisory, portfolio management, tax planning, tax compliance, and wealth management services to high net worth clients. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Walker worked as a senior associate in the wealth management/tax preparation division for GenSpring Family Offices, where he worked with high net worth families in all aspects of the wealth management process.
Ryan Penniman has been promoted to senior client associate. In this new role, he provides investment advisory, tax planning, tax compliance, and wealth management services to clients. Penniman completed a year-long internship at Miller Russell Associates prior to joining the team full-time in 2013. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Accountancy and a Masters of Taxation degree from Arizona State University.
John Brimhall has recently been promoted to senior client associate. In his new role, he provides investment advisory and administrative services to institutional clients. Prior to joining the firm, Brimhall was the client service coordinator at Paul Comstock Partners in Houston providing wealth management and financial planning services to high net worth individuals and institutions.
Ena Dashi has been promoted to senior client associate. In her new role, she provides investment advisory and wealth management services to clients. Dashi strives to provide excellent customer experience by taking the time to understand each client’s situation and helping them identify solutions to their unique situation. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in Spanish. Dashi is also a candidate for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation.
Pamela Houser has recently been promoted to senior client administrator. In this new position, she provides client support as an investment operations specialist, manages the client onboarding process, and is responsible training team members. Houser has been working in the financial services industry for 15 years. Prior to joining Miller Russell Associates, she worked with the boutique firm Biltmore Wealth Management in Scottsdale where she served as the operations manager. Houser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
Gina Farley has been promoted to executive administrative assistant. In her new position, Farley provides support to team members and assists with multiple office operations. She also serves as an executive assistant for two partners. Prior to joining Miller Russell Associates in August 2013, Farley was an executive assistant at Arizona’s largest online high school.
Miller Russell Associates focuses on team building and employee-centered business practices as one of its key values. The firm has earned recognition as one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies, as one of CareerBuilder’s Top Companies to Work For in Arizona, and as one of the Best Places to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal.
About Miller Russell Associates
Miller Russell Associates is one of the Southwest’s largest wealth management and registered investment advisory firms, headquartered in Phoenix. Independent and partner-owned, Miller Russell Associates provides investment, wealth management, tax compliance and consulting services to individuals and families, corporate retirement plans, endowments and foundations, and sovereign nations throughout the Western United States. Miller Russell Associates manages more than $2.3 billion of assets and employs more than 40 professional and support staff. The firm has earned the prestigious CEFEX certification, an independent assessment that recognizes that the firm adheres to the industry’s best fiduciary practices. For more information, visit miller-russell.com.