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THE ATLANTIC GROUP

Welcome to the Rockefeller Global Family Office

At The Atlantic Group our team takes a planning-based approach when working with our clients. We aim to provide the comprehensive solution our clients need in both understanding their needs, creating plans that are realistic and achievable, and implementing a portfolio strategy that helps enable them to achieve their objectives.

Located in Bethesda, MD, and Palm Beach, FL, our team works closely to provide wealth management solutions designed to grow and preserve our clients’ wealth for now and for future generations. We are confidantes, counselors, and navigators, dedicated to managing the complexities of family and wealth.

Being a part of Rockefeller provides us with the opportunity to offer our clients unparalleled service, access to uncommon investment opportunities, a seamless digital platform, and premier lifestyle advisory partners.

THE ATLANTIC GROUP

561-363-5822

3835 PGA Boulevard
Suite 105
Palm Beach, FL 33410

2 Bethesda Metro Center
Suite 800
Bethesda, MD 20814

“The Rockefeller difference is the people you choose to be with: clients, advisors, employers – their quality of character, domain expertise, competence, and level of intellect and authenticity.”

 

Jack Ryan, Chief Operating Officer

At The Atlantic Group our team builds client relationships based on trust and transparency. We take time to curate wealth management solutions that are customized, flexible, and built specifically to our clients’ individual needs and objectives.

PETER CLARKE

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor
PClarke@rockco.com
561-363-5830

DREW KARR

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor
DKarr@rockco.com
240-956-4460

NEVA HAGOPIAN

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor
NHagopian@rockco.com
561-363-5831

KATHI BARNHART

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor
KBarnhart@rockco.com
561-363-5832

ADAM DEAL

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor
ADeal@rockco.com
240-956-4461

JACK TRAXLER

Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor
JTraxler@rockco.com
240-956-4462

JACK MUTCHNIK

Vice President, Investment Research 
JMutchnik@rockco.com
240-956-4464

SERENA BURNS

Senior Client Associate
SBurns@rockco.com
240-956-4464

CARYN MINNS

Senior Client Associate
CMinns@rockco.com
561-363-5834

NATALIE SMYTH

Senior Client Associate
NSmyth@rockco.com
561-363-5833

Joseph D. Roberts

Head of Wealth Strategy

Brian Ferraro

Wealth Strategist, VP

Janet Welch

Head of Family Office Services

Jackie Klaber

Head of Opportunistic Investing

Chloe Duanshi, CFA®

Head of Quantitative Research & Portfolio Construction 

Jimmy C. Chang, CFA®

Chief Investment Officer, Rockefeller Global Family Office

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Rockefeller Capital built a strategic-advisory team from scratch that's now working on multibillion-dollar deals
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LAURA N. PENNINGTON, CFP®, CIMA®

LAURA N. PENNINGTON, CFP®, CIMA®

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor 

 

Laura Pennington is a Private Wealth Advisor at The Pennington Group of Rockefeller Capital Management.

With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Laura focuses on building customized strategies to help ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their multigenerational families obtain their goals and aspirations. Before joining Rockefeller Capital in January 2020, she was a Senior Vice President at UBS. A personal wealth manager since 2001, Laura also spent time on municipal bond trading desks in New York and worked in many capacities as part of an institutional consulting team in Washington, D.C.

Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Rollins College. She studied abroad at the London School of Economics and University of London, where she gained a global perspective and true appreciation for the financial markets. A Certified Financial PlannerTM, Laura also earned her Certified Investment Management Analyst designation through coursework at the Investments and Wealth Institute and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Laura lives in Washington, D.C., where she’s active in her community. She has served as a committee member and chair for many art, children’s, and animal welfare charities, and has been a board member of the Washington International Horse Show for the past 10 years. An animal lover, Laura also enjoys skiing, horseback riding, traveling, running and spending time with her husband and their two children.

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FABIENNE TREMBLAY

FABIENNE TREMBLAY

Associate, Private Wealth Advisor Client Associate 

 

Fabienne Tremblay is a Private Wealth Advisor Client Associate at The Pennington Group of Rockefeller Capital Management.

At Rockefeller Fabienne focuses on client support and team operations. Before joining Rockefeller, Fabienne was an Analyst at Strategic Investment Group and an Assistant Manager at Cambridge Associates, both companies focusing on Institutional relationships including Endowments, Foundations and Pension Funds.

Fabienne graduated from Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada, with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She grew up near Montréal, Canada and is fluent in French.

Outside of the office Fabienne enjoys all things active including: hiking, skiing, running, and sailing. She loves to cook, travel, and enjoys spending time with her dog, family and friends. She is also a member of the Young Professionals Committee for the N Street Village.

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PETER CLARKE

PETER CLARKE

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor 

 

As a co-founder of The Atlantic Group, Peter serves as the lead strategist and senior relationship manager for the team’s private wealth management and corporate services efforts. With more than 30 years of experience in financial advisory, Peter began his career at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York. Most recently he spent over ten years at BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, now Truist. In March of 2015, Peter was selected as one of Financial Times’ Top 400 Financial Advisors in the Nation.* He earned his bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and his master’s degree in economics from George Washington University. He is an avid watersport enthusiast – including boating, jet skiing, surfing, paddleboarding, and waterskiing. He also serves on the investment committee of the Trustbridge/Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County.

 

*For more information about the selection criteria for each award, please consult the sponsor’s website.  Rankings, ratings and recognitions should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor, are not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results or client service.

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DREW KARR, CIMA

DREW KARR, CIMA

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor 

 

As a co-founder of The Atlantic Group, Drew leads the team’s corporate and executive services practice. He is a senior relationship manager, working directly with corporate executive clients and business owners, advising on monetization strategies, investment management, and generational wealth planning. Drew began his career at Wachovia Securities 17 years ago and spent 12 years at BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, now Truist prior to The Atlantic Group joining Rockefeller Capital Management.

In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Forbes recognized Drew as one of the “Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.”* He serves on the finance committee for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and investment committee of the United Jewish Endowment Fund. Drew holds his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) certification and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors degree in accounting. He enjoys playing golf, skiing and spending time with his family. He lives in Bethesda with his wife Lindsay and their three children Ava, Max, and Ellie

 

*For more information about the selection criteria for each award, please consult the sponsor’s website.  Rankings, ratings and recognitions should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor, are not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results or client service.

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NEVA HAGOPIAN

NEVA HAGOPIAN

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor 

 

As a co-founder of The Atlantic Group, Neva’s responsibilities include Client Relationship Management as well as leading the team’s Asset Management business. Our Asset Management expertise include constructing asset allocation models and developing the appropriate blend of investment managers to align with clients’ objectives. With over 30 years of experience that includes roles as a financial advisor and a managed account liaison in one of the largest Merrill Lynch offices worldwide, Neva understands behavioral finance and seeks to help clients avoid emotional decisions in favor of rational, long-term strategies.

She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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KATHI BARNHART

KATHI BARNHART

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor

 

Kathi Barnhart is a Private Wealth Advisor at Rockefeller Capital Management in Palm Beach. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Kathi held the role of Wealth Advisor at Truist Wealth, formally BB&T Wealth Management since 2006. Kathi has served the financial needs of high net worth individuals and their families since 1988 offering a team approach to investments, financial planning, banking and lending. She maintains her Series 7 and 63, life insurance and variable annuity licenses.

Kathi is an active member of the Palm Beach Gardens community. She sits on the local board of the Red Cross and is an Ambassador for the Honda Classic benefitting Children’s Healthcare Charity and more than 100 other local charities. Kathi is an avid tennis player and enjoys hiking and traveling. She lives in Palm Beach Gardens with her husband, Kris.

 

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ADAM DEAL

ADAM DEAL

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor

 

As a principal of The Atlantic Group, Adam dedicates his time to advising the team’s high net worth families and individuals, business owners and corporate executives. Adam has been providing strategic advice and customized solutions to high net worth families since 2007 and understands what it takes to efficiently create, preserve and transfer wealth. Adam specializes in developing monetization strategies, generational wealth transfer and helping clients through sophisticated lending needs. Prior to joining Rockefeller Capital Management, Adam spent nearly 15 years at BB&T/Truist as a Senior Wealth Advisor and was perennially recognized as one of the top advisors in the firm.

Adam is a graduate of Campbell University where obtained his Masters of Business Administration and his Bachelors of Science in Trust and Investment Management. Adam is an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He lives in Maryland with his wife Kelly and their two girls, Aubrey and Madelyn.

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JACK TRAXLER

JACK TRAXLER

Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor 

 

Jack joined The Atlantic Group as a Financial Advisor in August 2020. He is responsible for assisting in relationship management and advising on investment strategies and comprehensive wealth planning for clients. In addition to this, Jack performs alternative investment due diligence and helps facilitate the strategy and management of these investments on behalf of our clients. Jack joined The Atlantic Group after beginning his career at Morgan Stanley.

Jack earned his Bachelors degree from The Catholic University of America as well as a Masters degree in business analysis. While at CUA, he was a member of the varsity soccer team and performed many roles in the school’s Opera and Musical Theatre productions. He is passionate about working with Washington Concert Opera’s young professionals’ program and serves as a board member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the DMV.

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JACK MUTCHNIK

JACK MUTCHNIK

Vice President, Investment Research 

 

Jack Mutchnik is the Vice President of Investment Research for The Atlantic Group at Rockefeller Capital Management. He joins the team with experience in portfolio management from his time with Truist Investment Services. Jack also brings expertise in data analytics after two years at Leidos. While there, he worked as a Program Finance Analyst on a Department of Homeland Security contract.

Jack earned a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance as well as an MS in Finance from American University. While at American University, he competed on the Division I wrestling team and earned honors as an Academic All American.

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SERENA BURNS

SERENA BURNS

Senior Client Associate

 

Serena joined The Atlantic Group in April 2018 and serves as a Senior Client Associate. She works closely with our Relationship Managers to onboard new clients and provides our clients with personalized services that foster strong client relationships. She brings over five years of experience in financial services along with over 16 years of customer service experience.

Serena’s efficiency, attention to detail and dedication to providing personal and responsive service are key to our servicing model. 

 

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CARYN MINNS

CARYN MINNS

Senior Client Associate

 

Caryn has worked with The Atlantic Group for over 2 years now as a member of the Administration Team. She manages the day-to-day client operations as well as onboarding new relationships. She brings over nine years of experience in the financial industry and over 20 years in customer service. Her career started at Deutsche Bank which then became Raymond James. She is passionate about providing an excellent client experience and maintain strong relationships.

Caryn currently holds her FINRA Series 7 & 63 securities registrations.

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NATALIE SMYTH

NATALIE SMYTH

Senior Client Associate 

 

Natalie Smyth joins the Atlantic Group as a Senior Client Associate in the Palm Beach office and provides a high level of support to the Atlantic Group, enhancing client relationships with responsive and personalized service. She has spent over 30 years in the financial industry and has dedicated her career to providing unsurpassed, white glove service to affluent clients. Natalie has experience in banking, trust and fiduciary services, most recently spending 14 years with BB&T/Truist Wealth Management.

Natalie is a graduate of the Florida Bankers Association Trust & Wealth Management School and a Notary Public. She is a native of London, England and loves to travel and spend time with family. She has two adult children and currently resides in South Florida with her husband.

 

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BRIAN LESSIG

BRIAN LESSIG

Managing Director, Strategic Advisory 

 

Brian Lessig is a Managing Director in the Strategic Advisory group focused on M&A and capital raising for Rockefeller Capital Management. ​

Mr. Lessig was previously the Founder and President of Grace Bay Ventures, LLC, an advisory, consulting, and investment firm focused primarily on the financial services, sports entertainment, healthcare, technology, and blockchain industries. Selected advisory work at Grace Bay Ventures included M&A advisor to Derek Jeter, and eventually the entire buyer group, for the $1.2 billion purchase of the Miami Marlins baseball club. ​

Previously, Mr. Lessig co-founded multiple businesses, and served in leadership roles, principally in the financial services and technology/medical device industries. ​

Prior to these entrepreneurial ventures, he was Managing Director in the Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group at Merrill Lynch, where he led strategic advisory assignments including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, as well as capital-raising transactions in both public and private markets, primarily in the asset management, specialty finance, insurance/wholesale brokerage and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he worked for Ernst & Young as an auditor; he also lectured to CPA candidates preparing to take the CPA examination. ​

He graduated summa cum laude with a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University and received an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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JACKIE KLABER

JACKIE KLABER

Head of Opportunistic Investing 

 

Jackie C. Klaber is a Managing Director and the Head of Opportunistic Investing at Rockefeller Capital Management. She is a member of the Management Committee, the New Products Committee, the Manager Selection Committee, and the Rockefeller Capital NextGen Leadership Council. Jackie is responsible for sourcing and structuring differentiated alternative investment opportunities for the firm’s clients.

Jackie previously worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Alternative Investments & Manager Selection division, where she was responsible for sourcing and diligencing a range of alternative investments over time, including in hedge funds, private equity, and credit. Jackie also served as a Business Unit Manager and as a Member of the Data Science Committee.

From 2012-2014, Jackie worked at Citigroup with the management team of the Investment Banking division. Prior to these roles, she graduated from Yale Law School / Yale School of Management, where she completed a J.D./M.B.A. and served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. She has experience at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Covington & Burling LLP, and the Yale Investments Office.

Jackie received a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Brookings Council as well as a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Board of the Yale Law School Fund.

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CHLOE DUANSHI, CFA®

CHLOE DUANSHI, CFA®

Head of Quantitative Research & Portfolio Construction 

 

Chloe Duanshi is a Managing Director and the Head of Quantitative Research & Portfolio Construction for Rockefeller Capital Management. She is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

As the Head of Quantitative Research & Portfolio Construction, Chloe is responsible for developing broad capital market outlook across asset classes as well as designing strategic and tactical asset allocation guidance for the Rockefeller Global Family Office. Chloe is also focused on working with clients to construct bespoke, institutional-caliber portfolios with traditional and alternative investment solutions, utilizing proprietary portfolio construction techniques that seek to identify and capture a diversified collection of unique, fundamental return drivers.

Before joining Rockefeller, Chloe was a cross-asset strategist at Morgan Stanley, where she specialized in asset allocation and portfolio construction for ultra-high net worth individuals, single family offices, endowments, and foundations. Prior to that, Chloe spent a number of years at BNP Paribas in equities and commodities derivatives.

Chloe received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and M.A. degree in Mathematics from Columbia University. Chloe is a CFA® charterholder.

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JIMMY C. CHANG, CFA®

JIMMY C. CHANG, CFA®

Chief Investment Officer, Rockefeller Global Family Office 

 

Jimmy C. Chang, CFA®, is the Chief Investment Officer of the Rockefeller Global Family Office. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee and is a Chartered Financial Analyst®.

Jimmy has spent more than 18 years with Rockefeller. Prior to becoming the Chief Investment Officer in 2020, Jimmy was the Chief Investment Strategist and a Senior Portfolio Manager at Rockefeller Asset Management, where he co-managed several equity strategies and had oversight of the Fixed Income group.

Before joining Rockefeller in 2004, Jimmy was a Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Strategist, and Senior Technology Analyst at the U.S. Trust Company of New York, where he led technology equity research and co-managed a technology fund. He previously served as a Senior Marketing Representative and an Advisory Systems Engineer at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) from 1985 to 1994, where he was responsible for client relationship management, business volume, and profit attainments at major international financial services and banking accounts.

Jimmy earned an M.B.A. in Finance/International Business from New York University and a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union.

He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society. He serves on the Investment Committee of the Foundation for Contemporary Art.

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JOSEPH D. ROBERTS

JOSEPH D. ROBERTS

Head of Wealth Strategy

 

Joseph Roberts is a Managing Director and Head of the Wealth Strategy Group at Rockefeller Capital Management, based in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to joining Rockefeller Capital, Joe worked for Zeke Capital, a National Multi-Family Office, and Abbot Downing, Wells Fargo’s Family Office. Joe started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Private Financial Services Consulting Group. Joe has spent his career advising families of unique wealth on their financial needs, including fiduciary administration, tax, wealth transfer, and risk mitigation. Joe is a member of the State Bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. Joe earned a J.D. and Masters in Taxation from Villanova University and B.A. from the University of South Florida.

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BRIAN FERRARO

BRIAN FERRARO

Wealth Strategist, VP

 

Brian Ferraro is the Wealth Strategist in Rockefeller Capital Management’s Boston office. He works with high net worth individuals, families, and non-profit organizations particularly focusing on Financial Planning and Wealth Strategy.

Prior to joining Rockefeller, he spent six years at PwC providing income and estate tax planning and compliance services to the same types of clients.

Brian graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a degree in business and carries CPA and CFP® designations.

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Tessa Barrett, CFP®

Tessa Barrett, CFP®

Vice President. Financial Planning Strategist

 

Tessa joins the Atlantic group as Vice President, Financial Planning Strategist. Tessa has extensive knowledge in comprehensive wealth planning strategies and solutions for ultra-high net worth families. She believes in providing clients a strategic, team-based approach to achieve their goals. Tessa obtained her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 2021, one of the most rigorous certifications for financial planning knowledge. She joins us after spending three years at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and serves as a sworn fiduciary.

Tessa earned a BS in Business Management from Penn State University. She was a six-time NCAA All-American, two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, school record holder and team captain for Penn State’s D1 track and cross-country teams. Tessa still runs competitively with the Georgetown Running Club, a semi-pro team based out of Washington DC.

 

 

 

 

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Janet Welch

Janet Welch

Head of Family Office Services

 

Janet Welch is a Managing Director and the Head of Family Office Services at Rockefeller Capital Management. She is also a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.

In her role, Janet partners closely with colleagues in building out the operating platform for Family Office, and has oversight of Operations, Family Office Technology initiatives, Business Management, Bill Concierge, Tax Preparation Services, Financial Reporting, Marketing, and Finance.

Prior to joining Rockefeller, Janet was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Dalio Family Office. While there, she oversaw transformation efforts, program management, the finance and accounting organization, and business continuity. Most recently, Janet was responsible for leading the transformation of key portions of the family office operations including the creation of a holistic security and risk program and the build-out of Human Resources capabilities. Previously, Janet held increasingly senior roles at organizations including Diageo North America, QSP Inc., and IBM. Janet completed her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and received her M.B.A. at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

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