President,Private Client Group,Raymond James & Associates
Prior to being appointed to his current position, Elwyn served for five years as divisional director, senior vice president of the Atlantic Division of RJA. In that role, he devoted his energies to attracting new advisors to the firm and supporting advisors’ growth plans and adoption of best practices. Elwyn began his career at Raymond James in 1993 as a financial advisor trainee out of college. After building a successful practice, he became an assistant branch manager in Atlanta and subsequently a branch manager in Chattanooga. Elwyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Emory University in 1993 and remains committed to his alma mater where he serves on the Emory College Alumni Board.
Over the years, Elwyn has also contributed to Emory through his service with the Emory Board of Governors, the Alumni Admissions Network and as a Mentor in the Emory Career Network. Elwyn is an alumnus of the Securities Industry Institute, an educational partnership between Wharton and SIFMA. He has continued his executive education by also completing the Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage program at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at Wharton. Locally, Elwyn is active in the University of South Florida Corporate Mentor Program and is a board member for the St. Petersburg Opera. He was born in Boston and grew up in Atlanta. He is married and has two children.
Senior Vice President
Division Director Eastern Division
Ira Federer is senior vice president and divisional director for Raymond James & Associates, Inc., whose international headquarters are located in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Ira was hired in June of 1994 as the first vice president of strategic development for Raymond James & Associates. He held positions as first vice president and north Florida regional manager and senior vice president and east Florida regional manager before taking over as regional manager for the entire state of Florida in June 1999. He is currently the divisional director for the Eastern Division, which consists of more than 70 branch offices in Florida, southeastern Georgia and South Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Greater D.C. and eastern New York and Pennsylvania.
Ira is a 1975 graduate of Rutgers University and received an MBA from the University of Miami in 1977. He is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School. He also holds the wealth management specialist designation. Prior to joining Raymond James, Ira spent 15 years at Prudential Securities as a financial advisor and held various management positions.
Ira is a past president of the Florida Securities Dealers Association (FSDA) and has been on the FSDA’s board of directors since 1993. He is a member of SIFMA’s Bulls Sales Management Roundtable and was formerly chairperson of that committee. He is also a former board member of the Tampa Museum of Art and is currently a member of the Tampa Prep Board of Trustees and an active member of numerous organizations throughout the state of Florida. Ira is also on the Executive Committee for the American Heart Association’s Tampa Bay Heart Walk.
Ira and his wife, Denise, reside in Tampa and have two sons.
Raymond James & Associates, which has built a national reputation during the past 50 years as a leader in financial planning for individuals, corporations and municipalities, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF), a financial services holding company. Through its three principal broker/dealer subsidiaries, Raymond James Financial has more than 6,300 financial advisors serving 2 million accounts in 2,600 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $390 billion.
In the June 2009 issue of SmartMoney, Raymond James took top marks in the Annual Broker Survey of full-service brokers for customer satisfaction and account statements, for the second consecutive year. In July 2008, Raymond James was ranked “Highest in Investor Satisfaction with Full Service Brokerage Firms” in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Full Service Investor Satisfaction StudySM.
In March 2008, Forbes magazine listed Raymond James as the only investment services firm among the large-cap and mid-cap companies in its 2008 ranking of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies. In addition, four Raymond James analysts ranked in the top five for their coverage in The Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on the Street” survey, with the firm placing 18th overall among 260 brokerage firms.
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