March 15, 2021

Raymond James & Associates announces new Tampa Bay Complex Manager

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Raymond James recently announced the promotion of Michelle Lynch as Senior Vice President, Investments and Tampa Bay Complex Manager for Raymond James & Associates (RJA) – the firm’s employee advisor channel – according to Bert White, Florida regional director for RJA. Effective March 15, Lynch now oversees the Tampa Bay Complex (group of branches), which includes RJA financial advisors and branch associates throughout Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida.

“Over her nearly two decades serving financial advisors in different capacities at Raymond James, Michelle brings a deep understanding of the financial advisor experience and knowledge of the various offerings and services at Raymond James,” said White. “We’re looking forward to Michelle’s leadership in this role as she leverages her extensive experience and creative perspectives to further recruit and support RJA advisors throughout the Tampa Bay market.”

A Tampa native, Lynch has been with Raymond James for more than 17 years. Prior to her current role, she served as Vice President, Private Client Group (PCG) Sales Manager, working with RJA’s regional directors and branch managers to recruit advisors and deliver high impact practice management and client engagement support. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of the Women Financial Advisors Network, where she was responsible for recruiting and retaining women advisors and providing support through education, practice management and coaching initiatives. Lynch has also served as Marketing Director, overseeing PCG marketing initiatives, as well as marketing for a variety of other business lines, including asset management, wealth/retirement solutions, practice management and succession planning. Prior to that, she served as Director of Marketing and Communications for Eagle Asset Management, an affiliate of Carillon Tower Advisers. Before joining Raymond James, she worked in marketing and communication roles at AAA Auto Club South, Busch Gardens Entertainment and United Landmark advertising agency. Lynch is a cum laude graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and earned her MBA degree, with honors, from Emory University, Goizueta Business School.  

"Having the opportunity to support the advisors in my hometown market and to give back to the community in which I’ve lived my whole life is very exciting,” said Lynch. “Working closely with various areas of the business in my prior roles, I know how passionate our leaders and associates are when it comes to serving financial advisors and treating them as clients. That sense of care fuels our firm’s unique culture and continues to be a differentiator for advisors. I fundamentally believe there is no better place for advisors to grow their businesses and spend their careers, and I’m looking forward to continuing to tell our story and strengthening our presence in the Tampa Bay area.”

Lynch succeeds former Tampa Bay Complex Manager Doug Brigman, who was recently appointed to President of Raymond James’ Insurance Group.

About Raymond James & Associates
Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, which has built a national reputation for more than 58 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 leading diversified financial services company with approximately 8,200 financial advisors throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Total client assets are $1.03 trillion. Additional information is available at