Mark Leonhard

First Vice President, Wealth Management

Ever since I invested $400 in my first stock when I was 18 years old, I have had a passion for investing and building wealth through the stock market. I can remember going to the library and researching stocks in Value Line looking at balance sheets and cash flows. This is how it started for me over 40 years ago and continues to be my passion every day for my clients. It brings me great satisfaction to be able to build wealth long term for my clients. Whether it be sending their children to College, buying that vacation home they always wanted or retiring with enough cash flow to live comfortably the rest of their lives, this is what energizes me each morning when I start my day.

My process starts with analyzing each client’s personal needs and wants for their money and then designing a plan to help them achieve their short and long term goals. We then set up an investment plan with the goal of taking the least amount of risk to achieve the desired results.

My strategies also take into account what I believe is one of the greatest risks to any portfolio which is taxes. Making portfolios as tax efficient as possible is just as important as helping to protect against downturns in the markets. Liquidity is also very important in my planning process. If you have enough liquid assets to sustain your lifestyle for the next 2-3 years we can weather bear markets maintaining our long term investment approach.

Prior to joining Raymond James in January 2018, I served as a Vice President, Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors for nine years. Before that I held the role of Vice President with Merrill Lynch for 25 years. I earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 1984. I earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® in 2002.

A lifelong resident of New Jersey, I currently live in Bedminster NJ with my wife Maria. I have two children Mark Jr. who is an Attorney in Massachusetts and a daughter Amanda currently attending Medical School at Umass Medical School.

My wife and I enjoy traveling and the 4 mile Hike and Bike path in Bedminster. I was a youth sports coach for baseball and basketball during my son’s younger years.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner,  CFP Logo Flame Design and  CFP Logo Plaque Design in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.