The Optimal Service Group
of Wells Fargo Advisors

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Address:

428 McLaws Circle Suite 100
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Phone:

(888) 465-8422,(757) 220-1782

Fax/Other:

(757) 564-3026

Our Team

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We’re pretty particular about the people we work with—and that goes not just for clients, but our colleagues, too.

You can be sure that every member of The Optimal Service Group not only has training and certification fit to beat the band, but years of experience specializing in high-net-worth consulting and institutional-account management.

Smart? You bet. Not just book smart, either. Rest assured that every team member you’ll have the pleasure to meet brings a level of insight, sophistication, and uncommon knowledge to the table that is as rare as it is vital to the way we operate.

The Optimal Service Group is made up of the following three teams:

• Wealth Management: This group does exactly what you might expect: Identifies investment objectives, develops and monitors strategies, and reviews your portfolio performance.

Plus: investments and financial products, portfolio analysis, investment planning, trust, and estate analysis and administration. In other words, they keep their eye on the ball.*

• Corporate and Institutional Consulting: This team’s unparalleled service to insurance companies, endowments and foundations, and corporate pension plans have earned it a ranking as a Barron’s Top 30 Institutional Consultant.**

Our customized consulting portfolio offers asset-allocation strategies, manager search and selection, performance monitoring, investment policy development, and timely capital market and economic commentary.

• Client Services: None of this matters if we can’t keep tabs on every detail, from operation to administration. These folks do just that—promptly. If there’s something you want to ask or let us know, we’re here. And if there’s something you need to know, you can trust us to tell you.

Because if we’re not able to provide top-notch service, we might as well pack it in.

Team Bios

Joseph W. Montgomery, CFP®  Managing Director - Investments

Joseph W. Montgomery, CFP®, AIF®

Managing Director-Investments
joe.montgomery@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Joe Montgomery is a Managing Director - Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors. A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and a PIM Portfolio Manager, he heads up the Optimal Service
Group of Wells Fargo Advisors at the firm's Williamsburg, Virginia office.

Joe joined the firm in 1975 and was recognized by Registered Representative magazine as one of ten outstanding brokers nationwide in 1984. In 1988, he was the first recipient of the Wheat Mission Award, presented to an associate recommended by his peers for dedication, professionalism, and superior service to his clients and community. In 1990, he received the firm's President's Cup for being the top Financial Advisor, and in 1991 he was the first recipient of the firm's Professional Excellence Award.

Joe was recognized as one of the 10 "Best Brokers" in the country by On Wall Street magazine in its 1995 national survey. He was also named to Research magazine's Advisor Hall of Fame in 1996 and to Registered Representative magazine's list of America's Top 50 Brokers since 2002. Since 1998, he has been selected to be on each of Worth magazine's annual lists of America's outstanding financial advisors. In addition, a leading securities-industry publication, Ticker Magazine, recognized him as one of ten Ace Advisors nation-wide in 2000. He is also featured in The Winner's Circle, a book authored by RJ Shook, published in 2002 profiling 30 of the "most successful financial advisors in the business." Joe is again recognized in the follow-up book, The Winner's Circle IV, published in 2005, which provides "Wealth Management Insights from America's Best Financial Advisors". Since its inception in 2004 he has been on Barron's Top 100 Brokers list3. Beginning with the 2005 inception of its ranking, Virginia Business has selected Joe as a Top Financial Advisor in the state each year. Since 2005 Joe has been a charter member of the Dow Jones Wealth Management Advisory Council.  Financial Times has named Joe to the FT Top 400 Advisers in the U.S. each year since its 2013 inception.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute presented at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce (Philadelphia, PA), where he has since lectured.

Joe was president of William and Mary's Society of the Alumni and was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the College of William and Mary Board of Visitors. He has also served on the boards of the Endowment Association of the College of William and Mary, National Campaign Steering Committee of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg Landing (a retirement community), Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, The Williamsburg Community Trust, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc, the Jamestown-Yorktown Educational Trust, the Virginia Retirement System Investment Advisory Committee, Hampton Roads Academy and Williamsburg Community Hospital, where he chaired the Finance Committee. He currently serves on the boards of the Future of Hampton Roads, the Virginia Capitol Foundation and is a member of the James Blair Society at the College of William and Mary.  In 2014, Joe was appointed to the Virginia Retirement System Board of Trustees and in 2017 he was appointed to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees. Most recently, Joe was named as the 2017 recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Legends Award. The award is presented to a former collegiate or professional center that has made significant contributions to the football and business communities, or through philanthropic endeavors.

Loughan Campbell, MBA, CIMA, AIF Vice President - Investments; Financial Consultant

Loughan Campbell, CIMA®, AIF®, MBA

Vice President-Investments
Financial Consultant

loughan.campbell@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Loughan Campbell joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2005. Prior to joining the Optimal Service Group in 2008, she supported the firm's investment planning initiative in the corporate headquarters. Loughan led the team responsible for best practices and quality of the Envision® program.

Before joining Wells Fargo Advisors, Loughan spent 14 years in New York City, returning to Virginia after receiving her M.B.A. from NYU's Stern School of Business. While earning her degree, she worked for a large, well known institution underwriting corporate insurance for financial companies. In 2007, Loughan received the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from The Investment Management Consulting Association, in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business.

Loughan graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar in 1989. She is Series 7 and Series 66 registered and holds a Life & Annuity and Health state license. Loughan lives in Williamsburg.

Cathleen G. Dillon FPQP Senior Registered Client Associate; Assistant Vice President

Cathleen G. Dillon, FPQP

Assistant Vice President
Senior Registered Client Associate

cathleen.dillon@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Cathleen Dillon joined the Optimal Service Group in 2005 after spending 10 years in the commercial banking industry. Her past industry experience includes work as an Associate Member of the Chicago Board of Trade, manager of a large foreign bank and an analyst for a New York bank.

As a member of the Optimal Service Group, Cathleen focuses on the development and implementation of the marketing strategy for the group as well as coordinating efforts within the compliance framework. In addition, Cathleen is responsible for client management, implementation of option trading strategies and supports the Institutional Consulting group by handling the administrative and operational matters for the team.

Cathleen earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and is Series 7 and Series 66 registered. In 2008 Cathleen successfully completed the Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional Designation Program through the College for Financial Planning. Cathleen and her husband Dan reside in Williamsburg and have eight children.

Julia M. Halstead, CFP, CPWA, AIF Senior Vice President - Investment Officer Financial Consultant

Julia M. Halstead, CFP®, CPWA® AIF®

Senior Vice President-Investment Officer Financial Consultant
judy.halstead@wellsfargoadvisors.com

A Williamsburg native, Judy Halstead earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in her hometown in 1979. She was a paralegal in the trust and estate department of a large law firm in Richmond for eight years before returning to Williamsburg in 1994. In 1995, Judy joined the Optimal Service Group. She is Series 7, 63, and 65 registered.

As a fully-registered Financial Consultant, Judy works with clients to develop and implement personal financial strategies designed to help them pursue and achieve their life goals. She focuses on portfolio analysis, asset allocation, investment planning, IRAs and personal and charitable trust matters.

Judy obtained her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 2006. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. She is also a member of the Central Virginia chapter of the FPA (Financial Planning Association).

Judy also holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® certification, earned in 2014. This certification is administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition, Judy attained the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation in 2014.

Judy and her husband, Jim, are active in their church and its community outreach programs, including the Community of Faith Mission, a homeless shelter ministry. She supports several local charities including Child Development Resources and Housing Partnerships.

H. James Johnson, III Financial Consultant

H. James Johnson, III, MBA

Associate Vice President-Investments
Financial Consultant
Institutional Consultant

james.johnson3@wellsfargoadvisors.com

James Johnson joined the Optimal Service Group in 2014. James began his career as an intern with the group while pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at the College of William and Mary. He has since transpired into the role of a financial consultant, utilizing his efforts on the institutional side of the business. James’ main focus is business development as he attends various industry seminars and conferences as well as consulting to the group's foundation and endowment clients. He is also a member of the Private Investment Management team.

James earned his B.A. in Economics from The College of William and Mary while being a 4 year starter for Tribe Football, earning the CAA Commissoner's Academic Award for his efforts off of the field. He is Series 7 and Series 66 registered and is also a Level 1 candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute program.

James is involved with multiple non-profit organizations including sitting on the board of William and Mary’s Hulon Willis Association. James resides in Williamsburg.

R. Bryce Lee MBA, CFA, CIMA, FRM, CAIA, AIF Senior Vice President - Investments; Senior Institutional Consultant; Financial Consultant

R. Bryce Lee, CFA, CIMA®, FRM, CAIA, AIF®, MBA

Managing Director-Investments
Financial Consultant
Senior Institutional Consultant

bryce.lee@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Bryce Lee joined the Optimal Service Group in 2001. He assists with all matters pertaining to the group’s institutional clients. Bryce is responsible for compiling customized quarterly reports, setting investment objectives, performing manager research and portfolio attribution for institutional investors.

Bryce earned a master’s degree in finance from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA), where he was a member of the Tribe football team from 1997 through 2001. He was the team’s second-leading receiver, and he was selected for the Second Team Academic All-American Football Team for 2001.

As an undergraduate, Bryce was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and was selected to the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity at the College of William and Mary, where he graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in finance and math. In 2003, Bryce earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary graduating magna cum laude.

In 2006, Bryce earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst and in 2007, received the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from The Investment Management Consulting Association, in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business. In 2009, Bryce earned the CAIA charter through the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association and in 2012 earned the designation of Financial Risk Manager as certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Bryce lives in Williamsburg with his wife Laurie and their three children. They support several local charities and are active members of their community church where they volunteer with youth programs including Young Life.

Karen H. Logan, MBA, CIMA, AIF Financial Consultant; Institutional Consulting Analyst

Karen H. Logan, CIMA®, AIF®, CRPC® MBA

Vice President-Investments
Financial Consultant
Senior Institutional Consultant

karen.logan@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Karen Logan joined The Optimal Service Group in 2010. She began her career in the home office of Wells Fargo Advisors' predecessor firm in 2002. Karen was with the Institutional Consulting Group where she provided performance reporting, IPS development, and asset allocation studies. Karen also conducted manager research involving approximately 300 managers for one of the firm's separately managed account programs as well as launching a proprietary program utilizing ETF's. More recently she provided research on traditional and alternative investments for a regional Registered Investment Advisor.

As a member of The Optimal Service Group, Karen assists the Institutional Consulting team in providing client service, generating quarterly reports and performing various research projects. In 2011, Karen received the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from The Investment Management Consulting Association, in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business.

Karen earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech University. She is Series 7, 63 and 65 registered. Karen and her husband Geoff reside in Williamsburg.

Brian T. Moore MBA, CIMA, AIF Financial Consultant; Institutional Consulting Analyst

Brian T. Moore, CIMA®, AIF®,  MBA

Vice President-Investments
Financial Consultant
Senior Institutional Consultant

brian.moore@wellsfargoadvisors.com   

Brian Moore joined The Optimal Service Group in 2007 after spending three years working with the Fixed Income Retail Trading Group in Wells Fargo Advisors Richmond offices. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2004, Brian was employed as an Investment Accounting Analyst with a regional Savings & Loan bank located in New York where he dealt primarily with the company’s investment portfolio.

As a member of The Optimal Service Group, Brian assists the Institutional Consulting team in providing client service, generating quarterly reports and performing various research projects.

Brian graduated from Long Island University-Southampton with a BA in History and later earned his MBA from Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business in 2000. In 2013, Brian received the Certified Investment Management Analyst designation from The Investment Management Consulting Association, in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business. Brian is Series 7 and Series 66 registered and is a Level 2 candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst program. Brian resides in Williamsburg with his wife Katie and their two boys.

Vicki A. Smith, FPQP Senior Registered Client Associate; Assistant Vice-President

Vicki A. Smith, FPQP

Assistant Vice President
Senior Registered Client Associate

vicki.a.smith@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Vicki Smith joined the Optimal Service Group in 2011. Vicki has been with the combined firm including Wheat First Securities and A.G. Edwards and Sons, for 26 years and has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a member of The Optimal Service Group, Vicki focuses on asset allocation, portfolio rebalancing and retirement planning for our high net worth clients.

An honors graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Vicki is Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 registered. Vicki lives in Williamsburg.

Emily E. Sporrer, FPQP

Registered Client Associate
emily.sporrer@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Emily Sporrer has been a member of the Optimal Service Group’s client-service team since 2016. Emily began her career as a brokerage associate with Wells Fargo Bank in 2012. She is Series 6, 7, 63 and 65 registered and also holds life and health insurance licenses. Emily is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a degree in Finance and Communications and has completed the Registered Paraplanner Professional Designation Program through the College for Financial Planning. Emily focuses on the group’s retail operations and high net worth clients.

Bradley J. Stewart, CFP, CPWA, QPFC, AIF Associate Vice President-Investment Officer; Financial Consultant

Bradley J. Stewart, CFP®, CPWA®, QPFC, AIF®

Vice President-Investments
Financial Consultant

brad.stewart@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Brad Stewart joined the Optimal Service Group from the retail bank of Wells Fargo, where he was the manager of one of the local branches. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in February 2010, Brad worked for another financial services firm in Williamsburg where he focused on insurance, annuities, and wealth protection strategies.

As a member of The Optimal Service Group, Brad works with clients to review their portfolios and define and implement plans to pursue their investment objectives, helping them achieve their life goals. Brad is Series 6, 63, 7, and Series 66 registered.

Brad is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. Brad is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Virginia for 2016-2017.

Brad holds the Certified Private Wealth Advisor® certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

In 2014, Brad earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) designation and is a member of the National Association of Plan Advisors.

Brad was a member of the William & Mary football team, as well as Co-Captain of the 2007 team. Brad is a supporter of several charities including the Disabled Veterans of America and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Brad and his wife Sarah reside in the Williamsburg area with their son Levi and black lab Guinness.

Christine M. Stiles RP, AAMS Senior Registered Client Associate; Vice President

Christine M. Stiles, AAMS®, FPQP

Vice President
Senior Registered Client Associate

christine.stiles@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Christine Stiles has been a member of the Optimal Service Group’s client-service team since 1991. She has been in the securities industry since 1985, with experience in banking and customer relations. She is Series 7 and Series 63 registered. Christine completed a Financial Paraplanning Program as well as the Accredited Asset Management Specialist Program through the College for Financial Planning. She focuses on the group’s retail operations and CPA relations.

Robin S. Wilcox MBA, AIF Vice President - Investments; Financial Consultant

Robin S. Wilcox, AIF®, MBA

Vice President-Investments
Financial Consultant

robin.wilcox@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Robin Wilcox joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2002. She has over 25 years of industry experience, most recently as director of consulting services for a regional New York Stock Exchange member firm. She began her securities career at Wheat, First Securities, a predecessor of Wells Fargo Advisors.

As a Financial Consultant, Ms. Wilcox has the primary responsibility of supporting the Optimal Service Group’s institutional consulting effort. In this capacity, she focuses on investment performance evaluation and reporting, asset-allocation modeling and investment-manager monitoring. She also consults with high-net-worth clients to offer comprehensive investment management and account-management advice and services.

Ms. Wilcox earned an MBA from the University of Richmond and a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds various securities registrations (Series 7, 63, 65) as well as life and health insurance and variable annuities licenses. She is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.

Ms. Wilcox lives in Williamsburg with her husband and three sons. 

 

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