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If at all possible, we aim to provide people of the RIA business with the brainfood they need to be among the in-the-know and on-the move of the industry.

We founded RIABiz in August of 2009 and started by throwing out the thou-shalt books that tell how to run magazines, newspapers, blogs, news websites, directories and research services. We wanted the color, captions and quality of The Economist, the timeliness of Bloomberg, the personality of your favorite blog and the online destination that doesn’t look like a makeshift way of putting print content onto a website.

When we get a pile of research we want to share, we try to put it into English. We are competitive people and want to break every useful story. We are intellectually vain and want to introduce every new angle. We want to be part of the Google+ generation that puts information with faces and we use them at every opportunity.

Will we succeed in all this with our modest staff and chimp-sized brains? Not always. But hopefully the debris of our efforts will continue to give you a dynamic stopover on your daily meandering of the Internet and instill you with similarly hyper-charged idealistic business objectives that – when they fall short – still stand taller than what’s typically out there.

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Brooke

Brooke Southall

Managing Principal, Reporter

brooke@riabiz.com
415.389.8207

Brooke is known locally in Sausalito, Calif. as a cyclist, houseboater, and the guy with the huge dogs. On the web he's known as a regular voice on the happenings of the RIA business. He started RIABiz in 2009 after deciding the industry could use a more focused channel of information, which has proven to be the case.

He oversees the flow of articles on RIABiz, but still gets to spend a considerable amount of time reporting and writing. Somehow he manages to pump out story after story despite his frequently crashing Windows laptop and his hunt-and-peck typing method.



Frank

Frank Noto

Chief of Business Affairs

frank@riabiz.com
office: 415.389.8206
mobile: 415.246.5006

Frank, who hails from Jersey, is a serious Yankees fan despite our proximity to San Francisco. When asked if he cheers for the Giants, he laughs and says "Yeah, the New York Giants!"

Coach of one sport every season for his three daughters, Frank spends the first half of his day managing advertising inventory and finances for RIABiz. He's been working in the advisor industry since he started at InvestmentNews in 2000 one month before Brooke.



Lisa

Lisa Shidler

Chicagoland Reporter

lisa@riabiz.com
219.988.4653

Lisa has been a reporter for 14 years and has been covering the financial services industry for five years -- she also comes from the world of InvestmentNews. She's been with RIABiz since November 2010.

Lisa is based in the middle of the country on the northwest corner of Indiana, about an hour from Chicago. She's married with two young children – Liz, 7, and Chance, a toddler.



Dina

Dina Hampton

Managing Editor

dina@riabiz.com
917.270.5745

Dina is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and has worked for more than a decade as a reporter and editor for publications including The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Investment News, Stage Directions and Oxygen.com. Her book, “Little Red: Three Passionate Lives Through the Sixties and Beyond,” was published in March 2013 by PublicAffairs Books. Dina lives and works in New York City and Miami Beach.



Sanders

Sanders Wommack

Reporter


Sanders has been writing for RIABiz since January 2014. The soft-spoken recent graduate of the University of Chicago grew up and remains based in Yarmouth, Maine where clams are not slang for dollars. Before journalism, Sanders worked in politics and also wrote reports for an angel investing group. When not working, Sanders is reading and usually it's a real book.



John and Dawn

John and Dawn Kodin

Directory Sales

john@riabiz.com
dawn@riabiz.com
360.714.8662

John and Dawn live in the Northwest in Bellingham, Washington, are avid outdoors people, and are really into bicycles, kayaking and motorcycles. They are new to the RIABiz world but are quickly learning that there are a lot of great people in the financial advisory business.

They are excited to see the rapid growth of RIABiz and the Directory in the past few months and the future looks even better.



Terence

Terence Hong

Software Engineer

terry@riabiz.com

Terence maintains the RIABiz website and email system. He has a background in pediatric medical imaging research, and first ventured into software engineering when his work called for manipulating large data sets. Terence enjoys big data challenges and is currently located in Toronto, Canada.




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