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Wealth Management Leadership

R. James Richards
Executive Vice President & Head of Wealth Management

Jim is Executive Vice President & Head of Wealth Management and is a member of the Wedbush Executive Management Committee. He has been with Wedbush Securities for 28 years and is currently responsible for Information Technology, Asset Management, Merger and Acquisition activity as well as overseeing the Wealth Management division. Jim was previously the Head of Private Client Services, Clearing & Technology, and Operations. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.

Wedbush Advisor Management

William A. Scott
Senior Vice President & Division Manager

Bill is a Senior Vice President & Division Manager of Wealth Management. Mr. Scott joined Wedbush Securities in April 2009 and oversees the overall growth and management of several private client offices in California, Arizona, Texas, and Michigan. Mr. Scott began his career over 30 years ago as an Account Executive at E.F. Hutton in New York City. Prior to joining Wedbush, Mr. Scott managed a number of offices in Columbus, Ohio, NYC, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Pasadena, CA for Wells Fargo Advisors, Wachovia Securities, and Prudential Securities. Bill is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics degree.

Mark G. Madden
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

Mark is focused on growing the top line revenue through mergers & acquisitions, strategic initiatives and growth in Advisor channels. He joined Wedbush in 2009 and previously served as Senior Vice President of Wealth Management overseeing products and services including; retirement services, mutual funds, advisory, managed accounts and the insurance group. He also served as an Officer at Wedbush Asset Management where he was instrumental in delivering enhanced wealth management capabilities and fintech platform to the firm. Mark holds a B.A. from University of Massachusetts, and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University. With more than 25 years of experience, Mark has held senior roles with several industry leading firms.

Madden’s credentials and licenses include: CLU, ChFC, CRPC, series 6, 7, 9, 10, 24, 31, 63, and 66.

Independent Advisor Management

Robert W. Woods
Senior Vice President & Office Manager

Bob Woods joined Wedbush Securities in March 1995 and serves as its Senior Vice President, Office Manager, for the firm's Glendale California office. Bob is responsible for recruiting and managing 60 Investment Executives and 5 staff members. With more than 35 years of experience, Bob has held senior roles throughout his career, including 11 years with Prudential Securities prior to joining Wedbush. He received his Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the University of Southern California. He currently holds his Series 3, 5, 7, 8, 15, 63, and 65 licenses.

Katrina L. Dudley
Senior Vice President & Office Manager

Katrina Dudley joined Wedbush Securities in January 2009 and serves as its Senior Vice President, Office Manager, for the firm’s La Jolla California office. She has been in the securities industry since 1985, in various roles with increasing responsibilities, including seven years with Linsco Private Ledger.

Prior to her tenure with Wedbush, Katrina was with First Wall Street Corp and Charles Lazzaro, where she steadily rose in the rank from a support role, to Operations Manager and in 2006 was promoted to Chief Compliance Officer. In this role Katrina was responsible for the oversight of the entire compliance function for First Wall Street Corp. In 2009 she was an integral part of the transition team after Wedbush Securities, purchased the assets of First Wall Street Corp, and has been with Wedbush ever since.

Her core value and primary goal is to incorporate a culture of compliance, utilizing regulatory requirements and industry best practices. She accomplishes this by developing an understanding of the advisor’s practice, identifying potential risk, and making sometimes-critical recommendations for corrective action. She is committed to being honest, fair, and reasonable, and remains focused on the retention and support of advisors, with the balance of supervisory oversight.

Katrina currently holds her Series 4, 7, 24, 31, 53, 63, and 66 licenses.

Wedbush Asset Management

Jim E. Ely Jr.
Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Management

Jim Ely is Senior Vice President, Director of Wealth Management, where he is responsible for the development of the Wedbush Wealth Management Platform and the variety of products it offers. He plans to capitalize on the positive momentum generated by the platform’s successful launch to enhance capabilities and increase adoption. Jim joins the firm with more than 25 years of wealth management experience. He was previously a Director of Wealth Management at Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. and also held senior management roles in wealth management at several major financial services firms after beginning his career as a financial advisor.

Jim received his certification as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) and continues to hold his principal license along with his Series 6, 7, 9, 10, 24 and 65.


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