By Chris Glynn
Brand-building mutual fund expert Jim Mocci left registered investment advisor (RIA) stalwart Fisher Investments for quickly growing EP Wealth Advisors, according to a press release.
EP Wealth said Mocci will serve as managing director, marketing. He is based in San Francisco. Mocci will expand outreach for the $15 billion fee-based independent investment advisor, including direct mail and its online presence.
Mocci will report to Ryan Parker, president of EP Wealth. It was not determined how the company oversaw marketing prior to Mocci. A telephone call to media representative Gregory FCA was not returned.
Prior to EP Wealth, Mocci began his Wall Street career with Wells Fargo & Company before joining BlackStone, where he became chief operating officer (COO) of global exchange traded fund (ETF) marketing for iShares.
Mocci left BlackStone to manage brand advertising and global creative for Fisher Investments.
For EP Wealth Advisors—created in the 2005 merger between Enright Financial Consultants and Premier Financial Management—the infusion of private equity investment capital has resulted to better C-suite hiring, not to mention serial RIA expansion.
In 2015, $2 billion Florida private equity firm Wealth Partners Capital Group (WPCG) bought its stake in EP Wealth, followed with a 2020 purchase in EP Wealth from Berkshire Partners, a $15 billion private equity firm in Boston.
In January, EP Wealth, with $13 billion under management, bought $360 million Mindful Money in California, as well as hiring seven people from Soundmark Wealth Management in Kirkland, Wash. Detailing each financial transaction was not revealed.
Fisher Investments reached $200 billion under management in 2022. A telephone call to its Camas, Wash., home office was not returned.