Qualifications

Paul S. Baker, CFP®, Managing Director - Investment Officer, has been a financial advisor since 1987.  Paul graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in Commerce and Engineering Sciences from Drexel University and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.  In 2004, Paul earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNNER TM certification from the American College. Paul feels earning this demanding certification demonstrates his dedication to continually educating himself, enabling Paul to provide sound advice to his clients.

Paul is dedicated to developing lasting relationships with all of his clients. He believes in helping each person become confident in assessing his or her financial goals and participating in the financial management process.  One of the benefits of working with Paul is his ability to provide clear, easily understood explanations of financial products and services.  The personal program Paul can provide is a roadmap to working toward your financial goals.

Paul's ability to build lasting relationships by providing sound advice has earned him recognition among management, clients, and peers.  Barron's recognized his hard work for his clients by including Paul in its list of the "Top 1,000 Financial Advisors in the United States" in 20091.  In 2008, Paul was named one of the top 25 financial advisors in the Greater Philadelphia area by The Winner's Circle, an annual ranking featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal2.  The ranking focuses on client satisfaction and client retention.   In addition, Paul has received the "FIVE STAR Wealth Manager Award for overall client satisfaction" as seen in Philadelphia Magazine3. 

1The number of advisors for each state is based on the total population of the state, so larger states have larger listings. The rankings reflect assets under management, revenues, quality of the advisors' practices and other factors. Total assets are all assets overseen by the advisor’s team, including some that are held at other institutions. Assets managed for institutions are given less weight in the scoring. Portfolio performance is not a criterion because most advisors do not have audited track records. Criteria was based on more than 3000 filtered nominations from more than 100 investment, insurance, banking and other related independent financial service firms.

2Criteria was based on more than 7,000 filtered nominations from over 80 investment, insurance, banking and other related firms, which were narrowed down by quantitative and qualitative criteria as well as by examining regulatory records and talking with peers, supervisors, clients and the advisors themselves. Portfolio performance is not a criterion because most advisors do not have audited track records.

3(2012)(2013)Survey conducted by Five Star Professional, an independent third-party research firm, who received 3,354 nominations among all wealth managers in the Philadelphia area from peers or firms and evaluated by nominees based on 10 objective criteria.  The nominees must be credentialed as an investment adviser representative, a FINRA registered representative, a CPA or a licensed attorney; be actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years, have a favorable regulatory and complaint history, the nominee cannot have (1) been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked or a payment of a fine, (2) had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional's consumer complaint process, (3) individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer compliant filed with a regulatory authority, (4) filed for bankruptcy, or (5) been convicted of a felony.  922 were named 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers which represents less than 28 percent of the award candidates.  The award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients.  Recipients may have had unfavorable ratings.  The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager's future investment performance.  Recipients did not pay a fee to participate for this award but may have paid a fee to purchase proprietary material from Five Star.  For more information: See http://www.fivestarprofessional.com/awards/wealth_manager_program.php.