David Stringer | President
David Stringer joined Prospera in September of 1989 and has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to his tenure as President of Prospera and managing director of the firm, Mr. Stringer had served in the positions of Registered Representative, Independent Contractor, Branch Manager, CFO, and COO. As President, Mr. Stringer is focused on the development of new ideas, continually researching methods of improving Prospera, and guiding the overall direction and growth of the firm. Mr. Stringer received a degree in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1984 and holds Series 4, 7, 8, 24, 28, 53, and 63 securities licenses.
Tim Edwards| Principal & Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing
As a managing director of the firm, Tim Edwards joined Prospera as Senior Vice President in 1989, and has more than 21 years experience in the investment industry. In his position as Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Edwards focuses on the growth of Prospera Financial Professionals. Having previously worked as a Registered Representative, Independent Contractor, Branch Office Manager, Registered Principal, and Director of Compliance for Prospera, Mr. Edwards approaches investing and team leadership from an analytical viewpoint, and uses a personalized approach with the Financial Professionals. He received a BS in Geology/Geoscience from Texas Tech University in 1985 and holds Group 1 and 4 insurance licenses as well as Series 7, 24, 31, and 63 securities licenses.
Richard Pascuzzi| Principal & Senior Vice President
As one of the managing directors of the firm, Richard Pascuzzi joined Prospera as Senior Vice President in 1992. Mr. Pascuzzi entered the industry with Merrill Lynch in 1980. In 1984, he moved to Prudential Securities as Vice President and was soon made one of the youngest Senior Vice Presidents in the history of the Prudential. In addition to helping his existing clients, Mr. Pascuzzi serves as a consultant to the firm as well as on the Board of Directors. Mr. Pascuzzi was awarded the Senior Scholar as well as a BBA in Business Management from Texas Christian University in 1978. He currently holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities licenses as well as his Group 1 and 4 insurance licenses.
Tarah Mattia Carlow| Vice President of Marketing & New Business Development
Tarah Carlow joined Prospera in 2007 and has 17 years of experience in the brokerage industry. Ms. Carlow began in the business in 1994 as a technical analyst in the Lincoln, Nebraska branch of Dain Bosworth. Upon moving to Richmond Virginia in 1995, she began a career at Wheat First Securities, which is the modern day Wells Fargo Advisors Securities and First Clearing. She held a variety of roles within First Clearing including Director of Finance, Risk Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. In 2004, she was named President of FA Recruiting Services, LLC and built and operated the entity until her departure in 2007. Ms. Carlow will be responsible for marketing, public relations and new business growth through recruiting and acquisition in her new role with Prospera.
Abel Garcia| Director of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Compliance Officer
Abel Garcia joined Prospera in 1994 as Director of Finance. With his background, knowledge and experience in Accounting, Finance, Budgeting, and Taxes, Mr. Garcia helps to guide the financial growth and development of Prospera. He was placed in charge of the firm’s compliance effort in 2005. In this position he oversees the audit, legal and regulatory functions of the firm. Mr. Garcia received a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, has qualified as a Certified Public Accountant and holds Series 7, 63, 27 and 87 securities licenses.
Barbara Hale| Director of Operations
Barbara Hale joined Prospera in 1992, and has learned this business one department at a time. With more than 28 years of experience, she has seen the brokerage industry merge, consolidate, and change greatly over the years. In her position as Director of Operations, her focus is placed on first class customer service, operation efficiency and caring for our clients so they can provide the same service to their clients. Ms Hale received a degree from the University of South Carolina, and holds Series 7, 63, 53, 55 and 24 securities licenses.
Tony Montanari, CIMA® | Vice President of Business Development
Tony Montanari joined Prospera in 2012 and has worked in the financial services industry since 1998 when he started his career as a Financial Advisor for Prudential Securities in Raleigh, NC. In 2003, Mr. Montanari became a founding member of a specialized wealth management team with Smith Barney in Charlotte, NC. After 9 years of working for large Wall Street firms, Mr. Montanari decided to move to the independent channel in 2009 as Director of Business Development for Capital Guardian, LLC. In just over three years, he was responsible for building the company brand, the products and services platform and growing the advisor-base from 5 to 75 financial advisors. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and currently holds Series 7, 31, 63 & 65 securities licenses as well as life and health insurance licenses.