Brendan Fitzsimmons, AWM, PhD

Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Manager - Portfolio Focus

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After graduating from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in music and history, Brendan attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a Master of Arts in Historical Musicology. He holds a PhD in business management with a specialty in finance from Capella University. He worked in the commercial real estate industry with his wife’s family for several years before his interest in the stock market led him to join Ferris, Baker Watts — now RBC Wealth Management — in January 1999.  He holds the designation of Accredited Wealth Manager from Michigan State University, a distinction he earned in 2010. In 2011, he was one of only 20 branch directors chosen to participate in an advanced training and advisory program at RBC Wealth Management.


Brendan lives in Williamsport with his wife, Katie, and their two children. He is an avid reader who has been known to disappear into a book for days, and he enjoys spending time with his family of skiing enthusiasts. Several years ago he began coaching his son’s lacrosse team and has become a huge fan of the sport. He is also a certified swim official with both USA Swimming and the National Federation of High Schools.


Brendan believes in giving back to the community and has served as president of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Washington County Historical Society. Brendan has served on the boards of the Washington County Free Library and the Washington County Arts Council. He currently is a member of the board of trustees of Meritus Medical Center. He and Katie are also heavily involved in the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in downtown Hagerstown.

Gretchen Gawler

Client Associate


Gretchen graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design and minors in both Business and Spanish. She began her career in the investment industry with RBC Wealth Management in 2009. 

As a member of the team Gretchen’s focus is on extending exceptional personalized service to all clients of The Fitzsimmons Group as well as providing daily administrative support. 

Born and raised in Frederick County, Maryland, Gretchen currently resides in Myersville, with her husband, Will, their chocolate lab, Brodie, and belgian malinoises, Gus and Claire. When away from the office she enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling and gardening.

The Fitzsimmons Group

Nearly two decades of growth and energy in building our core clientele have enabled us to form The Fitzsimmons Group. Being an active part of our community at large has allowed us the personal privilege of working with many of the finest individuals, institutions and organizations that comprise our community. Our combined success has fostered valuable, trusted growth. As always, we welcome the opportunity to assist friends, family and associates who are seeking wealth management planning services. We are here to help you gain peace of mind and fulfill your financial aspirations now and in the future.

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We help you simplify your financial life so you can focus on what matters most. Please contact us at (240) 313-4309 or fill out the form below to schedule a meeting. We look forward to hearing from you.

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