Allan is responsible for overseeing overall investment strategy, asset allocation and tax minimization strategies for the group. He assesses the risk tolerance of each individual client and determines the appropriate strategic or tactical model for client portfolios. With more than 30 years of experience, Allan is one of roughly 7,300 Certified Investment Management Analysts (CIMA®) nationwide, earning the distinction through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Allan holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation, awarded by the Center for Fiduciary Studies which is associated with the University of Pittsburgh. He has received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility.
Allan is also an Accredited Wealth Manager. RBC Wealth Management partners with the Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice, Inc. and the Estate & Wealth Strategies Institute at Michigan State University—both very prestigious and well-respected academic institutions—to design and deliver the cutting-edge AWM curriculum. Financial advisors who meet the high standards for acceptance into the program spend six months learning how to develop effective wealth management strategies and operate a multidisciplinary professional practice geared toward delivering comprehensive wealth management solutions. He has also obtained the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠ designation. The CRPC Program focuses on the pre- and post-retirement needs of individuals and provides the necessary tools to transform the retirement planning process into a positive experience. Enrollment in the program includes the study of a variety of principles in the retirement planning field. The program guides participants through the retirement process from start to finish, addressing issues such as estate planning and asset management. Allan has also attended training from 3ethos® which was based on a new body of research called LeaderMetrics®. LeaderMetrics® is a framework that fully integrates leadership, stewardship, fiduciary standard and governance. The coursework and exam are used to evaluate the effectiveness of a decision-maker who is serving in a critical leadership role.
Prior to joining RBC Wealth Management in 2008, Allan served as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., Prudential Securities and UBS Financial Services Inc. At UBS he was a part of the select PRIME Institutional Consulting Group, and a perennial Chairman’s Club member, reserved for the top 3 percent of firm’s advisors nationwide. In 2009, Allan was named to RBC Wealth Management’s Chairman’s Council, recognizing the firm’s top financial advisors. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics from the University of Arizona, graduating with top honors. Allan and his wife, Katherine, live in Phoenix and have two children.