Brian Kroneberger, CFP®

Managing Director - Financial Advisor, Senior Consulting Group

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Brian began his career as a financial advisor with Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc. in 1991. During his tenure at Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc., Brian had the pleasure of working directly with Julius Westheimer, who was widely recognized as a renowned financial advisor in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

With over twenty four years of investment experience, Brian has attained the Accredited Wealth Manager designation through the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute of Michigan State University. After completing the extensive curriculum required, Brian earned the certification of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®). He is licensed by the Maryland Insurance Administration and his industry licenses include the Series 7, 31, 63 and 65. Brian is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), which represents his advanced training and competency in the subject of fiduciary responsibility.

Aside from his notable standing within RBC Wealth Management, Brian has earned accolades and respect within the financial industry. He has been recognized by Barron's as one of the Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in the country in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and by Barron's as one of the Top 1,000 Financial Advisors since 2010. Brian has also been cited as an Influential Marylander by The Daily Record. From the time RBC Wealth Management acquired Ferris Baker Watts, Brian has been a member of the firm's Chairman's Council, an honor bestowed on the top 150 Financial Advisors of RBC Wealth Management Financial Advisors.

Brian is a financial commentator on Baltimore’s WBAL news radio and television network. You can listen to him every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM on WBAL Radio hosting the "Brian Kroneberger Financial Hour." If you miss him on Saturday you can catch him weekdays at 7:50 AM on WBAL radio providing timely market insight during his "Money Report." In addition to Brian’s daily presence on WBAL radio, he makes frequent appearances on WBAL Television.

Brian currently serves as the Chair on the Investment Committee for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In addition, he is a Board of Trustee for Calvert Hall College High School.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Brian attended Calvert Hall College High School and graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Brian was a Three Time All-American lacrosse player at Loyola University and played eight years professionally with the Baltimore Thunder of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. He is a member of both The Greater Baltimore Lacrosse Chapter and the Loyola University Hall of Fame. Brian is married with three children.

The formula Barron's uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor's returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor's regulatory record.

Brian has been a Barron's award-winning advisor since 2010 and was a Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisor in 2013.

Taylor R. Marino, CFP®

Vice President - Financial Advisor

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Taylor began his career at RBC Wealth Management in 2008, joining The Kroneberger Group a year later. He was born and raised in Baltimore and is a graduate of St. Paul’s School. Taylor continued his education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) earning dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics and sociology. He was a four-year letter winner in lacrosse, a team captain and led the Retrievers to three straight NCAA tournament appearances.

After completing the extensive curriculum required, Taylor earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. In addition, Taylor has passed the Series 7 and Series 66 exams and is appointed by the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Taylor currently resides in the Federal Hill area of Baltimore City with his wife, Maura. In his free time he enjoys coaching lacrosse, spending time at the beach, golfing, holding a position on the non-profit “The Family Tree” Next Generation Board and supporting the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles.

Christine M. Buckley, AEP®, CFP®, CPWA®

Associate Vice President - Financial Advisor

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Christine has over 20 years of financial services experience, starting her career at Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. (LM). During her tenure at LM and its successors, including Morgan Stanley, she held corporate positions before transitioning onto a Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Team. In these roles, she was a senior planner guiding clients through examining and exploring a variety of personal financial strategies in areas including trust and estate planning, debt management, risk management, and executive compensation analysis. Prior to joining The Kroneberger Group, she was a financial advisor at an Ellicott City, Maryland, independent investment advisory firm where she was involved in all aspects of client relationships.

Christine earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, Certified Private Wealth Advisor® and the Chartered Financial Consultant™ and the Accredited Estate Planner® designations over her career. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association, Investment Management Consultants Association, and Baltimore and Howard County Estate Planning Councils. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University and her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and finance from the University of Maryland. Christine has passed the Series 7, 63 and 65 exams as well as being appointed by the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Gina Steele

Investment Associate


Gina began her career in the securities industry at Ferris Baker Watts, Inc., now RBC Wealth Management, in 1996. She joined The Westheimer Group, which has since evolved into The Kroneberger Group. Working directly with Brian for over 20 years, Gina has been an integral part of his business focusing on building and maintaining client relationships. In addition to providing excellent customer service, she serves as the team leader coordinating various meetings, organizing client events and assisting with team marketing among other roles. She has passed the Series 7 and Series 63 exams.

Gina is a native of Baltimore and lives in Jarrettsville with her husband and two teenage sons. She is an active volunteer for the Special Olympics of Maryland with her main focus being the annual organization of a team for the Polar Bear Plunge. She values her involvement in the community and enjoys time with family and friends as well as cheering on her two sons in their academic and athletic achievements.

Marie C. Smith, CFP®

Registered Client Associate


Marie joined RBC Wealth Management and The Kroneberger Group in 2016. She joined RBC after beginning her career as a client relationship specialist at Charles Schwab in Orlando, Florida. Marie was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in finance. After completing the rigorous curriculum required, Marie earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 2019. She has also passed the Series 7 and Series 66 exams. Marie is passionate about financial literacy and enjoys empowering the young people in her community as a volunteer for Junior Achievement. Marie currently resides in Towson, Maryland and loves to spend her free time with friends and family, traveling or watching college football – go Dawgs!

  • Five member team with over 90 years of combined investment management experience
  • $500 million in personal assets and $100 million institutional assets under management
  • Retirement plan services provided to more than 10 public and private companies and nonprofit organizations

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