Alison Gardner

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

Email |

Alison has enjoyed 35 years in the financial services industry. She is a senior vice president and, as a senior portfolio manager, utilizes quality fundamentals with a rules-based technical overlay to optimize performance and risk management, and to remove emotion from the decision-making process. She maintains a rigorous focus on both analytics and investment knowledge.

Multiple decades in the industry have shaped her belief that risk management and capital preservation can be achieved through a combination of investment counsel, advanced planning and relationship management. Prior to choosing RBC Wealth Management, Alison spent 33 years at Morgan Stanley (and predecessor firms).

Alison’s volunteer activities focus on students. She sits on the board of directors for the New College Foundation. New College is the honors college of the Florida State University system, located in Sarasota; she chairs the investment committee, and participates in the governance committee. Alison is involved in Take Stock in Children and its alliance with Sarasota Ballet’s Dance the Next Generation. She is also a Big Sister in the local Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.

As a certified Reiki master, Alison seeks balance in life. Children and grandchildren offer plenty of opportunities for travel. Alison received her MBA degree from New York University’s Stern School and her Certificat d’Etude from La Sorbonne in Paris, France. Alison received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Duke University.

Sharon Sarnowski

Senior Investment Associate


Sharon joined the Sarasota branch in 2015 after working in the Hartford, Connecticut branch of RBC Wealth Management for over 30 years. She has passed the Series 7, 63, and 65 exams and holds the Florida Health and Life insurance license. Sharon prides herself on attention to detail and is focused on building and maintaining client relationships.

Sharon is very excited to be living in Sarasota with her husband, Ed, and is enjoying all of the region’s culinary, cultural and recreational attractions.

Liz Knighton

Senior Registered Client Associate


Liz started in the securities industry in 1981. She initially worked in operations and has a passion for customer service. In 1995, she became a registered sales associate after passing her Series 7 and 63 exams. This enabled her to assist the team more and work closely with our clients.

Outside of work, Liz enjoys her pets and family. She loves reading, sailing and traveling.