August 17

Rock Harbor adds VP, Head of National Accounts Lindsey Cipro

Rock Harbor has filled the role of VP, Head of National Accounts after an extensive nationwide search.
” We are thrilled to have Lindsey Cipro join the team.  Her background  and expertise in National Accounts is diverse and exactly what we were looking for with this position.  She has spearheaded insurance, 401k and institutional efforts in her prior roles within the financial services industry.  With the growing demand for asset managers to find ways to increase scale and diversify their business, we feel Key Accounts is perhaps the most important role for the future of distribution. Lindsey is a task master and we look forward to her leading the charge at Rock Harbor for asset managers looking to grow their business.”    Sean Ritchlin,  CEO Rock Harbor.
Rock Harbor is a distribution firm in the financial services industry that works with asset managers of all sizes to help them grow their brand thru wholesaling services, Key Accounts and consulting.

March 21

Rock Harbor adds two RVP’s

Rock Harbor recently added two Regional Vice President’s covering the Northeast, New Jersey and Manhattan.  Bob Tisler joined as an RVP covering New England in February of 2017 after being a Director of the Northeast for Schroder  Investment management since 2012. Prior to that he was a Senior Vice President at Cohen and Steers from 2000 to 2012.  He started his wholesaling career at Boston Capital where he was a Regional Vice President from 1994 to 2000.
George Mihalko joined Rock Harbor in March of 2017 as a Regional Vice President covering Northern New Jersey and Manhattan. With over 20 years of wholesaling experience George worked as a Vice President with Fidelity Investments.  He also worked at Lord Abbett and Wells Fargo funds Management as a Regional Manager.
Statement from CEO Sean Ritchlin
”  With the addition of Bob and George we continue to increase the awareness of our stories with top talent across the US.  Our model has proven to be a successful one for elite wholesalers to thrive in distribution of financial products.  Our goal is to have complete coverage of the US by the end of the year with a combination of seasoned leaders and a hybrid team based in Birmingham MI.”

November 21

Rock Harbor adds Senior Vice President

Keith Yoho joins Rock Harbor as a Senior Vice President and will be  covering Ohio, Pennsylvania & Kentucky.  With almost 20 years of experience in wholesaling most recently as a Senior Vice President at Dreyfus, Keith brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team at Rock Harbor.
CEO Sean Ritchlin
“Keith has consistently been a top producer in the wholesale business for almost 20 years  and we look forward to him joining the team at Rock Harbor.  His work ethic and competitive edge will be a great fit with our existing group.”
Welcome to the team Keith!

December 01

Gregg Jones joins Rock Harbor

Gregg Jones joins Rock Harbor as Regional Vice President in December of 2015.  Gregg will be responsible for all relationships in Florida.  Gregg is a graduate of William Paterson University. Prior to Rock Harbor, Gregg worked as a Regional Vice President with 3D Asset Management, Regional Vice President with Cohen and Steers, and Vice President with Alliance Bernstein.
Gregg resides in Naples, Florida with his wife Charry.
“We are very excited to have Gregg join Rock Harbor as a Regional Vice President in Florida. His experience in distribution will be a great addition to the team.”  Sean Ritchlin Founder/CEO

September 22

Our CEO featured in Investment News

Click the link below to read the article in Investment News:
A different kind of goal: Three business lessons from the hockey rink

July 22

Thomas Daniel joins Rock Harbor

Thomas Daniel joins Rock Harbor as a Regional Vice President.  Thomas will be responsible for all relationships in the states of Indiana and New York.  Thomas is a Evans Scholar Alumni and a  graduate of Michigan State University.
“Rock Harbor is excited to bring Thomas Daniel on board to the team!  His energy and passion will be a great addition to the culture of Rock Harbor.”  Sean Ritchlin Founder/CEO

July 20

Jennifer Flattery joins Rock Harbor

Jennifer Flattery joins Rock Harbor as Regional Vice President and Branch Manager.  Jennifer brings over a decade of financial industry experience.  Prior to joining Rock Harbor, Jennifer worked as a Senior Branch Examiner at LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer.  Through this experience Jennifer was able to develop relationships  with Financial Advisors all across the nation.  Prior to joining LPL Financial, Jennifer worked with several independent advisors in various roles including operations, sales and compliance.  Jennifer is a graduate from Davenport University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2011.
“We are thrilled that Jennifer has joined the team at Rock Harbor as she brings a wealth of industry knowledge as well as a competitive spirit to the team.”  Sean Ritchlin Founder/CEO

March 17

Rock Harbor partners with Needham Asset Management, LLC

On March 2nd, 2015, Rock Harbor entered into agreement with Needham Funds.  Rock Harbor will market their small and mid-cap growth strategies:  Needham Aggressive Growth Fund, Needham Growth Fund and Needham Small Cap Growth Fund.
“Needham Asset Management, LLC has a long history of success investing in micro, small and mid-cap growth companies.  We look forward to bringing their three mutual funds to the marketplace, utilizing Rock Harbor’s distribution platform.”
Sean Ritchlin: Founder/CEO

April 10

Rock Harbor featured in dbusiness!

Novel Call Center for Mutual Funds Lands in Birmingham

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 By Izzi Bendall
When Sean Ritchlin left his job as a mutual fund wholesaler at AXA Distributors to start his own financial business, he knew exactly where he wanted to set up shop.
“If you want to get into the financial industry in the wholesale business, you typically have to live in New York or Chicago, but I think (metro Detroit) is a great place to recruit young talent,” says Ritchlin, who opened Rock Harbor, a third-party marketing firm for mutual funds, in downtown Birmingham in February “We’ve got a unique opportunity here.
“Typically, a mutual fund company works with external wholesalers in each state. So they might have people in all 50 states across the country that are selling (the mutual fund’s) products,” he says. “What we’re doing is building a call center that will partner with several mutual fund companies, and we’re going to create relationships through modern technology from (one location).”
By keeping wholesalers in one site, Ritchlin says the call center model can provide instant scale in the marketplace. “If you hire 50 people throughout the country, odds are you’re not going to be able to send a consistent message. In our call center, the minute information travels, it travels around the building,” he says.
Ritchlin says the company’s approach is partly based on a similar model used by Troy-based United Wholesale Mortgage, a branch of United Shore Financial Services with more than 1,200 employees. “We’ve been paying attention to their growth. They were the first 100-percent internal call center in the country, and now they’re the No. 1 (wholesale) lender in the country. We’d like to replicate the success they have had,” he says.
Ultimately, Ritchlin would like to employ more than 50 people at Rock Harbor and plans to hire at least 10 staffers by the end of the year. In the meantime, he’s building relationships with various money management firms, including NorthPointe Capital in Troy and others in New York and Florida.