Philip Zanone is Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley Wealth Management and currently oversees all aspects of the firm’s operations. Mr. Zanone joined B. Riley Wealth’s predecessor firm, Wunderlich Securities, in 1997 and became President and head of the firm’s private client group in 1999. He was named Chief Executive Officer in November 2018. Mr. Zanone began his financial services career in 1991 at Morgan Keegan as financial advisor and eventually rose to Vice President.
Mr. Zanone holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He currently serves on the board of directors of InsCorp (OTCQX: IBTN) and The Assisi Foundation of Memphis.
Chuck Hastings currently serves as President at B. Riley Wealth Management. Mr. Hastings joined B. Riley Financial in 2013 as a portfolio manager and became Director of Strategic Initiatives at B. Riley Wealth Management in 2018.
Prior to joining B. Riley, Mr. Hastings served as Portfolio Manager at Tri Cap LLC and was Head Trader at GPS Partners, a Los Angeles-based hedge fund, where he managed all aspects of trading and process including price & liquidity discovery and trade execution from 2005-2009. While at GPS Partners, Mr. Hastings was instrumental in growing the Fund with the founding partners from a small start-up to one of the largest funds on the West Coast. Earlier in his career, Mr. Hastings served as a convertible bond trader at Morgan Stanley in New York.
Mr. Hastings holds a B.A. in political science from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the Varsity Football team.
Craig Pirtle is a 25-year industry veteran who currently serves as Managing Director of B. Riley Wealth Management.
Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Pirtle was the Founder and President of Nearside Asset Management, where he provided strategic consulting and business development services to top asset managers and financial firms from 2010-2018. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pirtle was part of Morgan Stanley’s wealth management group and served as First Vice President at Wells Fargo. He also served as President of Orbitex Financial Services from 1998-2003.
Mr. Pirtle is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served active duty in the 2nd Infantry Division. Since 2004, Mr. Pirtle has served on the Board of Directors as a founding member of Wounded Warriors Family Support, which builds national programs to assist the needs of combat-wounded veterans and their families. Mr. Pirtle studied political science and international relations at both the University of Southern Maine and Kingston University-London.
Steve Bonnema is Chief Administrative Officer of B. Riley Wealth Management. Mr. Bonnema joined Wunderlich Securities, B. Riley Wealth Management’s predecessor, in 2001 and has served in various compliance, regulatory and financial positions. He has extensive experience in all aspects of broker-dealer accounting and systems.
Prior to joining Wunderlich, Mr. Bonnema served as Chief Operating Officer at Chicago Capital and previously served in several capacities including financial controller, operations manager and Interim Chief Financial Officer at Howe Barnes Investments from 1992-2000.
Mr. Bonnema received a B.A. in finance from Governor State University.
James Ritt currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of B. Riley Wealth Management. Mr. Ritt joined Wunderlich Securities, B. Riley Wealth Management’s predecessor firm, as Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel in August 2015.
Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Ritt held legal and compliance leadership roles with several regional investment firms, including Birmingham-based Sterne Agee Group, where he served as General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer from 2012 to 2014. Before joining Sterne Agee, Mr. Ritt served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Company from 1998-2012, where he managed several acquisitions including the firm’s acquisition by Raymond James in 2012.
Mr. Ritt holds a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Providence College.