President, Signator Investors, Inc.
Chris has over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry and over 12 years of experience as a senior-level executive. He has additional experience in client services, cost containment, marketing, sales and quality within diversified financial firms. Chris joined in May 2007 and is currently the President of the broker-dealer and registered investment adviser, Signator Investors, Inc. He is also the current chair of the Financial Services Institute (FSI) Operations Council.
Prior to that, Chris was the President for Equity Services, Inc. and also served as the Chief of Broker-Dealer Operations with NYLIFE Securities, where he worked for nine years.
The Broker-Dealer Operations and Investment Adviser strives to provide effective asset gathering tools and cross-selling opportunities through state of the art technology.
VP, Sales, Field Resources
With nearly 20 years of financial services experience, Matt Rigatti has a career spanning the areas of Operations Management, Business Automation and National Account Broker-Dealer Support.
In his current role as Signator’s VP of Sales and Field Resources, Matt leverages his diverse experience to provide the field with the resources, technology and consultative practice management support they need for achieving a greater ease in doing business. Matt leads a team of field-facing consultants who bring these resources to firms through a number of initiatives aimed at supporting the growth of a representative’s practice. Signator’s Practice Management Program, E-Client Discovery Program and Top Producer Programs are some of the many initiatives geared towards supporting and rewarding members of our network.
Abigail Armstrong JD, CLU, ChFC
VP, and Counsel
As VP and Counsel for Signator Investors, Inc., Abby Armstrong brings over 20 years of broker-dealer and investment advisory experience. She relies on this extensive knowledge and experience to help navigate legal challenges that could arise in the course of doing business.
Abby’s goal is to proactively address potential issues ranging from regulatory inquiries, to customer complaints in order to minimize the impact to an advisor’s practice and allow them the ability to focus on their business.
Chief Supervision Officer
As Chief Supervision Officer, Tom Horack leads a team that works closely with field supervisors, managing partners, and home office personnel to provide training and guidance on supervisory procedures. The team’s primary goal is to facilitate a positive culture of compliance through training, mentoring, and collaborative communication.
Tom has over 30 years of broker-dealer experience, including time spent as a registered representative, a regional sales manager, and most recently 17 years in compliance management. He is a General Securities Registered Principal. From 2002 through 2004, Tom was a member of the NASD District Committee for District 11 and was the Chairman of the Committee for 2004. As Chairman, he also served on the NASD Advisory Council in 2004. During 2007 and 2008 Tom was a member of the District 11 Nominating Committee. He is also a former member of FINRA’s Independent Dealer/ Insurance Affiliated Committee.
AVP, Information Systems
With 12 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles in John Hancock Information Systems and Enterprise Applications, Melissa leads a diverse team dedicated to providing and improving the technological support to meet the evolving needs of the business. Her team’s primary goal is to make it easier for financial representatives to do business.
The Signator Information Systems group is constantly working to provide progressive and innovative technical solutions enabling advisors to be as productive as possible by spending less time on administrative tasks and delivering value to their clients.
With over 25 years at John Hancock, 16 with Signator in Finance Management roles, Frank Rispoli brings a skill set that benefits the network and home office in several different ways. As head of Finance, Frank is involved in initiatives aimed at developing and reviewing compensation models, offering consultative services to the independent firms on their business models, and implementing enhancements to the compensation technology to allow more accessibility and flexibility than ever before. In addition, as the Financial Operations Principal to Signator Investors, Inc., Frank has the responsibility of making all Financial Filings with both FINRA and the SEC on behalf of the broker-dealer. Frank also serves on LIMRA’s Financial Management Research Committee.
Frank’s background in Firm Finance gives him an understanding of the needs of our independent network of firms and how they operate, and is integral to assisting the network in navigating these challenges.
Chief Compliance Officer
As Chief Compliance Officer, Joe Terry leads a team that works alongside Signator advisors to identify and mitigate risk by implementing policies that balance compliance needs with business practices.
Joe started his career as an advisor and has spent time as chief supervision officer as well as broker-dealer president. This experience gives him a unique perspective of the impact compliance programs can have on an advisor’s practice as well as the firm’s reputation. Joe has chaired the Insured Retirement Institute’s Operations and Technology Senior Steering Committee, LIMRA’s Broker/Dealer Roundtable, and sits on multiple FINRA committees.