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 JHFN 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 Compliance Officer
As Chief Compliance Officer, Tom Horack partners with financial representatives in the field to ensure they are working within the regulatory boundaries of the industry.
Tom brings over 30 years of broker-dealer experience, including time spent as a registered representative and regional sales manager, and most recently 16 years in compliance management.
In his current role, Tom is responsible for designing, monitoring and overseeing the Firm’s written supervisory policies and procedures. Tom is a General Securities Registered Principal and manages a dedicated team whose depth of regulatory knowledge and experience provides the necessary support to the field in navigating potential compliance risks in their practices.
Emil Aberizk CRCP
Chief Supervision Officer
Emil Aberizk has nearly 30 years of broker-dealer experience in both supervision and compliance leadership roles. He has held positions in field and home office settings, and also spent several years as an advisor himself.
These years of experience give Emil a unique perspective on understanding many of the challenges advisors face in the field. His team provides advisors with hands-on support, helping them protect their brand and reputation, as well as their clients’ interests.
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.