A conversation with Vincent Finney, Managing Director – Investments and Joseph P. Panfil, Managing Director – Investments, Bibler, Finney, Panfil Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Vince Finney and Joe Panfil of Bibler, Finney, Panfil Private Wealth Management Group left UBS for Wells Fargo Advisors with partner Ryan Bibler in 2018. In a departure for our show which typically focuses on independence, it’s a candid conversation with a young team who didn’t break away, but instead transitioned within the traditional space.
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About this episode…
This is yet another milestone for our podcast series—one that illustrates how much the landscape is truly evolving.
Because the original intent of the show was to focus on the independent space, highlighting the different ways that prospective breakaway advisors could satisfy their entrepreneurial spirit.
And then we realized something: Achieving greater freedom and control isn’t limited to independent models. Not everyone wants to be a business owner. It’s more about the ability for advisors to find greater freedom in serving their customers and growing their businesses—regardless of the model they choose.
There are plenty of advisors for whom big firms offer exactly what they are looking for—the scaffolding and turnkey access to serve their clients and grow their businesses.
For example, partners Ryan Bibler, Vince Finney and Joe Panfil of Bibler, Finney, Panfil Private Wealth Management Group in Westerville, Ohio left UBS in 2018 for Wells Fargo Advisors.
Aside from the fact that they are a stellar team of young advisors who built a strong practice with some $800mm in assets under management, there is something that is truly noteworthy about this episode: They are not breakaways who left to launch their own independent entity. It’s instead a candid conversation with a team who are now employees of Wells Fargo Advisors.
So, the sheer fact that Wells has allowed them to participate speaks volumes about how the world has changed. But, more importantly, it demonstrates how Wells is working to differentiate themselves—looking beyond the bureaucracy that often limits big firms from sharing incredible success stories like this.
In this episode, two of the team’s managing partners, Vince Finney and Joe Panfil, join Mindy Diamond to share their story, including:
- The choice not to go independent—and why instead they opted to leave UBS for another wirehouse.
- UBS pulling out of the Broker Protocol—and how that impactedtheir decision and transition process.
- Building a strong practice at a young age—and why that was an important factor in where they ultimately landed.
- The options they looked at in due diligence—and what made WellsFargo Advisors the standout amongst others.
- Plus, advice for other advisors who are considering change—and much more.
In a world where choice reigns, advisors can find their version of utopia—whether within the big brokerage firms, regionals, boutiques or by building their own independent firm.
But if you’ve been waiting for an episode of our series that discusses a move from one wirehouse to another, this is the one to listen to.
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Vincent W. Finney
Managing Director – Investments
Senior PIM Portfolio Manager
At a very young age, Vince knew that he wanted to become a Financial Advisor and guide families through what can be a challenging arena. Now with nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, Vince is passionate about truly making a difference in the financial lives of his clients. He understands that they often rely on him for their complex financial needs, and he works tirelessly to deliver solutions – a work ethic learned from his father, a hardworking owner and operator of a Marathon service station. Vince focuses on implementing investment strategies for clients, and he has a deep commitment to helping clients identify and work toward their goals.
Vince earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Mount Union. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 31, and 66 securities registrations as well as life health, and long-term care insurance licenses.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2018, Vince was a Financial Advisor at both UBS and Merrill Lynch. As a Senior PIM Portfolio Manager, he provides discretionary management of investment portfolios and tailored solutions to meet unique client needs. Vince was recognized in 2018 by Forbes as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor and in 2019 as a Five Star Professional.
Vince and his wife Molly live in Lewis Center with their twin boys, Jackson and Blake. He and his family enjoy traveling, especially when visiting family in Mississippi. Vince’s hobbies include golf, running, snow skiing, and boating.
Joseph P. Panfil,
Managing Director – Investments
With nearly 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Joe helps simplify the most complex financial situations for his clients. Through detailed discussions and research, Joe creates truly customized solutions, stringing together investments, benefits, and major life events to create a single timeline for clients. From saving for college to planning for retirement, from minimizing taxes to generational wealth transfer, Joe cares deeply about his clients and takes his responsibilities seriously. His mission is well known – to make a positive impact on his clients’ lives now and for generations to come.
Originally from Columbus, Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics Management from Ohio Wesleyan University. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 31, and 66 securities registrations as well as state life, health, and long-term care insurance licenses. He is a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM (CRPC®) and was named a Five Star Wealth Manager in 2018 and 2019.**
Joe started his career at Merrill Lynch in 2006 and joined the Bibler Finney Panfil Private Wealth Management Group the following year. After moving to UBS in 2009, Joe became a Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) through The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and in 2017 and 2018, Joe was named to Forbes America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors list.*
Joe and his wife Amanda live in Westerville with their two young children, Ella and Christian. As a research scientist and professor at The Ohio State University, Amanda is just as passionate about her research as Joe is about his clients. They enjoy sports and music and in addition to central Ohio, Joe and Amanda have many personal and professional ties to the Findlay area in northwest Ohio.
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