Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Financial Services
Ryan Parker serves as Chief Executive Officer for Edelman Financial Services. Mr. Parker leads all operations of the firm, which currently manages over $16 billion for more than 30,000 individuals and families. He works closely with Ric Edelman, the firm’s founder and Executive Chairman, to establish the firm’s strategic direction as it continues to expand its client base across the country.
A veteran executive with 19 years of experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Parker previously was managing director, Investment and Planning Solutions at LPL Financial. In that role, he led the sales, marketing, product management and sponsor relations functions in support of over 14,000 independent advisors and 700 financial institutions. Prior to LPL, Mr. Parker was a managing director at Russell Investments, where he led the product, national accounts and business development functions across the bank, broker/dealer, insurance and RIA channels. Previous to that, he worked at Franklin Templeton Investments where he served in the corporate strategy group after leading the growth of the institutional and retail retirement businesses from a marketing and product perspective. Mr. Parker began his career at Putnam Investments supporting financial advisors in a sales capacity before transitioning to a role where he led product development, management and marketing efforts for value equity investment products.
Mr. Parker studied Finance and Accounting at Stanford Graduate School of Business in an Executive Education program in 2007 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1997.