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Justin is responsible for business development and acquisition activities with an emphasis on identifying top advisors and RIA firms and providing existing partners with strategic guidance and support for organic and acquisition-based growth initiatives. Additionally, Justin leads select investment activities across the partnership.
Prior to joining Focus, Justin was a co-founding principal with Principium Ventures, a boutique private equity firm specializing in impact oriented businesses. Before founding Principium Ventures, Justin served as Managing Director and the Global Head of Merrill Lynch’s Alternative Investments division, where he held the position of President & CEO of three registered investment advisors responsible for over $35 billion of assets under management. Leading a team of over 140 origination, investment, distribution, marketing, operations, legal, and compliance professionals, Justin was accountable for the oversight and management of over 200 public and private real estate funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, managed futures funds, hybrid funds, and special purpose investment vehicles. In addition to his daily operating responsibilities, Justin also served as one of Merrill Lynch’s business regulatory liaisons, spending significant time with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve, and the Department of the Treasury. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 2002, Justin held leadership positions at mPower Advisors, LLC, and J.P. Morgan & Co. where he was responsible for quantitative modeling specifically and financial technology development generally.
Justin is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland, and in his down time, enjoys skiing, fly fishing, mentoring entrepreneurs, and trail running in the mountains. He is also a certified rescue diver and trained emergency first responder.