Meet The Leadership Team
Our executive team leads Commonwealth with an unparalleled combination of industry experience and management expertise, as well as an unwavering commitment to our advisors and their clients. Please read on for more about these exceptional individuals and what each brings to our firm. Information about securities-registered professionals may be found at FINRA BROKERCHECK.
Founder and Chairman
Joe formed Commonwealth in 1979 to offer superior, independent investment brokerage services to the burgeoning ranks of financial advisors like him. Since that time, Joe and Commonwealth have remained true to the original vision of providing indispensable service and cultivating a supportive environment where all affiliated professionals can thrive. He has dedicated his professional career to the dual goals of quality and community, constantly trying to create and refine “the ideal environment.”
Joe is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program and is ranked among leading CEOs in the book Leadership Secrets of the World’s Most Successful CEOs: 100 Top Executives Reveal the Management Strategies That Made Their Companies Great (Dearborn Publishing). In 2010, the editors of Investment Advisor magazine selected Joe as one of the 30 most prominent leaders in and around the planning profession over the last three decades.
Wayne began his career at Commonwealth in the firm’s Accounting department in 1989. Since that time, he has gained experience in virtually every facet of the firm. As one of the pioneers of our wealth management initiative, he has an extensive background in managing the firm’s research, insurance, financial planning, retirement, and registered investment advisory divisions. As CEO, Wayne is responsible for managing our primary objective of providing indispensable products and services to our network of independent financial advisors.
Wayne is a former chairman of the IAFP’s Financial Products Advisory Council. He enjoys playing sports, coaching his children’s teams, kayaking, windsurfing, and spending time with family on Cape Cod.
Peter was hired as a due diligence officer for Commonwealth in 1984. Over time, his straightforward manner and common-sense business approach earned him more and more responsibility. From 1992 to 2013, Peter was president of Commonwealth. Today, Peter is vice chairman, oversees the Legal and Compliance departments, and focuses on long-term strategic planning.
Peter has served as vice chairman on FINRA’s District II Business Conduct Committee and currently serves as a member of the Independent Dealer/Insurance Affiliate Committee. He has also served on the board of directors for the Financial Services Institute, an organization whose purpose is to act as the voice for independent financial services firms and independent financial advisors nationwide.
Peter enjoys many sports, including skiing, surfing, windsurfing, and mountain biking.
President and COO
Trap joined Commonwealth in 2015 as the senior vice president and CFO, where he worked with other members of Commonwealth’s leadership team to optimize the company’s financial strengths and collaborated on developing strategic opportunities and operational efficiencies. Today, as president and COO, Trap continues to work with the managing principals to support the continued success of Commonwealth and our advisors and evaluate growth opportunities to strengthen our competitive standing in the industry.
Trap is happiest spending time with his family—including his three daughters—hiking, golfing, playing sports, watching movies, cooking, gardening, and spending time in Maine. Trap and his wife like to try new restaurants around Boston, explore New England towns, travel, and run a few races once in a while.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Legal
Jim started at Commonwealth in June 2004. He is principal counsel for Commonwealth, overseeing all legal and regulatory aspects of the firm. Jim is also the firm’s chief AML officer and privacy officer.
Prior to Commonwealth, Jim was associate district administrator for the Boston District Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission; vice president and group counsel for Broker/Dealer Operations, Regulatory Affairs, and Litigation at Allmerica Financial Corporation; and a partner in the Litigation department of Choate, Hall & Stewart. He received his BA from Bucknell University and his JD cum laude from American Universityâ€™s Washington College of Law. Jim is admitted to the Massachusetts, DC, and Virginia bars.
Jim is a frequent speaker at regional and national industry conferences. He is the cofounder of the New England Broker/Dealer and Investment Adviser Association and a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals.
In his spare time, Jim enjoys running, golfing, skiing, kayaking, and reading a good mystery book. He and his wife, Cindy, have two children, Jessica and Sam. They also have two dogs, Gus and Ruby.
Senior Vice President, Transition and Field Development Operations
Nancy began her Commonwealth career in 1999 in the Transfer of Assets department, left for a few years to work for Charles Schwab in California, and then returned to Commonwealth in 2002. As senior vice president, she oversees the bicoastal Transition and Field Development Operations teams responsible for the entire advisor onboarding experience and ensures that advisors and prospective advisors alike receive the highest level of service and support. During her tenure here, Nancy also worked in the Service Center and Field Development and Transition, where she acquired a wealth of knowledge about Commonwealth’s internal operations. With this knowledge, she partners with colleagues on a variety of firm-wide projects to streamline processes and gain efficiencies. Nancy graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BS in business administration and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 securities registrations.
Outside of work, Nancy enjoys traveling and spending time with her son, husband, and family.
Kol Chu Birke, CFP®
Managing Principal, Technology and Corporate Strategy
Kol has been with Commonwealth since 1999. After spending more than 15 years helping to build out our technology, he is now responsible for guiding Commonwealth's continuous improvement and strategic planning to ensure our near-, mid-, and long-term health and strength. In addition, he leads our financial behavior efforts with a hunger for making financial planning easier and more effective by helping advisors leverage the latest behavioral insights and techniques.
Kol has been recognized in Investment Advisor magazine's IA25, a list of the most influential people in our industry, for his work at the intersection of technology and financial psychology. His writing has been featured in various trade publications, and he has spoken at numerous industry conferences.
Kol received his BA in economics from Brandeis University and his master of applied positive psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Usability Analyst; holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations; and has the CFP® certification.
Kol enjoys adventures with his family, playing sports of any kind, and doing mundane chores such as chopping wood.
Senior Vice President, Brokerage Operations
Jon came to Commonwealth in 1996 from Fleet Brokerage Securities, where he was an assistant manager in its discount brokerage division. As senior vice president of brokerage operations, he assumes bicoastal responsibility for Commonwealth’s Trading, Service Center, New Accounts, Transfer of Assets, Retirement Operations, Asset Management Operations, Cashiering, and Direct Investments teams. He works out of the Waltham office, making regular trips to San Diego.
Jon earned a BS in economics and finance from Bentley University and holds FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, and 63 securities registrations. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, skiing, and tennis, as well as traveling and visiting wineries.
Senior Vice President, RIA Services and Practice Management
Matt joined Commonwealth in January 2020 as senior vice president, practice management. In this role, he oversees both the Practice Management and RIA Services departments. Matt ensures that our advisors have access to the strategy consultants, programs, and resources they need to build scalable and sustainable business enterprises. Prior to joining Commonwealth, he was head of practice management and consulting at Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions, where he was responsible for developing and managing consulting and practice management engagements for more than 3,500 institutional clients, including broker-dealers, RIA firms, and family offices. Prior to that, Matt was a consultant for Oliver, Wyman & Co. and TowerGroup. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics with minors in finance and environmental studies from Colby College and he currently holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 securities registrations.
In his free time, Matt enjoys fly fishing, golfing, and playing hockey with his two sons.
Managing Principal, Human Resources
Kate has been with Commonwealth since 1998. She and her team are responsible for all employee-focused programs developed to attract and retain a high-quality talent pool and to make the five core values of our mission statement—indispensable service, financial strength, personal development, giving back, and fun—come alive every day in the workplace. These programs include robust professional development offerings, competitive rewards, creative staffing, clear and engaging communications, fun employee events, and effective performance management systems.
Kate is an avid swimmer. She also enjoys kayaking, pursuing her newfound love for gardening, and exploring the local live theater scene.
Managing Principal, Business Development
Andrew joined Commonwealth in 1998 as director of account services, where he worked with his team to develop process improvements; implement new, uniform training procedures; and instill a greater focus on indispensable service. In 1999, Andrew joined the Field Development team, blending his enthusiasm for Commonwealth with his outgoing personality to share the uniqueness of each corner of the firm with prospective advisors. Today, Andrew oversees the Field Development and Transition teams, as well as the firm’s Marketing organization, helping to ensure seamless integration between how the firm communicates its brand promise and how it delivers on it for all who become part of the Commonwealth community.
A former deck officer on two ocean-going tall ships, Andrew’s passions are surfing and family.
Greg Gohr, AIF®
Managing Principal, Wealth Management
Greg joined Commonwealth in 2000. In his current role as managing principal of wealth management, he oversees the Advanced Planning, Annuity Research, Asset Management, Insurance, RIA Services, and Retirement Consulting Services teams. Since joining Commonwealth, Greg has worked in various departments with a primary focus on fee-based advisory support and infrastructure. Prior to Commonwealth, Greg worked at John Hancock Mutual Funds. Before that, he played professional baseball for eight years and coached for two years. He graduated from Santa Clara University in California and completed the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ program at Merrimack College in Massachusetts. He holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations and maintains the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation.
In his spare time, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, as well as reading and mountain biking.
Senior Vice President, Project Management Office
John joined Commonwealth in June 2000 and spent the first 18 years with the firm working in the Compliance department. As senior vice president of the project management office, he is responsible for leading an efficient, transparent project pipeline that supports the goals of the Commonwealth community.
John is a graduate of Bates College, where he received his degree in environmental studies. He currently holds FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 31, 53, and 66 securities registrations.
When he’s not futzing around with home improvement projects, John enjoys spending time outside with his wife and kids.
Senior Vice President, Field Development
Becca joined Commonwealth and its Field Development and Transition team in June 2000. Since that time, she has worked with new advisors to ensure a smooth and seamless transition, helped Commonwealth grow—slowly and strategically—by attracting the right advisors, and led her team members in doing the same. As senior vice president of field development, she oversees the entire advisor recruitment and onboarding experience. Indispensable in all of her interactions, Becca serves as a liaison between Commonwealth and prospective advisors, sharing her extensive knowledge of the firm and giving them a detailed understanding of what makes Commonwealth a unique RIAâ€“broker/dealer.
Becca graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, where she majored in business administration. She holds her FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations.
Becca enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, taking part in outdoor activities (especially golf and hiking), and cheering for the Red Sox.
Rich began working at Commonwealth in December 1988 as the firm’s controller. He also oversaw the firm’s information systems development and technology deployment. From 1996 to 2013, Rich served as chief financial officer and managing principal. In 2013, Rich was elevated to president and COO, taking over the role from long-standing president and current vice chairman, Peter Wheeler. Rich held the president position until his semiretirement at the end of 2018.
Today, as president emeritus, Rich works part-time writing for the firm, improving advisor relations, mentoring employees, and tackling special projects. An aspiring writer, Rich pens a quarterly essay to Commonwealth employees that relates his personal experiences to the core values of the firm.
Rich is an outdoor person who enjoys golfing, hiking, and skiing. He is proud to be part of Commonwealth’s success and considers himself lucky to have a job where he “loves coming to work every day.”
Managing Principal, Trading and Brokerage Operations
Dave came to Commonwealth in 1991, serving as one of three traders responsible for handling all trading and servicing of our advisors’ client accounts. Today, Dave is the principal responsible for Commonwealth’s brokerage operations, which includes the Account Services team and the Trade Desk.
Dave enjoys spending time with his three young children. An energetic sort, he can be spotted in his off hours playing hockey, softball, or golf-or riding his Harley.
Maria Considine King
Senior Vice President, Practice Management
Maria joined Commonwealth in October 2000 as a training consultant, and in May 2003, she moved to our Practice Management department as a business consultant. As senior vice president, Maria manages multiple high-impact initiatives, including our robust business transitions solutions consulting platform and our human capital consulting services. Maria works with advisors individually and in groups to help them address a full range of business management issues, from business strategy and marketing planning to organizational design, mergers, partnerships, and acquisitions. She also designs and delivers programs for Commonwealth’s women advisors, next-generation advisory family members, and advisors transitioning their business to the next generation of ownership.
Maria received her MBA from Boston University and her bachelor’s in economics from Smith College. She has worked with Pinnacle Equity Solutions in the Certified Business Exit Consultant Program and is a certified professional coach. She also has her FINRA Series 6, 26, and 63 securities registrations.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.
Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer
Miriam joined Commonwealth in November 2018. As senior vice president, chief information officer, she oversees the firm’s Technology department, including a team of 150 and growing; a sophisticated software stack; and infrastructure. She is also responsible for technology planning and strategy and for the management of Commonwealth’s technology investment portfolio.
Miriam has more than 15 years of experience in information technology within the regulated health care insurance, software, and data information sectors. Prior to joining Commonwealth, she served as chief information officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance. Before that, Miriam was the vice president of application development and technology innovation at DentaQuest. Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior software product manager at Dun & Bradstreet and Eclipsys Corporation (now Allscripts).
Miriam graduated from Dublin City University in Ireland with a BA in education. She holds a post-grad degree in marketing from the Dublin Institute of Technology College of Marketing and Design.
Originally from Ireland, Miriam enjoys spending time with her husband and three teenage sons; traveling; playing acoustic guitar and piano accordion; watching her sons play soccer, lacrosse, football, and Gaelic sports; and spending time with her friends at cooking and book clubs.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Jim joined Commonwealth in 1999. As the senior vice president of operations, Jim is responsible for overseeing all of the operational departments in the San Diego office. He began his career at Commonwealth in 1999 as a member of the Transfer of Assets team.
Jim graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in economics and from San Diego State University with an MBA in finance. He holds FINRA Series 3, 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63, and 66 securities registrations.
Jim’s interests include baseball, rugby, and not golfing.
Brad McMillan, CFA®, CAIA, MAI
Managing Principal, Chief Investment Officer
Brad started at Commonwealth in 2006, heading the alternative investments group. Since then, he has risen through the Investment Research ranks, to director of research and then chief investment officer. As managing principal, he oversees Commonwealth's investment and asset management groups, chairing the investment committee and acting as the primary spokesperson for the firm's investment divisions. Brad is a frequent commentator on the financial markets, U.S. economic policy, and the global economy for a range of national media outlets. He also acts as a key consultant for advisors and clients when markets get difficult.
Brad maintains a daily blog, The Independent Market Observer, and is a regular contributor to Forbes. He also is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences.
Before coming to Commonwealth, Brad founded several companies. He has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and graduate degrees from MIT and Boston College. He spends his free time with his family.
Senior Vice President, Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer
Rob joined Commonwealth in March 2004, working first in Direct Investments and later in Compliance. As the chief regulatory affairs officer, he leads and manages the Regulatory Affairs Unit and oversees management of the Supervisory Controls Unit.
Rob received his BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University and his MBA from Babson College. In addition, Rob holds the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional™ (CRCP™) designation, as well as a number of FINRA registrations.
In his leisure, Rob enjoys spending time with family and friends and coaching his sons’ Little League teams.
Brian Price, CFA®
Senior Vice President, Investment Management and Research
Brian joined Commonwealth in 2003. As senior vice president of investment management and research, Brian manages the Research team and oversees the asset allocation, fund selection, and overall management of Commonwealth’s Preferred Portfolio Services® Select program.
Brian has more than 18 years of industry experience. He graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in American government. Brian holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.
Brian enjoys spending time with family and friends, coaching his children’s sports teams, and squeezing in the occasional round of golf when he can.
Managing Principal, San Diego
John came to Commonwealth in 1988 after spending five years as a vice president at Moseley Securities in Boston. Arriving to work in the Product department, John handled mutual funds, many partnerships, commodities, variable annuities, qualified plans, and individual issues. Over time, he has helped engineer the growth of not only the Product department but also Commonwealth as a whole and is relied upon by all parties for his advice and perspective on the direction of the firm. John opened and now manages Commonwealth’s West Coast office in San Diego, California. He has been a guest on numerous television shows and nationally syndicated radio programs. In 2015, John was elected to the Financial Services Institute (FSI) board of directors, and he assumed the role of FSI board chair in 2020.
He is a graduate of Colby College with a BA in government and attended Harvard Business School’s OPM Key Executives Program. He also holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations.
Besides voraciously reading about the financial industry and markets, John enjoys wine, golfing, following his hometown Philadelphia sports teams (especially the Eagles), and, most of all, spending time with his wife, Janice, and three kids, Chase, Josie, and Kellen.
Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Brian joined Commonwealth in September 2018 as senior vice president, chief marketing officer. In this role, he is responsible for developing Commonwealth’s overall brand strategy and for managing the execution of the company’s marketing and brand initiatives, including advertising, our website and social media presence, content marketing, marketing analytics, brand experience, direct marketing, collateral materials, and client-focused marketing programs for the firm’s network of advisors.
Prior to Commonwealth, Brian worked at Northeastern University as vice president, chief marketing officer. Before that, he was director of marketing with the Boston Red Sox. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University and his master’s from Duke University.
Brian and his wife, Kate, live with their two daughters, Ainsley and Amelia, and son, Liam, in Sudbury, Massachusetts. In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing basketball, practicing guitar, and traveling.
Managing Principal, Compliance
Paul has been chief compliance officer at Commonwealth since August 2006. He is responsible for establishing, administering, and enforcing Commonwealth’s broker/dealer and investment adviser supervisory and compliance policies and procedures. He is also responsible for the general management and leadership of the firm’s Compliance and Licensing staff. Paul has more than 25 years of compliance experience and a strong background in broker/dealer and investment adviser compliance best practices. Prior to joining Commonwealth, he was first vice president and chief compliance officer for National Planning Holdings of Santa Monica, California, where he oversaw compliance for the four independent broker/dealers within the NPH broker/dealer network. He has also held senior compliance positions at Cambridge Investment Research and LPL Financial Services. Paul previously served as chair of the Financial Services Institute’s Compliance Council and is a past member of FINRA’s Continuing Education and District 11 committees. He is a current member of FINRA’s Membership Committee and the National Society of Compliance Professionals. He earned his BS in business administration from Northeastern University and holds FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 63, and 65 securities registrations.
Joni Youngwirth, partner emeritus, began working at Commonwealth in June 1998 as director of practice management, a one-person department. That role evolved into the managing principal for Practice Management as the department grew to offer increasingly sophisticated services and programs, helping advisors adopt best practices as small business owners. Her expertise made her a practice management pioneer and yielded hundreds of published articles in leading industry publications and speaking engagements at industry conferences. Joni pivoted her role, shifting to part-time in 2020. She is the executive director of Commonwealth Cares, leading the Profound Difference Steering Committee, and provides Mindful Retirement workshops for advisors’ clients. Joni’s MBA is from Boston University, and she holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations. Joni is passionate about her role and hopes to commit more profoundly to giving back opportunities. Her next act will include more time for fun with family and friends, travel adventures and exploration, and enjoying a breather in her new residence in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.