MBA®, MBSA®, CFP®
Chief Innovation Officer
Steve joined the IAA team in November 2018. His primary responsibilities include managing financial plans, acquisitions, insurance sales, and overseeing the entire Strategic Solutions team.
Steve is a passionate advocate and change agent for Financial Planning and believes it is a critical element to help people make better life decisions and enjoy more confident financial futures. He has more than 18 years of experience in all aspects of offering and supporting Financial Planning, including working directly with clients, teaching CFP® classes, overseeing a planning support desk, as well creating, integrating, and successfully rolling out financial planning software and platforms at the largest independent broker dealer in the US. He brings his well-informed perspective on the opportunity for advisor-driven Financial Planning to Independent Advisor Alliance (IAA) and is looking forward to disrupting the status quo and empowering top financial advisors with the education, tools and resources needed to help clients in an ever-changing world.
Prior to joining IAA, Steve spent the last 12 years at LPL Financial in various roles and departments including Financial Planning, Business Consulting, Retirement Partners, and Product Management. He is a sought-out lecturer and spoke at 29 events across the country in one year.
As a lifelong student, Steve has earned a BS in Psychology, a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, an MBA, a Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning, and an MBSA: Financial and Tax Planning. He also holds a SCUBA diver certification and marriage, pilot, and life insurance licenses. Originally from Wisconsin, Steve resides in Fort Mill, SC with his wife of 21 years and their two children, Steven and Benny.
Senior Compliance Analyst
Nate joined the Independent Advisor Alliance team in January 2021. His primary responsibilities are to provide oversight on advisory accounts by proactively identifying, evaluating, managing and reporting on compliance matters.
He started his career in 2006 with Etrade as Customer Service Rep and in 2007 joined LPL Financial. At LPL, he held multiple roles while gaining years of valuable knowledge in operations, advisory compliance, code of ethics and direct business while being a point of contact for the Service 360 teams.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Banking from Appalachian State in 2005. Being a native of Charlotte, he has enjoyed watching the city grow over the decades and cheering on the city’s professional sports teams – Charlotte Hornets and Carolina Panthers. When not in the office, he enjoys watching live sporting events, traveling, spending time with friends and family.
Debbie joined Independent Advisor Alliance in September 2019. As an Investment Operations Specialist, Debbie is responsible for trading, operations, and billing systems for IAA’s investment platforms.
Debbie brings nearly a decade of financial services experience with her to IAA. She has served in multiple capacities including both as a retail sales assistant and as an institutional trading specialist. She gained extensive knowledge of trading, operations, and corporate trusts in her previous roles.
Debbie attended the University of Massachusetts and holds degrees in both Psychology and Education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, boating, and especially fantasy football. Originally from Boston, she moved to North Carolina in 2000. Debbie is married, has two adult sons, and lives in Indian Trail, NC.
Gray joined the IAA team in August 2021 as Business Consultant. His primary responsibilities include working alongside advisors to identify and achieve their business goals, solve challenges, and foster a strong partnership with IAA. Gray brings over a decade of industry experience with the last four of them being in a consulting role at LPL Financial. He enjoys working with advisors so they can get the most out of being an independent advisor so they can best serve their clients.
Gray was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and majored in history at Auburn University. He spent four years in the US Army and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran. Gray is an avid fan of Auburn Tigers and Carolina Panthers football. He can be found grilling out, reading, or golfing when not in the office.