MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (July 6, 2011) – RBC Wealth Management announces that Mary Zimmer, Head of Wealth Management Services and Head of International Wealth - USA for RBC Wealth Management, has been selected as one of the "Top 50 Women in Wealth" in an annual list from Wealth Manager magazine for the second year in a row.
"Mary has had tremendous influence in driving and implementing our firm’s strategic initiatives. We are extremely proud of her achievements and this recognition," said John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management - U.S. "Her inclusion on this list is a testament to Mary’s leadership in the financial services industry, and her extensive work with diversity-related issues."
A 25 year industry veteran, Zimmer was recently named head, U.S. and International Wealth Management Solutions and Services for RBC Wealth Management. In her role Zimmer is responsible for both Wealth Management Services and International Wealth Management's US-based businesses.
Zimmer began working at RBC Wealth Management in 1994 and has held a number of positions within the firm. Prior to her current position, she served as Head of Primary Advisor Service for RBC Wealth Management. Additionally, she has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Director of Global Equity Finance and Administration at RBC Capital Markets.
In addition to her current position, Zimmer is passionate about leveraging her role as an executive leader to spearhead diversity efforts within RBC Wealth Management, the industry and the community. She is a member of RBC’s Diversity Council, executive sponsor of RBC Wealth Management’s Diversity Leadership Council, executive sponsor and very active in the Women’s Association of Financial Consultants (WAFC), co-leader of the RBC Women and Visible Minorities Strategy Team, and mentor in the Reciprocal Mentoring/Diversity Dialogues Program. She is also instrumental in the development and implementation of the firm’s women’s growth strategy.
Zimmer also serves on the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation Board of Directors. As part of this appointment, she also serves as a member of the SIFMA Foundation Board Marketing and Public Relations Committee.
“The accomplishments of these women put the lie to the outdated notion that women can’t succeed in all levels of wealth management and in every business model, including broker-dealers, banks, asset management firms and the RIA world,” said James J. Green, editor of AdvisorOne.com. “These 50 women are accomplished entrepreneurs, thought leaders, money managers, personal wealth managers of all kinds and partners to those wealth managers. Their accomplishments transcend their gender, while their gender helps inform their personal values to their clients and customers.”
Since 2005, Mary has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and was recently appointed Chair of the Board. In addition, she helped create a mentoring program with the University of St. Thomas women’s basketball program in 2008. Mary was also awarded the prestigious Keystone award from St. Thomas, which goes to individuals who have gone above and beyond through their service to make a difference in the St. Thomas community.
In the United States, RBC Wealth Management operates as a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC. Founded in 1909, RBC Capital Markets, LLC. is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, and other major securities exchanges. RBC Wealth Management has over $227 billion of assets under administration and nearly 2,000 financial consultants operating in 200 locations in 42 states.
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