Ryan N. Shanks

Founder + Managing Partner

Ryan is Managing Partner of Join A Firm, where he is focused on strategy development and marketing efforts to expand the firm's footprint within Financial Services.  He has spent the past 11 years consulting with Financial Advisors, Registered Investment Advisors and Broker-Dealers. Ryan is also the Founder and CEO of Finetooth Consulting, which he started in November 2006 as he recognized a need for advisors to have someone represent their interests in the market, much like the representation of an athlete by a sports agent. Before starting Finetooth, he was VP of Business Development for Associated Securities Corp., an independent Broker-Dealer located in Los Angeles, CA, where he was responsible for national recruiting and branch office development. As a member of the executive team, Ryan also helped launch the merger and acquisition initiative, which allowed the firms advisors to purchase other books of business. Prior to Associated, Ryan was Director of Recruiting for First Financial Planners, an independent Broker-Dealer located in Chesterfield, MO. During his tenure, Ryan has worked hard to earn a reputation in the industry for his ethical approach to the business as well as his unique ability to provide win-win solutions for all parties. Ryan and his wife Lauren live in Longmeadow, MA, where Lauren grew up as a child. They are proud parents of two sons and a daughter.