Consistency, stability and a steady hand. That’s what the best branch managers offer in a world fraught with financial uncertainty and the specter of regulatory overhaul.

On Wall Street and New York Life/MainStay Investments realize that the job of the branch manager continues to grow in complexity as the financial advisors they handle and recruit seek more solutions and regulators require greater transparency and disclosure. That’s not all today’s branch manager faces. New financial products are being created, a global perspective is in demand, high-net-worth investors are struggling to maintain their wealth while planning for both the next generation of heirs and their philanthropic legacies.

Branch managers also have to consider how to recruit the new crop of advisors as the industry—much like the greater society—confronts an aging population rapidly heading into retirement.

So below, we congratulate and list the top managers who, in 2011, have been leaders and coaches, who have built profitable and successful branches for their firms, their advisors and of course, their investor-clients. They are the ones leading the way in helping investors reach their financial goals. The Top Ten Branch Managers for 2011 will be taken from this list.

Listed below in alphabetical order:

Christopher Albright

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Scranton, PA

Frank Amigo

Raymond James & Associates

Miami, FL

Renee Arst

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

San Francisco, CA

William J. Auriemma

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Albany, NY

Bradley L. Barber

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Westport, CT

Brett Bellcase

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

San Antonio, TX

Patricia Benner

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

San Francisco, CA

Robert Beylickjian

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Lawrenceville, NJ

Garrett Bland

JP Morgan

Los Angeles, CA

Trip Bomar

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Dallas, TX

Jeff W. Branch

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Fresno, CA

Todd A. Brooks

Wedbush Securities

Los Angeles, CA

 

Quang N. Bui

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Tacoma, WA

 

Robert Burghart

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Scottsdale, AZ

 

D. Alex Burlingame

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Seattle, WA

 

Aimee K. Butler

Waddell & Reed

Eugene, OR

 

Gary E. Carlson

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Salt Lake City, UT

 

John Caven

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Mount Laurel, NJ

 

Michael Connole

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Houston, TX

 

 

Jeffrey S. Crystal

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Short Hills, NJ

 

Paul DiGiallonardo

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Peoria, IL

 

Lon Dircks

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

St. Louis, MO

 

Jeffrey Dobyns

Southwestern Investment Services

(Raymond James Financial Services)

Franklin, TN

 

Scott E. Drysch

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Roseville, CA

 

Joe Dusek

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Duluth, MN

 

Frank Epinger

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Pasadena, CA

 

Paul Ewing

Prosperity Network of Advisors

Overland Park, KS

 

Gerald Ferrante

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

New York, NY

 

Ben Firestein

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

New York, NY

 

Douglas A. Fodor

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Stamford, CT

 

Rick Folmar

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Oklahoma City, OK

 

Peter B. Ford

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Boulder, CO

 

Kevin F. Friedman

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Woodland Hills, CA

 

Greg Gangas

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Tulsa, OK

 

John L. Gardner

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Lexington, KY

 

Richard Getzoff

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Short Hills, NJ

 

Mark Gherity

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Minneapolis, MN

 

Joel L. Glasco

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Charlotte, NC

 

Michael Goldfader

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Irvine, CA

 

Thomas Gower

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Bangor, ME

 

Ernest Guzman Jr.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Walnut Creek, CA

 

Colin Hawkes

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Bellevue, WA

 

Daniel F. Hilken

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Corte Madera, CA

 

Fred C. Hill

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Lutherville, MD

 

David J. Hubbard

Exemplar Financial Network

Crystal Lake, IL

 

Daniel Hughes

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

San Antonio, TX

 

Eric Jansen

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Short Hills, NJ

 

 

 

John Jetter

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Scottsdale, AZ

 

Matthew B. Kabot

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Houston, TX

 

Patrick Keating/Paul Nickel

Keating & Associates, Inc.

(Raymond James Financial Services)

Manhattan, KS

 

Steven B. Kirkland

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

OKC, OK

 

Brian M. Kurland

Waddell & Reed

Portland, OR

 

Catherine Lapadula

UBS Financial Services Inc.

New York, NY

 

Marco LLoyd

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Houston, TX

 

Steven A. Lobasso

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Greenwich, CT

 

Joseph R. Malarney

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Boston, MA

 

Robert Malenfant

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Boston, MA

 

Bob Marquardt

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Pepper Pike, OH

 

Michael Mazor

Stifel Nicolaus & Company Inc.

Boca Raton, FL

 

 

 

Kevin D. McCarty

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Miami, FL

 

William J. Molfetto

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Houston, TX

 

Troy Mooyoung

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Chicago, IL

 

Frank Moroni

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Chicago, IL

 

E. James Mulchahy

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

New York, NY

 

Cira Nickerson

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Palo Alto, CA

 

Michael O’Meara

Raymond James & Associates

St. Louis, MO

 

T. Clarke Octigan

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Englewood, CO

 

John Orr

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Long Beach, CA

 

Jeffrey Pasche

Raymond James & Associates

Traverse City, MI

 

Rhonda M. Peluso

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

York, PA

 

 

 

Michael Petramalo

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Miami, FL

 

 

John Powers

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Linden Oaks, NY

 

Mahes Prasad

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

Paul Price

Raymond James & Associates

Muskegon, MI

 

Matthew T. Pruitt

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Doylestown, PA

 

VR Raman

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Barrington, IL

 

Jeffrey Reiss

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Jericho, NY

 

Scott Rethke

Ameriprise Financial Securities, Inc.

Seattle, WA

 

Terry Richart

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Mesa, AZ

 

William Saunderson

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Clearwater, FL

 

Norman Schlismann

Mesirow Financial

Chicago, IL

 

Steven E. Schwartz

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

West Conshohocken, PA

 

Christopher Shaw

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Red Bank, NJ

 

Deborah Shepherd

Merrill Lynch

Princeton, NJ

 

Stuart Singer

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Charlotte, NC

 

Michael S. Smith

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

El Paso, TX

 

Bruce Stacy

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Fort Worth, TX

 

Steven B. Starnes

Merrill Lynch

Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Mark Stevenson

Barclays Wealth Americas

New York, NY

 

Lane Strumlauf

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Ft Lauderdale, FL

 

Amy Sturtveant

RBC Wealth Management

Washington, DC

 

David Swartz

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Wellesley, MA

 

DJ Totland

RBC Wealth Management

Red Bank, NJ

 

Thomas J. Urban

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

 

Stephen D. Viets

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Las Vegas, NV

 

Michael R. Vollstedt

Merrill Lynch

Carmel, CA

 

Bryan Vowels

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Joplin, MO

 

Thomas M. Walrond

Raymond James & Associates

Bala Cynwyd, PA

 

Bryant Weintraub

Ameriprise Financial Securities, Inc.

Melville, NY

 

Glenn Wiessner

UBS Financial Services Inc.

Brea, CA