V. RAYMOND FERRARA
CHAIRMAN, CEO & CCO, PROVISE MANAGEMENT GROUP, CLEARWATER
ProVise is a financial planning firm managing about $1.6 billion for 1,200 families in 34 states. The firm employs 30 in its Clearwater and Tampa offices. Ferrara says he graduated with a degree in zoology and “immediately put it to work selling computers for IBM.” He later sold life insurance and mutual funds before founding ProVise 35 years ago. He has served on the boards of both the Financial Planning Association and the CFP Board of Standards, which he chaired in 2014.
|EDUCATION||University of Maryland (BS)|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||The first time I was in front of a camera was auditioning for a job in TV in 1969. I totally froze and was unable to speak. Obviously I didn’t get the job.|
|NEW HOBBY||Picking up my stamp collection, which I started as a kid and has laid dormant for over 55 years|
|ADMIRES||Alan Bomstein of Creative Contractors. Because like me, he believes that there is no wrong time to say or do the right thing.|
|READING||Captains and the Kings, by Taylor Caldwell|