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The miracle of Supernova is it will bring balance to your life, improve your overall focus on your business and help you expand and grow your practice without putting anymore time in.
Rob Knapp is a former Managing Director of Merrill Lynch and the architect of the Supernova model he developed with a team of financial advisors and leaders at Merrill Lynch. He is the author of The Supernova Advisor that has receive much critical acclaim in the industry as well as the subject of a dissertation by graduate students at MIT and a case study by a Harvard University professor. Rob’s passion for coaching talented individuals to reach exceptional levels of performance has solidified his reputation throughout the financial services sector as a visionary and creative leader. He created Supernova Consulting Group, LLC. with the purpose of improving the client experience worldwide. In his 34 year career at Merrill Rob was widely recognized as an innovator and occasionally, an iconoclast. He put the long-term development of his teams ahead of the short-term gains, and those people are now some of the most successful leaders in the company. His former managers are consistently recognized for their accomplishments in developing teams, serving clients and generating revenue.
Cindy Beuoy, as Supernova’s COO, brings a fresh approach to the organization. She graduated from Butler University with a journalism degree and earned her Masters Degree in Public Relations from Ball State University. A veteran in the communications field with more than 20 years experience, her expertise includes public relations, marketing, technology and business management. She has collaborated in the development and branding of the Supernova program since the program’s inception and is dedicated to its success. She trains teams how to use the Excel scheduling tool and organizational best practices as well as managing the company’s day to day operations. Her focus is to assist clients in their transformation into Supernova Advisors.
Rob Shaffer spent 36 years at Merrill Lynch and was honored on several occasions as one of the top thirty Private Client Directors. He experienced the power of Supernova firsthand while leading the Merrill Lynch office in Nashville, Tennessee. In five years of Supernova, the office increased its business by 20% while competitors in the market grew significantly less. Rob is a coach, speaker and contributing author to the Supernova membership site.
Curtis C. Brown, Jr. is a consultant with Supernova Consulting. He is an entrepreneur and the former President/COO of EQIS, a Financial Services Technology firm. Curtis spent 30 years with Merrill Lynch in a variety of leadership positions. Previously he was, a Regional Managing Director responsible for four business units including a Private Client business, Private Wealth business Asia Pacific business, and Middle Market Institutional business; National Sales Manager, and Assistant to the Chairman and President. Curtis spent the early part of his career as a financial advisor. He holds an MBA degree from National University, a BA degree in Political Science from San Diego State University. Curtis also attended an advanced leadership development program at Wharton and the Investment Banking Institute. He studied Spanish at Bridge-Liguetec in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Andrew Reiss joins the Supernova team as a coach, speaker and Vice President of Business Development. Andy will bring his more than four decades of experience to helping financial advisors and their companies create growth and process. He is a former senior executive officer and leader of sales distribution at Western & Southern and New York Life with a focus on sales organization and success. In this position he created infrastructure for his company while training and managing entire sales teams. After graduating from Alfred University Andy spent the earlier part of his career as a manager and financial advisor at Cowen & Company. Andy is dedicated to helping advisors create a concierge level practice and giving clients realistic retirement strategies. Andy and his wife reside in Philadelphia and have three adult children. He enjoys family time, golfing and skiing.
Steve Long joins the Supernova team as a speaker, coach and Vice President of Business Development. Steve brings over four decades of experience in the financial services business, and has worked successfully across multiple distribution channels. He is a former senior executive and leader at Pioneer Funds, Lincoln Financial, Prudential and Touchstone Investments. Over the years he has worked with individual advisors and advisors teams to help them improve their organization and grow their practice. Steve has a degree in Education from Kutztown University, and has attended leadership workshops at Harvard, MIT, and University of Pennsylvania. Steve and his wife Dr. Pamela Wight reside in the Philadelphia area, and have five adult children. He enjoys music, reading, golf, tennis and family time.