Experience Makes all the difference

Samuel Rankin

Managing Director - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
704-362-8282
sam.rankin@ubs.com

With nearly 40 years in the financial services industry, Sam’s experience encompasses comprehensive wealth management, portfolio management, estate planning and philanthropy. Over his career, he has built a full-service wealth management team that is dedicated to taking clients through a comprehensive planning process that analyzes their investment, retirement, insurance and estate needs. Sam has been recognized as a Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisor for 2014 - 2019 and a Top 1,000 Financial Advisor for 2011 - 2013.

Sam began his career with Reynolds Securities in 1975 after earning a degree in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a former seat owner on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), and the Pacific Stock Exchange (PCX). He joined a Smith Barney predecessor firm in 1987 and soon became one of largest Portfolio Managers at the firm, earning the designations Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Portfolio Management Director. Sam moved his practice to UBS in 2009.

Sam, and his wife, Susan, serve as active members of a number of community organizations, boards and foundations. They have been married for over 30 years, are parents to four children and have one granddaughter.


Registered States:
AL, AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY


Rick Verdone Jr.

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
704-362-8238
rick.verdone@ubs.com

After 27 years with Smith Barney, Rick moved with Rankin Wealth Management to UBS in 2009. He is responsible for portfolio construction, retirement income strategies, equity and fixed income research and estate planning.

Rick earned his M.B.A. in finance from Tulane University and a B.S. in industrial relations from UNC Chapel Hill. He has Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses and life, health and variable annuity insurance licenses. Rick was born and raised in Charlotte, where he attended Charlotte Country Day School. He and his wife have three children.


Registered States:
AL, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, LA, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, SC, TN, TX, VA, WY


Bill Wynn Jr.

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
704-362-8239
william.wynn@ubs.com

With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Bill began his career with NCNB Securities in Charlotte. He joined Smith Barney in 1994 and moved with Rankin Wealth Management to UBS in 2009. Bill is responsible for retirement income strategies, portfolio construction, equity and fixed income research and estate planning.

Originally from New Orleans, Bill earned his M.B.A. in finance and B.A. in English and economics from Tulane University. He has Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses and life, health, long-term care and variable annuity insurance licenses. Bill and his wife, Virginia, have two children.


Registered States:
AL, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, LA, MA, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OK, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WY


Joseph Zentner, CFP®, CPM®

First Vice President - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
704-362-8282
joe.zentner@ubs.com

Joe has been with Rankin Wealth Management since 1996, starting at Smith Barney and then moving with the team to UBS in 2009. He is responsible for retirement income strategies, team management, portfolio construction and equity and fixed income research.

Joe earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from The Ohio University. He earned the Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Portfolio Manager designations as well as the Series 7, 31, 63 and 65 securities licenses and life, health, and variable annuity insurance licenses. Joe and his wife, Bonnie, are parents to three daughters.


Registered States:
AL, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, KY, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TX, VA


Mason Rankin, CFP®

First Vice President - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
704-362-8282
mason.rankin@ubs.com

With over 15 years in the financial services industry, Mason began his career as a Financial Analyst with Progress Energy in 2002. He joined Rankin Wealth Management at Smith Barney in 2005 before moving with the team to UBS in 2009. Mason is responsible for portfolio construction, equity and fixed income research, estate planning and client service management.

Born and raised in Charlotte, Mason earned his B.S. in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill. He earned the Certified Financial Planner™ designation as well as Series 7, 31 and 66 securities licenses and life, health, and variable annuity insurance licenses. Mason is married and a father to three children.


Registered States:
AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WY


Clayton Scholand, CFP®

Vice President - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager
704-362-8232
clay.scholand@ubs.com

Clay began his financial services career in 1998 working with Legg Mason and Smith Barney. In 2009, he moved to UBS with Rankin Wealth Management. He is responsible for retirement income strategies, business services, investment management, and insurance and annuities.

Clay earned his B.S. in finance from Wingate University. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ and has Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses and life, health, and variable annuity insurance licenses. Clay has been married for over 10 years and has two children.


Registered States:
AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WY


Ellen E. Rankin

First Vice President - Wealth Management
Portfolio Manager
704-362-8282
ellen.rankin@ubs.com

Ellen joined Rankin Wealth Management in 2012 and is responsible for portfolio construction, equity and fixed income research, and business development. Prior to joining the team at UBS, Ellen served as a Director in Fixed Income at Credit Suisse in New York where she focused on structuring and risk management of bespoke securitized products derivatives.

Ellen earned her M.B.A. in investment management from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and her B.A. in neuroscience from Colgate University. She is Series 3, 7, 24, 63, 66 and life, health, and variable annuity insurance licensed.

Born and raised in Charlotte, Ellen is an active member of her community. She is the Incoming 2020-2021 Board Chair of the Women's Impact Fund and serves on the Good Friends Charlotte and YWCA Endowment Boards. Ellen is also a Sustainer member of the Junior League of Charlotte and a member-at-large of the Mint Museum Auxiliary.


Registered States:
AL, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, KY, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA


Michael Gould, CFA, CRPC®, CPM®

Account Vice President
704-362-8282
mike.gould@ubs.com

Mike began his career with Ameriprise Financial in 2004 and joined Rankin Wealth Management at Smith Barney in 2007 before moving with the team to UBS in 2009. He is responsible for portfolio construction, equity and fixed income research, portfolio trading, and insurance and annuity analysis.

Born and raised in Greensboro, Mike graduated with a B.S. in business administration from UNC Chapel Hill. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst®, Certified Portfolio Manager® and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designations. He has Series 7 and 66 securities licenses as well as life, health, and variable annuity and long-term care insurance licenses. Mike and his wife, Jenny, have two sons.


Registered States:
AL, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, KY, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, SC, TN, TX, VA


Caroline McGuire Winslett, CFP®

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate
704-362-8282
caroline.mcguire@ubs.com

Caroline joined Rankin Wealth Management in 2013. She is a financial planner and is actively involved in marketing and business development. Prior to joining the team, she worked in New York with Fieldpoint Private and US Trust handling ultra high net worth client banking, credit and investment needs.

Caroline earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. She also earned the Certified Financial Planner™ designation and is Series 7, 63 and 66 licensed.

Born and raised in Charlotte, she is actively involved in various community organizations; building homes as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity through Myers Park Presbyterian Church, volunteering for Charlotte Country Day School and the Mint Museum Auxiliary. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Family Impact Fund in addition to a private Foundation. Caroline and her husband, Trey, enjoy travel, golf and cooking. 


Registered States:
NC


Susan Cross

Senior Registered Client Service Associate
704-362-8254
susan.cross@ubs.com

Susan began her career with Smith Barney and its predecessor firm, E.F. Hutton. She has more than 25 years experience in the financial services industry. She earned Series 7 and 66 securities licenses, as well as life, health, and variable annuity and long-term care insurance licenses. Susan and her husband, Brett, are competitive bowlers, enjoy country music and love animals.


Registered States:
HI, NC, SC, VA


Dana Keener

Senior Registered Client Service Associate
704-362-8282
dana.keener@ubs.com

Dana began her career in 2000 with Uvest Financial Services and joined Rankin Wealth Management at Smith Barney in 2004 before moving with the team to UBS in 2009. She earned a B.A. in finance from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. Dana and her husband, Justin, have two children and enjoy family beach trips and listening to country music.


Registered States:
NC, SC


Marshall Wyker

Senior Registered Client Service Associate
704-362-8251
marshall.wyker@ubs.com

Marshall started in the financial services industry in 2006 with Smith Barney and moved with Rankin Wealth Management to UBS in 2009. She earned a B.A. in finance from Wofford College and holds Series 6, 7, 63 and 66 securities licenses. Marshall and her husband, Bryan, have a son and daughter. She enjoys exercising, travel and reading.


Registered States:
FL, GA, LA, NC, NJ, SC


Valerie Farlow

Client Service Associate
704-362-8282
valerie.farlow@ubs.com

After 20 years in the travel industry, Valerie shifted careers into financial services, joining Smith Barney in 2001 and moving with Rankin Wealth Management to UBS in 2009. She received a degree from Wingate University and has lived in the Charlotte area for almost 50 years. Outside of work, she is actively involved in animal welfare and rescue.