As chairman and member of the board of directors for Buckingham Strategic Wealth, Justin Ferri focuses on forward-looking strategies, vision and growth for our advisory teams and client experiences.
Prior to joining Buckingham, Justin was a managing director with Focus Financial Partners, responsible for business development and acquisition activities with an emphasis on identifying and partnering with top advisors and independent RIA firms. Justin was also responsible for co-heading the firm’s Central region and providing existing partner firms with strategic guidance and support for organic and acquisition-based growth initiatives. In addition, Justin led select investment activities for the holding company and across the Focus partnership.
Before joining Focus, Justin served as managing director and the global head of Merrill Lynch’s Alternative Investments division, where he held the position of president and chief executive officer of three registered investment advisors. Leading a team of more than 140 origination, investment, distribution, marketing, operations, legal and compliance professionals, Justin was accountable for the oversight and management of more than 200 public and private real estate funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, managed futures funds, hybrid funds, and special purpose investment vehicles. In addition to his daily operating responsibilities, Justin also served as one of Merrill Lynch’s business regulatory liaisons, spending significant time with the office of the comptroller of the currency, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve, and the Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2002, Justin held leadership positions at mPower Advisors, LLC, and J.P. Morgan & Co. where he was responsible for quantitative modeling and fintech development.
Justin is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland, and lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two daughters. Outside of Buckingham, Justin enjoys skiing, fly fishing, mentoring entrepreneurs, and trail running in the mountains. He is also a certified rescue diver and trained emergency first responder.