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Before becoming branch manager of Stifel’s beautiful new office in Park City, Chris Nielsen was no slouch when it came to serving his clients’ vast financial needs. He began his career in 1996 with A.G. Edwards then made the move to Stifel in 2007, which is where he has spent more than half of his career.

From the beginning, his commitment has always been to focus on his clients’ big picture — their family, business and future — not just their investment dollars. He believes this is the best way to bring value and build meaningful relationships for the long term, and he seeks to continue this commitment to advisors and clients alike as Stifel’s new Park City branch manager.

So, what makes Stifel different from other wealth management firms out there? “It’s the culture,” says Chris. “And it’s not just lip service. Whether you are an advisor looking to make a move or a client seeking professional financial guidance, I truly believe you’ll witness the difference the moment you walk into our office. You’ll sense the freedom and lack of pressure — it’s the kind of culture that allows you to be professional and have fun at the same time.”

In that spirit, Chris leverages Stifel’s full line of highly customizable services, including wealth management and legacy planning for high-net-worth investors.

For more than 130 years, Stifel has been a firm that recognizes up-and-coming successes, one that helps others pursue their own version of success. So, it’s no coincidence that the firm is now sponsoring the Park City-based U.S. Alpine Ski Team, which is now called the Stifel U.S. Ski Team. “We’re really happy to be affiliated with these young athletes who are working so hard to fulfill their dreams and their goals,” says Chris.

Stifel also recently announced that it has expanded its partnership to become the official team naming partner of all of the ski teams under the U.S. Ski & Snowboard brand. This is what Stifel Chairman and CEO Ronald Kruszewski had to say about the partnership: “As a firm where ‘success meets success,’ Stifel prides itself on hiring top talent, investing in and developing that talent, and then promoting that talent from within. In many regards, U.S. Ski & Snowboard takes a similar approach to building its roster of world-class athletes, and we couldn’t be more pleased to further align our brand with theirs.”

As branch manager, Chris oversees experienced financial advisors who have diverse accolades and backgrounds. One financial advisor in Stifel’s Park City office, Jack Broderick, was recently named to Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors and Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors lists in 2023*. In addition, he and his family are active supporters of local charities and foundations.

Another financial advisor, Howard Ashlock, played professional baseball in the Baltimore Orioles organization and has served on the board of directors of several charities. 

* Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, selected by SHOOK Research, LLC, and Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors rankings are based on the 12-month period ending June 30 and September 30, respectively, of the year prior to publication. Each advisor is selected from a pool of nominations as indicated in the methodology. The rankings may not be representative of any one client’s experience and are not indicative of the financial advisor’s future performance. For more information, see