Our Team

Founder + Managing Partner
413.754.3254

Ryan is Managing Partner of Join A Firm, where he is focused on strategy development and marketing efforts to expand the firm's footprint within Financial Services.  He has spent the past 11 years consulting with Financial Advisors, Registered Investment Advisors and Broker-Dealers. Ryan is also the Founder and CEO of Finetooth Consulting, which he started in November 2006 as he recognized a need for advisors to have someone represent their interests in the market, much like the representation of an athlete by a sports agent. Before starting Finetooth, he was VP of Business Development for Associated Securities Corp., an independent Broker-Dealer located in Los Angeles, CA, where he was responsible for national recruiting and branch office development. As a member of the executive team, Ryan also helped launch the merger and acquisition initiative, which allowed the firms advisors to purchase other books of business. Prior to Associated, Ryan was Director of Recruiting for First Financial Planners, an independent Broker-Dealer located in Chesterfield, MO. During his tenure, Ryan has worked hard to earn a reputation in the industry for his ethical approach to the business as well as his unique ability to provide win-win solutions for all parties. Ryan and his wife Lauren live in Longmeadow, MA, where Lauren grew up as a child. They are proud parents of two sons and a daughter.

Founder + Managing Partner
614.468.1655

Ned is Managing Partner of Join A Firm, where he is focused on developing enterprise engagements as well as managing advisor and listing firm operations.  He is also a Managing Director with Finetooth Consulting which provides customized transition solutions to Advisors seeking a new firm. Previously he was Regional Director of Branch Development with LPL Financial and was directly responsible for transitioning dozens of advisors to their new firm. Prior to that, he was a Financial Advisor with both Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley where he managed the assets and relationships of private clients; he built his own book of business and worked with high net worth families and business owners for over 8 years. Through 14 years of experience, Ned has gained tremendous industry perspective from working at the wirehouse and independent models and prides himself on using a consultative approach with his clients. Ned is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and holds the series 7, 31, 63 and 65 securities licenses.  He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Pam and 4 kids, and is very active with youth sports in his community.  On any given evening, Ned can be found coaching at the local hockey rink or lacrosse fields.  His updates can be viewed on Twitter, @Nedvanriper 

Managing Partner + Technology
949.667.1292

Sam is Managing Partner, where he is focused on developing an innovative technology platform for Join A Firm.  He has spent the last 10 years implementing and consulting on technology and business solutions for start-ups and small to enterprise-size businesses, including Fidelity Investments. Sam's expertise includes website and system architecture and development, database design and management, infrastructure management, eCommerce integration, and internet growth strategy.  Sam studied entrepreneurship and information systems at Babson College in Wellesley, MA and currently resides in Easthampton, MA.