James C. Baird, Chairman | Founding Principal
Jim established the firm now known as Compass Ion Advisors, LLC in 1994. Previously, he was a branch manager & registered investment advisor with Prudential Securities for nine years, overseeing an office that managed $1.3 billion in assets for 12,000 clients and employed 55 people. His thirty years of experience in the industry includes work at Merrill Lynch and Salomon Brothers. Jim is a member of SEI’s Select Advisor Council which is composed of the top advisory practices from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In a poll of over 120,000 high net worth households and more than 9,000 registered financial service professionals, Jim was named a “Five Star Wealth Manager,” in the October 2011 issue of Philadelphia Magazine. The final list of recipients represented less than 3% of the licensed wealth managers in the metropolitan area. Jim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and also attended the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an elder at New Life Presbyterian Church in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, and he and his wife Pam are actively involved in volunteer work with a number of non-profit organizations. They live with their four children in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
Matthew D. Kane, President | Principal
Matt joined the firm in 2006 and is one of the founding members of Compass Ion Advisors. In addition to working directly with the families we serve, Matt serves as the firm’s President, a role he began in 2010. He is responsible for leading our firm as it relates to protecting and growing the mission our team of partners have constructed together over the last several years. In the past, Matt held various sales and support positions with SEI and Merrill Lynch. Matt also served for ten years as an Area Director for Young Life. Young Life is a non-profit organization that cares for young people in hundreds of communities in the US and overseas. During his time there Matt developed the character and leadership ability which Compass Ion has come to value. Our firm and our clients are now the beneficiaries of his growing capacity to create and follow through on the often complex issues our clients regularly face. Matt has completed the NASD’s Series 7, 65 and 63 licenses, holds his Life, Health and Accident insurance designation. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Eastern University where he now serves as Chair of the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. Matt and his wife Kim live in Villanova, Pennsylvania with their five very active sons.
George J. Limbach, Senior Vice President | Principal
George joined our former entity PMG Asset Management in January 1999, and also helped establish Compass Ion Advisors, LLC in December of 2008. He is involved with client education and communication, investment research and ongoing portfolio oversight. Prior to this, George spent 21 years with The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, where he was responsible for the selection, evaluation and ongoing monitoring of the firm’s outside money managers. As an officer of Penn Mutual he was also instrumental in developing and supporting their 401K capability as well as helping to build their variable annuity program to over $1 Billion in client assets. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA degree from Temple University. In addition, he has attended executive programs in business management at Columbia University’s School of Business and the Wharton Graduate School. He and his wife Mimi are active in youth sports programs and have organized a movement for responsible media. They live with their six children in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.
Douglas R. MacGray, JD, CFP®, Senior Vice President | Principal
Doug joined the firm in 2006 bringing with him a comprehensive financial planning practice, which he built after spending a dozen years in the private practice of law concentrating in estate planning and business law. He is one of the founding principals of Compass Ion Advisors, LLC. Prior to his time with Compass Ion Doug spent six years as an owner, director and officer at Andesa Strategies, Inc. where he was responsible for providing ongoing financial counseling services primarily to executives at large and mid-sized corporations. Doug also formed and led that company’s asset management service. Doug graduated cum laude, in the top 3% of his class, from Suffolk University Law School. He obtained his B.A. from Gordon College, and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Prior to his legal and financial career, Doug taught at a Christian boy’s school in the Republic of Palau. He has served on a variety of non-profit boards including his current service as a trustee for Biblical Theological Seminary, and past service with Wilmington Christian School, YMCA of Bear, Delaware, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Delaware, Inc., and Sojourners’ Place, a homeless ministry in Delaware. He and his wife have three children and live in North Wilmington, Delaware.
Josh Manifold, Senior Vice President | Principal
Josh joined the firm in early 2012, bringing with him over ten years of investment management experience. He started his career with Benkovich & Associates, a private wealth management firm in central Pennsylvania, and spent the last eight years with Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly Wachovia Securities). During this time he focused on active portfolio management and retirement income for individuals and families in Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. By focusing so well on client’s needs, Josh was selected to be a member of the Executive Council, an award based on client service, best practices, and overall productivity. He was also recognized as a Premier Advisor, a designation held by a very select group of Financial Advisors within the firm. He is licensed to work with clients in over twenty states and holds NASD’s Series 7 and 66, along with the Life, Health, and Accident Insurance designation. Josh graduated with honors from Messiah College where he now serves on the Alumni Board. Josh is actively involved in the community and serves on the local board for Young Life. His interest in hiking has taken him around the world and he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the NaPali Coast in Kauai, and many other peaks. Josh and his wife, Heather, have four children.
Patrick M. House | Senior Vice President
Pat was a part of the Asset Management Group of PMG Capital when it was formed in March of 1994, and moved to Compass Ion Advisors, LLC when it was formed. In addition to his role as a consultant overseeing both the investment and financial planning work for numerous clients, he serves as a member of the department’s investment policy and research committee. Pat’s twenty-three years of experience in the securities industry includes work at Prudential Securities and Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to the beginning of his Wall Street career, he was employed with Mass Mutual Insurance doing marketing and planning work with clients. Pat has degrees from both Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina and Gwynedd Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. He is a former elder at New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania and he and his wife Beth serve the community in volunteer roles with a number of different charities. They live with their four children in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.
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Benjamin M. Dourte, CFP®, ChFC® | Vice President
Ben brings over nineteen years of wealth management experience to Compass Ion Advisors. Prior to joining the practice a decade ago, he spent eight years working at SEI Investments, where he provided Financial Planning and Advisory Services to wealthy individuals and families. In previous roles at SEI, he worked with Financial Advisors across the country to design and build globally diversified investment portfolios for their High Net Worth Clients. Prior to working at SEI, he was employed with PIMCO Funds where he marketed PIMCO’s solutions to Financial Advisors in Upstate New York and Pennsylvania. Ben graduated from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has achieved his Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designations. Ben and his wife Alyssa have been married for over nineteen years and have two sons. Ben and his family live in Royersford, Pennsylvania where they are active members of Christ’s Church of the Valley.
Daniel H. Soderberg | Vice President
Dan became a member of Compass Ion Advisors, LLC in April, 2010 bringing with him more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining our firm, Dan was the founding partner of Innovative Planning Group, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a firm dedicated to providing comprehensive financial planning services directly to individuals and families. Dan also had a successful 25-year career in human resources, sales and marketing with The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, Horsham, Pennsylvania. During his tenure in sales and marketing, Dan made significant contributions in the areas of product development, retirement planning, pension management, and wholesale distribution. Dan started his career with Pension Service Corporation, Horsham, Pennsylvania, where he rose to become president of the company. Dan’s extensive knowledge of the industry, coupled with his consultative style and true passion for helping people, make him an outstanding fit for our firm. Dan graduated from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, where he majored in accounting. He received his Masters of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds Life, Health and Accident Insurance Licenses and FINRA Series 7, 63 and 66. Dan and his wife, Betsy, live in Ambler, Pennsylvania. They have two grown daughters.
Dick Liburdi, CLU, ChFC® | Vice President
Dick joined the firm in March of 2006. He is focused on the 55+ market, specializing in retirement and investment planning. Prior to this, Dick spent eight years at Creative Financial Group. In addition to his investment management clients, Dick headed up CFG’s fee planning practice. Prior to CFG, Dick spent twelve years with The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. He was Senior Vice President with overall responsibility for the Insurance Business Unit and for all elements of field sales including career agency and independent broker distribution. Prior to Penn Mutual, Dick was Vice President of marketing and Product Development for the Institutional Mutual Funds unit of SEI. This followed a career as a stockbroker with E.F. Hutton and a fifteen year stint in operations with Allstate Insurance Company. Dick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Economics and has attended executive programs in business management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Dick resides in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
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Carol Gangewer | Administrative Manager
Carol is currently the Administrative Manager for Financial Planning and Insurance. She has been with the firm since its inception in 1993-94 and served a critical role in building the operations and administrative systems that have led to our growth over the last two decades. She is strong in both organizational skills as well as client service, and brings her service-minded attitude to every client interaction. Carol has a total of twenty-eight years experience in the securities industry, and holds the FINRA’s Series 65, 63 and 7 licenses and as well as her Life, Health and Accident insurance designation. Prior to working with our firm, she was branch operations manager with Drexel Burnham Lambert and Prudential Securities. Her previous experience included seven years as a sales assistant with Smith Barney in their Philadelphia office. She and her husband Glen have a daughter, Hope. They are active in their church and enjoy skiing, camping, and musical pursuits.
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Glen Gangewer, RP® | Associate Advisor
Glen joined the practice in 2006 to serve as a financial planner. He brings with him a client centric approach from a broad background of the retail, manufacturing and healthcare industries. Prior to this, he worked in Aetna’s small group renewals team where he explained and applied underwriting guidelines, pricing of renewals, health policies and sold additional lines of coverage. Glen is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a B.A. in Business Management. He also holds his Registered Paraplanner (RP®) and Pennsylvania Life, Health & Accident Insurance Licenses. He and his wife Carol reside in Harleysville with their daughter. They are active members in their church and enjoy family time, skiing, and cycling.
Cassandra Queen | Associate Advisor
Cassandra serves the families of our firm by providing financial planning and direct client support. Prior to joining our firm in 2010, Cassandra started her career at Morgan Stanley as an intern and advanced into their training program where she obtained her Series 7 and 63 licenses. Later she worked directly for the owner of a small Investment Advisor Firm in Horsham as a Registered Client Service Representative. Cassandra graduated from LaSalle University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Cassandra and her husband reside in West Norriton with their son and daughter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, spoiling her dogs, reading, swimming, game night and movies.
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Logan MacGray | Client Services
Logan joined Compass Ion Advisors in the fall of 2016. Before joining the firm, Logan worked as an Investor/Advisor Relations Analyst for Schreiner Capital Management. While at Schreiner Capital he completed daily client requests. In addition, he was a voting member of the investment committee and worked on much of the research to implement new investment strategies. Logan also worked for a student loan company where his main duty was to create and maintain performance reports for clients on a monthly basis. Logan is a CFA candidate studying for the Level II exam. Logan graduated from Gordon College with a degree in Finance and Business Administration. Logan and his wife Danielle live in West Chester, PA and are expecting their first child later this year. While Logan is not working he enjoys mentoring youth, watching movies, and playing games.
Kaitlin Salwach | Client Services
Kaitlin, or Katie as she is known to most, joined the firm in the spring of 2013 in a Client Services role. Prior to joining Compass Ion Advisors, Katie worked for over 3 years in client services for USM Services, Inc., and played a key part in developing and executing a new training program for new hire employees. Katie attended the University of Delaware, where she studied Pre-Veterinary Science and English before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the multi-disciplinary major of Women’s Studies. She has found this unique major has been instrumental for her success in customer service. Katie grew up in Plymouth Meeting, PA and currently lives in Lansdale, PA with her husband Dennis, son Max and their cat Charlie. Katie is an enthusiastic animal lover and enjoys reading, watching TV and movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jody Voce | Client Services
Jody joined the firm as an administrative assistant in 2005, and is now an integral part of Compass Ion Advisors. Her interpersonal and organizational skills, teamed with her “can-do” attitude, has made her a valued member of the team. Jody resides with her husband and two daughters in Northeast Philadelphia. Jody’s oldest daughter is a graduate of LaSalle University. Jody splits her time between work and being a “Team Mom” for her youngest daughter’s swim team.
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