“Fiduciary duty is the first principle of the investment
Adviser… Fiduciary comes from the Latin word for trust.”
Emerald Asset Advisors was founded in 1998 when its founders were motivated to find a flexible and adaptive way to manage money for their clients.
We provide fee-based, discretionary asset management to our private and institutional clients. Fee-based advisors minimize potential conflicts by not accepting commissions on products they sell. Our discretionary trading arrangement with our clients allows us to make changes to their portfolios in a timely manner.
We do not hold our clients’ assets. Your portfolio will be maintained at an unaffiliated firm that is a qualified account custodian. Your account custodian will provide you periodic account statements, confirmations and tax reports. We supplement these reports with our customized performance and holdings reports.
The Emerald Team
Scot L. Hunter, ChFC®
Chief Executive Officer, Principal
Allan M. Budelman
Managing Partner, Principal
Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer
Kristof Lewicki, CFP®, ChFC®, CASL®
Portfolio Manager, Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner
Troy C. Sorel
Director of Trading
Operations and Compliance Manager
Leana C. Alu
Client Service Manager
Client Service Associate
Scot L Hunter, ChFC® – Chief Executive Officer, Principal
Mr. Hunter co-founded Emerald in 1998 and is responsible for the overall strategic and corporate development activity of the firm. He also represents the company in various charitable initiatives and civic organizations.
Mr. Hunter received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, graduating in 1982 as an “Academic All-American.” In 1984, after two years as a tennis professional, he was recruited by a major insurance company to market their products. His determination, coupled with his business acumen, paved the way for the formation of The Emerald Planning Group (an insurance advisory firm) and later Emerald Asset Advisors. Mr. Hunter holds the designation of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He has been a resident of South Florida since 1970.
Allan M. Budelman – Managing Partner, Principal
Mr. Budelman joined the firm shortly after its formation in 1998 and has over 20 years experience in the investment industry, serving both high net worth individuals and large institutions.
Prior to joining Emerald, Mr. Budelman served as an Associate in JP Morgan’s Private Bank for two years, working with the portfolio management team for ultra high net worth individuals. From 1996-1997, he was an Assistant Treasurer with Bankers Trust Company serving as a relationship manager for institutional banking clients. Previously, from 1994-1996, Mr. Budelman worked with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, serving as an Administrator in the foreign exchange and global securities settlement department.
Mr. Budelman is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, where he earned a degree in Business Administration in 1992. He also earned an MBA in International Business from the University of Miami in 2000.
Melissa Budelman – Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Budelman is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the operations of the company including family office services, overseeing daily operations, and ensuring operational efficiency.
Prior to joining Emerald Asset Advisors in 2015, she worked at Citi for nearly 20 years, most recently as Director, Segment Head of International Personal Banking within the Citi Wealth Management Latin America Division. Prior to that, she held various roles as Head of Product Management, Client Experience, Strategy and Business Development, and was also previously Chief Financial Officer within the Citi Wealth Management Latin America Division.
Ms. Budelman holds a Masters in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from College at Old Westbury State University of New York.
Kristof Lewicki, CFP®, ChFC®, CASL® – Portfolio Manager, Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner
Mr. Lewicki joined Emerald in 2014 as a Portfolio Manager and is member of Emerald’s investment committee. He has also served as the Managing Member of Kris Lewicki and Associates, LLC, an independent financial planning and investment advisory firm, since 2011. Prior to founding Kris Lewicki and Associates, LLC, Mr. Lewicki was a registered representative with LPL Financial, LLC from 2005 to 2011 and American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. from 1996 to 2005.
Mr. Lewicki received a Master’s Degree in Sports Physiology from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland in 1984. He has also earned numerous qualifications in the wealth management and financial planning fields.
Troy C. Sorel – Relationship Manager
Mr. Sorel joined Emerald in 2014 and is responsible for sales and advisory.
Prior to joining Emerald, Mr. Sorel served as a registered representative and investment adviser representative with ING Financial Partners from 2010 to 2014. His previous experience includes working with Clarity Financial Planning as a Portfolio Assistant from 2009 to 2010 and serving as an Account Ambassador for Great Florida Bank from 2008 to 2009.
Mr. Sorel received his Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate from the Florida State University College of Business. He also achieved a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Florida State University in 2008.
Robert Levin – Relationship Manager
Mr. Levin joined Emerald in 2014 and has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
After starting with a large property/casualty insurer in 1979, Mr. Levin began his investment career with Legg Mason in 1996. From 2000 through 2014 Mr. Levin worked as an investment consultant with Asset Strategy Consultants in Baltimore, managing investment portfolios for institutions and high net worth individuals.
Mr. Levin earned a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland in 1976. He holds several investment and insurance certifications and is a licensed insurance agent in the state of Florida.
Suzie Dean – Director of Trading
Ms. Dean joined Emerald in 2004 and is responsible for directing and supervising trading for the firm’s investment strategies. Ms. Dean has been in the brokerage industry since 1989 and has held various trading/operational roles at major institutions including Barnett Bank, Prudential Securities and Smith Barney.
Ms. Dean earned an associates degree from St. Augustine Community College in St. Augustine, FL in 1986.
Denise Karp – Operations and Compliance Manager
Ms. Karp joined Emerald in 2008, and is responsible for all operations and administrative functions. She is also the firm’s Technology Specialist and is responsible for the coordination of our technology services. Ms. Karp has held similar positions at both financial services and legal firms for over ten years.
Ms. Karp graduated New York University with a B.A. in English.
Leana C. Alu – Client Service Manager
Ms. Alu joined Emerald in 2009 and is a Client Service Manager for our Family Office Services, responsible for delivering high quality and efficient service to both internal and external clients. Some of her responsibilities include coordination of consolidated reporting, performance reporting, and analytical support.
Prior to joining Emerald, Ms. Alu served as a Sales Executive and was responsible for proactive sales and client service for individual and family dental care. Her previous experience includes working as an Operations Accountant and also working under the Student Work Experience Program at Lockheed Martin.
Ms. Alu earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from the University of Central Florida. She also holds an MBA in Management from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University.
Karla Podalsky – Client Service Associate
Ms. Podalsky joined Emerald in 2015, and is responsible for providing administrative and client support for the firm.
Prior to joining Emerald, Ms. Podalsky worked for Merrill Lynch as a Senior Associate for ten years responsible for direct sales support to Financial Advisors.
Ms. Podalsky earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Marketing and International Business, from Florida International University.