Gregory Franks (born 7 August 1958) is an American wealth management executive and private investor. He spent twenty-eight years at Merrill Lynch in senior leadership positions in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
He currently serves as president and managing partner of Snowden Capital Advisors, an independent HNW wealth management organization.
Early life and education:
Franks was born in Columbus, Ohio to Arnold Franks and Louella Jean Hackney. His mother died several days after his birth due to infection. He was raised by his aunt for a number of years before moving to Connecticut with his father and stepmother. His stepmother died when he was thirteen and his father re-married eight years later. Franks has three sisters, Beth, Jennifer and Anne.
He received a B. A. in marketing from Franklin Pierce College and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute of The Wharton School.
Life and career:
He joined Merrill Lynch in 1983 as an Account Executive in its New Orleans office. In 1989 he was named the Director of the Houston, Texas, office and then managed the London, England, office. In 1992, he was named the District Director of the Middle East and relocated to Dubai, U.A.E. Upon returning to the United States, he was based in New York as the Eastern Division Marketing Manager. Franks has held additional roles as Managing Director in Baltimore, Divisional Managing Director in the Mid-Atlantic, Regional Managing Director in the Mid-Atlantic, Western Division Director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Maryland state president for Bank of America. He also served on the Wealth Management Operating Committee for Merrill Lynch and in 2009 was named Bank of America's top executive for its Baltimore and Maryland markets.
In 2012, Franks and three partners launched Snowden Capital Advisors, an independent RIA wealth management firm. They currently have offices in New York, Pasadena, and Princeton.
He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and three children. Franks is involved in numerous charitable and philanthropic activities.