About Us

Robert Sperber  Managing Director/Investments  

Robert Sperber
Managing Director/Investments

I began my career as a public accountant in 1987, the same year as the Black Monday stock market crash.  I stayed in that profession for five years before deciding it was not the right path for me.  I wanted to work in a field I felt passionate about and that would allow me to utilize my background in accounting, and wealth management and finance fit that mold.

Realizing my passion of working with clients to address their complex financial needs, I began my career as a financial advisor in 1992.  I joined Stifel in 2015 upon its acquisition of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, Americas.




James Hafele, CFP® Director/Investments  

James Hafele, CFP®

I have had an interest in the stock market since childhood.  That, coupled with watching my mom care for patients as a nurse, I have always felt a strong pull to find a way to give back to people.  Since medicine wasn't my passion, I realized that I could help people grasp their finances and provide personalized investment guidance.


I began my investment industry career in 2004 and joined Stifel in 2015 upon its acquisition of Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, Americas.


Having earned the Certified Financial Planner™ certification from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc., I have met the experience requirements of the CFP® Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework, and have passed the CFP® Certification Examination.  Through this coursework, I understand the importance of taking a holistic approach with my clients.  I begin with an in-depth questionnaire designed to generate a thorough understanding of your financial needs and goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, estate planning issues, insurance needs, and more.  Then, I will develop realistic expectations of what your financial future may look like, based on your savings, spending behavior, and target investment allocation. 



  • Named to Forbes' Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors list in 2021, 2020 and 2019, which recognizes the nation's top millennial advisors.1
  • James has been named to Forbes' 2019 Best-in-State Next-Gen Wealth Advisors, which recognized 250 millennial advisors as among the top in America.2

Forbes' Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors, September 21, 2021, July 22, 2020, and September 3, 2019.  Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC, and were selected from a pool of approximately 34,000, 32,200 and 29,000 nominations, respectively.  Qualifying advisors were born in 1980 or later with a minimum of four years of relevant experience and have built their own practices and lead their teams, joined teams and are viewed as future leadership, or a combination of both.   

Forbes' Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, February 11, 2021.  Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC, and were selected from a pool of 32,725 nominations.  Qualifying advisors met the following basic requirements:  a minimum of seven years as an advisor, a minimum of one year at their current firm, recommended and nominated by their firm, completion of an online survey, over 50% of their revenue/production must be with individuals, and an acceptable compliance record. 

SHOOK Research ranking algorithms are based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys:  service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, etc.; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms.  Advisors are judged on individual contribution, but total team assets are shown, which can include one or more additional advisors.  Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data.  The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience and is not indicative of the financial advisor's future performance.  Neither SHOOK Research nor Forbes receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking.  Forbes is a registered trademark of Forbes, Inc.  All rights reserved.