2017 branch managers top 10 opening slide
Hundreds of advisers, as well as executives and firms, nominated branch managers to be honored in On Wall Street's annual list of elite leaders.

These managers play a key role in broker recruiting and lead the pack in their support of advisers and their clients.

The judges, who evaluated nominees based on their leadership skills and their ability to recruit and develop talented advisers, among other factors, were: Bill Butterfield, research analyst at Aite Group; David Lo, head of U.S. client insight at Scorpio Partnership; and Kenton Shirk, director at Cerulli Associates.

Scroll through to see who made the cut this year. Click here to see the full top 100 list.
Vince Crognale branch manager at Janney Montgomery Scott croppped photo
Vince Crognale
Firm: Janney Montgomery Scott
Advisers: 13
Branch AUM: $1.322 billion
Location: Greenville, Delaware
Nelson Gaertner Morgan Stanley branch manager
Nelson Gaertner
Firm: Morgan Stanley
Advisers: 157 (346 in complex)
Branch AUM: $23.8 billion ($51.7 billion in complex)
Location: New York
Dylana Hopler Ameriprise branch manager Glamour Shot
Dylana Hopler
Firm: Ameriprise
Advisers: 21
Branch AUM: $1.6 billion
Location: Orlando
Walter Jameson Morgan Stanley complex manager June 2017
Walter Jameson
Firm: Morgan Stanley
Advisers: 212
Branch AUM: $22 billion
Location: Atlanta
Michael Maron J.P. Morgan Securities branch manager
Michael Maron
Firm: J.P. Morgan Securities
Advisers: 41
Branch AUM: $7 billion
Location: Chicago
John Moran RBC Wealth Management branch manager
John Moran
Firm: RBC Wealth Management
Advisers: 69
Branch AUM: $11.1 billion in AUA
Location: Midtown Manhattan
O'Meara, Michael Raymond James & Associates branch manager
Michael O'Meara
Firm: Raymond James & Associates
Advisers: 85
Branch AUM: $7 billion
Location: St. Louis
Mark Stuck Baird branch manager
Mark Stuck
Firm: Baird
Advisers: 40
Branch AUM: $4 billion
Location: Sioux City, Iowa
Gary Swearingen Wells Fargo Advisors branch manager
Gary Swearingen
Firm: Wells Fargo Advisors
Advisers: 74
Branch AUM: $7.2 billion
Location: Charleston, Ill. (Greater-Illinois Complex)
Teller_Andy RBC Wealth Management branch manager
Andy Teller
Firm: RBC Wealth Management
Advisers: 91
Branch AUM: $12.1 billion in AUA
Location: Dallas
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