Christopher Lee Cox

Managing Partner

Chris is a liaison with our broker dealer on behalf of the advisors and specializes in handling Succession Planning and Acquisitions for FAN. Chris’ passion drives FAN to excel in serving other advisors.  Based out of the Washington, DC area, Chris is also Managing Partner at The Monitor Group, LLC and President of the independent registered investment advisory firm Maryland Financial Group, Inc.

With more than 25 years of experience as a business owner and financial advisor, Chris serves as a constant voice of leadership for the firm. He started his financial career at a typical brokerage firm and quickly realized he had an appetite for the business. He tried his hand at Morgan Stanley and then Citigroup Financial Services, to which his team was recruited specifically to serve the diverse community of clients. From there, the team joined an independent financial firm and began focusing on financial planning. 

Chris, a U.S. Navy veteran, earned an MBA in Business Management at Strayer University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations at George Washington University.

**Named to Forbes’ 2021, 2022 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list**


The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receives a fee in exchange for rankings.

Martin C. Sullens

Managing Partner

Marty facilitates the operations and day-to-day management of our organization and serves as the Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction manager for FAN. He works with Advisors on a daily basis to identify business growth opportunities and expedite their business needs.

Prior to FAN, Marty was Vice President of Business Development at FSC Securities Corporation, where he was responsible for new business and focused exclusively on top performing advisor teams. Marty earned a Bachelor of Economics degree from Berry College and has since earned his certificate as a Financial Services Coach.

R. Bennett (Benny) Firestone, Jr.

Managing Partner, Relationship Manager

Benny manages our Charleston, South Carolina complex. He provides Advisors with case design and support for Insurance Marketing and Sales. He is a skilled Advisor in relationship management.

Benny has been working in the financial services industry for over 20 years. Prior to FAN, he was a district agent for Mass Mutual, an agent for Minnesota Life and Prudential Preferred Financial Services, as well as an investment advisory representative for MMLISI, Ascend Financial Services, and Pruco Securities.

Benny, an avid outdoorsman, earned his Bachelors degree from Radford University in VA.

Amy F. Cox

Managing Partner, Chief Compliance Officer

Amy, based in Rockville, MD, handles the day-to-day business management for our entities, works with Marty on compliance and supervision for advisors, is Chief Compliance Officer of the  independent registered investment advisory firm Maryland Financial Group, Inc., is a problem solver and advisor advocate. 

She has been in the financial industry for over 25 years, starting her career at Morgan Stanley. Amy and Chris worked together at Morgan Stanley and saw the value in a team-based approach to wealth management. In 2007, Amy became a FINRA designated Supervisory Principal and with Chris, they began recruiting Advisors to join them in their endeavor to build a strong advisor advocacy network.

Amy attended Washington & Lee University where she studied French and Psychology.

Laura Starr Ramos

Office Manager and Marketing Specialist

Laura, based in Maryland, works with the management team and all of the members of FAN with marketing content, compliance and social media. She helped launch FAN’s monthly philanthropic mission featuring team members and supporting a wide variety of charities and small businesses that give back to the global community. 

Laura joined the financial industry in 2016. She considers herself a serial entrepreneur and was running her own businesses for the previous 20 years in the Washington, DC area.  With a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Virginia Tech, Laura understands how important details and service are. 

Jordan Brandon

Operations Specialist

Jordan's role includes: onboarding, supervision assistant, advisor support and all-around problem solver.  She specifically works with advisors transitioning to the Financial Advocacy Network and is their liaison with LPL Financial.  Jordan’s attention to detail, coupled with her ability to see the big picture makes her an invaluable asset to the FAN team.