Helping in the Fight to Eradicate Hunger in America

Mid Atlantic employees collect 4,257 items! 

Last week, Mid Atlantic, in conjunction with loyal business partner Derek Fiorenza and his non-profit organization Fiorenza’s Food for Friends (F4), hosted its 3rd Annual Food Drive..

Staff were organized into three separate teams which enthusiastically came together to donate items such as canned tuna, canned fruit, beans, grains, pasta, and personal hygiene products.  We saw a steady flow of donations up until the last day of the challenge, which is when things really heated up!  Team members were racing out in a last minute push to win.

We are thrilled to report that Mid Atlantic employees raised a total of 4,257 items for our friends at the Oakland CHS Food Pantry. We are truly grateful to everyone involved for making the Mid Atlantic’s 3rd Annual Food Drive its most successful yet!

Mid Atlantic is pleased to welcome kPlans Investment Services

Mid Atlantic is pleased to welcome kPlans Investment Services as a new business partner. kPlans Investment Services (formerly Kravitz Investment Services) brings its Cash Balance Investment Expertise to Mid Atlantic advisors through the ModelxChange® program.

What will this mean for Mid Atlantic advisors? kPlans has just made it easier for Mid Atlantic advisors to manage their cash balance business by providing a turn-key solution from actuarial to investments. kPlans has structured three risk-based strategies using an absolute return style of management, which includes as many as thirty separate asset management firms across thirty separate asset classes. This option is branded under the Mid Atlantic ModelxChange® program name: First Water Cash Balance Plan Series.

For additional information, please call: 800-693-7800

Mid Atlantic Welcomes Riverstone Wealth Management

Mid Atlantic is pleased to welcome Riverstone Wealth Management to its family.  Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Riverstone’s primary focus is on wealth and estate management.  The firm is comprised of two primary registered reps Wes Creese and Josiah Hoffman; one registered assistant Kim Arnold; and their office administrator Danica Creese.  Wes is a CPA providing tax planning strategies.  The group also works in the qualified plan space with several 401(k) plans on the books.

Mid Atlantic Welcomes Crescent Wealth Partners

Mid Atlantic is pleased to welcome Crescent Wealth Partners, our newest addition to the Mid Atlantic family. Crescent is a former Ameriprise Group based out of Sarasota, Florida. The Crescent team consists of two partners, Brent Hillerich and Brian Grogan, in addition to associate producer Jared Burke and their staff members Erin Bewley and Claudia Woods. Crescent primarily focuses on investment management, retirement planning strategies, and charitable giving.

Mid Atlantic Welcomes The DRL Group

Mid Atlantic is excited to officially welcome one of our newest business partners The DRL Group to our family.  Based in Katy, Texas, The DRL Group is comprised of brothers David and Darrin Loesch and five staff members who handle all operational functions and trading.

The firm specializes exclusively in the bond market, thus taking a “Masters of One” approach to financial services as opposed to a more general “Jack-of-All-Trades” philosophy.  As such, The DRL Group is solely focused on providing tax-free income products and managing tax-deferred accounts (IRAs and SEPs) through utilizing high quality municipal and corporate bonds.  For more than 20 years, The DRL Group has been serving top tax-bracket clients in their quest to reduce taxes, generate a stable income stream, and help to protect their principal investment value.

DHS Issues Tips for Cyber Security Campaign

The following article was compiled by Alyssa Ritchie.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Here are some useful tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign.

When in doubt, throw it out.  Stop and think before you open attachments or click links in emails.
Back it up.  Make electronic and physical backups.
Guard your devices.  Never leave your laptop or mobile devices unattended in a public place.
Secure your accounts.  Use passwords that are at least eight characters long and a mix of letters, numbers, and characters.
Report anything suspicious. If you experience unusual problems with your computer or device, report it to your IT department.

For information and useful cybersecurity tips, please visit

Mesirow Fiduciary Services now available on Mid Atlantic Trust Company’s FiduciaryXChange

Mesirow Financial Investment Management (MFIM) and Mid Atlantic Trust Company (MATC) are partnering together to make available MFIM’s 3(21) and 3(38) Fiduciary Partnership services through MATC’s FiduciaryXChange level-compensation platform.  Recordkeepers and broker-dealers seeking level compensation solutions for retirement plans will be able to utilize MFIM’s outsourced, integrated fiduciary services.

Client plans, advisors, and broker-dealers will receive fiduciary protection and direct, ongoing communications from MFIM for 3(21) and 3(38) services through this arrangement.  Meanwhile, broker-dealers and advisors will receive extensive compliance and reporting deliverables, including the status of fiduciary coverage for all plans within a retirement book of business, in addition to actions being taken to remedy client plans in jeopardy of losing fiduciary coverage.

Mid Atlantic Welcomes Smith Financial Group

We are pleased to welcome the Smith Financial Group to the Mid Atlantic family.  Located in Dallas, Texas, Smith Financial is a father/son practice consisting of Richard and Chris Smith, along with assistant Mary Ellen Smith.  Richard has been in the industry for 36 years, while Chris has been in for 24 years.  Smith Financial has built its business providing clients with corporate and municipal bonds.

Introducing Executive Vice President of Operations Dan Sterling

Dan Sterling

Mid Atlantic is excited to welcome Daniel Sterling as its new Executive Vice President of Mid Atlantic Operations.  He will be responsible for all brokerage, advisory, custody, and trust operations groups within the company.  In this capacity, Dan will oversee mutual fund brokerage, ACATS, asset movement and controls, custody operations, and trust and brokerage customer support operations.

Mr. Sterling began his career in 1994 as Assistant Vice President of Operations Control at Barings Securities, where his duties included financial analysis and development of policies and procedures for global cash reconciliation.  In 2002 he became Vice President of Asset Servicing, Physical Operations at BNY Mellon (then known as Bank of New York) in which he was responsible for overall direction of the U.S. settlements related to trade processing, tri-party repos, time deposits, precious metals safekeeping, and all aspects of physical custody of certificated securities.

At BNY Mellon, Dan was appointed Managing Director Investment Services, Global Operations, U.S. Settlements from 2008-2016.  In this role, he addressed U.S. settlement compliance issues, approved risk mitigation plans, developed operational standards, and elevated departmental presence through exemplary customer service and problem resolution.  He was a subject matter expert in the areas of trading, settlement, and custody for DTC, FRB, money market and mutual funds, time deposits, repos and various other securities.

Mr. Sterling received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Recently, we caught up with Dan to learn a little more about him and his new position with Mid Atlantic:

  • How did you first come to learn about Mid Atlantic Capital Group?
    Working with BNY Mellon, my Settlement team was looking at Pershing as an internal solution to executing and settling mutual fund trades and moving away from a third party vendor. After having some discussions between Pershing and BNYM, we expanded the meeting to add representatives from Mid Atlantic as we discussed our options. I met both Tim Friday and Nick Ventura in those meetings.
  • What do you find most appealing about your decision to join the Mid Atlantic family?
    Mid Atlantic does have a family feel to it, there’s an energy that is both refreshing and exciting.  The individuals I’ve met throughout have been great, either in meetings, one to one at their desks, or at the water cooler. The teams seem genuinely excited about the successes we’ve had and are looking forward to more growth in the weeks and months ahead. I feel blessed to have been adopted into this family and am eager to provide all the support that I’m able.
  • How would you envision success in your new role as Executive Vice President of Operations?
    Scalability and Control. We need to deliver exceptional service by developing processing models which can handle the growth of the business without dramatically expanding head-count. We also need to be able to adequately demonstrate that our processing risks have been properly identified and mitigated, that the oversight/review process is thorough and meaningful and that we, as a team, continue to have confidence in the numbers that are being reported.
  • “In my free time…”
    I bike, mostly on the Montour trail or GAP. I recently bought a kayak, but haven’t been too adventurous with it yet. I belong to the Amateur Astronomers Assoc. of Pittsburgh and do a bit of star-gazing from their observatory in Mingo State Park. And I read a lot, mostly history and biographical books. A life goal of mine is to read at least one biographical book on every US president; I’ve covered 15 so far.
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