Essential Edge Adds Industry Veteran Alex David To Advisory Board

Three Decade Veteran Joins Advisory Board Established In February
Alex David, Division Director, Raymond James Financial Services and Sander Ressler, Co-Owner and Managing Director, Essential Edge
Alex David, Division Director, Raymond James Financial Services and Sander Ressler, Co-Owner and Managing Director, Essential Edge

Essential Edge Compliance Outsourcing Services has named Alex David, Division Director at Raymond James Financial Services, to its Advisory Board. The appointment of David comes shortly after a February statement announcing the creation of the board and introducing its inaugural members. Essential Edge, which provides third-party compliance services for broker-dealers and RIAs, is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Alex to our already distinguished Advisory Board, which has been instrumental in providing thoughtful guidance and impactful insights to the Essential Edge leadership team,” said Sander Ressler, Co-Owner and Managing Director.

David served as President and CEO of Stifel Independent Advisors prior to joining Raymond James in the first quarter of 2024. He also spent approximately 13 years at Wells Fargo Advisors as Head of Branch Development and Marketing and has held management roles at Lord Abbett, Federated Investors, OppenheimerFunds and The Bank of New York. David currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Financial Services Institute and is Chair Emeritus of the Association of African American Financial Advisors.

“I’m honored to join the Essential Edge Advisory Board,” said David. “The firm’s mandate – to provide top-tier, outsourced regulatory and compliance support to wealth management enterprises – is more important than ever in our evolving and highly regulated industry. Helping Essential Edge to develop its strategic plans and support its broader growth vision is an exciting opportunity.”

David joins five industry veterans currently serving on the Essential Edge Advisory Board:

  • Larry Roth, Managing Partner of RLR Strategic Partners, a consultancy and M&A advisory firm
  • Joseph Kuo, Founder and CEO of Haven Tower Group, a strategic communications agency for the wealth management industry
  • Jeff Nash, Co-Founder and CEO of Bridgemark Strategies,a third-party recruiting firm for broker-dealers, RIAs and aggregators
  • Sid Yenamandra, Founder and CEO of Surge Ventures, a regtech venture studio that co-creates data governance, privacy and compliance management start-ups for regulated industries, including financial services and wealth management
  • Miriam Lefkowitz, Principal of Miriam Lefkowitz, LLC and Coda Advisory Group, who provides consulting and testimony on securities compliance issues in various legal settings

Michael Madden, Contributing Editor and Research Analyst at Wealth Solutions Report, can be reached at

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