Shad Besikof

Managing Director, Partnership Development

Laguna Beach, CA

Shad Besikof

Managing Director, Partnership Development

Laguna Beach, CA

Department: Partnership Development

Experience: Has worked in the RIA space since 1998 

Education: MBA from The Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University; B.A. Economics from the Eller School of Business at the University of Arizona 

Shad began his career in the RIA space as an advisor at Oppenheimer and Paine Webber (now UBS). He’s held leadership and business development roles at the top-three custodians (Schwab, Fidelity, and BNYM Pershing), where he converted billions in assets from wirehouses, IBDs, and in some cases competing custodians. Shad has served as president and COO at a family offices-funded RIA tuck-in/supported RIA model that later sold to Dynasty in 2023.

Prior to joining forces with the former United Capital executive team, which now makes up Modern Wealth Management’s leadership team, he was head of M&A for a $4.3 billion RIA, where he made acquisitions and ran a team of 20-plus advisors, driving double-digit organic growth.

His primary responsibility as a Modern Wealth Management managing director is to strengthen the firm’s partnership development and drive the firm’s national expansion strategy by acquiring RIA firms across the country.

Nicole Bittner

Head of Business Integration

Laguna Beach, CA

Nicole Bittner

Head of Business Integration

Laguna Beach, CA

Department: Internal Operations, Partnership Development

Nicole Bittner is the head of growth operations at Modern Wealth Management, where she is responsible for managing organic growth channels and delivering qualified prospects to the firm’s advisory teams.

Before joining the Modern Wealth team, Bittner served as the vice president of strategic partnerships and commercial engagement at Goldman Sachs, where she facilitated successful lead generation, client conversion, and pipeline management by overseeing ongoing partnerships for financial advisors.

Bittner earned her MBA from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from Northeastern University.

Mike Capelle

Co-CEO, Co-Founder

Laguna Beach, CA

Mike Capelle

Co-CEO, Co-Founder

Laguna Beach, CA

Department: Leadership Team

Mike Capelle is a co-founder and co-CEO at Modern Wealth Management. From his decades-long career in wealth management, Capelle has experience building advisor-client wealth management platforms to drive continuous growth. Prior to co-founding Modern Wealth, Capelle was a managing director at Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management, where he was the Head of High-Net-Worth Product.

In addition, Capelle was part of the team that co-founded, scaled, and sold United Capital, a $25 billion RIA with 90 locations, to Goldman Sachs for $750 million, where he served as Chief Platform Officer. Capelle was responsible for the company’s operating platform and technology and for driving enterprise innovation. He was also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee.

Early in his career, Capelle worked on microprocessor design and manufacturing at Intel Corporation. Capelle earned a master’s degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jason Del Col

Executive Vice President, Advisory Services

Laguna Beach, CA

Vanessa Mariano

Head of Wealth Management Operations

Laguna Beach, CA

Gary Roth

Co-CEO, Co-Founder

Laguna Beach, CA

Gary Roth

Co-CEO, Co-Founder

Laguna Beach, CA

Department: Leadership Team

Gary Roth is a co-founder and co-CEO at Modern Wealth Management, where he is responsible for execution of the company’s business plan. Prior to being a part of the founding team at Modern Wealth, Roth was a managing director at Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management. He also served as Chief Business Officer and Chief Financial Officer at United Capital, where he was part of the team that co-founded, scaled and sold United Capital, a $25 billion RIA with 90 locations, to Goldman Sachs for $750 million.

Roth was also a co-founder at AssureNet, one of the cloud computing pioneers in financial services that created salesforce automation solutions for financial consultants and insurance brokers.

Roth holds MBAs from Columbia Business School and the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Stephen Tuckwood, CFA®

Director of Investments

Laguna Beach, CA

Stephen Tuckwood, CFA®

Director of Investments

Laguna Beach, CA

Department: Advisors

Experience: Chartered Financial Analyst since 2006 

Education: Master of Science in Finance 

Stephen Tuckwood (Tuck) joins Modern Wealth Management as the firm’s Director of Investments. Tuck and his team will be responsible for the design, construction, management, and oversight of the firm’s investment platform. He’ll be leveraging almost two decades of industry experience and an extensive investment manager network to bring innovative investment solutions to the Modern Wealth advisor base.

Prior to joining Modern Wealth, he worked within Goldman Sachs’ Alternative Investments & Manager Selection (AIMS) Group, which is responsible for identifying, researching, and selecting leading third-party investment managers. There, he helped provide investors with investment and advisory solutions across multiple asset classes by engaging, diligencing, and collaborating with leading investment managers from around the world. With over 350 professionals across 11 offices globally, the AIMS Group helps institutional and individual investors with their program design, manager diligence, portfolio construction, and risk management.

Previously, Tuck was the Head of Research at United Capital, where he led a team of investment professionals responsible for the firm’s $15 billion centralized investment platform. In addition to running the Research Team, Tuck was the portfolio manager for their Core Portfolio Solutions as well as the specialized Active Equity strategies. He also served as a content leader for the design of client literature about the investment platform and oversaw the development and evolution of new mediums for delivering messaging from Investment Management to the advisor base, clients, and prospects.

Tuck has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in finance and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. He was born and raised in the United Kingdom and moved to the United States after earning a scholarship to play Division I soccer (real football) for a university in Georgia. Tuck resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children. 

Crystal Wilson

Executive Assistant

Laguna Beach, CA

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