Jon Wax, CFP®

President and Chief Executive Officer

For Jon, providing “world-class” wealth management is more than words, it’s a mission. Jon grew up in a family of financial planners and learned first-hand the impact quality planning can have on people’s lives.

While a student at Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans, Jon decided he wanted to provide the type of financial planning and investment advice that could make a difference. Jon entered the industry in 1996, building a successful financial planning practice through Raymond James & Associates. During that time, he experienced “best-in-class” processes from Raymond James, gained a diverse set of skills and perspectives from a number of top advisors, and learned the best way to run a business.

In 2003, Jon and his mother, Laura Waller, CFP®, merged practices under her independent firm Laura Waller Advisors to form Waller & Wax Advisors, Inc. Jon focused on ways to improve practice efficiency while delivering enhanced value to clients. He built a team of professionals focused around providing high-level financial advice and superior service. Jon developed a service model that allows the advisors at Waller & Wax to act like a quarterback on each client’s team, working with the client’s attorney, CPA and other professionals to deliver individualized results.

Jon holds various licenses and registrations in financial planning, management, insurance and securities. He is actively involved in the local business and professional community through memberships in the Leadership Tampa Alumni Association and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of the Financial Planning Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law and Collaborative Law Committees and the Financial Services Institute. His community activities have included membership and leadership roles in the Town & Country Volunteer Fire Rescue, the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, the University of Tampa Board of Counselors and the Florida Holocaust Museum.

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LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP®
  • Registered Principal – Series 24
  • General Securities Representative – Series 7
  • Uniform Securities Agent State Law – Series 63
  • Life, Health and Variable Annuity Insurance Broker
  • Uniform Investment Adviser Law – Series 65

MEMBERSHIP:

  • Florida Chapter of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Financial Services Institute
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni Association
  • Next Generation Divorce

AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

  • Forbes/Shook Research Best-in-State Top Wealth Advisor 2018 and 2019*
  • Raymond James Financial Services Chairman’s Council** since 2010

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

  • Hillsborough County Bar- Family Law & Collaborative Law Sections Member
  • Leadership Tampa Alumni Association: Cabinet Member and Ambassador Committee Chair
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Tampa: Board of Counselors
  • Financial Services Institute
  • Financial Planners Association (FPA)
  • Raymond James, Retirement Advisory Council
  • Raymond James, Technology Advisory Council
  • Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council
  • Berkeley Preparatory School: Berkeley Fund & Planned Giving
  • Academy Prep School: Contributor and Supporter
  • Stavros Center’s Free Enterprise & Economic Education Advocacy Board
  • Town & Country Volunteer Fire Rescue, Past President
  • Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance
  • Next Generation Divorce
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation
  • Florida Holocaust Museum

SPEAKING & PRINT:

  • WFLA, News Channel 8 (Weekly)
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • ABC Action News
  • Stavros Center, USF
  • Market Commentator, AM 1010
  • WUSF 89.7 FM
  • Great American Teach-In
  • WUSF Florida Matters
  • Bank Investment Consultant Magazine

EDUCATION:

  • College for Financial Planning (2001)
  • Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business (1994)

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

  • Waller & Wax Advisors Inc. – President & Chief Executive Officer/CFP® (2002-Present)
  • Raymond James & Associates, Inc. – Financial Advisor/CFP® (1996-2002)

* The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of 7 years of experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of 21,138 advisors nominated by their firms, 2,213 received the award. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC.

** Membership is based on prior fiscal year production. Re-qualification is required annually.