Meet the Team
Meet your Wealth Advisory team.
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Meet your Wealth Advisory team.
Providing leadership to non-profit organizations and helping his clients achieve financial success has been the cornerstone of Gary’s career in banking and financial services.
Gary has extensive experience in the banking and financial services industry. Prior to joining The Bryn Mawr Trust Company as Executive Vice President of the Wealth Management Division, Gary was a Senior Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., where he managed client relationships, business development and oversaw the Not for Profit business unit. As the senior lender in the Not for Profit business vertical, Gary also helped developed wealth management solutions for the well-endowed clients in the portfolio.
Gary has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has lent his financial and leadership expertise to several non-profits in the Philadelphia area. He is a current Board Member (and former Board Chair) of The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA . He is on the Board and a member of the Finance Committee of the Visiting Nurses Society and is also on the Board of Chanticleer Foundation. Previously, he served as Trustee on the Retirement Income Plan Board of Main Line Health and was former Vice Chair and a Finance Committee Chair of Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a Former Committee Chair and Board Member of Gulph Mills Golf Club, the Merion Cricket Club, and The Philadelphia Club.
Gary is also a Board Member of two for-profit organizations: Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc., and Beaver Coal Company (OTC:BVERS)
Sailing has been a lifelong passion for Gary. In addition to being an active one-design sailor, he has competed in numerous ocean races, and was on the winning crew of the 1994 Newport – Bermuda Race, a 635-mile offshore event. When not spending time on the water, Gary enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
Gary received his Bachelor’s degree from Hobart College. He attended the Governing for Non-Profit Excellence Executive Education program at Harvard Business School.
Ernie Cecilia is Chief Investment Officer at Bryn Mawr Trust. With more than 35 years of experience in the investment management industry, he is responsible for overseeing the Wealth Management Division’s investment-related activities and leading BMT’s strategic decision-making with regard to market analysis and investment process.
Ernie heads the Investment Research Group at BMT, co manages BMT’s proprietary equity strategies, and chairs the BMT Investment Policy Committee. He also continues in the active management of high net worth individual/family and institutional relationships.
Earlier in his career, Ernie served as Chief Investment Officer at Davidson Trust Company, which was acquired by Bryn Mawr Trust in 2012. Before joining Davidson in 1998, he was President and Chief Investment Officer of PNC Equity Advisors Company.
Ernie holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and the CFA Institute. He has attended CFA investment management workshops at the Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), Princeton University, and Harvard Business School.
He received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Fordham University Graduate School of Business.
Active in his community, Ernie serves on the Finance Committee of Good Works, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides home repairs to low-income homeowners in Chester County, Pa.
With a passion to serve—at work and in the world—and a true gift for problem-solving, Bob looks for real solutions, starting always from the client’s perspective. His motto: Make More Possible.
Bob brings more than 28 years of financial experience to the job of President of The Bryn Mawr Trust Company of Delaware. A seasoned trust and securities processing professional with a history of supporting family-owned businesses and closely held business entities, Bob has an expertise in all areas of Trust, including wealth management, personal trust, institutional trust, and Delaware statutory trusts, to name a few. He is also a frequent speaker and lecturer at educational and professional conferences.
Prior to Bryn Mawr Trust, Bob most recently worked as a Senior Vice President at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch and at the Bank of America National Trust Delaware (legacy LaSalle Bank ABN AMRO), serving in multiple capacities within two divisions—worldwide securities and global trust services. He also held positions with J.P. Morgan Trust Company, The Capital Trust Company of Delaware, The Boston Company/Mellon Bank, and Citibank, N.A.
Along with an unstoppable work ethic, Bob believes in giving back. He serves on the steering committee of the Delaware Bankers Association Trust Conference and is Director of the Gladwyne Civic Association, trustee of the Gladwyne Library Board, and President of the Stony Lane Swim Club.
The cause nearest to his heart, however, is finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease as a result of his brother’s early onset diagnosis. He served for two terms as President and CEO of The Parkinson’s Council and currently is a congressional coordinator for Parkinson’s Action Network, an advocacy organization that seeks to increase awareness and raise money for research.
A graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, Bob has a B.A. in English and Economics.
Forming long-lasting relationships with his clients has been the most rewarding aspect of Al’s more than 35-year career in the financial services industry.
Al brings his extensive background in banking and financial services to the Private Bank at Bryn Mawr Trust. Before joining BMTC, Al was a Principal and Partner at PMG Advisors, LLC, a privately owned, independent, institutional registered investment advisor based in suburban Philadelphia. Al participated in the MBO of PMG Advisors, LLC, and helped co-found its joint venture partner Emerald Fixed Income Advisors, LLC, a Lancaster, PA based investment firm, of which he was a Principal. Prior to joining PMGA, Al was Managing Director and Member of the Management Committee of RTE Asset Management. Al also worked for Philadelphia National Bank for ten years.
As a native of Suburban Philadelphia, Al believes in contributing to his community. He is the Chair of the Investment Committee of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and supports the Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Al serves on Radnor Township Boards and on the Finance Committee of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Radnor, PA.
An experienced marathon runner, Al participates in several distance races each year. He and his wife share a passion for cooking and antiquing. When not spending time outdoors, Al enjoys visiting his four children and four grandchildren.
A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Al also holds an MBA from University of Colorado.
For Elizabeth, the best part of the job by far is working with clients, helping them think through difficult issues, showing them where they need to put their focus, at times, giving comfort.
Elizabeth’s client-centered perspective is how she defines her work at Bryn Mawr Trust, where she is responsible for administering trusts and estates as well as advising on charitable gift planning for non-profits and donors. She brings over 25 years of top-level experience to the job.
Prior to Bryn Mawr Trust, Elizabeth was a partner of a major Philadelphia law firm where she handled both the planning and administration of estates and trusts while advising individuals and families and represented the gift planning offices of educational and non-profit institutions on charitable strategies. She has also held officer positions with the trust departments of some of the area’s prominent financial institutions.
An active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section, she served two terms on its Executive Committee, chaired its Rules and Practice Committee and serves on its Legislative Committee. She is also a member of The Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Forum of Executive Women.
Elizabeth has also been active in charitable and community groups, having most recently served fourteen years on the board of Cliveden, a co-stewardship property of The National Trust for Historic Preservation. The field of historic preservation, particularly of late 19th and early 20th century Anglo-American architecture, has long been her passion.
Elizabeth received her law degree from Temple University, cum laude, and a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, summa cum laude.
Stephen Wellman is Chief Operating Officer of Bryn Mawr Trust’s Wealth Management Division.
He has more than 30 years of operations, financial, and compliance experience, which he applies to the Wealth Management Division’s strategic planning and growth initiatives, as well as its day-to-day operations.
Before joining Bryn Mawr Trust in 2016, Stephen spent the majority of his career working for SEC-registered investment advisers affiliated with Old Mutual (US) Holdings, Inc. His roles were focused on the administrative and operational areas, with extensive involvement in supporting the investment process and distribution efforts.
Stephen is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He earned his B.S. degree and an MBA from Drexel University.