Mr. Blancato is the President of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management where his primary responsibilities involve creating and distributing high net worth fee-based platforms and serving as the managing member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee which determines the strategic outlook for all the firm’s clients’ investments. Mr. Blancato is also a Member of the Board of Directors of each of the firm’s subsidiary companies, Ladenburg Thalmann and Co. Inc., Triad Advisors, Inc. and Investacorp, Inc. where he helps make strategic decisions about each company’s initiatives. Prior to joining Ladenburg Thalmann Mr. Blancato worked for PowellJohnson as the Managing Director of Advisory Services where, similar to his responsibilities at Ladenburg Thalmann, he directed the creation and implementation of a suite of fee-based platforms. Mr. Blancato also worked at Prudential Securities for twelve years where he held various positions within the Investment Management Services division including First Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management Programs where he developed and improved upon the positioning and functionality of discretionary fee-based programs. During his tenure, the Portfolio Management division became one of the most successful divisions within Prudential Securities with assets in excess of $16 billion. In 1990 Mr. Blancato received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Kean University and in 1998 a Marketing Continuing Education degree from New York University. In 2005 Mr. Blancato completed the Securities Industry Association accredited program at Wharton Business School.