Mark Williams, CFP®

Mark Williams, CFP®

Co-Founder [Retired]

FUN FACT: As a lifelong skier, Mark spent eight years in the ski industry before returning to college.

Professional Credentials

FINRA Uniform Securities State Law Examination (Series 63)
FINRA Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination (Series 65)
FINRA General Securities Representative (Series 7)
Licensed in Life and Health Insurance*
Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network ®
Mark began his financial services career in 1984, when he accepted a position with the mortgage-banking subsidiary of Citizens Bank, achieving the level of vice president and manager of the Farmington, Connecticut, office. His division coordinated with Private Banking Services to provide specialized lending products to high-net worth-individuals. In early 1988, he was recruited by Connecticut National Bank for a similar role.

In May 1989, Mark joined IDS/American Express Financial Advisors to pursue his broader interests in personal financial planning. In September 1998, Mark affiliated with the independent broker/dealer Commonwealth Financial Network, allowing him access to the entire spectrum of financial products and, more importantly, fee-based rather than commission-based asset management. Mark is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with 30 years’ experience providing personalized financial services. Over the years he has held other designations, including AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary), CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor), and CMFC® (Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor).

A lifelong skier, sailor, and sports car enthusiast, Mark lives with his wife and son in Newport, Rhode Island. In the recent past, he has been a member of the Newport Hospital Board of Governors, Trustee/Treasurer for the Newport Public Library, and Trustee for the Newport Library Foundation.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network, his activities as a fiduciary are monitored by the CFP® Board of Standards, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and by Commonwealth Financial Network, which is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a registered investment advisor.

Mark holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, which allow him to sell and service investment products for a client base spanning 13 states, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.

Mark encourages all prospective clients to confirm his exemplary regulatory background via FINRA’s BrokerCheck at His CRD number is 1915541. Mark is a multiyear Five Star Wealth Management Award winner in Rhode Island.

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