Allan Starkie is a Partner at Knightsbridge Advisors, Inc. specializing in executive recruiting in wealth management. He also provides management consulting and merger and acquisition support for many of the company’s major clients.
A 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Allan served as a Green Beret, Airborne, Ranger and Army Intelligence Captain before joining the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was decorated for his covert collection operations in the Grenada, Korean and Chad/Libyan crises. While assigned to the Pentagon working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Allan was selected as an aide to President Reagan and served in that capacity until leaving government service in 1985 to pursue a business career.
Allan served as CEO and managing partner for Oceonics, an international construction, property development and financial services company, where his partners included former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon. He also worked as General Manager for Miller Druck International, an international contractor in London, after spending five years as Project Manager for Turner Construction in New York.
Through personal associations, Allan served as business advisor to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York from 1991 to 1995, overseeing her family office and working with her to establish a Children’s Foundation with Princess Esmeralda of Belgium.
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Allan also earned a Masters degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Business from American World University in conjunction with Templeton College, Oxford University in 1993. He is fluent in German and French.
An international bestselling author, Allan has penned three biographies, including Jet Set: Memoir of an International Playboy; Fergie: Her Secret Life and, most recently, A Date with Death. Allan has also authored numerous articles on wealth management trends for major industry publications.
Allan is a member of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Harvard Club of Boston, New York Society of Security Analysts, West Point Society of New York, New York Athletic Club, Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and Microsoft’s Capital Market’s Advisory Board.
Steven Wade is a Partner at Knightsbridge Advisors, Inc. With more than 25 years of experience in executive search, management consulting and human resources in the financial services industry, Steve has recruited CEOs, COOs, CIOs, regional sales managers, senior portfolio managers, chief fiduciary officers, and investment sales professionals in both family offices and private wealth management firms.
Prior to forming Knightsbridge Advisors in 2005, Steve spent 13 years at the executive search firm of Riotto-Jones. During that time, he played an integral role in building the fiduciary management organizations of some of the world’s most prestigious brokerage and mutual fund companies, including Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch Trust and Fidelity, among others. Having placed 150 fiduciary professionals nationwide in the last ten years, Steve has also developed a specialty in international and domestic estate planning.
Prior to joining Riotto-Jones, Steve spent 17 years as a human resources executive in the financial services industry, developing specific expertise in recruitment, manpower planning, organizational design and compensation. Prior to that, he served as Principal at Organizational Renewal Associates (ORA), a management-consulting firm in Philadelphia, where he consulted in team-building and man-power planning an experience that contributes to his ongoing ability to assist clients in building stronger and more effective organizations.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from LeMoyne College in 1964 and an MBA in Organizational Development from Drexel University in 1971. He resides in Westchester with his wife, Diane, and their daughter, Julianna.
Paul has completed searches for positions including Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Senior Executive Vice President and other functional senior managers in specialties including Corporate Banking, Treasury, Finance, Retail Banking, and Administration. Industry assignments outside of the financial services industry have included positions in marketing, treasury, finance, and general management.Prior to entering the search profession, Paul was a banker for over 34 years. Beginning his banking career at Pittsburgh National Bank and later Wachovia Bank and Trust Company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Paul joined NatWest Bancorp in 1982 and managed the US and Regional banking groups. Paul became head of corporate banking, and was named President, CEO, and a member of the board of NatWest USA, a $17 billion subsidiary of NatWest Bancorp in 1991.Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Allegheny College. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Past affiliations include serving on the Best Practices Council of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Citywide Advisory Board of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, and the Bankers Roundtable.Paul has been a director of Audiovox Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed company since 1997, and he currently chairs the audit committee of Audiovox.
Laura Falkinburg is a Certified Professional in Human Resources with 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and human resources consulting. She is charged with executing senior-level searches in the wealth management sector for global institutions, domestic private banks, and investment advisory firms. Prior to joining Knightsbridge, Laura worked at Key Bank’s Cleveland Headquarters, where her most recent role was Executive Recruiter. She was responsible for the sourcing, attracting, selecting and hiring of executive-level talent across the KeyCorp enterprise. Laura joined Key as a Senior Recruiter where she successfully drove the recruiting efforts for the Corporate Bank as an effective strategic business partner. Prior to her career at Key Bank, Laura worked at The Cleveland Clinic as a Human Resources Business Partner.
Laura received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University. She also holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation. Laura is a board member of John Owen’s Adventure, Inc. and is an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts and Special Olympics.
Patricia has been with Knightsbridge Advisors since 2005. She is responsible for office management, administration, research, coordinating candidate interviews, organizing travel, logistics, and maintaining on-going contact between clients and candidates.
Prior to this she worked with Dr. Allan Starkie and Steven R. Wade at Riotto-Jones & Company from 2000 to 2005.