When we first established Verdence Capital Advisors a little over a year ago, our CEO Leo Kelly had a big vision: harness the power of great people, a unique business model and creative innovation to build the firm from the vantage of those we serve. Simple, but rooted in our commitment to create an unparalleled experience for our clients and team.
Effective leaders must know how to bring great people together to advance a common goal. Recently, Leo was recognized as one of The Maryland Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs. Selected from an overwhelming amount of nominations, Leo’s professional accomplishments, community service and letters of reference submitted by co-workers, clients and community leaders demonstrated his leadership and vision.
Leo states, “I believe if you hire great people and create opportunities for them, they will run a hundred miles an hour and feel like they are walking. If you put a strong team in place, leadership becomes much easier, and your responsibility is to lead by example. Setting an example of putting the client first – of focusing on each other, knowing that if the organization as a whole achieves at the highest level, then each team member feels a personal accomplishment. You can’t fake caring nor passion. I am blessed to have a team that has both in abundance.”