John Tovar oversees Institutional Brokerage Services, which includes trading, fixed income sales, relationship management, client services, technology, tax and retirement plan services and operations for the over 4,000 Independent Registered Investment Advisors that custody assets at TD Ameritrade Institutional. Tovar also oversees the TD Ameritrade self-directed brokerage business.
Tovar joined the Company in 1992, and most recently was responsible for trading and fixed income for the Institutional business. Tovar has held a variety of roles over his 20-year tenure, including key management positions in Retail Brokerage Services at Jack White & Company and National Retail Services at TD Waterhouse, and ultimately in TD Waterhouse Institutional in 2000.
Tovar is based in Fort Worth, Texas and has Series 4, 7, 8, 24, 53, 63 and 65 licenses. He completed the Securities Industry Institute program, sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) at the Wharton School of Business. Tovar also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies.
James Watts leads advisor relations at TD Ameritrade Institutional. He and his team work through an advisor-centric approach to ensure independent Registered Investment Advisors get the most out of the TD Ameritrade Institutional platform. His advisor relation team is available to address advisors' needs so they can focus on growing their businesses.
Watts joined the Company in 1995 and has held multiple management positions in various segments of the business. During his career, James has been responsibile for trading, customer service, retirement plans, product management, and operations for over 4,000 independent registered investment advisors who custody assets with TD Ameritrade Institutional.
He graduated from the University California San Diego with a degree in Economics and completed the Securities Industry Institute program, sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association at the Wharton School of Business. He currently holds Series 4, 7, 8, 24 and 63 licenses and is based in San Diego, California.