Executive Vice President Head of Wealth Brokerage Services
Jim Hays is head of Wealth Brokerage Services (WBS), the division of Wells Fargo’s brokerage business that is aligned with the company’s Wealth Management Group. WBS includes more than 3,200 Financial Advisors. In that capacity, Jim provides executive leadership and engages team members in collaborations within and across the Community Bank and Wells Fargo. He sits on the Wells Fargo Advisors Operating Committee as well as the Wealth Management Executive Committee.
Prior to his current role, Jim was president of the Private Client Group at Wells Fargo Advisors. Previously, Jim held a variety of leadership positions at Merrill Lynch including managing director and head of Private Banking and Investment Group, Merrill Lynch Trust, and Family Office; head of Training and Leadership Development Group; managing director - Silicon Valley Complex; district manager - Northern New Jersey; and producing sales manager. In addition to working as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, Jim was also a partner and co-founder of Hays Financial Group/Investment bank and an associate at Coopers and Lybrand Consulting.
A 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in finance, Jim is also active in the community and serves on the board of the San Francisco Zoo. Previously, he held leadership positions with the St. Louis Sports Commission (2011), Shakespeare Fest (2010), the United Way (2006-2007), Canal Walk (2007), Chairman of Private Client Committee of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (2003-2005), and the Institute for Private Investors (2001-2006).