Mary Barakat

Business Development Firm/Advisor Recruiter

Mary Barakat is a firm and advisor recruiter in the Business Development Department at 1st Global, where she works with professional organizations (such as the CFP Board and various other third parties) to recruit apt advisors for affiliated firms. She conducts a very thorough discovery process that conveys company purpose and values to determine if they align with those of the prospects she’s recruiting. She began her career at 1st Global in 2006 and enjoys working with a variety of individuals in the process of partnering with new advisors and firms.

Mary received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas and entered the financial services industry to learn new and different skills than she was accustomed to — she was fascinated by the industry and amazed that she had the ability to help others and foster new relationships, learning about other individuals, their stories and what was most important to them. Prior to 1st Global, she lived in Denver and served as a marketing coordinator at Old Mutual Capital, an internal wholesaler at Jackson National Life and an investment specialist at Invesco Funds. Although she came from a background in fine arts, she appreciates that the career path she took has allowed her to grow and improve as she continued — and still continues — to embrace the challenge to change. She has passed her FINRA Series 6, 7, 63 and 66 exams as well as the Texas Life and Health Insurance exam.