BOSTON, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Signator Investors, Inc., John Hancock's dual registered broker dealer/investment advisor, announced that Christopher Maryanopolis, with Signator nearly 10 years, will succeed Brian Heapps as head of Signator Investors, Inc., effective January 1, 2017. Heapps, who is retiring, will remain as chairman of Signator's board, assisting with input on future strategy and direction.
With more than 28 years in the financial services industry, Maryanopolis brings substantial experience and institutional knowledge to ensure the organization continues to thrive and grow. Originally brought in to oversee the operations, service and trading areas of Signator Investors, Chris quickly moved on to become head of the broker-dealer and corporate registered investment adviser. Over the years, Maryanopolis increased service to advisors and clients by merging the trading and service areas, creating a one-stop shop for calls and service. He upgraded the broker-dealer business processing technology, bringing together advisor business held at different financial institutions into one easy-to-use business system. He also introduced many products, tools and services to the business to attract more advisors and clients. Heapps, who had served John Hancock for 20 years as an advisor and later a firm owner, joined the home office in 2007 and successfully led the transition of the company's field business model from primarily a career agency system focused on proprietary protection products to one of the country's premier independent broker dealers with an open product architecture, including a wide array of investment offerings. In addition, he oversaw two successful mergers adding significantly to Signator's size and scale. "Although Signator has changed dramatically in the past ten years, I believe the next ten could be equally as transformative," said Heapps. "Signator will continue to thrive under Chris, who has worked closely with me throughout Signator's transformation. He has a great understanding of all the facets of our business as well as what is needed to succeed in today's ever-changing regulatory, advisor and customer environments."