John Adams Vaccaro, CFP®, CLUVICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF WESTPORT
John Adams Vaccaro is the Managing Director of United Capital, Westport which partnered with Westport Resources as of August, 2016. As Managing Director, he sets strategic direction for the office and oversees all advisory and planning activities.
He founded Westport Resources in 1986. In 2014, the U.S. financial newspaper Barron’s named John one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in America. Additionally, for seven years running, Barron’s named him one of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors (2009-2016) and one of the Top 1,200 Financial Advisors (2010-2016) in America*. He was profiled in the magazine’s June 18, 2016 edition.
John became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) professional in 1991 and is a past member (1998) of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of the Financial Planning Association. He received the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) designation in 2001.
John was a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) since 1994 and was elected to its national Board in 2014. From 2003 to 2006, he was Chairman of the Association’s Small Firms Committee, which represents 300 small national financial services firms, and served as Chairman for the second time from 2014-2016. John is also a notable speaker on key topics at industry conferences and contributes and is quoted in a number of national publications.
Prior to founding Westport Resources, John was affiliated with two investment firms. From 1983 to 1986, he helped found and acted as Securities Principal and part Owner of Sperber Adams, a discount brokerage firm. From 1980 to 1983, he held the position of Capital Partner Representative with investment banking firm Colin Hochstin. As part of his responsibilities there, he held executive positions with Cunningham Drug Stores, Golden Gate Airlines and Mansfield Stock Chart Service.
John is an avid supporter of the arts and gives generously to his community. Westport Arts Center and Sunrise Rotary Club of Westport have honored him for the time, talent and resources he contributes. Additionally, he and Westport Resources hosted an annual Charity Golf Classic to support the All Stars Project of Bridgeport, Connecticut, an inner city after school program for high school aged students. John currently serves on the Board of Jewish Senior Services.
John holds a BA degree in English from Lafayette College and is currently the sponsor for a joint educational program with the school and Barron’s. He loves his wife, Cindy, and their two daughters, as well as reading, hiking, sailing and golf.
*The ranking reflects the volume of assets overseen by the advisers and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors' practices. The scoring system assigns a top score of 100 and rates the rest by comparing them with the top-ranked adviser. Ranking is not indicative of investment performance.