Awards & Accolades

Williams Asset Management is respected in the financial community and has received the following awards and recognitions:

  • 2020-Gary Williams named in Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor List for Maryland - Ranked #843
  • 2020- Nicholas Ibello name a Five StarSM Wealth Manager in Baltimore Magazine1
  • 2011-2020- Gary Williams named a Five StarSM Wealth Manager in Baltimore Magazine1.
  • 2019- Gary Williams named in Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor List for Maryland - Ranked #763
  • 2019- Williams Asset Management was ranked #24 in the Baltimore Business Journal's Financial Planners List3
  • Gary Williams, Board Member for The Brigance Brigade Foundation in Hunt Valley, Maryland received Honorable Mention for philanthropic excellence in the eleventh annual Invest in Others Awards.
  • 2017- Williams Asset Management was ranked #23 in the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the Largest Financial Planners2.
  • 2016- Williams Asset Management was ranked #21 in Baltimore Business Journal’s Top Financial Planning Companies based upon the number of Baltimore professionals employed2.



Five Star Wealth Manager - Nicholas Ibello
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Baltimore Business Journal Financial Planning companies award  2016



1Five Star Award is based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit 1,898 Baltimore wealth managers were considered for the award; 234 (12% of candidates) were named 2020 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2019: 1,865 considered, 265 winners; 2018: 1,759 considered, 232 winners; 2017: 1,093 considered, 355 winners; 2016: 1,215 considered, 356 winners; 2015: 1,749 considered, 412 winners; 2014: 1,484 considered, 395 winners; 2013: 1,490 considered, 448 winners; 2012: 1,470 considered, 262 winners.2The Baltimore Business Journal ranking is based solely upon the number of Baltimore professionals employed and is not indicative of current or future performance.  Williams Asset Management employs 5 Baltimore-area professionals as of December 2017. 3The 2019 and 2020 ranking of the Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors1 list was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due-diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively and on a ranking algorithm that includes client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, and quantitative criteria (including assets under management and revenue generated for their firms). Overall, 32,000 advisors were considered, and 4,000 (12.5 percent of candidates) were recognized for the 2020 ranking of the Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list. The full methodology2 that Forbes developed in partnership with SHOOK Research is available here.

1This recognition and the due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Winners are organized and ranked by state. Some states may have more advisors than others. You are encouraged to conduct your own research to determine if the advisor is right for you. 2Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings.

As Seen In

With over 20 years' experience in retirement planning and investment management, news outlets regulary seek Gary's commentary for news articles and interviews. In recent years, Gary has been festured in or on the following news outlets:

Turn Your Retirement Portfolio into a Work of “Art”



Retirement planning is more difficult than saving for other goals in life because of the many variables involved, and that uniqueness is why investors should approach it more as an “art" than a science, says Gary Williams, author of “The Art of Retirement".  Read more . . .

Retirement Planning: Retire to Something, Not From Something

Retirement and Good Living


When most people think of retirement planning, they think about investing, Social Security, and how they're going to pay for their
golden years. Read more . . .

Empowering People to Manage Their Financial and Investment Affairs


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Don't Let New Wealth From an Inheritance Spur Anxiety and Guilt


According to the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP) at Boston College, an estimated $41 trillion will pass between generations by the year 2055. Read more . . .

Turn Your Retirement Portfolio into a Work of “Art”


“Retirement planning is more difficult than saving for other goals in life.” says Gary Williams, author of “The Art of Retirement.” Read more . . .

How We Set Up Our Professional Athletes to Fail

Pacific Standard

“Athletes are prone to the same culture as everyone else, and society today places a huge emphasis on material items,”
says Gary Williams. Read more . . .

Commentary: Start Planning for Retirement Well in Advance

Idaho Business Review

One of the biggest lessons of the recent economy is that many people who thought they were financially ready for retirement . . . weren’t.
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U.S. Stocks Plunge Again in One of Worst Starts to a Year Ever

Baltimore Sun


Gary Williams, president and CEO of Columbia-based Williams Asset Management, said the current correction “may not be the bottom," but investors shouldn't panic. Read more . . .

How to Plan for Retirement at the 11th Hour


Author and financial planner Gary S. Williams explains what to do if you haven't saved enough for retirement. Read more . . .

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A Seven-Point Checklist for Your Estate Plan


When it comes to estate planning, executing your will and other estate documents is only the first step.

Mountain Money


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The Very First Guest Blog!: It's Just About . . . Life


Live life to the fullest. In partnership, with gratitude and with humility. Today I introduce my first guest blog. Read more . . .

Read All Articles From Gary S. Williams

Daily Record

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Planning for Your Retirement


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