Pamela F. Thompson, CFA

Managing Director
Louisville, Kentucky|Cincinnati, Ohio|New Albany, Indiana

Designations and Licenses

Pamela holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Experience and Education

Pamela works with high-net-worth individuals, foundations, endowments and retirement plans. She has experience in the review and analysis of equity and fixed income investments, both in the secondary market and on a direct investment basis, having worked on mergers and acquisitions as well as asset-liability management within a large bank environment. She helps individuals make the transition to financial independence after life-altering events, such as the death of a spouse or divorce.

Prior to joining Mariner Wealth Advisors, she was vice president and a senior portfolio manager at Fifth Third Asset Management. She was responsible for the investment relationships of institutional clients, such as endowments, foundations and pension plans. She worked with the clients and their consultants on investment-related matters, conducted investment reviews and was involved in setting portfolio strategies to meet client objectives.

Previously, Pamela was vice president and a portfolio manager at Commerce Bancshares in St. Louis, where she managed investment portfolios for both institutional and high-net-worth clients. She also served as the firm’s financial-stock analyst for both the Value and Core equity strategies. Pamela spent 10 years at Commerce, working in corporate credit analysis, mergers and acquisitions and asset liability management prior to becoming a portfolio manager.

Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in Japanese studies from Washington University. She received an MBA in finance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Pamela is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Cincinnati.


In 2021, Pamela was named to Forbes’ Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list, ranking #39 in Kentucky. In addition, Working Mother magazine and Shook Research ranked Pamela #146 out of 500 on the 2020 Top Advisors Mom List.

Personal Interests

Pamela is a governor appointee to the Public Pension Oversight Board for the state of Kentucky. She also serves as a trustee on the board of the Frazier History Museum in Louisville and is a trustee and the treasurer of the Cincinnati Ballet Foundation. Pamela was previously a member of the board of trustees for the Cincinnati Ballet, as well as on the inaugural steering committee for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati WINGs group (Women Investing in the Next Generation). She currently serves as a member of the Tocqueville Steering Committee for the Metro United Way of Louisville and is a member of the Finance Committee for GLI (Greater Louisville Inc.).

Pam’s Offices

The Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors ranking by SHOOK Research is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, gained through due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings.

For the 2020 Top Advisors Mom List, SHOOK Research considered women advisors with a child 21 or younger still living at home. Ranking algorithm is based on qualitative measures derived from telephone and in-person interviews and surveys: service models, investing process, client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, etc.; and quantitative criteria, such as assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC. Neither SHOOK nor Working Mother receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. For more information, see The award is not indicative of future performance and there is no guarantee of future investment success.

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