Pamela F. Thompson, CFA

Managing Director & Senior Wealth Advisor

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 reviewing and analyzing 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, Pamela 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 those 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 and Louisville.


Pamela was named to Forbes’ Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-in-State for Kentucky, ranking #2 in 2023 and #1 in 2022. She was also named to Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list in 2022, ranking #18 in Kentucky. She was ranked #39 on Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list in 2021.

Personal Interests

Pamela is a governor appointee to the Kentucky Retirement System (KRS) 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 vice president of the Louisville Ballet board. Previously, Pamela was a member of the board of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a member of the board of trustees for the Cincinnati Ballet as well as the Cincinnati Ballet Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Tocqueville Steering Committee for the Metro United Way of Louisville.

Pam’s Offices

Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors Best-In-State are selected for the Forbes rankings by SHOOK Research. Rankings for 2022 and 2023 were published in February 2022 and February 2023 and were based on September 30th data, including 1- and 5-year periods. 

Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors are selected for the Forbes rankings by SHOOK Research. Rankings for 2021 through 2022 were published in February 2021 and April 2022, and were based on June 30th data, including 1- and 5-year periods.

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