Rob Thomas, CFA, CFP®, CFS

Managing Director
State College, Pennsylvania

Designations and Licenses

Rob holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and a Certified Mutual Fund Specialist. 

Experience and Education

As managing director, Rob uses his more than 20 years of wealth management and investment experience to provide strategic insight to his team, clients and business partners. Prior to Mariner Wealth Advisors, he held positions with U.S. Trust Company, State Street Bank and another independent RIA. Rob is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the CFA Institute and the Institute of Business and Finance. 

He has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA degree from Pennsylvania State University. 


Rob was ranked third in Pennsylvania on Barron’s 2020 Top 1200 Advisors by State list. He is a frequent lecturer on topics such as Modern Portfolio Theory, portfolio management strategies and fee-based asset management. In addition, Rob has been published in various financial periodicals, including Financial Planning and the Journal of Accountancy.

Personal Interests

He is Chairman of the Board of St. Joseph’s Catholic AcademyRob is also involved with State College Food Bank and Knights of Columbus. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers, traveling, golfing and fishing.

Rob’s Office

Barron’s publishes four financial advisor rankings each year: The Top 100, The Top 100 Women, The Top 100 Independents and The Top 1,200, in which advisors are ranked on a state-by-state basis. Robert Thomas ranked #3 in Pennsylvania on the 2020 Top 1200 list. The rankings are based on data provided by individual advisors and their firms. Advisor data is confirmed via regulatory databases, cross-checks with securities firms and conversations with individual advisors. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record. The award is not indicative of future performance and there is no guarantee of future investment success. Registration of an investment advisor does not imply a certain level of training or skill. For additional information visit

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