Our Nevada Trust Company Personnel
As a firm established by independent advisors, for advisors, Alliance Trust Company offer flexible trustee services to varied allied professionals locally, regionally, and nationally.
- Denis Damiens, CFP®
Mr. Damiens is co-manager of Alliance Trust Company. He entered the financial services industry in 1982 after graduation from University of Southern Mississippi with a MBA degree. In 1984, after a few years experience with a local financial planning firm, he started his own registered investment advisor company to offer fee based services.
Denis has worked primarily with high income and high net worth individuals and professionals. His main concentration is on investment management for individuals, qualified retirement plans and estates. Estate and asset protection planning represent the majority of his activities. Qualified retirement plans are frequently used as planning tools along with structuring various business entities and trust arrangements while working closely with the client's attorney and accountant. His background includes over twenty years experience as a branch manager for two independent broker dealers in which he was responsible for compliance issues and supervision responsibility of other licensed representatives. He has also managed a fee based registered investment advisor company since 1984.
Industry designations include Certified Financial Planner, Accredited Asset Management Specialist, and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. He has also received additional training in pension plan design, estate planning, business valuation and asset protection planning. Other professional activities include business valuations, business mergers and acquisitions, expert witness testimony on business valuations and divorce settlements regarding financial issues.
Denis is recognized by industry professionals for his expertise and has been a featured speaker at various industry education programs, professional groups, and trade associations.
- Greg Crawford CFP®
Mr. Crawford is the Co-Manager of Alliance Trust Company and has over a decade of managing portfolios and performing securities analysis for some of the largest institutional asset management firms in the world.
In 2007 he also founded Sierra Nevada Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor in Reno, Nevada. This followed over a decade on the East Coast where he was a partner at Litchfield Capital Management, LLC a long-short hedge fund. Prior to joining Litchfield, Mr. Crawford held the position of Senior Vice President, Research Group Director for Healthcare Investments at Fox-Pitt, Kelton, Inc, a subsidiary of the global reinsurer Swiss Re in New York City. There he was a member of the FPK global research team ranked #1 or #2 for institutional research in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 by Institutional Investor Magazine. In 2002 he was named the top healthcare investment analyst by Health Leaders Magazine. Additionally, he has been quoted regularly in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Wall Street Transcript and has appeared as an on-air expert on CNBC, Bloomberg and ABC World News Tonight.
Mr. Crawford holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a M.H.A. from the University of Minnesota. He holds certificate in financial planning from Boston University, is a CFP® professional and is currently the President of the Financial Planning Association of Nevada.
Greg has lived in Reno since 2000, and is married with two children. He is a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, the Reno Angels Investor Group, the Entrepreneur’s Organization, Reno Sunrise Rotary and the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition.
- Connie Weber
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Ms. Weber has been helping individuals and businesses navigate the rough roads of retirement planning and investments since 2000. Originally getting training and earning her Series 7, 63, 65, and her life and health license while working with Smith Barney in Reno. She joined the management and leadership team of Alliance Trust Company, focusing on marketing and client recruitment. Prior to working in finance Connie worked in sales management for local television affiliates and radio stations.
Connie considers herself a Nevadan, since she has lived in Northern Nevada since she was 9 years old. She attended local schools and the University of Nevada and Truckee Meadows Community College. Connie is very active in the community and sits on the board of the American Marketing Association.
- Keith Shelton
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Ever comfortable around numbers, Keith obtained his BSE-Mathematics degree from Delta State University in 1978. While managing his own small employer centered employee benefits consulting firm, Keith enrolled in Mississippi College’s School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1988. In 1989, Keith was admitted to practice law before the federal and state courts of the state of Mississippi.
Though he had maintained his business consulting practice, success as a commercial litigator permitted Keith to semi-retire to the great state of Texas where he continued to consult on commercial real estate transactions, employment and employee benefit issues, and asset protection and estate planning – three areas where he has maintained a concentration in his practice since his pre-law days.
Keith joined Alliance Trust Company in early 2010 and brought immeasurable business experience and legal perspective to bear at a critical time when the Company was developing and qualifying its precious metals Common Trust Funds and Collective Investment Funds.
- Louis Robinson
Louis Robinson is a wealth manager and works in client services and recruitment. Lou graduated from the University of Nevada with a B.S. in business administration with a dual major of accounting and finance. Upon graduation Lou worked for a local CPA firm before starting his own accounting and business consulting practice in 2004.
Lou joined the Alliance Trust Company in 2010 and has helped many clients with investment advice, tax planning and navigating the maze of Federal and State regulations. Lou has held his Life and Health insurance license for 15 years helping families plan for their futures.
Although Lou was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio his family has lived in Nevada in the Reno area for 4 generations. Lou is married and has two young children.
- Chris Andrews
Mr. Andrews brings decades of business development and investment expertise to the company. He was previously a partner in the Sierra Development Company (Club Cal Neva). In 2003 Mr. Andrews was recruited from the Cal Neva to the four-diamond Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. After the Golden Nugget was acquired by Landry’s (LNY/NYSE) in 2005, he returned to Northern Nevada, becoming the Vice President of Northern Nevada Operations for Leroy’s Horse and Sports Books. Mr. Andrews joined Sierra Nevada in March of 2008. Mr. Andrews graduated cum laude from Robert Morris College in 1978 with a degree in business management and an emphasis in accounting and economics. Originally from Pittsburgh, Mr. Andrews has been a resident of Nevada since 1979. He has been a member of St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church for 30 years. Mr. Andrews’' wife, three children and two step-children are all Reno natives.
- Phillip Brown CFP®
Mr. Brown is a wealth manager and Director of Trust Operations at Alliance Trust Company, LLC. As a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, Mr. Brown works with clients to assess their financial profile, define goals and desires for the future and develop and implement comprehensive financial plans. He also works with individuals and businesses to develop investment portfolios and manages them on an ongoing basis to help them meet their financial goals.
Mr. Brown holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno, a certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. He is a volunteer in the Reno/Tahoe community as a founding member of the Reno New Generations Rotary Club, a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters and serves on the College of Business Alumni Board at the University of Nevada, Reno.