CFP®, MBA, AIF®
Ivy League Financial Advisors LLC
Fee-Only Financial Advisor serving metropolitan Washington, DC area and around the world
Christopher N. Brown, MBA, CFP® AIF®, is President of Ivy League Financial Advisors LLC, which is a top fee-only financial advisor and serves clients in the Washington DC metro area.
Based in Rockville, Maryland, Ivy League Financial Advisors LLC provides comprehensive financial planning and investment advisory services on a Fee-Only basis to individuals and small businesses. Brown specializes in retirement planning, investment management, college planning, estate planning, and financial planning for small business owners.
Brown serves as a trusted fiduciary to his clients by helping them achieve their life goals through the proper management of their financial resources. Since the firm’s inception in 1999, Ivy League has never taken one penny in commissions or referral fees.
Brown is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) licensee, having completed his coursework from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He holds a B.A degree in Economics and a B.S. degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, repeatedly ranked by both the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine as the country’s best business school.
Brown is also a former instructor with the College for Financial Planning. In addition, he has received the designation of Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) from FI 360, formerly the Center for Fiduciary Studies.
Brown is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Fee-Only financial planning association. He is one of over 2,000 NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors® nationwide. NAPFA and Fee-Only financial planning have been endorsed by organizations such as the AARP, the Consumer Federation of America, Jane Bryant Quinn of Newsweek, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Money magazine, and former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt.
Brown was co-chair of the 2002 NAPFA Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also headed NAPFA’s partnership with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine to bring retirement help to consumers in Kiplinger’s annual “JumpStart Your Retirement Days”. Since 2004, tens of thousands of consumers have received objective advice from NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisors® working through this initiative.
Brown has been quoted in numerous publications including the Washington Post, the Washington Post Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, Money Magazine, BusinessWeek Magazine, the Baltimore Sun, Mutual Funds magazine, Forbes on-line, and Investment Advisor Magazine.
He has been name 6 times in Washingtonian Magazine (2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and most recently in 2016, as a financial advisor you can “Trust with Your Money”. Ivy League Financial Advisors LLC was also named as a top Investment Advisory Firm (2009-2012) by Financial Advisor Magazine and Wealth Manager Magazine (2009-2011).
In the community, Brown is a member of the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce and also a member of the Washington DC Estate Planning Council.
Brown lives in Gaithersburg, MD with his wife, Denise; their 16-year old son, Jeffrey; their 13-year old son, Andrew; and their two rescue dogs, Pepper and Casper.
He is an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 291. He also coaches his son’s Little League baseball team.
Christopher Brown is a Member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
NAPFA members live by three important values:
- To be the beacon for independent, objective financial advice for individuals and families.
- To be the champion of financial services delivered in the public interest.
- To be the standard bearer for the emerging profession of financial planning
Founded in 1999 by firm President Christopher N. Brown, Ivy League Financial Advisors LLC provides comprehensive wealth management services including:
- Financial Planning
- Retirement Planning
- Investment Management
- Business Planning
- Estate Planning
- Tax Planning
Ivy League Financial Advisors is compensated solely by its clients and does not receive commissions based on the sale of any investment or insurance product. In addition, the firm does not accept referral fees.
Brown was named one of the "People You Can Trust with Your Money" by Washingtonian Magazine (2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2002), as a Top Financial Advisor by Financial Advisor Magazine (2009-2012) and a Top Wealth Manager by Wealth Manager Magazine (2009-2011).
Ivy League Financial Advisors LLC is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and as of December 2015, had approximately $125 million in assets under management.
Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent: Three Important Criteria to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor.
- Comprehensive Financial Planning
- Retirement Income Planning
- Investment Management
- College Education Planning
- Tax Planning
- Retirees and Near Retirees
- Growing Families
- Business Owners and Executives
- Sudden Money Situations
- Novice Investors
- In-Office Meetings
- Virtual Meetings
- Clearly Defined Fees
- No Product Sales
- Complimentary Initial Consultation
Professional Designations & Affiliations
Christopher Brown is a NAPFA-Registered Financial Advisor
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.
Christopher Brown is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional - Click for Verification
CFP® professionals are held to strict ethical standards to ensure financial planning recommendations are in your best interest. What’s more, a CFP® professional must acquire several years of experience related to delivering financial planning services to clients and pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam before they can use the CFP® designation.
Christopher Brown is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF)
Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) training empowers investment professionals with the fiduciary knowledge and tools they need to serve their clients’ best interests. Advisors who have earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation have gone through training, met the qualifications, and passed the exam allowing use of the AIF designation and they are immediately able to demonstrate the added value that they can bring to both existing and prospective clients.
Contact Christopher Brown
11 North Washington Street
Rockville, MD 20850