Ashley Benton-Cooper, IACCP®

Chief Compliance Officer, Inverness Securities LLC

Ms. Benton-Cooper joined Ancora in 2023 and serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for Ancora’s broker dealer, Inverness Securities LLC. Ashley oversees daily operations and compliance functions required by the broker dealer. Her primary responsibilities include the daily compliance monitoring of the broker dealer while maintaining the registration for registered representatives with securities and insurance regulators. She is tasked with identifying and proactively reacting to changes in regulatory requirements. Ashley also supports the RIA compliance team by assisting with various regulatory requirements, internal compliance controls, continuing education, marketing review and due diligence. 

Before joining Ancora, Ms. Benton-Cooper spent time as a compliance consultant at Compliance Risk Concepts, serving as Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Executive Officer for multiple broker dealers. In those roles she built strong compliance foundations while creating and maintaining compliance programs for both RIAs and BDs. Additionally, she was responsible for daily compliance matters such as regulatory filings, audits, and exams. Prior to her consulting role, Ashley also served in a compliance capacity with ValMark Financial Group and Planned Financial Services (Return on Life Wealth Partners). She also has experience as a Compliance Auditor and as a Compliance Officer with Huntington National Bank. Ashley began her industry career in 2005 with Raymond James Financial Services in a sales and office manager role.

Ashley graduated from The University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Ashley is a FINRA registered representative and registered principal. She also holds an Ohio Life, Health and Variable Annuity Insurance license and the NRS Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional® (IACCP®) designation.

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