Chief executive and senior wealth advisor, Tobias Financial Advisors

“Leadership is about empowering those around you.”

Marianela Collado wanted to be a teacher growing up in Queens, New York, as the child of Dominican immigrants. The baby in a family of three boys, she followed her brothers to a vocational high school, where she took accounting classes instead of electrical shop, and discovered her passion. At college, she switched majors from education to accounting, eventually becoming a CPA specializing in taxes. A 12-year stint in wealth management at Bessemer Trust and a move to Florida followed.

Collado left Bessemer and its Miami office in 2015, seeking an accounting job closer to home in the Fort Lauderdale suburbs. But a chance meeting with the founder of Tobias Financial Advisors at a professional event led her to becoming a partner and CEO of the RIA firm. Driven by passion for education and women’s empowerment, Collado says she’s “on a mission to change the world one family at time.”

— Evan Cooper