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$150M UBS team goes indie with Raymond James

A UBS team that managed about $150 million has gone independent with Raymond James, according to the firm.

The newly independent firm, named Great Lakes Wealth, became affiliated with Raymond James Investment Advisors Division, which provides custodial and support services to RIAs.

Great Lakes Wealth is led by managing partners Dewey Steffen and Michael P. Hartman, who serve as CEO and COO respectively. Also moving with the team is Carmela Eastin, director of operations. They are based in Northville, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.

The largest teams to go indie this year managed more than $5 billion in client assets.
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Michael Hartman, Dewey Steffen, Carmela Eastin Raymond James

Steffen started his financial services career in 1995 at Olde Discount Brokerage, according to FINRA BrokerCheck records. He later joined Smith Barney in 2001 and moved to UBS in 2007.

Hartman began his career at Scottrade in 1998, per BrokerCheck. In addition to UBS, he also later worked as a financial adviser at JP Morgan Chase, according to Raymond James.

A UBS spokesman declined to comment on the departures.

Bill Van Law, president of Raymond James Investment Advisors Division, said in a statement that the firm is "delighted they chose Raymond James to be their full-service custodial partner as they grow their practice."

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