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Focused on the Future Podcast

Focused on the Future: JC Abusaid on Being Fearless and Defining Your Northstar

The Halbert Hargrove CEO discusses the importance of purposeful collaboration, being fearless on culture, clients and teams, and capturing a client’s loyalty for the long term.

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In the latest episode of the new podcast series, Focused on the Future, veteran industry leader Suzanne Siracuse talks with JC Abusaid, CEO of Halbert Hargrove, on the importance of purposeful collaboration, being fearless on culture, clients and teams, and capturing a client’s loyalty for the long term.

Specifically, JC discusses:

  • How fate and persistence landed his dream job
  • How his “no fences” approach led him to building successful teams
  • Handling conflict through consistent communication and role clarity
  • The importance of documenting your firm’s culture strategy
  • His firm’s unique approach to working with clients. 


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Connect With JC Abusaid:

JC Abusaid is a speaker at RIA Edge West, to be held Sept. 27-29, 2023, at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey, Calif. Register to attend now

About Our Guest: 

As CEO and President of Halbert Hargrove, JC is guiding the firm confidently into the future. Execution and operational excellence are his bywords; we consider him our glue. He formally took the helm of CEO in December 2021. For many years, working alongside Chairman and HH founder Russ Hill, JC has had the privilege to be involved in most facets of the firm, and has enjoyed being part of HH’s growth and success.

JC enjoys the dynamic nature of his role: “I like solving big challenges,” he says. He joined HH as Operations Manager in 1996 and was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010.

JC earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance emphasis from the Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administracion in Bogota, Colombia, and his MBA from University of Redlands School of Business. He was awarded the ACCREDITED INVESTMENT FIDUCIARY™ designation by the University of Pittsburgh-affiliated Center for Fiduciary Studies.

In 2016, JC was part of Stanford University’s pioneer cohort in earning a LEAD Certificate in Corporate Innovation from Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2021, he was again part of an inaugural class, this time in taking part in BlackRock’s first Emerging Leader Lab.

Married to Ruth for more than 30 years, JC is dad to Nico and Isabella – and a Boston Terrier named Lola. After a decade-long odyssey of breaking ground and overcoming an absurd number of obstacles, JC is happy to report that the Abusaid family finally took up residence in their Laguna Beach home in 2021. JC’s commitment to exercising and eating healthy is legendary; call him a health freak, and he’ll take it as a compliment. Outside of the office, you’ll find him running, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and snowboarding.

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