Compliance and Operations


Joe D'Agostino

Joe D’Agostino

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Joe D’Agostino is a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of WestEnd Advisors. He is responsible for the management of WestEnd’s business functions, including Finance, Operations, Compliance, Client Services and Administration. Joe entered the financial services and investment advisory industries in 1984 and has served in senior management positions with American Century Investments, Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. Degree in Philosophy and Economics, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business with an MBA Degree in Finance and Marketing.


J-Friedland-webJennifer Friedland, JD

Chief Compliance Officer

Jennifer Friedland joined WestEnd Advisors in 2011 and manages the compliance program at the firm. Jennifer entered the financial services industry in 2004 when she completed an externship with the California Office of the Attorney General – Antitrust Division and an internship with the Los Angeles district office of FINRA in its Member Regulation Department. She then worked in a client services and compliance capacity for The Estate Management Group, Inc. and DeVita Kavanagh, a member of the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network prior to joining WestEnd Advisors. Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a B.S. degree and earned her law degree from Southwestern Law School.


Graham Hunt, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Graham Hunt joined WestEnd Advisors in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer to manage the firm’s accounting and financial reporting activities. He entered the financial services industry in 2007. Prior to joining WestEnd, Graham was a Finance Manager at Ally Financial, Inc. where he was responsible for corporate financial planning and analysis. Before joining Ally, he worked as a Senior Associate in the Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and as an intern at Wachovia in Balance Sheet Management. Graham is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Analysis. He also received his Masters of Accounting degree from North Carolina State’s Poole College of Management.


Cathy Lowe

Cathy Lowe

Director of Operations

Cathy Lowe joined WestEnd Advisors in 2009. Cathy manages the overall operations and administrative functions at WestEnd Advisors. In addition, Cathy performs operational duties including performance reporting and manages internal and external reporting. Prior to joining WestEnd, Cathy worked five years as senior manager in financial planning and analysis for Unisource Worldwide. In addition, she brings thirteen years of experience in capital markets including energy and equity trading, reporting, analysis and asset management for Mirant Corporation and Robinson-Humphrey. Cathy began her career in 1991 as a registered sales assistant for PaineWebber. Cathy is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


Lewis Stocks

Lewis Stocks

Operations and Marketing Analyst

Lewis Stocks joined WestEnd Advisors in 2019 and has operations and marketing responsibilities that support day-to-day operations of the firm, including account reconciliation, data management and analysis, and ad hoc reporting. Before joining WestEnd, Lewis worked as a management consultant with Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP’s Risk Advisory practice, where he implemented business process improvements for a major money-center banking client. Prior to that role, he served as an operations manager for A2 Access, a financial services technology company focused on data-driven solutions for institutional investors to better evaluate their sell-side partnerships. Lewis received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management.


Parkie Thomas


Parkie Thomas joined WestEnd Advisors in 2006. Parkie provides invaluable administrative support to WestEnd’s clients and staff, keeping the office organized and running smoothly. Parkie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.