Business Development

Mary Barakat

Director, Business Development


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Mary Barakat is a Director of Business Development at 1st Global. She is responsible for contracts and licensing within business development, as well as the onboarding of newly affiliated and prospective CPA firms and financial advisors.

Mary has been in the financial services industry since 2000. She began her career as an Investment Specialist for Invesco Funds in Denver, Colorado. She then grew into different roles in wholesaling, marketing and relationship management with other investment companies such as Jackson National and Old Mutual. Mary joined 1st Global as a member of Business Management Services in 2006, where she recruited financial advisors to partner with existing CPA practices for four years. Mary left the company briefly to work with another financial service firm, but returned to take the role of Business Development Specialist in November 2012.

Mary lives in Carrollton, Texas with her two children. She enjoys cooking, gardening and participating in the Carrollton Walking Club. Mary earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. She has passed the FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 exams, and has also passed the Colorado Life Insurance Exam. She is currently studying to obtain additional licenses and professional designations.

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