Wealth Managers choose Compass for
high quality accounting services,
financial solutions, and trusted advice.
Few firms have the necessary resources, processes, and
tools to optimize their business.
We are here to help firms like yours.
Optimize Your Wealth Management
We help you save valuable time that can be allocated to other important tasks in managing your RIA business.
Our specialized expertise eliminates financial risks, utilizing a DIY (do it yourself) approach.
Compass’ core services are fully complementary to your firm’s needs, making your resources more scalable.
Your financial and accounting needs are handled by Compass’ knowledgeable specialists.
Boost the productivity of all of your employees by outsourcing financial and accounting tasks to Compass.
Compass’ Services are Tailored to
Wealth Management Firms like Yours
Our team offers a variety of ongoing finance and accounting services to support your company, analyze operations, and help you make better business decisions.
BUDGETING AND FORECASTING
Compass offers co-sourced experts who act with care and precision.
Let’s protect the future of your business together.
Simple and Flexible Pricing
Compass Offers Two Levels of Co-Sourced CFO Services
Compass CFO Solutions: What We Do
Compass CFO Solutions provides direct support to RIAs to ensure that they meet all accounting and financial reporting requirements.
In addition, Compass also supports other areas of your business as indicated below:
Compass Builds Succesful Long-Term Relationships
WE MAKE IT EASY TO DO BUSINESS TOGETHER
STEADY FLOW OF INFORMATION
RESULTS CONSISTENT WITH EXPECTATIONS
The Compass Management Team
Compass’ greatest strength is its people. The team is led by knowledgeable industry experts
with specialized experience in accounting, finance, and operations for RIA wealth managers.
Damian Lo Basso
FOUNDER & CEO
Damian Lo Basso has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to founding Compass CFO Solutions, Damian led the finance and accounting divisions for RIA platform service provider Dynasty Financial Partners. He then served as the Vice President of alternative asset manager CoVenture.
He began his career in the investment banking department of Deutsche Bank Securities, where he worked in the firm’s Structured Credit division.
Damian is a member of the Forbes Finance Council and is a regular contributor to Forbes and various wealth management news outlets.
Married and living in New Jersey, Damian enjoys staying active with his wife, Brielle, and black lab, Jett.
Matt Hayon brings to Compass over a decade of experience helping small businesses improve their operations and minimize costs.
A proclaimed “efficiency expert,” Matt is absolutely obsessed with applying new creative strategies to strengthen the bottom line of the firms he works with.
Most recently, he served as the Controller of Natural Wireless LLC, a High-Speed Internet Service Provider.
Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. He currently holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. Matt lives in New York City with his wife, Emily.
Our Firm’s Promise
At Compass, we operate at the crossroads between precision and passion. Our mission is to
empower independent wealth advisors to make better informed financial decisions that drive
their businesses forward.
We provide consistent, thoughtful, and accurate data that our clients can rely on. We obsess
over each client, so they in turn can obsess over theirs.
Advisor Looking to Scale
Compass was approached by an advisory firm looking to scale its existing operations in a meaningful way. The firm already saw success on a small scale, but wanted to grow its business in a way that made sense for them.
However, the firm’s books were sloppy, and the two owners had different pictures of their business and its needs.
To get the firm on the right financial footing and put the owners in control of their business, Compass dove into the firm’s books, analyzing every line item of the firm’s financials.
During the course of several conference calls, Compass probed the owners for more information about their business, and at the same time, gave its own impressions and advice.
Compass was able to use its experience working with other advisory firms of similar size and growth trajectory to make informed recommendations of how to present its financials in a more transparent way.
Compass also made recommendations about how the firm could better focus its existing operations and increase efficiency.
The firm, now with a better picture of the financials and operations of its business (and cleaner books), is in a better position to scale its existing operations or prepare for an acquisition.
Transitioning to Independence
An RIA firm was looking to transition to independence from a traditional wirehouse setting.
Having chosen their custodian and key technology vendors, the partners were unsure as to what else needed to be done to guarantee a successful transition.
Compass began by working with the team to implement pre-transition best practices to minimize the risks assumed by the firm and its partners.
By properly tracking all out of pocket expenses; managing all transition support funds provided by the custodian; and properly training the firm’s staff on all relevant workflows, policies & procedures and financial controls; the team was well prepared for their scheduled launch.
By working with the partners to track their out of pocket spending, Compass eliminated countless hours of reconciliation work that would have been necessary come tax season.
Also, by getting the firm up and running on Compass’ proprietary technology stack prior to their launch, the firm and its staff was able to focus on successfully transitioning their clients, rather than on debits and credits.
SEC Audit Review
A seasoned RIA firm received a request for documentation from the SEC.
Though the firm had made every attempt to remain compliant, it was missing many of items relating to the financial books and records requirements.
Understanding and managing the countless requirements put into place by state and federal regulatory agencies is difficult for even the most seasoned advisors.
Though the firm was missing many of the historical records that were requested in the documentation request, Compass was able to review and correct the firm’s financial statements.
Compass identified the areas where the firm was delinquent in their best practices, and implemented proper controls to fix the deficiencies moving forward.
Though the firm was not able to produce some of the supporting documentation requested, the SEC recognized the newly implemented the new controls that were established as a corrective measure.
The SEC told the firm that they would re-review it in six months, at which point the firm was able to produce all requested information and passed the examination with no derogatory marks.
“Compass CFO Solutions is rapidly becoming a leading innovative force within the wealth management business. Their outsourced financial business model is the perfect fit for many of the advisors in our growing platform. The quality of service and the experienced skill set which Compass offers can add value to many different types of wealth advisory businesses looking to accelerate their growth.”
“Compass has been an invaluable partner to us. Before working with Compass, we had envisioned a narrow relationship that focused on financial reporting. We now view Compass as a trusted advisor and a true CFO. Within the Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) industry, Compass has an extremely deep understanding of the industry and the steps that we need to take as a business to materially increase our enterprise value. As trite as it may sound, we really do consult with Compass before making any serious decision as a business.”
“Compass played an integral role in helping us set up our books and records from day one. They applied the proper context, support, and priority to our financials, enabling us to keep focus on other areas of the business. Where they really proved their value was when we were the subject of an SEC audit for newly registered firms. Compass gathered all the requested financial records very quickly. Compass provides more than a service, they provide a partnership. They care deeply about the quality of their work and the success of the firms they support.”
“Compass has been an invaluable and collaborative resource in our budgeting process. Their customized reports are an instrumental part of our strategic planning and their guidance is necessarily additive.”
Affiliates / Alliance Partners
Compass works closely with the following industry leaders to ensure the highest quality of service to each of its clients.