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Managing Principal

Direct: 703.881.9175



Christopher Waddell, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, has dedicated his career to helping employers provide financial education and to providing his clients with financial guidance for more than twenty-five years. Many of his clients are multi-generational families, with complex investment, risk management and estate planning issues. Prior to affiliating with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Christopher was managing principal with Waddell & Reed, Inc., where he supervised 24 financial advisors in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Christopher regularly appears in national and local media, including Business Week, CNBC, Comcast CNN, CNN Money, Exceptional Parent, and Financial Planning Magazine

In October 2014, Christopher and his 15 year old son with autism completed the Across the Chesapeake Bay 10K for the Organization for Autism Research to raise funds and awareness for autism research. He is a past president of Arlington Special Education PTA and the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. Christopher graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and English.



Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.


In life, it’s important to find a financial planner you trust to provide sound, unbiased advice and professional services. Being CFP® certified means someone has voluntarily taken the extra steps needed to provide the highest possible standard of financial planning to those they serve. To become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional one must pass the comprehensive CFP® Certification Exam, have a minimum of three years’ professional experience in financial planning process and must be approved by the CFP Board, which involves an extensive background check – including an ethics, character and criminal check. To maintain certification, CFP® license holders must complete 30 hours of continuing education accepted by the CFP Board every two years.

How does working with a CFP® certified advisor benefit you? CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals are held to the utmost standards of ethics and professional responsibility, which prepares them for a career-long commitment to provide truly personalized services to meet your needs; all while maintaining high levels of financial planning and professionalism. CFP® professionals maintain their professional edge through ongoing education and training in addition to the rigorous requirements to represent a high level of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence when working with you.