President, Lantern Investments, Inc.
Since founding Lantern Investments in 1993, Mr. Lanton has overseen the significant growth of Lantern Investments’ client assets from $25 million to more than $1 billion. Concurrently, he has held the title of President for Lantern Insurance Brokerage, Inc. since 1994. Mr. Lanton also has been a Managing Member of Lantern Wealth Advisors, LLC. since 2008. Mr. Lanton and his team educate and guide their clients to manage risk, grow and preserve their wealth and achieve their financial goals by leveraging their in-depth bond expertise, utilizing smart technology and engaging in highly personalized service. Mr. Lanton has been interviewed on financial radio shows, is frequently quoted in such consumer and trade media as Financial Advisor-IQ and Newsday, and has served on numerous investment panels and forums. Mr. Lanton received his BA in Economics from Emory University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also studied at the London School of Economics and received his MBA® from Columbia University.
Lantern Investments, Inc., Chief Operations/ Compliance Officer
Wendy Lanton has been in the financial services industry for more than 25 years. She is one of the founding principals of Lantern Investments, a FINRA registered broker dealer, and Lantern Wealth Advisors, an SEC registered investment advisor. She has been the Chief Compliance Officer of Lantern Investments since its inception in 1993. Ms. Lanton is responsible for both the firm’s compliance and the day to day operations. She was appointed to the FINRA Small Firm Advisory Committee in December 2015 and served as the chairperson in 2018. She also currently serves on the Steering Committee for her firm’s current clearing firm. Ms. Lanton has also served as the chairperson for multiple Compliance Forums for retail brokerage firms. She was a panelist/speaker at the FINRA Annual Conferences in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Her industry perspective was called upon to discuss topics such as Anti-Money Laundering, Top Regulatory Concerns and Effective Risk Based Examinations. In February 2016 Ms. Lanton served as a panelist representing small firms at the Cybersecurity Conference. She has written numerous compliance-centric articles focusing on topics ranging from client suitability to cyber-security. Ms. Lanton graduated from George Washington University where she majored in International Finance.
Daphne Jo Stasco
Chief Operations Officer, Lantern Wealth Advisors.
For more than four decades, Daphne Jo Stasco has brought her immeasurable talent and experience to the financial services industry and the corporate world. Ms Stasco oversees Lantern Wealth Advisors as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. She handles special projects for both firms.
Her previous responsibilities as a CFO/Director of Finance/ Director of Compliance at companies such as Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Inc.; Pergament Advisors; Sunnydale Farms; NYC Off-Track Betting, Kroll Associates; and American Institute of CPAs, highlight her impressive credentials. Ms Stasco brings more than 20+ years of diverse corporate finance and operations knowledge to Lantern.
Ms. Stasco’s key areas of expertise helped move her quickly to success throughout her career. In addition to her skills at Lantern, she also possesses the following specialties:
Ms. Stasco holds a BBA degree from Hofstra University in New York and has maintained her Certified Public Accountant (CPA®) license since 1970. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance.
- Banking Lines – Negotiation & Compliance
- Acquisition Negotiations/Due Diligence
- Spearheaded Major Construction Projects
- Contract Negotiations
- Labor Relations/Negotiations
- Government Regulations and Compliance
Business Development, Lantern Investments, Inc.
Mr. Lanton joined Lantern Investments in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer overseeing the management of the firm. He received his financial securities training on Wall Street and has been active in management and product development in the industry for more than 30 years. In 1979, he created the fixed income department at a regional investment firm. Mr. Lanton is a frequent speaker at financial seminars and hosted a weekly radio talk show, “Wall Street Focus”. He is also well known in the local radio market for providing afternoon market reports.
Director, Fixed Income Securities, Lantern Investments, Inc.
Brad Harris has been a municipal bond specialist since 1989. He is the third generation of the Harris family to participate in the New York municipal bond industry. Brad was preceded by his grandfather, Henry Harris, and his father, Douglas Harris, with whom he continues to work at the Manhattan branch of Lantern. Brad joined Lantern Investments as well as Lantern Wealth Advisors in September of 2017. Prior to that, he was Vice President of his family’s firm, Douglas & Co. Municipals.
Brad has developed a broad base of individual and institutional customers, as well as excellent relationships with many broker dealers and other industry professionals nationwide. Since joining Lantern, Brad has expanded his business beyond municipal and government bonds to include all fixed income securities.
Brad received his BA from Franklin and Marshall College. He is currently the Treasurer of the Municipal Bond Club of New York and is active in several charities which serve the children of New York City.