Mary Persia

Client Services Manager

Direct: 336-763-4191


Hank's wife, Mary E. Persia has a variety of roles at the firm and with her delightful personality and love for helping people finds her position very satisfying.  She serves the day-to-day needs of our clients, and works to ensure the operational side of the business is smooth and seamless to our clients.

Mary earned a Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from Greensboro College and taught for 5 years at Title 1 schools within the Guilford County School System.  Mary found teaching both highly rewarding and challenging trying to help 4th-6th graders appreciate the value of a good education.  Prior to earning her teaching degree via night school, Mary worked extensively in customer service for over 20 years at Nationwide Insurance and State Farm Insurance and held a Life & Health and Property & Casualty insurance licenses.  Mary is now using her extensive customer service skills and talent for teaching to help service our client base to improve the investment experience of every client.

Mary was born and raised in the western part of New York State in a small college town, Brockport, NY.  She has 3 sisters and 2 brothers and a multitude of nieces and nephews. She is a proud mom of 3 children, a gift for which she is truly grateful.  To quote C. Everett Koop, M.D. “Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.”  She and Hank are new grandparents, and needless to say very proud of their new granddaughter and grandson!

Mary loves the outdoors, especially the mountains and any lake locations.  Mary is an avid animal lover, in particular, dogs and specifically Labrador Retrievers.  She no longer has a dog presently, but hopes to adopt an adult “Lab” again in the near future.  For now though, she takes care of, and loves her one and only former classroom pet “Lizzy” – a two year old bearded dragon; a lizard that is indigenous to Australia.  Don’t worry though, Lizzy is strictly a home pet and does not visit or frequent the office!

Why “Starboard?"

The name of the street where our family was raised, “Starboard” holds much meaning for us as boating enthusiasts and advisors.

“Starboard” is the name given to the right side of a ship, typically where the captain sits. The starboard side of most naval vessels is designated the “senior” side – the officers’ sea ladder is located on this side, the starboard quarterdeck is reserved for the captain and the flag of the ship’s captain or officer in command is usually hoisted on the starboard yard.  

We welcome the opportunity to be the co-captain of your family's financial ship! 

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Why Raymond James?

Having been associated with large Wall Street investment firms for several years, we struggled with who to partner with to hold and safeguard your assets and process security transactions. After surveying and visiting all the major players, we decided to affiliate with Raymond James Financial Services (, “the premier alternative to Wall Street.” Raymond James seems to “get it” and holds dear the same client service values and beliefs we hold dear at Starboard Wealth Advisors.

Through Raymond James, we are able to offer you access to the robust resources and sophisticated products of an international investment services firm while never compromising our ability to focus on what’s most important: putting your best interests first.

Founded in 1962, Bob James and a public firm since 1983, Raymond James is a diversified financial services holding company with subsidiaries engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, investment banking, and asset management. The firm’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (RJF). 

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