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Cerity Partners: Old School, New Era

Articles & Interviews | Jul 12, 2021 | Kurt Miscinski

CEO Kurt Miscinski sits down with AdvisorHub’s CEO, Tony Sirianni. The two discuss the importance of culture within the Partnership and what it takes to lead a successful firm.

One of the few things to love about our Covid-enforced Zoom environment is the ability to connect in new, more intimate ways. Video communication has given corporate conversations a more “real” feeling, especially as we get glimpses of our colleagues in their home offices.

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing dozens of our industry’s most successful CEOs this past year at home. Sometimes in t-shirts and shorts, sometimes surrounded by clutter and awards, sometimes in the country at their summer houses where you can almost hear the ice in the highballs.

Sometimes you wonder how these folks got to be so successful living in so much disarray. This cannot be said of Kurt Miscinski. The military term for his home office is ‘squared away.’ Not an errant pen or paper is to be seen. The same goes for his person which, even on weekends, presents as someone solidly in control of the situation. He is the type of person you would trust with your money, or trust to run your firm, which is probably one of the reasons why Miscinski has been so successful managing his 30 billion dollar partnership, Cerity Partners.

Kurt Miscinski


Kurt is the President of Cerity Partners, responsible for the strategic direction and management of the firm. He has more than twenty years of experience in the financial services industry. Kurt chairs the Executive Committee.

Prior to co-founding Cerity Partners, Kurt was a Managing Director and an Executive Committee Member of Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management division. In this role, he managed Deutsche Bank’s US wealth management offices and was responsible for the oversight of client relationships, including the development and servicing of investment, credit, and wealth management offerings for individuals, families, and institutions.

Prior to Deutsche Bank’s acquisition of Scudder Kemper Investments in 2001, Kurt was the Chief Operating Officer for Scudder Private Investment Counsel, an $18 billion asset management division that catered to family offices, wealthy individuals and non-profit institutions.

Kurt received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and M.B.A. from DePaul University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of YPO, Vistage, and Business Executives for National Security.