Get to Know Your Allegiant Team: Maura Comerford

APA Comerford 3x4LO RGBSeptember 2018 marks my one-year anniversary as an Allegiant Private Advisors team member. I am proud to work with a talented group of people who are without exception committed to high standards of performance.

As the newest member of the Operations team, I enjoy my role as an Operations Specialist as it allows me to interact with our clients daily. We are very fortunate to have clientele that feel like our extended family.

I am originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. My family spent Thanksgiving and Easter holidays each year in Sarasota beginning in 1994; therefore, I am very familiar with Sarasota. Once I completed my Master’s degree I knew that I wanted to reside here and relocated in December 2016. I am approaching my two-year anniversary of living in this vibrant, beautiful city and I couldn’t be happier. I love everything the city of Sarasota has to offer from the beautiful beaches to the artsy culture the city exudes.

I hold a B.A. in History from Marywood University where I was an active member and treasurer of the History Club. As an undergraduate, I interned for Pennsylvania's United States Senator and spent the summers between my junior and senior years interning in Washington, D.C. For me, as a History major, this was an experience I will never forget! My internship responsibilities were focused on working with Pennsylvania veterans which I found extremely rewarding.

During my senior year of college, I applied to graduate school and was offered a full academic scholarship and graduate assistantship at Villanova University, graduating in May 2015. I attended graduate school in the evenings and was employed as a Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant in the Liberal Arts department. It was a great learning experience for me as I was able to assist teaching undergraduate History courses, assist professors with literature reviews and work alongside faculty preparing presentations for national academic conferences.

I really enjoyed the field of academia; however, I had a strong desire to have a role in the business/finance industry since my father and grandfather were both stock brokers. I am pleased to have found a happy home at Allegiant Private Advisors and Sarasota.