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malik a. smith, CSNA, CLTC

First Vice President & Private Wealth Advisor

a unique focus and dedication

Throughout the 13 years Malik has worked in the financial services industry, he has demonstrated a unique focus and dedication to helping others pursue what matters most to them. He specializes in financial planning for entrepreneurs, athletes, executives and hardworking families with a thoughtful, forward-thinking approach. As a marathon runner, he understands what it means to set goals, adapt as needed and persevere. Malik knows what it takes to cross over the finish line, 26.2 miles later.

an extended family

"My goal is to ensure my clients feel comfortable at all times, even when discussing topics that are difficult." Malik treats his clients like family, encouraging an open dialogue on what it will take to achieve the life they envision. He is knowledgeable and proactive, both in financial planning and in his communication with clients.

Malik attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and began his career as a client advisor at Merrill Lynch in 2005. Additionally, he has worked closely with clients as an advisor at KCG, Morgan Stanley and Alex Brown, a division of Raymond James, before joining Commons Capital Advisors in August 2019.

Originally from Houston, Malik has resided in Boston for over 20 years. He is an active member in his community. Malik sits on the board and is the Treasurer of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM). He has a deep passion for giving back. In 2018, in memory of his grandparents, Malik ran the Boston Marathon in support of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts and raised a significant amount of money for the organization. Malik ran the renowned 26.2 mile Boston route again in 2019, raising funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in support of their continued efforts in the fight against cancer.

Malik has a myriad of diverse interests including memberships to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and the Esplanade Association, which works to restore and enhance Boston's Charles River Esplanade. He loves to experience different cultures through travel, food and good conversation. He has an active lifestyle and can often be found on the basketball court or golf course. Malik is an avid reader and has read many of the American classics - numerous times.

team members

michael manschot

Managing Director
Portfolio Manager

jonathan d. straus, csna

Founding Principal
Portfolio Manager

rose m. thompson, crpc®

Vice President
Private Wealth Advisor