Our Team

Our Team

The people who work at Ball Financial not only have the knowledge and experience to help you pursue your financial goals, but they also happen to be extremely great folks, too! Our staff is always ready to address your concerns, answer your questions, and put you at ease.

Daniel Ball, ChFC®, CLTC

Financial Advisor

Dan Ball brings over 39 years of experience and a passion for assisting clients with value-based financial planning to his leadership role at Ball Financial Services.  Immediately after graduating from college in 1985, Dan joined his father and brother in the family business, Ball Financial Services Company, continuing a tradition of quality financial service spanning four decades.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied business management with a concentration in finance.  Dan received the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation (ChFC®) from American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he studied estate planning, income taxation, insurance planning, employee benefits, and retirement planning.  He also possesses the Corporation for Long-Term Care Certification designation (CLTC®), focusing on extended-care planning and how longevity and its consequences affect families and their finances.

Dan helps people plan for and pursue financially secure futures.  Clients working with Dan create a personal “Financial Road Map” that aligns their financial resources with their values, priorities, and most-crucial needs.  By urging clients to take this holistic look at their finances and why they invest, Dan guides them toward aligning their goals and financial choices with what’s truly important to them.  With that clear focus on goals in place, he then works with clients to build an action plan with milestones that ensure the highest probability of achieving those goals.

Dan’s efforts are supported by his expert staff—Sue, Trish, and Chris—and also the extensive wealth of resources of our Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer, Commonwealth Financial Network (Commonwealth).

Dan is an avid cyclist and participates in the Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb Race. He also participates in a number of other hill-climb races throughout the summer in the Northeast.

For 35 years, Dan and his wife, Cheryl, have participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual cycling event to support the Jimmy Fund.  To date, they have raised more than $347,000 to help fund cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

When Dan isn’t training for the Mt. Washington Hillclimb Race, he enjoys collecting wine, playing golf, ballroom dancing, yoga, hiking, and skiing. 

Vista Club



Daniel Ball is proud to have been recognized as a Vista Club advisor for 2023—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 25 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the broker/dealer–RIA that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Vista Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Vista Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Sue Lister

Senior Financial Assistant

Sue joined Ball Financial Services in December 2008 as a financial assistant. In her role, Sue takes great care to ensure that clients receive the best possible service by promptly responding to any questions and assisting with their needs.

Sue came to Ball Financial Services from Fidelity Investments, where she was a project manager working in the advertising agency. Sue earned a BFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in graphic design, and she holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations.

In her spare time, Sue likes to read, cook, and spend time with her family and friends. 

Trish Robinson

Financial Assistant

Trish joined Ball Financial Services in December 2011 as a financial assistant. In this role, she helps coordinate appointments, manage investment accounts, and provide client service and planning.

Prior to Ball Financial Services, Trish spent six years at Martin-Wight & Company, LLC, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, as the investment operations manager. Trish is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, from which she earned a BA in sociology and a minor in history. Trish holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, gardening, baking, going to local sporting events, and exploring the D.C. and Annapolis area with her family. 

Chris Hovey

Financial Associate

Chris joined Ball Financial Services in October 2016 as a financial associate. Chris assists Dan in client meetings as well as updating client information and processing client requests. Chris is just one of the friendly voices you will hear when you call Ball Financial Services. 

Before coming to Ball Financial Services, Chris spent four years as a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor at Bank of America. Previously, he supported financial advisors as an internal wholesaler for life, disability, and long-term care insurance. Prior to pursuing a career in financial services, Chris spent three years teaching English in Taipei, Taiwan, and traveling around Asia. Chris is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a BA in philosophy. Chris holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations and is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor℠ (CRPC®). Chris is also in the process of pursuing his financial planning certification (CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™).

Chris spends most of his time outside of the office with his wife, three children, and their chocolate Lab. He enjoys traveling, fishing, cooking, and single malt Scotches.