History of Hartland

Hartland was founded in 1989 as an independent financial consulting firm. The founders believed that independence was essential to objective and effective service to clients. Even as the firm has grown, our commitment to independence remains strong. We remain free of affiliations with firms that would impair our independence; our abilty to provide the best, objective advice to clients. Our only source of revenue is fees paid by our clients for financial advice.

Hartland’s first clients were defined benefit pension funds. For the next 20 years the firm grew by helping institutions – retirement funds, endowments and foundations, and healthcare organizations – meet their investment objectives.

After many years as an institutional advisor, Hartland also began to serve private clients; individuals, families, and related entities.

In 2010 Hartland became certified by the Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX). CEFEX is an international standards body that provides independent recognition of a firm’s conformity to defined Standards of Practice. We are proud to be one of the only independent institutional and wealth advisory firms that is compliant with CEFEX standards.

Hartland acquired Chess Financial Corporation in 2011. Chess was a prominent wealth advisory business, focused on providing tax, estate, and financial counsel integrated with investment advice. The Chess acquisition expanded Hartland’s capabilities in serving private clients.

In 2014, Dave Fulton, CFA, was named Chief Executive Officer. He succeeded Tom Hartland, the founder of the firm, who became Chairman of the Board of Directors. Our firm is guided by a strong Board. Our Directors, many of whom are shareholders, have had distinguished careers in private equity, corporate finance, and marketing. Their sage guidance has been important to the success and growth of our firm.

Also at the end of 2014 the firm acquired Plimsoll Mark Capital, a Portland, Maine-based wealth advisory firm. In 2015 Hartland acquired Lancaster Pollard Investment Advisory Group, a Columbus, Ohio-based institutional investment advisor.


“Alternative investments are an integral part of client investment programs. Hartland has a 20-year history of research into Alternatives.”

  – Joseph D. Boushelle, CFA, CAIA