Charleston, W.Va. – United Bank is proud to welcome two new team members to its Wealth Management division – Christy Elliott Bly as Senior Vice President (SVP), Senior Fiduciary Wealth Advisor and Alexandra (“Ally”) Arwood as Assistant Vice President (AVP), Trust Legal Counsel.
“Christy and Alexandra each bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their respective roles at United,” said Matthew Humphrey, Executive Vice President, Head of Wealth and Investment Management and CEO of United Brokerage Services, Inc. “We are excited to welcome them to United Wealth Management and know that their proven track records, dedication to client service and overall commitment to their local communities will be a natural fit for our team.”
As SVP, Senior Fiduciary Wealth Advisor for United Wealth Management, Elliott Bly leads the Wealth Division’s West Virginia team and manages client relationships across the state, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in banking and the financial and fiduciary services industries. Prior to joining United Wealth Management, Elliott Bly most recently served as Wealth Advisor for Truist Wealth Management. She previously served as Market President of BB&T in the Charleston Market through the merger with SunTrust Bank, which formed Truist. Joining BB&T in 2004, Elliott Bly also worked in retail banking, merchant services and commercial lending, previously serving as the BB&T @Work Sales Officer in the West Virginia region, Merchant Sales Consultant and VP, Business Services Officer throughout her tenure.
A native of Fayette County, West Virginia, Elliott Bly earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in marketing and management and minors in political science and public administration, from Concord University. She graduated from The BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University in 2018. Actively involved in the local community, Elliott Bly serves as Treasurer of the City Center Business Improvement District, Charleston’s first Business Improvement District and only the second in West Virginia. She is also a board member of the Concord University Foundation, as well as a current member and past president of the Rotary Club of Charleston. A licensed, registered representative, she holds the following licenses: FINRA Series 7, FINRA Series 66 and West Virginia state life and health insurance licenses.
“Working for an institution that is headquartered here in West Virginia and has a true commitment to the state is very important to me. I was initially drawn to United for its strong culture and dedication to its communities, employees and customers. Seeing it play out during my first few months with United, I can tell it’s not just words on a plaque; the people – my colleagues – with their vast knowledge and expertise, live out United’s core values each day,” Elliott Bly said. “I look forward to continuing to serve as a trusted advisor to our clients, helping them to customize their plans and meet their financials goals, ensuring their legacies and intentions are set.”
Prior to becoming AVP, Trust Legal Counsel with United Wealth Management, Arwood had a thriving private legal practice in Charleston. Upon graduating from law school in 2017, she joined Bowles Rice, practicing in the law firm’s commercial and financial practice group. In 2021, she took on a new role at Bailey Glasser, serving as the client-facing attorney for the firm’s corporate practice group in the Charleston area. She is proud to have served as legal counsel to some of the Mountain State’s most important institutions, including the West Virginia Investment Management Board and the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Counsel, as well as numerous county boards of education and local government organizations. Arwood also enjoyed closing high-stakes finance, investment and M&A deals for her corporate clients.
Growing up in Martinsburg, Arwood earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in diplomacy and international security from West Virginia University in 2014. She also earned her J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2017 and is a member of the West Virginia Bar. Active in the local Charleston community, Arwood currently serves on the board of directors for Daymark, a nonprofit organization with the mission to meet the individual needs of youth living in crisis through safe shelter, guidance and education.
“I am very excited for this new experience, transitioning from the private practice world to United Bank and the Wealth Management division. It’s a privilege to join a nationally recognized institution that has a longstanding history of integrity, perseverance and deep roots in West Virginia,” Arwood said. “Through United’s principled and sound approach to banking and wealth management, along with the impressive host of services we provide, I look forward to helping our clients grow and preserve their own legacies.”
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