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Matthew A. Yanni, CFA, CFP®
Principal & Chief Compliance Officer

1996 Allegheny College; B.A. in Economics
1997 University of Pittsburgh; M.B.A in Finance

Matt founded YAIA in January, 2007. Prior to starting the Firm, he was employed as an Investment Advisor with PNC’s Wealth Management Group where he managed high-net worth personal clients. Before that, he spent a few years in PNC’s Equity Strategy and Investment Research Groups. He has passed both the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. He has been quoted several times by the newspapers and is involved in several investment/compliance committees in Pittsburgh including the Greater Pittsburgh Roundtable among others.


At YAIA, Matt is responsible for managing the clients’ overall relationship management. His support staff does assist him with the investment research, rebalancing efforts, and client communication. However, he has maintained the direct point of contact for all of the relationships at YAIA. Matt is also certified to sell life and long-term care Insurances in Pennsylvania and a few other states. As insurance is regulated on a state-by-state basis, other states will be added on an as needed basis going forward. He sells these insurances as an individual and not through YAIA.


Matt and his wife, Tara, live in Gibsonia, PA with their three children, Katie, Ella, and Jacob. In his spare time, he primarily spends it with his family or out fishing. Katie plays both school and competitive travel volleyball, Ella is involved with cheerleading and cross country, and Jacob with soccer. Matt and Tara are both heavily involved in their community; Matt is the head coach for Jacob’s Pine Richland travel soccer team. Tara is the President of the Pine Richland Girls Volleyball Boosters Association and also a Board Member for Pine Richland Cheerleaders Parent Association.


The Five Star Wealth Manager award is administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional). Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager does not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager Award list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com.



Komal Motwani, CFP®
Senior Investment Analyst

Komal is the Firm’s Senior Investment Analyst. Her responsibilities include meeting with clients on an on-going basis to co-present financial, investment & retirement analysis. As a member of YAIA’s investment committee, she plays a significant role in providing investment analysis and applicable recommendations for the Firm’s overall investment strategy as well as for client’s individual circumstances. A true Analyst by trait, she is at her best after fully evaluating the intricate details on the investment projects for our clients. She is also the co-author of the Firm’s quarterly newsletter and updates the Firm’s compliance documents as necessary. She passed the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) exam in March 2015 and has obtained both her Bachelor’s and Masters of Science Degrees in Banking & Finance. Originally from India, Komal currently resides in Cranberry Township, PA. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and attending Pilates classes.







Kevin Faes
Client Account Administrator / Investment Operations

Kevin recently joined YAIA to assist with handling the Firm’s operations. He brings with him over 25 years of financial industry experience. From the beginning of his career, he developed a keen interest in expanding his knowledge in finance & accounting. He previously worked for a large Pittsburgh-based Investment Company as a Client Onboarding Analyst. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating with various departments within the company to ensure client accounts were operationally ready for activation.


Kevin’s responsibilities at YAIA include assisting with numerous operational & internal account maintenance tasks, system data uploads, client reporting, working with our financial custodian partners, onboarding new clients, and other related duties. Kevin grew up in a small town in northern Pennsylvania and moved to Pittsburgh in 1993 to attend business school where he obtained his Associates Degree in Accounting.


In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Buffie, watching sporting events, attending classic car cruises, and various leisure activities.



Wendy Feathers
Administrative Assistant

Wendy is YAIA’s Administrative Assistant. Wendy’s responsibilities include processing client paperwork, various correspondences with clients, coordinating vendor relationships, and other general day-to-day administrative duties to keep the office running smoothly. A native of Pittsburgh, she grew up in Ohio returning to her hometown to attend Robert Morris College where she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. She resides in Bellevue where she spends her free time doting on her grandson. Wendy is also an avid reader.















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