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Robert  Lester

Robert Lester

Financial Advisor


Robert first entered the securities industry with Shearson Lehmann Hutton in 1988.  After taking a hiatus to get his MBA from West Virginia University, he relocated to Florida and resumed his career as a financial advisor, joining Waddell & Reed in 2012.

Prior to entering the securities industry, Robert served in the U.S. Air Force for seven years as a communications analyst, assigned to the National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, D.C.

As part of the Vandelay Financial Group team, Robert takes a hands on approach to helping clients, working with them to develop a written plan for dealing with the inevitable ups and downs of the markets.  He and his partner, James Van Putten Vink, have worked together as a team since 2001, helping clients throughout the stages of their investing.

Robert is active in community and professional theatre as an actor, director and playwright.  He holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and teaches Sudoku as part of the Adult Education Program.


  • Series 7
  • Series 3
  • Series 65
  • Life and Health Insurance


  • Associates - Communications - Community College of the Air Force
  • Bachelor of Arts - Personnel Management - University of Maryland
  • Master's - Business Administration - West Virginia University


Vandelay Financial Group is a team name used by advisors affiliated with Waddell & Reed for marketing purposes only.

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