Schwab Advisor Services Honors Best-in-Class Independent Investment Advisor Firms With the 2019 IMPACT Awards®
BEST-IN-BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD
Sequoia Financial Group, LLC
PACESETTER IMPACT AWARD
TRAILBLAZER IMPACT AWARD
Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo, LLC
BEST-IN-RETIREMENT BUSINESS AWARD
PCS Retirement, LLC
The IMPACT Awards are given each year to firms that have advanced the industry through their demonstrated leadership and business practices. Schwab honors each of the winning firms by donating
“We’re proud to recognize the high standard that these IMPACT Award-winning firms set,” said
BEST-IN-BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD:
Awarded to a firm that has been in business for at least 10 years, has a track record of growth and excellence, and uses technology solutions to help expand market reach, responsiveness, and operational efficiencies as well as safeguard client assets and information.
Founded in 1991,
Sequoia focuses their energies on the success of their employees and clients. They seek to attract and retain the highest quality personnel by creating a culture of collaboration and teamwork. The organization demonstrates the value they place on their employees by investing in their individual development and by building an enduring firm for team members who are willing to work together for the benefit of the client.
Sequoia uses technology to create a cohesive experience for internal operations and for clients. Beyond efficiency, technology has been used to provide a comprehensive view of the client’s individual circumstances and goals, helping advisory teams create a consistent, high-quality client experience. Sequoia leverages twelve different technology platforms to drive innovation and support the firm’s client experience and introduced integrations to gather business intelligence and provide advisors with daily reports, helping to focus client service and strategic business development efforts. The firm uses marketing AI that allows advisors to identify areas of increased prospect engagement and engage in targeted follow-ups to win new business.
Schwab will donate to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank on behalf of
PACESETTER IMPACT AWARD:
Pays tribute to a firm in business 10 years or less that has shown initiative, growth, and promise, as well as a focused use of technology to extend its reach, responsiveness, and growth of its business.
AdvicePeriod for Advisors (AP4) was created in 2016 to attract underserved and planning-centric advisors to the firm. AdvicePeriod provides everything the advisor needs to run his or her business. Since launch, AP4 has attracted more than 20 advisors, opened 10 new offices, and seen AUM increase by several billion dollars.
Schwab will donate to Harlem Lacrosse on behalf of
TRAILBLAZER IMPACT AWARD:
Recognizes a firm that is forging new ground in the independent advice space by combining entrepreneurial spirit with a drive to advance the industry’s interests.
The firm’s principals have been deeply involved in industry organizations for over 20 years. Their efforts include writing the original set of Practice Standards for the CFP Board, serving on the Board of Directors for CFP Board, leading local and state chapters and the national board of the
Financial Planning Association, and sitting on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Financial Planningas well as the Editorial Review Boardof the Journal of Financial Planning.
The firm is actively working with industry organizations to expand the ranks of the financial planning profession. The firm’s professionals are active participants in the lobbying efforts of FPA of
Floridato promote financial literacy and members of the Advisory Council for the Personal Financial Planningprogram at University of South Florida.
Schwab will donate to the
BEST-IN-RETIREMENT BUSINESS AWARD:
The Best-in-Retirement Business Award honors an independent record keeper or advisor that focuses on retirement plans, understands the unique needs of plan sponsors and/or participants, and has developed an innovative approach to serving them.
The firm’s proprietary software helps financial professionals operate more efficiently.
The Advisor Lab401(k) Toolkit SM help advisors identify prospective clients, generate insight reports, and prepare effective sales quickly and affordably.
- PCS launched a “no funds to push or hidden agenda” unlimited funds list, building it to a diverse menu of more than 21,600 funds. If a fund pays revenue, the firm recaptures it and offsets it dollar-for-dollar against fees or rebates it to participants.
- The firm created the only industry benchmarking report designed to assist independent advisors in transitioning commission-laden plans to the fee model.
Schwab will donate to
About the IMPACT Awards
Independent investment advisors have fundamentally changed the financial services landscape by providing client-centric, independent advice to investors. Established in 2006 by
Winning firms were selected by a panel of distinguished financial services leaders. Schwab donates
This year’s panel of judges included:
Blaine Aikin, CEO, Fi360 and CEFEX
Geoffrey E. Brown, CEO, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors
Julie Littlechild, President, AbsoluteEngagement.com
Kevin Keller, CEO, CFP Board of Standards, Inc.
Thomas Robinson, Presidentand CEO, AACSB International
Sean Walters, Executive Director and CEO, Investments & Wealth Institute
In addition to the IMPACT Awards, Schwab engages in a range of efforts to advance the independent advisory industry. Initiatives include supporting nonprofit organizations and universities as well as amplifying the voice of independent advisors in
For more information about the IMPACT Awards program, visit impact.schwab.com/awards.
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