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Dec 26, 2023

Rob Nelson is the CEO and Founder of NorthRock Partners, an RIA based in Minneapolis that oversees $5 billion in assets under management for 1,500 client households. Rob stands out in the advisory landscape by offering a wide array of services from bill paying to tax preparation, akin to a 'personal CFO'. He achieves this while maintaining competitive AUM-based fees, capitalizing on economies of scale to provide a comprehensive client experience at a cost similar to less extensive firms.

Listen in as Rob shares insights into NorthRock Partners' impressive growth from $1 billion to $5 billion in AUM over six years, driven by organic growth, strategic acquisitions, and robust client referrals from high-earning individuals. He also discusses the firm's structure, which empowers advisors with centralized expert teams while maintaining direct client relationships, and his decision to partner with a holding company for long-term expansion. You'll learn about NorthRock's hiring strategies, the importance of practice for developing advisors, and Rob's belief in the firm's substantial untapped potential for future growth.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/365

Dec 19, 2023

Ted Jenkin is the consultant of JPTD Partners, a consulting firm based in Atlanta that helps financial advisors gather offers, negotiate, and ultimately sell their advisory firms. What sets Ted apart is his firsthand experience of selling his own $2.2 billion AUM firm, cultivated over a decade. This unique perspective as a former owner deeply influences his approach, enabling him to empathetically guide other advisors through the nuances of mergers and acquisitions.

Listen in as Ted shares the intricacies of mergers and acquisitions, diving into insights from his journey of building a consulting firm and the strategies he employed, such as the 'manufactured celebrity approach', which skyrocketed his firm's success but also led to burnout. He also discusses the nuances of how buyers evaluate advisory firms, the importance of niching down for scalability, and the lessons he learned about recognizing true profit margins and the real value of a firm. You'll hear about his transition from business owner to employee post-sale, the significance of outsourcing weaknesses early on, and invaluable advice for advisors aiming to maximize their firm's value when considering a sale.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/364

Dec 12, 2023

Christa Madison is the Managing Director of Financial Planning and Business Development at Sebold Capital, a fee-only RIA based out of Chicago that oversees $300 million across more than 100 households. Christa's distinct approach lies in her adept use of business development and networking skills to rebuild her client base from scratch three times, amidst personal and professional changes. She transformed these challenges into opportunities, adapting to her evolving skills and competencies to seize larger, more profitable ventures.

Listen in as Christa dives into her journey, highlighting the trials and triumphs of her initial foray into insurance sales and the pivotal role of her robust networking and follow-up strategies in rebuilding her client base through various career transitions. She also shares her belief that it takes about three years to transform initial prospecting efforts into a self-sustaining referral network, how she balanced the demands of her burgeoning career with family life, her strategic shift to the RIA channel, and how her early experiences in insurance sales fortified her skills as a financial advisor.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/363

Dec 5, 2023

Jeff Brown is the President of Stratos Private Wealth, an RIA based out of San Diego that oversees nearly $1.5 billion in assets under management for over 350 households. Jeff's firm stands out for its innovative career track system, which features well-defined performance indicators across three levels to systematically guide junior advisors toward becoming lead advisors. This unique structure not only clarifies the path to leadership, but also fosters the firm's ability to cultivate senior advisors from within.

Listen in as Jeff discusses his firm's strategy of generating leads for advisors to enhance client retention and explores their unique performance review system alongside growth tactics like client referrals, content creation, and acquisitions. Jeff also reflects on his journey from a wirehouse to embracing the supported independence of Stratos Wealth Partners, the pivotal career lessons from a challenging partnership breakup that now guide his approach to forming partnerships and operations agreements, and the importance of setting ambitious goals early in one's career.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/362

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