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Financial Advisor Success

The Financial Advisor Success podcast brings you real success stories and insights from the most successful financial advisors, and leading industry consultants, about how to take your advisory business to the next level. Get a glimpse of what it's like behind the scenes building a successful advisory business, and how entrepreneurial advisors navigate the inevitable highs, and lows, of growing a firm. Whether you're a new financial advisor trying to get started on the right foot, or an experienced advisor who's hit a wall, we're here to give you the insights and inspiration you need to break through and reach the level of success you want to achieve. Subscribe to the show, and get even more at the leading industry blog Nerd’s Eye View at www.Kitces.com.
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Now displaying: February, 2024
Feb 27, 2024

Dianne Nolin is the Managing Partner of Argent Bridge Advisors, a hybrid advisory firm based out of Virginia that oversees $500 million in assets under management for 350 households. Dianne uniquely enhanced her firm's marketing and profitability by transforming its loss-leading divorce financial planning service into a profitable revenue stream, recognizing its value and charging appropriately for the extensive time invested by her team. This shift in strategy capitalized on the existing benefits provided to clients and ensured fair compensation for their efforts.

Listen in as Dianne shares her journey at Argent Bridge, from becoming aware of the firm's impactful service offerings to establishing new client relationships through divorce financial planning, which enhanced the firm's growth and referability in the divorce niche. We also discuss her transition to a more formal partnership structure, her approach to clear value communication, and the realization that her strength lies in knowing whom to consult rather than having all the answers.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/374

Feb 20, 2024

Ben Hockema is the Founder of Illuminate Wealth Management, an RIA based out of Illinois that oversees $100 million in assets under management for 55 households. Ben's unique journey in the advisory world saw him rise from intern to partner over 13 years at a growing firm, only to discover a cultural mismatch. He navigated this challenge by engaging passive equity investors for his new startup RIA, enabling him to acquire a portion of his client base and establish the business he truly envisioned.

Listen in as Ben shares his strategic journey in the financial advisory world and details his rapid growth from $16M to $100M in assets under management in three years. You'll also hear about his evolution from intern to partner, his realization of a misalignment with his firm's vision, and how he navigated the emotional challenges of leaving long-standing business relationships, finding invaluable support in a peer advisor study group and learning the power of asking 'dumb' questions for career growth.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/373

Feb 13, 2024

Melody Townsend is the President of Townsend Financial Planning, an RIA based out of Kentucky that oversees $112 million in assets under management for 160 client households. Embracing a transformative business model, Melody's strategy centered around providing a comprehensive suite of services, blending financial planning with investment management. This significant shift from a fee-based to a value-based model underpinned the firm's remarkable growth trajectory, leading to a near-million-dollar revenue stream.

Listen in as Melody shares the intricacies of her 20-year journey, detailing the pivotal transition from financial planning to a more inclusive wealth management approach, and how this strategic shift not only quadrupled the firm's revenue, but also enhanced the quality of client services. The discussion also covers the challenges of scaling a business, the importance of team building, and the evolution of Melody's role as a leader and advisor in the financial industry.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/372

 

 

Feb 6, 2024

David Savir is the Co-Founder and CEO of Element Pointe Family Office, a fee-only RIA based out of Miami that oversees almost $1.6 billion in assets under management for 50 client households. David's unique approach at Element Pointe, developed over eight years and catering to high- and ultra-high-net-worth clients, involves an Equity Appreciation Rights plan that allows team members to share in the firm's growth. After a 3-4 year vesting period, key members can invest their earnings into becoming future partners, gaining equity, voting rights, and a place on the management team.

Listen in as David shares his journey of working with ultra-high-net-worth clients, leading to a strategic focus on this group and a move away from "emerging wealth" clients to better align with their value delivery. He also discusses Element Pointe's evolution from investment management to offering comprehensive financial planning and family office services, his transition from a corporate background at Goldman Sachs and J. P. Morgan to establishing an independent firm, and the challenges of adapting to an independent firm's demands, from team management to technology integration.

For show notes and more visit: https://www.kitces.com/371

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