Shawn K. Smith is the Principal of Financial Advisor Placement Services and founded it in 2009. Shawn has 23 years of investment industry experience and has worked directly with Financial Advisors during this time. Prior to founding Financial Advisor Placement Services, he worked at Ameriprise Financial as the Recruiting Manager for the Northeast. Before Ameriprise, Shawn worked as a Vice President of Sales at Sun Life Financial, in Wellesley, MA. Shawn was Assistant Vice President of Sales for Pioneer Investments in Boston and a Wholesaler at North American Funds in Boston in the late 1990’s. Shawn holds an MBA, from Bentley University and a BA in Economics from Princeton University.
Our sole focus is on placing finanical advisors with a new Broker Dealer or with RIA firms. We do not get involved with recruiting people to other industries or positions, like many of our competitors. We feel that the function of providing financial advice is very important, so we pride ourselves in exclusively serving this market segment. We will give you the personal and professional attention that you need in a confidential manner.
We will help you select the best Broker-Dealer for your practice by identifying: the appropriate size, culture, product set, clearing platform, technology and back office support for your practice. We will then negotiate the best deal possible for you, as we have leverage with the firms that we represent. We have also sell broker dealers, and financial practices. Advisors wishing to either retire or leave the business contact us to help them sell their practice. We have a vast broker dealer network to sell into, and we use our close contacts to bring buyers “to the table”.
With a vast network of qualified buyers, we are able to “create a market” for the financial advisor and company owner to market their assets. Unlike other competitor firms, that simply send “blast emails” out to a wide area of financial advisors to get buyers, we use our personal relationships to provide qualfied buyers in a confidential manner with broker dealers who will financially stand behind the buyer. We always have the buyer and seller sign a non-disclosure agreement so that everything is kept confidential. We find that this is the best way to do business.
Since we have been in business, we have been getting calls from advisors who want to either buy or sell a book of business. With the aging of today’s financial advisor, the average age of the advisor is 58 years old. In this aging population, it only makes sense that some advisors will want to retire. Seeing this demand, we have accomodated these requests and have begun to help advisors sell their books and we have also helped smaller broker dealers sell their firms.
Financial Advisor Placement Services is the premier financial advisor recruiting firm, Independent broker dealer firms & Independent broker dealer payouts that specializes in placing only financial advisors. There is no cost to the Advisor!