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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.

Financial Advisor Placement Services was founded in 2009 by Shawn Smith to meet the needs of the financial advisor who is considering a move to an Independent Broker Dealer. We work as the broker’s “agent” to help the advisor find the firm to meet their professional requirements in order to best serve their clients.   Financial Advisor Placement Services will sift through the many National, Regional and Independent broker dealers, and RIA firms, and help the advisor to answer the questions which accompany a firm change. We have developed many relationships with the decision makers at the firms we represent .

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.

No matter how much or type of business you do, we want to work for you! Many of our competitors only focus on the large producers, we want to work with financial advisors of all backgrounds, product mixes and production levels.

Broker Dealer or RIA?

We work with several Registered Investment Advisors where you can join their firms, if you want to go that route. You can either “plug into” and existing RIA or we also work with consultants who will help you start your own & broker dealers.

Domestic or International Broker Dealers:We represent broker dealers who work with both domestic as well as international clients. We have placed financial advisors who have financial practices outside of the United States & independent broker dealer.

Small, Mid or Large Broker Dealers:

We represent small and mid-sized Independent broker dealers as well as larger national firms and also work with many firms that offer high payouts with low cost. We represent boutique firms that specialize in certain product sets. Clearing firms include: Pershing, National Financial, First Clearing, Raymond James, RBC, Wedbush, Southwest, Sterne Agee, TD Ameritrade, Schwab, and Core. We also work with some regional and national firms which are self-clearing such as Linsco Private Ledger, and Janney Montgomery Scott & Changing broker dealers.

Whether you are looking for an independent, wirehouse, regional broker dealer, a selective broker dealer with high production requirements, a small broker dealer with low production requirements or the independent broker dealer with the highest payout or lowest ticket charges, or high transition compensation, we can help you find your new home. After you tell us what is important to you and your clients, we will do the “screens” to fine you the best fit possible.

We represent both full service broker dealers as well as specialist firms that focus on certain product sets.   Some advisors are concerned with firms with high costs and production requirements. We do business with firms that satisfy all of these problems, and have worked with them for years to “grow” their firms.   We have leverage with the firms that we represent, so we can get you the best offer available.   Let us do the due diligence and negotiations for you.

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.

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