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Financial Advisor Placement Services is the Premier Placement firm in our industry!


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 Independent broker dealer.


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.


Melinda Smith, is the Firm’s Marketing Manager.


Financial Advisor Placement Services also has several recruiters working on their team:

  • Lucian Hodgman, National Consultant
  • Jonathan Betts, National Consultant
  • Dan Carney, National Consultant
  • Eileen Forman, National Consultant


Shawn and his wife Melinda, live in the coastal town of Ipswich, MA with their three sons. When Shawn isn’t coaching baseball, basketball, and football, he enjoy spending time with family at their lake house in Fryeburg, Maine independent broker dealers.


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”.

Financial Advisor Placement Services is the premier financial advisor recruiting firm, Independent broker dealers & Independent broker dealer payouts that specializes in placing only financial advisors.There is no cost to the Advisor!