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 is the premier financial advisor placement firm, that specializes in representing only financial advisors. There is no cost to the Advisor!
The reason why advisors go with us is because of our industry relationships, knowledge and high touch professional service. Most of our advisors thank us for helping them find a new broker dealer, and we tell them that we are just doing our job, which is helping advisors succeed!
Many Wall Street brokerages and independent broker dealers are undergoing tremendous change. The wirehouses continue to cut payouts and increase account minimums, while multiple mergers are consolidating the independent broker dealer landscape. The DOL’s Fiduciary Standard. Many of the Insurance owned broker dealers are increasing production requirements and forcing proprietary sales. FINRA has become more over-bearing with increased rules and regulations. Improved technology and wealth management platforms are improving the independent broker-dealer model.
Financial Advisors who want to change firms, usually don’t have the background, knowledge, or time to have numerous discussions with many broker dealers. Your decision to find your next broker dealer is an important one. You will want your next broker dealer to fit your practice, and that’s where we add value-in sorting through all of the firms and identifying the ones to fit your needs and personality.
We work closely with many broker dealers, where we know the key decision makers well. We will familiarize you with these firms so that you can understand their culture, products, platforms, and introduce you to their key executives. We will act as your “agent” to negotiate the best deal possible.
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.
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.
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.