Tag Archives: Financial Advisors

RIA Edge Podcast: Content is King: Jackson Wood on Creating Persona and Meaningful Marketing Opportunities



The way advisors market their services has changed over the years, from one-to-one word-of-mouth and cold-calling to mass market approaches across Instagram and LinkedIn. Having more options than ever is inherently good for advisors looking to grow their businesses – but understanding how to appropriately use each platform is a key to successful marketing and business development. 

In this episode of RIA Edge, Mark Bruno, Managing Director at Informa Wealth Management, speaks with Jackson Wood, financial advisor and portfolio manager at Freedom Day Solutions, about how he and his firm have used podcasts, YouTube and Instagram to connect with NextGen investors in need of financial advice – and how it has accelerated the growth of Freedom Day in recent years.  

Specifically, Mark and Jackson discuss:

  • The most frequently asked questions about financial planning and investment management from younger investors
  • How to effectively and efficiently create content that engages target audiences and clients
  • How smaller firms can see major returns on their marketing efforts and initiatives

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About Our Guest:

Jackson is focused on serving his clients through diligent planning and brings a wealth of experience to many families, as a trusted advisor.  He has always had an interest in investing and began his career as an advisor at Fidelity Investments in Salt Lake City, UT.  Jackson moved to Idaho to raise his young family and was the founder of an independent registered investment advisor. 


RIA Edge Podcast: Brandon Odell on the State of Advisor Compensation & Staffing



With the intense competition for talent in the wealth management industry, leaders of RIAs need to be more strategic than even when developing compensation, talent development and retention programs.

In this episode of RIA Edge, Mark Bruno, Managing Director at Informa Wealth Management, speaks with Brandon Odell, Partner and Director of Business Consulting at The Ensemble Practice, about the evolution of staffing and compensation in the RIA industry – and how the most successful firms are winning the war for talent. 

Specifically, Mark and Brandon discuss:

  • How RIAs are changing the way they hire and train new employees with a focus on retention 
  • How base and bonus compensation have evolved to ensure RIAs are paying competitively — without over-committing to long-term direct expense obligations
  • How RIAs are evaluating their organizational structures to align with future growth opportunities and client need

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As Partner and Director of Business Consulting, Brandon Odell works directly with clients on strategy development and growth planning and serves as faculty for the Ensemble Management Institute, the company’s intensive program of business management classes for independent advisory firms. Brandon also contributes his research expertise to our ongoing efforts to benchmark the growth of the industry, including participating in the leading advisor compensation and staffing study, which Ensemble conducts in partnership with InvestmentNews.


RIA Edge Podcast: Brandon Kawal: How to Win the War for Talent in the RIA Industry



The competition for new and experienced individuals in the RIA channel is at an all-time high. Employees of RIAs have more options and opportunities than ever before — requiring leaders of RIA firms to be acutely focused on the management of human capital, compensation, benefits and retention. 

In this episode of RIA Edge, Mark Bruno, Managing Director at Informa Wealth Management, speaks with Brandon Kawal, Principal of Advisor Growth Strategies, on the keys to attracting, developing and retaining key talent in the RIA industry. 

Specifically, Mark and Brandon discuss:

  • How ‘quiet quitting’ has impacted the RIA industry
  • What can business owners do to increase employee retention and satisfaction levels
  • Where RIAs can source new talent for new roles 
  • How RIAs are re-imagining compensation, benefits and rewards

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Brandon leads client engagements, thought leadership, and research. He is tasked with bringing insight, creativity, and analytical know-how to collaborate with and help our clients reach new heights.

Brandon enjoys writing about industry challenges and trends, especially all things millennial.  He authors and leads the annual M&A research for “The RIA Deal Room” which was recognized as the Industry Research Initiative of the Year in the 2021 Wealth Management Industry Awards.  Brandon has contributed to major industry publishers such as Wealth Management, Barron’s, Citywire, and ThinkAdvisor.  Brandon has been recognized as a ThinkAdvisor Luminary in Dealmaking and Growth.




RIA Edge Podcast: Schwab’s Jalina Kerr: How RIAs Can Grow By Design – Not Default



With markets no longer providing advisers with a wide number of opportunities to grow their assets, RIAs must be truly intentional about how they drive meaningful organic growth. 

In this episode of RIA Edge, Mark Bruno, Managing Director at Informa Wealth Management, speaks with Jalina Kerr, Managing Director of Client Services for Schwab Advisor Services, on creating intentional growth strategies and how companies must adapt to the next generation’s wants and needs.

Specifically, Mark and Jalina discuss:

  • What companies can do create and manage intentional growth plans
  • How digital onboarding has changed the way advisors grow their clients base post-pandemic
  • What are advisors currently doing to accelerate their growth
  • How should advisors interact with the next generation of investors compared to previous generations
  • And more

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Jalina Kerr is the Managing Director of Client Experience for Schwab Advisor Services. Kerr’s team shapes the constantly evolving client experience with progressive technical and human resources designed to support the custody needs of a diverse advisor base.

Kerr began her career at Schwab in 1994 on the Advisor Services trading desk. During her tenure at Schwab, Kerr has held roles in client service delivery, operations, advisors in transition, strategy, and technology.

In 2016, AZ Business Magazine recognized Kerr as one of Arizona’s Most Influential Women. Kerr also serves on the Board of the Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum.


RIA Edge Podcast: Raj Bhattacharyya: The State of Play in RIA M&A



RIA mergers and acquisitions have been re-shaping the industry for the last several years. But after years of record deal-making activity, how have the declining market conditions and rising interest rates impacted RIA M&A in 2022?

In this episode of RIA Edge, Mark Bruno, Managing Director at Informa Wealth Management, speaks with Raj Bhattacharyya, CEO of Robertson Stephens, on the latest trends in the M&A market and how an increase in deals within the past year might impact the future needs and wants of buyers.

Specifically, Mark and Raj discuss:

  • The primary drivers and changes in 2022 M&A activity levels
  • How the types of deals and buyers are likely to evolve in 2023
  • Where Robertson Stephens sees opportunity in the RIA market
  • Key questions all sellers or potential sellers should ask prospective buyers during a deal process

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Raj has over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry, leading large franchises across trading and capital markets.

Raj spent 17 years at Deutsche Bank, in both New York and London, in various senior roles.  Most recently, he was the head of the Foreign Exchange Franchise in the Americas, as well as the head of the Latin American Markets business.  Previously, while based in London, he ran Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions for Western Europe, which covered all European corporations and financial institutions for their financing, risk management and treasury needs.  




RIA Edge Podcast: SVB Private’s DeChellis on Embracing a Growth Mindset



There is a “CEO state of mind” that some leaders of advisory firms have adopted to ensure that growth is front-and-center for all of its team members every day. SVB Private is one of the best examples of this and their growth mindset can provide a blueprint and framework for hundreds of RIAs to learn from. 

In this episode of RIA Edge, Mark Bruno, Managing Director at Informa Wealth Management, speaks with Anthony DeChellis, CEO of SVB Private Bank, on growth within the RIA market. Anthony reveals how a client’s financial planning needs influence who they go to for financial advice, and how RIAs can expand through organic and inorganic strategies. 

Mark and Anthony discuss:

  • How does SVB approach the market given its history in the RIA space and what are some of the unique problems it solves for.
  • What drew SVB to acquire Boston Private in 2021 and how it’s transforming the company.
  • How SVB Private approaches M&A activity and evaluates acquisition opportunities
  • Best practices for creating truly strategic – and repeatable – organic growth

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About Our Guest:

Anthony DeChellis is the Chief Executive Officer of SVB Private. He served as the CEO and President of Boston Private and President and a member of the Boston Private Board of Directors for 2 years prior to the close of SVB Financial Group’s acquisition of the firm in 2021.

Anthony has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Boston Private, he was President of OurCrowd Venture Capital, an equity capital crowdfunding platform. From 2006 to 2013, Anthony was the CEO of Credit Suisse Private Banking, Americas, where he led dramatic growth of the Private Banking & Wealth Management businesses across North and South America.