Last week, our own Mark Smith became one of seven Colorado advisors named to the Financial Times 400 Top Advisors. The list recognizes top advisors at national, independent, regional and bank broker-dealers from across the U.S. This is the fifth annual FT 400 list, produced independently by the Financial Times in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on asset management.
Mark has been on a winning streak ever since I’ve known him. In fact, just last month, Barron’s included him in its list of Top 1,000 Financial Advisors for the tenth consecutive year. But for Mark, it’s never been about winning awards – instead, it’s about winning for the people who matter most: our clients and our community. It’s a leadership quality that he has instilled in our corporate culture, and it’s one that makes us proud to work here.
If you check out the “In Our Community” page on our website, Mark’s community leadership is apparent. He’s served on the boards of both the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Salvation Army’s Intermountain Division. Within the accounting community, Mark has served on the board of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants, and led numerous training sessions to share his knowledge with younger practitioners or newcomers to the profession.
Education is a passion for Mark, and he’s demonstrated that by funding scholarships to numerous institutions, including the University of Iowa (his alma mater), Metropolitan State University, Arapahoe Community College and Universidad Del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico.
Those of you who are our clients know that education is also a passion for the rest of us – that’s why we often hold seminars to help you understand some of the financial issues that are key to your well-being.
In my opinion, this type of servant leadership is an important ingredient in our firm’s success. It forces us to test ourselves regularly – to make sure those we serve thrive. As Robert Greenleaf, author of The Servant as Leader, wrote: The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?
Lucky for us, Mark’s leadership continues to benefit our clients, our firm, and our community. So, while it’s not about the awards, it definitely is about winning. Thanks, Mark, and congratulations!
Any opinions are those of Tom Jacobsen and not necessarily those of Raymond James.
Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors
The FT 400 was developed in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides specialized content on asset management. To qualify for the list, advisers had to have 10 years of experience and at least $300 million in assets under management (AUM). The FT then invited a list of just under 1,000 advisors to complete a survey used to obtain more information on the advisors’ practices. 400 qualified advisers were then scored on six attributes: AUM, AUM growth rate, compliance record, experience, industry certifications and online accessibility. AUM is the top factor, accounting for roughly 60-70 percent of the applicant's score. Additionally, to provide a diversity of advisors, the FT placed a cap on the number of advisors from any one state that's roughly correlated to the distribution of millionaires across the U.S. The ranking may not be representative of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. The FT is not affiliated with Raymond James.
Barron's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors
Barron's annual ranking of the nation's "Top 1,000 Financial Advisors" (changed to 1200 Advisors in 2014). Winner's Circle, a Barron's research organization, produced the rankings based on data provided by over 4,000 of the nation's most productive advisors. Among the factors considered for the rankings are assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, quality of practice, and philanthropic work. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited resultsand because performance figures often are influenced more by clients' risk tolerance than by an advisor's investment picking abilities. The ranking may not be representative
of any one client's experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Barron's is not affiliated with Raymond James. Rankings are comprised of wirehouses, independent and RIA advisors; individual advisors not required to be individually registered in FINRA.