Securities America Bolsters Financial Institution Recruiting Team
In this position, Lavender will prospect and recruit bank/credit union business ventures and existing programs to Securities America, and assess suitability of those programs with Securities America strategies, goals and compliance procedures. Lavender will implement recruiting strategies and communicate Securities America's philosophy with financial institutions seeking to align themselves with a Business Growth Expert.
"I joined Securities America because of the shared values of the firm and the professionalism and character of its people," Lavender said. "Securities America has developed and cultivated an excellent reputation with advisors all throughout the United States, positioning it for strong growth in the months and years ahead."
The former senior vice president of Nationwide Financial's Retirement Income Institute, Lavender was a top mutual fund wholesaler before leaving the financial services industry in April 2011 to become the vice president of investment sales for InterWest Properties, Inc.
"We are extremely excited to have William join the Securities America team," said Mike Anderson, first vice president of Securities America's Financial Institutions Division. "William's tremendous experience in the industry, diverse background and successful track record will make him a key contributor in the growth of the financial institutions division."
Lavender joined the financial services industry in 1985 at Landmark Financial Services, where he held position of national sales manager and ultimately president. Landmark Financial was a start-up company that specialized in the bank marketplace and was ultimately acquired by Nationwide Financial in 1991. In 1995, Lavender took the position of regional vice president for Western-Southern Life, and then took a similar position at Transamerica in 2000. From 2003-2006, Lavender was president and CEO of InSell Communications, an exclusive distributor for Fugent, a technology-based company serving the financial services industry, before accepting a position at Nationwide.
Lavender graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance and holds the Series 6 and 63 licenses and life and health licenses. Lavender is based out of Oklahoma City.
About Securities America
Headquartered in La Vista, Neb., Securities America Inc. is the nation's eighth largest independent broker-dealer (as ranked by Financial Planning magazine, June 2012, based on 2011 total revenue). For more than 25 years, Securities America's mission has been to foster the success of financial professionals so they can provide quality, objective financial counsel and services to their clients. Advisors benefit from the firm's industry-leading programs in practice management, advisory services and retirement income distribution, supported by state-of-the-art technology. Founded in 1993, Securities America Advisors Inc. is an SEC-Registered Investment Advisory firm that offers investment management, financial advice and financial planning through a national network of independent financial advisors. Securities America Financial Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE MKT: LTS). Securities America received the inaugural Thought Leadership Award from the Retirement Income Industry Association in March 2011. Additional information is available at www.securitiesamerica.com.