Securities America HR Director Receives ‘40 Under 40’ Award
"I feel honored for being recognized as a leader and contributor not only within Securities America and the financial services industry, but the Omaha community as well," Cummings said. "This is a tremendous compliment."
Cummings, 36, joined Securities America following its acquisition of Brecek & Young advisors in 2008. Cummings led the integration with the mission to maintain service levels for the advisors. Cummings was instrumental in Securities America retaining 95 percent of Brecek & Young's advisors.
Following the acquisition, Cummings became director of human resources for remote offices at Securities America, and in 2009, she became director of corporate training and relocated with her family from Folsom to Omaha. Following the retirement of Securities America's vice president of human resources in August 2011, Cummings assumed that position, retaining her responsibilities for training as well.
In the year since, Cummings has improved efficiencies in the Human Resources Department, growing the continuing education opportunities for the firm's independent financial advisors by 600 percent. She has expanded Securities America's leadership development programs by 50 percent to include both executive development and middle management. One of her most recent accomplishments includes creating a second formal mentoring program designed for first-time leaders to be mentored by current directors, taking the executive mentoring program and applying it further within the company.
Continuing her mission to include culture and employee engagement as a core component of human resources, Cummings is currently restructuring Securities America's new employee orientation experience.
"From the first days of the Brecek & Young integration, Nicole has shown herself to be an invaluable part of our leadership team, bringing a creative and thought-provoking approach to our human capital strategy," said Janine Wertheim, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, who nominated Cummings. "We are thrilled to see her honored for her great accomplishments with a Midlands Business Journal's 2012 40 Under 40 Award."
Prior to her employment with Brecek & Young Advisors, Cummings was the human resources manager for Cakebread Cellars Winery in Rutherford, Calif., and the human resources generalist for EAH Inc., a nonprofit property management company located in San Rafael, Calif.
Cummings majored in business administration with an emphasis in human resources at California State University-Chico. In 2002, she received her certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute. Continuing her own professional development, Cummings is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She balances her job and her studies with her strong commitment to her family: her husband Grady, son Landon and daughter Mallory.
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 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.