Securities America’s 2017 National Conference Offers Building Blocks for Future Success
More than 1,200 advisors, assistants and industry professionals enjoyed valuable training and networking opportunities at Securities America’s Connect National Conference, June 25-28, in San Diego, California.
The annual conference came on the heels of the June 9 effective date for the initial requirements for the Department of Labor fiduciary rule to take effect. As a result, much of the training and discussion focused on how to continue growing a business under the new regulations.
“We’ve taken a very business-friendly, advisor-friendly approach to our implementation of DOL,” Securities America CEO and President Jim Nagengast said during his opening keynote address. “We’re remaining true to our values on how we’ve built our business. That’s a commitment to choice, flexibility and open architecture.”
For Lou Mancinelli, a financial advisor with a practice in Branchburg, New Jersey, the educational sessions provided vital tools to build on his three decades of industry experience and prepare for the future.
“I’m here to go to these classes and get an idea of where the industry is going and what the next trends are,” Mancinelli said. “You have to be flexible and adaptable.”
Greg Frentzen of Frentzen Financial Services in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, said the conference was a great opportunity to discover new resources and insight he can use to benefit his clients.
"I’m going to take what I’ve learned and translate it into useful information that will benefit my clients,” Frentzen said. “That’s my goal.”
In addition to Nagengast, other keynote speakers included Missy Escribano, founder and executive director of Ripple Effect Strategies; Phil Blancato, CEO and president of Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management; Nick Buettner, community and corporate program director for the Blue Zones Project and comedian Martin Short.
“From an educational perspective, this conference was an enormous success,” Nagengast said. “Advisors took home a wealth of information and resources that will help them continue to offer their clients the best advice while adjusting to the historic changes impacting our industry,”