May 17, 2013

SCF Lures Walnut Street Team of 4 Advisors

The move puts the Fresno-based IBD at more than $1 billion in affilated client assets and 140 advisors

SCF Securities said Thursday that it attracted a team of four independent advisors based in Portland, Ore., and formerly affiliated with Walnut Street Securities.

The hybrid team, which does business as Summit Financial Strategies, was set to become affilliated with Cetera Financial Group of El Segundo, Calif., in the near future. Cetera—led by Valerie Brown—struck a deal in early April to buy both Walnut Street and Tower Square Securities from MetLife (MET), and the acquisition should be completed over the next three months.

The new SCF-affiliated team—which includes Brett Langer, Keith Bandettini, Will Gingell and Beverly Cox—manages about $145 million in client assets. With the new group, Fresno-based SCF now has more than 140 affiliated reps and $1 billion in client assets under management.

“SCF has set themselves apart by making a complicated business simple—not only for us advisors, but for clients, as well,” said Langer, in a press release. “It’s nice to deal with a BD that cares about us as individuals and not just about our revenue.”

According to Langer and other Summit advisors, transition support was a key factor in the team's decision to switch BDs. “Everyone at SCF has been great in walking the walk. They don’t just talk the talk," Cox said in a statement. "SCF is customer service-oriented and so very helpful. Transitioning isn’t an easy process, but SCF made it feel easy.”

Naturally, executives at SCF are pleased, as well. “We are excited to welcome the Summit group to the SCF family. Brett and his team are extremely talented financial professionals who align perfectly with the values and culture of our boutique firm,” said SCF President & CEO Randy Meadows, in a release. “We could not have found a better fit.”

When it announced the acquistion last month, Cetera said it hoped to add more than 800 representatives and $25 billion in assets with the acquisition of Walnut Street and Tower Square. Once the deal is complete, Cetera expects to have a total of 7,000-plus advisors and over $130 billion in assets.

 

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Read Cetera Buying Fellow IBDs Tower Square, Walnut Street From MetLife on AdvisorOne.

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