FSI Taps New Board Members, Leadership for 2018

Dean Harman, CEO of Harman Wealth Management, will be the second financial advisor to chair the group of indie reps and broker-dealers

FSI President & CEO Dale Brown FSI President & CEO Dale Brown

The Financial Services Institute says three new directors have been elected to its 2018 board and five directors have been tapped for leadership positions. Dean Harman, CEO of Harman Wealth Management (based near Houston), will be the second financial advisor to chair the board, when he assumes the post next year.

The three new directors will be Ed Forst, president and CEO, Lincoln Investment Planning; Chris Maryanopolis, president, Signator Investors; and Scott Spiker, chairman of the Board and CEO, First Command.  

“Our membership has been blessed once again with a strong, diverse and visionary board,” said FSI President & CEO Dale Brown, in a statement. “The CEOs and financial advisors who lead our board understand the critical nature of our advocacy and how it impacts their businesses and their clients. They will not only lead FSI, but the entire industry, into a brighter future.”

The five directors elected to the 2018 Executive Committee are Harman; David Knoch, president, 1st Global; Richard Lampen, president and CEO, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services; Scott Curtis, president, Raymond James Financial Services; and John Rooney, managing principal, Commonwealth Financial Network.

“When I become chair next year, I will be the second financial advisor to do so, and it shows just how seriously FSI is in fighting for independent financial advisors,” explained Harman, currently board vice chairman, in a statement. “With so much happening in Washington and the states, FSI is more critical than ever, and it’s a great honor to lead the board in these challenging times.”

Board members staying on in their roles for 2018 are Adam Antoniades, Cetera Financial Group; Valerie Brown, Advisor Group; Richard Bryant, Capital Investment Companies; Kent Christian, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network; Bill Dowell (financial advisor); Joe Himelick (financial advisor); Tony Lajeunesse (financial advisor); Kimberly Kropp (financial advisor); Shawn McLaughlin, McLaughlin Ryder Investments; and James Poer, Kestra Financial.

“Never has the voice of independent financial advisors and financial services firms been more indispensable in the critical debates happening on Capitol Hill, in the states and in the financial services industry,” said Knoch, incoming board vice chairman, in a statement.

“With polarizing headlines pulling the industry’s focus away from where it should be — serving American families in desperate need of competent and comprehensive financial advice — FSI’s 13-year track record of constructive engagement with key regulators and elected officials has never been more valuable. I’m proud to serve the more than 100 independent financial services firms and their 160,000-plus affiliated financial advisors who constitute FSI’s dynamic membership,” he added.

Board members ending their terms in 2017 are Seth Miller of Transamerica Financial Advisors and Amy Webber of Cambridge Investment Research.

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