Our Broker-Dealer of the Year survey has come of age. Twenty years of change, innovation, regulation, boom, bust (and boom again) in the independent space.

Interviews with industry thought-leaders are always revealing, but put four in a room and the interaction and information gleaned is that much more exciting. The men whose firms won Broker-Dealer of the Year honors–as chosen by their own representatives–gathered together for an entire stormy day in Chicago with Editor John Sullivan and Group Editor in Chief Jamie Green to answer prepared questions, but the conversation often went into unexpected and interesting directions.The 2010 Broker-Dealer of the Year winners tell us what makes them stand out, and what issues are keeping them awake at night.

Read more from the winners in the September issue of Investment Advisor.