Our Broker-Dealer of the Year survey is entering its third decade, and a more challenging time for independent broker-dealers and advisors—volatile markets, regulation, fee compression, a hyper-charged political environment—is difficult to remember.  

The men whose firms won Broker-Dealer of the Year honors—as chosen by their own representatives—gathered in Chicago with Editor John Sullivan and Group Editor in Chief Jamie Green to answer prepared questions, but their easy manner had them largely talking among themselves. This year’s winners tell us what makes them stand out, and what issues excite them most amid all that’s happening.

To read and view more about this year’s winning broker-dealers, and to see who won this honor in previous years, please see our 2011 Broker-Dealers of the Year home page.