In a conscious effort to acknowledge the importance of advisor assistants—in this case, an executive assistant who saved her firm after the founder’s tragic sudden death–Securities America has chosen Amanda Silkwood of Quintus Financial Services in Englewood, Colo., as the Assistant of the Year for 2011.
Silkwood (left), who assists advisors Dan O’Leary, Chet Wallace and Brian Peters, will be honored at the Securities America National Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, taking place June 9-12. She has worked in the financial services industry for more than a decade and currently serves on Securities America’s Sales Assistant Advisory Board.
When O’Leary joined Quintus in 2010, he said he was told that one of the best benefits of the firm would be having “the greatest assistant in the world”–namely, Amanda Silkwood. When the office in February 2011 suffered the sudden loss of its founder, Grier Laughlin, in a car accident, Silkwood’s knowledge of Laughlin’s client base and dedication to furthering his practice were essential in helping Quintus carry on, O’Leary said.
“While many successful advisors owe a lot of their success to their assistants, I can honestly say that Quintus Financial Services would not be here today if not for the hard work and dedication of Amanda Silkwood,” O’Leary said in a statement.
In a phone interview with AdvisorOne, Silkwood said her favorite part of working at Quintus is her interaction with the people, both clients and advisors. She credits her organizational abilities and time management skills as helping her keep up with the demands of her job.
Asked where she sees herself in five years, Silkwood answered modestly: “This firm that Grier started was really important to him. He brought in all of us, me and three advisors, for a reason. We’re all honest and ethical, and we work together as a team. That’s my focus now–trying to continue.”