After former-CEO Dick Averitt retired on Monday, the president of Raymond James’ independent channel, Scott Curtis, met with more than 50 prospective Raymond James advisors at the firm’s development conference in Orlando. During these discussions, Curtis says, he has assured them that their potential transition to Raymond James (RJF) won’t be hampered in any way by the parent company’s recent purchase of Morgan Keegan and its roughly 1,000 reps.
The Morgan Keegan acquisition raises the question for some prospects, “Are you going to be able to support my transition as independent advisor coming over to Raymond James versus the other [acquired employee] advisors coming on board?” said Curtis (left) in an interview with AdvisorOne.
“We anticipated this,” the executive said. The answer to whether the acquisition will affect prospective reps joining RJFA, he adds, “is ‘No’ and should remain ‘No.’”
As for existing independent reps, about 1,600 of whom are attending the weeklong Raymond James Financial Services event in Orlando, “We have to reassure those that have been with us for a long time that this does not mean a degradation in services to them,” Curtis said. “And [parent-company CEO] Paul Reilly will reassure them of this on Wednesday.”
Both he and Raymond James private-client CEO Chet Helck also believe that the full advisor force—which now numbers about 5,500 across the firm’s different channels—stands to benefit from the deal. “We think our RJFS reps will get better fixed-income support and products thanks to the Morgan Keegan acquisition,” Curtis said.