“Our message is resonating” with advisors, says Mark Tibergien, CEO of Pershing Advisor Solutions, pointing out that the RIA custody arm of Pershing has crossed the $100 billion in AUM mark from its 540 advisor relationships, a figure that is growing by 70 to 80 advisory firms a year.
Acknowledging the “very competitive business” that PAS is in, with “formidable” competitors, Tibergien said Wednesday in an interview during the Pershing Insite 2012 conference in south Florida that he was particularly pleased with the “vast improvements in the client service experience” that have occurred in the four and a half years since he took the helm at PAS.
Tibergien (left) said that in addition to providing a global new products set and “keeping pace” in technology, PAS’ “big thrust” this year is in encouraging the custodian’s RIAs to move from a “practice management focus to a business management process.” That resonates particularly well for the kind of advisors that PAS is appropriate for, he says: those who provide comprehensive advice to high-net-worth clients with complicated financial lives.
PAS advisors, he says, “have a luxury other RIAs don’t have: professional management.” He suggests that we will see “more amalgamation and consolidation” in the RIA world, particularly among those advisors who may not have professional management and who are struggling with growing their businesses.
There’s another overarching message from Tibergien for advisors. For the past five years, Tibergien says many advisors have been keeping their “noses down and butts up” in focusing on the immediate needs of their businesses, but they now need to “look over the horizon” and determine what they want to be and do in 10 years’ time. For those advisors who do want to grow their businesses, they should consider two areas in which to find new clients: among women investors and younger investors.