We recently spoke with advisor Trae Wieniewitz and he explained the keys to his successful path as a producer.
Wieniewitz is the president of Wieniewitz Financial and will be a panelist at the Advisor Network Summit, which is being held August 13-15 in Las Vegas at The Venetian.
Wieniewitz will speak at the session titled, “Million Dollar Producer Roundtable: Achieving Smart Growth for Your Practice.”
That session will include tips on how to achieve and maintain the level of growth that advisors are seeking. “ From prospecting to personnel, from retention to revenue, top producers will touch on the keys to unlocking a bigger, better, and more prosperous practice.”
The following are highlights from our conversation with Wieniewitz:
1) Are you an independent or a captive advisor?
I am completely independent and shop around for the best insurance companies (annuities and life insurance products) to fit the particular need of the client. Likewise, I use multiple custodians as well as more than one money manager to meet a particular client’s needs on the securities side as well.
2) We’ve heard a lot of talk about designations lately. What is your take on licenses/designations and how does that come up when you’re meeting a prospective client?
As it pertains to client meetings, I almost never get a prospective client that asks about whether or not I have a CFP or any other designations. At the end of the day… clients are buying “you.” If you can’t sell yourself and the benefits of working with you and clients aren’t comfortable with you, I don’t see how having any designations would help you or them.
However, I do see the value in them for some people who use them to build trust and credibility. It depends on what an advisors sales process is or if he has one. I can understand why they might be important to some advisors. Designations just aren’t necessary or a good fit for my personal practice.
3) What drew you to the senior market in the first place?