Raymond James (RJF) has wrapped up its 21st annual Women’s Symposium, with plans to relocate the event next year.
“We’ve just outgrown facilities here in St. Petersburg,” said Michelle Lynch, vice president and director of the Raymond James Network for Women Advisors, in an interview. “The breakout rooms are busting at the seams. Attendance continues to grow, and moving to a larger venue — the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando — will help us address that need.”
The group met last week in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the Vinoy Hotel, near the firm’s headquarters. Some 300 female advisors and 200 other financial professionals attended the event, including 23 prospective advisors visiting from other broker-dealers.
During the event’s recognition dinner on Thursday, Raymond James honored four advisors with Woman of Distinction Awards.
“We are pleased to recognize these four deserving women advisors who are among the top performers in each of our Private Client Group business units,” explained Lynch in a statement.
Lynn Phillips-Gaines, Debbie Crownover, Deborah Stauring and Lori Pinkowski “are not only successful businesswomen, they are also leaders within their communities and mentors within the firm and industry,” Lynch explained. They work, respectively, as an independent advisor affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services, an employee advisor with Raymond James & Associates Inc., part of Raymond James Investment Advisors Division and with Raymond James Ltd. of Canada.