TCA is a noncompetitive provider of custody, technology and advisory services exclusively for RIAs that provides fully integrated real-time technology, consultative services and back office support for more than 7,500 advisors. TCA currently has around $17 billion in assets under custody.
“We’ve been on a pretty good growth trajectory,” Pace said during a recent visit to ThinkAdvisor’s New York office.
Pace has been at TCA for more than five years and assumed the role of CEO in 2015 after serving as the firm’s chief business officer, where he led the sales and revenue generation and expanded into more than 80 new advisor relationships.
Pace attributes TCA’s growth in part to many of the macro trends affecting the industry — like the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule, the flight away from commission models, and mergers and acquisitions.
“Whether it’s DOL or just the general change in the industry, I think it’s part of the reason why we’ve had such a good run in growth,” Pace said.
Another trend that’s supporting TCA’s growth trajectory is the movement toward fee-based models because TCA supports those fee-based assets.
“That’s a big macro trend,” Pace explained. “Think about, aside from consolidation of broker-dealers, you’re seeing a flight from an asset category of commission-based products into the fee arena. That’s a great macro trend — not just for us — but for, I think, those that are like us. That’s part of what fuels the growth.”