Raymond James headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. Raymond James headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Raymond James says its independent channel has added two recruiters to further its growth in the West.

The new Raymond James Financial Services recruiters are Brent Randol, who will manage recruiting in Northern California and Northern Nevada, and Rollin Ellis, who will focus on the Pacific Northwest. Both report to Bill Counsman, the Western regional director for RJFS.

“With growing interest from prospective advisors, particularly in the West, where Raymond James has a strategic focus, we had an opportunity to build out our recruiting team to support advisor interest in that area. We welcome Brent and Rollin to the division, and look forward to continued growth across California and the Pacific Northwest,” said RJFS President Scott Curtis, in a statement.

The RJFS West Region includes nearly 500 financial advisors in over 200 branches in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Nationwide, it has about 4,300 registered reps.

Randol came on board Raymond James in 2018, but began his career in the financial services industry about 30 years ago. He worked for several firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Citi, where he served as an area investment manager, and Ameriprise Financial Services, where he led recruiting efforts in three western states as a regional director.

Ellis joined the firm in 2016 as an Advisor Choice consultant and serving prospective advisors in Southern and Central California, Hawaii and Guam. Prior to working at Raymond James, Ellis was a regional director for business development at LPL Financial, a regional advisor at First Allied Securities and a financial professional at Prudential Financial.

Randol and Ellis now work with RJFS business development consultant Ed Rodriguez, who supports recruiting efforts in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.

Recently, Raymond James’ independent channel recruited financial advisors Taylor Adams and Annie Norris in Little Rock, Arkansas. The duo does business as Southern Wealth Group and moved to RJFS from Merrill Lynch, where they previously managed roughly $180 million in client assets and had about $1.5 million in yearly fees and commissions.