Carson Group says it added 49 advisor groups with $4.4 billion in assets under management in 2018, which brings the company a total of 96 partner firms with $7.5 billion of assets. In the fourth quarter, 14 firms with about $1.1 billion in assets came on board.
Earlier this year, Carson Wealth opened an office in Des Moines, Iowa, led by former Wells Fargo advisor Joel Worsfold, who works with several advisors and some $500 million in assets. These and other affiliated Carson Wealth advisors trade through Cetera Advisor Networks.
“We experienced record growth in 2018, which is a testament to advisors not only seeing our compelling value but to the shifting environment that’s opening their eyes to take a close look at the health of their business,” according to Ron Carson, founder and CEO of Carson Group.
The Carson Group says its coaching business now has some 1,285 member firms in the U.S. and Canada. The unit hired about 65 new employees in 2018, including Bryan Powell, an executive business coach who used to be with Wells Fargo, and Sarah Duey, vice president of Trust Services, who is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and attorney.
The firm also promoted COO Lantz Hunt to the role of chief transformation officer to support incoming advisors. According to Carson Group, this appointment is “the first C-level role” for advisor transitions.