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LUMINARIES FAQ: How to Participate in ThinkAdvisor's New Awards Program

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  • There are two weeks left to nominate advisors and firms for our new, pioneering recognition program. Here's who to nominate — and how.

There are two weeks left to nominate advisors and industry firms for our new and pioneering recognition program — ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES.

The awards will celebrate the achievements of advisors, industry executives, teams, RIAs, broker-dealers, asset managers and other firms by showcasing their achievements in four key areas: diversity & inclusion, thought leadership, executive leadership and dealmaking/growth.

Here are some answers to key questions about the LUMINARIES program. Please send other questions to [email protected].

Is there a cost associated with nominations? 

There is no charge for nominations.

Why should advisors and organizations participate in the program? 

Winners of the LUMINARIES will be featured on ThinkAdvisor through in-depth coverage that tells the full story of why they were selected and how they are making a difference to the industry.

This coverage will showcase the best practices that the winners demonstrate, so others can benefit in tangible ways from their achievements.  

What materials should be submitted for nominations? 

In addition to the requested headshot(s), please submit materials that clearly demonstrate quantitative and qualitative results. We prefer documents that are no longer than 10-12 pages in length each; uploading multiple documents is fine. 

Testimonials from advisors, executives, clients and others who have benefited from programs and innovations are encouraged. Links to videos and other multimedia materials are acceptable. These presentations should (ideally) be no longer than 15 minutes.

Which individuals and organizations should nominate themselves (or others)? 

We are seeking nominations from individual advisors, advisory firms, broker-dealers, asset managers, industry executives and other financial professionals who can demonstrate that they have made a positive and significant impact on their colleagues, clients and/or the industry.

Has this individual or organization made efforts that go above and beyond others in the industry? Have they taken unique steps to improve their organization and/or the industry through a particular program or strategy? If the answer is yes, then please nominate them.

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Likewise, ask if this individual or organization has produced stellar results and/or had a special role in influencing others that did so. Again, if the answer is yes, then please nominate them.

What will be the main criteria for nominations in Diversity & Inclusion? 

The judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of leadership and innovation in bringing more women, people of color and others of diverse backgrounds into the industry. These efforts also can include steps to better support diverse individuals already in the industry and leadership efforts that push an organization in new directions to expand the community of investor clients served by advisors. 

What will be the main criteria for nominations in Thought Leadership? 

The judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of leadership and innovation in how the industry is approaching a key area, such as advisor training/consulting, retirement, financial planning, practice management, client education, behavioral finance, human resources, compliance, etc. 

How is the individual or firm working for the industry to do something that has not been done before for clients or other industry participants? How are these efforts improving or aiming to improve what the industry is doing today? 

What will be the main criteria for nominations in Executive Leadership? 

The judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of results and innovation in a key area or areas. This includes overall business growth, starting new segments or channels, M&A work, innovative hiring of managerial talent, general advisor recruiting, retirement, financial planning, practice management, client education, behavioral finance, compliance, etc. 

Has the firm led by this executive shown it is taking steps that make it stand out in the industry? How is the firm adding value to its business in ways that other firms aren’t? And has the executive been hiring others or taken other steps to expand a particular business focus and/or build on the innovative activities that he/she is leading? 

What will be the main criteria for nominations in Dealmaking/Growth? 

The judges will be looking for a clear demonstration of results in business growth via mergers and acquisitions or organic expansion.

Has the company shown growth through deals or other business efforts  that make the firm stand out in the industry? How is the firm staying ahead of others in its growth strategies?

To start your submission and kick off your chance of winning a recognition award, please visit the website for the LUMINARIES program.