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Thrivent Advisor Network Names New Leader

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  • Carolyn Armitage, CFP, has been an executive at Echelon Partners, LPL Financial and ING Advisors Network.

RIA platform provider Thrivent Advisor Network, which works with about $6.7 billion in assets, has hired industry veteran Carolyn Armitage, CFP, as its new leader. The former managing director at investment bank and consulting firm Echelon Partners will join the firm as its head Monday.

“In my prior role, I worked with a number of Thrivent Advisor Network teams, and I’ve come to have tremendous respect for the organization … ,” said Armitage, in a statement. “I love helping organizations realize their vision and saw a terrific fit between my expertise in wealth management and what Thrivent Advisor Network is building.” 

During her four-plus years at Echelon, Armitage focused on helping CEOs make strategic planning decisions and build high-performance teams, for instance. Earlier, she led LPL Financial’s Large Enterprise Business Management Consulting team for three years. 

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In addition to having an executive role at Western International Securities, Armitage spent more than 12 years (1998-2010) as head of Advisory Service Wealth Management at ING Advisors Network, now Voya Financial Advisors. She also worked for HD Vest Financial Services (1991-1998) and was a producing branch manager for Cetera Investments (1988-1991).

“The goal of Thrivent Advisor Network is to attract and serve purpose-driven advisors who are deeply committed to their clients and to achieve that we need to attract leaders that embody that mission of service and also bring extensive industry experience and credibility,” according to  Luke Winskowski, Thrivent’s senior vice president of Advice & Wealth Management at Thrivent. “Carolyn has all those qualities.”

Beyond her professional achievements, Armitage also is the founder and CEO of True Circle Organization, a nonprofit that provides food, water, clothing and daily necessities for the homeless. She is based in the Los Angeles area.