We are pleased to announce an extended submission deadline for the second year of our pioneering recognition program — ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES: May 6.
The popular awards celebrate top advisors, industry executives, teams, RIAs, broker-dealers, asset/investment/portfolio managers and other firms by showcasing their achievements in four key areas:
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Thought Leadership
- Executive Leadership
- Community Impact
As in 2021, this program and its related coverage shine a spotlight on the quantitative and qualitative impacts that ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES are making on the industry, for both today’s and tomorrow’s advisors. We also highlight the bold steps the winners are taking to drive the wealth, investment and retirement industry forward in more dynamic and inclusive ways.
The program is not meant to emphasize asset levels or rankings — or the latest industry buzz. Rather, our awards and coverage of the winners will tell the stories of how top-performing industry participants are producing meaningful results in the areas that matter most to advisors.
In 2022, ThinkAdvisor is accepting nominations for the new Community Impact category, which will honor those who lead community-focused efforts, serving as role models of excellence and demonstrable impact.
Nominees should have a record of achievement in building powerful community service projects in ways that can be replicated by others and that stand out in their communities — locally or nationwide.
We’re also pleased that we have three new judges for this year’s program:
- Christine Benz, director of personal finance, Morningstar;
- Jamie Hopkins, managing partner of wealth solutions, Carson Group; finance professor of practice at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business; and
- Rose Niang, director of financial planning, Edelman Financial Engines
Morningstar’s Benz says that while the term “assets under management” is viewed as “shorthand in this business for how successful someone is,” recognition programs like the LUMINARIES “take a more expansive view and demonstrate that financial professionals can do great work, contribute thought leadership, and make an impact even if they’re not” working for one of the largest firms in the business.
Carson Group’s Jamie Hopkins agrees and adds that industry recognition “inspires others to do innovative work by showing the impact of creating” something new. Awards programs, he explains, also “pull people together, people who might not otherwise meet and converse.”