In 1998, a group of financial advisors decided to start a new broker/dealer unique to other firms. They enlisted the help of Gordon D’Angelo, now Chairman and CEO, who agreed to start the company on the condition that all advisors would have the opportunity to take part in ownership and equity of the company.
The founding group envisioned an independent broker/dealer that gave each representative vision, values and voice. During an initial meeting, Gordon D’Angelo wrote a vision for the new company that showed expansive growth in advisor production supported with world-class marketing. He said, “If you are interested in being part of the start-up, sign the flip chart,” and he left the room. When he returned everyone had signed the vision. Together, they believed they could take part in forming a quality, representative-focused broker/dealer.