Though Mariner Wealth Advisors has grown from having lower than 200 advisors to 600 in simply over three years, expertise acquisition stays a significant problem, based on Marty Bicknell, Mariner Wealth Advisors CEO and president.
The agency is, nevertheless, making progress after realizing that its finest referral sources for good expertise have been proper underneath its roof, amongst its personal advisors and associates, he stated.
Different challenges stay, Bicknell famous. For one factor, Mariner Wealth’s Advisors’ important problem is “implementing all of the assets in a cohesive and structured manner” after becoming a member of the agency, he stated.
In the meantime, the agency stays energetic in mergers and acquisitions. For instance, Mariner stated it acquired Hopkins Tameron Hostal final month within the newest signal that advisory companies are more and more trying so as to add or enhance the tax providers they provide.
The HTH acquisition and integration of its providers “enhances Mariner Wealth Advisors’ mission of offering shoppers with 360-degree wealth recommendation, and emphasizes the agency’s dedication to providing a full catalog of options in-house,” the RIA stated in a information launch.
Bicknell, with seven others, based Mariner Wealth in 2006 with a aim of “retaining the shopper on the heart of all we do,” based on the agency’s web site. He needed to construct an organization that might simplify its shoppers’ lives by having all of the assets they wanted underneath one roof.
By way of e mail, we requested Bicknell a couple of questions on what advisors needs to be doing in the present day that they aren’t, what business pattern or aggressive concern is most affecting his agency and its advisors, and extra.
THINKADVISOR: What are advisors at your agency not doing in the present day that they need to be doing (and wish to do) for shoppers?
MARTY BICKNELL: At our important enterprise unit, we’ve grown from having [fewer] than 200 advisors to 600 in slightly over three years. Throughout that point, we’ve constructed a major variety of instruments and assets for our advisors to raise their worth proposition and the shopper expertise.
Our advisors’ important problem is implementing all of the assets in a cohesive and structured manner upon becoming a member of the agency. It takes time to be taught one of the best practices and for them to adapt the know-how to how they’re accustomed to working with shoppers.
What business pattern/aggressive concern is most affecting your advisors, your group and also you?
How is your agency addressing that concern?
We haven’t solved it. That’s for positive. We’re making progress although. We found that our personal associates and advisors could be our greatest referral sources in the case of expertise. They’re related to many within the business, and so they have a good suggestion of who could be a great match for our tradition. As an alternative of assuming they’ll make the referrals, we’ve began asking them to take action.
What do you assume investor shoppers are most involved about in the present day in the case of working with you, your agency and advisors? And the way are you all addressing this concern?
Purchasers need time and a focus from their advisor. It’s not a brand new concern. We’re working very laborious to implement methods and processes that give time again to advisors to allow them to spend extra time interacting with shoppers. This can be a unending battle, and all the time on the forefront of us placing shoppers first.