FSI was founded in 2004 with a clear mission.
The Financial Services Institute (FSI) has a clear mission to ensure that all individuals have access to competent and affordable financial advice, products and services delivered by a growing network of independent financial advisors and independent financial services firms.
At FSI, everything we do starts and ends with working to create a healthier, more business-friendly regulatory environment for our members the independent financial services firms and independent financial advisors who provide affordable, unbiased advice to hard-working Main Street Americans.
FSI’s total concentration on advocacy in Washington, D.C. and throughout the U.S. delivers the highest possible return on investment for our members. In the last few years, we have:
access to your advice that would have been banned by outlawing commissions
you from being forced to become an employee of your broker dealer
our voice in Washington, D.C. and the states by doubling financial advisor membership
your clients choices of
a seat at the regulatory table by electing dozens of FSI members to FINRA committees
On Capitol Hill Our Grassroots Efforts include:
Coordinating in-state meetings, letters and phone calls to elected officials. (In California, for example, our efforts recently led to the successful amendment to a bill that would have threatened advisors independent contractor status.)
Mobilizing financial advisors to raise their collective voice to affect change. (For example, over 5,000 personalized letters to the White House led to the DOL withdrawing their proposed redefinition of
the term fiduciary, preventing millions of Americans to be priced out of financial
advice on their IRAs.)
Speaking with one voice and filling a large void in the media to influence the administration, Congress and regulators, both in D.C. and in the states.
Working with members to garner support for advocacy efforts via the FSI PAC.
Holding over 260 meetings on Capitol Hill during our last Capitol Hill Day pressing our most critical issues with members of Congress.
Leadership and Governance
Councils and Task Forces
FSI has several advisory councils, each headed by a volunteer member. These councils provide guidance and direction to the FSI board and staff on issues in different areas of the industry: Accounting & Finance, Compliance, HR, Investment Advisory Services, and Operations & Technology.
Our members are our greatest asset in the ongoing effort to successfully engage with regulators and legislators.
FSI Board of Directors
Our 22-person 2022 Board of Directors is led by Ed Forst.
President & CEO, Lincoln Investment
FSI Management Team
The FSI management team is headed by Dale Brown, who has led FSI since 2004.
Dale E. Brown, CAE
President & CEO, Financial Services Institute