FSI Elects HighTower’s Bob Oros to its Board of Directors

May 8, 2019

The Financial Services Institute (FSI) today announced the election of HighTower Advisors’ Chief Executive Officer Bob Oros as a member of its Board of Directors.

“For years our Board has proven its strength comes from its diversity. Today, our Board becomes that much more diverse, and even stronger,” said FSI President & CEO Dale Brown. “Bob brings a wide variety of experience to our Board as well, both through his leadership of HighTower, and throughout his career. His extensive background in our industry will better inform us as we move FSI forward for years to come.”

“It’s a great honor to be named to the FSI Board, a group of industry leaders I have long admired for their support and advocacy on behalf of financial advisors,” said Bob Oros, CEO of HighTower. “I look forward to working closely with the Board to address the converging interests of all who are committed to providing independent, objective advice to all those who save and invest.”

FSI’s Executive Committee of the Board consists of:

  • Chair of the Board: David Knoch, President, 1st Global
  • Vice Chair (Chair in 2020): John Rooney, Managing Principal, Commonwealth Financial Network
  • Immediate Past Chair: Dean Harman (financial advisor), Founder and CEO, Harman Wealth Management
  • Finance Chair: Scott Curtis, President, Private Client Group, Raymond James Financial
  • PAC Chair: James Poer, President & CEO, Kestra Financial

Also on the Board: Adam Antoniades, Cetera Financial Group; Denise Barrows (financial advisor), Barrows Trostle Advisors; Valerie Brown, Advisor Group; Kent Christian, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network; Carolyn Clancy, EVP, Head of BD Segment, Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions; Jim Crowley, Chief Operating Officer, BNY Mellon | Pershing; Bill Dowell (financial advisor); Chris Flint, President & CEO, ProEquities; Ed Forst, Lincoln Investment; Steve Horn (financial advisor), President, Prosperity Financial Group; Kimberly Kropp (financial advisor); Richard Lampen, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services; Shawn McLaughlin, McLaughlin Ryder Investments; Chris Perry, President, Global Sales, Marketing & Client Solutions, Broadridge Financial Solutions; Scott Spiker, First Command Financial Planning.

About the Financial Services Institute (FSI): The Financial Services Institute (FSI) is the only organization advocating solely on behalf of independent financial advisors and independent financial services firms. Since 2004, through advocacy, education and public awareness, FSI has successfully promoted a more responsible regulatory environment for more than 100 independent financial services firm members and their 160,000+ affiliated financial advisors – which comprise over 60% of all producing registered representatives. We effect change through involvement in FINRA governance as well as constructive engagement in the regulatory and legislative processes, working to create a healthier regulatory environment for our members so they can provide affordable, objective advice to hard-working Main Street Americans. For more information, please visit financialservices.org.

About HighTower: HighTower is a national wealth management firm that provides growth capital and support services to elite independent financial advisory businesses. Operating as a Registered Investment Advisor, HighTower’s portfolio of 98 advisory groups in 33 states provide investment, financial and retirement planning services to individuals, foundations and family offices. Corporate services include 401k consulting and corporate cash management. Visit www.hightoweradvisors.com.


Allison Kuehner, FSI, (202) 803-6002 allison.kuehner@financialservices.org

Joseph Kuo, Haven Tower Group , (424) 317-4851 jkuo@haventower.com

Patty Buchanan, JConnelly , (973) 850-7318 pbuchanan@jconnelly.com