FSI Adds Over 700 New Financial Advisor Members
Momentum Continues to Build Towards Industry UnityMarch 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In yet another strong show of support for the Financial Services Institute (FSI), WRP Investments, Inc. and Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc., announced that over 700 of their Independent Financial Advisors are now new FSI Financial Advisor Members. The Financial Advisors’ first-year membership is offered on a complimentary basis by the firms.
Dale Brown, FSI’s president & CEO, said: “Numbers and grassroots engagement are critical to our advocacy success. Regulators and lawmakers pay attention when constituents are engaged in the policy making process. So our collective voice is getting stronger and more influential. Our members are choosing to say ‘Yes We Will’ reform regulation through education and representation. The momentum our members are creating speaks loudly that every independent financial advisor should join the fight to protect their business by becoming an FSI member.”
Berthel Fisher CEO Tom Berthel said: “Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services Inc. is pleased to become part of the FSI first-year membership, offered on a complimentary basis to all of its 385 Registered Representatives. We believe our support for the program along with other broker-dealers will assist FSI in its advocacy efforts in the independent broker-dealer space. Today more than ever, the large, medium and small firms together need to be represented to insure a fair and equitable regulatory environment, while protecting the interest of the public. We feel our partnership with FSI will give our Representatives a strong voice in this ever-changing industry.”
WRP President David Pintaric added: “In today’s regulatory and legislative environment, you, as an independent financial advisor and business owner, need to find partners that can help you protect the value that you bring to your clients in the way of independent, unbiased advice and solutions. The Financial Services Institute is that partner. As a member of FSI, you provide not only the financial backing that allows them to fight the fight on your behalf, you support advocacy efforts that ensure our regulators and legislators hear our one collective voice.”
In addition to advocacy, FSI financial advisor members receive: access to analyses of regulatory and legislative proposals; an Advocacy Action Center to easily communicate with legislators and regulators; opportunities to visit Capitol Hill and educate lawmakers; access to FSI’s first-ever Financial Advisor Summit and exclusive FSI publications and communications.
About the Financial Services Institute (FSI): FSI is an advocacy organization for independent financial services firms and independent financial advisors. Established in January 2004, FSI has over 100 financial services firm members and over 35,000 financial advisor members. FSI member firms have upwards of 160,000 financial advisors affiliated with them. FSI’s mission is to create a more responsible regulatory environment for independent broker-dealers and their affiliated independent financial advisors through effective advocacy, education and public awareness. FSI’s strategy includes involvement in FINRA governance, constructive engagement in the regulatory process and effective influence on the legislative process. For more information, please visit financialservices.org.
About WRP Investments, Inc.: WRP Investments, Inc, headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, is a truly independent, family-owned full-service firm that exists for the independent advisor to thrive as an entrepreneur and have trust in the broker-dealer to keep their best interests in mind. It was founded in 1976 by William R. Pintaric will the intent on doing a “better job” of serving the independent advisors it serves. Now owned and operated by sons David M Pintaric, President and William R Pintaric, Jr. CCO, WRP is one of the oldest independent broker-dealers in the Midwest. We offer our 350 advisors a full range of investment products, advisory services and insurance that they can use in their practices to serve their clients. WRP has grown slowly since 1976, and doing so without losing focus on our advisors, who are our customers. We treat our advisors with respect and appreciation. Because at WRP, we know that we are only one of many broker-dealers, therefore we realize that we need to earn our relationships with superior service, competitive pricing, flexible policies and a personal touch. The independent focus and philosophy of the firm is the same today as it was when we started, and will remain so for many years in the future. For more information about WRP Investments, Inc. visit joinwrp.com.
About Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc.: Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. (BFCFS), headquartered in Marion, Iowa, is a pioneer in the independent broker/dealer industry. BFCFS offers investment banking services and a full-range of investment products and investment advisory services to investors, as well as a complete line of insurance, and banking in all 50 states through 385 Representative offices. Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. is a subsidiary of Berthel Fisher & Company, a financial holding company. Berthel Fisher & Company owns Securities Management and Research, Inc. (SM&R) a broker/dealer with 300 Representatives as well as BFC Planning, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. For more information about Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services, Inc. visit berthel.com.