6th Annual RIA Central Investment Forum

Apr 2nd - Apr 3rd 2020
Four Seasons Hotel

The Wheels of Change are in Motion: Adapt Or Be Left Behind

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.

It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

~ Charles Darwin

The wealth management industry is changing fast and it is changing dramatically. A new generation of investors, whose expectations and preferences have been shaped by new technologies and by their living through the last financial crisis and its impact, have brought new standards to the industry in terms of how advice is being delivered. Furthermore, a challenging investment environment, characterized by increased levels of uncertainty and rising costs of risk to investors and RIA firms alike is making it harder for advisors to generate superior investments.

Shifting advisor demographics and the transfer of wealth from baby boomers to the Gen X and Millennial generations will impact many established advisor/client relationships and create opportunities for new firms to grow market share at the expense of incumbent firms.

Finally, increasing regulatory burdens, evolving business models and new competitive patterns which may trigger a crisis of differentiation will all come together to further compound the level of disruption and reconfiguration within the market. While many firms may benefit from all the changes, one thing is clear: RIAs must harness these trends to adapt - or be left behind.

In that context, the 6th Annual RIA Central Investment Forum will focus on the practice management techniques and investment strategies leading independent, RIA firms should be familiar with in order to compete and survive in an increasingly crowded, increasingly competitive, and rapidly changing market.

Advisory Board

Institutional Investor’s RIA Institute would like to thank our Advisory Board of esteemed RIA executives who help shape the Institute’s content, thought leadership and programming for the year.

Toussaint Bailey
Chief Executive Officer
Enso Wealth Management

Ken Bower
CEO, Managing Director
Clayton Financial Group, LLC

Michael Cole
Chief Executive Officer

Lori Van Dusen
Chief Executive Officer
LVW Advisors

Jonathan Foster
Angeles Wealth Management

Eric Godes
President and Chief Operating Officer
Daintree Advisors

Frederick Hinkley
Wealth Manager
Manchester Capital Management, LLC

William Hornbarger
Chief Investment Officer
Moneta Group

Rita Lee
Director of Research, Vice President, Principal
Brouwer & Janachowski

Carl Ludwigson
Director of Manager Research
Bel Air Investment Advisors

Cosmin Lucaci
Vice President
Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth

John Mannix
Chief Executive Officer
Baldwin Brothers

Sean O’Dowd
Managing Director
Silvercrest Asset Management

Biff Pusey
Kimble Advisory

Matthew Sexton
Clear Harbor Asset Management

Chris Shepherd
Managing Director, Wealth Advisory
Spearhead Capital Advisors, LLC

Scott Sorensen
Principal & Chief Investment Officer
Vigilant Capital Management

Debra Brennan Tagg
Brennan Financial Services

Joseph Zappia
Principal, Co-Chief Investment Officer
LVW Advisors

2019 Agenda

2020 Agenda Coming Soon!

View the 2019 Agenda

Become a Supporting Member

Institutional Investor would like to thank this year's supporting members of the RIA Institute from premier asset management firms and providers.The benefits for firms which join the RIA Institute as supporting members include a dramatically reduced sales cycle, significant savings on client acquisition and servicing, and, most importantly, a much greater understanding of the changing needs of their clients so that these firms may, in turn, grow their businesses.

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