PFI Advisors & DeSola Group Present: The 5 Building Blocks to Branding Yourself a Successful Buyer

February 28, 2019

As we announce our latest co-written white paper, we thought we would first share some background research and history put into this particular M&A thought leadership piece.  While this is the first time we have formally partnered with another industry leader in writing a joint paper, Mergers & Acquisitions is hardly a new topic of…

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Scott Belsky’s “The Messy Middle”: A Must Read for All Breakaway Advisors and Entrepreneurs Alike

February 21, 2019

Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, investor, best-selling author, MBA Harvard graduate, and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.  That being said, I had never heard of him until he was doing a promotional tour for “The Messy Middle” last year.  I was struck by his premise that entrepreneurs love to recount…

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From Startup to Street Cred: (Re)State Your Mission

February 12, 2019

In a recent conversation with an advisor who had launched his RIA the same year we launched PFI Advisors, we were discussing our business paths and how they have somewhat paralleled each other. This advisor participated in his own version of a Breakaway 3.0 in 2015, in which he left an RIA to start his…

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The COO Roundtable, Episode 2 Featuring Gary Bonner & Mike Lee

January 29, 2019

In the second episode of our podcast, The COO Roundtable, host Matt Sonnen sits down with Gary Bonner of Avalon Advisors and Mike Lee of LourdMurray.  Also featured in our most recent white paper, Gary and Mike are two accomplished Chief Operating Officers who have been catalysts for incredible growth at their respective RIAs.  Matt,…

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The COO Roundtable, Episode 1 Featuring Jeff Fuhrman & Tony Craun

January 22, 2019

In our inaugural episode, Matt sits down with Jeff Fuhrman of Coastal Bridge Advisors and Tony Craun of Sand Hill Global Advisors.  These two were gracious enough to be profiled in our latest white paper, “Exploring the Benefits of Professional Management for RIAs: A Deeper Look into Chief Operating Officers.”  Matt, Jeff, and Tony discuss…

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Industry Coverage of PFI Advisors’ Recent COO White Paper

January 9, 2019

In late October, we released our latest white paper, “Exploring the Benefits of Professional Management for RIAs: A Deeper Look into Chief Operating Officers,” the sixth installment in our industry series.  Our goal was to uncover the benefits of professional management (namely Chief Operating Officers) and lay out the responsibilities of a successful COO, as…

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PFI Advisors’ 2018 Top Blog Posts

December 26, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we pause to reflect on the past year we’ve had here at PFI Advisors.  We added a new employee to our team in June and our Director of Transition Amusement started kindergarten in August!  We have continued to focus our work of achieving operational efficiencies at RIAs and helping…

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Introducing The COO Roundtable Podcast

December 11, 2018

I am thrilled to announce the launch of The COO Roundtable, Powered by PFI Advisors; our latest endeavor in championing the role of operations professionals within the RIA industry.  This podcast series will feature panel discussions with Chief Operating Officers at some of the country’s leading independent firms.  We plan to highlight operational best practices…

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Are You Serious, Wall Street? A Response to the #MeToo ‘Advice’ of Men

December 5, 2018

This open letter is a response to a Bloomberg Article ​InvestmentNews ran Tuesday about some male Wall Street executives whose concerns about #MeToo accusations have led them to limit the ways in which they work with female colleagues, for example by refusing to have dinner with a woman or sit next to a woman on a plane…

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Should Breakaway Advisors Leverage a Wrap-Fee Program?

December 4, 2018

As breakaway advisors consider their move from a wirehouse to their own RIA, the question of whether to provide a wrap fee program will undoubtedly arise. Before we get into the weeds, what is a wrap-fee program and what are its implications? According to the SEC, a wrap fee generally involves an investment account in…

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