2024 Winners

Wealth Exemplar Awards

For the second year, WSR is proud to present a series of invitation-only awards that celebrate excellence in the wealth management industry – the WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards. These awards call out the most outstanding firms in the industry in a broad range of categories, the most impactful and trend-setting M&A transactions and two leading executives with stellar reputations and achievements.

The Wealth Exemplar Awards celebrate the best our industry has to offer as a foundation for a bright future and optimistic outlook for wealth management at all levels, from individual advisory practices to the largest enterprises and M&A deals. The greatness in our industry we highlight today points to the fact that our best days are yet to come.

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Orion CEO Natalie Wolfsen Speaks With WSR About How Her Career
Prepared Her For The New Role, Her Top Business Priorities And Goals For Orion
In 2024, And How The Wealth Management And Wealthtech Landscape Has Evolved
During Her Career

Natalie Wolfsen made industry headlines when she succeeded Orion Advisor Solutions Founder and CEO Eric Clarke in October 2023, to join the wealthtech and services provider as CEO and lead its team of more than 1,300 people. Wolfsen also is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

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CEO Of The Year Adam Malamed Discusses His Vision For Sanctuary, Business Philosophy, Inspiration And Advice For Rising Professionals

Sanctuary Wealth appointed Adam Malamed to its top role one year ago – a large role to fill, as the firm served over 300 advisors with approximately $30 billion in client assets at the time. With 26 years of experience, Malamed excelled at the occasion, successfully accelerating Sanctuary’s growth and building out its C-suite with top talent.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards for Hybrid RIA of the Year go to the top three RIA firms that offer fee-based solutions as well as commissionable services in affiliation with a broker-dealer, through either W-2 or independent financial advisors, or both. 

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards for Fee-Based RIA of the Year go to the top three SEC-registered RIA firms that focus primarily on fee-based solutions for clients, working through either W-2 or independent financial advisors, or both.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards for Wealth Management Enterprise of the Year go to the top three wealth management enterprises, offering a full-service experience to financial advisors across multiple stages of their business life cycle, that support either W-2 or independent professionals, or both.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards for Private Equity-Backed Firm of the Year go to the top three wealth management firms that have received significant or majority equity investments from private equity, venture capital or other institutional investors for expansion and growth purposes.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards for Alternative Investments Firm of the Year go to the top three firms that provide a platform for helping financial advisors align alternative assets with their retail investor clients.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards for Asset Management Platform of the Year go to the top three firms that have a significant presence in the wealth management industry and operate as third-party asset managers that serve B2B wealth management platforms. There is a minimum asset level of $10 billion.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards Deal of the Year honors the top three wealth management M&A deals of the year based on their size and strategic importance. There is a minimum asset level of $10 billion and a minimum headcount of 100 advisors. Deals are selected based on their impact and importance to the industry as well as how they reflect ongoing industry trends.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards Family Office of the Year goes to the top three financial advisory firms with a majority or significant focus on ultra-high net worth client families and engage in (themselves or through affiliates) sophisticated, tailored services typically offered to this clientele such as concierge services, tax and estate planning and art investment advice.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards Retirement Plan & Income Solutions Provider of the Year goes to the top three firms that advise on retirement plans under ERISA, support firms and professionals who support ERISA retirement plans and/or specialize in income solutions and strategies that financial advisors can align with their end clients.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards Wealthtech Firm of the Year goes to the top three firms providing technology solutions for firms that operate within the non-institutional wealth management space. At minimum, winners must serve $250 million in assets.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards Practice Management Solutions Provider of the Year goes to the top four practice management platforms either in-house within a wealth management firm or delivered via a third-party consultancy or solutions provider, with offerings that may include, among other areas, business consulting, succession planning, advisor marketing/client prospecting or advisor-facing technologies and digital solutions.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards Compliance Solutions Provider of the Year goes to the top three firms providing compliance and regulatory solutions for firms that operate within the non-institutional wealth management space.

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The WSR Wealth Exemplar Awards Insurance & Annuities Solutions Provider of the Year goes to the top three firms that offer life insurance and annuities products that assist financial advisors’ clients with their long-term planning and asset protection needs, including through relationships with RIAs and broker-dealers.

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