LPL Financial Advisor Kathleen Kelly, Compass Financial, Wins National NAPA 401K Advisor Leadership Award

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Award Exemplifies Leadership, Experience and Expertise in the Retirement Plan Industry

LPL Financial LLC, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, an RIA custodian, and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., today announced that Compass Financial Partners LLC (“Compass Financial”) in Greensboro, NC, represented by Kathleen Kelly, has been awarded the 2014 National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award.

Now in its seventh year, the NAPA 401(k) Advisor Leadership Award recognizes a leading financial advisor or team for their contributions in the retirement plan industry. The award reflects the multi-faceted efforts of advisors to serve their clients (plan sponsors and participants), act as a mentor, maintain high ethical standards, and consistently improve their practices and services in the retirement industry.

Kelly, a founding partner of Compass Financial Partners, has been affiliated with LPL Financial since 2005. She is a 17-year veteran of the financial services industry and specializes in retirement plan consulting and investment advisory services for qualified retirement plans and executive benefit planning.

In 2013, Kelly and her team at Compass Financial began implementing LPL Financial’s Worksite Financial Solutions platform, which enables advisors to provide individualized financial advice to participants. The program allows Compass Financial to have unique conversations with plan sponsors’ clients that differentiate the practice and showcases how it can work with participants holistically to improve retirement readiness.

“We commend Kathleen Kelly and her team for this high honor and for the work they have done in the retirement plan industry,” said Bill Chetney, president of LPL Retirement Partners the retirement plan-focused division of LPL Financial. “She was one of the first to adopt our Worksite Financial Solutions platform and her success with this tool has certainly proven that it can be a tremendous asset for an advisor. We salute her achievement in receiving the prestigious NAPA award.”

“We are honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Kathleen Kelly, managing partner of Compass Financial. “We respect and support NAPA as an organization and are appreciative of their efforts as a strong voice in representing advisors as an industry. NAPA helps tell the story that the 401(k) system is not broken and that it is helping millions of Americans plan for their retirement. I also want to thank LPL Financial for giving us the Worksite Financial Solutions platform, which is a true differentiator in the marketplace.”

Kelly and the Compass Financial team have received more than 15 nationally recognized accolades, including 401kWire’s 2011 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution (1.) and PLANADVISER’s 2013 and 2014 Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers (2.).

1. Based on reader votes, input from distributors and statistics about advisor practice gathered directly from nominees.

2. Selected based solely on quantitative factors, including plan assets and number of plans, as reported directly by nominees.

About LPL Financial
LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2013), an RIA custodian, and an independent consultant to retirement plans. LPL Financial offers proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 13,700 financial advisors and approximately 700 financial institutions. In addition, LPL Financial supports approximately 4,500 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have more than 3,000 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit

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