Diane Brett of LPL Financial Honored With the 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

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Diane Brett named one of Connecticut’s outstanding wealth managers.

Diane Brett

My goal is to not only make each person feel comfortable with these decisions but to also provide exceptional service in the years to come.

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Diane Brett, LPL Financial, has been chosen as one of Connecticut’s Five Star Wealth Managers for 2015.

Five Star Professional partnered with Connecticut magazine to recognize a select group of Connecticut area wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. Diane Brett is featured, along with other award winners, in a special section of the December issue.

Diane has over thirty years of experience in the financial services industry. Diane's experience includes all aspects of financial planning and investment management, including retirement planning, tax-reduction strategies and education funding. Diane has worked with members of American Eagle Financial Credit Union (americaneagle.org) since 2008 to understand their objectives for growth and income as well as their needs for security. She holds both her Bachelor of Science in finance and Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Connecticut. She is a registered Investment Representative and has FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 65, life insurance and variable contracts designations and is a registered investment advisor.

“As a licensed investment advisor since 1983, I feel that I have all the necessary experience and knowledge to help my clients achieve their financial goals,” says Diane of LPL Financial. “I try my best to ‘translate’ all the available investment options into understandable terms so that one can make the best possible educated investment choice for their own personal situation. My goal is to not only make each person feel comfortable with these decisions but to also provide exceptional service in the years to come.”

American Eagle Financial Services is dedicated to provide high-quality, comprehensive financial services in an atmosphere that allows us to get to know you better - your family, your business, your financial goals, and your investment needs.Through the affiliation of our financial consultant(s) with LPL Financial, our clients have access to a wide array of financial services including professional money management, retirement and education planning.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award program is the largest and most widely published award program in the financial services industry. The award is based on a rigorous, multifaceted research methodology, which incorporates input from peers and firm leaders along with client retention rates, industry experience and a thorough regulatory history review.

“Based on our evaluation, the wealth managers we recognize are committed to pursuing professional excellence and have a deep knowledge of their industry. They strive to provide exemplary care to the people they serve,” says Dan Zdon, CEO, Five Star Professional.

About the research process:

Now entering its 13th year, Five Star Professional conducts in-depth, market-specific research in more than 45 markets across the United States to identify premium service professionals.

Wealth manager award candidates are identified through firm nominations, peer nominations and industry qualifications, and then evaluated on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including client retention rates, client assets administered, firm review and a favorable regulatory and complaint history.

Self-nominations are not accepted, and wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager's future investment performance. For detailed information on the Five Star Wealth Manager research methodology visit http://www.fivestarprofessional.com.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process*); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients; 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations.

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner’s future performance. 2,398 Connecticut wealth managers were considered for the award; 468 (20 percent of candidates) were named 2015 Five Star Wealth Managers.

*To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history, the person cannot have: 1. been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a suspended or revoked license, or payment of a fine, 2. had more than three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process, 3. individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, 4. filed for bankruptcy, or 5. been convicted of a felony.

For research methodology information visit http://www.fivestarprofessional.com.

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