LPL Financial Kicks Off focus14 Annual Advisor Conference in San Diego

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Over 3,400 Independent Financial Advisors and Institutions Gather with LPL Financial Executives to Discuss Growth Strategy, Leadership Skills, Innovation and Best Practices; LPL Financial To Showcase New and Enhanced Tools and Support Services Designed to Unlock Value for Advisors, Free Up More Time for Clients

LPL Financial LLC, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer*, a leading RIA custodian, and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., today announced that more than 5,200 independent financial advisors and guests are expected to attend focus14, its annual meeting of industry professionals from across the U.S. The theme of this year’s conference, “What Matters Most,” will showcase the power of affiliation with LPL Financial in providing advisors and institutions with tools and services that enable them to focus on serving their clients and growing their practices.

This year’s conference comes on the heels of twelve months of record growth and achievement for LPL Financial, with advisor growth up 3.2 percent to 13,840 advisors and assets under management growing to $465.4 billion as of June 30, 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. Such growth has been supported by significant new business developments in the independent advisor, retirement and institutional services spaces, along with the development of a suite of innovative technology solutions that are designed to revolutionize the way independent advisors do business.

“LPL Financial is proud to be the industry’s leading provider of independent financial advice and investment services. Enabling financial professionals to help their clients pursue their life’s aspirations has always been at the core of our mission, which is why the theme of “What Matters Most” has particular resonance for LPL Financial,” said Mark Casady, Chairman and CEO of LPL Financial. “This year’s focus14 conference comes in the midst of historic levels for LPL Financial in terms of the breadth and depth of services that we are able to offer our advisors. The power of affiliation with LPL Financial has never been stronger.”

A premier gathering in San Diego of industry professionals, focus14 will convene LPL Financial-affiliated advisors and bank and credit union program managers, along with their staff and guests, as well as LPL Financial product sponsor firms and employees. Conference attendees will gain valuable insights from top LPL Financial executives, including Mr. Casady, President Robert Moore, Chief Investment Officer Burt White and Chief Information Officer Victor Fetter, as well as many well-known invited keynote speakers. Attendees will also be invited to attend panel discussions and breakout sessions covering a range of topics, including technology and tools, practice management, succession planning and research, as well as to participate in networking sessions with colleagues and engage with more than 100 sponsors in the exhibitor hall.

In addition to presentations and breakout sessions, LPL Financial plans to unveil several new enhancements to its technology platform, including new account management and investment order capabilities and a completely redesigned corporate client web portal solution.

Conference registration is open to all LPL Financial-affiliated independent advisors and institutions.

Conference highlights include:

  • Monday, August 11: In addition to opening remarks from Mr. Casady, best-selling author Jim Collins will deliver a keynote address to conference attendees.
  • Tuesday, August 12: Former Minnesota governor, 2012 presidential candidate and current CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable, Tim Pawlenty, and best-selling authors, Bob and Lee Woodruff, will deliver keynote addresses to conference attendees. Members of the LPL Research team will also provide conference attendees with a live morning research update.
  • Wednesday, August 13: Conference attendees are invited to visit the new LPL Financial San Diego Tower, a 13-story, 415,000-square-foot office tower with sophisticated green technologies and health and wellness benefits. The tower is thought to be the largest net-zero commercial building in the U.S.

Pre-Conference Volunteer Event
On August 10, 2014, the LPL Financial Foundation hosted a pre-conference volunteer event to support The Preuss School UCSD, a unique middle and high school for low-income, highly motivated students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college. More than 100 LPL Financial advisors were joined by LPL Financial Foundation board members, executive leaders and employee volunteers to assemble 1,000 school supply kits, which were equipped with the tools these students need to be successful from the start.

“As a mentor to a current student at The Preuss School, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the great work their staff does to create a supportive academic environment for students from underserved communities in the San Diego area. We’re pleased to partner with Preuss to provide their students with additional resources to help them achieve success in life,” said Mr. Moore.

*Based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014

About LPL Financial
LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., is a leader in the financial advice market and serves $465 billion in retail assets. The Company provides proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 13,800 independent financial advisors and over 700 banks and credit unions. LPL Financial is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer since 1996 (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014), is one of the fastest growing RIA custodians with $78 billion in retail assets served, and acts as an independent consultant to over 40,000 retirement plans with approximately $110 billion in retirement plan assets served. In addition, LPL Financial supports approximately 4,400 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms, and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have 3,374 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit

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