Jason G. Smith with Voya Financial Advisors Wins Five Star Wealth Manager Award for 2016

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Exclusive recognition of Phoenix-area wealth managers.

Winning this award for the third time reinforces an ideal that I can serve my clients and help them reach their goals.

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Jason G. Smith, Voya Financial Advisors, has been chosen as one of Phoenix’s Five Star Wealth Managers for 2016.

Five Star Professional partnered with PHOENIX magazine to recognize a select group of Phoenix-area wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. Jason G. Smith is featured, along with other award winners, in a special section of the October issue.

“I seek to provide personalized service in a world of toll free 800 numbers. To help clients meet their retirement goals, I meet with them at their office, their home, or my office. More often than not, I am going to them to make things easier for their schedule,” says Jason G. Smith of Voya Financial Advisors. “As a consultant, the goal is to provide the path with that minimizes risk over the long haul. Timing the market is difficult, so I prefer to invest in bargains that can provide long term growth potential.”

The Five Star Wealth Manager award program is the largest and most widely published wealth manager 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.

“Winning this award for the third time reinforces an ideal that I can serve my clients and help them reach their goals,” says Jason.

“The research behind this award is extensive with each wealth manager being thoroughly vetted from numerous angles. We are proud to showcase these distinguished professionals,” states Jonathan Wesser, Research Director, Five Star Professional.

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. 1,149 Phoenix wealth managers were considered for the award; 232 (21 percent of candidates) were named 2016 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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