NFP’s Mike James and Dave Carroll Named to Forbes-SHOOK FSP Advisory Board

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Advisory board created by Forbes and SHOOK Research to highlight industry best practices.

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“Dave and I are thrilled to join a group of knowledgeable and well-respected industry colleagues to share ideas, identify best practices and ultimately enhance the value the entire industry provides to clients," said James.

NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides property and casualty (P&C), corporate benefits, retirement, and individual solutions, today announced that Mike James, head of Individual Solutions and president, NFP Life Solutions, and David Carroll, managing director of Financial Architect Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of NFP, have been named to the Forbes-SHOOK Financial Security Professionals (FSP) Advisory Board.

Both James and Carroll are recognized industry leaders in the financial security space. James drives the overall strategic direction for NFP’s life insurance, long-term care, annuities, and wealth management businesses, and Carroll works directly with high net worth individuals and families to help them realize their planning goals.

SHOOK Research, in collaboration with Forbes, formed the FSP advisory board to help identify the characteristics of FSPs who approach financial planning holistically and who also have the knowledge and experience to help clients mitigate risk.

The Forbes/SHOOK FSP ranking is slated for publication in Forbes magazine and online in November, followed by Top Women FSPs, and a more expansive list of thousands of FSPs in a best-in-state ranking. FSPs interested in being rated by SHOOK Research can complete surveys at

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Qualitative and quantitative information gathered by SHOOK analysts will be used to compile the first rating of the nation’s top FSPs. The ratings, based on deep due diligence, measure best practices uncovered through in-depth telephone, virtual and in-person interviews, surveys, compliance records and hard data, such as revenues and insurance data.

“We’re excited to spotlight this industry and highlight the ways FSPs are impacting peoples’ lives,” said RJ Shook, president of SHOOK Research. “By identifying the best practices that make a real difference for individuals and families, the FSP advisory board will elevate professional standards and expand awareness of the value FSPs deliver.”

“It’s an honor to be named to the FSP advisory board,” said James. “Dave and I are thrilled to join a group of knowledgeable and well-respected industry colleagues to share ideas, identify best practices and ultimately enhance the value the entire industry provides to clients. Forming the FPS advisory board is the first step. From here, we will shine a light on what advisors are doing to make a positive difference for clients and raise the bar for what people should expect from our industry.”

Click here to read the Forbes article covering the new Forbes/SHOOK TOP FSP rankings.

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