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Institute Appoints New Members to Board of Advisors
On February 16, 2017
Luis A. Aguilar, Ron Carson, Dan Solin and Woodrow W. Leake To Join Institute Advisors John C. Bogle and Tamar Frankel
Washington DC – February 15, 2017 – The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard today announced four appointments to the Institute’s Board of Advisors. In a statement, Institute president, Knut Rostad noted:
“2016 was a high note for the Institute and 2017 programming will only expand. As regulatory uncertainty and dynamic market forces continue unabated, our research and education programs are more vital than ever for advisors and investors. Today the Institute announces that four outstanding individuals are joining our Board of Advisors to provide their expertise to further the Institute’s mission and assist in programming. The four new advisors are:
Luis A Aguilar served his country as SEC Commissioner during one of the most challenging times in securities regulation history. Commissioner Aguilar earned his reputation a reliable, forceful and clairvoyant voice for true fiduciary duties throughout his tenure.
Ron Carson heads the firm he founded and is a widely respected innovator in the financial advisory industry. Ron joins the Institute as a powerful voice to help advance Best Practices.
Dan Solin, a best-selling author, is one of the nation’s most articulate voices for investors and passionate advocate for fiduciary duties.
Dr. Woodrow W. Leake is a veteran communications and management consultant to non-profits and political campaigns and offers a unique and valuable perspective on the work of the Institute.
Luis A. Aguilar served as a Commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from July 31, 2008 to December 31, 2015. Aguilar became the eighth longest-serving Commissioner in SEC history, and was one of only three Commissioners to have been nominated by two U.S. Presidents from two different political parties. He is a recognized leader in the nexus of corporate governance, cybersecurity, investor protection, and publicly traded companies. Currently, he is a partner in Falcon Cyber Investments, an equity investment vehicle focused on cybersecurity investments. Additionally, he has been active in numerous civic and business associations and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE: ENV) and Donnelley Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: DFIN). Prior to his SEC appointment, Aguilar was active in business and law and focused on issues related to corporate governance
Ron Carson is Founder and CEO of Carson Group, which serves financial advisors and investors through its businesses including Carson Wealth, Peak Advisor Alliance, and Carson Institutional Alliance. Founded in 1983, Carson Wealth has grown to become one of the largest wealth management firms in the country offering portfolio management and wealth planning services to high net-worth clients. Established in 1993, Peak Advisor Alliance has grown to become one of the leading advisor coaching programs in the country empowering advisors to overcome key business challenges through personalized coaching, proven strategies, marketing services; while Carson Institutional Alliance empowers advisors to improve client service, efficiently run their practice, grow their business, and build a legacy through a turnkey integrated partnership. Ron is continually ranked among the top advisors by Barron’s magazine and was one of only two independent advisors inducted into Barron’s inaugural Hall of Fame.
Dan Solin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Smartest series of investing books and The Smartest Sales Book You’ll Ever Read. He blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and Advisor Perspectives. Dan’s books have been enthusiastically endorsed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Vanguard founder John Bogle. Kiplinger’s listed The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read on its top ten list of the best financial books ever written. A former securities attorney, Dan graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Dan is a sales coach to advisory firms throughout North America. He gives presentations to large groups, conducts workshops and engages in one-on-one coaching either in person or via teleconferencing platforms like Skype.
Dr. Woodrow Leake was Edwin Lawrence Professor of [Political and Ideological] Communication at the University of Vermont. After leaving academe, he served as Executive Director and CEO of both the Brain Injury Association of Georgia and the Institute of Industrial Engineers, not-for-profit professional associations, and as Vice President for the Benjamin Franklin Center of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Leake was actively involved in politics, both statewide and local races. He was a strategic and tactical advisor to then-Governor Jimmy Carter for his second debate with President Gerald Ford. He moderated debates among contenders for the U. S. Senate and governor in two states. He also led campaigns for state races in the northeast, Georgia, and Florida. Dr. Leake is now retired and lives in Florida.
The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard
Welcome to the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard!The Institute is a nonprofit formed in 2011 to benefit investors and society through its research, education and advocacy of the fiduciary standard's importance to investors, our capital markets and economy. Six key fiduciary duties embody the fundamental elements of an investment fiduciary’s responsibility. Read More
Why an InstituteThe rationale for an Institute for the Fiduciary Standard is straightforward: The fiduciary standard is important, representing ideas central to our form of government and free market economy; it is under significant pressures from market forces that could sharply limit its reach; no other entity is solely focused on preserving and promoting the fiduciary standard. More...
The 6 Core Fiduciary Duties
- ‣ Serve the client’s best interest
- ‣ Act in utmost good faith
- ‣ Act prudently -- with the care, skill and judgment of a professional
- ‣ Avoid conflicts of interest
- ‣ Disclose all material facts
- ‣ Control investment expenses
Best Practices Board
- Christopher Cannon, CFA
- William C. Prewitt, M.S., CFP
- Stephen D. Johnson, CFP©
- Knut A. Rostad, MBA
- General Counsel to the Best Practices Board: Daniel Bernstein
- Clark M. Blackman II, CFA, CFP, CPA/PFS