SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- First Allied Securities (First Allied), an independent broker-dealer that is part of Cetera Financial Group®, a leading network of independent broker-dealers, reported the successful conclusion of the firm's annual national advisor conference, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, from July 15 through July 18, 2015. The event brought together 975 attendees to participate in a wide array of industry-leading education, training and networking opportunities. Recognized industry experts, inspirational keynote speakers, strategic partners and over 400 First Allied-affiliated independent advisors from across the country were in attendance.
Kevin Keefe, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Allied, said, "Words can't express how delighted we were as a firm with this year's annual conference which provided us with a special opportunity to come together, tap into our collective creativity and support each of our independent advisors' goals for professional growth and excellence. We look forward to many more years of successful annual conferences to come."
The conference's keynote speakers included Retired Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of United States and International Forces in Afghanistan, who discussed how to create an adaptive organization; Susan O'Malley, former President of Washington Sports and Entertainment and the first woman to head a professional sports franchise, who spoke about leadership and thriving in a male-dominated field; and Andrew Friedman, principal of The Washington Update and a leading authority on tax and fiscal policy, who discussed how current political trends were impacting the financial services industry.
An important part of the annual conference was a fundraising effort for Angels of America's Fallen (AOAFallen), a charitable organization that provides long-term developmental support to children of fallen military members and first responders across the country. AOAFallen proactively seeks to engage these children in a healthy outlet of their choosing, with a coach or instructor who can provide additional adult guidance. Donations cover all costs associated with educational and developmental activities.
The total amount raised in support of AOAFallen totaled a record-breaking $100,608 in contributions, more than doubling the amount raised through last year's conference fundraising efforts.
A major contributor to these fundraising efforts was Erik Wahl, entrepreneur and author of the bestselling business book Unthink. Stating that "The future of your organization is a blank canvas" to the conference attendees while at the event's main stage, Wahl, a renowned graffiti artist, donated two paintings he created on stage to a live auction immediately following his presentation, resulting in $31,000 of the total donations raised for AOAFallen. Mr. Wahl, whose remarks focused on how financial advisors can tap into their innate creativity, demonstrated through his paintings on stage how true breakthrough thinking can occur for anyone.
Joe Lewis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AOAFallen, commented. "We are grateful for the generous outpouring of support that Angels of America's Fallen received at the First Allied national conference. These funds will enable us to continue helping the many deserving children of America's fallen during their most crucial developmental years. Without the generosity of organizations like First Allied, our mission would not be possible."
AOAFallen's goal is to provide mentoring and help children develop a passion for a healthy activity that will allow them to stay on track as they develop into adults. Currently, AOAFallen supports 200 children and has a waiting list of more than 150 deserving children. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 16,000 children have lost a military parent.
Christopher Boggs, a First Allied advisor and executive with SRS Wealth Management Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and an active volunteer for AOAFallen, said, "I am extremely proud of my colleagues throughout First Allied who stepped up to the plate and gave with such an open hand to help these children whose parents made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security of our country. The very least we can do is help these deserving children ease their sorrows, pursue their passions and find a healthy outlet for honoring their fallen parents."
Mr. Keefe added, "Speaking as a member of a firm that actively encourages a strong sense of community and shared values, I was particularly moved by the display of generosity demonstrated by so many of our advisors and employees to Angels of America's Fallen. Beyond doubling our original charitable contributions goal for this organization, this act of collective generosity deepens our relationship with our community and our country. First Allied and its affiliated independent advisors are proud to show our tremendous gratitude to the men and women of our armed services and first responders who strive to keep our country safe and secure."
First Philanthropy, First Allied's employee volunteer community service program, led the fundraising efforts with assistance from volunteer advisors. First Allied's employees vote on a new spotlight charity each year and will continue to raise funds for AOAFallen through December 2015. In the program's six-year history, First Philanthropy has raised more than $300,000 for several deserving non-profit organizations located throughout the United States.
About Angels of America's Fallen
Angels of America's Fallen (AOAFallen) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to serve the specific unmet needs of the growing number of the children of America's fallen military and first responders. Founded in 2012, AOAFallen grants the funds and/or supplies for activities that provide mentorship and help for these children to develop into strong and successful adults. Rather than a blanket program, AOAFallen is organized around providing opportunities, and support is based on the unique needs and interests of each child.
For more information on AOAFallen or to donate, please visit http://www.aoafallen.org.
About First Allied
Based in San Diego, First Allied serves as the firm of choice for independent financial advisors from across the nation who seek to grow their businesses. Our exclusive business development platform has been expertly constructed to provide entrepreneurial financial advisors with one of the most comprehensive platforms for growth in the industry. First Allied is part of Cetera Financial Group®, the leading network of independent broker-dealers and retail financial advice platform for RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP), a full-service investment firm expressly focused on the individual retail investor. First Allied Securities is part of First Allied Holdings, which also includes The Legend Group, a specialized provider of investment and retirement solutions to the not-for-profit space, including 403(b) accounts.
First Allied offers securities through First Allied Securities, Inc., a registered broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services are offered through First Allied Advisory Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. For more information, please visit firstallied.com.
About Cetera Financial Group
Cetera Financial Group is the retail investment advice platform of RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP). It is comprised of eleven firms – four legacy Cetera-branded firms (Cetera Advisors, Cetera Advisor Networks, Cetera Investment Services, marketed as Cetera Financial Institutions, and Cetera Financial Specialists) along with First Allied Securities, Investors Capital, J.P. Turner and Company, Legend Equities Corporation, Summit Brokerage, VSR Financial Services and Girard Securities. The platform is the second largest independent financial advisor network in the nation by number of advisors, as well as a leading provider of retail services to the investment programs of banks and credit unions. Cetera Financial Group delivers award-winning wealth management and advisory platforms, comprehensive broker-dealer and registered investment adviser services, and innovative technology to approximately 9,500 independent financial professionals and over 600 financial institutions nationwide. Through its distinct firms, Cetera Financial Group offers the benefits of a large, established broker-dealer and registered investment adviser, while serving independent and institutions-based financial advisors in a way that is customized to their unique needs and aspirations. Cetera Financial Group is committed to helping advisors grow their businesses and strengthen their relationships with clients. For more information, visit www.ceterafinancialgroup.com.
About RCS Capital
RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP) is a full-service investment firm expressly focused on the individual retail investor. With operating subsidiaries including retail advice services, wholesale distribution, investment banking, capital markets, investment research, investment management and crowdfunding, RCS Capital's business is designed to capitalize, support, grow and maximize value for the investment programs it distributes and the independent advisors and clients it serves. Additional information about RCS Capital can be found on its website at www.rcscapital.com. RCS Capital may disseminate information about itself, including the results of its operations and financial information, via social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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