SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- Parallel Advisors ("Parallel" or "the firm"), the fast-growing independent registered investment adviser (RIA) firm with $1.3 billion in AUM and offices in San Francisco, Dayton and Denver, today announced that it has appointed Relura Horton, a widely-respected industry veteran, as the firm's new President and Chief Operating Officer. In her new position, Ms. Horton will play a vital role in driving the continued success of Parallel's aggressive strategic growth plan, which seeks to expand the firm's assets under management to $10 billion within seven years by recruiting and retaining successful financial advisory practices.
Parallel Advisors, a fee-only multi-custodial RIA, has established itself as a fast-growing and highly competitive firm by leveraging its extensive expertise with both advisor- and client-facing technology, equity ownership options for advisors, superior succession planning offerings, a culture that embraces diversity among its professionals and the clients served by the firm, as well as other key differentiators to recruit successfully from all channels in the retail financial advice industry, including wirehouses, existing RIAs, bank and insurance company-based advisors and others.
Ms. Horton brings 16 years of experience in the independent financial services sector to Parallel Advisors. Most recently, she served as Regional Managing Director of the West Coast for Fidelity Custody and Clearing Services, where she oversaw Fidelity's Sales and Relationship Management efforts for the West. This role enabled Ms. Horton to work extensively with many of the largest and fastest-growing RIA firms in the country, and helped her develop a detailed understanding of the factors that shape the most successful advisory firms in the industry. Prior to this, Ms. Horton served in various other leadership positions at Fidelity, where she spent a total of 12 years.
Parallel Advisors CEO and Principal CJ Rendic said, "Our appointment of Relura Horton as President and COO of Parallel Advisors is the latest senior hire in a longstanding organizational strategy we have had in place since our firm's inception. Relura joins a deep bench of C-Suite appointments we have made over the past several years that not only meet our current business needs, but have helped us to anticipate and get ahead of future strategic priorities and broader industry trends. Our organizational plan is deliberate and methodical, directly empowering an aggressive growth strategy that has established Parallel as a leading advisory firm with offices across the country, well over $1 billion in AUM and an extremely strong recruiting pipeline. With Relura's extraordinary knowledge of the independent financial advice space and extensive understanding of the needs of both advisors and end clients, we are well-positioned to accelerate our recruiting and retention efforts even further, and to achieve our goal of expanding to $10 billion in AUM within the next seven years."
Relura Horton said, "I am excited to join Parallel Advisors as part of its executive team. During my time at Fidelity, I had the opportunity to work closely with hundreds of RIA firms, and developed a keen understanding of the factors that distinguish the most successful advisory firms in our industry. In meeting with the team at Parallel Advisors and getting to know the business, it was clear to me that Parallel is exceptionally well positioned for strong growth over the next seven years and beyond. The firm's executive team has demonstrated an impressive ability to execute against the company's strategic goals, as well as a proven talent for recruiting and retaining leading independent advisors. Along with the firm's deep expertise in advisor- and client-facing technology, equity ownership options for advisors and commitment to diversity throughout the company, Parallel Advisors has tremendous opportunities ahead of it. I am eager to get to work to help capitalize on them."
Mr. Rendic concluded, "Having an industry leader of Relura's stature join our executive team is a resounding vote of confidence in our platform and our direction as we seek to combine the power of our people with the power of technology to enable advisors to grow on a scalable and sustainable basis. We look forward to announcing significant financial advisor recruiting wins in the near future as we continue to execute against our growth strategy. At the same time, and as part of a long-term commitment to our business, we are also continuing to invest in additional senior level hires as we build out our leadership bench, with a particular emphasis in the near term on bringing aboard a top quality Chief Investment Officer to help us accelerate the next phase of our strategic plan."
About Parallel Advisors
Parallel Advisors is a registered, independent wealth management firm specializing in active financial planning, portfolio construction, and asset allocation designed to help individuals, families and trusts accomplish their financial goals. With offices in San Francisco, Dayton and Denver, Parallel provides innovative, unrestricted and comprehensive solutions for clients. As of The firm has $1.3 billion in assets under management and 38 employees, including 21 financial advisors, as of October 1, 2016.
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