PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Legend Equities Corp. (“Legend”), a part of The Legend Group of Companies and a broker-dealer with Cetera Financial Group®, the retail advice platform of RCS Capital Corporation (NYSE: RCAP), is proud to congratulate its two advisors taking home the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association’s (NTSA) Elite Advisor Award – Louis Deppas from Lakewood, New York, and Richard Williams in Grandville, Michigan. The NTSA is part of the American Retirement Association and is nationally recognized for its thought leadership and policy expertise with regard to public-sector retirement plans.
The NTSA Elite Advisor Award was established in 2014 to recognize the contributions of advisors who, by their actions and example, have advanced best practice standards in the 403(b) and 457 retirement industry. In doing so, these advisors are improving the ability of American workers to build a successful retirement. Aside from the two winners, three additional Legend advisors were named among the 10 finalists of this prestigious award, including: Daniel Dovan from Rochester, New York; Russel Sands from Bohemia, New York; and Todd D. Stout from Independence, Ohio.
Enrique Vasquez, Chief Executive Officer at Legend, commented, “It is wonderful to be well-represented among NTSA’s nominees. We had a total of 13 Legend advisors, out of 35 semi-finalists from top institutions across the country, included in this list. Additionally, our advisors made up half of the finalists and comprised two of the five winners. I couldn’t be more proud and believe this is a testament to the quality of advisor we have at our firm.”
“I commend the winners and finalists for the contributions they have made, as well as the acknowledgement of their peers and the judges for this notable award,” said Christopher DeGrassi, Executive Director of NTSA. “The NTSA Elite Advisor Award proclaims to the industry, the federal, state and local legislatures, as well as the public that our association and its advisors — as trained, experienced professionals — are integral to Americans in the non-profit sector achieving individual retirement security,” concluded DeGrassi.
Louis Deppas, Financial Professional with Legend, commented, “I’m humbled and honored for having received this recognition. I make sure to oversee my clients’ best interests and it is rewarding to be recognized for practicing something I enjoy so much.” Richard Williams, President of Williams & Company, added, “What a privilege it is to be recognized by our industry as an Elite Advisor. It is truly an honor. Our market place has many great advisors and to be acknowledged as an Elite Advisor is very special.”
The 2015 NTSA Elite Advisor Award was presented during the NTSA 403(b) Summit in Nashville, Tenn.
Formed in 1989, the National Tax-deferred Savings Association (NTSA) represents more than 3,000 practitioners, agencies, corporate and employer members. For more than a quarter century, NTSA has been nationally recognized for its thought leadership and policy expertise with regard to public-sector retirement plans. NTSA represents its membership in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country to address issues and design retirement plans that improve employee outcomes. NTSA also provides high-quality education, professional development, and information resources for all professionals involved in the 403(b) and 457(b) marketplace.
About The Legend Group
The Legend Group was founded 50 years ago and is rooted in the development of retirement plan products and services. Through the years, The Legend Group has significantly influenced the evolution of the 403(b) retirement plan marketplace. Now, they are a full-service investment planning firm and a leading provider of unique investment services and innovative retirement planning solutions. The Legend Group of Companies includes Legend Equities Corporation, a FINRA/SIPC member broker-dealer; Legend Advisory Corporation, a registered investment adviser; and The Legend Group/Advisory Services Corporation, a third party administrator. The Legend Group of companies is part of First Allied Holdings Inc., which also includes First Allied Securities, Inc., a registered independent broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, and First Allied Advisory Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. All companies in the First Allied Holdings family are part of Cetera Financial Group, RCS Capital Corporation’s (NYSE: RCAP) retail investment advice platform. For more information about The Legend Group, please visit www.legendgroup.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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