FSI Elects 2018 Board & Executive Committee Members

Financial Advisor to Chair the Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Financial Services Institute (FSI) today announced the election of three new Directors for its Board for 2018: Ed Forst, President and CEO, Lincoln Investment Planning; Chris Maryanopolis, President, Signator Investors; and Scott Spiker, Chairman of the Board and CEO, First Command.

The Board also elected five of its Directors to leadership positions – including Dean Harman, who will be the second financial advisor to chair the Board in 2018.

The Directors elected to the 2018 Executive Committee are:

  • Chair of the Board: Dean Harman, Founder and CEO, Harman Wealth Management
  • Vice Chair (Chair in 2018): David Knoch, President, 1st Global
  • Immediate Past Chair: Richard Lampen, President and CEO, Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services
  • Finance Chair: Scott Curtis, President, Raymond James Financial Services
  • PAC Chair: John Rooney, Managing Principal, Commonwealth Financial Network

Critical nature of advocacy

“Our membership has been blessed once again with a strong, diverse and visionary Board,” said FSI President & CEO Dale Brown. “The CEOs and financial advisors who lead our Board understand the critical nature of our advocacy and how it impacts their businesses and their clients. They will not only lead FSI, but the entire industry, into a brighter future.”

“When I become Chair next year, I will be the second financial advisor to do so, and it shows just how seriously FSI is in fighting for independent financial advisors,” said Dean Harman, current Board Vice Chair. “With so much happening in Washington and the states, FSI is more critical than ever, and it’s a great honor to lead the Board in these challenging times.”

“Never has the voice of independent financial advisors and financial services firms been more indispensable in the critical debates happening on Capitol Hill, in the states and in the financial services industry,” David Knoch, incoming Board Vice Chair, said. “With polarizing headlines pulling the industry’s focus away from where it should be — serving American families in desperate need of competent and comprehensive financial advice — FSI’s 13-year track record of constructive engagement with key regulators and elected officials has never been more valuable. I’m proud to serve the more than 100 independent financial services firms and their 160,000+ affiliated financial advisors who constitute FSI’s dynamic membership.”

Continuing on the Board: In addition to those elected to leadership positions, continuing on the Board are Adam Antoniades, Cetera Financial Group; Valerie Brown, Advisor Group; Richard Bryant, Capital Investment Companies; Kent Christian, Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network; Bill Dowell (financial advisor); Joe Himelick (financial advisor); Tony Lajeunesse (financial advisor); Kimberly Kropp (financial advisor); Shawn McLaughlin, McLaughlin Ryder Investments; James Poer, Kestra Financial.

Rolling off the Board: Seth Miller, Transamerica Financial Advisors and Amy Webber, Cambridge Investment Research.




About the Financial Services Institute (FSI): The Financial Services Institute (FSI) is the only organization advocating solely on behalf of independent financial advisors and independent financial services firms. Since 2004, through advocacy, education and public awareness, FSI has successfully promoted a more responsible regulatory environment for more than 100 independent financial services firm members and their 160,000+ affiliated financial advisors – which comprise over 60% of all producing registered representatives. We effect change through involvement in FINRA governance as well as constructive engagement in the regulatory and legislative processes, working to create a healthier regulatory environment for our members so they can provide affordable, objective advice to hard-working Main Street Americans. For more information, please visit financialservices.org.