Spencer Financial of Sudbury, MA, Named “Practice of the Year” by Signator Investors for 2013

Planning Made Personal

February 5, 2014 – Spencer Financial, LLC, a financial services firm based in Sudbury, MA, led by Managing Partner W. Thomas Spencer Jr, was named “Practice of the Year” by Signator Investors, Inc., powered by John Hancock Financial Network. This national competition recognizes and rewards excellence in business management, and is the pre-eminent measure of accomplishment within Signator Investors.

“I am very pleased to recognize the team at Spencer Financial as the 2013 Practice of the Year winner,” said Brian Heapps, president of John Hancock Financial Network. “I congratulate them on creating an atmosphere of ‘Planning Made Personal’ and going above and beyond in helping their clients achieve their goals.”

Spencer Financial’s Tom Spencer credits his partners, Sam Baldwin and Bill Spencer, for bringing specialized expertise to their financial advisory firm. This expertise along with the use of advanced technologies allows the firm to offer a sophisticated but personal community based alternative to large institutional providers.

As part of the selection process for the award, made possible in part due to its relationship with National Financial®, the correspondent clearing business unit of Fidelity Investments®, Spencer Financial, an affiliate of Boston Partners Financial Group, LLC, underwent a rigorous assessment conducted by international management consulting firm Business Health. Business Health reviewed all applicants’ client management, internal planning and structure, external relations, staffing and technology capabilities, and overall practice performance.

“National Financial is proud to be associated with the Signator Investors, Inc. Practice of the Year award,” said Sanjiv Mirchandani, president of National Financial. “A competition that rewards excellence in practice management and client service is recognizing the values that can help drive the future of the advice business. We should all pay attention to leaders in this area.”

“It was a privilege for Business Health to have been involved in the Practice of the Year Competition again in 2013,” said Ray Henderson, Partner at Business Health. “The quality of the finalists was outstanding. Spencer Financial, LLC is a worthy winner of the 2013 award. The firm has been a finalist each year since the inception of the award, and it is a credit to Tom and his team that the quality of their business and processes has continued to be improved and refined. Spencer Financial ranks amongst the top practices we have seen in the U.S. and in the other countries where we work,” said Henderson.

I am very pleased to recognize the team at Spencer Financial as the 2013 Practice of the Year winner,” said Brian Heapps, president of John Hancock Financial Networ




About Spencer Financial
Located in historic, Sudbury, MA a team of CFP’s including a dedicated Financial Planning Coordinator employs specialized expertise along with advanced technologies in tandem with a very personal approach to client interaction. The client develops a relationship with the firm rather than with an individual advisor so there are always multiple points of contact. A disciplined financial modeling process is used to provide clients with clarity and confidence with regard to their pre and post retirement reality. The firm offers access, free of bias, to an extensive universe of investments, insurance solutions and financial management strategies.

About Signator Investors
Founded in 1968, Signator Investors, Inc., powered by John Hancock Financial Network, is an independent broker/dealer-Registered Investment Adviser based in Boston, Mass., that supports a national network of independent firms with more than 1,850 advisors and representatives across the U.S.

Signator partners with financial professionals who have proven experience and share its commitment to putting clients first. The firm’s open product platform includes a comprehensive range of investment, advisory and protection products from leading carriers. And its first-class support, wealth of local and national resources and flexible business models help entrepreneurially minded financial professionals ensure that their clients are well taken care of. For more information, please visit www.signatorinvestors.com.

About Business Health
Business Health is an international consulting firm specializing in the financial services industry. Business Health has developed and marketed a suite of unique and exclusive business diagnostic tools which are supported by a range of specialized consultancy services.

About National Financial
Signator Investors’ Practice of the Year Award is made possible in part due to its relationship with National Financial® the correspondent clearing business unit of Fidelity Investments®. National Financial, a Fidelity Investments company, offers broker-dealer firms a comprehensive clearing platform that includes a dedicated service model, a powerful global trading platform, and a source of leading investment solutions, all designed to help them grow confidently. A leading clearing provider in the U.S. for over 30 years, National Financial leverages the strength, resources, and experience of the Fidelity organization, one of the world’s largest providers of financial services. As of September 30, 2012, National Financial serves nearly 270 broker-dealers representing nearly $425 billion in assets under administration. For more information about National Financial, please visit www.nationalfinancial.com.