OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Tom Bradley, president of retail distribution at TD Ameritrade, has been awarded the 2013 Pioneers in Financial Services Award by William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business. The award recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that have dedicated themselves to improving and enhancing the financial services profession while making a positive difference in their regional, national or global communities. John C. Bogle, founder and former CEO of Vanguard, received the inaugural award in 2012.
“For more than two decades, Tom Bradley has been one of the most influential people in the advisor community,” says Lukas Dean, assistant professor of economics, finance and global business and director of the University’s financial planning program. “He has helped grow TD Ameritrade Institutional into a major player in the fastest-growing segment of financial services by expanding technology, being an advocate for consumer protection and putting his clients first. He is truly a pioneer in the industry.”
Bradley has spent more than 25 years working in the financial services industry, most recently serving as president of TD Ameritrade Institutional1, TD Ameritrade’s business unit supporting independent registered investment advisors (RIAs). Over his tenure, he built a reputation for his advocacy efforts championing issues impacting RIAs and their clients. In 2012, Bradley was tapped to lead TD Ameritrade’s retail investor business and Tom Nally was appointed the new head of TD Ameritrade Institutional.
“Tom Bradley has long believed that the RIA model is the right financial advice model for investors and for the past 25 years has been one of the industry’s most vocal advocates,” said Tom Nally president, TD Ameritrade Institutional. “I’ve had the good fortune and opportunity to work with Tom for two decades and I’m honored to build on his legacy. His vision and passion for serving clients and doing the right thing for investors inspired me from day one and continue to do so today.”
While Bradley helped shape the RIA industry, TD Ameritrade Institutional is focusing on its future. Over the next decade, the financial planning industry is expected to grow by 32 percent, more than twice the average growth rate of all other occupations (14 percent)2. Strong demand for advisory services, coupled with the fact that less than six percent of existing advisors are under the age of 30, points to a worsening talent shortage3.
In an effort to promote careers in financial planning and attract top talent to the advisor industry, TD Ameritrade Institutional will offer $1 million in scholarships and grants to students and universities over the next ten years. The TD Ameritrade Institutional NextGen Scholarship program and Financial Planning Education Grant will provide funding to increase student enrollment in financial planning programs and encourage universities to innovate in the area of financial planning curriculum.
“TD Ameritrade Institutional has been a longtime supporter of financial planning education, including programs offered at William Paterson University,” added Nally. “We’re pleased the university has chosen to recognize Tom Bradley and we look forward to continuing the important work of cultivating a new generation of financial professionals and raising the profile of financial planning as a worthwhile career.”
In 2011, Bradley was named one of the 25 most influential people in the RIA community by Investment Advisor magazine, an honor he received in 2004, 2006 and 2009 as well. Bradley was named “Visionary of the Year" by Texas Tech University's Division of Personal Financial Planning in 2008. The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) also recognized Bradley with the 2006 Special Achievement Award.
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1TD Ameritrade Institutional is a division of TD Ameritrade, Inc., a brokerage subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment Projections to 2020”, Monthly Labor Review, January 2012
3Cerulli Quantitative Update, Advisor Metrics 2010
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