Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, the first American man to ever win a luge medal, is already thinking past the Winter Games. Mazdzer is studying to become a certified financial planner with plans to sit for the exam this fall. The luger, 29, already has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from DeVry University. He told CNBC that all his years of traveling on the luge circuit made him disciplined about his schooling and his finances. He plans to combine financial planning with life coaching to help clients—executives and athletes—achieve their goals and give back. But he’s not quite done with luge yet. Mazdzer hopes to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Cetera Financial Group has reorganized its six broker/dealer firms into two newly created channels. Cetera Advisors, First Allied and Summit Brokerage Services will now make up its “traditional channel,” led by Brett Harrison. Cetera Advisor Networks, Cetera Financial Institutions and Cetera Financial Specialists will be part of the “specialty channel,” to be led by Tom Taylor. As part of the reorganization, the firm also made some leadership changes, including the promotion of Catherine Bonneau, CEO of Cetera Financial Institutions, moves to chief operating officer of Cetera Financial Group. Tim Stinson, national sales manager, wealth management, will serve in the newly created role of head of wealth management. First Allied President Kevin Keefe and Cetera Advisors President Erinn Ford have left the firm. Mimi Bock, most recently executive vice president of national sales and consulting at LPL, is now president of Cetera Advisors and First Allied. Ford, who wanted to permanently relocate to Seattle, has joined Seattle-based KMS Financial Services, a subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann, as president. Cetera’s COO David Ballard is also leaving.
T. Rowe Price said Thursday it will begin offering Financial Engines' full suite of advisory services to 1.9 million plan participants. The full suite of services available to plan sponsor clients includes personalized professional management on all retirement accounts and comprehensive planning (in person or over the phone) from a dedicated advisor. Financial Engines will also offer participants educational materials to complement programs offered by T. Rowe Price, including its new college and healthcare expense planners.