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Wells Fargo Team Goes Independent With Raymond James OSJ Concurrent

A former Wells Fargo team managing $630 million in client assets has created their own independent practice, Vision Wealth Advisors, with the support of Concurrent Advisors, a Raymond James super OSJ backed by Merchant Investment Management.

Another team of financial advisors has broken away from the wirehouse channel, joining Concurrent Advisors and Raymond James’ registered investment advisory platform to found Vision Wealth Advisors in Columbia, S.C. Concurrent is a super office of supervisory jurisdiction of Raymond James backed by Merchant Investment Management.

Mark P. Sullivan, Michael L. Schulz, E. Steelman Ketchum, and C. Shawn Roberts bring $630 million in client assets from Wells Fargo Advisors. The four worked together for almost 20 years in the wirehouse world before electing to establish an independent practice together, along with Vice President of Client Operations Rebecca Brooks and newly appointed team member Hannah Clark.

The new firm will have “the freedom to offer a modern client experience and unbiased financial guidance to the households they serve,” according to a statement announcing the move.

“The response we have already received from our clients has completely validated our decision to go independent,” Sullivan said in a statement. “They understand that we’re not here to sell them another credit card or another product. We’re free to truly focus on their needs and build trust through the advisor-client relationship.”

By affiliating with Concurrent, the team at Vision Wealth Advisors has access to specialists for help establishing a back office, as well as assistance with branding and business structure.

Concurrent’s boutique service and responsive staff have been instrumental in the launch of the new practice, said the Vision team.

“There is no way any of us could have done this on our own,” Ketchum said. “As we researched our potential partners, it became clear that Concurrent’s support would help us stand out in the marketplace and build an independent practice to stand the test of time.”

Concurrent has built a distinctive type of OSJ providing a wide range of support for advisors leaving the wirehouses; in the first quarter, the firm recruited a total of nine advisors managing nearly $1 billion in assets.

“Mark, Michael, Steelman, and Shawn embody the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to succeed in the independent space,” said Concurrent co-founder Nate Lenz. “By bringing together their practices to form Vision Wealth Advisors, they harness the power of the combined team and create economies of scale that allow them to jointly invest in new resources, all in the pursuit of creating better client outcomes.”

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Concurrent was founded in 2016 and currently serves 140 advisors in 64 offices with $12.7 billion in assets under management and more than $12 billion in assets under advisement, as of last month.

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