Finalists for 2017 Money Management Industry/Barron’s Industry Awards Announced

Thursday, September 14, 2017

NEW YORK, NY, September 14, 2017 – The Money Management Institute (MMI) today announced the finalists for the 2017 MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards, which recognize innovation and leadership in the investment advisory solutions industry. 

“Now in their ninth year, these annual awards celebrate outstanding achievement and honor firms that have raised the bar by delivering ground-breaking investment advisory solutions and related programs for financial advisors and investors over the past year,” said Craig Pfeiffer, MMI President and CEO. “As MMI celebrates its twentieth anniversary, we are pleased to welcome Barron’s, one of the world’s most respected financial publications, as a co-presenter of this year’s awards.”

Sterling Shea, ‎Associate Publisher, Head of Advisory and Wealth Management Programs at Barron's, added, “During a period when investors increasingly need professional investment guidance to help them fulfill their financial goals and dreams, these awards acknowledge industry-leading firms that are paving the way with innovative investment solutions, addressing critical issues like diversity, and giving back to the communities they serve.”

Winners in the following seven categories will be announced during the 2017 MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards Dinner on October 3, 2017, at the 2017 MMI Annual Conference in Chicago.

Technology – honoring advances in financial advisor- or investor-facing technology
BlackRock – iRetire
Envestnet – Data Aggregation and Analytics
Fiserv – AdvisorVision and Proposal Generation Manager
iCapital Network – Alternative Investments Platform
Vestmark – Vestmark One Expanded Capabilities

Product Innovation – Asset Managers – honoring new and innovative investment advisory products and solutions from asset management firms
NextShares Solutions – NextShares
Northern Trust Asset Management – Goal Engineer Series
Swell – Swell Portfolios
T. Rowe Price – ActivePlus Portfolios

Product Innovation – Sponsor Firms ­ honoring new and innovative investment advisory products and solutions from sponsor firms
Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Product Expansion on Merrill Lynch One
Cetera Financial Group – My Advice Architect
Primerica – Primerica Advisors Lifetime Investment Platform

Investor Education – honoring campaigns and programs to inform and educate investors on critical financial/investment advisory topics
BNY Mellon Dreyfus – Brave Conversations on Personal Retirement
Morgan Stanley – Family Wealth Education Program
Natixis Global Asset Management – ESG Target Date Social Media Campaign
New York Life/Mainstay Investments – Wealth Matters Program

Advisor Development – honoring practice management programs to make financial advisors more effective and productive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch – Focus Advisor Initiative
Envestnet – Essential Advisor Certification Program
Morgan Stanley – Elevate Practice Management e-University
Morningstar – Behavioral Insights Value-Add for Advisors

Doing Good – honoring programs that support a deserving cause or give back to the communities we serve
BlackRock – Partnership with Kiva
Envestnet – Envestnet Institute on Campus
Legg Mason – Community Outreach
Morgan Stanley/Graystone Consulting – Graystone Foundation
UBS – Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility and Optimus Foundation

Diversity – honoring efforts to promote and increase workplace diversity in the investment advisory solutions industry
Brinker Capital – Corporate Culture
J.P. Morgan – Diversity & Inclusion Program
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management – Women’s/Multicultural Leadership Summits
MyVest – People & Culture
State Street Global Advisors – Closing the Gender Gap in Advice

Nominations for the 2017 MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards were submitted in an open nomination process, and finalists were selected by a special review committee representing all segments of the MMI membership. The winners in each category will be determined by a vote of MMI member firms.

Proceeds from the 2017 MMI/Barron’s Industry Awards Dinner will benefit MMI’s workplace diversity program, Gateway to Leadership, a 501(c)(3) charity. The Gateway to Leadership program offers career awareness programs, industry education, internships, and full-time, entry-level placements for aspiring college students from diverse backgrounds who may not otherwise have a natural pathway into the financial services industry.

About the Money Management Institute (MMI): Since 1997 MMI has been the leading voice for the global financial services organizations that provide financial advice and professionally-managed investment advisory solutions to individual and institutional investors. Through industry advocacy, educational initiatives, regulatory affairs, data reporting, and professional networking, MMI supports and advances the growth of a diverse spectrum of investment advisory solutions that serve an evolving worldwide financial landscape. MMI member organizations are committed to the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility and ethical conduct and to creating the most successful outcomes for investors at every level of assets. For more information, visit www.MMInst.org.

Contacts:  
Joan Lensing, Money Management Institute, jlensing@mminst.org, (646) 868-8518
Matthew Conroy, Peppercomm, mconroy@peppercomm.com, (212) 931-6133