Money Management Institute Announces Annual Industry Leadership Award Winners

Thursday, April 3, 2014

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, NY, April 2, 2014 – At its annual Gateway to Leadership Dinner here last night, the Money Management Institute (MMI), the national association representing the $3.4 trillion managed investment solutions and wealth management industry, announced the winners of its 2014 Industry Leadership Awards. Now in their sixth year, the Industry Leadership Awards recognize innovation and achievement in the advisory solutions industry.

Advisory Solutions Sponsor Firm of the Year – The sponsor firm that most exemplified overall excellence and contributed to the long-term success and sustainability of the advisory solutions industry 
Winner: Cetera Financial Group

Advisory Solutions Sponsor Product of the Year – The sponsor firm that launched the most innovative product that contributed to the growth of the advisory solutions industry 
Winner: Merrill Lynch – Merrill Lynch One

Emerging Investment Manager Exhibiting Greatest Innovation, Growth and Partnership – The emerging investment manager that demonstrated strong growth in assets, made a meaningful contribution to innovation within the advisory solutions industry, and exhibited the qualities valued by program sponsors
Winner: Horizon Investments

Established Investment Manager Exhibiting Greatest Innovation, Growth and Partnership – The established investment manager that demonstrated strong growth in assets, made a meaningful contribution to innovation within the advisory solutions industry, and exhibited the qualities valued by program sponsors
Winner: J.P. Morgan Funds

Advisory Solutions Service Provider of the Year – The partner that best contributed to the innovation, growth and long-term sustainability of the advisory solutions industry 
Winner: Envestnet

Advisory Solutions Technology Innovation or Operations Improvement of the Year – The firm that exhibited the greatest gain in efficiency or growth due to a technology or operations improvement  
Winner: FolioDynamix – FDx Single Sight Version 7.0

Advisory Solutions Field Sales Team of the Year – The firm exhibiting the most effective field sales strategy and execution resulting in a significant growth in sales
Winner: Nuveen Investments

Advisory Solutions Marketing Program of the Year – The firm whose marketing program best promotes the growth and development of advisory solutions
Winner: Cetera Financial Group – Connect2Clients

Advisory Solutions All-Star Achiever Award – The individual who made the greatest contribution to an MMI committee or industry issue
Winner: Roger Paradiso – Morgan Stanley

Award winners were determined by a vote of MMI member firms.

During the dinner, the MMI Board of Governors honored Jeffrey P. Cusack, President and Executive Managing Director of Tradewinds Global Investors, as the 2014 Advisory Solutions Pioneer. Mr. Cusack was recognized for his thought leadership and career-long contributions to the development of the managed solutions industry. The Pioneer Award is given annually to an individual who embodies MMI’s mission to serve as an advocate and catalyst for the growth of the managed investment solutions and wealth management industry.

Morgan Stanley was also honored, receiving the 2014 MMI Gateway to Leadership Award, in recognition of the firm’s long-term commitment to and support of the Gateway to Leadership program.

Proceeds from the awards dinner will benefit MMI’s workplace diversity program, Gateway to Leadership, a 501(c)(3) charity. The Gateway to Leadership program is a partnership between MMI and UNCF that focuses exclusively on the financial services industry, providing internships and career opportunities for students from historically black colleges and universities (www.GatewayLeaders.org). 

About the Money Management Institute (MMI): Since 1997 MMI has been the leading voice for the global financial services organizations that provide advice and professionally-managed 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 advisory solutions. MMI members’ advice-driven investment solutions serve an evolving worldwide financial landscape and their organizations are committed to the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility and ethical conduct. For more information, visit www.MMInst.org.

Contacts:   
Joan Lensing – 484-883-1324  jlensing@mminst.org                                                                       
Newton Lamson – 212-751-6126  nlamson@donleycomm.com