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Succession Resource Group is a boutique succession consulting firm based in the Pacific Northwest, serving clients across the country. SRG was founded by David Grau Jr., MBA in 2012 after nearly a decade of helping advisors with valuation and succession planning. SRG's team of experts leverage their industry expertise, combined with best-in-class resources, to help advisors, agents, and accountants manage the equity in their businesses...

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Employee Retention Guide for Advisors - 2024 ed.

By David Grau Jr. on Oct 13, 2023 2:04:08 PM

Strategies to Fortify Employee Retention and Minimize Advisor Turnover

In the fast-paced and competitive realm of financial services, the role of employee retention strategies has never been more critical for registered investment advisors. Independent advisors understand that retaining a skilled and dedicated team is as essential as acquiring new clients and expanding services. This article explores the multifaceted world of employee retention, providing insights into what the most effective advisory firms are doing today.

Topics: Equity Compensation employee benefits Equity Sharing Compensation Talent Retention
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Five Best Practices To Create An Effective Compensation Plan

By Nicole Frey on Jan 18, 2023 11:59:03 PM


Many companies have spent significant time and effort in recent years to move away from the traditional one-size-fits-all type compensation plans and instead favor a more customized solution. However, the challenge to achieve desired results in attracting and retaining talented workers, within company means, remains prevalent. While at times the issue may be poor job role, poor culture fit, or external circumstances beyond the employer and/or the employee’s control, more often than not the lack of success is the result of a misalignment of the compensation plan with the worker’s role in the company and incorrect implementation practices.

Most of these occurences can be avoided if the following best practices are maintained:

Topics: Compensation
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Five Building Blocks of an Attractive Compensation Model

By Nicole Frey on Aug 8, 2022 10:22:37 AM

Hiring and retaining talented employees is a top priority for most business owners. Effectively doing so has become increasingly difficult in the financial services industry. The number of advisors approaching retirement and exiting the industry far outweighs the number of new advisors joining. This gap is further exacerbated by the Great Resignation. As a result, organizations are struggling to find the human capital needed to grow their business and plan their internal succession.  

Topics: Compensation
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Making Sense of the Great Resignation

By David Grau Jr. on Apr 28, 2022 8:47:14 AM

The pandemic has not only upheaved our personal lives over the past year and a half but it is doing the same to our professional lives as well. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4.3 million Americans (2.9% of the entire workforce) quit their jobs in August. This is another record-breaking month after the previous record-breaking months. At the end of July, there were 10.9 million open positions in the U.S. In a survey conducted by Morning Consult for Prudential in mid-September, they found that 46% of full-time employed U.S. adults were either actively looking for or considering a new job search. Why have so many workers decided to forge a new path and call it quits with their current employer? And what does it mean for small business owners?

Topics: Compensation
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What You Need to Know About the FINRA Rule

By David Grau Jr. on Apr 25, 2022 6:25:16 AM

On August 24, 2015, the SEC implemented FINRA Rule 2040. This rule is related to whether and how people who are not registered as broker-dealers can receive compensation that derives from financial transactions.

Topics: Compensation
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Financial Services and Other Employee Benefits

By David Grau Jr. on Mar 23, 2022 12:23:03 PM

As any employee knows, there’s more to hope for at a job than just the salary. One of the biggest factors of whether or not someone will accept an offer is the benefits package. These are the things that help them feel supported in ways beyond their paychecks, and they can have a huge impact on employee experience.

Topics: Compensation
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Revenue Sharing: Variable Comp and Your Value

By David Grau Jr. on Mar 7, 2016 11:34:32 AM

We recently spoke with an advisor who generated $10.5 million in annual revenue and was contemplating the sale of his business. Like many, he expected a premium sale price/valuation given the size of his operation, his radio show that generated a consistent stream of new business, and being located in a very desirable market. Surely his business was worth the $30 Million he was expecting, right? The unfortunate part of the story is that, even though he had built a large “enterprise” and was the sole owner, he compensated all of his employees on an eat-what-you-kill (EWYK) model paying them a percentage of gross revenue for the book they serviced, leaving only a fraction of the total gross revenue to the owner (approximately $500K annually). Not exactly what you would expect from a $10.5 million business and would make a $30 million asking price seem ludicrous given the free cash flow.

Topics: Valuation Compensation