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United Planners & SRG Partner – May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013 1:00:32 AM

United Planners Financial Services Announces LEAPS Program to Assist Advisors with Acquisition and Succession Needs

Successor Search Solutions include Coaching, Business Valuation and Succession Blueprint

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- May 23, 2013 -- United Planners Financial Services (UP), a national RIA and independent broker-dealer partnership with more than 350 advisors nationwide, will announce its new acquisition and succession program at the firm’s National Annual Partners Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, May 31, 2013. The LEAPS Program (Legacy, Exit & Acquisition Planning Solutions) is designed to help UP advisors find a suitable successor and create an intentional succession or acquisition plan. Lending resources are also available.

“Research shows that over 50% of advisors do not have a succession strategy,” said United Planners’ CEO Thomas H. Oliver. “We are committed to ensuring that our advisors have a plan to successfully transition their businesses when the time is right, capturing the value of their life’s work and ensuring a seamless transition for their

UP has partnered with David Grau, Jr., head of Portland, Oregon based Succession Resource Group (SRG) to deploy and support the LEAPS program. Combining UP’s internal recruiting and marketing resources with SRG’s specialization in personalized acquisition and succession consulting services for advisors, LEAPS offers a comprehensive solution for advisors to plan and execute a considered, intentional transition strategy.

“With an aging advisor base, broker-dealers and custodians are aware of the need to help advisors with succession and acquisition resources. United Planners is leading the way, helping their advisors identify and connect with the next generation and supporting them in harvesting the value they have built in their practices,” said David Grau, Jr., President of Succession Resource Group.

“With a strategy in place to find and partner with a successor, advisors can avoid attrition near the end of their career, sustain their income, ensure their clients will continue to receive quality service, and gracefully and gradually leave their legacy in the business,” said Oliver. “We have been working on this initiative for some time now and are excited to be rolling it out at our national conference next week.”

About United Planners
United Planners Financial Services (member FINRA, SIPC) is an SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm and full-service independent broker-dealer partnership serving hybrid advisors who want to be a part of “something more” since 1987. United Planners is uniquely structured as a Limited Partnership, providing voting rights and ownership opportunities to a select group of financial advisors.

Redefining independence in the financial services industry for over 25 years, United Planners has strategic
relationships with a wide array of open-architecture service providers. With a full range of business solutions including a strong back-office team and LinkUP middleware that bridges to and integrates a wide range of industry leading technology, United Planners provides the tools, resources and solutions independent advisors need to efficiently manage and build profitable, client-centered businesses while adhering to high fiduciary standards.

To speak with the Partner Development team, call (800) 966-8737. For additional information, visit

About Succession Resource Group
Based in Portland, Oregon, Succession Resource Group is a consulting firm committed to helping advisors with their acquisition and succession needs. Founded and led by David Grau, Jr., a succession planning consultant working with financial professionals for nearly a decade, Succession Resource Group provides turnkey, customized acquisition and succession planning solutions to a variety of professional service firms nationwide.

To learn more, visit

Media Contacts

For United Planners
Leslie Swid
(800) 974-7753

For Succession Resource Group
David Grau, Jr.
(866) 275-3165

David Grau Jr.

Written by David Grau Jr.