Schwab Establishes “Trailblazer IMPACT Award™” Recognizing RIAs Who Help Advance the Industry Through Visionary Leadership and Action

Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:30 am PDT



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"Advisors are navigating their businesses across a shifting industry landscape"

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As part of its continued commitment to registered investment advisors (RIAs), Schwab Advisor Services has announced the addition of the “Trailblazer IMPACT Award™” to its 2012 IMPACT Awards® program. The new award will recognize a firm that forges new ground in the RIA space by combining entrepreneurial spirit with a drive to advance the industry’s interests. This could take the form of community-based financial education, involvement with industry associations or advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., developing innovative approaches to serving evolving client needs or mentoring the next generation of advisors. The winning firm will receive a $15,000 donation to a charity of its choice and firm representatives will be honored at Schwab’s IMPACT conference, known as one of the nation’s largest and longest-running annual gatherings of independent advisors and those companies which support this fast-growing industry. This year's event will be held in Chicago, IL on November 13-16.

“Advisors are navigating their businesses across a shifting industry landscape,” said Jon Beatty, senior vice president, Schwab Advisor Services. “We want to recognize and celebrate trailblazing RIAs who are able to pave the way for the industry as a whole. This award honors a firm that is helping the industry reach new heights – either through special initiatives, or as a result of the passion and commitment that they bring to their business, clients and the industry every day.”

Schwab Advisor Services is an active advocate for RIAs, engaging in a wide range of efforts to support and advance the independent advisory industry. Activities include donations to non-profit organizations and universities, as well as providing a voice in Washington, D.C. on regulatory and public affairs issues impacting RIAs. Schwab Advisor Services honors leading RIAs and advisors annually through its nationally-recognized IMPACT Awards® program and is the driver behind, a multi-media educational campaign that aims to support the independent RIA category and increase awareness of the independent advisory model among high net-worth investors.

Schwab’s IMPACT Awards

In order to be considered for an IMPACT Award, candidates must fill out a nomination form on Schwab’s IMPACT conference website at between May 17 and July 6. Established in 2006, the IMPACT Awards program distinguishes firms who have advanced the industry through their leadership, operational excellence and technology innovation. Additional categories include the Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™, which recognizes an independent investment advisory firm that has been in business for 10 years or more, has achieved exceptional business results and has utilized technology to extend the firm’s reach and growth, as well as the Pacesetter IMPACT Award™, which pays tribute to industry leaders of the future who have been in business for 10 years or less and have demonstrated initiative, promise, and the effective use of integrated technology to grow and expand its business. Winners of these awards will also receive a $15,000 donation to a charity of his or her choice.

About Charles Schwab

The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is a leading provider of financial services, with more than 300 offices and 8.7 million active brokerage accounts, 1.5 million corporate retirement plan participants, 808,000 banking accounts, and $1.83 trillion in client assets as of April 30, 2012. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of securities brokerage, banking, money management and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiary, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (member SIPC,, and affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking services. More information is available at and (0512-3365)

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