The Financial Advisory Succession Crisis with David DeVoe

It looks like the financial services industry is progressing towards a succession crisis. Are advisors ready to handle it?

This week, Shannon Spotswood interviews David DeVoe, the Founder and CEO of DeVoe & Company, about the current state of M&A activity and succession planning in the financial advisory space.

Together, they highlight the succession crisis in the field and the importance of succession planning. David also talks about the challenges and barriers to succession planning, the factors contributing to a firm’s success, and the impact of marketing on the industry.

David discusses:

  • M&A activity and succession planning in the financial advisory arena
  • The current state of M&A activity and its future outlook
  • The potential for a succession crisis in the industry and reasons why succession planning is so important
  • The challenges and barriers of succession planning
  • Ways psychological factors impact succession planning
  • Reasons we need radical change within firms to attract and retain next-generation advisors
  • What factors contribute to the success of a firm, including profitability and risk factors
  • Proactive strategies for driving higher valuations and protecting an organization’s future
  • And more


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About Our Guest:

David DeVoe founded DeVoe & Company in 2011 to help wealth management companies optimize their business decisions. The company has supported hundreds of firms in consulting, investment banking, and valuation engagements since its launch. David has been a thought leader on RIA practice management for 18 years and was named the ‘RIA M&A Guru’ by Barron’s magazine.

Previously, he served as Managing Director of Strategic Business Development at Charles Schwab Advisor Services. In this role, he developed and led Schwab’s Transition Planning platform, which provides comprehensive M&A and succession planning services to registered investment advisors. During these eight years, he provided strategic counsel to over 500 advisors. Previously, David worked in the Business Strategy group at American Express. David holds a BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management.


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