Independent Advisor

Your business. Our support. The perfect balance for success.

As an advisor and business owner, you stand apart, but it doesn’t mean you should stand alone. When you choose to affiliate with Raymond James as an independent advisor, you’ll enjoy something virtually no other firm can offer: all the rewards of running your own practice your way along with all the resources of a full-service, self-clearing New York Stock Exchange-member broker/dealer and direct access to the industry experts and time-tested strength of Raymond James.

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A Behind the Scenes Look: Independence at Raymond James

Hear for yourself why Raymond James was the right choice for successful independent advisors like you

The sense of satisfaction that comes along with being in control is something you’ll experience daily as you oversee every detail of your practice – from business structure and marketing to client service and investment management processes – all while having the confidence that Raymond James is there to provide support when you need it.

Raymond James Financial Services (RJFS) was recognized for Broker-Dealer/Custodian of the Year at the Inaugural InvestmentNews Awards!*

*InvestmentNews 2024 Broker Dealer/Custodian of the Year Award. Broker/dealers are invited by InvestmentNews to participate in an annual survey and then forwarded to an independent judging panel comprised of industry leaders and senior representatives. Top winners are ranked by employee value proposition, overall client service and relationship management, recruitment strategy, spirit of innovation with use of wealth technology and digital platforms/tools, and industry reputation. Of the 9 finalists, 1 broker dealer was chosen. The rating is based on the period from 1/1/2023 to 12/31/2023 and was released 6/20/2024. The award is not representative of any one client’s experience, is not an endorsement, and is not indicative of an advisor’s future performance. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors pay a fee in exchange for this award. InvestmentNews is not affiliated with Raymond James.

The big questions

To help you dig deeper into what being an independent advisor entails – and what you can expect as part of Raymond James – we’ve provided answers to the questions advisors ask most.

How much freedom will I have?

You will maintain complete control over your business with full access to our firm’s resources. You will choose where you work, how you work, the best way to serve your clients, and more, with the support of Raymond James available.

How will I be compensated?

We have multiple payout structures uniquely designed to align with your professional goals. Your dedicated Business Development Consultant can provide an overview and discuss the payout structure that will best meet your business objectives.

What resources will I have access to?

All Raymond James products and services, including asset management, wealth planning, marketing, banking and lending, trust services and more.

Firm technology, including integrated financial planning software, performance reporting, CRM, high-quality research, an institutional-level trading system and more.


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Discover the benefits of independent affiliation with Raymond James. Learn about our competitive compensation, technology support, professional development, and featured product and services.

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Business Consulting –
Support Overview

Business ownership is rewarding, but can be challenging. That’s why Raymond James offers transitioning independent advisors a dedicated business consulting manager to help you build the practice you've always envisioned.

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The Home Office Visit experience at Raymond James

A Home Office Visit is a tailored, behind-the-scenes tour that’s customized to match your specific needs. You’ll be introduced to the areas you most want to explore. You’ll meet with executive leaders to talk about growing your business. And you’ll do it all discreetly and confidentially.

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Resources and Support

Services tailored to your vision of success

Quality support plays a crucial role in a long and successful career, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. Everything you deserve and more than you ever expected – that’s what we strive to deliver. Services include: marketing and social media, practice management, succession planning, transitions management, wealth planning.

  • To keep all the moving pieces of your day seamlessly connected, you require access to integrated, efficient technology, which is precisely what we provide. Explore how our advisor-driven technology – intuitive applications built with input from our advisors to effectively meet your needs – can elevate your practice.

    Providing an integrated and customizable platform that supports advisors and their businesses is our top priority. And because the platform is available on your smartphone or tablet, you can access what you need anytime, anywhere. Explore how our technology is built from the mind of the advisor by navigating “Technology for you” and “Technology for your clients”.

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  • Raymond James understands the importance of managing and building your brand as an advisor. This goes beyond simply extending the brand of the firm you’ve chosen to partner with – this is building your brand with your clients. That’s why we have a full-service, award-winning in-house creative agency made up of nearly 150 marketing professionals who are dedicated to serving their clients – financial advisors like you.

    We actively encourage advisors to use our capabilities for custom branding, social media and website development to grow their businesses. Combining marketing experience with intimate financial services knowledge, we work closely with advisors to translate their vision into reality by developing materials that fit their style, reflect their standards and connect with their target audience.

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  • PCG & Practice Management focuses on providing you with the best available tools and resources to help manage your practice effectively and accelerate business growth – all while ensuring you have the flexibility and support to grow your business on your terms.

    Our award-winning Practice Intelligence platform is a one-stop resource that covers all facets of running a practice. Here you’ll find diagnostic tools and insights for running your business from top advisors, partners firms and other industry experts.

    Our proprietary coaching and business consulting process blends the accumulated insight of Practice Intelligence and the full array of systems and tools available at Raymond James to help you achieve your objectives. Our coaches help you identify key areas of opportunity within your practice and create the accountability to help you stay on track.

    Branch professionals and sales assistants are vital to the success of your practice – that’s why we have a team dedicated to their professional development. The educational and developmental opportunities we offer ensure support teams have the resources they need to be most effective.

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  • We pride ourselves on a tight-knit culture that offers the personalized support you'll need to expand your practice as your goals evolve and, eventually, pass it on as you see fit. When you’re ready to grow, we’ll help you through each stage of acquiring another practice or book of business. And when you’re ready to retire, we’ll help you establish a business succession plan – building long-term value that will help you maximize the rewards of your years of hard work.

    For advisors looking to expand, we offer strategic acquisition coaching to help you outline and execute your own acquisition strategies. We offer consulting on how to structure these deals, perform due diligence and create purchase agreements. Let us help you close the deal – and then make it work.

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  • Every new advisor should have a smooth transition. That’s why we have a knowledgeable team of professionals – one of the largest in the industry – whose main responsibility is helping advisors make successful moves through a personalized process.

    Our Transitions group will support you from the first day of your affiliation, from quickly and accurately opening client accounts to setting up your staff with the appropriate technology to resume serving clients.

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  • Managing substantial wealth often requires specialized capabilities and expertise. The Wealth Planning team is just that, helping advisors compete for and service high-net-worth clientele. Our professionals cater to the planning and wealth management needs of high-net-worth clients – working as your partner, not your competition.

    Whether you’re seeking expertise regarding significant wealth events or guidance with specific planning disciplines such as estate planning, charitable giving, lending solutions or risk management, the Wealth Planning team is here to serve you and your clients.

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Explore the Raymond James Corporate Registered Investment Advisor (RIA)

Enjoy the support and resources of Raymond James in a format refined for fee-only practices, allowing you to operate as investment advisor representatives (IARs) under Raymond James’ established corporate RIA. As an IAR of Raymond James’ Corporate RIA, you can run your fee-only practice without the administrative and operational burdens of running your own RIA. In this model, the corporate RIA will also be responsible for supervision and compliance associated with their accounts.

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Connect with your Dedicated Business Development Consultant

Austen Karr
Austen Karr
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
MT, WY, CO, ND, SD, OK, Northern TX
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Ed Rodriguez
Ed Rodriguez
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
AZ, CA, HI, Southern NV
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John Tholen
John Tholen
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
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Joseph Pellegrini
Joseph Pellegrini
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
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Matt Waters
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
CT, MA, ME, NH, VT, RI, Western NY
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Meghan Kitzinger
Business Development Consultant
VA, MD, DC, DE, Western PA
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Rick Gaston
Rick Gaston
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
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Rollin Ellis
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
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Theresa Stone
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
S. Texas, NM, LA, AR, KS, NE
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Tom Harmon
Vice President, Business Development Consultant
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