News, Vision & Voice for the Advisory Community


After chats with Phyllis Borzi, a flagship HighTower team executes a 'deliberate' breakaway to form a $2.5-billion RIA

Citing post-DOL-rule concerns about serving their super-rich clientle and hungering for more alternative alternatives, Paul Pagnato and David Karp have ankled the captive brokerage world but are keeping ties to the Chicago roll-up

Author Sanders Wommack June 1, 2016 at 9:00 PM
no description available
Paul Pagnato: Elliot and Michael did the right thing.

Breakaway Stories



June 2, 2016 — 5:22 AM

This is the flaw in the roll ups and almost every advisor will unplug if they can. The comments are all bit disgusting in how they are so clearly untrue. It is all about the money for everyone involved. Michael Parker is “Thrilled” to help this team move on- ha, yeah. Next comment-this team wants to be able to be able to more efficiently focus on their large clients- another complete spin. They just want to make more money by eliminating the middle man and I don’t really blame them. This story is well written and it illustrates a part of this roll up business that treats the end client as a complete commodity.

Jon B

Jon B

June 2, 2016 — 6:01 AM

Spot on with the comment above and this is a good article written by Sanders. Don’t forget Danny Sarch and his comment about Raymond Jame being a “friendly “ place for these advisors. Danny-Is that the same Raymond James that has paid you flat speaking fees in addition to http://www.riabiz.com/a/5005917670080512/after-chats-phyllis-borzi-a-flagship-hightower-team-executes-a-deliberate-breakaway-to-form-a-25-billion-ria ongoing recruiting contract? I feel like I need to take a shower after reading this article. Gentleman- the only people that read RIA Biz are in this industry and if they have any experience they know that these are blatantly self serving comments.

Jeff Spears

Jeff Spears

June 2, 2016 — 11:36 AM

The breakaway support business is evolving and each support firm is learning that the ONLY consistent needs of breakaway advisors is initial transition support and education on the independent business model. The common breakaway advisor’s belief that the “grass is greener” will remain for most until the lawn is 100% their own. Breakaway support firms need to embrace this reality if they are going to survive. Looks like HighTower has embraced this reality.

Related Moves

July 16, 2022 at 1:35 AM

Elliot S. Weissbluth, Hightower Advisors mastermind, cashes out and vacates chairman role as Pershing's ex-CEO Lisa Dolly takes a board seat

The Chicago rollup's founder got paid better by doing the second-stage exit and the new cast on the Board also includes Bob Oros ascending to chair and Darrell Horn of Green Square Wealth Management joining

February 19, 2021 at 8:58 PM

A 20-year Merrill Lynch veteran got Sanctuary Wealth to $10 billion in AUA in 15 months with no outside capital and no time in bed: 'Nobody's slept since April'

Jim Dickson also recruited HighTower talent, Amit Dogra, to bring the old HighTower brokerage model and execute it as HighTower veers toward buying RIAs

August 15, 2019 at 7:58 PM

New-look Hightower hires Abby Salameh and takes a 'Hurley-style' stake in a $4.8 billion DFA RIA

The Chicago roll-up gets a chief marketing officer who gets RIAs as it becomes part-Dynasty, part- Fiduciary Network in adopting a very 2019 deal structure for LourdMurray

May 3, 2019 at 7:11 PM

See more related moves

RIABiz Directory

The Industry Sourcebook for RIAs

   |    LISTING

RIABiz Directory sponsored by:

Directory Sponsor Logo

White Paper Postings

Common Tags

Recent Articles

Popular Writers

RIABiz logo


About Us




RIABiz, Mill Valley, California
Copyright © 2009-2024 RIABiz Inc. All rights reserved.