LPL Financial LLC, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, announced that financial advisor Kemp Cunningham has joined LPL Financial’s broker-dealer, RIA and custodial platforms and launched his own practice.
Cunningham, who reported having served approximately $125 million in advisory, brokerage and retirement plan assets, joins LPL from Edward Jones.
LPL says Cunningham began his career in the fuel and gas industry, where he served as a chief financial officer and regional director prior to shifting to financial services in 2012.
“When I really analyzed my life and how I wanted to spend it, it became clear that my true calling was to become a financial advisor,” said Cunningham. The financial professional believes his passion for wealth management stems back to his youth when he started reading the “Wall Street Journal” in high school.
Cunningham launched his own practice through LPL, Emerald River Wealth Management, which he named after the street he grew up on. He is joined by business manager Nikki Sharp.
“Every day, I work to continue to be better and offer my clients the best experiences possible. That’s what pushed me to this move,” he said. “In order to continue to be a better financial advisor, I needed to have access to some of the most robust financial planning software, trading platforms and investments available, and I have found that at LPL.”
Cunningham, who owns his new office building, plans to eventually lease the additional space to a certified public accountant and estate attorney. By having these professionals under the same roof, Cunningham believes his customers can more efficiently take care of all their comprehensive financial needs.
“We welcome Kemp to the LPL community and are committed to helping him deliver positive experiences for his clients,” Scott Posner, LPL executive vice president, business development, stated. “We strive to be a long-term partner to advisors, providing them with robust business support, resources and integrated capabilities designed to help them build their perfect practice, operate on their own terms and add more value to clients. Congratulations to Kemp on the launch of Emerald River Wealth Management. We look forward to supporting this team for years to come.”
LPL supports more than 21,000 financial advisors, 1,100 institution-based investment programs and 500 independent RIA firms nationwide.
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