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LPL Financial Adds SoCal Advisers From J.P. Morgan and Cetera, Serving a Collective $500 Million in Assets

LPL Financial has added several Southern California-based advisers to their roster this spring, all together serving more than $500 million in client assets.

Previously at J.P. Morgan Chase, financial adviser Garrett Oczachowski joined LPL’s broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, and custodial platforms earlier this month and reported serving approximately $280 million in advisory, brokerage, and retirement plan assets. And most recently, former Cetera financial advisers Lance Dumas, AIF, ChFC, and Darryl Carter, CPA, joined LPL’s platforms and reported serving approximately $225 million in advisory, brokerage, and retirement plan assets.

Oczachowski’s Journey to LPL

Based in Santa Monica, Calif., Oczachowski is a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry. Specializing in retirement income planning, he is dedicated to helping clients create sustainable income streams and navigate the complexities of retirement. He also provides support in investment management, risk management and estate planning.

The move to LPL marks the inception of Noble Traditions Wealth, a moniker chosen to embody fiduciary standards and his mission to create a client-centric practice. “My commitment is to forge robust, enduring connections with those I serve, delivering tailored investment strategies and retirement plans that align with their distinct aspirations and requirements,” he said.

Oczachowski said he was especially drawn to LPL’s integrated technology and flexibility to curate programs that are the best fit for his business. “Independence is akin to a blank canvas, and LPL equips us with the finest ‘paint colors’ from across the globe. It allows us to do business with ease, thereby empowering us to direct our focus on client needs,” he added.

Cornerstone Financial Advisers’ Journey to LPL

Based in Orange County, Calif., Dumas and Carter founded Cornerstone Financial Advisers in 2017 as a consulting firm dedicated to helping families, individuals, and business owners establish their goals and create financial plans to pursue them. Dumas has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including key leadership roles at national financial institutions. Carter, who has nearly 30 years in tax and wealth management services, sold his tax practice last year to focus solely on his investment clients. They are joined their office manager, Nicole Thornton.

“We work together with each client to help them in their journey to financial stability,” Carter said. “Our investment philosophy incorporates the potential tax implications on a portfolio, and we take a goals-based approach to building customized plans and strategies. We understand that successful financial planning is built on strong relationships. Our work revolves around guiding clients through uncertainty, establishing robust plans and managing risks to safeguard their lifestyles through retirement.”

In a dynamic financial landscape, the team’s commitment to independence, fiduciary standards and a client-centric culture led them to LPL. “We believe in the power of independence and are unwavering in our dedication to our clients’ financial well-being. … With the move to LPL, Cornerstone Financial Advisers reaffirms its commitment to these principles as we empower clients on their journey toward financial success,” Dumas said.

LPL’s Scott Posner, executive vice president of business development, expressed excitement around his company’s latest hires. “We’re pleased to welcome Garrett to the LPL community. His desire to put his clients’ interests first and his focus on building strong personal relationships align perfectly with our firm’s culture,” said Posner.

“We are honored [Cornerstone Financial Advisers] turned to LPL to help them operate their business more efficiently and effectively, and we’re committed to helping them provide an elevated customer experience with innovative tools and resources. We wish Cornerstone Financial Advisers great success with the next chapter of their business,” Posner concluded.

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