Accolades

Top-Ranked for Advice the Last Five Years

Barron’s has ranked our firm as a top five RIA for the last five years and Forbes has recognized our top women advisors and top advisors over the last five years. As a nationally recognized firm with a local presence across the country, we offer wealth management from advisors focused on helping you navigate your financial future.


Mariner Wealth Advisors has also been recognized by:

Financial Advisor Magazine | Financial Times | ThinkAdvisor

Disclosures:
Barron’s Rankings

Barron’s – 2021 – 2016 Top Advisor: Ohio – Valerie Newell #1
Barron’s – 2021 Top Advisor: Pennsylvania – Rob Thomas #1
Barron’s – 2021 Top Advisor: Kansas – Trey Barnes #3
Barron’s – 2021-2020 Top Advisor: Oklahoma – Jana Shoulders #6
Barron’s – 2021 Top Advisor: Nebraska – Jim Siemonsma #3
Barron’s – 2021 Top Advisor: New York – Justin McCarthy #49
Barron’s – 2020 Top 100 Independent Advisors – Valerie Newell #10
Barron’s – 2020 Top Women Financial Advisors – Valerie Newell #4
Barron’s – 2020 Top 100 Women Financial Advisors – Jana Shoulders #57
Barron’s – 2020 Top Advisor: Pennsylvania – Rob Thomas #3
Barron’s – 2020 Top Advisor: Kansas – Trey Barnes #5
Barron’s – 2020 Top Advisor: Nebraska – Jim Siemonsma #6
Barron’s – 2020 Top Advisor: New York – Justin McCarthy #93
Barron’s – 2019 Top Advisor: Oklahoma – Jana Shoulders #5
Barron’s – 2019 Top 50 Registered Investment Advisory Firms – Mariner Wealth Advisors #4
Barron’s – 2019 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors – Valerie Newell #9
Barron’s – 2019 Top 100 Women Financial Advisors – Valerie Newell #4
Barron’s – 2019 Top 100 Women Financial Advisors – Faith Read Xenos #68
Barron’s – 2019 Top 100 Women Financial Advisors – Jana Shoulders #91
Barron’s – 2018 Top 40 Registered Investment Advisory Firms — Mariner Wealth Advisors #3
Barron’s – 2018 Top Women Financial Advisors – Valerie Newell #3
Barron’s – 2018 Top Women Financial Advisors – Jana Shoulders #78
Barron’s – 2017 Top 20 Independent Advisory Firm – Mariner Holdings #2
Barron’s – 2017 Top Women Financial Advisors – Valerie Newell #4
Barron’s – 2016 Top 20 Independent Advisory Firm – Mariner Holdings #1
Barron’s – 2016 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors – Valerie Newell #20
Barron’s – 2016 Top Women Financial Advisors – Valerie Newell #4
Barron’s – 2015 Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors – Valerie Newell #29

*Barron’s awarded the 2020 #5, 2019 #4 and 2018 #3 Top RIA Firms ranking to Mariner Wealth Advisors based on data compiled for Mariner Wealth Advisors and the 2017 #2 and 2016 #1 rankings to Mariner Holdings based upon data compiled for Mariner Holdings’ registered investment adviser subsidiaries. The number of firms included in the rankings were: 20 (2016), 30 (2017), 40 (2018), 50 (2019) and 100 (2020). Barron’s publishes these lists based upon a number of criteria and the firms’ filings with the SEC were used to cross-check the data provided to Barron’s. The listing includes the firms’ numbers of clients, employees, advisors, offices and state locations. The award is not indicative of future performance and there is no guarantee of future investment success. Registration of an investment advisor does not imply a certain level of training or skill.

Barron’s also publishes four financial advisor rankings each year: The Top 100, The Top 100 Women, The Top 100 Independents and The Top 1,200, in which advisors are ranked on a state-by-state basis. The rankings are based on data provided by individual advisors and their firms. Advisor data is confirmed via regulatory databases, cross-checks with securities firms and conversations with individual advisors. The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has these major components: assets managed, revenue produced, quality of practice, technology spending, staff diversity and succession planning. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record. For additional information visit www.barrons.com

Forbes

2021 – Forbes ranked Patricia Kummer number 128 and Jana Shoulders number 269 out of 1,000 on the Top Women Wealth Advisors list.

2021 – Forbes ranked Jake Kern, Trey Barnes, Jana Shoulders, Faith Xenos, Rob Thomas, Justin McCarthy, Jim Siemonsma, Keith Plywaczynski, Pamela Thompson and Patrick Kimbrough as Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.

2020 – Forbes ranked Valerie Newell number 47 and Jana Shoulders number 322 out of 1,000 on the Top Women Wealth Advisors list.

2020 – Forbes ranked Jake Kern, Jana Shoulders and Faith Xenos as Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.
Advisors are selected for the Forbes rankings by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience and weighing factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. For additional information visit www.forbes.com

2020 –  Forbes ranked Keith Plywaczynski number 15 and Justin Richter number 346 as the Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors on a list of 500 individuals. The Top Next-Gen list includes 500 rising advisors who help manage over $1 trillion in client assets. Each advisor was nominated by their firm, then vetted and ranked by SHOOK Research. Advisors do not pay a fee for placement on the list, which is independently determined by Shook Research. For advisors already on a ranking, there is a fee to be highlighted in bold. For more information related to the award, visit https://www.forbes.com/top-next-gen-advisors/#7b7678996df0. The award is not indicative of future performance and there is no guarantee of future investment success.

2019 – Forbes ranked Faith Xenos number 10 of 51 Top Wealth Advisors in the Miami, Florida, area.
Advisors are selected for the Forbes rankings by Shook Research based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including: in-person interviews, industry experience, compliance records, revenue produced and assets under management. The rankings are not indicative of future performance, and there is no guarantee of future investment success. For additional information visit www.forbes.com

FA Magazine
FA Magazine awarded the #7 2020 RIA Ranking and #9 2019 RIA Ranking to Mariner Wealth Advisors . The survey is a ranking based on assets under management at year-end of RIA firms that file their own ADV with the SEC and provide financial planning and related services to individual clients. Firms are ranked from largest to smallest (1-551 in 2020 and 1-683 in 2019) based on AUM reported to FA magazine by the firms. The award is not indicative of future performance and there is no guarantee of future investment success. 

 
FA Magazine (2018 and Before)
2018 RIA Ranking, Asset Category: $1 Billion and Over – Mariner Wealth Advisors #13
2015 RIA Ranking, Asset Category: $1 Billion and Over – Mariner Wealth Advisors #14
The 2015 FA Magazine rankings were based upon information compiled using data for Mariner Wealth Advisors and its majority owned subsidiary registered investment advisory firms. For additional information visit www.fa-mag.com.

ThinkAdvisor
2016 – Marty Bicknell, CEO of Mariner Wealth Advisors, named an Innovator Entrepreneur – The IA 25 is compiled yearly by Investment Advisor magazine to include individuals who have been most influential in and around the business of independent financial advice.

Financial Times
Mariner Wealth Advisors has been included on the FT300 list in 2020, 2019, 2018

Financial Times examined the database of RIAs registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and selected those that reported to the SEC that they had $300m or more in assets under management (AUM). The Financial Times’ methodology is quantifiable and objective. The RIAs had no subjective input. The FT invited qualifying RIA companies — more than 1,500 — to complete a lengthy application that provided more information. This was added to their own research into firm practices, including data from regulatory filings. Some 520 RIA companies applied and 300 made the final list. The formula the FT uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, asset growth, the company’s age, industry certifications of key employees, SEC compliance record, and online accessibility. Assets under management and asset growth, combined, comprised roughly 80 to 85 per cent of each adviser’s score. Additionally, the FT caps the number of companies from any one state. The cap is roughly based on the distribution of millionaires across the US. The research was conducted on behalf of the Financial Times by Ignites Distribution Research, a Financial Times sister publication. For additional information visit www.ft.com

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