Note from editor

Frederick P. Gabriel Jr.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” the late, great Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said.

In putting together our 2017 InvestmentNews Icons and Innovators special report, we set out to find some of the brightest, most engaging leaders in the industry. The individuals recognized in this year’s report have carried the financial advice profession forward and they’ve done it on the backs of their great ideas.

They’re not afraid to challenge the status quo, to ask the most obvious questions. They’re big thinkers with little patience for naysayers.

We put this issue together every year because we believe nothing is more crucial to the future of this profession than innovation. As our profession continues to adapt to new pricing models, shifting client (and adviser) demographics, and new regulatory regimes, it is more important than ever that we embrace the power of disruption.

And we do that by embracing the disruptors — that is, many of the people being highlighted in this report.

This list was put together by InvestmentNews’ editorial team. We also sought input from our readers. Ultimately, we selected 20 visionaries — two icons and 18 innovators — using the following broad definitions as guideposts:


Those who have made profound and consistent contributions to the success and advancement of the financial advice profession.


Those who have conceived new ideas and tools that have propelled the industry forward.

I hope you’ll take the time to read the profiles detailing the lives and contributions of the individuals chosen. Perhaps they’ll even inspire you to bring forward the next big idea that powers the financial advice industry into a new era.

Lastly, if you want to be part of honoring all of our icons and innovators, I invite you to attend our Icons and Innovators Awards luncheon on April 18 in New York City.

All of us at InvestmentNews continue to be grateful to serve as the publication of record for financial advisers. It is an honor we do not take for granted.

— Frederick P. Gabriel Jr., Editor, InvestmentNews


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