Note from the Editor

Frederick P. Gabriel Jr.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet InvestmentNews’ 2019 Icons & Innovators.

The men and women represented on this year's list represent the brightest and most engaging minds in the industry. Not only have they inspired innovation within their businesses, they're also catalysts of change for our profession.

Though their stories and ideas are unique, the people you are about to read about share one thing in common: passion.

These are the folks who sometimes annoy you. The ones who can't stop talking about that crazy idea that came to them while walking their dog. The ones who send emails at 3:00 a.m., or prolong office meetings by questioning every little thing, even the "obvious."

These are the people who change minds, business strategies and, sometimes, the future of a profession.

We put this issue together every year because we believe nothing is more crucial to the growth 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 — which describes many of the people being highlighted in this report.

The list we present was put together by InvestmentNews’ editorial team with input from our readers. Ultimately, we selected 11 visionaries: one icon and 10 innovators.

Speaking of innovation, InvestmentNews is still accepting Innovation Award nominations. We intend to highlight broker-dealers, custodians, fintech firms, asset managers, wirehouses, RIAs and other companies that have developed innovative products and solutions addressing financial literacy, the client experience, retirement readiness, practice management and investment strategies.

The nomination period ends Feb 15. Read more about the awards, or submit a nomination, InvestmentNews.com/nominateinnovation.

We'll celebrate the individual and firm winners at a dinner following our Innovation Summit in New York City on April 17. To have a seat at the table, register at InvestmentNews.com/innovationsummit.

— Frederick P. Gabriel Jr., Editorial director, InvestmentNews

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