MinneapolisApril 15, 2021 – Today Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) announced that Ark Wealth Management, a financial advisory practice managing $120 million in client assets, has joined its independent channel from First Command Financial Planning in Tacoma, Washington. Financial advisors Chris McCulloch, CFP® and Wes Niblack, CFP®, ChFC® lead the team, and are joined by support staff Malinda Hall, Emily Kleppen, and Erin Watlington. The team was looking to ensure they’re providing the best service to clients and found that Ameriprise could help them take their capabilities to the next level. The advisors highlighted four qualities of Ameriprise that stood out to them most in comparison to other firms:
  1. Ability to be an independent business owner. “While we strongly considered starting our own Registered Investment Advisor (RIA), we decided that structure wasn’t the right fit for us,” said Niblack. “We wanted a firm that would provide compliance best practices as well as support to grow, and still give us the opportunity to own our own business.”
  1. Client-centric culture. “We made this decision based on what’s best for our clients,” said McCulloch. “We saw that Ameriprise shares our client-centric philosophy and passion for delivering financial plans that show clients the investment and saving roadmap to reaching their goals.”
  1. Focus on financial planning and growth. “With moving to Ameriprise, we are able to benefit from the firm’s longtime focus and expertise in financial planning, while maintaining the independence we need to serve our clients the way we want to,” said Niblack.
  1. End-to-end transition support. “Ameriprise said they had the expertise, dedicated resources, and supportive culture to facilitate our transition well, and they delivered,” said McCulloch. “Making a move can be risky, and we wanted a team that would help us retain clients and get us set up for growth quickly. The firm provided a dedicated transition team that is high touch, responsive and effective in helping us set up our business.”
McCulloch and Niblack are supported locally by Ameriprise field vice president George Varones.
Ameriprise has continued to attract experienced, productive advisors, with approximately 1,700 joining the firm in the last 5 years.[1] To find out why experienced financial advisors are joining Ameriprise, visit ameriprise.com/why.
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[1] Ameriprise Financial 2020 10-K.