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Ron Carson, Industry-Leading Wealth Manager and "Advisor to Advisors," Celebrates 25th Year of Growth With LPL Financial

SAN DIEGO, May 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ron Carson and LPL Financial are celebrating a major milestone together. LPL Financial, the nation's largest independent broker-dealer, an RIA custodian, and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:LPLA), today congratulated Ron Carson, founder and CEO of Carson Wealth Management Group on his 25th anniversary as an LPL affiliated advisor.

"This relationship has thrived for the past 25 years because time and time again, LPL Financial has stepped up to the plate and worked with us to implement the changes we needed to be successful," stated Carson. "A large part of my firm's success over the years can be directly attributed to the tremendous amount of support LPL Financial has provided through their tools, research and assistance."

Carson has accumulated nearly $4.3 billion in assets under advisement* since teaming up with LPL Financial more than two decades ago. Carson's firm operates on LPL Financial's independent RIA platform, through which investment advisory services are provided through Carson's registered investment adviser firm, CWM, LLC, and its advisory representatives carry their brokerage securities registrations with LPL Financial. Based in Omaha, NE, Carson is also the founder of Peak Advisor Alliance, a financial advisor coaching program, and Carson Institutional Alliance, which partners with elite advisors across the U.S. to provide support – from growth-driven, turnkey business solutions to on-demand succession planning.

"The investment services industry has changed dramatically since I entered the business in 1983, and so it is particularly gratifying to mark 25 years with the same firm," said Carson. "My long-standing relationship with LPL Financial has given my firms the opportunity to be more competitive and more efficient during a time where advisors are fighting for every dollar and investors are demanding lower fees. Maximizing the tools and knowledge that your custodian brings to the relationship can be the difference between a profit or loss for the year in these uncertain times."

Carson added, "We're also thrilled that LPL Financial brings to the table the power of their comprehensive RIA business model. This unique hybrid platform has helped our firm grow by providing choice, flexibility and integration of services and solutions."

Carson has been one of LPL Financial's top-ranked registered representatives for 21 consecutive years based on assets under management. He has received numerous industry commendations, including top 10 rankings annually from Barron's and Registered Rep magazine. He is also the author of three well-known books on wealth management, including Tested in the Trenches and Avalanche. Carson started his firm while attending the University of Nebraska, where he began developing the investment principles and business strategies he continues to practice and share today.

"We are delighted to be celebrating this 25 year milestone with Ron Carson, one of LPL's pioneering advisors and a true leader in his profession," noted Robert J. Moore, president of LPL Financial. "From the start, Ron has played an invaluable role in our firm's history. In addition to providing countless individuals and families with meaningful, objective investment, retirement and wealth planning advice, Ron has mentored well over a thousand financial advisors on how to best serve their clients and help grow their practices."

Carson added, "If there is one piece of advice I could share with other advisors in developing a successful relationship with their custodians and broker-dealers, it would be to continue to foster an open dialogue. I have been fortunate to find a custodian that shares my commitment to my clients and the need to continually evolve my business to stay competitive. Committing to a successful relationship with your custodian is a critical component to become a flourishing advisor today."

"Our relationships with Carson Institutional, Peak Advisor Alliance and Carson Wealth have been a tremendous success because Ron is a true advocate for his clients and the advisors he works with," continued Moore. "Ron has an unwavering passion for the industry and his energy is contagious. He pushes everyone around him to be better for his clients. We are very excited to be a part of the journey with Ron as we support the continued growth of his clients' wealth and advisors' practices for the next 25 years. LPL Financial's independent RIA platform has grown to support approximately $70 billion in assets serviced by independent RIA firms and their advisors, and Ron's firm has been an important part of this growth."

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq:LPLA), is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2013), an RIA custodian, and an independent consultant to retirement plans. LPL Financial offers proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 13,700 financial advisors and approximately 700 financial institutions. In addition, LPL Financial supports approximately 4,500 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have more than 3,000 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit www.lpl.com.

About Carson Wealth Management Group

Carson Wealth Management Group is based in Omaha, NE and was founded in 1983 on traditional values: hard work, loyalty, uncompromising quality and personal service. The firm oversees nearly $4.3 billion in assets under advisement.* Barron's has consistently ranked Ron Carson among the nation's top advisors. Carson Wealth Management Group is comprised of Carson Wealth, Peak Advisor Alliance and Carson Institutional Alliance – three separately run organizations, each striving to elevate the client-advisor wealth experience by providing investors and advisors with a path to realize their goals.

In addition to his planning practice, Ron is recognized as one of the country's top trainers for financial advisors. He has shared his principles for success, as documented in his book, Tested in the Trenches: A 9-Step Plan for Building and Sustaining a Million-Dollar Financial Services Practice and its revised 2nd edition, Tested in the Trenches: A 9-Step Plan for Success as a New-Era Advisor, with audiences worldwide. Ron co-authored The New York Times best-selling book Avalanche: The 9 Principles for Uncovering True Wealth and the blueprinting process that goes with it. Together, these tools help advisors learn how to clarify their mission, vision, and values by setting business and life goals.

The Registered Rep Magazine Top 100 Independent Advisors Award is based on Total Assets Under Management.

The Baron's Top Advisor Award is based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work.

For more information, please visit www.carsonwealth.com.

*Please note that the amount of CWM, LLC¹s ³Assets under Advisement² is considerably larger than the amount of the firms regulatory ³Assets under Management.² Assets under Advisement include regulatory Assets under Management reported in CWM, LLC¹s Form ADV I, in addition to assets with respect to which CWM, LLC may provide consulting and/or financial planning services, but does not have any management, execution or trading authority. CWM, LLC¹s regulatory Assets Under Management can be found in Item 5.F of CWM, LLC¹s Form ADV I, available at http://www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through CWM, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Carson Wealth Management Group, Carson Institutional Alliance, CWM, LLC and Peak Advisor Alliance are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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