According to the press release, the International Financial Leadership Association (IFLA) has closed all nominations for its 2013 Advisor of the Year Award. The premier impact prize ceremony will recognize that rare blending of the ultimate financial professional with the presence of a Godly steward wrapped in a contest judged by a panel of IFLA Academy peers. This first annual award will recognize and celebrate the past year’s Top 100 financial advisers - recognized leaders who have served their clients by faith, with professionalism and through an unstinting commitment to transparency, truth and service.
Nominations have poured into IFLA headquarters (Branson, MO) for months from fellow licensed life insurance agents, licensed securities advisers, pastors and other IFLA Academy members. Nominees were winnowed down to the Top 100 candidates when the distinguished IFLA Academy panel reviewed nominee answers to questions about business practices, faith and attitudes toward uncompromising client service.
This rare celebration of faith-led business practitioners will set apart the 2013 Advisor of the Year recipient and all fellow adjudicated nominees as recognized and celebrated leaders in a financial services sector often publicly branded as lower in esteem than that of lawyers, members of Congress and bankers. The IFLA Academy aims - through recognition and citations, and ultimately, by naming a top prize for the winner - to raise the bar for the profession by rewarding The Top 100 dedicated financial professionals who do well doing good as trusted Godly stewards.
Nominees for the Top 100 advisers of the year come from all fifty states. The pool of candidates represents professionals in nearly every branch of the financial services sector.
The Top 10 Finalists will be announced after voting ends in March by host Rodney Ballance on his radio show, Ballancing Your Budget, and on the 2014 Conference page of the new IFLA website - www.Icontrolmy money.org - underwritten by the IFLA Academy. All finalists will be encouraged to attend the 2014 IFLA Christian Financial Advisor Conference, held at the Grand Plaza Hotel, in Branson, MO, running May 1-4, 2014.
Ballance’s awards presentation will center around the Academy’s drive to train and build up Christian financial professionals with a heart to serve others. He and all members of the IFLA Academy will salute those who bravely let the world know that Christian financial advisers will stand up for God in all they do. An advance copy of his speech includes, “ Our true desire for this contest is to recognize those licensed professionals who are not afraid to take a stand for their faith while providing trusted products and services for all.”
The Financial Leadership Academy is the teaching arm of IFLA (International Financial Leadership Association). The Academy teaches financial professionals all over the world who want to help clients multiply their assets. As part of the agreement to partner with IFLA, alumni advisers agree to share the secrets they learn with others by offering free educational programs in workplace and church settings.