Former Signator CEO Named President and Managing Partner of Signator OSJ
Edgewood Financial Network, an office of supervisory jurisdiction for dual-registered broker-dealer and investment adviser, Signator Investors, has named Brian Heapps as managing partner and president where he will take over the day-to-day management of the firm, as well as responsibility for strategic planning and growth.
Edgewood’s founder, Robert Mitchell, will remain with the firm as chairman of the board.
Heapps joined Signator in 1987 as a financial advisor, and 10 years later founded Keystone Financial Management, an independent firm affiliated with Signator. He joined Signator’s home office in 2007, and became president and CEO in 2012.
“I am excited to return to my roots in the field and support Edgewood’s advisors and their clients,” said Heapps. “Signator not only provides a strong value proposition for firms, their advisors and staff, our broker-dealer also has its eye keenly focused on enhancing the client experience – and both are essential to success in today’s financial services environment.”
Heapps was responsible for completing Signator’s transition from John Hancock’s career agency system to an independent broker-dealer with more than 2,000 financial professionals. While at the firm, he also led two acquisitions and spearheaded the development of its advisor succession program.
Based in Gold River, California, Edgewood Financial Network is a national firm working with nearly 200 registered representatives and life insurance agents in 30 states. In addition to being a Signator OSJ, Edgewood is also as a life insurance and annuity wholesaler.