About 4,000 FAs are descending on Boston this week, and it's all thanks to LPL
Tomorrow morning Mark Casady
and his team will kick off their Focus 2015
conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. A spokeswoman for LPL says that the folks at the giant independent broker-dealer expect about 7,000 people to attend, including about 4,000 advisors, about 1,000 sponsors (from mutual fund shops and others trying to reach FAs), and about 400 LPL employees, as well as advisor staff, families, guests and others. The exhibit hall will feature about 100 booths.
Due to the size of the conference, the LPL folks have shuttles that will bring conferees to and from 14 nearby hotels; conferees at three other hotels are within walking distance of the convention center.
The first pre-conference sessions started Saturday morning, and the conference festivities will begin tonight with a welcome reception featuring
a concert by Daryl Hall and John Oates
Featured speakers who are scheduled
to make appearances include:
of Virgin Group fame;
, chairman of Starfish Media Group and television anchor with CNN, HBO, and Al Jazeera America;
-Casady himself, chairman and CEO of LPL; and
, president of LPL;
, former Fed Chairman and current senior advisor
and Jeff Bauman
, survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing;
, local Boston TV news anchor; and
, chief information officer at LPL;
, Irish Tenor; and
, managing director of research and chief investment officer at LPL.
Neil Anderson, Managing Editor
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