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2018 Elite Advisor, Schiller Award Winners Honored at NTSA Summit

By John Iekel • January 25, 2018 • 0 Comments

The winners of the 2018 NTSA Elite Advisor Award, as well as the winner of the Bob D. Schiller Award, were honored on Jan. 24 in a ceremony at the 2018 NTSA Summit in Houston.

2018 Elite Advisors

The winners of the 2018 Elite Advisor award are:

  • Shane Hall, RFC, Shane Hall Financial, Amarillo, TX; Broker Dealer: PlanMember Services
  • Kent Schutte, CFP, ChFC, CLU, TGPC, EFS Advisors, Cambridge, MN; Broker-Dealer: Advanced Advisor Group (AAG)
  • Christina Winters Gears, AIF, Creating and Managing Wealth, LLC, Irving, TX; Broker-Dealer: Lincoln Investment

“NTSA has been driven by distinguished professionals,” said NTSA President-Elect Kristine Coffey. “NTSA is very proud of its members, and its power lies in its members.”

The NTSA Elite Advisor Award is in its fifth year. Established in 2014, it recognizes the contributions of advisors who, by their actions and example, have advanced best practice standards in the 403(b) and/or 457 retirement industry — and, in so doing, have improved the ability of American workers to build a successful retirement. Additional information about the Elite Advisor Award is available here

Bob D. Schiller Award

The 2018 winner of NTSA’s Bob D. Schiller Award is Paul Indianer.

The NTSA presented this year's Schiller Award to Indianer to honor his lifetime achievements and meritorious service. He is described as an NTSA pioneer, a “recruiter extraordinaire,” a passionate advisor, a meaningful manager and as the “Willie Mays of TSAs.” Indianer was very supportive of the founding of the NTSA and instrumental in its success, and served on its Board for years; he also is credited with establishing NTSA’s close working relationship with the IRS.

Accepting the award on Indianer’s behalf was his youngest daughter, Tamara Indianer, NTSA’s 2018 President. She recounted that an advisor once said to her, “I owe my career to your father” — and that the advisor then glanced around the room and remarked, “No, we all owe our careers to your father.”

The NTSA Bob D. Schiller Award recognizes individuals who have given freely of themselves, their time and resources to the NTSA and to the 403(b)/457 industry individuals who have done above and beyond expectations. The award is named in memory of Bob Schiller, an enthusiastic supporter of the NTSA who devoted his time and energy to its success and was a mentor to many in NTSA. The organization created the award following Schiller’s death in 2006.

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