Passionate about finance and technology
Steve Lockshin is an entrepreneur within the wealth advisory industry. In 1994 Lockshin founded Convergent Wealth Advisors (formerly CMS Financial Services) and served as CEO for 18 years; and then Chairman from June 2012 through 2014. Under his leadership the company became one of the largest wealth advisory firms in the industry, perennially recognized as a top Registered Investment Advisor to the ultra-affluent. Steve has been ranked #1 by Barron’s in both their state (CA) and national rankings in numerous periods. Convergent Wealth Advisors was sold to City National Bank (now NYSE:RY) in 2007.
Steve was also an influencer in the technology side of the industry. In 1995, while developing what became Convergent, Steve founded CMS Reporting; now known as Fortigent, LLC, a leading provider of outsourced wealth management and reporting solutions. Fortigent was acquired by LPL Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA) in 2012.
Since turning over the reins as CEO of Convergent, Lockshin has focused his efforts on serving as a champion for the fiduciary standard. In September 2013, his book Get Wise to Your Advisor was published, offering investors insights on how to find a capable, “true-fiduciary” advisor.
The bulk of Lockshin’s time is spent re-imagining the industry from both a services and technology perspective, the efforts of which can be seen through his newest RIA ventures, AdvicePeriod and AdvicePeriod for Advisors, while also playing an active role at numerous FinTech ventures where he is an investor and advisor.
Lockshin is a frequent conference speaker at Barron’s, IMCA, the American Banker’s Association, and other industry events. He holds the Investment Management Consultants Association’s Certified Investment Management Analyst designation (CIMA) and the Investment Strategist Certificate.