We are pleased to announce that Dan A. Penning has been named a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by HOUR Detroit magazine in its June, 2010 issue.
As detailed below, more than 11,000 wealth managers practice accounting, business planning, estate planning, financial planning, insurance and investments in the metropolitan Detroit area. Out of the 11,000 wealth managers, only 686 of the top-scoring wealth managers were named a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager for 2010. Out of the 686 wealth managers, only 50 attorneys were included in the list and Penning was named as 1 of the 50 attorneys.
The following is an excerpt from the article accompanying the naming of the FIVE STAR Wealth Managers in HOUR Detroit magazine and reprinted with permission:
” . . . Well over half of the consumer responses in the Detroit area indicated it is difficult to find a wealth manager they trust and rely on.
Wealth managers, broadly defined, are those individuals who help you manage your financial world and/or implement aspects of your financial strategies. Common examples of wealth managers are financial advisers, life insurance agents, accountants, tax advisors, attorneys, etc. With more than 11,000 wealth managers in the Detroit area, how do you find someone who listens to you, represents your interests and operates with an emphasis on integrity and service? HOUR Detroit magazine can help. The magazine formed a partnership with Crescendo Business Services to find out which wealth managers scored highest in overall satisfaction.
The Selection Process
Crescendo administered a survey, by mail and phone, to approximately 1 in 5 high-net-worth households within the Detroit area. An additional 4,200 surveys were sent to financial services industry professionals.
On the surveys, recipients were asked to evaluate only wealth managers whom they knew through personal experience, and to evaluate them based upon nine criteria: customer service, integrity, knowledge/ expertise, communication, value for fee charged, meeting of financial objectives, post-sale service, quality of recommendations and overall satisfaction.
Both positive and negative evaluations were included in the scoring. Only wealth managers with five years of experience in the financial services industry were considered. . .
Then, before finalizing the list, wealth managers were reviewed by a blue ribbon panel. The blue ribbon panel was comprised of individuals from within the financial services industry. Although panelist comments were incorporated into the final score, safeguards were built into the review process to reduce the ability of panel members to influence the composition of the final list on the basis of company affiliation.
An Elite Award
The resulting list of 2010 FIVE STAR Wealth Managers is an elite group, representing less than 7 percent of the wealth managers in the Detroit area. Only 686 of the top-scoring wealth managers made this year’s list. . . . ”
Penning offers his experience and expertise in estate, business and cottage law planning to The Penning Group’s northern Michigan clients through our offices located in the historic “Train Depot” in Suttons Bay, Michigan.