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Four years ago, InvestmentNews embarked on our annual Icons & Innovators program to pay tribute to the visionaries who have shaped and transformed the financial advice profession.

From more than 100 nominations submitted each year from readers, staff and other experts in the industry, InvestmentNews editors choose a group of men and women whose innovative ideas, products and solutions stand out as meaningful contributions to the financial advice profession. Keeping with this tradition, our 2020 Icons & Innovators awards recognize a new selection of 11 remarkable individuals who are improving the industry. The personal profiles presented online at InvestmentNews.com and in our Feb. 3 print issue, highlight the outstanding accomplishments of these individuals and describe how their innovative approaches have impacted the financial advisory business. As you enjoy their stories, please think about someone in your firm or community, who you believe has employed innovative and creative thinking to improve the industry, so that you can submit their name for this honor in September, when we open nominations for the 2021 InvestmentNews Icons & Innovators.

For a second year, InvestmentNews is also recognizing the crucial role firms play in cultivating and implementing innovative answers to the financial advice industry’s greatest problems, such as retirement readiness, inefficient practices and inadequate educational resources. With 18 finalists in six categories, the Innovation Awards demonstrate the importance of supporting original and inventive ideas in business. Winners in each firm category will be chosen by InvestmentNews’advisory board of industry experts and announced at the April 30 awards dinner in New York City.