Five years ago, InvestmentNews created our inaugural  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 select men and women whose innovative ideas, products and solutions stand out as meaningful contributions to the financial advice profession. Our 2021 Icons & Innovators awards recognize a new selection of 11 remarkable individuals who are improving the industry. The profiles presented online at InvestmentNews.com and in our Feb. 8 print issue, highlight the outstanding accomplishments of these individuals and describe their innovative approaches. As you enjoy their stories, please think about someone in your firm or community, who you believe has employed creative thinking to improve the industry, and submit their name for this honor in September when we open nominations for the 2022 awards program.

InvestmentNews also recognizes the crucial role firms play in cultivating and implementing innovative answers to the financial advice industry’s greatest problems. The 13 firm Innovation Award finalists demonstrate the importance of supporting original and inventive ideas in business. Winners will be chosen by InvestmentNews’ advisory board of industry experts and announced at the November 16 awards dinner in New York City.