Category Archives: MarketCounsel Summit

Episode 38 – Success is Built on “We” with Ross Marino

This episode of Permission to Succeed features Doug Heikkinen and Ross Marino, a financial planner and the Founder & CEO of Advisor2X, discussing how advisors are excited about transitioning many aspects of their businesses to grow and stay relevant.

In this podcast, you will learn about:

  • The reversal of traditional planning relationships – yes, clients still need help with their portfolios, but planners are focusing more on their clients’ life events and meeting their needs at each stage. 
  • The greying of advisors is not necessarily forcing them out. Excitement around new ways of business is keeping them engaged.
  • How Ross’s commitment to helping Advisors learn led him to start Advisor2X.
  • Why you should consider attending the Retirement & Longevity Conference.


RESOURCES:  Advisor2X | Retirement & Longevity Summit

Episode 37 – The Importance of Diversity of Thought – with Michael Saliba

Recorded live at IMPACT 2019®, this episode of Permission to Succeed features Doug Heikkinen and Michael Saliba, Director of Marketing at Baillie Gifford, discussing Baillie Gifford’s history, their commitment to creating a culture of diversity of thought, and how that benefits Advisors.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Baillie Gifford’s story – it may be new to you, but it has been around for more than 100 years;
  • The advantage of hiring people who think beyond and outside the financial services industry;
  • How following innovation can help make the world a better place and provide good investment opportunities for advisors.


IRIS Media Works recorded 16 Permission to Succeed podcasts from our pop-up podcast “studio” in the Discovery Data booth at IMPACT 2019. Fueled by coffee and the conference energy swirling around us, we had a great time talking to leaders from across the financial services industry. Thank you to Discovery Data and to our guests for participating in this grand experiment. We hope you enjoy and learn from these conversations as much as we did.


RESOURCES: Baillie Gifford| Actual Investors| Baillie Gifford LinkedIn | Discovery Data

MarketCounsel Summit: Failure Is Part of Success – With Jennifer Connelly

Learning from failure will take you to new heights: Embrace it and grow from it.

In this episode from the MarketCounsel Summit series, Doug Heikkinen and Matt Halloran are joined by Jennifer Connelly, founder of JConnelly. Jennifer shares her reflective views on how she has allowed herself and her PR company to grow for the past 16 years.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Which guiding philosophies Jennifer attributes to her company’s success
  • How Jennifer overcame her fear as a 26-year-old entrepreneur
  • Her best piece of advice for young entrepreneurs
  • And more!

Jennifer is the epitome of giving oneself permission to succeed. Listen to this episode to hear her story.

Resources: JConnelly| MarketCounsel Summit

MarketCounsel Summit: Creating a Failure Budget with Steve Lockshin

If you’re looking for permission to take that next step, this is it.

Meet Steve Lockshin, founder of AdvicePeriod. Steve is a believer in getting out there and risking failure. In this episode, he talks to hosts, Doug and Matt, about his mission to reinvent wealth management, the value of finding truth-tellers, and why he encourages you to create a failure budget.

It’s time to go for it! Tune in and give yourself permission to succeed!

Resources: Steve Lockshin’s LinkedIn | AdvicePeriod | MarketCounsel Summit

MarketCounsel Summit: Tap into Your Community with Gurinder Ahluwalia

Do you feel nervous walking into a room full of people? Don’t worry, you can still tap into the power of that community.

Take it from our next guest, Gurinder Ahluwalia, co-founder and CEO of 280 CapMarkets.

Gurinder is a role model for young entrepreneurs who question their own social skills and ability to network. In this episode, Gurinder talks about pushing through insecurities, his mantra for getting through tough times, and who on this earth gave him permission to succeed.

Be encouraged by Gurinder’s words. Tune in and give yourself permission to succeed!

Resources: Gurinder Ahluwalia’s LinkedIn | 280 CapMarkets | MarketCounsel Summit

MarketCounsel Summit: Innovate, Disrupt, and Win with Eric Clarke

Be willing to constantly disrupt your own business model.

Those words of advice come from our next guest, who is no stranger to keeping pace with daily technological changes. Eric Clarke is the founder and CEO of Orion Advisor Services.

Today Eric talks to Matt and Doug about the importance of self-disruption, the value of innovation, and how two parents and 500 kids sparked his entrepreneurial spirit.  

Take Eric’s words and run with them. Tune in and give yourself permission to succeed!

Resources: Eric Clarke’s LinkedIn  |Orion Advisor Services| MarketCounsel Summit

MarketCounsel Summit: Committing to the CEO Path with Amit Dogra

The term “CEO” is used so often, that people may overlook the amount of bootstrapping and inner confidence it takes to land that title and then live up to the name.

Today’s guest from the MarketCounsel  Summit series is here to share his reflective view on what it means to succeed as a CEO.

Joining Doug and Matt is Amit Dogra, CEO of Third Seven Advisors. In this episode, Amit discusses his climb to this leadership role, the defining characteristics of CEOs, his stance on team unity, and his childhood brushes with the entrepreneurial world.

Amit’s path is a glowing example of giving oneself permission to succeed. Listen to this episode to learn and inspire your walk as a CEO.

Resources: Third Seven Advisors | MarketCounsel Summit

It’s Not About Perfection, It’s About Progression – With David Canter

How do you rise above when you’re in a wicked competitive environment? It starts with having a roundtable mentality.

Meet today’s guest, David Canter, the executive VP and head of the registered investment advisors (RIA) segment for Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions. David is also a talented guitarist who has a particular love for playing Grateful Dead’s music, which you’ll hear during the podcast!

In today’s episode, we meet with David live at the MarketCounsel Summit.  David shares his perspective on embracing roundtables over hierarchies, what Grateful Dead can teach us about perfection, and who on this earth gave him permission to succeed.

Take David’s words and run with them. Tune in and give yourself permission to succeed!

Resources: David Canter’s LinkedIn

“Turning Walls into Curtains” with Brian Hamburger

Brian Hamburger is the President & CEO of MarketCounsel. MarketCounsel is the leading business and regulatory consultancy to the country’s preeminent independent investment advisers at all stages throughout their lifecycle. Brian is also the Managing Partner of Hamburger Law, a boutique law firm with its practice in virtually all areas related to the investment and securities industry, entrepreneurial and employment matters. From its roots in 2000, MarketCounsel has been steadfast in its mission to deliver solutions to the most substantial challenges faced by entrepreneurs in this fast-growing and highly-regulated industry and it has emerged as one of its most effective advocates.  Brian’s path and the team he’s built are a great example of giving yourself permission to succeed. Listen to this episode to learn and inspire you in your path.