2022 Best Places to Work in Connecticut

Connecticut Wealth Management recognized as the #1 small/medium employer.

The “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” project is a statewide program managed by Best Companies Group and the Hartford Business Journal and is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Connecticut’s best employers.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. The first part consisted of evaluating each company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Connecticut, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in Connecticut;
  • Have at least 15 employees in Connecticut;
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year. 

A total of 37 companies were named to the list, released in March 2022, and are split into two categories: small/medium-sized companies and large-sized companies.

2021 Five Star Wealth Manager Award

Twelve (12) CTWM team members named as recipients of the 2021 Five Star Wealth Manager Award. Only 272 Connecticut-area wealth managers were selected as recipients of a total of 3,191 applicants.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria:

Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative

  1. Actively licensed as a registered investment adviser or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years
  2. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards
  3. Accepting new clients.
  4. One-year client retention rate
  5. Five-year client retention rate
  6. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered
  7. Number of client households served
  8. Education and professional designations.

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 3,191 Connecticut-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 272 (9% of candidates) were named 2021 Five Star Wealth Managers.

*As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not:

  1. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine
  2. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience
  3. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint
  4. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years
  5. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years
  6. Been convicted of a felony

2021 Best Places to Work in Connecticut | Connecticut Wealth Management recognized as #1 small/medium employer

The “Best Places to Work in Connecticut” project is a statewide program managed by Best Companies Group. This exciting initiative, brought to you by the Hartford Business Journal, is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Connecticut’s best employers.

Best Companies Group conducted a simple yet thorough company assessment. The assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating company.

In part one, the employer completed a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the company completed an employee survey. The collected information from the two instruments was combined to produce a detailed set of data enabling the analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in Connecticut;
  • Have at least 15 employees in Connecticut;
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

A total of 31 CT employers were named to the list, released February 2021.


Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisors

The Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times (July 2020). The FT 300 is based on data gathered from RIA firms, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listing reflected each practice’s performance in six primary areas: assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, years in existence, credentials and online accessibility. Over 750 qualified firms applied for the award, 300 of which were selected (40%). This award does not evaluate the quality of services provided to clients and is not indicative of the practice’s future performance. Neither the RIA firms nor their employees pay a fee to The Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 300.


Five Star Wealth Manager

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria:

  1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative;
  2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years;
  3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review*;
  4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards;
  5. Accepting new clients;
  6. One-year client retention rate;
  7. Five-year client retention rate;
  8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered;
  9. Number of client households served;
  10. Education and professional designations.

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded.

Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner’s future performance. A total of 3,147 Connecticut-area wealth managers were considered for the award—only 289 were selected as recipients, nine percent of qualified candidates.

* As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not:

  • Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine;
  • Had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them [settled or pending] with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process;
  • Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority;
  • Filed for personal bankruptcy;
  • Been convicted of a felony.

2019 Hartford Business Journal “CEO of the Year”

The HBJ “C-Suite Awards” program honors the top-performing C-level executives in Greater Hartford who hail from the for-profit, nonprofit and governmental sectors. The awards are given in recognition to executives in five categories who have contributed to company or organizational growth, and who have shown a commitment to good ethics, effective reporting and involvement in the community.


2017 Hartford Business Journal (HBJ) Best of Business Awards (CTWM recognized in 2 HBJ Best of Business categories)

  • 2017 HBJ Best Financial Planning Services Award
  • 2017 HBJ Best Private Wealth Management firm Award

The HBJ Best of Business award is an online poll where readers vote for companies in Greater Hartford that they believe offer the best service, sweat all the details and have employees who deliver outstanding products and services. In 2017 a total of 841 people cast their votes for companies in 49 categories ranging from best food and professional and financial services. The winners in each category were chosen based on their customer service and commitment to excellence.

  • Only one entry per person.
  • In order for a vote to count, a minimum of 10 categories must be filled out.
  • Only one ballot per IP address will be accepted.
  • Only companies based in Greater Hartford will be considered. Click here to see a map showing how the HBJ defines Greater Hartford.
  • Votes for franchises or chains count, but please note the town where the franchise/chain is located in your vote (example, Outback Steakhouse, Manchester).
  • HBJ reserves the right to exclude a category if the number of votes don’t meet a minimum standard.
  • HBJ reserves the right to reject any ballots that appear to be duplicates, suspicious or fraudulent.
  • All entries must be submitted via this official form. Responses received in any other format will not be accepted.

For more information about the Hartford Business Journal’s Best of Business Awards please visit http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/20170921/NEWS01/170929978


Medical Economic’ Best Financial Advisers for Doctors

The Medical Economics Best Financial Advisers for Doctors listing is based on the following criteria: qualifications, good standing with the SEC and FINRA, fee arrangements, and minimum portfolio. Medical Economics Best Financial Advisers is a paid Listing advertising supplement, written and published by Advanstar Communications Inc. as a source of information concerning individual financial advisers for use by physicians, health care professionals, and the public. The listing is provided as a service to its subscribers, and the Medical Economics best Financial Advisers Advertising Supplement does not contain sufficient information to verify the Advisers credentials but it does offer the public, physicians, hospitals, and managed care organization, and other care organizations general information pertaining to the listed advisers. Adviser data is self-reported by the Adviser. References to any specific adviser does not imply or constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of such Adviser by the Publisher or any of its affiliates.