Cetera’s Connect@Home virtual conference, a completely reimagined on-demand version of its annual award-winning Connect conference for Cetera affiliates and financial professionals, was awarded a 2021 Silver Stevie® Award. The winners were determined by the average scores of more than 250 professionals worldwide in a three-month judging process. This is Cetera’s third consecutive Stevie Award within the conferences and meetings category: the firm was also recognized with a silver award in 2020 and bronze award in 2019 for their Connect conferences.
Cetera Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna shared, “Connect@Home was such a unique and engaging conference that it has redefined our advisor experiences and set a new standard for Cetera’s future events, both in-person and virtual. When planning this event, we strove to connect with our audiences in the same way they consume content: on their terms, regardless of device or time. Zoom-weary attendees expect relevant, value-creating experiences, and we took lessons from today’s greatest content providers, like Netflix and Hulu, to deliver education, inspiration and entertainment in a way that felt seamless and personalized to their lives and businesses.”
Themed More Connected Than Ever, distinctive conference elements commented on by the judging panel were:
- “Connect@Home is more than just taking a conference virtual; it really broke down the distance and brought the event into the homes of their community. A fantastic idea and concept from the beginning until the end.”
- “Innovative ways with connectivity and fun, plus very strong results!”
- “Really liked the approach to engage the audience as well as how the content was executed.”
The entire conference took place in a streaming environment for the first time ever, offering training, professional development, inspiration and entertainment. The highly personalized experience allowed attendees to customize sessions based on their business goals and community interests. In addition to providing business and financial education from leading CEOs and centers of influence in the profession, attendees had access to entertainment from HGTV stars, magicians, award-winning chefs, as well as investor-focused sessions.
The Stevie Awards are presented annually and receive 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Winners will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 pm ET. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 professionals worldwide in seven specialized judging committees.
All judges receive written instructions about how to score entries. Judges are asked to score the achievements portrayed in each entry based on (a) their own experience, and (b) their understanding of how organizations and individuals in the nominee's industry performed in the eligibility timeframe, given the condition of the economy in general and the nominee's industry in particular. Learn more about Cetera’s award here.
About Cetera Financial Group®
Cetera Financial Group (Cetera) is a leading financial advice firm. It empowers the delivery of an Advice-Centric Experience® to individuals, families and businesses across the country through independent financial advisors as well as trusted tax professionals and banks and credit unions. It’s headquartered at 200 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 1200 El Segundo, CA 90245-5670.
Comprehensive services include: wealth management solutions, retirement plan solutions, advisory services, practice management support, innovative technology, marketing guidance, regulatory support, and market research.
"Cetera Financial Group" refers to the network of independent retail firms encompassing, among others, Cetera Advisors LLC, Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Cetera Investment Services LLC (marketed as Cetera Financial Institutions or Cetera Investors), Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, and First Allied Securities, Inc. All firms are members FINRA / SIPC.
Individuals affiliated with Cetera firms are either Registered Representatives who offer only brokerage services and receive transaction-based compensation (commissions), Investment Adviser Representatives who offer only investment advisory services and receive fees based on assets, or both Registered Representatives and Investment Adviser Representatives, who can offer both types of services.
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