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Brian R. Smith, CFP®, CRPC®, AIF® earns Certified Business Exit Consultant® Designation

BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 18, 2018) – Pinnacle Equity Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that Brian R. Smith recently earned the Certified Business Exit Consultant® designation from Pinnacle Equity Solutions, Inc. The Certified Business Exit Consultant® designation is a significant achievement and further establishes Brian R. Smith as an exit planner in the marketplace today.

About the CBEC® designation

The CBEC® designation offered through Pinnacle Equity Solutions, Inc. is highly regarded exit planning designation. Out of all the senior-level, professional advisors who are in the process of seeking the designation, less than fifty percent (50%) have satisfied the stringent requirements to be granted the mark. The coursework, the examination, as well as the submission of a suitable exit plan with an actual business owner, most-often make the entire process of achieving the CBEC® mark a multi-year endeavor.

To receive the CBEC® designation, Brian R. Smith completed the course’s extensive education and training program that required 20+ hours of pre-course study, 32 hours of leading edge curriculum taught by top expert instructors in their respective fields, and included content from a first-of-its-kind MBA class on the ground-breaking field of ‘private finance’. Brian R. Smith then demonstrated mastery of the curriculum through the successful completion of a rigorous final examination as well as the delivery of a comprehensive exit plan to a business owner, including peer review and a formal interview regarding the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the planning process delivered to that owner(s).

In all Brian R. Smith achieved a significant level of distinction, demonstrating mastery of the exit planning process including the delivery of solutions that assist business owners with the largest financial and emotional transaction of their lives.

About Exit Planning

There are currently over ten million baby boomer business owners in the United States and the majority of these owners will be exiting their business in the next five to ten years. Since 2010, CBEC® holders have been uniquely qualified and positioned to provide exit planning advice and support to these business owners and assist with this complex need.

The quality and the brand of Pinnacle’s CBEC® designation demands the highest educational standards. Pinnacle holds graduates to these high standards to ensure that any advisor in the marketplace with the CBEC® designation has not only completed their extensive Certification course and pre-work, but has also actually taken an owner through this process and delivered the caliber of solution that Pinnacle expects from their advisors. A commitment to continuing education to keep abreast of changes in the business owner marketplace is also a part of the CBEC® designation.

The complexity of this emerging field of exit planning requires that Certified Business Exit Consultant® graduates not only learn the material, but are also well-equipped to go out into the marketplace and deliver exit planning services to exiting owners. In addition to the initial training, the CBEC® Designation opens up a wealth of resources to the advisor, allowing for an unprecedented level of support to business owners. The CBEC® advisor has exclusive access to an international network of elite practitioners capable of providing subject matter expertise and any necessary referrals, including to mergers and acquisitions advisors who understand and integrate into the CBEC® exit planning process to assist business owners seeking a successful ‘external sale’ transaction.

Ongoing remote and live trainings, as well as national conferences, ensure the CBEC® holder stays abreast of industry changes and connected with the network. And proprietary software tools assist the CBEC® holder in providing an accurate and insightful analysis of a business owner’s needs. Finally, there a vast library of educational content facilitates business owners’ understanding of issues across a wide array of topics critical to a successful exit. The CBEC® designation is designed to deliver this combination of training and skills through our rigorous curriculum, live practice management training and ongoing support.

So, it is with great honor that Pinnacle Equity Solutions, Inc. as well as the Certified Business Exit Consultant committee recognize Brian R. Smith with the significant achievement of attaining this coveted mark of distinction.

Brian R. Smith is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors a broker/dealer (Member SIPC) and a registered investment advisor. Lincoln Financial Advisors and Pinnacle Equity Solutions are not affiliated. Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors is a marketing name for business conducted through Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. CRN-2184263-071918


Brian R. Smith, CFP, CRPC, AIF, a register representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., Changes Marketing Name to Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors

New brand better represents firm’s mission and values

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Brian R. Smith, CFP, CRPC, AIF, a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. today announced that he is changing his marketing name to Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors. To support the new name and brand, the company is also launching a new logo and website: www.IronLegacyAdvisors.com.

“We are very excited to announce our new name and brand,” said Brian Smith, Founder of Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors. “We feel it represents both the way we have always conducted our business and how we hope to grow in the future. We want our clients to feel secure in knowing that their legacy is our top priority.”

Moving forward, the Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors’ mission will continue to be partnering with business owners and high net worth individuals across the United States over the long term, working together to plan for the future and diversify their net worth. Using a process-based financial planning methodology, the firm helps clients toward achieving their goals in line with their family’s personal values, needs, and assets.

“Nothing about our core business is changing at this time. Our new name and logo simply better represent characteristics we’ve always had – our steadfast focus on our clients’ current and future security and success,” explained Megan Spain, Partner of Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors.

The new name is effective immediately and will be implemented across all of the company’s offices over the coming months.

About Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors

Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors provides a process-based approach to financial planning, integrating our clients’ personal and business owner planning needs. We work with business owners and high net worth individuals to coordinate all of their assets, determining the goals that are right for their unique situations, and then working closely with them to execute their plans. Unlike working individually with transaction-based professionals (e.g. accountants, tax attorneys, business appraisers, etc.) we partner with our clients for the long term, coordinating their advisor relationships, and ensuring our clients are both financially and emotionally ready to take each step of their journey. Learn more about our decades of experience and expertise at www.IronLegacyAdvisors.com.

Company Contact:
Megan L. Spain, CFP®

Brian Smith and Megan Spain are registered representatives of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker-dealer (member SIPC) and registered investment advisor offering insurance through Lincoln affiliates and other fine companies. Iron Legacy Wealth Advisors is a marketing name for registered representatives of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. CRN-2153026-061518