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Accolades July 31

Local financial advisor gets national honors

Andy Ferguson, a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Las Vegas, was a recently named among Barron’s 2017 “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors.” This is Mr. Ferguson’s third consecutive year being named to this list.

Advisors considered for the “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State” ranking have a minimum of seven years’ financial services experience and have been employed at their current firm for at least one year. Quantitative and qualitative measures used to determine the advisor rankings include client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction/retention, compliance records and community involvement. Barron’s does not receive compensation from advisors, participating firms and their affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings.

Ferguson, who has more than 30 years of experience as a financial advisor, has nearly $500 million in assets under management. He founded Ferguson and Associates in Las Vegas and joined Merrill Lynch in 1983.

“As we enter a new bull market for wealth management advice, we are delighted and proud to see the leadership and excellence of our advisors being recognized by Barron’s,” said Andy Sieg, head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. “These advisors are focused on the life goals and priorities of their clients, and achieved this recognition by delivering a high-quality experience, deep insights and excellent service.”

Allstate agency owners get awards

As business leaders and involved citizens in the Las Vegas area, Allstate has announced that the following agency owners have been designated Allstate Premier Agencies for 2017:

• James Bell, 3140 S. Durango Drive, Suite 102

• Misty Chadwick, 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite 122

• Sergio Chavez, 4676 W. Charleston Blvd.

• William Duran, 6731 W. Alexander Road, Suite 106

• Thomas Finch, 7766 W. Sahara Ave.

• Dwain Frazier, 6767 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 110

• Joel Gonzalez, 7380 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 123

• Michael Gross, 4680 S. Eastern Ave., Suite D

• Jayna Magliaro, 8430 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Suite 100

• Loan Ngo, 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Suite 120

• Samuel Peters, 1945 Village Center Circle, Suite 150

• Tom Prince, 240 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 4

• Padma Schaudt, 6955 N. Durango Drive, Unit 1001

• Lydia Hernandez, 3415 W. Craig Road, Suite 201

• Joe Webster, 5001 E. Bonanza Road, Suite 134

“The Premier Agency designation is not only about successful business results,” said Brent Wise, regional sales leader for Allstate. “The honor also demonstrates our agents’ commitment to providing top-notch service to exceed customers’ expectations every day.”

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is given to 26 percent of Allstate’s nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country. The Premier Agency designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgeable and personal customer experience while achieving outstanding business results.

Fisher Phillips recognized by Working Mother Magazine

Fisher Phillips announces today that the firm has been recognized for its strong dedication to the support and advancement of women by inclusion on Working Mother magazine’s 2017 list of the 50 “Best Law Firms for Women” and Law360’s “Best Law Firms for Female Attorneys,” which recognize U.S. firms implementing best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers and fostering environments committed to achieving that success.

Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and describes itself as the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. To be selected to this prestigious list, firms completed an extensive application in the areas of workforce profile, flexibility and development and retention of women. Working Mother worked in collaboration with the ABA Journal as a knowledge partner.

Law360’s Glass Ceiling Report includes 40 law firms that the publisher notes have an aggregate workforce that is more than 40 percent female. Fisher Phillips ranked fifth in the category for law firms with 300 to 599 attorneys.

“We’re honored by our selection to both of these highly regarded lists and pleased to see that efforts such as our Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council (WILC) can be seen as an example among our peers,” said Danielle Moore, a partner in the San Diego office and WILC co-chair.

Christine Howard, WILC co-chair and partner in the firm’s Tampa office, added, “while we continue to work on new initiatives and long-terms goals on recruitment, retention and leadership, we are pleased to see that firms, including ours, have had success in advancing women professionally and furthering goals that are of the utmost importance to WILC and to the firm. Any way in which we can bring attention to these important goals is a benefit to all members of the firm.”

Fisher Phillips’ WILC comprises attorneys and staff from the firm’s offices and focuses on recruiting, developing, mentoring and retaining women attorneys. The initiative aims to foster female leadership, both within and outside the firm, through a variety of programs and projects.

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