Awards Disclosures

Awards Disclosures

Disclosure 1: 2018 Most Admired CEO Award – Robert Balentine
The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2018 Most Admired CEO award was comprised of 21 categories in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Within each category, two winners were selected. No individual could repeat the same category two years in a row and a reader’s choice award was no longer included. Additionally, the rules state that there can only be one submission in each category per person, and 42 executives were included; however, a total number of applicants was not disclosed. The selection criteria was divided into three components: How has the leader contributed to the company’s financial success?; how has the leader created a great work culture?; and how has the leader made contributions to the community? Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 2: Top New Vistage Speaker – Adrian Cronje (2019)
The Top New Vistage Speaker of 2019 is an award presented by Vistage Worldwide. In order to qualify for the award, the individual must have fewer than two years as a Vistage speaker; at least 10 and no more than 50 presentations in total; a minimum average annual score of 4.7 in content, delivery, and real-world applicability; and 95% or better in member recommendation. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 3: Atlanta’s Top 25 Financial Planning and Advisory Firms (2012-2019)
The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Financial Planning and Advisory Firms award consists of 25 firms. Firms were ranked by total assets under management for Atlanta offices as part of the selection criteria. For each business, the following is listed: total AUM, total discretionary assets, total non-discretionary assets, total assets managed companywide, and the number of professionals in the area. The list of firms was locally researched by Patsy Conn of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The total number of applicants was not disclosed. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Source: https://www.pathstone.com/app/uploads/2018/09/Atlantas-Top-25-Financial-Planning-and-Advisory-Firms-Atlanta-Business-Chronicle_Ranking.pdf

Disclosure 4: Atlanta’s Top 25 Money Managers (2012-2019)
The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Money Managers award was comprised of 25 businesses. The total number of applicants who submitted responses and/or percentage who received the rating was not disclosed. As part of the selection criteria, businesses were ranked by total assets under management for Atlanta office (discretionary). For each business, the following is listed: total AUM for Atlanta office (discretionary), amount of equity based on total assets, amount fixed income of total assets, number of CFAs in Atlanta, total Atlanta staff, and a partial list of investment styles or products offered was also disclosed. The list was locally researched by Patsy Conn of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/subscriber-only/2019/09/13/atlantas-top-25-money-managers.html

Disclosure 5: TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneur Awards – Adrian Cronje (2018)
The TiE Atlanta Top Entrepreneur Awards recognizes entrepreneurs and business owners who have achieved success and helped build a better business community within the metro Atlanta area. To qualify for the award, each nominee was required to have a minimum revenue of $2 million and no more than $100 million in 2017. TiE Atlanta provides access to funding, educational programming, and mentoring by local and global leaders in hopes to inspire entrepreneurs in all industries, from ideation to exit. Awards were based on the following: revenue growth, profitability, sustainability, leadership, culture, and innovation. The three categories for this award were: Upper Market Entrepreneurs, Middle Market Entrepreneurs, and Trailblazer Entrepreneurs. The selected and honored entrepreneurs of Metro Atlanta were ranked 1-10 over these three categories by Atlanta CPA Alliance. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 6: InvestmentNews Best Practices Award (2016)
The InvestmentNews Best Practices Award (2016) was comprised of 12 firms who were identified through their participation of the 2016 Financial Performance Study of Advisory Firms. The 2016 Best Practices Awards was an initiative that recognized the top-performing and most innovative firms in the financial advice industry. To identify the 2016 Best Practices Award winners, InvestmentNews Research created composite scores which examined rate of growth, profitability, and productivity levels for all the participants in the 2016 InvestmentNews Financial Performance Study. Those awarded “Best Practices” ranked among the top-quartile of all participants. Final firms were selected after qualitative interviews were conducted by the InvestmentNews Best Practices Committee. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Source: https://www.investmentnews.com/press-release-iinvestmentnews-i-names-the-financial-advice-industrys-2016-best-practices-69552

Disclosure 7: Georgia Trend’s Most Notable Georgians – Robert Balentine (2015)
The Georgia Trend’s Most Notable Georgians (2015) award recognized 83 individuals. Selection was done by the Georgia Trend editorial staff based on knowledge and observations of the state’s power structure. Nominations were not accepted, and the number of individuals considered for the award was not disclosed. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Source: https://www.georgiatrend.com/2014/12/31/2015-notable-georgians/

Disclosure 8: Research Magazine’s Advisor Hall of Fame – Robert Balentine (2015)
The Research Magazine’s Advisor Hall of Fame (2015) award recognized four winners. In order to be considered for this award, candidates must have met the following criteria: served at least 20 years in the industry, acquired substantial assets under management, demonstrated superior client service and earned recognition from peers and the broader community. Janet Levaux, Editor in Chief at Research Magazine, and Kenneth Silber, Executive Editor at Research Magazine, oversaw the preliminary judging. The final judging was done by a panel of experts, which consisted of: Mark Elzweig, principal, Mark Elzweig Company, Ltd.; Michael Finke, professor, Texas Tech University; and Jon Henschen, president, Henschen & Associates. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Source: https://www.thinkadvisor.com/2015/11/30/2015-advisor-hall-of-fame/

Disclosure 9: Atlanta’s Best Places to Work (2011-2013)
The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Atlanta’s Best Places to Work award was an award that Atlanta Business Chronicle Developed in partnership with Quantum Workplace. The award is developed off a survey which is distributed annually to the metro area’s employers, and it uses analytical tools to rank the top employers in three categories: the top 10 in the large employer category (501+ employees in the metro area), the top 30 in the medium employer category (101 to 500 employees), and the top 60 in the small employer category (10 to 100 employees). Only companies with at least 10 employees were able to participate. Each nominated company was contacted by Quantum and asked to participate in what they deemed a scientifically valid survey. Companies were then rated based on survey responses on work environment, people practices, and other matrices. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 10: Forbes’ Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs (2013)
The Forbes’ Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs award ranked RIAs based on their growth in total assets under management as reported March 31, 2011 through March 31, 2013. To be considered for the ranking, each firm must be a registered investment advisor (RIA) with the SEC, provide wealth management services, and serve individual clients as a primary focus. Broker dealers, hedge funds, those managing large funds, and firms with disciplinary disclosures were excluded from the ranking. Balentine was one of 50 firms included on the list. Forbes noted that the firms included were noted as leaders due to their independence, their commitment to their clients, and their ability to grow through a decade of market challenges and rewards. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 11: Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 40 Under 40 – Adrian Cronje  (2010) and Mark Bell (2013)
The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 40 Under 40 award that is comprised of individuals under the age of 40. To be considered, nominees must be: under 40 years of age, hold a position of leadership, have made significant career achievements during the previous year, and have had substantial involvement in community service outside of day-to-day job performance. The total number of applicants was not disclosed. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 12: Library of American Landscape History, Preservation Hero Award – Robert Balentine (2017)
The Library of American Landscape History’s Preservation Hero Award honors individuals in recognition of extraordinary achievement in one or more of the following categories: nonprofit and/or grassroots advocacy; scholarship and/or research; philanthropy; leadership. Based out of Amherst, Massachusetts, LALH’s mission is to promote understanding of landscape architecture and appreciation for North America’s landscape. LALH honored Betty and Robert Balentine for steadfast, generous, philanthropic and intellectual commitment to excellence in landscape stewardship, design, and horticultural research. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

https://southernhighlandsreserve.org/library-american-landscape-history-presents-betty-robert-balentine-prestigious-preservation-heroes-award/#:~:text=The%20LALH%20Preservation%20Hero%20Award,or%20research%3B%20philanthropy%3B%20leadership

Disclosure 13: Rotary Club of Atlanta, Sheffield Leadership Award – Robert Balentine (2013)
The Sheffield Leadership Award is an award presented by the Rotary Club of Atlanta. The Sheffield Leadership Award is an award that is presented annually to the District 6900 club presidents who demonstrate extraordinary leadership traits and execute their responsibilities in an outstanding manner. In 2013, Robert Balentine, along with five other individuals, was awarded the Sheffield Leadership Award. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 13: Georgia Trend, 40 Under 40 – Mark Bell (2015)
The Georgia Trend 40 Under 40 award is presented on an annual basis. The ideal candidate is passionate about community service and is successful in their profession. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 14: Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisers – Brittain Prigge (2014)
The Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisors award is based on the following six attributes: assets under management (“AUM”), AUM growth rate, compliance record, experience, industry certifications, and online accessibility. Balentine was eligible to submit Brittain Prigge for the award since we manage at least $200 million in AUM and have 10 years of experience. Brittain Prigge was one of two advisors recognized from the state of Georgia in 2014. The award does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. The process was conducted by Financial Times and Ignites Research. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 15: Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisors – Robert Balentine (2014-2019)
The Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisers Award is based on the top quantitative standouts from the Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisers Survey (the “Survey”) which verifies that data, applies its rankings formula to the data, and names designees according to assets, revenue and quality of practice. Advisors who wish to be ranked fill out a 102-question survey about their practice. Barron’s verifies that data and applies its rankings formula to the data to generate a ranking, based on assets, revenue and quality of practice. Balentine was eligible for the Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisers Award since it participated in the Survey and met the requirements for assets under advisement and plans under advisement. The award may not be representative of any one client’s experience because the award reflects quantitative standouts and was not a survey or representation of a client’s experience. The award does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 16: Barron’s Top 1,200 U. S. Financial Advisors Ranked by State – Robert Balentine (2014-2019)
The Barron’s Top 1,200 U.S. Financial Advisors Ranked by state award is comprised of 1,200 advisors based on data provided by around 4,000 of the nation’s advisors. Factors considered in the rankings included: assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work. Investment performance is not an explicit component because not all advisors have audited results and because performance figures often are influenced more by clients’ risk tolerance than by an advisor’s investment-picking abilities. The rankings are meant as a starting point for clients looking for an advisor—a first-pass vetting that can help investors narrow a search. Robert Balentine was ranked #4 out of 30 advisers in Georgia for the year 2019. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 17: The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Wealth Advisors Award – Robert Balentine (2016-2018)
The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Wealth Advisors Award, developed by SHOOK Research, is based an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience, and those that encompass best practices in their processes and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. The award does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. The process is conducted by Forbes and SHOOK Research. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list. More information about the rankings is available here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/rjshook/2018/09/12/americas-top-wealth-advisors-2018/#236b3122189d.

Disclosure 18: 2013 Business Person of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award – Robert Balentine
The 2013 Business Person of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award is based on a written submission and three rounds of interviews with the 2013 selection committee, made up of nine Atlanta business leaders. Robert Balentine was eligible for the 2013 Business Person of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award since he participated in the written submission and interviews, and met the requirements which described an applicant as “a business person who has contributed over the whole of his or her career and is seen as a role model and inspiration to others.” Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The award does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. The Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta Business Chronicle conducted the process.  Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition.

Disclosure 19: InvestmentNews Best Practices Award (2018)
The InvestmentNews Best Practices 2018 award was created by using composite scores that examined several key metrics from its core benchmarking studies—including a firm’s rate of growth, profitability, and productivity level. The data was obtained from 385 independent advisory firms that participated in the 2018 Pricing and Profitability study. The “Best Practices” were those who ranked among the top-quartile of all participants; in addition, the final firms were selected after qualitative interviews conducted by the InvestmentNews Best Practices Committee. Ultimately, InvestmentNews recognized 11 financial firms with Best Practices Awards. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The study was sponsored by Pershing Advisor Solutions and conducted by InvestmentNews. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 20: Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Advisers (2014-2017, 2019-2020)
The Financial Times Top 300 (FT 300) Registered Investment Advisers award is an independent listing produced annually by Ignites Research, a division of Money-Media, Inc., on behalf of the Financial Times. The FT 300 is based on data gathered from RIA firms, regulatory disclosures, and the Financial Times’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. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 21: Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work in Money Management (2012, 2015-2019)
The Pensions & Investments Best Places to Work in Money Management award was the result of a two-part survey of employers and their employees conducted by Best Companies Group, an independent research firm specializing in identifying great places to work. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The survey is conducted by Best Companies Group on behalf of Pensions & Investments. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 22: Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women Who Mean Business – Brittain Prigge (2020)
The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Women Who Mean Business award is comprised of 21 women who drive Atlanta business across different industries and professions. It is awarded to individuals selected for: making significant strides in their careers, making a difference in their communities, blazing a trail for others, and leaving an indelible mark on the Atlanta business community. The total number of applicants was not disclosed. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 23: Atlanta Jewish Times 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards Best of Jewish Atlanta
The Atlanta Jewish Times 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards Best of Jewish Atlanta is an award presented annually by Atlanta Jewish Times. The criteria for this award was based purely on the number of votes received from readers of the Atlanta Jewish Times as part of its annual Reader’s Choice Award. Nominations for this award took place between December 5, 2019 to February 15, 2020. Voting closed on March 15, 2020. Balentine participated in the Investment and Financial Services category. There were three top winners along with seven honorable mentions in this category. Balentine received first place. Ratings are not representative of any one client’s experience because the rating does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The rating does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or to receive recognition on this list.

Disclosure 24: CFA Society North Carolina Volunteer of the Year – John Maddison (2016)
The Volunteer of the Year award is presented annually by the CFA Society North Carolina at its Annual Meeting. The award is presented to individuals who demonstrate leadership and volunteer skills that are making a difference in the investment profession. This award is not representative of any one client’s experience because the award does not include a survey of clients or information on client experience. The award does not imply a certain level of training and is not indicative of Balentine’s future performance. Balentine did not pay a fee to participate in this program or for its Access Person to receive recognition on this list.

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