Why Summit

Our strategy has always been quite simple: we treat you like our client.

Service that Places You Above All Else

All independent organizations provide similar payouts and investment products. The real difference is the firm’s culture, especially as it pertains to the level and quality of service provided to the firm's advisors. At Summit, we recognize that servicing your clients is the most important thing you do, and servicing you is the most important thing we do.

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Integrated Technology Suite

A recognized next-generation-technology leader, Summit seamlessly integrates best-of-breed applications so you can comprehensively manage your business from your desk or mobile device. Access and analyze client data, manage portfolios, conduct research, create models and client presentations, market your practice, and much more. The flexibility extends to clients as well, with personalized 24/7 account access.

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Products & Research

Your success is measured by how well you help your clients meet their unique investment goals. We believe one of the measures of our success is our ability to provide you with the products and services you need to meet your clients' goals.

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Investment Advisor Solutions

The ability to offer efficient fee-based solutions is an essential requirement for today’s most successful financial advisors. Being independent is all about choice, allowing you to meet the demanding needs of your clients while keeping ahead of the competition with the most efficient platforms to maximize your time.

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Advanced Planning & Retirement Solutions

Certain clients require more resources and support due to the complexity of their financial situation. To serve these clients, Summit offers you full access to Cetera's Advanced Planning Group and the Retirement Solutions Team.

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Bond Desk

The Summit Bond Desk is leveraged by advisors across the Summit family. The Bond Desk offers a team of consultants who provide unbiased guidance, market expertise, fiduciary best practices, and industry-leading products, resources, and services that support your practice. We listen to where you are, where you want to go, and aspire to exceed your expectations.


Social Media & Text Messaging

Leverage social media in your practice the easy way with full, compliant access to social media tools including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram and blogs. Create posts, develop leads and measure your engagement—all through a provided library of resources and consulted by one of our practice menagement experts.


Complete Solutions for Hybrid Advisors

Summit embraces the hybrid advisor. Whether you are currently operating under a hybrid arrangement or are considering the change, we deliver the flexible support you need to streamline management of your own independent RIA while leveraging our resources to process your securities transactions.

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While the Summit Compliance department's primary duty is to ensure the highest levels of compliance with federal, state and industry rules and regulations, you will benefit from our consultative and proactive approach to brokerage and advisory compliance as well.

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Advisor Benefits

While we believe that service is the cornerstone of what we do, we strive to provide our financial advisors with the rewards and recognition they deserve for their contribution toward the success of Summit. As a result, we offer a number of benefits to our advisors, many of which are unique to our Firm

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"I came to Summit because of the people. Nowhere have I experienced the dedication that Summit's people deliver to its advisors. It's nice to know that I can count on the professional support of Summit's people to help me run my business."

Kevin Duffin Ohio