Securities America announced that Jeffrey Patterson and Rick Pucci have become registered representatives with Securities America Inc., an independent broker-dealer based in La Vista, Neb.

Pucci has $300,000 in annual revenue and $18 million in assets under management. He holds the Series 7 and 66 licenses and life, health, long-term care and variable insurance licenses. His business, Park Ridge Financial, is located in Park Ridge, Ill.

Patterson has more than $375,000 in annual revenue and $32 million in assets under management, and he holds the Series 7, 63 and 66 licenses and variable life and annuity insurance licenses. His business, Patterson Wealth Management, is located in Chesterfield, Mo.

Patterson has worked in the financial services industry since1995 and became an independent advisor five years ago. Securities America said he joined the company “for better systems and infrastructure.”

“Securities America seems to be an excellent fit,” Patterson said. “The technology Securities America utilizes is head and shoulders above my previous firm and, being from St. Louis, I appreciate the Midwest mindset and partnership mentality of Securities America.”

After 20 years in corporate finance, Pucci became a financial advisor. He worked for a large international wirehouse before moving to the independent sector to build his own practice.

“I chose to partner with Securities America because I want to stay with one company for the remainder of my life,” Pucci said. “I believe Securities America, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann, has the financial commitment in place to support its advisors.”

Securities America Inc. is the nation’s seventh largest independent broker-dealer.