Early in her career, when she was 36 and considering joining Taco Bell, Valerie Brown's father offered her an easy parachute into the financial services industry. A regional vice president covering the Pacific Northwest for A.G. Edwards in Boise, Idaho, at the time, her father wanted to hand over his book of business to his daughter but she said no.
"I thought about it seriously," recalls Brown, 56, now CEO of one of the fastest-growing networks of independent advisors in the country, Cetera Financial Group in El Segundo, Calif. She didn't want to go back to Boise. However, given a host of new options for advisors these days, she thinks her father might never have made the offer. "I think, had dad gone independent, that he very well could still be enjoying his career today," Brown muses.
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