Breaking away from the cocoon of a brokerage to go independent takes backbone. Try confronting your old colleagues, now rivals, every day because you work in the same building.

That’s life for Jeff Sica, the president and chief investment officer of Sica Wealth Management, which launched May 29. Up until then, Sica was managing director of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. He started at Ryan Beck, and went to A.G. Edwards, which eventually became part of Wells Fargo. He has been in the business for over 17 years.

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