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Commonwealth Financial Network® Congratulates Honorees in Employee Benefit Adviser’s 2015 Rising Stars in Advising

Waltham, MA (March 23, 2015)—Commonwealth Financial Network®, the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/dealer–RIA, congratulates two affiliated advisors on being named to Employee Benefit Adviser’s 2015 Rising Stars in Advising list. Amber Kendrick, director of retirement services, C.I.G. Retirement Plan Consulting, based in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and Valerie Leonard, principal and cofounder, Grinkmeyer Leonard Financial, based in Birmingham, Alabama, are honored on the list. The list will be published in the April issue of Employee Benefit Adviser and featured online.

Employee Benefit Adviser’s annual list honors standout benefit advisors under the age of 35 with a five-year track record of demonstrating fresh talent and making a difference in the benefits industry. This year, winners were selected based on criteria including rate of industry participation, client size, and retention, as well as community service and other examples of an overall commitment to service excellence.

“Amber and Valerie are top-notch benefit advisors with a steadfast approach to supporting plan sponsors and retirement plan participants,” said Paul Mahan, senior vice president, retirement consulting services, at Commonwealth. “They have demonstrated their commitment to their profession early on, and we commend them on this much-deserved recognition. We look forward to supporting their continued growth and witnessing firsthand the impact they have on the quality and future of the industry.”

About Commonwealth Financial Network
Founded in 1979, Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, is the nation’s largest privately held independent broker/dealer–RIA, with headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. J.D. Power ranks Commonwealth “Highest in Independent Advisor Satisfaction Among Financial Investment Firms, Four Times in a Row.” The firm supports approximately 1,600 independent advisors nationwide in serving their clients as registered representatives, investment adviser representatives, and registered investment advisers, as well as through hybrid service models. For more information, please visit

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