Recent Industry Awards and Recognitions

Bartholomew & Company, Inc.

Best Places to Work for Financial Advisers1 InvestmentNews - 2018

Thomas J. Bartholomew, President, AIF®

Best-in-State Wealth Advisors2 Forbes magazine - February 2018

Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in America/Top 30 in Massachusetts3 Barron's magazine - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Top 1,000 Financial Advisors in America/Top 25 in Massachusetts3 Barron's magazine - 2013, 2012, 2010

Top 200 Wealth Advisors in America4 Forbes magazine - August 2016

Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers5 Financial Times - 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Five Star Wealth ManagerSM Boston magazine - 2018*

Dory Huard, Vice President, RICP®, AIF®

Five Star Wealth ManagerSM Boston magazine - 2018*

Joshua A. Paul, Sr. Vice President, CFP®, AIF®

Five Star Wealth ManagerSM Boston magazine - 2018*

1Best Companies Group conducts a simple yet thorough company assessment. The assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating company. In part one, the employer completes a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the company complete an employee survey. The collected information from the two instruments will be combined to produce a detailed set of data enabling the analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies. The workplaces are ranked based on this data. To ensure the credibility of the information, companies with 15-24 employees must have an 80 percent (or better) response rate to be considered for the list.

2The 2018 ranking of the Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors list was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due-diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively and on a ranking algorithm that includes client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations, and quantitative criteria (including assets under management (AUM) and revenue generated for their firms). Overall, 21,000 advisors were considered, and 2,213 (10.5 percent of candidates) were recognized. The full methodology that Forbes developed in partnership with SHOOK Research is available here. Please note: The recognition and due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Your experience may vary. Winners are organized and ranked by state. Some states may have more advisors than others. You are encouraged to conduct your own research to determine if the advisor is right for you. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings.

3To compile this annual list, Barron's uses data provided by some of the nation's most productive advisors. Barron's takes a number of criteria(1) into account for this state-by-state ranking, including AUM(2); revenues generated by advisors for their firms; quality of practices, which includes examination of regulatory records; and philanthropic work. Overall, 3,000 advisors were considered, and 1,200 (40 percent of candidates) were recognized for Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors 2017 (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). The list includes both Registered Investment Advisers and Investment Adviser Representatives; some states may include more advisors than others, in proportion to state populations. This award is not indicative of the wealth manager's future performance. Your experience may vary. The state-specific ranking is the same list organized and filtered by advisors located in that state. Prior to 2014, the Barron's Top Financial Advisors List consisted of 1000 advisors.
(1) Investment performance is not a criterion.
(2) Managed through Commonwealth.

4The ranking of 2016 Forbes' Top Wealth Advisors is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative criteria, including a minimum of seven years of experience, a minimum of $1 million in production, and the weighing of factors including revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience, and best practices (gathered through telephone and in-person due-diligence interviews). SHOOK Research also employs an opinion-based weighting system that prioritizes its preferred "best practices," which include business models, activities, processes, and structure. 4,000 advisors were invited to complete a survey and 200 (5 percent of invitees) were recognized. The actual number of individuals that completed the survey was not provided and the completion rate may be significantly lower. This recognition and the due-diligence process conducted are not indicative of the advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary. As your specific needs and circumstances may vary, you are encouraged to conduct your own due diligence. Portfolio performance is not a criterion due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. SHOOK does not receive a fee in exchange for rankings. For the full methodology, developed in partnership with SHOOK Research, please visit www.forbes.com/shook-research-methodology-forbes-top-wealth-advisors.

5The Financial Times evaluated nominees on six primary areas and calculated a numeric score for each advisor. The areas of consideration were AUM, asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials, and accessibility. Approximately 800 qualified applications were received; 400 advisors were selected, representing 50 percent of applicants (the criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which the advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). Not indicative of advisor's future performance. Your experience may vary. For the full methodology, please visit ft.com.

*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 2,819 Boston wealth managers were considered for the award; 532 (18.87 percent of candidates) were named 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers. These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.