Cambridge Unveils New Advisor-focused Initiatives at Annual Conference in Chicago

October 30, 2012 Blog

Launch of eSignature and New Cambridge Website Highlight Ignite
2012 Ignite Marks Record Attendance

Chicago, IL – October 3-6, 2012 – Arthur M. Connor, James W. Lohse and Andrew M. Lohse of Independence Capital Financial Partners LLC announced their recent attendance at the Cambridge 2012 annual Ignite conference in Chicago, Illinois. Conference participation set a new record as nearly 1,000 Cambridge advisors from across the country gathered together at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile to share best practice ideas between rep-advisors, engage with company executives, and meet new and long-time sponsors.

Launch of New Advisor-focused Website
During her annual President’s welcome session at Ignite, President and Chief Operating Officer Amy Webber also highlighted the firm’s new website which includes new public facing content, expanded functionality, and customizable tools designed specifically for Cambridge advisors. The transition to the new website began as hundreds of Cambridge advisors, executives, and staff gathered at the House of Blues for the closing gala event for the Ignite conference.


“In contrast to many websites designed according to a company’s organizational structure, we embraced user-centered design in order to create a new website focused on optimizing the experience for our advisors as they use these web-based tools and resources in their businesses,” said Webber.


Announcement of E-signature
Webber also announced the launch of a new eSignature program for use with clients by Cambridge’s independent financial advisors. Partnering with DocuSign, Cambridge is rolling out an electronic signature option compatible with most desktop and mobile devices.


“Electronic signature is still fairly new across the financial services industry, but very appealing in our mobile society as a convenience for independent advisors and their clients,” said Webber. “We are excited to be an early adopter among independent broker-dealers and are eagerly working with custodian and vendor partners to maximize the scope of electronic signature options available to our advisors and their clients.”

Cambridge is offering eSignature at no charge as a new added value component of its complete technology solution for advisors.

Ignite Attendees Give Back to Chicago
Conference participants received a warm welcome from Chicago, and in response combined their efforts to raise funds for Off The Street Club, Chicago’s oldest not-for-profit club for boys and girls. Off The Street Club serves as an alternative to street violence for nearly 300 children ages four to eighteen. Prior to the conference, Cambridge and sponsor companies donated items for rep-advisors to bid on during a silent auction. On the closing day of the conference, Cambridge presented a check for over $35,000 to members of Off The Street Club in the spirit of giving back and holding true to their values of integrity, commitment, flexibility, and kindness.


Largest Conference to Date
The announcement of eSignature and the new Cambridge website was made to a record-breaking 1,400 conference attendees. Nearly 1,000 of those attendees were Cambridge advisors who gathered at the Chicago Downtown Marriott to share best practices and collaborate with Cambridge executives. For the first time, a mobile app was made available to attendees to help them create personalized schedules from the 79 breakout sessions, 7 keynote speeches, and 80 sponsor and vendors in attendance.

Independence Capital Financial Partners (ICFP) is comprised of three distinct financial planning practices that represent over 75 years of financial planning experience, of which, over a quarter of a century has been spent as a cohesive group. Our clients benefit from the collective wisdom built into our structure. Our extensive experience and insight, coupled with an independent, client centered approach to service, are the cornerstones of our organization.

Registered Representative, Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Cambridge and Independence Capital Financial Partners, LLC are not affiliated.