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AWARD AND RECOGNITION DISCLOSURES

Award disclosures updated as of June 31, 2016.

Third-party rankings and recognitions are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a client or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance or results. These ratings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor by any client nor are they representative of any one client’s evaluation.

Alliance for Workplace Excellence – AWE – The Alliance for Workplace Excellence’s (AWE) Workplace Excellence Award highlights businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, at home, and in the community. Excellent Workplace Award winners demonstrated equal merit in each of the following categories: Workforce Demographics, Management Practices, Employee Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion, Total Rewards Programs and Benefits, Health & Wellness Programs and Initiatives and the Employee Voice Survey. For more information, please visit http://www.excellentworkplace.org/awards-workplace.html.

Arlington Magazine – The Arlington Magazine “Best Of” designation is awarded to individuals who are nominated by the public as being the best in their field. The “Best Financial Planners/Advisors” are those who received the most recommendations. Portfolio performance is not a factor. No fee was paid for this award.

Barron’s – The formula Barron’s uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice. Investment returns are not a component of the rankings because an advisor’s returns are dictated largely by the risk tolerance of clients. The quality-of-practice component includes an evaluation of each advisor’s regulatory record. Please see http://online.barrons.com/report/top-financial-advisors for more information.

FA Magazine – Financial Advisor Magazine used discretionary and nondiscretionary assets under management as reported on Form ADV to compile their RIA rankings. Cassaday & Company did not pay a fee in exchange for inclusion on this list. More information can be found at http://www.fa-mag.com/research/ria-survey.

The Financial Times – The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (March, 2015). The FT 400 is based on data gathered from firms and verified by broker-dealer home offices, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. an independent listing produced by the Financial Times. The FT 300 is based on data gathered from RIA firms, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. The listings reflect performance in six primary areas, including assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials and accessibility as identified by the FT. Neither the brokerages nor the advisors pay a fee to The Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in these listings.

Forbes – The Forbes ranking of America’s Top Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience and weighing factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes or SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings. For more information, please go to http://www.forbes.com/sites/rjshook/2016/08/03/shook-research-methodology-forbes-top-wealth-advisors/#1d882c664485.

Helios HR – Helios HR is a provider of human capital management solutions that optimize workforce and business operations. Finalists were selected by an independent panel of judges for their employee development initiatives, community outreach, and their ability to communicate the overall impact of these programs. For more information, visit www.helioshr.com.

Inc. Magazine – The Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth for four years. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of four years prior to the year won, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales. Additionally, they have to be US based, privately held, for profit, and independent — not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies.

Investment News – Best Practices in Technology – The IN Adviser Technology Study highlights the ways in which firms have punched through the ceiling with the most advantageous use of staff members and technology strategies. Winners selected based on the following metrics: Operating Profit, Revenue Growth, Productivity (Revenue per Professional and Revenue per Staff) and Integration Score (number of integrated core technology solutions).

Leesburg Today – Leesburg Today/Ashburn Today – The “40 Under 40” list is compiled by Leesburg Today/Ashburn Today. The list acknowledges the up-and-coming business and community leaders who live or work in Loudoun County. The honorees, all under the age of 40, were chosen from more than 100 nominations based on professional accomplishments, community involvement and commitment to Loudoun County. The selection committee consisted of representatives from Leesburg Today, members of the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group, and prior honorees.

NABCAP (National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practice) – NABCAP evaluates candidates on 20 categories of practice management. Characteristics of an advisory practice evaluated include but are not limited to: Years of experience, Credentials/Designations, Average AUM per client, Investment philosophy, Risk philosophy, U4/ADV status, and Customer service. Advisors are invited to participate by submitting an online questionnaire. No fee is paid to participate.

Northern Virginia Magazine – The Top Financial Professional list is compiled by the Northern Virginia magazine. The magazine sends out nomination forms to Financial Associations in Northern Virginia to nominate professional advisors in the various categories. The “Top Financial Professional” listing is given to those financial advisors that receive the most nominations. Financial professionals do not pay a fee to be included.

Pensions and Investments – Money managers self-nominate through a registration process overseen by the global survey unit of Buck Consultants LLC, our partner on Best Places to Work. Organizations must have at least 20 U.S. employees in order to be considered for inclusion. Rankings are determined by the results of two surveys: an employer survey detailing hiring practices, benefits and pay and a second, brief employee-driven survey. The combined scores of the employer and employee surveys determine the 2015 Best Places to Work in Money Management.

REP. Magazine – Methodology: Advisors on the Top 40 Under 40 Independent Broker/Dealer Advisors list are ranked exclusively by assets under management. The magazine solicited nominations from the top 35 IBDs by headcount. REP. magazine and WealthManagement.com do not receive any compensation from financial advisors, participating forms and affiliates or the media in exchange for rankings.
REP. Magazine – REP. Magazine methodology: Advisors on the Top NextGen Independent Broker/Dealer Advisors list are ranked exclusively by total assets under management. We solicited nominations from the top 30 IBDs by headcount, sourced from Cerulli Associates. These are the firms that responded. REP. magazine and WealthManagement.com do not receive any compensation from financial advisors, participating firms and affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings.

Virginia Business Magazine – To be considered for participation in Best Places to Work list created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity, be a publicly or privately held business, have a facility in the state of Virginia, have at least 15 employees working in Virginia and have been in business a minimum of 1 year. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings. For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit www.bestplacestowork.com.

Virginia Living Magazine – Virginia Living Magazine solicits the input from the public on who is the best in their field for its “Best of Virginia” list. Firms selected received the most recommendations. Portfolio performance is not a factor.

Washington Business Journal – For the Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work program, employees of nominated companies are asked to complete an employee engagement survey. Companies are ranked and finalists are chosen in each size category according to their overall engagement score. Overall number of responses is also factored into the engagement score. Winners are chosen 100% based on the results of the survey and in essence by the employees themselves.

Washington Business Journal – Washington Business Journal Financial Excellence Award- “The winners were chosen by the Washington Business Journal editorial staff. We solicited outside counsel from industry insiders before picking the winners. We selected them based not on the amount of money they were handling but on the work they have done in the past year to put their organizations on firm financial footing.”

Washingtonian – The Washingtonian Top Financial Planner is awarded to individuals who are nominated and surveyed by their industry peers as being the best in their field. The advisors select are those who received the most recommendations from their peers. Portfolio performance is not a factor.

Washingtonian – Washingtonian – For the Washingtonian’s Great Places to Work program, employees of nominated companies are asked to complete an employee survey asking detailed questions about the organization’s benefits, personnel and policies. Companies much reach a minimum level of employee participation, based on total number of employees, to be eligible as a finalist. Companies are ranked and finalists are chosen according to their overall score.

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