Who We Are

Awards and Recognition

At Cassaday & Company, Inc., our commitment to providing objective and impartial advice to investors seeking guidance on their financial situations requires that we strive for excellence at every level. Employee development and satisfaction, prudent growth strategies for our business, our integrated wealth management approach, our patented DIESEL system for retiree cash flow and our succession and continuity plans have attracted the attention those who monitor our industry.

We are especially proud of the recognition we have received from the industry, our peers, leading financial publications, and the community for our commitment to excellence.

Spotlighted Recent Awards:

  • Barron's - #1 Advisor in Virginia - 2016 & 2014
  • Barron's - Top 100 Advisors in the Nation - 2016
  • Barron's - Top 100 Independent Advisors in the Nation - 2016
  • Forbes - America's Top Wealth Advisors - 2016
  • Inc. 5000 - Fastest Growing Private U.S. Companies - 2016
  • Northern Virginia Magazine - Top Financial Professionals: Stephan Cassaday, Christopher Krell and Carmen Bississo - 2016
  • Washingtonian - Top Wealth Advisers - 2016
  • Washington Business Journal - Best Places to Work - 2016

 

View the complete listing of awards here.

 

2017

  • Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State by State 2017

    Stephan Cassaday has again been named the top financial advisor in Virginia according to Barron’s, which released its 2017 list of Top 1,200 Advisors: State by State rankings this March. Cassaday has topped the Virginia list for three of the past four years.  Read more

2016

  • Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisors - 2016

    Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisors - 2016

    Cassaday honored again by Barron's as a Top 100 Independent Advisor in the nation for 2016. Steve Cassaday has been on this prestigious list every year since 2008, climbing to 15th place overall this year. He has been named to all three eligible Barron’s lists for 2016.  Learn more

  • Forbes List of America's Top Wealth Advisors

    Cassaday and Company, Inc. was honored on the Forbes list of America's Top Wealth Advisors for 2016.  Read more

  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

    Inc. Magazine named Cassaday & Company, Inc., one of the fastest growing private companies in America in 2016. Cassaday was also on the Inc. 5000 list from 2007-2010 and in 2014.

  • Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors

    Cassaday was honored as one of Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors in the nation for 2016.  Read more

  • Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State by State

    Cassaday was ranked as the #1 financial advisor in Virginia on Barron’s 2016 list of the “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State by State.” In 2014, Cassaday also made the list at #1 and has been included on Barron’s list every year since its inception.

  • Top Financial Professionals

    Stephan Cassaday (2012-2016), Christopher Krell (2011-2016) and Carmen Bississo (2013-2016) were named by Northern Virginia magazine as "Top Financial Professionals."

  • Financial Advisor Magazine RIA Ranking

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. has been included on Financial Advisor magazine’s listing of Top RIAs in the US for 2016. The firm has been on the list for the past five years. 

    See the full list here

  • 2016 CARE Award by Northern Virginia Family Services

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. has received the CARE (Companies are Responsive Employers) Award for 2015 and 2016 by the Northern Virginia Family Service. Local businesses and organizations receive the award based on performance in the categories of flexible work arrangements, dependent care, work/family stress management, and benefits and community involvement.

     

  • Workplace Excellence Award Winner

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was recognized by the Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) in 2016 for excellence in the workplace. Winners show an outstanding commitment to overall workplace quality. They are evaluated on programs in communication, diversity, employee growth, life-work balance and more.  Cassaday & Company also received this award in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

  • Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the Best Places to Work in 2016, as well as in 2007-2008, 2010-2013 and 2015.

  • Virginia Business Magazine Best Places to Work

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was named by Virginia Business Magazine as one of the “Best Places to Work” in Virginia from 2012-2016.

  • Washingtonian Top Financial Planners

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was named by the Washingtonian as one the area's Top Financial Planners (Fee-Based) for 2016.

  • Barron's Financial Advisors, March 2016

    Barron’s - Financial Advisors: Profiles of 51 State Champs

    How the best advisors in each state and the District of Columbia are guiding clients through shaky markets.

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2015

  • Pensions and Investments - Best Places to Work 2015

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was named to Pensions & Investment’s list of the top 5 'Best Places to Work' in Money Management. 

  • Washingtonian

    Washingtonian magazine named Cassaday & Company, Inc. among the area’s top 50 “Great Places to Work” in 2015. The firm also made the list in 2013, 2011 and 2009.

    This award is presented every other year.

  • Investment News Best Practices, October 2015

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was honored with the Best Practices award by Investment News in October, 2015. 

    The InvestmentNews 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. Associate publisher, Mark Bruno, said these firms are considered leaders and role models for fellow industry members. 

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  • Leesburg Today/Ashburn Today, October 2015

    2015 40 Under 40 - Honoring Loudon County's Rising Business and Community Leaders

    Cassaday & Company, Inc.'s Sean Gallahan was elected a rising business and community leader for Loudon County based on professional accomplishments and community involvement, which highlighted his dedication to the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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  • InsideNOVA, September 2015

    N.Va. businesses honored for commitment to family life

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. received the CARE (Companies are Responsive Employers) Award for 2015 by Northern Virginia Family Service. Local businesses and organizations received the award based on performance in the categories of flexible work arrangements, dependent care, work/family stress management, and benefits and community involvement.

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  • Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisors 2015

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was named as the #2 top independent advisor in Virginia on Barron’s "Top 100 Independent advisors in America" in 2015. The firm has been included on this list for the past eight years.

  • Financial Times Top 300 RIAs

    Financial Times ranked Cassaday & Company, Inc. on its 2015 list of the “Top 300 Registered Investment Advisors” in the United States. The firm also made the list in 2014.

  • 2015 Top Financial Professionals

    Stephan Cassaday (2012-2015), Christopher Krell (2011-2015) and Carmen Bississo (2013-2015) were named by Northern Virginia magazine as "Top Financial Professionals."

  • Washington Business Journal

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was named the #3 “Best Places to Work” in 2015 by the Washington Business Journal. The firm was ranked amongst the top 25 applicants in the medium company category. Cassaday & Company, Inc. also received this honor in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

  • Financial Times Top 400 Advisors

    Christopher Krell was named to Financial Times' 2015 list of the "Top 400 Financial Advisors." 

    See the full list here.

  • Rep. Magazine's Top 50 NextGen Independent Broker Dealer Advisors

    REP. magazine recognized Justin Harris (#7), Christopher Krell (#6), & Christopher Young (#43) on its list of the "Top NextGen Independent Broker Dealer Advisors" in the U.S.
    REP. Magazine's ranking includes the top advisors under the age of 40 from the nation's largest 30 IBD's.
     
     
  • Arlington Magazine, 2015

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was voted one of the "Best Financial Planners/Advisors" by the readers of Arlington Magazine.

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2014

  • NABCAP Premier Advisors 2011 - 2014

    Cassaday & Company was recognized by the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices as a premier advisory practice in the greater Washington, D.C. area in 2011-2014.

  • Virginia Living magazine “Best Financial Planning Firm”

    Virginia Living magazine named Cassaday & Company as the “Best Financial Planning Firm” in its annual “Best of Virginia” list.  

  • Financial Times Top 400 Advisors

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. was named to Financial Times' 2014 list of "Top 400 Financial Advisors" and also made the list in 2013.

    See the full list here.

2013

  • Helios Apollo Award

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. received the Helios Apollo Award which honors Washington-area businesses for their best practices in employee development, engagement and community service initiatives. The firm was a finalist for this award in 2012.  

     

2012

  • Top Wealth Manager

    Cassaday & Company was named a "2012 Top Wealth Manager" by AdvisorOne.

2010

  • Financial Advisors Registered Investment Advisor Ranking 2010, 2008, and 2007

    Financial Advisor Magazine named Cassaday & Company, Inc. as one of the fastest growing registered investment advisory firms in the country in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

2009

  • 50 Largest Financial Planning Firms 2009

    Cassaday & Company, Inc. has been ranked 23rd in Investment News' "50 Largest Financial Planning Firms in the Country."

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2008

  • Reuters

    Christopher Krell is recognized as a Top Advisor 2008 by Reuters based on qualitative criteria including total assets under management, growth of assets under management, product expertise and client focus.

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  • Virginia Business Magazine - 2008 Virginia Winner’s Circle

    Stephan Cassaday appears on the list of Top Wealth Advisors, #12 out of top 25, for the 3rd year in a row.

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  • Registered Rep Magazine

    America's Top 100 Independent Advisors. Stephan Cassaday was twice ranked in the top 100 independent advisors in the country in 2007 and 2008.

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  • Top Dogs – Bloomberg’s Wealth Manager Magazine

    Cassaday and Company, Inc. named one of America’s Top Wealth Managers in the following years:

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  • Registered Rep Magazine 2008

    Stephan Cassaday is selected as one of only ten advisors nationally to receive the Outstanding Financial Advisor Award from Registered Rep Magazine, 2008. Selection criteria is based on AUM and community leadership and service.

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  • Washington Business Journal 2008

    Washington Business Journal honors Stephan Cassaday the Award for Financial Excellence in Financial Services

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    Video featuring award winner, Stephan Cassaday - click here

2007

  • Registered Rep Magazine 2007

    Stephan Cassaday featured in Registered Rep Magazine, August 2007 as one of the nation’s Top Independent Advisors.

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2004

  • Cassaday & Company is one of only five top CPA/financial planning firms selected for CPA Wealth Provider's First Annual Financial Planning Award - CPA Wealth Provider, January 2004

    CRITERIA: Awards presented to honor companies taking the lead through innovation, efficiency, initiative, or growth in the financial planning area.  More than 60 nominations were reviewed by the chief editors of Accounting Today, Accounting Technology, Practical Accountant, and CPA Wealth Provider.

2003

  • Financial Planning Association Leadership Award - Financial Planning Association, January 2003

    President, Stephan Cassaday, was selected by his peers as an outstanding leader among Financial Planning Association members in the national capital chapter.

Award disclosures updated as of September 30, 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.

 

 

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.

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. The listing reflects each advisor’s 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 the FT 400. 

Virginia Living magazine solicit 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.

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. All award applicants undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of professors, PhD professionals, and doctoral candidates in business, industrial and organizational psychology, and human resources. 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 visithttp://www.excellentworkplace.org/awards-workplace.html.

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.

Financial Advisor magazine used discretionary and nondiscretionary assets under management as reported on Form ADV to compile their ranking.  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.

For the Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work program, employees of nominated companies are asked to complete an employee engagement survey. The survey measures 10 key engagement categories focusing on items including, team effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, manager effectiveness, compensation, and benefits. In order to gather statistically sound results companies must reach a minimum level of employee participation, based on total number of employees, to be eligible to be as a finalist. Companies are ranked and finalists are chosen in each size category according to their overall engagement score.  The engagement score is calculated by compiling all raw data from the questions on 1-6 scale to find an average score that is then indexed to a 100 point scale. 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.

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 methodology: Advisors on the Top NextGen Independent Broker/Dealer Advisors list are ranked exclusively by total assets under management. To be eligible, advisors had to be under the age of 40 as of Jan. 1, 2015. 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.

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.BestPlacesToWorkVA.com.

The “Barron’s Winner’s Circle Top 100/ Top 1000” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of different criteria. Among the  factors the survey takes into consideration are the overall size and success of practices, the quality of service provided to clients, adherence to high standards of industry regulatory compliance, and leadership in “best practices” of wealth management. Portfolio performance is not a factor. 

The formula Barron's uses to rank advisors is proprietary. It has three major components: assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice. Investment performance is not an explicit factor because the advisors serve clients with varied goals and risk tolerances. Please see http://online.barrons.com/report/top-financial-advisors for more information.

Investment News used RIAs qualified and ranked by RIA database provide financial planning services, derive more than 50% of their business from retail investors, do not conduct business as a broker-dealer or bank, derive less than 50% of their revenue from managing proprietary products and manage assets where less than 50% are invested in proprietary products. A dominant portion of their AUM cannot be invested in proprietary products nor be derived from managing proprietary products. Based on assets under management as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, as of Sept.30.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Helios HR, a provider of human capital management solutions that optimize workforce and business operations.  In its sixth year, the Apollo Awards program is the premier award program for recognizing employers in the Washington metropolitan region that invest in innovative employee development initiatives. 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.

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. 

To qualify as one of our 100 Top Wealth Managers for 2012, wealth managers must be investment advisory firms registered with the SEC that provide wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals. Top Wealth Manager firms must also have client assets under management of at least $100 million and file a Form ADV.  The AdvisorOne editorial staff reviewed the submissions for accuracy and gave participants the opportunity to confirm their submissions, but have not independently confirmed that data through review of Form ADVs or other methods. Rankings by total AUM and average AUM per client of the 280 firms that participated and met these criteria can be found at AdvisorOne.com, along with past rankings, additional analysis and data, and full qualifying criteria.

The Financial Times Top 400 Advisor methodology is quantifiable and objective. The FT solicited advisers’ practice information from the 40 largest US broker-dealers and requested data for each group’s most elite advisers.  The FT assessed those with more than 10 years of experience and $250m or more in assets under management (AUM); brokerages had no subjective input. The formula used is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. Areas of consideration include adviser AUM, asset growth, years of experience, industry certification, Finra compliance record and online accessibility. AUM and asset growth comprise roughly 80-85 per cent of each adviser’s score. While each adviser earned an individual score and could be ranked against another, the FT 400 is presented as an elite group, not a competitive ranking.

The 2014 Financial Times Top 300 Registered Investment Advisors is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (June, 2014). The FT 300 is based on data gathered from RIA firms, regulatory disclosures, and the FT’s research. As identified by the FT, the listing reflected each practice’s performance in six primary areas, including assets under management, asset growth, compliance record, years in existence, credentials and accessibility. Neither the RIA firms nor their employees pay a fee to The Financial Times in exchange for inclusion in the FT 300.  

In November 2007, the Reuters AdvicePoint™  Top Advisors 2008 list was announced, showcasing the top financial advisors in communities across America. With 212 Investment Advisor Representatives, 171 Registered Representatives and 102 dual registered representatives recognized in this list, Top Advisors 2008 acknowledges all types of financial advisors across a variety of niche categories that reflect the advisors' primary client focus (including profession, language, average client net-worth and location).  The methodology was based on rigorous quantitative analysis of factors including growth of assets under management and growth of average assets per client relative to your peers.

The Loudoun Times-Mirror '40 Under 40' award recognizes business and community leaders who are under the age of 40 and either live or work in Loudoun County.

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.

The CARE Awards selection process has three main areas of focus. Applicants are evaluated on the quality and scope of their policies and programs in several key categories: policies and benefits; ease of utilization; company culture and philosophy. Finalists are selected from cumulative scoring of written application, site visit and employee survey.