David Buzo joins as Chief Marketing Officer and Topaz Morrison as Chief Growth Officer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – September 7, 2023 – Independent Advisor Alliance (IAA) today announced two leadership appointments that help underscore the firm’s focus on scaling to growth and enhancing and growing product and service offerings. These newly created positions round out the firm’s structure and support its cohesiveness and collaboration between departments, allowing CEO Robert Russo to re-focus his efforts on recruiting advisor partner firms.
“Both strong and talented leaders, we’re excited to welcome David and Topaz to the team. I have no doubt they will help elevate, advance, and enhance IAA’s profile and offerings as we head into our 10th year as a leading RIA,” said Robert Russo, CEO and Founder of IAA. “Their extensive industry experience and successful track records will be invaluable to our growth as we continue to support independent financial advisors in their success.”
David Buzo brings over 17 years of experience to the Chief Marketing Officer role. Before joining IAA, Buzo was Vice President at LPL Financial, where he developed, implemented, and led LPL’s advisor marketing services program. He has also held marketing positions with MassMutual Financial Group, The MONA Group, and MetLife. “The prospect of leading transformative efforts energizes me, and I am thrilled to join IAA as Chief Marketing Officer,” said Buzo. “I aim to amplify our market presence, cultivate meaningful connections, and contribute to the firm’s continued success and growth. Together, we will reshape the future of financial marketing.”
Topaz Morrison joins the team as Chief Growth Officer. Before joining IAA, Topaz was Senior Director at Northwestern Mutual, where he led many initiatives for Private Client Group, a community of their most sophisticated advisors and firms. He has also held leadership roles in distribution sales strategy, corporate strategy, wealth product management, and business development at LPL Financial, Allianz Life, and Ameriprise Financial.
“IAA is an amazing organization that puts their partner firms front and center in everything they do. By providing comprehensive solutions and support services, they have uniquely positioned themselves to take advantage of the ever-evolving headwinds that impact the financial advice industry,” said Morrison. “I’m humbled to partner with Robert and the leadership team to identify and capture the next phase of growth for IAA.”
Founded in 2013 in Charlotte, NC, Independent Advisor Alliance (IAA) is a leading hybrid firm strategically focused on building a community of successful independent advisors serving the financial and retirement needs of individuals and businesses. IAA provides its affiliated advisors with customized support services designed to optimize efficiencies, reduce expenses, attract and retain clients, and boost revenue. For more information, visit www.independentadvisoralliance.com.