News Article: as seen in South Charlotte Weekly

The winter 2016 Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week will run Jan. 22 to 31 and feature a record 133 restaurants in the Charlotte metro area, which will offer prix fixe menus of three or more courses at dinner for $35 to $35 per person.

The event will include restaurants in eight counties throughout the region. Last year’s Queen’s Feast drew 170,000 diners to 125 participating restaurants across the eight counties, according to a news release.

Fifteen restaurants are first-time participants this year – including Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar in SouthPark; CO Pan Asian Cuisine and ROCKSALT, both in the Park Road shopping center; and Pearlz Oyster Bar in Ballantyne.

Reservations during Queen’s Feast are “strongly recommended,” according to the release. Find a full list of participating restaurants at

Ballantyne-based hybrid RIA firm sees success in 2015

Independent Advisor Alliance (IAA), a Ballantyne-based community hybrid solution in the Carolinas founded by Robert Russo, experienced significant growth in 2015, according to a news release.

IAA focuses on building a community of successful independent advisors serving the financial and retirement needs of individuals and businesses, according to the release. Through its hybrid RIA model, the business provides its affiliated advisors with various customized support services “designed to optimize efficiencies, reduce expenses, attract and retain clients and boost revenue,” the release read.

During 2015, IAA grew its expanding regional base by 18 advisors and expects to see a similar upward trend in 2016, according to the release.

IAA is powered by the resources of LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker/dealer, according to Financial Planning magazine and based on total revenue. LPL is an enabling partner to more than 14,100 financial advisors and approximately 700 financial institutions. The LPL Financial Large Enterprise Division credited IAA as being the largest hybrid LPL branch office located in the Carolinas, the top hybrid RIA firm affiliated with LPL for Engagement and high ranking on the Ramping Index, based on 2015 LPL Financial Large Enterprise Division data.

Find more information on IAA at

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