The Investment Center’s Annual National Education Conference Kicks Off with Lt. Col. Scott Mann’s Inspiring Story of Serving Others

BEDMINSTER, N.J., May 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Investment Center, Inc. brought its National Education Conference (NEC) to Florida last week. The independent broker-dealer’s conference included topics focused on the markets, practice management, cybersecurity, and compliance. The event was opened by “Warrior Storyteller” and distinguished military leader, retired Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann. Lieutenant Colonel Mann is a human connection expert and coach who discussed relationship-building techniques that drove so many of his successful combat operations.

He shared his incredible story of Operation Pineapple Express, where he and a group of retired Green Berets led a daring mission to save more than 1,000 Afghan allies in the chaos of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

CEO, Ralph DeVito commented:

“Lt. Col. Mann excels in building relationships and telling his story. Working with a financial professional is an emotional relationship for clients, and being able to connect with them on a deeper level allows for a more trusted relationship. It’s not only about telling your story, but allowing your clients to tell their story to help them succeed.”

The conference, held at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, FL April 24th – 27th, also included a panel discussion on marketing tips at the firm.

Kristin Discher, Director of Marketing, moderated the panel and stated:

“One of our goals at TIC is to create a community of sharing best practices. The panel discussed everything from the need for websites, using social media effectively, incorporating client events into their practice, and how not every marketing technique is appropriate for all practices. They also discussed some of the marketing challenges they’ve faced such as building a referral network with other trusted professionals.”

Other key highlights from the conference included concurrent breakout sessions, networking events, and a presentation by Robert Fernandes, Chief Information Security Officer at The Investment Center.

Before the start of the conference, The Investment Center’s Compliance and Product Departments held a meeting to review Regulation Best Interest and the new SEC guidance that was released. It is important to the firm that all professionals are kept up to date on policies and regulations to run their business.

During the event, the prestigious Ralph S. DeVito Award was presented. The award recognizes those advisors who demonstrate excellence with their clients, execute on business development, give back to their community, and have an exceptional reputation. The award was presented to Stanley Lozinski of Comprehensive Financial based out of East Islip, NY.

Mr. DeVito said:

“Stan has been with our firm for 17 years and is now a two-time winner of this award. He is always willing to provide feedback, be a sounding board for improving processes, and has built a great team. He rarely misses an event we host, and his support has been unwavering. Selecting the award recipient is never easy, but Stan is beyond deserving.”

Wrapping up the event, the 2024 location was announced to be the MGM National Harbor in Maryland.

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Marc Lefurge, CMO
The Investment Center, Inc.
(908) 707 4422

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About the Investment Center, Inc.
The Investment Center, Inc. is an independent broker-dealer founded in 1986 with the purpose of providing back-office support services, investment tools, technology, and a broad selection of non-proprietary products to a national network of more than 300 independent financial advisors in offices across the nation. Headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey, The Investment Center, Inc. is registered to conduct securities business in all 50 states and is a member of both the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). For more information, visit

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