Recognition

Through the years, the professionals of Shepherd Financial have been identified by various organizations for their outstanding service and commitment to the industry. The depth of knowledge and expertise of all team members is second to none.
The awards listed below are not indicative of future performance. Working with an advisor or wealth manager who has received an award is no guarantee of future investment success.
  • 4 team members with a Bachelor of Science in Financial Planning and Counseling from Purdue University
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Notre Dame University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society from Purdue University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Indianapolis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Business from Columbia College 
  • Master of Arts in Student Development Counseling & Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Doctor of Law from Valparaiso University School of Law
  • 2 team members with the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification
  • 2 team members with the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation
  • Certified 401(k) Professional® (C(k)P®) professional designation
  • Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) professional designation
  • Certified Pension Consultant (CPC) professional designation
  • Certified Behavioral Finance Analyst professional designation 
  • Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) professional designation


  • Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers (2016) – PLANADVISER
    To become eligible for this annual listing - which is based on purely quantitative measures - advisers may either be nominated for a PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year award or enter the process themselves by providing industry references. Advisers were segmented into four groups based on the number of advisers and number of total employees including support staff. The "PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers" list is compiled from responses to the PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. The list is drawn solely from a set of quantitative variables and information in the survey supplied by the advisers themselves. For an adviser to be eligible for recognition in this year's Top 100, he had to submit a completed entry to our 2015 Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, which was fielded this past September. A sub-segment of the questions was used to determine eligibility for the Top 100.
  • Top 50 Plan Advisors Under 40 (2014, 2016) – National Association of Plan Advisors
    To be eligible, nominees submitted information about their experience, credentials, background and practice for consideration by a blue ribbon panel of judges. Candidates must have been under age 40 (born after January 1, 1976). The voting period began December 17, 2015 and ended January 11, 2016. Anyone with a business email was allowed to vote, including colleagues, broker-dealers, DCIOs, and even plan sponsor clients. Individuals could vote for anyone, and for as many individuals as they wanted, but only one per nominee.
  • Top 401(k) Retirement Advisors (2015) – Financial Times
    The list recognizes the top financial advisers who specialize in serving defined contribution (DC) retirement plans. Ignites Research created the methodology and ranked the advisers. Broadridge provided unique data from its proprietary databases that helped identify advisers who specialize in serving DC plans, including 401(k) plans and other DC accounts. To qualify for the list, advisers had to have 20% or more of their total client assets in DC plans. Qualified advisers were then graded based on seven broad factors: DC assets under management, growth in DC plans and assets, degree of specialization in the DC business, experience, participation rate in DC plans advised, industry certifications, and compliance record.
  • Top Independent Next Generation Advisors (2014) – WealthManagement.com
    Advisors on the Top Next Gen IBD Advisors list are ranked exclusively by assets under management. Nominations were solicited from the top 35 IBDs by headcount. REP.magazine and WealthManagement.com do not receive any compensation from financial advisors, participating firms and affiliates or the media in exchange for rankings.
  • Top 300 Advisors in Defined Contribution Plans (2010, 2011) – 401k Wire
    The list is based on almost 3,000 nominations from the industry and our editorial staff. The final list was selected based on more than 120,000 reader votes as well as input from last year's Top 40 Advisors and from distributors working with the advisors, and an analysis of objective criteria including statistics about the advisors' practices gathered directly from the nominees.
  • Five Star Professional Top Wealth Managers in Indianapolis (2010 - 2016) – Indianapolis Monthly
    The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional, is based on 10 objective criteria:
    1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative;
    2.
    Actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years;
    3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review;
    4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards;
    5. Accepting new clients;
    6. One-year client retention rate;
    7. Five-year client retention rate;
    8. Non-institutional discretionary and or non-discretionary client assets administered;
    9. Number of client households served;
    10. Education and professional designations.

    Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. Once awarded, wealth managers may opt to purchase additional profile ad space or related award promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner's future performance. In 2015, 1,743 Indianapolis wealth managers were considered for the award; 348 (20 percent of candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers.
    To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history for this award, the person cannot have (1) been subject to regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine, (2) had more than a total of three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority of Five Star Professional's consumer complaint process, (3) individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, (4) filed for bankruptcy, or (5) been convicted of a felony. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 
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