Schwab Honors 2013’s Exceptional RIA Firms With Annual IMPACT Awards®

  Schwab Honors 2013’s Exceptional RIA Firms With Annual IMPACT Awards®

Homrich Berg, Paracle Advisors, LLC and Evensky & Katz Wealth Management
recognized at IMPACT^® conference in Washington, D.C.

Schwab IMPACT® 2013 Conference

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- November 12, 2013

Schwab Advisor Services today announced the recipients of its annual IMPACT
Awards® for registered investment advisors (RIAs). The winning firms for 2013
are:

  *Homrich Berg, for the Best-in-Business IMPACT Award™
  *Paracle Advisors, LLC, for the Pacesetter IMPACT Award™
  *Evensky & Katz Wealth Management, for the Trailblazer IMPACT Award™

The firms were honored during the Schwab IMPACT® 2013 conference in
Washington, D.C. The annual conference is the nation’s largest and
longest-running gathering of independent registered investment advisors.
IMPACT Awards are given to RIAs that have advanced the industry’s reputation
for client service through their demonstrated leadership, innovative business
practices and strategic growth. The Trailblazer Award further acknowledges a
firm that has advanced the industry’s interests through advocacy, has made a
difference in their community and has helped shape the future for all RIAs.
Profiles and videos of the 2013 winners are available at
www.impact.schwab.com/awards/winners.html.

“Today we recognize and celebrate three RIA firms that have made a positive
impact on our industry by implementing exceptional standards and practices to
provide outstanding service to their clients,” said Bernie Clark, executive
vice president and head of Schwab Advisor Services. “The industry benefits
from their achievement and we thank this year’s winners for pushing us all to
higher standards of excellence.”

Judges for the 2013 IMPACT Awards® were Kevin Keller, Chief Executive Officer,
CFP Board; Julie Littlechild, Chief Executive Officer of Advisor Impact; Dr.
Thomas R. Robinson, Managing Director, Americas, CFA Institute; and Sean R.
Walters, Executive Director and CEO, Investment Management Consultants
Association.

Schwab makes a donation of $15,000 to a charity of choice on behalf of the
Best-in-Business, Pacesetter, and Trailblazer Award recipients and a donation
of $1,000 on behalf of the judges for their participation in this program.

BEST-IN-BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD™: HOMRICH BERG

Homrich Berg is Atlanta’s largest fee-only wealth management firm. Founded in
1989, and now with more than $3 billion in assets under management, the firm
is known for its personalized brand of small-firm service coupled with
big-firm resources and expertise. Combining comprehensive financial planning
and investment management, Homrich Berg delivers individualized advice to more
than 800 high-net-worth families and institutions across the country.

It’s a stated goal of the firm to be one of the country’s top RIAs, and their
longstanding commitment to innovation and reinvention are essential tools for
helping them get there. As they continue their growth, Homrich Berg also
continues to deliver on its promise to provide high-touch, personalized client
service. The firm’s new chief operations officer was recently brought aboard
to help maintain the firm’s position on the cutting edge of operations and
client service. The latest strategy in the firm’s ongoing evolution has also
included realigning back-office operations to support new growth, enhancing
the capabilities of the dedicated investments team, and standardizing the
toolkit of options for clients and prospects.

Homrich Berg maintains a culture of currency and relevance by encouraging
ongoing input from all levels of employees. Internal teams are focused on
identifying new ways to improve client service and efficiency. Whether
practice management or client-focused, changes are implemented when the firm
identifies a solution that delivers on their commitment to continually improve
client service. Homrich Berg recently implemented Black Diamond portfolio
reporting software, for example, and has already seen client satisfaction
improvements as well as enhancements to productivity. Additionally, virtual
desktop technology was added this year, accelerating speed and access for
employees.

Schwab will make a donation to the American Diabetes Association on behalf of
Homrich Berg.

PACESETTER IMPACT AWARD™: PARACLE ADVISORS, LLC

In 2004, Paracle Advisors principals Anne Marie Kessler, Elliott J. Brink and
Joshua E. Harris launched their Seattle-based firm with a clear vision: to
create a service driven firm that integrates financial planning and investment
advice to help people simplify complex financial information so that they feel
secure in their financial lives. Nearly ten years later, with approximately
$480 million in assets under management, Paracle’s success remains rooted in
their dedication to individuals and families who want straight talk about
investing and financial planning.

Paracle cross-trains its client teams and believes employee development and
education are vital to successful growth. Team members are charged with
becoming subject matter experts on projects of personal interest. They then
demonstrate how their newfound expertise can be implemented throughout the
firm. Employees research complex topics and find simple solutions for
improving Paracle’s business practices. The exercise also refines presentation
and leadership skills. Staff members are compensated for their effort through
flexible work schedules and a generous paid-time-off policy, as well as
incentive programs and bonuses for meeting tangible goals.

Paracle’s core tenets of simplicity, humility, transparency and empowerment
are embedded in all aspects of its operation. The firm shares its ideal client
profile with professionals in the community as well as with existing clients,
and advisors foster close relationships with them all, helping their business
continue to grow. Technology helps Paracle organize complex financial data
with clients in simpler terms, enabling both client and advisor to make more
confident decisions. Paracle hired an operations manager this year to
streamline workflows, make better use of technology and create efficiencies
among staff. As a result, the firm’s advisors are better able to focus on
providing excellent client service.

Schwab will make a donation to Seattle-based Treehouse, a charity that
benefits foster children, on behalf of Paracle Advisors, LLC.

TRAILBLAZER IMPACT AWARD™: EVENSKY & KATZ WEALTH MANAGEMENT

Founded in 1985, Evensky & Katz Wealth Management is led by the dynamic
husband-and-wife duo Harold Evensky and Deena Katz. The couple and their Coral
Gables, Florida-based firm are internationally recognized champions of
financial advice and education. Evensky & Katz was among the first firms in
the country to become fee-only. Their drive to break new ground continues
today and the firm anticipates doubling in size over the next five years.
Evensky & Katz is making strategic moves now to minimize disruptions along the
path to growth, including expansion of its physical space, upgrades to
technology and additions to staff.

Passionate advocates for the industry, Evensky & Katz founders have a legacy
of leadership among RIAs. The firm’s business reflects a commitment to
individual investors and independent advice and its influence is felt
throughout the RIA industry. Deena Katz is a prolific author and tenured
professor at Texas Tech University and she figured prominently in the
development of financial planning as an academic discipline. Harold Evensky is
a frequent lecturer and author as well. His influential 1997 book, Wealth
Management, helped introduce the concept of ‘wealth management’ to the advisor
profession. An advocate for the industry, Evensky actively engages with
legislators and regulators to raise awareness of the importance of independent
advice. He is a founding member of The Committee for Fiduciary Standards.

Evensky & Katz and its principals are active in philanthropic pursuits that
benefit their local community. In 2005, the firm founded Motivated Youth, a
program that has taught financial literacy and community engagement to
approximately 1,000 underserved high school students in Miami-Dade County. For
their effort, principals David Evensky and Matt McGrath received a key to
Miami-Dade County by civic leaders. Evensky & Katz has also established a
charitable gift fund at Coral Gables Community Foundation, and its annual
charity golf tournament has raised more than $200,000 for local non-profits.

Schwab will make a donation to Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Evensky &
Katz Fund on behalf of Evensky & Katz.

About the IMPACT Awards®

Independent registered investment advisors have fundamentally changed the
financial services landscape by providing independent investment advice to
high-net-worth investors. Established by Schwab in 2006, the IMPACT Awards
recognize these contributions by honoring advisors and firms that have
advanced the industry through their exemplary business practices.

TheBest-in-Business IMPACT Awardgoes to an independent investment advisory
firm that has been in business for at least 10 years and has a track record of
growth and excellence, as well as best-in-class technology solutions that have
helped expand market reach, responsiveness and operational efficiencies.

ThePacesetter IMPACT Awardpays tribute to a firm in business 10 years or
less that has shown initiative, growth and promise, as well as a focused use
of technology to extend its reach. The Trailblazer IMPACT Award recognizes an
independent advisory firm that is setting new forges new ground in the RIA
space by combining entrepreneurial spirit with a drive to advance the
industry’s interests as a whole.

In addition to the IMPACT Awards, Schwab engages in a wide range of efforts to
support and advance the independent advisory industry. Activities include
donations to non-profit organizations and universities, as well as providing a
voice in Washington, D.C., on regulatory and public affairs issues that matter
to RIAs. Schwab Advisor Services also is the driver behind
RIAStandsForYou.com, a multi-media advertising campaign supporting independent
RIAs with the goal of increasing awareness of the independent advisory model
among high net-worth investors.

For more information on the IMPACT Awards program, visit
impact.schwab.com/awards/about.html.

About Charles Schwab

At Charles Schwab we believe in the power of investing to help individuals
create a better tomorrow. We have a history of challenging the status quo in
our industry, innovating in ways that benefit investors and the advisors and
employers who serve them, and championing our clients’ goals with passion and
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Disclosures

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The advisory firms (“Advisor”)are not owned by or affiliated with Charles
Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”) or its affiliates, and their personnel are not
employees or agents of Schwab or its affiliates. The IMPACT Award and this
video are not a referral to, endorsement or recommendation of, or testimonial
foran Advisorwith respect to its investment advisory or other services. Each
investor must decide whether to hire any investment advisor and what authority
to give it. Schwab does not supervise investment advisors and takes no
responsibility to monitor the services they provide. The information provided
and views expressed by theAdvisors are their own, without endorsement or
verification by Schwab, and some statements have been edited.

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