LPL Financial Welcomes Return of Advisor Richard Donahue

Last Edited by: LPL Financial

Last Updated: August 02, 2023

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Aug 2, 2023 – LPL Financial LLC announced today that financial advisor Richard “Dick” Donahue, CFP®, AIF®, has rejoined LPL Financial’s broker-dealer, RIA and custodial platforms. He reported having served approximately $100 million in advisory, brokerage and retirement plan assets*, and joins LPL from Carson Group.

Based in Ferndale, Wash., Donahue is a seasoned financial advisor with nearly 57 years of industry experience. He started out knocking on doors selling mutual funds and term life insurance on evenings and weekends while he spent his days working in forestry for the State of Washington. In time, he founded Asset Advisors, LLC and shifted his focus to retirement planning. He is a charter member of Ed Slott's Elite IRA Advisor Group and specializes in IRA distribution planning, Roth conversions and investment management for retirees. Donahue is joined by two office support staff members.

Donahue spent more than 35 years with the LPL family, starting before LPL Financial was formed from the merger of Linsco and Private Ledger. He said he left only because his former group shifted firms. 

Why he made the move back to LPL

“I always had a great relationship with LPL, and now it feels like I’m returning home,” he said. “LPL is the largest independent wealth management firm with a large presence in my area. Its mission and advisor-centric culture greatly appeals to me. I also recognize that LPL offers increased investment flexibility, the ability to self-direct portfolios, a broader digital platform and more integrated services. It just feels like the right decision to come back to the firm I spent so much of my career with.”

Additionally, Donahue looks forward to being able to tap into LPL’s expansive network of advisors to help him grow the team and ensure their clients will be taken care of for years to come.

Scott Posner, LPL Executive Vice President, Business Development, stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Dick back to the LPL family. We are honored he recognized our integrated capabilities, robust business resources and commitment to taking care of advisors. We look forward to helping Asset Advisors grow and deepen Dick’s legacy as he continues to create more value for generations of clients.” 


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*Value approximated based on asset and holding details provided to LPL from year-end 2022.