FA today, Inc. Acquires LinkedFA

NOTE:  I have been a user of LinkedFA for many years.  I am now in a partnership with FA Today to provide their financial advisory audience with (to start) content. I look foward to seeing you on the new site– Maria Marsala



New York, NY – October 8, 2013 – FA today, Inc. has acquired linkedFA, transitioning its members to a digital media platform for Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) only at FAtoday.com.

“We designed linkedFA as a social media company to address industry and firm regulations and enable financial advisors to use social media to communicate with their clients,” said Jason Bishara, who was the founder of linkedFA and now serves as President of FA today, Inc. “Instead, we ended up with almost 12K independent financial advisors communicating with each other. Now, we’re recognizing what’s really important to them — creating a platform that provides value to all IFAs. With FA today, we’re becoming an advocate for IFAs and delivering economies of scale to help them lower their costs and compete more effectively. This transition is an incredible advancement for our members and the entire community of IFAs.”

“I am proud to be a part of an excellent, experienced team focused on being both a resource and an advocate for the Independent Financial Advisors,” said Rance Masheck, CEO and co-founder at FA today, Inc. Masheck is a former director of TD Ameritrade with responsibility for the Trade Architect online trading platform and brokerage integration projects. He is also the founder and President of Investage, Inc., an incubator focused on financial technology startups.

The FA today community gives members access to news feeds from the best news sources and bloggers who address the practical challenges of operating and marketing an IFA practices and join interest groups for discussion of specific aspects of their business. FA today also offers a “breakaway” group to welcome advisors who are leaving one of the large wire house firms to go independent. Full membership requires that IFAs validate their status by supplying a CRD number (S.E.C. broker ID).

“I joined linkedFA wanting it to be something completely different,” said Vincent Esposito, executive vice president of Spruce Hill Capital and Founding member of the FA today Chairman’s Club.”I wanted a community where I could communicate with my peers about practice management topics like marketing, client retention, technology or financial products and generational transitioning. I was able to navigate linkedFA, but linkedFA does not even compare to FA today. I am very excited to be an early adopter. Independent financial advisors have distinct business requirements that deserve specific attention, and we often learn best from our peers. FA today gives us a place where we can connect and talk honestly.”

About FA today

FA today is an exclusive community available for validated Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) only. Content and resources are tailored to an individual’s practice to present the most relevant news, articles, blogs and services all in one place. This allows IFAs to compete and exceed financial advisors from the largest firms by leveraging the community’s economies of scale. Customization and validation is seamless because it is based on an individual’s broker registration information (CRD). IFAs can build their own communities of like-minded advisors regardless of physical location to share best practices and grow professionally.

FA today was founded in April 2013 by a team of senior executives with extensive experience in Wealth Management, Technology, Online Media, and Platform design.

Independent Financial Advisors can register at FAtoday.com.

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Another birthday for me, another gift for my visitors!

Hi Subscribers & Visitors To My Blog

Here across from Seattle, heavy sweaters are coming out of hiding as the fall ushers in cooler weather from Mother Nature.

autum and fall photoThere’s a part of me that’s sad about this–the long days of summer, trips to the beach, and eating food right from the garden–that’s just about over.

Another part of me is very happy about the month of October, because it means celebrating my birthday–yet again!

This milestone always reminds me to say THANK YOU. It’s time for the BIG YEARLY thank you for being a subscriber, client, or referrer of my services and products!

I also want to encourage you to take the next BIG IMPORTANT STEP towards transforming your practice into a superb financial business. It takes a BIG STEPS and an inner trust to grow your business and I want you to get out there and do it in a big way!

I thought about what to send you to measure your business growth during the last year, then realized you have that already. You downloaded a copy of my Business Checkup when you became a member of the Elevating Your Business Family. (If you don’t remember seeing it,
email me here

birthday cookieThen I wondered if you would like some help figuring out what your NEXT BIG STEP will be, or, if you already know what that is, get you going in the right direction.

A-ha… I liked that last idea, because I already have lots of programs. Now I just needed to make it easy for you…

So here’s my “Happy Birthday to Me…Thank You!” special:

Starting Sunday, October 6  and up to midnight on October 31 only — I’m holding a Transformation Acceleration Sale with up to 75% off (yes, really) on select products and HUGE discounts off a limited number of 1:1 sessions with me.

If Transformation Acceleration sounds good to you, and you’re ready to turbo-charge your business development or marketing in the next 3 to 12 months, better keep an eye out for an email on Sunday.

Upwards and Onwards,

Maria Marsala's name

P.S.: If you want to take advantage of the sale, just keep your eyes on your inbox on Sunday, October 6th as I’ll be sending you all the details then. I can tell you there’s everything from business plan help to VIP Platinum days with me for way less $$$ than usual. Only on sale until midnight, October 31, 2013. Get ready to scour your inbox.

P.P.S.: Can’t wait until Sunday? If you want to see the page of savings the moment it’s available, email me here now.

Entrepreneur Featured by Staples’ Small Business Community on LinkedIn

Poulsbo, WA—May 14, 2013—Maria Marsala, a Kitsap-area based consultant and executive coach, has been chosen as one of four experts featured during Staples’ Small Business Month promotion, “Moving Your Business Forward”.


Staples is showing appreciation for its small business customers by featuring helpful articles by the top four contributors to its LinkedIn group, named SUCCEED: Small Business Network.  Staples is also hosting a “Push It Forward” contest, which will award three businesses $50,000 in free digital marketing.


Staples’ Small Business Month promotion began on May 1st and will continue through May 31st.  Marsala’s contribution will be featured on the SUCCEED group and the Staples website  May 19th through May 25th.  Her article offers small business members “Top Five Tips to Grow a Customer Base”.


“I’m honored to have been the first small business owner contacted to be a part of Staples’ small business appreciation month,” says Marsala.  “Staples’ SUCCEED group on LinkedIn has 18,000+ members and is an extremely engaged group.  I enjoy reading, posting, and answering questions each week.  One of my questions received more than 225 responses—the group is a great resource for me and the other members.”


Ms. Marsala is a former Wall Street trader who trained as a coach in 1998 and was named one of the Top 30 International Coaching Gurus in 2011 by Coaching Gurus International.  She has been a speaker since 1981, has been published in several business magazines, and presents numerous workshops, including Business Growth Planning on Steroids.


Staples, headquartered outside of Boston, is the world’s largest office product company and the second largest internet retailer.  Area stores are located in Silverdale and Port Orchard.  Visit the Staples Hub page or join the Succeed LinkedIn Group to find new content that helps small businesses with topics like Social Media, Networking, and Email Marketing.


For easy-to-find links to the Staples Small Business Month, the Push Contest, and Staples’ Succeed LinkedIn Group, go to www.ElevatingYourBusiness.com/Staples

Contact Maria Marsala at (360) 271-8418 or visit www.ElevatingYourBusiness.com

Do You Know If You’re Making the Right Decisions for Your Business?

Do You Know If You’re Making the Right Decisions for Your Business?

Stategic Business Coach, Planning Strategist Maria MarsalaSomething is stopping you from having the time to market to new prospects and service existing clients. Attend Maria’s next business growth planning webinar to find out what it is! Use our killer process to determine your firm’s priorities and become a more efficient business owner. Take one day to arm yourself with new strategies and insights you can immediately execute.




Attendees will walk away with a simple system for:

— Communicating a clear company vision for your team, clients, and vendors

— Planning for business growth and setting tighter priorities

— Marketing strategies that won’t break the bank


At the end of the day, you’ll print your plan and use it the very next morning! (If you can wait that long.)  Best of all you don’t have to travel to attend this program (unless you want to).  It’s a webinar!


Business Management & Marketing on Steroids. Learn how to create your company’s roadmap

Request Your Complimentary Appointment from Business Coach Maria Marsala

I am reaching out to my newsletter and blog subscribers and extending an invitation to have your own 7 F’s Road Map completed by me at no cost to you.  We’ll complete the process in 45-60 minutes.

The 7 F’s Road Map  is  a tool we use to help you in clarifying and define your business and personal goals.    Once completed, we’ll send you a hard copy of your 7 F’s Road Map customized with what is important to focus on in 2013.  You can download our description of the 7 F’s here:  http://www.elevatingyourbusiness.com/documents/BrochureElevatingYourBusiness2012.pdf

Email me at focus@elevatingyourbusiness.com     and we’ll get you started on your best year ever!   NOTE:  We schedule 1 no-cost session to each independent advisor, individual business owner or CEO per lifetime.

NOTE:  We schedule 1 no-cost session to each independent advisor, individual business owner or CEO per person.  Sorry, if you’ve already attended any type of no-cost session 60-minute session or if you’re a coach, please pass on this offer.

Here’s to your Best Year Ever

Upwards and onwards,

Maria Marsala

Where financial advisors master their 5-year vision in 24 months (or less).