What are the ThinkAdvisor Luminaries Awards?

The ThinkAdvisor Luminaries Awards honors outstanding individuals and firms in the financial services industry. Recognizing excellence beyond traditional metrics, such as asset growth or product enhancements, the Awards focus on exemplary leadership, groundbreaking innovation, and outstanding community impact by both firms and individuals.
ThinkAdvisors’ Luminaries Awards has broadened its scope this year with new nomination categories in order to highlight a wider range of exemplary talent and leadership within the industry.

Who may apply?

We are accepting submissions across 10 nomination categories. Nominations are open to organizations and individuals that work in the these key segments of the financial services industry: 

  • Financial Advisory and Asset Management Firms (RIAs, BDs, clearing and custody firms, asset managers, retirement plans, TAMPs, UHNW/family offices and wholesalers)
  • Technology Platforms, Products and Services (business development, client engagement, financial planning, investment management and operations)
  • Advisory Support Products and Services (advisor education, charitable giving, compliance/law firms, conferences and trade shows, industry associations, consultants, marketing/PR services, recruiting firms, research providers and trust companies)

When do nominations close for the 2024 Luminaries Awards?

Nominations are open until July 17, 2024.

What information/data will I need to apply?

The various nomination forms, including all questions and word limits, are linked and available for download below. Please note that this is for preparation purposes only. Final entries must be submitted online, via the nomination portal.

Submissions for individual nominees must include a professional headshot image. Submissions for organization nominees must include a high-resolution image of the company’s logo. All images must be in color, a minimum 300 dpi files and in .jpg format.

Supplemental materials, such as files, documents, images and links to public webpages, short videos or campaigns are acceptable.
Nominations must clearly convey quantitative and qualitative results regarding the nominee’s industry impact and accomplishments. We ask submitters to support their entries and statements with backup information – we love facts and figures. Don’t just tell us the nominee’s accomplishments, show us by sharing a brief story that illustrates their achievements.

For your reference, you may download the PDF files of the nomination portal questions pertaining to each of the qualifying industry segments here:

Is there a fee to nominate?

No, there is no cost to submit a nomination. Submission to this award program, as well as all ThinkAdvisor.com editorial content, is free.

How many nominations can I submit?

There is no limit to the number of nominations that you can submit. We encourage you to limit your entries to the individuals and organizations that have made recent indelible impacts on both their respective firms and the financial services industry.
Submitters may also nominate a candidate for more than one category, however, you must submit a separate nomination for each particular category.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes. We accept self-nominations, as well as third-party submissions.

I was selected as a Luminaries finalist and/or winner in the past. Can I apply again this year?

Yes. Each year, the Luminaries finalists and winners are chosen based on their merits. You may nominate a previously chosen Luminaries finalist and/or winner. However, we ask that you please update your submission to highlight relevant accomplishments and recent endeavors. 
View ThinkAdvisor's 2023 Luminaries finalist list here.

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No problem! Click here to view or modify your entry.

How and when will the 2024 Luminaries finalists and winners be notified of their selection?

ThinkAdvisor will send email notifications to the Luminaries finalists and their submitters in late August. The 2024 Luminaries winners will be announced on stage at the ThinkAdvisor Luminaries Awards dinner in Las Vegas on Dec. 11, 2024. 

How will the 2024 Luminaries be recognized?

The 2024 finalists will be listed here on the Luminaries Awards website and on ThinkAdvisor.com in late August. The 2024 Luminaries winners will be announced and honored with awards live on stage at the fourth-annual ThinkAdvisor Luminaries Awards gala at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas on Dec. 11, 2024. The winners will also be featured in year-round coverage on ThinkAdvisor.com starting in December, and will receive additional recognition via ThinkAdvisor’s social media channels and email newsletters.

How does the judging process work?

Upon the submission deadline, ThinkAdvisor’s editorial staff and its Luminaries advisory board carefully review each nomination without bias to select the finalists. Then, a panel of independent judges made up of leaders in the financial services industry select the winners.
The judges work diligently to consider each nominee's different accomplishments and contributions and base their decisions on an array of factors in correlation with the awards’ criteria. You may view more information on the judging process here.