How we did it: We asked every Certified Financial Planner in the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Financial Planning Association to cast an online ballot. Outside-firm votes counted more than inside-firm votes. Self-nominations were tossed out. A panel of esteemed local financial planners reviewed the list. Only CFPs made the list.

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TOP WEALTH MANAGERS

Baird Family Wealth Group   
Robert W. Baird & Co., Dallas, 214-373-2974

Bob Walker   
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Dallas, 214-696-7044

Cadent Capital, LLC   
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., Dallas, 972-441-4554

Calandro Group  
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 214-969-2324

Carter Financial Management
Raymond James, Dallas, 214-363-4200

Cartwright Moran Group
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 214-969-2347

CFO4Life   
LPL Financial, Coppell, 214-637-9500

Christensen Wealth Management Group   
Wells Fargo Advisors, Dallas, 214-740-3229

Cornerstone Investment Services, LLC   
Cornerstone Investment Services, LLC, Poetry, 972-563-8990

Cypress Point Wealth Management 
Schwab, Dallas, 214-736-8887

Daniel McVeigh   
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 214-750-2041

Dickey Wright Sweeney Group   
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, Dallas, 972-774-6759

Edwards-Carrion Financial Strategies Group   
Wells Fargo Advisors, Plano, 972-473-5961

Foster Investment Group
Wells Fargo Advisors, Fort Worth, 817-338-1401

Galbraith Group   
Deutsche Bank, Dallas, 214-740-7775

Gatlin Ibarguen Group   
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 214-969-2344

The HGG Group
Merrill Lynch, Plano, 972-422-6044

Jones, Cannon, and Associates   
Ameriprise Financial, Dallas, 214-420-7436

JWA Financial Group, Inc.   
JWA Financial Group, Inc., Dallas, 972-661-3355

Kindred Stephens Financial Group   
Kindred Stephens Financial Group, LLC, Dallas, 214-382-5301

Kravitz Group
UBS Financial Services, Inc., Addison, 972-450-4334

Mark Kever   
UBS Financial Services, Inc., Addison,  972-450-4358

The Maynard Group
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 214-750-2099

Mikeska Peschel McBee Group   
Wells Fargo Advisors, Dallas, 972-341-1081

Moore Group   
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Dallas, 214-696-7175

Nethery, Johnson & Associates   
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 214-969-2358

Park Cities Group
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Dallas, 214-696-7000

Pegasus Group   
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Dallas, 214-696-7140

Price, Dilworth and Associates   
Merrill Lynch, Irving, 972-830-6420

Quest Capital Management, Inc.
Quest Capital Management, Inc., Dallas, 214-691-6090

Robertson, Griege & Thoele   
Robertson,Griege & Thoele, Dallas, 214-360-7000

RSA Group   
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 972-386-1395

Russell W. Holley   
Merrill Lynch, Southlake, 817-877-9613

Shawn Nicholas & Mark Hagan   
UBS Financial Services, Inc., Addison, 972-450-4329

Sloan Wealth Management, LLC   
Schwab, Dallas, 214-720-7500

Spellman Meaney Group   
Carter Financial Management / Raymond James Financial Services, Dallas, 214-363-4200

The Stephenson/Baun Wealth Management Group   
UBS Financial Services, Inc., Dallas, 214-981-0528 

Talis Advisory Services, LLC   
Talis Advisors, Plano, 972-378-1794

United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC
United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC, Dallas, 214-520-1200

Westwood Trust
Westwood Trust, Dallas, 214-756-6900

Wilshire Wealth Management Group
Merrill Lynch, Plano, 972-384-2080

Yonack Group at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Dallas, 214-468-7209

EXEMPLARY ADVISORS

Carter Financial Management     
Raymond James, Dallas, 214-363-4200
Category of Excellence: Client Education & Customer Service Model

Calandro Group
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 214-969-2324
Category of Excellence: Client Education & Customer Service Model

Galbraith Group
Deutsche Bank, Dallas, 214-740-7775
Category of Excellence: Financial Planning

Dickey Wright Sweeney Group
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Dallas, 972-774-6759
Category of Excellence: Financial Planning

Jones, Cannon, and Associates
Ameriprise Financial, Dallas, 214-420-7436
Category of Excellence: Risk Management

RSA Group
Merrill Lynch, Dallas, 972-386-1395
Category of Excellence: Risk Management

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