Philip Palaveev and Bob Oros create Hunger Games-style RIA high jinks for Fidelity execs, then release it for wide consumption

Medical interns get cadavers to practice their scalpel skills on. Law students have moot court to hone their oratorical skills. But there are no such dress rehearsals for aspiring financial advisors.

Philip Palaveev has teamed up with Fidelity in order to remedy that situation. Fusing fantasy baseball and reality TV, Palaveev is creating a program in which advisors, divvied up into teams, compete against one another and in the process deal with real-life situations facing RIAs. Read more

Industry Expert Brandon Odell Becomes Partner in The Ensemble Practice LLC

SEATTLE, March 23, 2015 – The Ensemble Practice (Ensemble), the premier business consulting firm for the financial services industry, announced today that Brandon Odell has been promoted to Partner. Prior to the announcement, Brandon Odell served the firm as Director of Business Consulting. Odell has been responsible for the firm’s marquee benchmarking and compensation reports as well as key client relationships. Brandon Odell is also increasingly recognized in the industry as one of the foremost experts in financial management of advisory firms and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and forums. Read MoreOdell Partner_final

The Ensemble Practice Adds an Industry Expert to Drive Growth and Deepen Client Relationships

Doug Johnson Joins Ensemble as Senior Consultant

Seattle, WA – October 22, 2014 – The Ensemble Practice, the premier business-consulting firm for the financial services industry, announced today that Doug Johnson has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant. The addition of Johnson allows Ensemble team to continue its growth and work with financial advisory firms on growing and improving the profitability of their organizations. Johnson’s experience and background in Operations and Business Development will also add to the expertise of the Ensemble team.

“We look to bring to our clients premier experience and expertise. We want to be able to show them what the next step in their evolution will look like.” said Philip Palaveev, CEO of Ensemble. “Doug brings in-depth knowledge of the industry, high credible experience and an entrepreneurial mindset. He has built RIAs from the ground up and been a leader in organizations of various sizes. He not only allows us to continue to grow but also ads expertise in operations to our company.”

Doug Johnson has spent the past 13 years working in the advisory industry as a COO and Director Business Development Officer, most recently as Head of Operations at Columbia Pacific Capital Management a Seattle-based investment management and wealth management firm.  Mr. Johnson holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA from UCLA.

“I am a believer in the potential of the advisory industry to continue growing and achieving new levels of success.” said Doug Johnson, Senior Consultant at Ensemble. “Joining Ensemble allows me to be at the forefront of the industry development and to be a part of dynamic team. I look forward to working with the clients and strategic partners of the firm.”

About The Ensemble Practice LLC

The Ensemble Practice LLC is the premier business-consulting firm for the financial advisory industry. It is committed to helping independent financial advisors create multi-professional ensemble firms with strong organic growth and sustainable profitability. The firm is founded and led by Philip Palaveev, a highly regarded industry expert, thoughtful leader and author of the book “The Ensemble Practice.” For more information visit