Monday, December 4, 2023

A Journey Forward: J.D. Bruce’s Future and Profession at Abacus

After fifteen years of service, J.D. Bruce will probably be transitioning from his full-time position at Abacus to give attention to consulting to monetary advisory corporations across the US and internationally.

J.D.’s biggest ardour helps fast-growing skilled providers corporations innovate and adapt to new alternatives and challenges, one thing he’s accomplished exceptionally for Abacus since 2007. Given Abacus is within the enterprise of advising our shoppers and never different advisory corporations, it appears a pure time for J.D. to independently observe his ardour.

Listed below are a number of of the highlights of how J.D. has helped Abacus: 

Shopper Service

Together with his Masters Diploma in Info Know-how, J.D. helped Abacus incorporate know-how to make our shoppers’ lives higher. Because of him, Abacus was one of many first advisory corporations to include Salesforce for consumer info storage, permitting our advisors to reply consumer questions rather more readily. The portfolio administration and reporting techniques that J.D. found and in lots of instances, improved by working straight with the software program builders, guarantee well timed and tax-efficient rebalancing in addition to portfolio info out there to shoppers on any machine, any time. Earlier than any of us had even heard of cloud computing, J.D. had eliminated servers from all Abacus workplaces and made certain all our knowledge was securely encrypted and out there at any Abacus workplace. 


J.D. tailored and carried out an revolutionary advisory staff construction to service shoppers and prepare future generations of advisors. Most corporations don’t create this strong pipeline of expertise and thus, when firm founders and senior advisors retire, shoppers most frequently transition or the agency as an entire is bought. The implementation of this explicit staff construction helps to nurture expertise and gives Abacus with a sturdy succession plan.


J.D. oversaw the creation and administration of our Abacus Accomplice Program. The Accomplice Program permits Abacus to proceed to be owned by the individuals who do the work day in and time out, relatively than taking up monetary traders or needing to promote when founders retire. 

Mergers and Acquisitions

J.D. creatively pursued an M&A program which has introduced in gifted workers and beloved shoppers via ten M&A offers since 2012. 

Increasing What’s Doable

J.D. has advocated for serving those that are uncared for by our business again and again, together with having Abacus do away with asset minimums, launching our preliminary pro-bono program, and overseeing our BLX Internship, which will increase the illustration and talent ranges of Black and Latinx monetary planners in our occupation.


J.D. helped Abacus set up sound governance practices together with establishing our Board (with election procedures that defend minority shareholders) and overseeing fixed enchancment of our Working Settlement.


J.D. has been the first mentor and advocate for a number of of our most expert individuals, and plenty of of these within the business. He at all times had time to assist anybody who wanted it. 

J.D. will probably be working with Abacus to transition his obligations and small group of shoppers to different Abacus advisors and workers earlier than he formally resigns on January 31, 2023. J.D. will stay an Abacus associate, and can retain the title of President Emeritus.

We look ahead to an extended working relationship and consider that we will proceed to profit one another in some ways going ahead. We hope you’ll be a part of us in wishing J.D. nice success and affect in his forthcoming endeavor.

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