Monday, November 7, 2016



Strategic PR Firm Focused on Retail Financial Services Space Adds Award-Winning Former CMO of LPL Financial and HD Vest Financial Services to Leadership Team

New Chairman to Support Development of Haven Tower's Forward Five-Year Growth Plan and Spearhead Assembly of Industry Leaders to Form New Board of Advisors

Los Angeles, CA – November 7, 2016 – Haven Tower Group, LLC ("Haven Tower"), a strategic public relations agency focused on the retail financial services industry, today announced that Ruth Papazian has been named the firm's Chairman. Ms. Papazian, who joins Haven Tower on the firm’s five-year anniversary, is an industry veteran with over 30 years of leadership experience across a range of senior marketing and business development roles in the financial services sector.

In this newly created role, Ms. Papazian will work closely with Haven Tower’s President and Managing Partner, Joseph Kuo, to develop and implement the firm's next five-year growth plan, provide consultative marketing advice to a select group of Haven Tower clients and help to assemble and lead a new Board of Advisors for the firm, comprised of industry leaders who will collectively provide strategic guidance to Haven Tower in support of the firm's growth vision.  Mr. Kuo will continue to lead Haven Tower in his current role, with day-to-day oversight of the firm and its client relationships.

Commenting on the addition of Ms. Papazian to Haven Tower, Joseph Kuo said, “I'm incredibly excited to partner with Ruth Papazian, who has been not only a colleague and a client, but also a personal friend and trusted advisor for many years.  Ruth's experience, together with her unique capabilities to lead, inspire trust and plan strategically, make her the ideal addition to our organization as we move forward with the next chapter of our growth plans. On behalf of the professionals on the Haven Tower team, we are delighted to welcome Ruth to our firm.”

Most recently, Ms. Papazian served as Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Business Development at HD Vest Financial Services, a leading independent broker-dealer supporting nearly 4,500 financial advisors across the country. While at HD Vest, Ms. Papazian was part of a senior leadership team that successfully grew and sold the firm in late 2015 from private equity and HD Vest management ownership to Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR), a leading provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small businesses and tax professionals.

Prior to that, Ms. Papazian served as Chief Marketing Officer at LPL Financial (NASDAQ: LPLA), the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer based on revenues, where she built award-winning corporate and advisor-facing marketing programs and platforms, and led the marketing function of LPL Financial through the company’s multi-billion dollar initial public offering on the NASDAQ Stock Market in November 2010.

Ruth Papazian said, “In just five years, Joe Kuo has developed Haven Tower into one of the most respected PR agencies within the retail financial services space, and I'm thrilled to support the firm's continued growth and success.  Joe has demonstrated how effective it can be to invest in a deep bench of senior professionals who think strategically, see the big picture and share an intense commitment to driving substantive results for clients.  It's a pleasure to join a team that is recognized for providing a boutique consultancy client-service experience, together with the expertise and resources usually available only at large agencies.  Haven Tower is more than a PR firm - it is a strategic communications think tank with a bias for action and an unparalleled ability to act as a 'connector' among industry thought leaders."

Joseph Kuo concluded, "Since establishing Haven Tower Group, we've enjoyed an extraordinarily strong growth trajectory.  By purposefully building a culture that rewards a unique blend of work ethic and creativity to deliver an exceptional client experience, we now enjoy a five-year client retention rate of nearly 90 percent.  We're deeply honored by the fact that our clients and other friends of the firm have consistently chosen year over year to stay with us, to grow with us, to surmount their business challenges and celebrate their successes together with us.  We thank our clients and friends of the firm, who form the foundation of a broader Haven Tower community that we will continue to build together in the years to come."

About Haven Tower Group LLC

Haven Tower Group LLC is a strategic public relations firm focused on supporting the retail financial services industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with a satellite presence in both San Diego and Seattle, Haven Tower encompasses 15 professionals who provide comprehensive PR strategy and execution to broker-dealers, custodian / clearing companies, Super-OSJ firms, independent wealth managers, and a wide spectrum of industry associations, asset managers, fintech enterprises and other businesses that support the retail financial services space. For more information, please visit