Gary Williams Attends Prestigious Chairman’s Retreat

Columbia, MD, March 22, 2012 --( Gary Williams, President and Founder of Williams Asset Management, in Columbia, Maryland, gathered with a group of leading financial advisors invited to participate in Commonwealth Financial Network’s Chairman’s Retreat, March 11–13, 2012, in Washington, DC. Chairman’s Retreat is Commonwealth’s highest level of recognition, representing just 2 percent of the broker/dealer’s advisor network, and is an intensive learning and networking experience designed to support Commonwealth’s elite advisors.

The 2012 Chairman’s Retreat explored The New Abnormal, including the economic and political complexities affecting industry professionals, as well as investors, both personally and professionally. The program included thought-provoking, interactive sessions led by industry insiders and Commonwealth’s senior staff on the current economic environment, investment integration, wealth management roundtables, and coverage of the policy and political landscape in Washington, DC.

“Williams and his team at Williams Asset Management are proven leaders in any environment,” said Joe Deitch, chairman of Commonwealth. “But we know these are extraordinary times. By attending this exclusive event, and in the company of the industry’s best and brightest financial advisors, Williams has received tangible tools and resources to strengthen the core of his firm so that he can continue to provide the highest level of service and value to his clients.”

Williams had the exclusive opportunity to study with Washington “insiders” and observers, who represented a broad spectrum of backgrounds and expertise, including James “J.J.” Johnson, Jr., former senior vice president, human resources and government relations for the NASDAQ and now executive vice president, government relations and public policy for Fidelity Investments; Norah O’Donnell, chief White House correspondent for CBS News; and Norman J. Ornstein, a 30-year veteran of election analysis reporting for CBS News and a resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Attendees also had exclusive access to some of Washington’s most venerable institutions, including the National Archives and the U.S. Capitol.

“In addition to the deep dive and behind-the-scenes look at the forces that shape our lives in today’s world, this was a remarkable opportunity to explore what can only be described as the new abnormal,” said Williams. “I have had the unique advantage to gather with some of the most successful financial advisors in our industry, and to view my clients’ circumstances in light of the economic and political changes that are shaping our financial future today.”

About Williams Asset Management
Williams Asset Management has been providing individuals and organizations with financial guidance since 1994. Located at 8850 Columbia 100 Parkway, Suite 204, Columbia, MD 21045, the advisors of Williams Asset Management pride themselves on crafting unique strategies for each client. For more information, please visit Securities and Advisory Services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor.

About Commonwealth Financial Network®
Founded in 1979, Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, and a registered investment adviser, is the nation’s largest, privately held independent broker/dealer, with headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Diego, California. The firm supports more than 1,400 independent registered representatives nationwide and makes available a comprehensive array of financial products and services. For more information, please visit
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