An advice dealer group is welcoming a former AMP advice manager to head its Queensland business as part of the boutique firm's expansion strategy.
Joining Evermore Money Management as Queensland state manager is Chris Chetham. The firm said Chetham will consolidate Evermore's brand and oversee its expansion across the state.
Chetham was formerly an AMP practice development manager in Queensland and prior to that he was a development manager at Vanguard. He's held similar roles at financial solutions company Elston and executive search firm Human Solutions Group.
Managing director Amirthan Arasaratnam said the move comes in response to adviser demand, particularly after establishing a small footprint in the sunshine state which triggered a strong level of enquiry from other advice practices.
"We believe this is due to our core focus being helping advisers to grow their business first, being institutionally non-aligned with an open APL and our proprietary digital technology solutions," Arasaratnam said.
"Advisers are resonating with our unique AFSL model as it deals with the real issues facing the industry right now. This has resulted in numerous enquiries from practices wanting to join us. Our own growth as an AFSL follows on from that."
Arasaratnam added Evermore is open to discussion regarding expanding in other states, but noted that "for us, it is not about growth for growth's sake, it is all about the right people with the right attitude."