Harbour was founded in January 1987, in the beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin by President and CEO, Nick Sondel. When Nick established Harbour, he envisioned a broker-dealer that truly was different from all the others. One that values strong working relationships, loyalty, personal connections, honesty and integrity. One that gives flexibility for advisors to run their businesses within the confines of prudent investing.
In April of 1987, Harbour acquired its first representative and established its long-time headquarters at One Odana Court.
Harbour saw rapid expansion through the recruitment of two large groups.
In March of 1990, Hydra joined Harbour.
In July of 1990, PDI joined Harbour.
Many advisors from these groups are still with Harbour more than 25 years later.
Harbour makes a significant push to leverage technology with Ops (WinOps). This helped the automation of the compliance and commission process.
Harbour starts the journey to move to a paperless office with the implementation of LaserFiche.
In August, WealthServ Investments replaced Ops. WealthServ is a back-office solution for communication with our advisors and their clients, replacing three former software programs and creating a time-saving processing flow. Improvements in efficiency allowed for much of the back-office staff to change from data entry positions to service positions giving personal attention to our advisors.
Harbour moves headquarters from our humble beginnings at One Odana Court to a beautiful and modern office at 575 D'Onofrio Dr.
In an effort to make the firm more RIA centric, Harbour became one of the first broker-dealers to utilize Pershing Advisor Solutions. Harbour chose not to charge administrative fees for processing advisory business, something that makes us unique to this day.
Harbour expands its advisory offering to include the services of Charles Schwab. This not only gives more flexibility to advisors but opens the door to no fee ETF trading.
Harbour becomes the first broker dealer of its size to offer Morningstar Office to advisors. Morningstar Office is our complete practice and portfolio management system for independent financial advisors. It features robust portfolio management and performance reporting, advanced research capabilities, sophisticated investment planning and secure communications using the Client Web Portal.
Harbour advances its paperless office by enhancing its back-office approval workflow to be completely paperless.
TD Ameritrade further expands the Harbour advisory offering including unified account management with professional money managers on their UMAX platform
Great advisory options lead to 2016 being the best recruiting year in firm history, this exponential growth continues all the way into the 4th quarter of 2017.
2018 was a fantastic year for the firm, exceeding all growth expectations once again. Harbour crosses the $50 Million in gross revenue mark.
Still, 25 years later, we remain rooted in the same midwestern values that are the foundation for our success. At the heart of those values are honesty, integrity and service. At Harbour Investments, it's the people who make the difference and we strive to make long lasting personal relationships.
2020 starts the year with big announcements regarding succession planning. Harbour formalizes a plan to keep Harbour held privately, Aaron Hager is named President and Rhonda Meyer is elevated to Senior Vice President. Later in January Daniel Wipperfurth and James Dushek are elevated to vice presidents of Harbour.