Buddy McNeese

Founder and President at Frederica Wealth Advisory | Portfolio Manager | 20-Year Veteran Advisor

“After 20 years in the advisory world, I decided that it was time to realize my dream of true independence. Watson and Don got to know me, my business, and diligently worked to match me with the best possible situation. They were helpful and thorough, providing me with updates and potential solutions on a regular basis.

Eventually, after a great deal of help from them, I started my own firm and have never been happier.

Not only would I recommend them, I would never use anyone else!”


Brett Cloak

Financial Advisor

“One thing is inevitable … change … if you are contemplating it, you would be remiss not to meet and engage with the Straub Group. Watson and Don’s ability to shorten the learning curve and to find a perfect fit for you and your practice is invaluable. I had the opportunity to meet with their team in person to discuss my firm’s needs. They gave me various options while leaning on their professional relationships. I was very fortunate to have them as a resource and highly recommend them if you are considering a Broker Dealer or Custodian transition.”


Name withheld

$3M GDC (Gross Dealer Concession) annual producer.

I want to express my thankfulness for my recent experience working with you and your firm. You came strongly highly recommended by several wholesalers I work with, and did not disappoint. It was not only great to have an opportunity to meet with you in person but I also benefitted from the multiple phone conversations we had throughout the process.

You had a firm grasp of my goals during my search for possible brokers/dealers. You made it a point to not only get to know me and my firm but focused on how we conduct business along with determining our niche market and product.

I was pleased that you were straightforward and honest throughout the process. I found you to be extremely responsive, professional, and insightful.

Because I determined not to change broker/dealers, the process also demonstrated your integrity as you didn’t make any profits. The process allowed me to confirm that my current broker/dealer is the best fit at this time. It also allowed me to use the information you provided as leverage while renegotiating a favorable outcome with my broker/dealer.


Michael McDermott, CFP®, AIF®

Founding Partner, The Philadelphia Group

“Watson and his team helped our company on two occasions. First, we were looking for a new broker dealer and he took us through a detailed process to select our new partner, who we have been with now for over 7 years. I was particularly happy because he worked with all of the top BD’s we were considering and was quite knowledgeable with all of them.

A few years later, we decided to consider the hybrid platforms. Once again, there was so much to know and Watson and his team were a tremendous resource to guide us. We properly matched up our business model to the structure that served us the best and it has proven to be a great move with significant growth ever since.

I think that any significant business decisions like these warrant the assistance of a pro, and the Straub Group certainly delivered for us.”


Kelli A. Lyons Stevens

Financial Advisor

“I was a Financial Advisor for a large insurance company for sixteen years. I had a unique situation and I was unsure how to proceed. A friend I worked with suggested I speak with Watson. I agreed to and was contacted that very same day by Watson. He took the time to understand my situation. He made me feel very comfortable and knew I was nervous about the transition to an independent advisor.

Watson took the time to really get to know me and the type of firm I was attracted to. I could not be happier with my new Independent Broker Dealer. They are a smaller firm which fits perfectly with me as well as my existing clients. My clients are used to personalized services and they get that with my new Broker Dealer. Everyone from upper management to office staff has bent over backwards to help me when I have needed something. I feel like I am part of a family.

Since my transition, I have had the opportunity to speak with clients I have not seen or spoken to in a while and I am getting referrals from them without even asking.

I have one regret, and that is I should have made the move to the independent world a lot sooner.”


Name withheld

Financial Advisor

“Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me on the phone……I was telling my partner after we hung up I always learn so much from our discussions.

It’s great to know that advisors like myself have an advocate to count on when it comes to charting our course….I don’t like the situation that brought us together but thinking that everything happens for a reason I’m glad in a strange way it happened.

Again, always in your debt….”


Robert Iola, CLU, ChFC

President, IFG Wealth Strategies

“I met Watson through an industry contact 2 years ago when I was very dissatisfied with my broker dealer and looking to move my 24-year-old financial planning practice. I had wasted months trying to evaluate broker dealers on my own and was no closer to my goal of finding a more supportive and satisfying broker dealer relationship.

Watson took the time to understand what I was looking for, the reasons I was unhappy, and shared his extensive insights on the financial services industry and the firms who serve it. He worked diligently to arrange meetings with several firms, preparing me for their strengths and weaknesses and ultimately found me the ideal relationship. He provided essential guidance on every aspect of establishing my new broker dealer alliance, helping me evaluate the situation correctly and negotiate the terms of the new arrangement.

Over the course of our working together, he became a coach and confidant, and occasionally a cheerleader for me. After 24 years in business and adamant about not moving my practice again, Watson made sure I was happy and where I and my staff needed to be.

Watson’s credibility with the firms I interviewed made all the difference in my finally finding a broker dealer who could help me grow as an advisor and inspire me to build my practice to the level I had always envisioned. He has become a good friend and I believe any advisor or group of advisors would be well served by working with him.”


Frederick Hubler Jr., MBA CWS

Chief Wealth Strategist, Private Client Group at Creative Capital Wealth Management Group

“Don and Watson of the Straub Group helped us find the perfect broker dealer. They were informative about the differences between firms and very responsive. Throughout the process, from accessing our needs to scheduling calls and home office visits they were there. The Straub Group helped me understand the nuances between different platforms, clearing firms and cost structures.”


Janel Cross, AIF

Retirement Plan Advisor, Co-Fiduciary Consultant

“I did a broker-dealer search with Don and Watson in 2011. Two years have passed now and we couldn’t possibly be happier with our new alignment. Thanks to all of the due diligence of Don and Watson – they took a great deal of time getting to know me, my staff, my practice and my objectives before beginning the search process. The firms they recommended were all well-suited to meet our needs and our ultimate choice to move to Commonwealth is probably the single most important business decision we’ve made. Our revenues have almost doubled since joining and our business model is more defined than ever before. All thanks to the research capabilities and expert guidance of The Straub Group. A million times over, thank you!”