About Us


Shawn K. Smith is the Principal of Financial Advisor Placement Services and  founded it in 2009.  Shawn has 24 years of investment industry experience and has worked directly with Financial Advisors during this time.  Prior to founding Financial Advisor Placement Services, he worked at Ameriprise Financial as the Recruiting Manager for the Northeast.  Before Ameriprise, Shawn worked as a Vice President of Sales at Sun Life Financial, in Wellesley, MA.  Shawn was Assistant Vice President of Sales for Pioneer Investments in Boston and a Wholesaler at North American Funds in Boston in the late 1990's.  Shawn holds an MBA, from Bentley University and a BA in Economics from Princeton University.  

Melinda Smith, is the Firm's Marketing Manager.  


Financial Advisor Placement Services also has several recruiters working on their team:


Lucian Hodgman, National Consultant


Jonathan Betts, National Consultant



Shawn and his wife Melinda, live in the coastal town of Ipswich, MA with their three sons.  When Shawn isn't coaching baseball, basketball, and football, he enjoy spending time with family at their lake house in Fryeburg, Maine.