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Craig Johlfs, CFP® was recently recognized as one of the 200 fastest-growing advisors in the U.S. by 

The 2019 Thrive Award was compiled by measuring the percentage revenue growth over the previous three years. Average revenue growth of the top 200 list was three times the industry average, as calculated by McKinsey & Company's PriceMetrix.

"The Thrive Awards is unlike any other recognition program," said editor-in-chief David Armstrong. "It recognizes advisors who are on the way up—those who have proven themselves skilled and ambitious by virtue of three solid years of revenue growth. Why revenue growth? We believe it's one of the key metrics that demonstrate advisor success in providing services of real value to clients and prospects—and vital to building a sustainable business for the future. The 2019 Thrive Awards list is a publicly visible tribute to that success." 

To qualify for the annual 2019 Thrive Awards list, applicants had to be based in the U.S., offer financial services to individual clients, and have a minimum revenue of $100,000. Applications were accepted from individuals, teams, and companies of all types and sizes—including solo advisors, ensembles, practices, family offices, registered investment advisor and Independent broker-dealer reps. Craig Jolfs paid a $90 application fee to participate. Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with and the award is not representative of any client experience and is not a guarantee of the advisor’s future revenue performance.

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This award recognizes 40 local professionals under age 40 for their business success and community contributions. With nearly 500 nominations submitted for 259 individuals, the 2018 award highlights 40 winners chosen by the 2017 winners.



MDRT is an independent membership association of insurance and financial services professionals. Membership is based on annual sales production requirements and other factors. Craig qualified for the MDRT in 2017 and 2018. For more information regarding membership requirements, please visit

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TOP ADVISORS' FORUM - 2017, 2018, 2019

Top Advisors’ Forum attendees are selected by Waddell & Reed based on their sales performance across a variety of product types. In addition to gaining valuable information about investment process, products and services, advisors also learn from and exchange ideas with fellow top advisors.

“This group of individuals has excelled not only in serving their clients’ investment needs and building trust with them, but also in serving their communities,” said Thomas W. Butch, former chairman and president of Waddell & Reed, Inc.


The Advisor Medalist recognition awards are presented annually by Waddell & Reed to 250 advisors and are based on an analysis of investment, insurance and financial planning sales generated by the advisor.

“The Advisor Medalist honor reflects the advisor’s steadfast dedication to their clients, their community and the Waddell & Reed family,” said Shawn Mihal, president of Waddell & Reed, Inc.

Among the Advisor Medalist program’s many important advantages, members are able to tap into enhanced business-development resources for better serving their clients. These benefits range from a series of professional development opportunities to expedited business processes.

CHAIRMAN'S CABINET - 2017, 2018, 2019

Craig has been named to Waddell & Reed’s 2019 Chairman’s Cabinet, one of the highest honors for its financial advisors. Presented annually, the recognition is bestowed to the firm’s most productive financial advisors based on an analysis of sales activity generated by the advisor. This is the third year that Craig Johlfs has earned this honor.


The Circle of Champions meeting is an opportunity to gain insight to company initiatives, garner education about practice management and industry trends, and most importantly, partake in opportunities to network with other successful advisors.

The award is presented annually by Waddell & Reed and is based on an analysis of investment, insurance and financial planning sales generated by the advisor.

CREST - 2014-2019

Waddell & Reed's Crest Award is among the highest honors for financial advisors affiliated with the company. Symbolizing performance excellence, the award is bestowed to the most productive financial advisors affiliated with the firm based on an analysis of investment, insurance and financial planning sales. This year, 127 financial advisors out of Waddell & Reed’s national network of financial advisors have qualified for the Crest Award.


Craig Johlfs has joined the FPA of Colorado, which promotes universal acceptance of the value and necessity of the financial planning process. The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) is the largest membership organization for CFP® professionals in the U.S. and also includes members who support the financial planning process. Working in alliance with academic leaders, legislative and regulatory bodies, financial services firms and consumer interest organizations, FPA® helps connect our members through a variety of unique and compelling ways.

FPA® members strive to adhere to the highest standards of professional competence, ethical conduct and clear, complete disclosure to those they serve. FPA® membership consists of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals, educators, financial services professionals, students and more. FPA® is compensation neutral and represents those from diverse backgrounds and business models. FPA’s unique network of nationwide chapters encourage professional development and networking on a local level.

Waddell & Reed is not affiliated with the Denver Business Journal, MDRT, the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) of Colorado or any other entities referenced.  12/19