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VZD Capital Management is Named a Finalist in the 2021 Industry Award for Thought Leader of the Year

By June 30, 2021October 8th, 2021VZD News


OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS (June 29, 2021) –  VZD Capital Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisory firm located in Overland Park, Kansas, announced today that it had been named a Finalist in the 2021 Industry Award (The Wealthies) for Individual RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) Firm Leaders for Thought Leader of the Year for implementing an Executive Mentoring Program.  

Ethel J. Davis, CEO of VZD Capital Management, LLC, birthed the Executive Mentoring Program to attract an underserved population of individuals into the wealth management industry.  Nikisha L. Johnson is the first candidate to enroll in the program to understand the investment arena and gain a deeper understanding of the industry before any formal affiliation with the firm.  

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from,” said Ethel J. Davis, CEO and President of VZD Capital Management, LLC.  Ms. Johnson brings executive management, leadership, and extensive technology experience from the legal community.  Her commitment and dedication to learn the “ins and outs” of the financial industry go beyond reasonable expectations.  

VZD received the Thrive Award from and strived for diversity and inclusion for employees and clients – alike.  Ethel continues to brand the company to attract high net worth clients who want to work closely with a seasoned investment professional who does not believe in selling commissioned-based or proprietory investment vehicles.  

In its seventh year, the Industry Awards is the only awards program of its kind to honor outstanding achievements by companies, organizations, and individuals that support financial advisor success. A panel of judges made up of top names in the industry and led by editor-in-chief David Armstrong chose the finalists and will determine the winners, which each year recognizes the firms and individuals who are bringing new innovations to market that make a real difference to the daily activities of financial advisors. Winners will be announced on September 9.

“The Industry Awards allow us to recognize the creativity, success, and excellence of firms like VZD Capital Management, LLC that serve the final advisor community,” said David Armstrong, Editor-In-Chief of 


VZD Capital Management, LLC, was birthed by Ethel J. Davis in 2012.  Soon after that, Ms. Davis became recognized as a 5-Star Wealth Manager, KC Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Company, and a respected minority-owned firm.  VZD is a 100 percent African-American, female-owned registered investment advisory firm from the Midwest and one of the few within the United States.  In 2019, awarded the firm with the Thrive Award, recognizing advisors who are on their way up – those who have proven themselves skilled and ambitious by three solid years of revenue growth.  

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