About Us


Cross-Search opened in 1989 as an advisor placement firm specializing in the independent sector of the securities industry. Founder Larry Papike was formerly Executive Vice President and a founder of Sentra Securities, which he helped grow from one registered rep to 410, in just eight years. This experience managing an independent contractor broker dealer is the foundation for Cross-Search’s expertise in assisting advisors choose the right broker dealer.

Originally established to help advisors sift through the maze of options and questions involved with changing to an independent broker dealer, Cross-Search expanded to include employee search within the independent broker dealer community, as well as broker dealer acquisitions.

Family-run and operated, the group attributes its success to the rare, personal attention it invests when developing relationships with both its individual advisors and broker dealers.


Cross-Search has placed thousands of advisors representing $159+ billion in assets under management.

Cross-Search has filled 1,000+ executive-level positions in the fields of senior management, compliance, marketing, recruiting and operations.

40+ firms have been
acquired using Cross-Search.