Cetera Financial Group launched its fifth annual Wealth Management University event in Las Vegas this morning with almost 200 advisors attending. The invitation-only conference is likely to undergo several evolutionary changes in the next year as Cetera and the other 10 broker-dealers acquired by RCAP, Cetera’s parent, look for ways to leverage their various events and provide expanded educational opportunities to the 9,400 reps within the giant B-D network.

Next year this particular event may be combined with a similar conference offered by First Allied Securities, according to Steve Dunlap, executive vice president of wealth management at Cetera. That event would be open to advisors from the 10 different Cetera B-D’s, he added.

However, plans have yet to be finalized on how to leverage or combine various meetings. Dunlap said that each of the 10 individual and independent B-D’s owned by RCAP that were recently placed under the Cetera umbrella would each continue to operate their own national conferences.

Most of the 200 advisors attending this year’s Las Vegas event are either investment advisor representatives (IARs) or dually-registered hybrid broker-RIAs. All are doing both fee and commission business.

The 26 speakers include Bob Curtis, CEO of PIEtech, which sells MoneyGuidePro software; Joe Tanious, executive director and global market strategist of JP Morgan; Carina Diamond, managing director of SS&G Wealth Management; Scott Steele, executive vice president of Pimco; and Jody Harris, a well-known Social Security consultant of Protective Life.