Adam Antoniades is President of Cetera Financial Group. Prior to this role, Mr. Antoniades was President and CEO of First Allied, where he was instrumental in driving the strategic direction of the
firm. As one of First Allied’s founding members, he also spearheaded
several strategic acquisitions including the 2002 sale of First Allied
to Wells Fargo.
Prior to First Allied, Mr. Antoniades
held senior management positions at major financial institutions around
the globe including Berkeley Administration Inc., a foreign currency
retail trading organization, in Belgium and A. J. Bekhor and Company, an
independent financial services company, in the United Kingdom.
With over 25 years of industry experience, Amy Webber’s commitment to independent rep-advisors is demonstrated in her passion for delivering high level personal service and leading management solutions.
Amy’s personal interest lies with continually refining the independent broker-dealer model to best support the next generation of the financial services industry – including the creation of innovative programs such as the Cambridge Source outsourcing program, Cambridge’s New Century Council group, and the Cambridge Next Step™ internship program. In addition to the next generation, Amy’s profile showcases her passion for supporting women advisors in the financial services industry including the annual Cambridge Women Advisors Forum.
Her executive accomplishments include significant initiatives – such as the current development of WealthPort, Cambridge’s strategic integration of the managed account experience for advisors and their clients; the implementation of an industry-leading social networking pilot program; the introduction of BEST Service Standards and a white-glove Partner Support Center; as well as the ongoing commitment to helping advisors successfully navigate the ever changing regulatory landscape.
Amy’s management expertise includes leadership in compliance, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, service, and technology. In May 2012, she was recognized as a member of the IA25 by Investment Advisor magazine and in 2011, 2010, and 2009 as one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth Management” by Wealth Manager. Amy holds FINRA Series 79, 24, 6, 62, 63, and 99 licenses.
Michael (Mike) J. Mungenast
Immediate Past Chair
Mike Mungenast was CEO and President of ProEquities, Inc., a leading broker-dealer for independent financial advisors since 2002. In this position, Mike led a sales force of 1,500 registered representatives who function as independent financial advisors. ProEquities enjoyed record growth under Mike's leadership. He was with the firm twelve years, initially functioning as their COO. From 2008 – 2010 Mike additionally served in the capacity of VP, PPGA Sales for Protective Life, the parent company of ProEquities. Prior to joining ProEquities, Mike held positions as partner and CFO of Dover International, a provider of consulting, training, and outsourcing services to various broker-dealer channels, and at Coopers & Lybrand in their audit and litigation services department. At Dover International, Mike was instrumental in the development of the firms program for compliance with the interagency sales of non deposit investment products in financial institutions and created a mystery shopping program to test investment programs compliance with bank investment program relations.
He graduated in 1986 from Auburn University with a BSBA in accounting and became certified as a CPA in 1988. Mike serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Financial Services Institute (FSI), an advocacy organization for independent contractor firms and their reps, and served as chairman of the 2005 conference for the Financial Services Institute and as a chair of their CEO Advisory Council in their first year of existence. He has served the industry as a representative on the FINRA District 5 Committee and as a member of the SIFMA Independent Firms Committee. He is a member of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2005, an elder at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, and on the Birmingham Junior Achievement Board of Directors. He is happily married to his wife, Dana, and enjoys coaching his children Anna (15) and Joseph (13) in their various sports endeavors.
Finance Committee Chair
Clive is president and CEO of The Strategic Financial Alliance, Inc (SFA). Licensed in all 50 states, SFA provides broker-dealer, RIA and insurance-related services to its independent financial advisors and their clients across the country. The firm is co-owned by its management, employees, financial advisors and independent investors. Prior to starting SFA, Clive served as president of Investors Financial Group (IFG) and CFO of Financial Service Corp. (FSC). He began his career as a Chartered Accountant and CPA with the international accounting firm of Deloitte, having worked in their South African and Atlanta, GA offices.
Chair, FSI PAC Board
Dick has 30 years of experience in the financial services and legal fields. He has served since 2006 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE MKT: LTS), headquartered in Miami, Florida and has been instrumental in guiding that firm’s evolution into a leader in the independent broker dealer and advisory space. Ladenburg engages in independent brokerage and advisory services, investment banking, equity
research, institutional sales and trading, asset management services and life insurance brokerage through its principal subsidiaries, Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Investacorp, Inc., Triad Advisors, Inc., Securities America, Inc., KMS Financial Services, Inc., Securities Service Network Inc. and Highland Capital Brokerage Inc., which together have approximately 4,000 financial advisors and approximately $125 billion in client assets.
Dick also serves as Executive Vice President of Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE: VGR), a holding company that is engaged through subsidiaries in the real estate, tobacco and investment businesses, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Brands Inc. (NYSE MKT: ROX), a developer and marketer of premium branded spirits. He is a director of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc., Castle Brands Inc. and Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC. Dick is a member of the Florida Bar and has served as Chairman of its Securities Law Committee.
Previously, Dick was an investment banker at Salomon Brothers Inc, where he was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group, and a partner and co-chairman of the Corporate Department at the Steel Hector & Davis law firm.
Rick Carlson has more than 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. He started Carlson Advisors in 2003 to offer his clients high-quality, personalized financial advice. Prior to starting Carlson Advisors, Rick was a financial advisor for Robert W. Baird as well as Prudential Securities. Rick also worked for GE Capital for eight years before becoming a financial advisor. During his tenure at GE Capital, Rick held several executive-level positions in the areas of risk management and corporate underwriting.
Rick and his team at Carlson Advisors are focused on delivering quality, customized investment strategies to their small-town, Main Street client base. They believe strongly that time-tested, conservative investment strategies will continue to serve their clients well in all market environments, and work hard to make sure that small-town Americans achieve the financial freedom they all want and deserve.
Rick is involved in the Tomah community. He is a past President, Treasurer and Economic Development co-chair for the Tomah Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Rick currently serves on the city of Tomah’s Long Range Planning Committee.
Rick graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1987 with degrees in Finance and Economics, and earned his MBA degree from Columbia University in 1994.
Steve Chipman has enjoyed a thirty year career in the financial services industry. The majority of these years were spent as a producing manager at regional and independent contractor broker dealers. In 1991, Steve served as President of Norcross Securities Inc, a full service investment brokerage and advisory firm based in Phoenix Arizona. During his tenure, Steve helped develop an investment banking division, an insurance brokerage, and a trust company. In 1999, Steve joined Bank of New York Clearing Services and successfully established their business development effort in the Western U.S. In 2003, The Bank of New York bought Pershing LLC, where Steve helped lead the Pershing Western Region relationship management group serving as Director until 2006. Currently, Steve serves as President and CEO of Foothill Securities, Inc., a 50 year old broker dealer based in Silicon Valley and Phoenix with 245 Financial Advisors.
Steve attended The University of Massachusetts graduating with honors with a business degree in Finance. He is also a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Steve is currently on the District One Committee of FINRA where he has served for five years, and has been active on many Boards of Directors serving charitable organizations in the community, with a special emphasis on children’s issues.
As president of Raymond James Financial Services, Mr. Curtis directs Raymond James’ independent contractor and financial institutions businesses that combined include 3,250 retail financial advisors and generate over $1.3 billion in annual revenues. He was promoted to his current position in January 2012 following six years as senior vice president of Raymond James & Associates Private Client Group where he was responsible for directing numerous initiatives focused on revenue growth, margin enhancement, service improvement, and risk mitigation. Scott joined Raymond James in February 2003 as president of Raymond James Insurance Group. Scott spent the prior thirteen years of his career with GE Financial Assurance in a variety of senior leadership roles - including as national sales director for mutual funds and annuities and as president of the firm’s FINRA-registered broker/dealer.
Dean Harman, CFP® has been practicing in the financial services industry since 1994. He operates Harman Wealth Management, Inc. LLC. in The Woodlands, Texas. Harman Wealth Management Inc. LLC. specializes in working with clients who are business owners, executives and sports coaches.
In 2006 Dean purchased Estate Resources, a financial planning, RIA and asset management firm in Houston, Texas, which he merged into Harman Wealth Management Inc. LLC. In 2010 he purchased ETF Plan, Inc., and asset management, RIA firm which also merged into Harman Wealth Management Inc. LLC. He serves on the Advisory Board’s of Genworth Financial , Sagepoint Financial, The Financial Services Institute and The College of Business and Behavioral Sciences at Clemson University .
Dean is regularly quoted in the media and has been featured in: The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Newsweek, Kiplinger’s, Smart Money, CBS Market Watch, Men’s Health, Yahoo Finance, Google Financial News, Retire Smart, The Players Club, The Journal of Financial Planning, Investment News, Investment Advisor, H-Texas and local media. He also had an appearance in the movie Tin Cup.
He is a graduate of Clemson University where he played football from 1987-1991. Following college he had a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992 and 1993 before starting his career in financial planning.
Joe Himelick MSFS, CHFC, CLU, has worked as a Financial Planner with individuals and businesses for over three decades. As the President and Co-Founder of the Himelick Financial Group, the firm’s primary focus is assisting in the realization of their clients Financial Objectives. The evolution and range of services provided is exemplified by Joe’s average client tenure of over 20 years. The firm views the Financial Planning process as a lifelong event that includes multiple dimensions and interrelated parts. The firm’s work and financial attorney’s guidance crosses generation and includes collaborations with client’s attorneys & tax preparers as an important element in the planning process. The firm’s guiding principal in adding and in maintaining client relationships is the ability and importance of making a positive difference in clients/families lives.
Within the Financial Services industry, Joe has been engaged in a range of issues that are intended to both improve the client’s experience, while maintaining a lens that is holistic in its view of the clients evolving needs. His peers have referred to Joe as a “thought leader”, while others in the industry describe him as “driven”. During his career he has mentored various advisors and individuals, who now hold positions that continue to strongly influence the Financial Service landscape. Certainly, he takes pride in the accomplishments of his clients, firm and fellow advisors, as each in their own way represent an important element in his own measure of success.
During his career, Joe has spoken at multiple national meetings, provided training to his industry peers as well as those individuals and businesses who are interested in expanding their financial knowledge. His efforts have also included leadership positions in various industry associations with a keen interest in the regulatory environment.
The Himelick Financial Group continues to aspire to meeting the diverse needs of their clients. In that regard, Joe has been a recognized multiple years by Texas Monthly as a 5 Star Wealth Manager. In a larger sense, Joe appreciates the long term relationships that his clients and their families represent as part of his life.
David Knoch, CIMA serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for 1st Global. After joining the company in 2000, Mr. Knoch was promoted to his current role in 2008, with a focus on continuing the growth of the company's capabilities for its affiliated CPA firms, as well as for the CPA profession as a whole. In his role, Mr. Knoch has direct oversight for 1st Global’s Wealth Management, Consulting, Investment Management, Research, Marketing, Service, Operations and Technology Services organizations. In his life, Mr. Knoch stands for creating better outcomes and fostering in others the courage to do the same.
Mr. Knoch is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and currently serves on the board of its North Texas Chapter. He is also a member of the Financial Services Institute (FSI) and served on its Board of Directors in 2009. Mr. Knoch has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst professional.
Tony LaJeunesse is the founder of TL Financial Group, an independent financial planning firm where he also serves as president and chief executive officer. His firm, located in Southgate, Michigan, specializes in retirement planning for those who are about to retire or have already retired.
As a full service investment services firm, Tony and his team provide dedicated assistance to helping enrich the lives of individuals, families and business owners at every stage of life. They are committed to providing a superior level of service by developing retirement income strategies that align with their clients’ lifestyle goals and desire for financial independence. Through this commitment many of their client relationships have grown to become cherished friendships and have expanded to encompass multiple generations of the families.
Tony is licensed as a General Securities Represenatative, Investment Advisor Representative and also maintains a life and health insurance license. He is a senior partner and acts as a director on the board for Advantage Financial Group (“AFG”) a privately held partnership that also manages Advantage Investment Management, a wholly owned subsidiary. He serves on many other boards, community councils and is active in his community and charitable organizations.
Seth Miller currently serves as the CEO of Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (TFA). Prior to working with TFA, he served for four years as President of Life Investors Financial Group (LIFG), an AEGON marketing group focused on the middle- and upper-income market, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, IA. Prior to his role with LIFG, Mr. Miller led AEGON’s Independent Producer Marketing Group, working with various national independent marketing organizations. Mr. Miller's first position with AEGON was as Director of Business Development for AEGON Direct Marketing Services in Baltimore, MD. He came to AEGON from General Electric, where he graduated from GE’s Financial Management Program and is also a graduate of the University Notre Dame. Mr. Miller is also a retired Captain, United States Air Force Reserve. Mr. Miller, his wife Kelley, and their three young daughters reside in Tampa Bay, FL where they are active in their local school, parish, and United Way.
Timothy (Tim) B. Murphy
Tim is a founder of Investors Capital Holdings, and serves as chief executive officer and president. Tim has served as president of Investors Capital Corporation since August 1994, and president of Investors Capital Advisory since January 1995, both of which are subsidiaries of Investors Capital Holdings.
Tim entered the securities industry in May 1991 as an operation manager, assisting brokers in the Boston regional office of Clayton Securities. From February through August 1994, he was a compliance officer of Baybanks Brokerage in Burlington, Mass., and a vice president at G.R. Stuart & Company, a brokerage firm located in Maynard, Mass.
Tim earned a B.S. in Finance from Babson College. He holds various securities licenses, including Series 4, 7, 24, 27, 53, 63, and 65. Tim is a member of the New England Securities Compliance Group and a past member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals.
John came to Commonwealth in 1988, after spending five years as a vice president at Moseley Securities in Boston. Arriving to work in the Product department, he handled mutual funds, partnerships, commodities, variable annuities, qualified plans, and individual issues. Over time, he has helped to engineer the growth of not only the Product department, but also of Commonwealth as a whole. He is relied upon by all parties for his advice and perspective on the direction of the firm.
John opened and now manages Commonwealth’s West Coast office in San Diego. He has been a guest on numerous television shows and nationally syndicated radio programs, and he is regularly called upon for his expertise by the financial industry’s trade publications. John is a graduate of Colby College with a BA in government, and he attended Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. He also holds FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, 63, and 65 registrations.
David Stringer joined Prospera in September of 1989 and has over 27 years of experience in the investment industry. Prior to his tenure as President of Prospera and managing director of the firm, David had served in the positions of Registered Representative, Independent Financial Advisor, Branch Manager, CFO, and COO. As President, David is focused on the development of new ideas, continually researching methods of improving Prospera, and guiding the overall direction and growth of the firm. David received a degree in Finance from Texas Tech University in 1984 and holds Series 4, 7, 8, 24, 28, 53, and 63 securities licenses. He currently serves as a FINRA District 6 committee member.
Dale E. Brown, CAE
President & CEO - Ex Officio
Dale E. Brown, CAE, is the founding president and CEO of the Financial Services Institute (FSI). Established in 2004, FSI is the only organization advocating on behalf of independent broker-dealers and their affiliated independent financial advisors. FSI’s mission is to create a healthier regulatory environment for their members through aggressive and effective advocacy, education and public awareness. FSI represents more than 100 independent broker-dealers and more than 35,000 independent financial advisors, reaching more than 15 million households.
Dale brings more than 25 years of association management experience to FSI with broad leadership in government relations and constituent advocacy. He leads FSI’s advocacy strategy, interacting frequently with regulators and policymakers in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining FSI at its launch, Dale guided the government relations, corporate and broker-dealer programs for the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the International Association for Financial Planning (IAFP). Dale led the successful fight in the mid-1990s against the IRS’s attempts to force broker-dealers to re-classify independent contractor representatives as statutory employees.
Dale was named a Certified Association Executive (CAE) in 1995. He is a past president of the Georgia Society of Association Executives (GSAE), and a recipient of GSAE’s President’s Award in 1995 and 2001. In May 2002, Dale received GSAE’s highest honor, the Clifford M. Clarke Award, given annually to an association executive who has demonstrated exemplary personal leadership and service to his or her own association, the association community and the general community.
He serves on the board of the Business & Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC).
Dale has been recognized by Registered Rep magazine as one of “Ten to Watch” in 2005; included in Boomer Market Advisor’s “Forward Thinking Five” in 2006; and was named for seven consecutive years as one of Investment Advisor magazine’s 25 most influential individuals in and around the planning profession. He was named by Investment News as one of the Power 20 for 2012.
Dale attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.