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Our client-centric philosophy is best demonstrated by our team of talented professionals who share a passion for client service. From our executive leaders to our advisors, everyone on the Benjamin F. Edwards team has years of proven experience.

We believe that financial services is at its best when advisors can put their time and attention towards their clients, and every element of what we offer is built around that idea.

Meet the team. Standing ready to help you succeed.

  • Martin W. Altenberger
    Martin W. Altenberger
    Martin W. AltenbergerExecutive Vice President, Director of Branches

    Phone: 314-480-1108
    Email: marty.altenberger@nullbenjaminfedwards.com

    Marty brings broad industry experience to the table at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. where he serves as an executive vice president and director of branches. He is also a member of the Executive Committee amongst other leadership committees at the firm.

    In his role, Marty is responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in branch development, recruiting and Branch Services. His team is responsible for ensuring that the branch opening and transition process goes smoothly and then to provide high touch support for the branch manager and regional manager along with ongoing support for the branch staff.

    Previously, he served in a similar capacity at A.G. Edwards, a company he joined in 1983. During his tenure there, he held a number of leadership positions in the firm’s Operations and Branch divisions.

    Marty holds Series 7, 8, 24, and 63 securities licenses.

    Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Angie, his two daughters and performing music.

    Learn more about Branch Services

    Executive Vice President, Director of Branches
  • Cynthia L. Bohme
    Cynthia L. Bohme
    Cynthia L. BohmeCorporate Secretary, Executive Vice President, Director of Staff Division

    As one of the original founders of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Cindy relied upon her proven track record of planning and establishing successful business operations up and running. Today, Cindy serves as the firm’s director of the staff division and is responsible for registration, continuing education, the human resource practice, company stock, 401(k) plan administration and corporate insurance policies. She is also the firm’s corporate secretary.

    She began her industry career in 1982 at A.G. Edwards where she helped develop and manage the operation and trading functions of the advisory program for A.G. Edwards Asset Management. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, she worked on the corporate bond desk for Edward Jones.

    Cindy is a summa cum laude graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She also obtained her Master of Business Administration with honors and an emphasis in finance from Maryville University in St. Louis.

    Cindy holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 27, 53 and 66 securities licenses.

    Learn more about the Staff Division

    Corporate Secretary, Executive Vice President, Director of Staff Division
  • E. Allen Cole
    E. Allen Cole
    E. Allen ColeExecutive Vice President, Director of Law & Legal Services

    As a leader in the Regulatory and Compliance segment of the industry since 1993, Allen Cole successfully guides financial advisors through the maze of the ever-changing regulatory landscape. His special talent: shaping regulatory requirements into actionable steps that help financial advisors accomplish their goals.

    Allen joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008 and manages the legal compliance and regulatory activities of the firm as Executive Director of Law and Compliance, and Chief Counsel.

    A graduate of the Washington University School of Law, Allen also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University in 1982.

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    Executive Vice President, Director of Law & Legal Services
  • Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. EdwardsChairman, CEO and President

    A nearly 40-year veteran of the financial services industry, Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV founded Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.

    At that time, familiar, long-time corporate names in the financial industry were disappearing or being absorbed by banks. While many viewed these events with fear, Tad Edwards saw a competitive opportunity. He recognized that in the midst of the turmoil, the industry was losing sight of what mattered most – clients and putting their interests first and building a great culture based on trust, integrity, and respect. To fill the void, Tad envisioned a private, entrepreneurial firm, dedicated to providing informed investment advice, in a high-touch, service-oriented atmosphere, focused on clients and helping them meet their financial goals. He named the firm for his father. Since its inception, Edwards has expanded coast-to-coast with over 70 branches in 27 states, operating with no debt and adding banking and RIA arms.

    Before founding Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tad worked his way up the corporate ladder at A.G. Edwards, a firm founded by his great-great-grandfather.

    He started out in the company’s Personnel Department in 1977 and later worked with clients as an advisor and eventually a branch manager. After about 20-years at the firm, Tad moved to the firm’s corporate headquarters as a regional manager, and later as the director of the Sales and Marketing division. As division director, he assumed responsibility for a number of core functions including the fixed income and NASDAQ trading desks; equity research; private client services; investment advisory programs and services; syndicate; and corporate communications.

    He also served on the boards of directors for A.G. Edwards, Inc., and its brokerage subsidiary, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. In 1998, he was named vice chairman of the holding company board and appointed president of the brokerage in 2001. He was also a member of the firm’s executive committee. In 2002, he returned to branch management and remained on the brokerage board.

    A graduate of Trinity University in Chicago, Tad also completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business (1983), the Graduate Management Program at Washington University (1983), and the Executive Leadership Development Program at the Harvard Business School (2011). Tad also serves on several corporate and civic boards.

    He is married with two children and enjoys reading and golf.

     

    Chairman, CEO and President
  • Christopher M. Keller
    Christopher M. Keller
    Christopher M. KellerExecutive Vice President, Director of Business Services

    Chris joined the firm in 2009 and today serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Business Services for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. as well as the Managing Director of Edwards Wealth Management. In his role, Chris oversees much of the firm’s shared services including business operations, supervision, technology and financial analytics. He serves on the Executive Committee for both Benjamin F. Edwards and Edwards Wealth Management and is a member of the firm’s Brokerage Board of Directors.

    Chris is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and marketing and earned his M.B.A from Webster University. He has completed the SII program at The Wharton School and holds his Series 7, 24 and 27 licenses. He is active in the St. Louis community, including a variety of not-for-profit organizations. When away from Edwards, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and reading.

    Learn about Business Services

    Executive Vice President, Director of Business Services
  • Thomas H. Martin
    Thomas H. Martin
    Thomas H. MartinExecutive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    As the chief financial officer for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tom oversees the firm’s finances and is also directly involved in facilitating the opening of new locations and hiring talent. He is uniquely positioned to offer insight in these critical areas, having spent more than 35 years in financial services working in the areas of corporate accounting, branch administration and facilities.

    Tom joined A.G. Edwards in 1981 and helped establish and upgrade the firm’s accounting procedures and internal controls. In 1999, Tom was named assistant treasurer and controller and also assumed supervisory responsibilities for general accounting. He was heavily involved with the firm’s implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and other regulatory measures that applied to broker/dealers.

    Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Missouri.

    In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf, coaching baseball and spending time with his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

    Learn more about Finance

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Douglas D. Rubenstein
    Douglas D. Rubenstein
    Douglas D. RubensteinExecutive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

    At Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Doug is chief operating officer where he oversees the alignment and prioritization of company initiatives, leads Capital Markets initiatives for the firm which includes investment banking, new issue syndicate and trading as well as Corporate Communications. He is a member of the company’s management team and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, is a board member and shareholder.

    Doug has sourced, led and participated in transactions totaling more than $50 billion over his 30 years of experience in investment banking. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012, Doug served as the managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Doug led one of the real estate industry’s longest serving investment banking groups, which included more than 75 legacy REIT client relationships developed over his 18 years in the REIT industry.

    Previously, he worked in investment banking for over 25 years at A.G. Edwards managing a variety of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, exclusive sales and entity level and joint venture private placements. Doug executed public and private senior, subordinated and convertible debt, convertible and preferred equity, and common stock transactions for investment grade and non-investment grade companies, as well as IPOs and 144A offerings. He developed custom and comprehensive marketing programs targeted to potential and existing domestic and international retail and institutional investors.

    As the managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at A.G. Edwards, Doug’s management responsibilities included the Strategy Committee, Debt Capital Markets Committee and Equity Capital Markets Committee.

    Doug currently serves as an independent director on the board of a publicly traded REIT.

    Doug received his M.B.A. at the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics from Lake Forest College. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, 63 and 79 securities licenses.

    Outside of work, he likes to spend time with his wife, Stacy, and their sons David and Michael. Doug has been quoted saying “life can be serious, but food, wine and traveling with friends is fun.”

    Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
  • Christopher M. Whiting
    Christopher M. Whiting
    Christopher M. WhitingExecutive Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, CFP®

    The mission of Sales & Marketing is to provide best in class products, services and support for our advisors to serve their clients. As Director of Sales & Marketing, Chris oversees the firm’s advisory offerings, annuities and insurance, financial and estate planning, IRAs and retirement plans, equity and alternative solutions, and business development and training efforts.

    He serves on the firms Executive Committee and is a member of the Brokerage Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining Edwards, Chris was Sr. Director of the Advisory Relationship Management team at SS&C Advent. He was also was Chief Operating Officer at Moneta Group – an RIA in St. Louis from 2011 to 2015 and spent 19 years with A.G. Edwards and its successor companies.

    Chris earned his MBA from St. Louis University in the School of Commerce and Finance with an emphasis in Finance. He holds a Series 7 license and is a Certified Financial Planner CFP®.

    Learn more about Sales and Marketing.

    Executive Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, CFP®
  • Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. WisdomExecutive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services

    Bill is senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2009, his primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s compliance programs as well as developing and maintaining written supervisory procedures, reviewing retail communications and managing branch office reviews. He is uniquely positioned to offer insight in these critical areas, having spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry.

    Bill is a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Music. He holds a number of industry licenses, is a recipient of the FINRA Institute/Wharton School Certified Regulatory & Compliance Professional (CRCP) designation, and serves as a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking and reading.

    Executive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services
  • Neal J. Baumann
    Neal J. Baumann
    Neal J. BaumannSenior Vice President, Eastern Regional Director, Co-Branch Manager, White Plains, NY

    Neal’s experience includes 32 years in the investment/brokerage sector. He currently serves as the Eastern Regional Manager, and White Plains Branch Manager at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., while providing investment advice to his own clients. He currently serves as a member of the FINRA Continuing Education Content Committee and completed a four year term on the FINRA Continuing Education Council.

    Neal has more than 23 years of management experience in the investment industry. He served as a branch manager at A. G. Edwards & Sons starting in 1996, after joining the firm in 1991. While at A. G. Edwards Neal was a frequent presenter at the A. G. Edwards University on the topics of compliance and time management for branch managers. Neal is active in the local community and serves on the boards of a number of non-profit and community organizations.

    Senior Vice President, Eastern Regional Director, Co-Branch Manager, White Plains, NY
  • Roland H. de Liniere
    Roland H. de Liniere
    Roland H. de LiniereSenior Vice President, Southeastern Regional Director, Branch Manager, Atlanta, GA

    Roland joined Benjamin F. Edwards in 2010 opening the 10th office of the firm in Atlanta and the first in the southeast. His responsibilities include working with his clients, managing the Atlanta office, and being the Southeastern Regional Director, which encompasses 24 offices in 9 states.  Roland serves as a member of the brokerage firm’s board of directors.

    He began his career in the financial services in 1982 at Merrill Lynch, then worked at Prudential Bache from 1983 to 1988. In 1988 he joined A.G. Edwards and became a branch manager in 1990.

    Roland graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA and MBA degrees.

    He is married to Peggy, and enjoys maintaining their koi pond, and attending sporting events, especially football, hockey, and baseball. He is on the advisory board of the Basin Advisory Council of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and has also done some freelance writing on occasion.

    Senior Vice President, Southeastern Regional Director, Branch Manager, Atlanta, GA
  • Mark P. Fellows
    Mark P. Fellows
    Mark P. FellowsSenior Vice President, Western Regional Director, Branch Manager, Denver, CO

    Mark joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013 to open the firm’s first office in Denver and in the state of Colorado. In addition to managing the office and growing the firm’s presence in Colorado, Mark oversees branch development initiatives in the firm’s Mountain West Region, which includes Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. He is also a member of the brokerage firm’s board of directors.

    He started his financial services career in 1986 at A.G. Edwards and moved into branch management five years later.

    He and his wife have four children between them. When he’s not working or spending time with his family, Mark enjoys skiing, golfing and shooting, and is also a private pilot. In addition, he’s an EMT and served on the local ski patrol for 33 years. He is also involved with his church, the Boy Scouts of America and the American Heart/American Stroke Association.

    Senior Vice President, Western Regional Director, Branch Manager, Denver, CO
  • Lois M. Powell
    Lois M. Powell
    Lois M. PowellSenior Vice President, Director of Branch Development, Branch Manager, Sherman TX

    Lois joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013, bringing with her nearly 30 years of financial services experience, including several as a regional manager responsible for Texas and New Mexico.

    As Director of Branch Development, Lois is focused on growing the firm with new advisors by developing trusted relationships with advisor prospects and bringing new talent to our branch system.

    Previously, Lois was a financial advisor for more than 15 years in the Dallas area before being named head of regional sales, and later a regional manager. She served as a market manager in Fort Worth and West Texas before retiring in 2011.

    In her spare time, Lois loves to travel, play golf, and spend time with her husband, children, and 3 grandchildren.

    Senior Vice President, Director of Branch Development, Branch Manager, Sherman TX
  • Peter A. Biebel
    Peter A. Biebel
    Peter A. BiebelSenior Vice President, Alternative Products and Strategies

    Pete joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011 as a vice president and products and projects analyst. In addition, he is also a member of the firm’s Product Review Committee and serves as an options, derivatives and alternative investments analyst and provides trading support to our fixed-income and equity trading desks. A keen observer of the market and the economy, Pete writes the firm’s regular “Week Ahead” commentary, which is posted on the firm’s blog, that covers factors or events that may affect the market in the coming week.

    Previously, Pete enjoyed an expansive 25-year career at A.G. Edwards, which was acquired by Wells Fargo Advisors. He started in exchange-traded options, and later helped develop the firm’s derivatives practice, spearheaded the firm’s convertible securities business, and was instrumental in the creation of the Quantitative Analysis Department within the Fixed Income Research area. In 2001, the firm named Biebel manager of Options, Futures, and Managed Futures. In that capacity, he also ran the company’s “Covered Call Service.”

    A graduate of Marquette University with majors in Accounting, Finance and Economics, Biebel holds the Series 3, 7, and 24 licenses, and is also a Registered Options Principal.

    Read Peter’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President, Alternative Products and Strategies
  • Bruce L. Buerkle
    Bruce L. Buerkle
    Bruce L. BuerkleSenior Vice President and Manager, Securities Research

    The ability to deliver knowledgeable and timely investment ideas – especially for equity investors – is one way of adding value for the client. At Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Bruce Buerkle guides these initiatives.

    Using a variety of resources, including third-party research, stock screens, and solid stock-picking instincts, Bruce provides regular investment options to the firm’s financial advisors, and assists them with reviews of client portfolios. In addition, he prepares daily market wrap-up reports and market open summaries for the firm’s financial advisors to deliver on radio or television. He also assists with the firm’s training initiatives.

    Bruce entered the securities industry as a portfolio review associate in 1980 at A.G. Edwards and eventually led the company’s Portfolio Review Department.

    A Chartered Financial Analyst, Bruce earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He also has his Series 7, 16, and 63 licenses.

    Read Bruce’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Securities Research
  • Elaine Conway
    Elaine Conway
    Elaine ConwaySenior Vice President, Manager, Corporate Communications

    Elaine joined Benjamin F. Edwards in 2019 as the Manager of Corporate Communications. Elaine works with Benjamin F. Edward & Co.’s senior leadership, sales, and marketing team, and other cross-functional staff responsible for the development and execution of all strategic and tactical communications plans consistent with the firm’s vision and culture across all digital and print channels. Leading a team of dedicated communications professionals, she is focused on proactive communications to further the firm’s key messaging, brand and business objectives.

    Prior to joining Benjamin F. Edwards, Elaine directed product and business line marketing efforts at Stifel and Scottrade. She spent most of her career at Wells Fargo Advisors and predecessor companies, holding a variety of roles from Managing Director of the Investment and Advisory Product Marketing and V.P. of Corporate Communications for A.G. Edwards.

    Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and Series 7, 24,63 and 65 licenses.

    Senior Vice President, Manager, Corporate Communications
  • Theresa A. Fry
    Theresa A. Fry
    Theresa A. FrySenior Vice President and Manager, IRAs and Retirement Planning

    Theresa joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011 as a vice president and manager of IRA and retirement plans. In this capacity, she works with the firm’s financial advisors and clients on retirement planning issues and strategies.

    Previously, Theresa served in a similar role for more than 10 years at A.G. Edwards. She also worked with clients and the firm’s financial advisors, and guided the development of communications materials to support the area. In addition, she served as the firm’s media spokesperson on retirement issues, appearing frequently on CNBC and quoted in USA Today, Money, and BusinessWeek.

    Prior to joining A.G. Edwards, Theresa worked as a department leader in Retirement Operations for Edward Jones.

    Theresa is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and holds her Series 7 and 63 licenses. She also holds life and health insurance licenses and long-term care certification.

    Read Theresa’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, IRAs and Retirement Planning
  • Kim S. Landry
    Kim S. Landry
    Kim S. LandrySenior Vice President and Manager, Advisor Development and Growth

    Kim Landry has established a distinguished track record of accomplishment over the course of her financial services career, which began in 1984. During that time, she has created and managed numerous professional development initiatives and coordinated a variety of product and service marketing projects. At Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Kim works with senior management and the firm’s regional managers on branch development initiatives.

    Prior to joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011, Kim spent 17 years at A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo Advisors). She holds her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation from the CFP Board and a Master of Science of Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning.

    She completed her undergraduate work at University of Tulsa where she received a BS/BA in Finance and Management. Kim also holds Series 7, 63 and life and health insurance licenses.

    Read Kim’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Advisor Development and Growth
  • Yari A. Lindo
    Yari A. Lindo
    Yari A. LindoSenior Vice President and Manager, Trading Services

    Yari joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013 as vice president and manager of Trading Services. He is responsible for all trade-related activities for equities, mutual funds, options, precious metals, and unit investment trusts. In addition, he assists with new issue syndicates and serves on the Syndicate Review Committee. With almost 20 years of trading experience, Yari works closely with the firm’s financial advisors and clients to answer trading requests and leverage market opportunities.

    Previously, Yari served in a similar role as a senior block trader in the equity and exchange-traded funds markets, focusing on institutional trades and managed money orders. He also held the position of market maker where he was responsible for managing risk on all trading activity for over 60 NASDAQ Stock Market equity securities, while working closely with Investment Banking, Syndicate and Research.

    Yari is a graduate of Phillips University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Yari holds his FINRA Series 7, 55 and 63 licenses.

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Trading Services
  • Philip Metzger
    Philip Metzger
    Philip MetzgerVice President - Investment Banking

    Philip has more than 11 years of investment banking experience, including experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity raises and debt financing transactions for companies across a wide range of industries.

    He was previously a vice president in the Middle Market Group of Wells Fargo Securities where he worked on M&A transactions and capital raises. Previous to Wells Fargo Securities, Philip was an Assistant Vice President in the Public Finance Group at Piper Jaffray where he originated tax-exempt bond issuances for government clients.

    Philip earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST® designation from the CFA Institute in 2007, and holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses.

    He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children.

    Vice President - Investment Banking
  • Edward “Ed” V. O’Neal
    Edward “Ed” V. O’Neal
    Edward “Ed” V. O’NealSenior Vice President and Manager, Retirement Plans

    Ed is vice president and manager of Employer Retirement Plans at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2015, Ed works closely with financial advisors and clients on technical and compliance topics related to employer retirement plans. In addition, he develops and manages a variety of product and service marketing materials and related projects.

    With more than 20 years of financial services industry experience, Ed served in a similar role where he created marketing materials as well as helped educate and train financial advisors. In addition, Ed has led initiatives involving vendor relationship management and strategic market analysis.

    Ed is a graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Actuarial Science, and he earned his Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He also completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business (1997) and holds his Series 7, 66 and 24 licenses.

    Read Ed’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Retirement Plans
  • Shelby Schagrin
    Shelby Schagrin
    Shelby SchagrinManaging Director & Head of Investment Banking

    Shelby has more than 30 years of investment banking experience with a focus on middle market companies and their owners. She has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, strategy, finance and business development.

    She has represented closely held business owners in the sale of their businesses and has created and structured many win-win transactions for middle-market business owners. She has advised companies in all aspects of corporate finance and strategic planning and has acted as a trusted business advisor to CEOs. Shelby has also assisted numerous companies across a wide spectrum of industries:  revitalizing operations, fostering growth and profitability, solving problems and identifying opportunities.

    Her career encompasses banking at Continental Bank in Chicago; investment banking, specializing in mergers and acquisitions at A.G. Edwards & Sons; vice president of Finance and Planning at Spartech Corporation and consulting as the president of Q.E.D. Consulting Group. In addition, she has experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. Shelby holds FINRA Series 79 and 63.

    Shelby has also taught finance at St. Louis University.

    Shelby is the founder, past president and current board member of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund which is devoted to improving the quality of life in the St. Louis area by providing financial support to urgent and critical needs throughout the community.

    Shelby received her MBA with high honors with a concentration in finance at the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Shelby is a freethinking Investment Banker that is always up for a new challenge, never gives up, is passionate to the end, goes the extra mile for clients and gets to the finish line.

    On a personal side, a few of her favorite things include family, meals from her organic vegetable garden, her Bernese Mountain trained support dog, Pilates and boxing. In addition, Shelby is passionate about community involvement, women in philanthropy and women entrepreneurs.

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    Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking
  • Daniel J. “Dan” Schulte
    Daniel J. “Dan” Schulte
    Daniel J. “Dan” SchulteSenior Vice President and Manager, Annuities and Insurance

    As senior vice president and manager of insurance and annuities, Dan trains and assists financial advisors in exploring insurance and annuity vehicles and strategies that can be specifically designed to each client’s retirement and legacy goals for their unique planning situations. Part of this support includes participation in the firm’s Home Office visit program, where clients come to the firm’s St. Louis headquarters to meet with the company’s subject matter experts.

    Prior to joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012, Dan spent 15 years at A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and coordinated a variety of insurance and annuity product and service marketing projects regarding topics such as family protection planning, business insurance planning, estate planning, long-term care planning, retirement planning, as well as other insurance and annuity planning issues. Dan’s previous industry experience includes four years as a registered representative for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company helping clients with their insurance and investment needs.

    Dan has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds Series 7, 6, 26, 63 and 65 licenses. He also holds life and health insurance licenses and is long-term care insurance certified.

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    Senior Vice President and Manager, Annuities and Insurance
  • Yvonne Trentman
    Yvonne Trentman
    Yvonne TrentmanSenior Vice President and Senior Manager, Branch Services

    With years of industry experience and a well-deserved reputation for providing outstanding client service, Yvonne joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2009 as a vice president and manager of Branch Services. In this capacity, Yvonne works closely with the firm’s regional managers and acts as a liaison between the firm’s Home Office and its branch offices.

    Yvonne began her financial services career in 1981 at A.G. Edwards in Bond Operations and later moved to the Reorganization Department to manage day-to-day activities within the bond redemption area. In 1995, given her knowledge of the securities industry and her client-friendly demeanor, Yvonne was asked to establish the Client Services Department within the firm’s Law Department. The new department worked with the firm’s branches and clients to address client concerns, answer questions, facilitate settlements and to identify information required for regulatory reporting.

    Yvonne holds the Series 7, 8, 24, and 63 licenses.

    Senior Vice President and Senior Manager, Branch Services
  • Joanne M. Welker
    Joanne M. Welker
    Joanne M. WelkerSenior Vice President and Manager, Advisory Services, CFA

    Joanne Welker joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008 and leads the company’s advisory program effort.

    As chief investment officer and manager of Advisory Services, Joanne determines which advisory programs are appropriate for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. to offer and recommend to clients, and oversees them on an ongoing basis. In addition, she serves as portfolio manager for BFEC’s Mutual Fund Portfolios program. Joanne also acts as portfolio manager for the ETF Portfolios and Russell Model Strategies programs, implementing models provided by Confluence Investment Management, Laffer Associates and Russell Investments.

    Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Joanne worked as a portfolio manager at A.G. Edwards Trust Company FSB for 13 years. Previously, she held positions at Citicorp and Waddell and Reed.

    Joanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Missouri State University, and her master’s degree in Banking and Financial Services from Boston University. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1999. Joanne also has her Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses.

    Read Joanne’s recent blog posts

    Learn more about Advisory Services

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Advisory Services, CFA
  • Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. WisdomExecutive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services

    Bill is senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2009, his primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s compliance programs as well as developing and maintaining written supervisory procedures, reviewing retail communications and managing branch office reviews. He is uniquely positioned to offer insight in these critical areas, having spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry.

    Bill is a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Music. He holds a number of industry licenses, is a recipient of the FINRA Institute/Wharton School Certified Regulatory & Compliance Professional (CRCP) designation, and serves as a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking and reading.

    Executive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services
  • Joel A. Wiesehan
    Joel A. Wiesehan
    Joel A. WiesehanSenior Vice President and Manager, Fixed Income

    Corporates, preferreds and municipals – Joel Wiesehan has traded them all throughout his 12-year career as a fixed income trader. In addition, he has extensive experience working with financial advisors to respond to inquiries and leverage market opportunities.

    Joel joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012 as the manager of the firm’s fixed income trading operations. In this capacity, he will be responsible for fixed income trading across all taxable and tax-free product types. In addition, he will coordinate municipal syndicate selling group agreements with other broker-dealers, while also assisting the firms advisors and their clients with their fixed income portfolio needs.

    A graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Joel specialized in finance and economics. He is married with two daughters.

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Fixed Income
  • Jeffrey R. Wolfe
    Jeffrey R. Wolfe
    Jeffrey R. WolfeSenior Vice President and Manager, Wealth Planning Strategies

    As Vice President and Manager of estate planning strategy and affluent client services, Jeff consults with financial advisors and their clients to explore estate planning and affluent client strategies designed to help clients’ achieve lifetime and legacy goals for themselves and their beneficiaries. Jeff is also responsible for the firm’s Home Office Visit program where affluent clients come to the firm’s St. Louis headquarters to meet with the company’s subject matter experts for a comprehensive financial review. Jeff’s responsibilities also include generating training and marketing materials on subjects of interest for the firm and its clients.

    Jeff joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013. Previously, Jeff spent ten years with Edward Jones where he initially served as counsel in their Trust Company before assuming a similar estate planning and affluent client strategist role. Before joining Edward Jones Jeff was in private practice at a law firm in St. Louis County.

    Jeff is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association. He also holds his Series 7, 24 and 66 licenses. Jeff earned his B.A. from Westminster College, and his J.D. from Indiana University-Indianapolis.

    Read Jeffrey’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Wealth Planning Strategies
  • Martin W. Altenberger
    Martin W. Altenberger
    Martin W. AltenbergerExecutive Vice President, Director of Branches

    Phone: 314-480-1108
    Email: marty.altenberger@nullbenjaminfedwards.com

    Marty brings broad industry experience to the table at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. where he serves as an executive vice president and director of branches. He is also a member of the Executive Committee amongst other leadership committees at the firm.

    In his role, Marty is responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in branch development, recruiting and Branch Services. His team is responsible for ensuring that the branch opening and transition process goes smoothly and then to provide high touch support for the branch manager and regional manager along with ongoing support for the branch staff.

    Previously, he served in a similar capacity at A.G. Edwards, a company he joined in 1983. During his tenure there, he held a number of leadership positions in the firm’s Operations and Branch divisions.

    Marty holds Series 7, 8, 24, and 63 securities licenses.

    Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Angie, his two daughters and performing music.

    Learn more about Branch Services

    Executive Vice President, Director of Branches
  • Neal J. Baumann
    Neal J. Baumann
    Neal J. BaumannSenior Vice President, Eastern Regional Director, Co-Branch Manager, White Plains, NY

    Neal’s experience includes 32 years in the investment/brokerage sector. He currently serves as the Eastern Regional Manager, and White Plains Branch Manager at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., while providing investment advice to his own clients. He currently serves as a member of the FINRA Continuing Education Content Committee and completed a four year term on the FINRA Continuing Education Council.

    Neal has more than 23 years of management experience in the investment industry. He served as a branch manager at A. G. Edwards & Sons starting in 1996, after joining the firm in 1991. While at A. G. Edwards Neal was a frequent presenter at the A. G. Edwards University on the topics of compliance and time management for branch managers. Neal is active in the local community and serves on the boards of a number of non-profit and community organizations.

    Senior Vice President, Eastern Regional Director, Co-Branch Manager, White Plains, NY
  • Cynthia L. Bohme
    Cynthia L. Bohme
    Cynthia L. BohmeCorporate Secretary, Executive Vice President, Director of Staff Division

    As one of the original founders of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Cindy relied upon her proven track record of planning and establishing successful business operations up and running. Today, Cindy serves as the firm’s director of the staff division and is responsible for registration, continuing education, the human resource practice, company stock, 401(k) plan administration and corporate insurance policies. She is also the firm’s corporate secretary.

    She began her industry career in 1982 at A.G. Edwards where she helped develop and manage the operation and trading functions of the advisory program for A.G. Edwards Asset Management. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, she worked on the corporate bond desk for Edward Jones.

    Cindy is a summa cum laude graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She also obtained her Master of Business Administration with honors and an emphasis in finance from Maryville University in St. Louis.

    Cindy holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 27, 53 and 66 securities licenses.

    Learn more about the Staff Division

    Corporate Secretary, Executive Vice President, Director of Staff Division
  • Todd Brandstadt
    Todd Brandstadt
    Todd BrandstadtManaging Director – Investments, Branch Manager, Grand Rapids, MI
    Managing Director – Investments, Branch Manager, Grand Rapids, MI
  • E. Allen Cole
    E. Allen Cole
    E. Allen ColeExecutive Vice President, Director of Law & Legal Services

    As a leader in the Regulatory and Compliance segment of the industry since 1993, Allen Cole successfully guides financial advisors through the maze of the ever-changing regulatory landscape. His special talent: shaping regulatory requirements into actionable steps that help financial advisors accomplish their goals.

    Allen joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008 and manages the legal compliance and regulatory activities of the firm as Executive Director of Law and Compliance, and Chief Counsel.

    A graduate of the Washington University School of Law, Allen also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University in 1982.

    Learn more about Law and Compliance

    Executive Vice President, Director of Law & Legal Services
  • Roland H. de Liniere
    Roland H. de Liniere
    Roland H. de LiniereSenior Vice President, Southeastern Regional Director, Branch Manager, Atlanta, GA

    Roland joined Benjamin F. Edwards in 2010 opening the 10th office of the firm in Atlanta and the first in the southeast. His responsibilities include working with his clients, managing the Atlanta office, and being the Southeastern Regional Director, which encompasses 24 offices in 9 states.  Roland serves as a member of the brokerage firm’s board of directors.

    He began his career in the financial services in 1982 at Merrill Lynch, then worked at Prudential Bache from 1983 to 1988. In 1988 he joined A.G. Edwards and became a branch manager in 1990.

    Roland graduated from Georgia State University with a BBA and MBA degrees.

    He is married to Peggy, and enjoys maintaining their koi pond, and attending sporting events, especially football, hockey, and baseball. He is on the advisory board of the Basin Advisory Council of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and has also done some freelance writing on occasion.

    Senior Vice President, Southeastern Regional Director, Branch Manager, Atlanta, GA
  • Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. EdwardsChairman, CEO and President

    A nearly 40-year veteran of the financial services industry, Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV founded Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.

    At that time, familiar, long-time corporate names in the financial industry were disappearing or being absorbed by banks. While many viewed these events with fear, Tad Edwards saw a competitive opportunity. He recognized that in the midst of the turmoil, the industry was losing sight of what mattered most – clients and putting their interests first and building a great culture based on trust, integrity, and respect. To fill the void, Tad envisioned a private, entrepreneurial firm, dedicated to providing informed investment advice, in a high-touch, service-oriented atmosphere, focused on clients and helping them meet their financial goals. He named the firm for his father. Since its inception, Edwards has expanded coast-to-coast with over 70 branches in 27 states, operating with no debt and adding banking and RIA arms.

    Before founding Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tad worked his way up the corporate ladder at A.G. Edwards, a firm founded by his great-great-grandfather.

    He started out in the company’s Personnel Department in 1977 and later worked with clients as an advisor and eventually a branch manager. After about 20-years at the firm, Tad moved to the firm’s corporate headquarters as a regional manager, and later as the director of the Sales and Marketing division. As division director, he assumed responsibility for a number of core functions including the fixed income and NASDAQ trading desks; equity research; private client services; investment advisory programs and services; syndicate; and corporate communications.

    He also served on the boards of directors for A.G. Edwards, Inc., and its brokerage subsidiary, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. In 1998, he was named vice chairman of the holding company board and appointed president of the brokerage in 2001. He was also a member of the firm’s executive committee. In 2002, he returned to branch management and remained on the brokerage board.

    A graduate of Trinity University in Chicago, Tad also completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business (1983), the Graduate Management Program at Washington University (1983), and the Executive Leadership Development Program at the Harvard Business School (2011). Tad also serves on several corporate and civic boards.

    He is married with two children and enjoys reading and golf.

     

    Chairman, CEO and President
  • Mark P. Fellows
    Mark P. Fellows
    Mark P. FellowsSenior Vice President, Western Regional Director, Branch Manager, Denver, CO

    Mark joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013 to open the firm’s first office in Denver and in the state of Colorado. In addition to managing the office and growing the firm’s presence in Colorado, Mark oversees branch development initiatives in the firm’s Mountain West Region, which includes Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. He is also a member of the brokerage firm’s board of directors.

    He started his financial services career in 1986 at A.G. Edwards and moved into branch management five years later.

    He and his wife have four children between them. When he’s not working or spending time with his family, Mark enjoys skiing, golfing and shooting, and is also a private pilot. In addition, he’s an EMT and served on the local ski patrol for 33 years. He is also involved with his church, the Boy Scouts of America and the American Heart/American Stroke Association.

    Senior Vice President, Western Regional Director, Branch Manager, Denver, CO
  • David W. Hanson, CFP®
    David W. Hanson, CFP®
    David W. Hanson, CFP®Managing Director – Investments, Co-Manager In Charge

    Dave Hanson joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2010 to help open and manage the firm’s Wheaton, Ill., office, its first location in the Chicago-area. While serving his clients and helping them with their investment needs are his top priorities, Dave has managed to boost size of the office – including doubling the number of advisors.

    His success growing his Wheaton location, led to his selection as the firm’s Chicagoland regional manager. In that capacity, Dave oversees branch development in the greater Chicago metro area and supervises the firm’s Chicagoland locations. He has 30 years of investment experience, primarily at A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo), and earned his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 1982. He is a graduate of Augustana College (Rock Island, Ill.) with a degree in business and accounting.

    He is married with three children, and enjoys fishing, gardening, traveling and camping. He is also active in his church and his community, and served as a board consultant for Missionary Sisters Health Care Systems and other non-profit organizations.

    Managing Director – Investments, Co-Manager In Charge
  • Christopher M. Keller
    Christopher M. Keller
    Christopher M. KellerExecutive Vice President, Director of Business Services

    Chris joined the firm in 2009 and today serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Business Services for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. as well as the Managing Director of Edwards Wealth Management. In his role, Chris oversees much of the firm’s shared services including business operations, supervision, technology and financial analytics. He serves on the Executive Committee for both Benjamin F. Edwards and Edwards Wealth Management and is a member of the firm’s Brokerage Board of Directors.

    Chris is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and marketing and earned his M.B.A from Webster University. He has completed the SII program at The Wharton School and holds his Series 7, 24 and 27 licenses. He is active in the St. Louis community, including a variety of not-for-profit organizations. When away from Edwards, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and reading.

    Learn about Business Services

    Executive Vice President, Director of Business Services
  • Thomas H. Martin
    Thomas H. Martin
    Thomas H. MartinExecutive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    As the chief financial officer for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tom oversees the firm’s finances and is also directly involved in facilitating the opening of new locations and hiring talent. He is uniquely positioned to offer insight in these critical areas, having spent more than 35 years in financial services working in the areas of corporate accounting, branch administration and facilities.

    Tom joined A.G. Edwards in 1981 and helped establish and upgrade the firm’s accounting procedures and internal controls. In 1999, Tom was named assistant treasurer and controller and also assumed supervisory responsibilities for general accounting. He was heavily involved with the firm’s implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and other regulatory measures that applied to broker/dealers.

    Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Missouri.

    In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf, coaching baseball and spending time with his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

    Learn more about Finance

    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Lois M. Powell
    Lois M. Powell
    Lois M. PowellSenior Vice President, Director of Branch Development, Branch Manager, Sherman TX

    Lois joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013, bringing with her nearly 30 years of financial services experience, including several as a regional manager responsible for Texas and New Mexico.

    As Director of Branch Development, Lois is focused on growing the firm with new advisors by developing trusted relationships with advisor prospects and bringing new talent to our branch system.

    Previously, Lois was a financial advisor for more than 15 years in the Dallas area before being named head of regional sales, and later a regional manager. She served as a market manager in Fort Worth and West Texas before retiring in 2011.

    In her spare time, Lois loves to travel, play golf, and spend time with her husband, children, and 3 grandchildren.

    Senior Vice President, Director of Branch Development, Branch Manager, Sherman TX
  • Libby Romack
    Libby Romack
    Libby RomackManaging Director – Investments, Branch Manager, Panama City, FL

    With over 23 years of financial services industry experience, Libby Romack is a financial advisor with Wise Wealth Advisors of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. She joined the firm in 2011 as branch manager and helped the firm establish its presence in Florida. Libby is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, or CFP®, professional and previously worked at A.G. Edwards & Sons.

    Libby knows that finances are a very personal part of a person’s life and a critical element of one’s financial future. As a result, she makes sure that her discussions with clients cover far more than just what the next investment will be. Together with her team, they develop a roadmap designed specifically to help a client reach their long-term goals and objectives.

    Libby has three boys who fill her life with a great deal of joy.

    WHAT IS A CFP®? A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, or CFP®, certification means a financial advisor has successfully completed a rigorous training program followed by a comprehensive 10-hour exam administered in accordance with the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Board of Standards. Professionals who are awarded this accreditation demonstrate skill in analyzing situations and developing personalized long-term financial strategies. CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM in the U.S.

    Managing Director – Investments, Branch Manager, Panama City, FL
  • Douglas D. Rubenstein
    Douglas D. Rubenstein
    Douglas D. RubensteinExecutive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

    At Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Doug is chief operating officer where he oversees the alignment and prioritization of company initiatives, leads Capital Markets initiatives for the firm which includes investment banking, new issue syndicate and trading as well as Corporate Communications. He is a member of the company’s management team and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, is a board member and shareholder.

    Doug has sourced, led and participated in transactions totaling more than $50 billion over his 30 years of experience in investment banking. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012, Doug served as the managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Doug led one of the real estate industry’s longest serving investment banking groups, which included more than 75 legacy REIT client relationships developed over his 18 years in the REIT industry.

    Previously, he worked in investment banking for over 25 years at A.G. Edwards managing a variety of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, exclusive sales and entity level and joint venture private placements. Doug executed public and private senior, subordinated and convertible debt, convertible and preferred equity, and common stock transactions for investment grade and non-investment grade companies, as well as IPOs and 144A offerings. He developed custom and comprehensive marketing programs targeted to potential and existing domestic and international retail and institutional investors.

    As the managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at A.G. Edwards, Doug’s management responsibilities included the Strategy Committee, Debt Capital Markets Committee and Equity Capital Markets Committee.

    Doug currently serves as an independent director on the board of a publicly traded REIT.

    Doug received his M.B.A. at the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics from Lake Forest College. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, 63 and 79 securities licenses.

    Outside of work, he likes to spend time with his wife, Stacy, and their sons David and Michael. Doug has been quoted saying “life can be serious, but food, wine and traveling with friends is fun.”

    Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
  • Craig Schermerhorn
    Craig Schermerhorn
    Craig SchermerhornManaging Director - Investments

    Craig R. Schermerhorn, CFP®, MBA, has been active in the financial services industry since 1976. Prior to that he served as an Air Force Officer, reaching the rank of Major while serving three years active duty and three years in the reserves, and a hospital administrator.

    He has an MBA from Kent State University (1970) and achieved the CFP® designation in 1980.

    Schermerhorn joined A. G. Edwards in 1976 and then joined Benjamin F. Edwards in 2010. He was a Branch Manager from 1990 through 2017. During that period, he also maintained a significant financial planning practice and was consistently in the top tier of A.G. Edwards and Benjamin F. Edwards financial advisors. Schermerhorn retired in 2019.

    He’s been married to his wife, Gerry, since 1970 and has three children. His outside interests include flying, travel, snow skiing, and enjoying his quasi-retirement. He recently relocated from Springfield, Illinois to Englewood, Florida.

    Managing Director - Investments
  • Joanne M. Welker
    Joanne M. Welker
    Joanne M. WelkerSenior Vice President and Manager, Advisory Services, CFA

    Joanne Welker joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008 and leads the company’s advisory program effort.

    As chief investment officer and manager of Advisory Services, Joanne determines which advisory programs are appropriate for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. to offer and recommend to clients, and oversees them on an ongoing basis. In addition, she serves as portfolio manager for BFEC’s Mutual Fund Portfolios program. Joanne also acts as portfolio manager for the ETF Portfolios and Russell Model Strategies programs, implementing models provided by Confluence Investment Management, Laffer Associates and Russell Investments.

    Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Joanne worked as a portfolio manager at A.G. Edwards Trust Company FSB for 13 years. Previously, she held positions at Citicorp and Waddell and Reed.

    Joanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Missouri State University, and her master’s degree in Banking and Financial Services from Boston University. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1999. Joanne also has her Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses.

    Read Joanne’s recent blog posts

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    Senior Vice President and Manager, Advisory Services, CFA
  • Christopher M. Whiting
    Christopher M. Whiting
    Christopher M. WhitingExecutive Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, CFP®

    The mission of Sales & Marketing is to provide best in class products, services and support for our advisors to serve their clients. As Director of Sales & Marketing, Chris oversees the firm’s advisory offerings, annuities and insurance, financial and estate planning, IRAs and retirement plans, equity and alternative solutions, and business development and training efforts.

    He serves on the firms Executive Committee and is a member of the Brokerage Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining Edwards, Chris was Sr. Director of the Advisory Relationship Management team at SS&C Advent. He was also was Chief Operating Officer at Moneta Group – an RIA in St. Louis from 2011 to 2015 and spent 19 years with A.G. Edwards and its successor companies.

    Chris earned his MBA from St. Louis University in the School of Commerce and Finance with an emphasis in Finance. He holds a Series 7 license and is a Certified Financial Planner CFP®.

    Learn more about Sales and Marketing.

    Executive Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, CFP®
  • Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. WisdomExecutive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services

    Bill is senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2009, his primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s compliance programs as well as developing and maintaining written supervisory procedures, reviewing retail communications and managing branch office reviews. He is uniquely positioned to offer insight in these critical areas, having spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry.

    Bill is a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Music. He holds a number of industry licenses, is a recipient of the FINRA Institute/Wharton School Certified Regulatory & Compliance Professional (CRCP) designation, and serves as a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking and reading.

    Executive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services
  • P. Stephen Appelbaum
    P. Stephen Appelbaum
    P. Stephen Appelbaum

    Stephen Appelbaum joined our Board of Directors in 2017. He is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Cass Information Systems, Inc. Stephen, a certified public accountant, joined Cass in 2006 as the CFO and Secretary. Prior to joining Cass, he worked for KPMG LLP for 10 years before becoming a Senior Vice President at US Bank (St. Louis, Missouri), where he spent 16 years holding various positions in the areas of accounting, financial reporting, risk management, and merger and acquisition integration. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Stephen received the St. Louis Business Journal’s “CFO of the Year” award for 2012 and he is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

    His current and past community activities include serving as a director and executive committee member for the YMCA, various positions with The Boy Scouts of America – St. Louis Area council (Stephen is also an Eagle Scout), Junior Achievement advisor, assisting with the United Way of Greater St. Louis annual campaign, assisting with treasurer activities for Civic Progress, and financial consulting with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

  • Pam Bunn
    Pam Bunn
    Pam BunnSenior Advisor-Executive Division

    Pamela Edwards Bunn has served on our Board of Directors since 2008. A native of St. Louis, Pamela graduated in 1980 form the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English. During college, she worked in the A.G. Edwards Research Department advising Financial Advisors. Following graduation, she lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for six years, where she produced publications for the Pinellas County Industry Council and later started and ran her own catering company.

    Pamela is currently an employee at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., assisting Tad Edwards on special projects in addition to being a writer, editor, mentor, and volunteer. She taught and advised Bible study classes for over 20 years in Raleigh, North Carolina. She serves on the Board of Bible Study Fellowship International, its Executive Support and Audit Committees and is Trustee Emeritus of St. David’s School in Raleigh.

    Senior Advisor-Executive Division
  • Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. EdwardsChairman, CEO and President

    A nearly 40-year veteran of the financial services industry, Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV founded Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.

    At that time, familiar, long-time corporate names in the financial industry were disappearing or being absorbed by banks. While many viewed these events with fear, Tad Edwards saw a competitive opportunity. He recognized that in the midst of the turmoil, the industry was losing sight of what mattered most – clients and putting their interests first and building a great culture based on trust, integrity, and respect. To fill the void, Tad envisioned a private, entrepreneurial firm, dedicated to providing informed investment advice, in a high-touch, service-oriented atmosphere, focused on clients and helping them meet their financial goals. He named the firm for his father. Since its inception, Edwards has expanded coast-to-coast with over 70 branches in 27 states, operating with no debt and adding banking and RIA arms.

    Before founding Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tad worked his way up the corporate ladder at A.G. Edwards, a firm founded by his great-great-grandfather.

    He started out in the company’s Personnel Department in 1977 and later worked with clients as an advisor and eventually a branch manager. After about 20-years at the firm, Tad moved to the firm’s corporate headquarters as a regional manager, and later as the director of the Sales and Marketing division. As division director, he assumed responsibility for a number of core functions including the fixed income and NASDAQ trading desks; equity research; private client services; investment advisory programs and services; syndicate; and corporate communications.

    He also served on the boards of directors for A.G. Edwards, Inc., and its brokerage subsidiary, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. In 1998, he was named vice chairman of the holding company board and appointed president of the brokerage in 2001. He was also a member of the firm’s executive committee. In 2002, he returned to branch management and remained on the brokerage board.

    A graduate of Trinity University in Chicago, Tad also completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business (1983), the Graduate Management Program at Washington University (1983), and the Executive Leadership Development Program at the Harvard Business School (2011). Tad also serves on several corporate and civic boards.

    He is married with two children and enjoys reading and golf.

     

    Chairman, CEO and President
  • Wayne Grace, Sr.
    Wayne Grace, Sr.
    Wayne Grace, Sr.

    Wayne Grace joined our Board of Directors in 2008. A Certified Public Accountant in both Missouri and Illinois, Wayne received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University in 1966. He also attended the Management Study Program at the Washington University Graduate School of Business.

    Wayne is a past director and past member of the Audit (chair) and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees at Cass Systems, the nation’s leading provider of payment and information services for financial, accounts payable, transportation, logistics, and utility needs. He is currently the president of Mountain Oak General, Inc., a position he has held since September 2000, and in that capacity manages a related limited partnership and numerous trusts. Previously, he was the managing director at Grace Advisors and past chairman of CPAmerica International, a network of independent CPA and consulting firms.

  • Mark Keller
    Mark Keller
    Mark Keller

    Mark Keller has served on our Board of Directors since 2010. He has been the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Confluence Investment Management LLC, a St. Louis-based investment management firm, since May 2008.

    Mark has over 35 years of investment experience, with a focus on value-oriented equity analysis and management. From 1994 to May 2008, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Gallatin Asset Management, Inc. and its predecessor organization, A.G. Edwards Asset Management, the investment arm of A.G. Edwards, Inc. From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Keller was Chairman of the A.G. Edwards Investment Strategy Committee, which set investment policy and established asset allocation models for the entire organization.

    Mark began his career with A.G. Edwards in 1978, serving as an equity analyst for the firm’s Securities Research Department from 1979 to 1994. During his last five years in Securities Research, Keller was Equity Strategist. He was a founding member of the A.G. Edwards Investment Strategy Committee, on which he served over 20 years, the last 10 years of which as Chairman of the Committee. Mark was a Senior Vice President of A.G. Edwards and Sons and of Gallatin Asset Management and was a member of the Boards of Directors of both companies.

    His community activities include serving on the boards of trustees of Lake Geneva Foundation (Lake Geneva, Wisconsin), Conference Point Center (Williams Bay, Wisconsin), Stewards Ministries (Schaumburg, Illinois), and serves as an elder of Fenton Crossing Bible Chapel (Fenton, Missouri). Keller received a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College (Illinois) and is a CFA charter holder.

  • Michael Medart
    Michael Medart
    Michael Medart

    Michael (Mike) Medart joined our Board of Directors in 2008. Mike is the president and chief executive officer of Medart Inc., a third generation, 100-year-old family-owned and operated business based in Saint Louis that provides distribution and technical services for two industries: turf and industrial/commercial engines (Medart Engine) and pleasure marine products (Medart Marine). Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a minor in History from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from St. Louis University in 1982.

    Mike serves on the board of Benjamin F Edwards Inc., a full-service broker dealer and Registered Investment Advisor (RIA). He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization GOLD (YPO-Gold, formerly known as WPO). He is the Vice Chair of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) board of Directors, an Advisory Board Member of UMB Bank of St. Louis (an affiliate of UMB Financial Corp), and an Advisory Board Member of The Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University. He serves on Saint Louis University’s 3rd Century Campaign Board. Mike is a former member of Loyola University’s Family Business Center in Chicago where he helped create and launch the Institute for Private Business (IPB) at Saint Louis University in 2012. In addition, he is involved with many charities: Children’s Hunger Fund (Los Angeles); Covenant Theological Seminary (Saint Louis); Saint Louis University; and the United Way.

    He resides in Saint Louis with his wife Susan of 29 years. They have three children: Griffin (daughter-in-law Allyson), Mason, and Hayden.

  • Martin W. Altenberger
    Martin W. Altenberger
    Martin W. AltenbergerExecutive Vice President, Director of Branches

    Phone: 314-480-1108
    Email: marty.altenberger@nullbenjaminfedwards.com

    Marty brings broad industry experience to the table at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. where he serves as an executive vice president and director of branches. He is also a member of the Executive Committee amongst other leadership committees at the firm.

    In his role, Marty is responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in branch development, recruiting and Branch Services. His team is responsible for ensuring that the branch opening and transition process goes smoothly and then to provide high touch support for the branch manager and regional manager along with ongoing support for the branch staff.

    Previously, he served in a similar capacity at A.G. Edwards, a company he joined in 1983. During his tenure there, he held a number of leadership positions in the firm’s Operations and Branch divisions.

    Marty holds Series 7, 8, 24, and 63 securities licenses.

    Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Angie, his two daughters and performing music.

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    Executive Vice President, Director of Branches
  • Kevin Barbeau
    Kevin Barbeau
    Kevin BarbeauTrading Services Specialist
    Trading Services Specialist
  • Cam Becker
    Cam Becker
    Cam BeckerTechnology Services Specialist
    Technology Services Specialist
  • Robert Bedenikovic
    Robert Bedenikovic
    Robert BedenikovicAssociate Vice President and Manager, Asset Movement
    Associate Vice President and Manager, Asset Movement
  • Peter A. Biebel
    Peter A. Biebel
    Peter A. BiebelSenior Vice President, Alternative Products and Strategies

    Pete joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011 as a vice president and products and projects analyst. In addition, he is also a member of the firm’s Product Review Committee and serves as an options, derivatives and alternative investments analyst and provides trading support to our fixed-income and equity trading desks. A keen observer of the market and the economy, Pete writes the firm’s regular “Week Ahead” commentary, which is posted on the firm’s blog, that covers factors or events that may affect the market in the coming week.

    Previously, Pete enjoyed an expansive 25-year career at A.G. Edwards, which was acquired by Wells Fargo Advisors. He started in exchange-traded options, and later helped develop the firm’s derivatives practice, spearheaded the firm’s convertible securities business, and was instrumental in the creation of the Quantitative Analysis Department within the Fixed Income Research area. In 2001, the firm named Biebel manager of Options, Futures, and Managed Futures. In that capacity, he also ran the company’s “Covered Call Service.”

    A graduate of Marquette University with majors in Accounting, Finance and Economics, Biebel holds the Series 3, 7, and 24 licenses, and is also a Registered Options Principal.

    Read Peter’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President, Alternative Products and Strategies
  • Randall Biggs
    Randall Biggs
    Randall BiggsSenior Credit Operations Specialist

    Randy is associate vice president and manager of Credit and Retirement Operations at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2014, he is responsible for the daily processing of client requests for retail and retirement accounts. In addition, he monitors client accounts for risk and oversees the loan programs for high-net-worth clients.

    With more than 30 years of financial services experience, Randy has held leadership positions in both the Margin and IRA departments. Most recently, he worked as a process manager in the Margin department. In that capacity he was responsible for managing all client activity, credit and risk exposure.

    Randy holds his FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses. Outside of work he enjoys fishing, camping, woodworking as well as spending time with family and friends.

    Senior Credit Operations Specialist
  • Laura Blomstrom
    Laura Blomstrom
    Laura BlomstromAssociate Vice President and Manager Accounting
    Associate Vice President and Manager Accounting
  • Renee Bohall
    Renee Bohall
    Renee BohallExecutive Assistant
    Executive Assistant
  • Cynthia L. Bohme
    Cynthia L. Bohme
    Cynthia L. BohmeCorporate Secretary, Executive Vice President, Director of Staff Division

    As one of the original founders of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Cindy relied upon her proven track record of planning and establishing successful business operations up and running. Today, Cindy serves as the firm’s director of the staff division and is responsible for registration, continuing education, the human resource practice, company stock, 401(k) plan administration and corporate insurance policies. She is also the firm’s corporate secretary.

    She began her industry career in 1982 at A.G. Edwards where she helped develop and manage the operation and trading functions of the advisory program for A.G. Edwards Asset Management. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, she worked on the corporate bond desk for Edward Jones.

    Cindy is a summa cum laude graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She also obtained her Master of Business Administration with honors and an emphasis in finance from Maryville University in St. Louis.

    Cindy holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 27, 53 and 66 securities licenses.

    Learn more about the Staff Division

    Corporate Secretary, Executive Vice President, Director of Staff Division
  • Bruce L. Buerkle
    Bruce L. Buerkle
    Bruce L. BuerkleSenior Vice President and Manager, Securities Research

    The ability to deliver knowledgeable and timely investment ideas – especially for equity investors – is one way of adding value for the client. At Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Bruce Buerkle guides these initiatives.

    Using a variety of resources, including third-party research, stock screens, and solid stock-picking instincts, Bruce provides regular investment options to the firm’s financial advisors, and assists them with reviews of client portfolios. In addition, he prepares daily market wrap-up reports and market open summaries for the firm’s financial advisors to deliver on radio or television. He also assists with the firm’s training initiatives.

    Bruce entered the securities industry as a portfolio review associate in 1980 at A.G. Edwards and eventually led the company’s Portfolio Review Department.

    A Chartered Financial Analyst, Bruce earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He also has his Series 7, 16, and 63 licenses.

    Read Bruce’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Securities Research
  • Pam Bunn
    Pam Bunn
    Pam BunnSenior Advisor-Executive Division

    Pamela Edwards Bunn has served on our Board of Directors since 2008. A native of St. Louis, Pamela graduated in 1980 form the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English. During college, she worked in the A.G. Edwards Research Department advising Financial Advisors. Following graduation, she lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for six years, where she produced publications for the Pinellas County Industry Council and later started and ran her own catering company.

    Pamela is currently an employee at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., assisting Tad Edwards on special projects in addition to being a writer, editor, mentor, and volunteer. She taught and advised Bible study classes for over 20 years in Raleigh, North Carolina. She serves on the Board of Bible Study Fellowship International, its Executive Support and Audit Committees and is Trustee Emeritus of St. David’s School in Raleigh.

    Senior Advisor-Executive Division
  • Sam Chisholm
    Sam Chisholm
    Sam ChisholmInvestment Banking Analyst
    Investment Banking Analyst
  • Karen Clines
    Karen Clines
    Karen ClinesAsset Movement Specialist
    Asset Movement Specialist
  • E. Allen Cole
    E. Allen Cole
    E. Allen ColeExecutive Vice President, Director of Law & Legal Services

    As a leader in the Regulatory and Compliance segment of the industry since 1993, Allen Cole successfully guides financial advisors through the maze of the ever-changing regulatory landscape. His special talent: shaping regulatory requirements into actionable steps that help financial advisors accomplish their goals.

    Allen joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008 and manages the legal compliance and regulatory activities of the firm as Executive Director of Law and Compliance, and Chief Counsel.

    A graduate of the Washington University School of Law, Allen also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University in 1982.

    Learn more about Law and Compliance

    Executive Vice President, Director of Law & Legal Services
  • Bob Cole
    Bob Cole
    Bob ColeAssociate Vice President and Senior Data Analyst
    Associate Vice President and Senior Data Analyst
  • Elaine Conway
    Elaine Conway
    Elaine ConwaySenior Vice President, Manager, Corporate Communications

    Elaine joined Benjamin F. Edwards in 2019 as the Manager of Corporate Communications. Elaine works with Benjamin F. Edward & Co.’s senior leadership, sales, and marketing team, and other cross-functional staff responsible for the development and execution of all strategic and tactical communications plans consistent with the firm’s vision and culture across all digital and print channels. Leading a team of dedicated communications professionals, she is focused on proactive communications to further the firm’s key messaging, brand and business objectives.

    Prior to joining Benjamin F. Edwards, Elaine directed product and business line marketing efforts at Stifel and Scottrade. She spent most of her career at Wells Fargo Advisors and predecessor companies, holding a variety of roles from Managing Director of the Investment and Advisory Product Marketing and V.P. of Corporate Communications for A.G. Edwards.

    Elaine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and Series 7, 24,63 and 65 licenses.

    Senior Vice President, Manager, Corporate Communications
  • Bernice Crenshaw
    Bernice Crenshaw
    Bernice CrenshawReceptionist
    Receptionist
  • Dawn Danforth
    Dawn Danforth
    Dawn DanforthAccounts Payable Specialist
    Accounts Payable Specialist
  • Robert Daniel
    Robert Daniel
    Robert DanielCompliance Associate - Surveillance
    Compliance Associate - Surveillance
  • Lisa Davis
    Lisa Davis
    Lisa DavisAssociate Vice President, Branch Supervision Specialist
    Associate Vice President, Branch Supervision Specialist
  • Brian Davis
    Brian Davis
    Brian DavisTechnology Engineer
    Technology Engineer
  • Gina Dickerson
    Gina Dickerson
    Gina DickersonVice President, Branch Relationship Administrator

    In 2009, Gina Dickerson joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. where she worked in New Accounts and Document Control. In 2011, she moved to Branch Services where, as a transition specialist, she now plays a key role in opening new branches and assisting financial advisors and their staff transition to the firm. When not opening offices, she continues to provide ongoing support to existing branches.

    Gina Dickerson began her financial services career in 2008 when she was hired as a trade associate to work on the A.G. Edwards trading desk. In that capacity, she received, processed, and executed live equity orders. Previously she spent three years in real estate and 15 years as an operations manager at American Express in the corporate travel division, where she led a team of more than 150 employees, developed and maintained client relationships and handled budgeting.

    Vice President, Branch Relationship Administrator
  • Anne Ecker
    Anne Ecker
    Anne EckerTechnology Services Specialist
    Technology Services Specialist
  • Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. Edwards
    Benjamin F. EdwardsChairman, CEO and President

    A nearly 40-year veteran of the financial services industry, Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV founded Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.

    At that time, familiar, long-time corporate names in the financial industry were disappearing or being absorbed by banks. While many viewed these events with fear, Tad Edwards saw a competitive opportunity. He recognized that in the midst of the turmoil, the industry was losing sight of what mattered most – clients and putting their interests first and building a great culture based on trust, integrity, and respect. To fill the void, Tad envisioned a private, entrepreneurial firm, dedicated to providing informed investment advice, in a high-touch, service-oriented atmosphere, focused on clients and helping them meet their financial goals. He named the firm for his father. Since its inception, Edwards has expanded coast-to-coast with over 70 branches in 27 states, operating with no debt and adding banking and RIA arms.

    Before founding Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tad worked his way up the corporate ladder at A.G. Edwards, a firm founded by his great-great-grandfather.

    He started out in the company’s Personnel Department in 1977 and later worked with clients as an advisor and eventually a branch manager. After about 20-years at the firm, Tad moved to the firm’s corporate headquarters as a regional manager, and later as the director of the Sales and Marketing division. As division director, he assumed responsibility for a number of core functions including the fixed income and NASDAQ trading desks; equity research; private client services; investment advisory programs and services; syndicate; and corporate communications.

    He also served on the boards of directors for A.G. Edwards, Inc., and its brokerage subsidiary, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. In 1998, he was named vice chairman of the holding company board and appointed president of the brokerage in 2001. He was also a member of the firm’s executive committee. In 2002, he returned to branch management and remained on the brokerage board.

    A graduate of Trinity University in Chicago, Tad also completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business (1983), the Graduate Management Program at Washington University (1983), and the Executive Leadership Development Program at the Harvard Business School (2011). Tad also serves on several corporate and civic boards.

    He is married with two children and enjoys reading and golf.

     

    Chairman, CEO and President
  • Brett Edwards
    Brett Edwards
    Brett EdwardsAssociate Vice President and Sales Productivity Strategist

    Brett serves as a Sales Productivity Strategist in the Sales & Marketing division of Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2014, he is charged with the sharing of best practices among advisors, managers and branch personnel. Much of his focus is on helping to maximize efficiency using our firm’s technology and tools. His delivery is done primarily via branch visits and training events. Each interaction is tailored to the needs of individual advisors and where they want to take their business.

    His foundation at Edwards is in providing financial planning software support as well as assisting our firm’s financial advisors with financial planning analysis including asset allocation strategies, retirement planning strategies, and Monte Carlo-style simulation. Additionally, Brett manages a variety of product and service marketing materials and securities research content.

    Brett has an established background in analytics and reporting and has served in project management, training and development, marketing support, in-person sales and customer service roles. Brett is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business. Outside of work, he enjoys playing the drums, golfing, hiking and spending time with his wife and three children.

    Associate Vice President and Sales Productivity Strategist
  • Michael Fitzgerald
    Michael Fitzgerald
    Michael FitzgeraldAnnuity and Life Insurance Processing Specialist
    Annuity and Life Insurance Processing Specialist
  • Charlotte Foley
    Charlotte Foley
    Charlotte FoleyAssociate Vice President, Senior Advisory Operations Specialist
    Associate Vice President, Senior Advisory Operations Specialist
  • Nick Frigerio
    Nick Frigerio
    Nick FrigerioPlanning and Research Associate, Associate Vice President
    Planning and Research Associate, Associate Vice President
  • Susan Frigerio
    Susan Frigerio
    Susan FrigerioManager, Business Process Improvement, Associate Vice President
    Manager, Business Process Improvement, Associate Vice President
  • Terri Frigerio
    Terri Frigerio
    Terri FrigerioVice President, Executive Assistant
    Vice President, Executive Assistant
  • Theresa A. Fry
    Theresa A. Fry
    Theresa A. FrySenior Vice President and Manager, IRAs and Retirement Planning

    Theresa joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011 as a vice president and manager of IRA and retirement plans. In this capacity, she works with the firm’s financial advisors and clients on retirement planning issues and strategies.

    Previously, Theresa served in a similar role for more than 10 years at A.G. Edwards. She also worked with clients and the firm’s financial advisors, and guided the development of communications materials to support the area. In addition, she served as the firm’s media spokesperson on retirement issues, appearing frequently on CNBC and quoted in USA Today, Money, and BusinessWeek.

    Prior to joining A.G. Edwards, Theresa worked as a department leader in Retirement Operations for Edward Jones.

    Theresa is a graduate of Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and holds her Series 7 and 63 licenses. She also holds life and health insurance licenses and long-term care certification.

    Read Theresa’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, IRAs and Retirement Planning
  • Byron Goodrich
    Byron Goodrich
    Byron GoodrichAssociate Vice President and Marketing Associate
    Associate Vice President and Marketing Associate
  • Justin Harder
    Justin Harder
    Justin HarderProject Manager
    Project Manager
  • Craig Harrison
    Craig Harrison
    Craig HarrisonVice President and Manager, Registration
    Vice President and Manager, Registration
  • Josh Hayes
    Josh Hayes
    Josh HayesVice President, National Branch Development
    Vice President, National Branch Development
  • Chad Haynes
    Chad Haynes
    Chad HaynesBranch Transition Specialist
    Branch Transition Specialist
  • Asha Heard
    Asha Heard
    Asha HeardNew Account Associate
    New Account Associate
  • Jay Herman
    Jay Herman
    Jay HermanSenior Application Engineer
    Senior Application Engineer
  • Ben Holman
    Ben Holman
    Ben HolmanDirector, Business Development
    Director, Business Development
  • Lou Howell
    Lou Howell
    Lou HowellAssociate Vice President and Compliance Associate – Surveillance
    Associate Vice President and Compliance Associate – Surveillance
  • Thomas Hudson
    Thomas Hudson
    Thomas HudsonAdvisory Investment Analyst
    Advisory Investment Analyst
  • Chris Husted
    Chris Husted
    Chris HustedTeam Leader, Application Services
    Team Leader, Application Services
  • Keith Isenberg
    Keith Isenberg
    Keith IsenbergHR Business Partner, Employee Relations Specialist
    HR Business Partner, Employee Relations Specialist
  • John Intrieri
    John Intrieri
    John IntrieriTechnology Services Specialist
    Technology Services Specialist
  • Casey Jackson
    Casey Jackson
    Casey JacksonSenior Vice President, Senior Manager, Technology Services & Innovation
    Senior Vice President, Senior Manager, Technology Services & Innovation
  • Colleen Johnson
    Colleen Johnson
    Colleen JohnsonVice President, Branch Supervision Associate

    When Colleen Johnson came aboard with Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008, she brought with her decades of experience earned as a branch operations trainer at A.G. Edwards, a firm she joined in 1981.

    Today, she applies that knowledge as she helps transferring managers and financial advisors with the transition process, providing training on a variety of day-to-day aspects of the business. At the same time, she ensures adherence to the firm’s established operational procedure and also assists financial advisors with questions and troubleshooting every day.

    She currently holds her Series 7, 9/10, and 63 licenses.

    Vice President, Branch Supervision Associate
  • Christopher M. Keller
    Christopher M. Keller
    Christopher M. KellerExecutive Vice President, Director of Business Services

    Chris joined the firm in 2009 and today serves as Executive Vice President and Director of Business Services for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. as well as the Managing Director of Edwards Wealth Management. In his role, Chris oversees much of the firm’s shared services including business operations, supervision, technology and financial analytics. He serves on the Executive Committee for both Benjamin F. Edwards and Edwards Wealth Management and is a member of the firm’s Brokerage Board of Directors.

    Chris is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and marketing and earned his M.B.A from Webster University. He has completed the SII program at The Wharton School and holds his Series 7, 24 and 27 licenses. He is active in the St. Louis community, including a variety of not-for-profit organizations. When away from Edwards, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and reading.

    Learn about Business Services

    Executive Vice President, Director of Business Services
  • Marc Kessler
    Marc Kessler
    Marc KesslerVice President, Senior Manager, Branch Supervision
    Vice President, Senior Manager, Branch Supervision
  • Monica Keziah
    Monica Keziah
    Monica KeziahSenior Trading Services Specialist
    Senior Trading Services Specialist
  • Zak Komoromi
    Zak Komoromi
    Zak KomoromiTechnology Services Specialist
    Technology Services Specialist
  • Marty Kyler
    Marty Kyler
    Marty KylerCompliance Communications Associate
    Compliance Communications Associate
  • Alex Lam
    Alex Lam
    Alex LamTechnology Services Specialist
    Technology Services Specialist
  • Kim S. Landry
    Kim S. Landry
    Kim S. LandrySenior Vice President and Manager, Advisor Development and Growth

    Kim Landry has established a distinguished track record of accomplishment over the course of her financial services career, which began in 1984. During that time, she has created and managed numerous professional development initiatives and coordinated a variety of product and service marketing projects. At Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Kim works with senior management and the firm’s regional managers on branch development initiatives.

    Prior to joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011, Kim spent 17 years at A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo Advisors). She holds her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation from the CFP Board and a Master of Science of Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning.

    She completed her undergraduate work at University of Tulsa where she received a BS/BA in Finance and Management. Kim also holds Series 7, 63 and life and health insurance licenses.

    Read Kim’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Advisor Development and Growth
  • Nina Law
    Nina Law
    Nina LawAssociate Vice President and Registered Senior Trade Services Specialist
    Associate Vice President and Registered Senior Trade Services Specialist
  • Gina Lawlor
    Gina Lawlor
    Gina LawlorFinancial Planning Associate

    Gina began her career working for A.G. Edwards & Sons. 30 years ago. The early stages of her career
    were within the Operations Division and particularly the Margin Department which gave her a vision of
    broad knowledge into the entire industry.

    Gina came to Benjamin F. Edwards in early 2013 starting in the Fee Based Operations/Advisory Business
    where she assisted in setting up advisory accounts and billing for clients and Home Office.

    After many years in operations Gina accepted a position in the Branch Division working as a Branch
    Transition Specialist for 3 years. Assisting in opening new branch offices and transitioning advisors into
    existing offices at Edwards was most rewarding as our firm continues to grow. Seeing the smiles on
    the FA and client faces as they walk into the door for the first time is the most gratifying feeling you can
    have in the industry. This is where the “client first” relationship begins.

    Currently Gina works with our advisors as a Financial Planning Associate under the Sales & Marketing
    Division. She assists FA’s in building Financial Plans for clients utilizing various planning tools.
    She currently holds her Series 7 & 66 licenses.

    Financial Planning Associate
  • Megan Lee
    Megan Lee
    Megan LeeTrading Services Associate
    Trading Services Associate
  • Sharon Lesch
    Sharon Lesch
    Sharon LeschAdvisory Operations Specialist
    Advisory Operations Specialist
  • Yari A. Lindo
    Yari A. Lindo
    Yari A. LindoSenior Vice President and Manager, Trading Services

    Yari joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013 as vice president and manager of Trading Services. He is responsible for all trade-related activities for equities, mutual funds, options, precious metals, and unit investment trusts. In addition, he assists with new issue syndicates and serves on the Syndicate Review Committee. With almost 20 years of trading experience, Yari works closely with the firm’s financial advisors and clients to answer trading requests and leverage market opportunities.

    Previously, Yari served in a similar role as a senior block trader in the equity and exchange-traded funds markets, focusing on institutional trades and managed money orders. He also held the position of market maker where he was responsible for managing risk on all trading activity for over 60 NASDAQ Stock Market equity securities, while working closely with Investment Banking, Syndicate and Research.

    Yari is a graduate of Phillips University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Yari holds his FINRA Series 7, 55 and 63 licenses.

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Trading Services
  • Christie Lively
    Christie Lively
    Christie LivelyCredit Operations Specialist
    Credit Operations Specialist
  • Glen Magparangalan
    Glen Magparangalan
    Glen MagparangalanAssociate Vice President and Team Leader, Technology Services
    Associate Vice President and Team Leader, Technology Services
  • Bret Martin
    Bret Martin
    Bret MartinSenior Vice President, Senior Manager, Information & Analytics
    Senior Vice President, Senior Manager, Information & Analytics
  • Thomas H. Martin
    Thomas H. Martin
    Thomas H. MartinExecutive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

    As the chief financial officer for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Tom oversees the firm’s finances and is also directly involved in facilitating the opening of new locations and hiring talent. He is uniquely positioned to offer insight in these critical areas, having spent more than 35 years in financial services working in the areas of corporate accounting, branch administration and facilities.

    Tom joined A.G. Edwards in 1981 and helped establish and upgrade the firm’s accounting procedures and internal controls. In 1999, Tom was named assistant treasurer and controller and also assumed supervisory responsibilities for general accounting. He was heavily involved with the firm’s implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and other regulatory measures that applied to broker/dealers.

    Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Missouri.

    In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf, coaching baseball and spending time with his wife, four children and four grandchildren.

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    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Jim Masterson
    Jim Masterson
    Jim MastersonVice President, Branch Supervision Specialist

    Branch managers need supervision too, and that’s precisely what Jim Masterson does for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in his position as a branch manager review administrator. In this capacity, Jim oversees the sales practices and activities of the firm’s producing branch managers. Jim joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2010 after a distinguished 25-year career at A.G. Edwards.

    While at A.G. Edwards, Jim initially worked in Operations and then accepted a position in Compliance as a sales practice associate. He then moved to the firm’s Law Department as a client service representative where he worked with company personnel and clients to gather the information needed to address concerns and reach equitable resolutions.

    In 2003, Jim moved to the Branch Division Manager Review team and assisted regional managers with their supervisory responsibilities of producing branch managers.

    Jim is a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis and currently holds his Series 7, 8, 24, 63 and 65, and insurance licenses.

    Vice President, Branch Supervision Specialist
  • Jane Matoesian
    Jane Matoesian
    Jane MatoesianSenior Vice President, Managing Counsel

    Phone: 314-480-1170
    Email: jane.matoesian@nullbenjaminfedwards.com

    Jane Matoesian is Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel in the Law Department. With more than 30 years of legal experience, she has worked for nearly 27 years in a legal capacity in the financial services industry. Her practice has included representing and counseling clients in civil litigation, enforcement matters, internal investigations, compliance, and general corporate affairs. Jane joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2011 and currently serves as Managing Counsel handling day‐to‐day legal activities of the firm.

    Jane is a graduate of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University and received her B.A. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to beginning the active practice of law, she served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph H. Goldenhersh of the Illinois Supreme Court. Jane is active in industry groups and has served as a member of and speaker for various industry and legal organizations, including FINRA, the SIFMA Law & Compliance Division, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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    Senior Vice President, Managing Counsel
  • Peter McCarthy
    Peter McCarthy
    Peter McCarthySenior Vice President and Manager, Regulatory Initiatives
    Senior Vice President and Manager, Regulatory Initiatives
  • Julie McCallister
    Julie McCallister
    Julie McCallisterVice President, Senior Branch Supervision Specialist

    Julie is associate vice president and branch manager supervision administrator of Branch Services at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2011, Julie is responsible for sales practices and activities of the firm’s producing branch managers.

    With over 25 years of financial services industry experience, Julie has held positions as branch operations supervisor, margin clerk, and branch operations trainer where she provided branch office support by opening new branch offices as well as personnel training in existing offices. More recently, she was a special projects administrator where she produced various reference materials for branch personnel, assisted branch managers with training and managed the advisor retirement transition.

    She holds the Series 7, 9/10, and 63 licenses. Outside of work, Julie likes to stay active, enjoys traveling and cooking.

     

    Vice President, Senior Branch Supervision Specialist
  • Ann McLaughlin
    Ann McLaughlin
    Ann McLaughlinAssociate Vice President, Senior Trading Services Specialist

    Ann joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2009 and is an Associate Vice President and Trade Processing Specialist. She is part of a team that is responsible for all trade-related activities for equities, mutual funds, options, precious metals, and unit investment trusts. In addition, she assists with new issue syndicates. With almost 25 years of trading and industry experience, Ann works closely with the firm’s financial advisors and clients.

    Previously, Ann served in a similar role as a trader on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) focusing on fixed income, equities, grains and metals in both futures and options markets. She worked mostly with institutional traders and money managers. Ann was also manager for her firm’s CBOT trade reconciliation team. In addition to her other duties, she ran the summer internship program for the firm’s CBOT floor group.

    Ann is a graduate of St. Xavier University in Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. She holds her FINRA Series 3, 7, 55 and 66 licenses. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and is a Certified Scuba Diver.

    Associate Vice President, Senior Trading Services Specialist
  • Alexander Minder
    Alexander Minder
    Alexander MinderTechnology Engineer
    Technology Engineer
  • Philip Metzger
    Philip Metzger
    Philip MetzgerVice President - Investment Banking

    Philip has more than 11 years of investment banking experience, including experience in mergers and acquisitions, equity raises and debt financing transactions for companies across a wide range of industries.

    He was previously a vice president in the Middle Market Group of Wells Fargo Securities where he worked on M&A transactions and capital raises. Previous to Wells Fargo Securities, Philip was an Assistant Vice President in the Public Finance Group at Piper Jaffray where he originated tax-exempt bond issuances for government clients.

    Philip earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Missouri and a Master of Business Administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYST® designation from the CFA Institute in 2007, and holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses.

    He lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children.

    Vice President - Investment Banking
  • Tim Moran
    Tim Moran
    Tim MoranVice President and Senior Manager, Operations Risk
    Vice President and Senior Manager, Operations Risk
  • Nicole Morgan
    Nicole Morgan
    Nicole MorganAsset Movement Specialist
    Asset Movement Specialist
  • Matt Muckler
    Matt Muckler
    Matt MucklerVice President & Manager, Investment Advisory Compliance
    Vice President & Manager, Investment Advisory Compliance
  • Carla Munton
    Carla Munton
    Carla MuntonAssociate Vice President and Financial Planning Associate
    Associate Vice President and Financial Planning Associate
  • Lisa Murphy
    Lisa Murphy
    Lisa MurphyExecutive Assistant, Team Leader
    Executive Assistant, Team Leader
  • Courtney O’dell
    Courtney O’dell
    Courtney O’dellNew Account Specialist
    New Account Specialist
  • Michael Oelkers
    Michael Oelkers
    Michael OelkersApplication Engineer
    Application Engineer
  • Edward “Ed” V. O’Neal
    Edward “Ed” V. O’Neal
    Edward “Ed” V. O’NealSenior Vice President and Manager, Retirement Plans

    Ed is vice president and manager of Employer Retirement Plans at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2015, Ed works closely with financial advisors and clients on technical and compliance topics related to employer retirement plans. In addition, he develops and manages a variety of product and service marketing materials and related projects.

    With more than 20 years of financial services industry experience, Ed served in a similar role where he created marketing materials as well as helped educate and train financial advisors. In addition, Ed has led initiatives involving vendor relationship management and strategic market analysis.

    Ed is a graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Actuarial Science, and he earned his Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He also completed the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of Business (1997) and holds his Series 7, 66 and 24 licenses.

    Read Ed’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Retirement Plans
  • Dan O’Very
    Dan O’Very
    Dan O’VeryAssociate Vice President and Team Lead, Compliance Communications
    Associate Vice President and Team Lead, Compliance Communications
  • Daniel Parish
    Daniel Parish
    Daniel ParishAssociate Vice President, Senior Financial Analyst
    Associate Vice President, Senior Financial Analyst
  • Bob Patrick
    Bob Patrick
    Bob PatrickManager, Sales and Supervisory Practices

    Bob is associate vice president in the sales practice and communications approval areas of the Compliance department at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Since joining the firm in 2012, his responsibilities include reviewing communications, branch office inspections, training supervisors and maintaining firm policies and procedures.

    Bob has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including insurance sales, all areas of operations and compliance. He has worked with insurance companies, options clearing companies and broker-dealer firms.

    Bob has his Series 4, 7, 8, 24, 63 and 65 licenses. He lives in Glen Carbon, IL with his wife, Beth, and four children. Bob enjoys spending time with his family and his hobbies include playing golf, tennis, cycling and reading.

    Manager, Sales and Supervisory Practices
  • Marie Patrico
    Marie Patrico
    Marie PatricoPart Time
    Part Time
  • Adam Peiffer
    Adam Peiffer
    Adam PeifferCredit & Retirement Operations Specialist
    Credit & Retirement Operations Specialist
  • Debi Pickler
    Debi Pickler
    Debi PicklerGraphic Designer

    Debi joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012 as a graphic designer in Corporate Communications. She is responsible for developing print and digital creative materials for the firm’s advertising, marketing, communications and branding efforts. With over 20 years of design experience, Debi works closely with the firm’s financial advisors and Home Office personnel.

    Previously, Debi served in a similar role as a graphic designer/illustrator for a St. Louis-based law firm. During that time, she developed marketing, branding and advertising pieces ranging from print collateral pieces to large scale trade show exhibits, web design and multi-media communications campaigns. In addition, Debi has extensive experience in brand strategy having developed product and packaging for national and international recognized brands.

    Debi is a graduate of University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. A published children’s book illustrator, Debi is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) as well as an accomplished fine artist, winning a number of local, national and international art competitions. Outside of work, Debi enjoys marathon running, endurance cycling, and working out at a local CrossFit gym with her husband and son.

    Graphic Designer
  • Debbie Placke
    Debbie Placke
    Debbie PlackeVice President, Manager, Financial Planning Marketing and Tools

    Debbie is vice president and supervisor of Planning and Research in the Private Client Services group at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2010, she is responsible for providing financial planning software support as well as assist the firm’s financial advisors with financial planning analysis including asset allocation, retirement planning, and Monte Carlo-style simulation. In addition, Debbie develops and manages a variety of product and service marketing materials and related projects.

    With over 16 years of financial industry experience, Debbie held a similar role as a financial planning associate where she gained valuable experience preparing analysis, illustrations, and projections using financial planning software and applications to evaluate the current financial position of clients.

    Debbie is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University – Cape Girardeau where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She holds her FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.

    Read Debbie’s recent blog posts

    Vice President, Manager, Financial Planning Marketing and Tools
  • Brian Politte
    Brian Politte
    Brian PolitteClient Workflow Specialist
    Client Workflow Specialist
  • Stacey Regan
    Stacey Regan
    Stacey ReganSecurities & Insurance Licensing Administrator
    Securities & Insurance Licensing Administrator
  • Michelle Reilly
    Michelle Reilly
    Michelle ReillyAssociate Vice President and Team Leader – Asset Movement
    Associate Vice President and Team Leader – Asset Movement
  • Cheryl Renth
    Cheryl Renth
    Cheryl RenthRetirement Operations Specialist
    Retirement Operations Specialist
  • Gregg Richter
    Gregg Richter
    Gregg RichterVice President and Manager, Finance
    Vice President and Manager, Finance
  • Jennifer L. Rigdon
    Jennifer L. Rigdon
    Jennifer L. RigdonVice President and Manager, Corporate Communications
    Vice President and Manager, Corporate Communications
  • Joe Riley
    Joe Riley
    Joe RileyAdvisor Directed Portfolio Analyst
    Advisor Directed Portfolio Analyst
  • Chris Robert
    Chris Robert
    Chris RobertAccounting Specialist
    Accounting Specialist
  • Brooke Romero
    Brooke Romero
    Brooke RomeroVice President, Senior Manager, Client Processing

    Brooke is associate vice president and manager of New Accounts and Document Control at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2009, she is responsible for client onboarding which includes the production and process of reviewing new accounts, document processing and account maintenance. In addition, she monitors performance, analyzes and implements new or updated applications required for processing.

    With more than 18 years of operations experience in the financial services industry, Brooke served in a similar role as a new accounts specialist. Most recently, she worked as an escalation analyst in the Account Opening and Maintenance areas. In that capacity, she researched and resolved issues that occurred during the account opening process, made recommendations for process improvement, and helped with the conversion to a new operating system for the area.

    She received her Associate’s degree in Psychology from East Central College in Union, Missouri.  Brooke holds her FINRA Series 99 license. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her family, watch sports and listen to music.

    Vice President, Senior Manager, Client Processing
  • Kayla Ross
    Kayla Ross
    Kayla RossVice President, HR Business Partner/Benefits Specialist
    Vice President, HR Business Partner/Benefits Specialist
  • Michael Ross
    Michael Ross
    Michael RossAML Risk Specialist
    AML Risk Specialist
  • Douglas D. Rubenstein
    Douglas D. Rubenstein
    Douglas D. RubensteinExecutive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

    At Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Doug is chief operating officer where he oversees the alignment and prioritization of company initiatives, leads Capital Markets initiatives for the firm which includes investment banking, new issue syndicate and trading as well as Corporate Communications. He is a member of the company’s management team and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, is a board member and shareholder.

    Doug has sourced, led and participated in transactions totaling more than $50 billion over his 30 years of experience in investment banking. Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012, Doug served as the managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Doug led one of the real estate industry’s longest serving investment banking groups, which included more than 75 legacy REIT client relationships developed over his 18 years in the REIT industry.

    Previously, he worked in investment banking for over 25 years at A.G. Edwards managing a variety of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, fairness opinions, exclusive sales and entity level and joint venture private placements. Doug executed public and private senior, subordinated and convertible debt, convertible and preferred equity, and common stock transactions for investment grade and non-investment grade companies, as well as IPOs and 144A offerings. He developed custom and comprehensive marketing programs targeted to potential and existing domestic and international retail and institutional investors.

    As the managing director and Real Estate Investment Banking Group head at A.G. Edwards, Doug’s management responsibilities included the Strategy Committee, Debt Capital Markets Committee and Equity Capital Markets Committee.

    Doug currently serves as an independent director on the board of a publicly traded REIT.

    Doug received his M.B.A. at the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Economics from Lake Forest College. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 55, 63 and 79 securities licenses.

    Outside of work, he likes to spend time with his wife, Stacy, and their sons David and Michael. Doug has been quoted saying “life can be serious, but food, wine and traveling with friends is fun.”

    Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
  • Alex Sanchez
    Alex Sanchez
    Alex SanchezAssociate Vice President and Team Leader – Credit & Retirement Operations
    Associate Vice President and Team Leader – Credit & Retirement Operations
  • Sheila Satterfield
    Sheila Satterfield
    Sheila SatterfieldPayroll Specialist
    Payroll Specialist
  • Shelby Schagrin
    Shelby Schagrin
    Shelby SchagrinManaging Director & Head of Investment Banking

    Shelby has more than 30 years of investment banking experience with a focus on middle market companies and their owners. She has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, strategy, finance and business development.

    She has represented closely held business owners in the sale of their businesses and has created and structured many win-win transactions for middle-market business owners. She has advised companies in all aspects of corporate finance and strategic planning and has acted as a trusted business advisor to CEOs. Shelby has also assisted numerous companies across a wide spectrum of industries:  revitalizing operations, fostering growth and profitability, solving problems and identifying opportunities.

    Her career encompasses banking at Continental Bank in Chicago; investment banking, specializing in mergers and acquisitions at A.G. Edwards & Sons; vice president of Finance and Planning at Spartech Corporation and consulting as the president of Q.E.D. Consulting Group. In addition, she has experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. Shelby holds FINRA Series 79 and 63.

    Shelby has also taught finance at St. Louis University.

    Shelby is the founder, past president and current board member of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund which is devoted to improving the quality of life in the St. Louis area by providing financial support to urgent and critical needs throughout the community.

    Shelby received her MBA with high honors with a concentration in finance at the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Shelby is a freethinking Investment Banker that is always up for a new challenge, never gives up, is passionate to the end, goes the extra mile for clients and gets to the finish line.

    On a personal side, a few of her favorite things include family, meals from her organic vegetable garden, her Bernese Mountain trained support dog, Pilates and boxing. In addition, Shelby is passionate about community involvement, women in philanthropy and women entrepreneurs.

    Read Shelby’s recent blog posts

    Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking
  • Daniel J. “Dan” Schulte
    Daniel J. “Dan” Schulte
    Daniel J. “Dan” SchulteSenior Vice President and Manager, Annuities and Insurance

    As senior vice president and manager of insurance and annuities, Dan trains and assists financial advisors in exploring insurance and annuity vehicles and strategies that can be specifically designed to each client’s retirement and legacy goals for their unique planning situations. Part of this support includes participation in the firm’s Home Office visit program, where clients come to the firm’s St. Louis headquarters to meet with the company’s subject matter experts.

    Prior to joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012, Dan spent 15 years at A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and coordinated a variety of insurance and annuity product and service marketing projects regarding topics such as family protection planning, business insurance planning, estate planning, long-term care planning, retirement planning, as well as other insurance and annuity planning issues. Dan’s previous industry experience includes four years as a registered representative for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company helping clients with their insurance and investment needs.

    Dan has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds Series 7, 6, 26, 63 and 65 licenses. He also holds life and health insurance licenses and is long-term care insurance certified.

    Read Daniel’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Annuities and Insurance
  • Jennifer Schultze
    Jennifer Schultze
    Jennifer SchultzeAssociate Vice President, Compliance Employee Activities, Team Lead
    Associate Vice President, Compliance Employee Activities, Team Lead
  • Maggie Shank
    Maggie Shank
    Maggie ShankAssociate Vice President and Regional Recruiting Strategist
    Associate Vice President and Regional Recruiting Strategist
  • Daniel Singer
    Daniel Singer
    Daniel SingerAccountant
    Accountant
  • Diane Singler
    Diane Singler
    Diane SinglerSenior Annuity & Life Insurance Processing Specialist
    Senior Annuity & Life Insurance Processing Specialist
  • Lori Smith
    Lori Smith
    Lori SmithVice President and Manager Payroll
    Vice President and Manager Payroll
  • Vanessa Somerville
    Vanessa Somerville
    Vanessa SomervilleVice President and Manager, Human Resources
    Vice President and Manager, Human Resources
  • Kristen Southerland
    Kristen Southerland
    Kristen SoutherlandVice President, Manager, Advisory Operations
    Vice President, Manager, Advisory Operations
  • Katelyn Stevens
    Katelyn Stevens
    Katelyn StevensVice President, Manager of Regulatory Exams and Internal Testing

    Katelyn joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2015 as associate vice president and team leader of Surveillance. She brings over 10 years of industry experience to the firm focused on surveillance with over five of years at FINRA as a Trading and Market Making Surveillance Compliance Examiner. Katelyn spent the last five years implementing a new trade surveillance system and creating surveillance reports.

    She holds her Series 7, 9/10, 24, and 66 licenses. Outside of work, Katelyn likes to spend time with her husband, three children and two French Bulldogs.

    Vice President, Manager of Regulatory Exams and Internal Testing
  • Michele Tanner
    Michele Tanner
    Michele TannerBranch Supervision Associate
    Branch Supervision Associate
  • Dani Thornton
    Dani Thornton
    Dani ThorntonTechnology Services Specialist
    Technology Services Specialist
  • Yvonne Trentman
    Yvonne Trentman
    Yvonne TrentmanSenior Vice President and Senior Manager, Branch Services

    With years of industry experience and a well-deserved reputation for providing outstanding client service, Yvonne joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2009 as a vice president and manager of Branch Services. In this capacity, Yvonne works closely with the firm’s regional managers and acts as a liaison between the firm’s Home Office and its branch offices.

    Yvonne began her financial services career in 1981 at A.G. Edwards in Bond Operations and later moved to the Reorganization Department to manage day-to-day activities within the bond redemption area. In 1995, given her knowledge of the securities industry and her client-friendly demeanor, Yvonne was asked to establish the Client Services Department within the firm’s Law Department. The new department worked with the firm’s branches and clients to address client concerns, answer questions, facilitate settlements and to identify information required for regulatory reporting.

    Yvonne holds the Series 7, 8, 24, and 63 licenses.

    Senior Vice President and Senior Manager, Branch Services
  • Chris Trovitch
    Chris Trovitch
    Chris TrovitchBranch Supervision Associate
    Branch Supervision Associate
  • Brian Turntine
    Brian Turntine
    Brian TurntineAssociate Vice President and Fixed Income Trader
    Associate Vice President and Fixed Income Trader
  • Chuck VanGronigen
    Chuck VanGronigen
    Chuck VanGronigenVice President and Manager, Recruiting Strategy & Administration
    Vice President and Manager, Recruiting Strategy & Administration
  • Marlyn Van Meter
    Marlyn Van Meter
    Marlyn Van MeterBranch Services and Development
    Branch Services and Development
  • Allison Washausen
    Allison Washausen
    Allison WashausenTechnology Services Specialist
    Technology Services Specialist
  • Peggy Webb
    Peggy Webb
    Peggy WebbAdvisory Operations Specialist
    Advisory Operations Specialist
  • Joanne M. Welker
    Joanne M. Welker
    Joanne M. WelkerSenior Vice President and Manager, Advisory Services, CFA

    Joanne Welker joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2008 and leads the company’s advisory program effort.

    As chief investment officer and manager of Advisory Services, Joanne determines which advisory programs are appropriate for Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. to offer and recommend to clients, and oversees them on an ongoing basis. In addition, she serves as portfolio manager for BFEC’s Mutual Fund Portfolios program. Joanne also acts as portfolio manager for the ETF Portfolios and Russell Model Strategies programs, implementing models provided by Confluence Investment Management, Laffer Associates and Russell Investments.

    Before joining Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Joanne worked as a portfolio manager at A.G. Edwards Trust Company FSB for 13 years. Previously, she held positions at Citicorp and Waddell and Reed.

    Joanne earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from Missouri State University, and her master’s degree in Banking and Financial Services from Boston University. She has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1999. Joanne also has her Series 7, 24, and 66 licenses.

    Read Joanne’s recent blog posts

    Learn more about Advisory Services

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Advisory Services, CFA
  • Christopher M. Whiting
    Christopher M. Whiting
    Christopher M. WhitingExecutive Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, CFP®

    The mission of Sales & Marketing is to provide best in class products, services and support for our advisors to serve their clients. As Director of Sales & Marketing, Chris oversees the firm’s advisory offerings, annuities and insurance, financial and estate planning, IRAs and retirement plans, equity and alternative solutions, and business development and training efforts.

    He serves on the firms Executive Committee and is a member of the Brokerage Board of Directors.

    Prior to joining Edwards, Chris was Sr. Director of the Advisory Relationship Management team at SS&C Advent. He was also was Chief Operating Officer at Moneta Group – an RIA in St. Louis from 2011 to 2015 and spent 19 years with A.G. Edwards and its successor companies.

    Chris earned his MBA from St. Louis University in the School of Commerce and Finance with an emphasis in Finance. He holds a Series 7 license and is a Certified Financial Planner CFP®.

    Learn more about Sales and Marketing.

    Executive Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing, CFP®
  • Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. Wisdom
    Bill J. WisdomExecutive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services

    Bill is senior vice president and chief compliance officer at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2009, his primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm’s compliance programs as well as developing and maintaining written supervisory procedures, reviewing retail communications and managing branch office reviews. He is uniquely positioned to offer insight in these critical areas, having spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry.

    Bill is a graduate of Webster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Music. He holds a number of industry licenses, is a recipient of the FINRA Institute/Wharton School Certified Regulatory & Compliance Professional (CRCP) designation, and serves as a member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking and reading.

    Executive Vice President, Director of Regulatory & Oversight Services
  • Joel A. Wiesehan
    Joel A. Wiesehan
    Joel A. WiesehanSenior Vice President and Manager, Fixed Income

    Corporates, preferreds and municipals – Joel Wiesehan has traded them all throughout his 12-year career as a fixed income trader. In addition, he has extensive experience working with financial advisors to respond to inquiries and leverage market opportunities.

    Joel joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2012 as the manager of the firm’s fixed income trading operations. In this capacity, he will be responsible for fixed income trading across all taxable and tax-free product types. In addition, he will coordinate municipal syndicate selling group agreements with other broker-dealers, while also assisting the firms advisors and their clients with their fixed income portfolio needs.

    A graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Joel specialized in finance and economics. He is married with two daughters.

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Fixed Income
  • Cathy Wilson
    Cathy Wilson
    Cathy WilsonAdministrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
  • Julie Wilson
    Julie Wilson
    Julie WilsonVice President, Branch Supervision Specialist

    Julie is vice president and branch manager supervision administrator of Branch Services at Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. Joining the firm in 2012, Julie is responsible for sales practices and activities of the firm’s producing branch managers.

    With over 30 years of experience in the financial services and banking industries, Julie has held positions as assistant branch manager and client associate.

    She holds her Series 7, 9, 10, 66, and insurance licenses. Outside of work, Julie likes to spend time with her family — especially her two granddaughters. She also enjoys reading and traveling.

    Vice President, Branch Supervision Specialist
  • Aaron Wilkerson
    Aaron Wilkerson
    Aaron WilkersonAssociate Vice President, Senior Application Engineer
    Associate Vice President, Senior Application Engineer
  • Travis Wilkinson
    Travis Wilkinson
    Travis WilkinsonAssociate Vice President, Senior Technical Engineer
    Associate Vice President, Senior Technical Engineer
  • Jerry Wingbermuehle
    Jerry Wingbermuehle
    Jerry WingbermuehleVice President and Manager, Legal Services
    Vice President and Manager, Legal Services
  • Corey E. Winters
    Corey E. Winters
    Corey E. WintersVice President and Senior Manager, RIA Operations
    Vice President and Senior Manager, RIA Operations
  • Jeffrey R. Wolfe
    Jeffrey R. Wolfe
    Jeffrey R. WolfeSenior Vice President and Manager, Wealth Planning Strategies

    As Vice President and Manager of estate planning strategy and affluent client services, Jeff consults with financial advisors and their clients to explore estate planning and affluent client strategies designed to help clients’ achieve lifetime and legacy goals for themselves and their beneficiaries. Jeff is also responsible for the firm’s Home Office Visit program where affluent clients come to the firm’s St. Louis headquarters to meet with the company’s subject matter experts for a comprehensive financial review. Jeff’s responsibilities also include generating training and marketing materials on subjects of interest for the firm and its clients.

    Jeff joined Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. in 2013. Previously, Jeff spent ten years with Edward Jones where he initially served as counsel in their Trust Company before assuming a similar estate planning and affluent client strategist role. Before joining Edward Jones Jeff was in private practice at a law firm in St. Louis County.

    Jeff is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association. He also holds his Series 7, 24 and 66 licenses. Jeff earned his B.A. from Westminster College, and his J.D. from Indiana University-Indianapolis.

    Read Jeffrey’s recent blog posts

    Senior Vice President and Manager, Wealth Planning Strategies

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