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Sheri Mushel has 20 years of experience in a myriad of facets growing and operating successful businesses. Her background includes serving in numerous executive roles to include President, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance and Operations, Human Resources, and Sales Manager. She has extensive experience in business start-up, required initial records and bookkeeping, ongoing books and recordkeeping, personnel issues, resolving legal matters, and overall business operations. Sheri has registered over 700 RIA firms. She currently partners with approved RIA firms to set-up and maintain required books and records, review marketing media and provide training for Chief Compliance Officers and affiliated IARs. In addition, she prepares RIA firms for onsite audits and personally works with securities regulators for deficient finding’s post audit.
Sheri’s educational background includes a degree in Business Administration, Industrial Relations and Economics. She is also a registered notary. Sheri currently serves as the President of RIA Registrar, LLC.
Heather joined RIA Registrar in January of 2014. She has worked in the securities industry for over 15 years. She began her career in the securities industry working in the back office at American Express Financial Advisors. She later transitioned to a mid-sized broker-dealer where she held a variety of roles. For the past five years she has been in the compliance area. Prior to joining RIA Registrar she was Vice President of Field Compliance working closely with registered representatives in the field.
Heather has extensive experience with all facets of compliance including office inspections, advertising review, outside business activities, marketing support, continuing education and responding to regulators. Her favorite part of compliance is working with people in the field to help mitigate risk in the ever-changing world of financial services. Heather holds the series 6, 7, 24 and 63 FINRA registrations.
Heather is a graduate of the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds a degree in elementary education.
Mike comes to RIA Registrar, LLC with 15 years’ experience in the securities industry. Holding various positions with local broker/dealers and advisory firms such as American Express Financial Advisors, USAllianz Securities, Inc., Questar Capital Corp. and Fintegra, LLC, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge regarding compliance and suitability to our firm.
Mike’s experience coordinating and supervising compliance oversight requirements pertaining to training, product suitability, audits, sales practices, and new product offerings will help him with the transition to working directly with RIA firms and Investment Advisors. While working in the compliance field Mike has enjoyed the relationships he has developed as a result of helping others stay compliant and mitigate risk. Mike holds the Series 7, 24, 53 and 66 FINRA registrations and has a degree in Economics from Hamline University.
Amy join RIA Registrar in January 2011. Amy’s background is in the legal field as a legal secretary and administrative assistant. During her tenure as a legal secretary Amy worked closely with attorneys in compiling legal documents and drafting correspondence. She was also responsible for the general overall organization and day to day operations of the office, including scheduling appointments, and generating and updating legal case files.
Amy’s devotion to her family and staying physically active moved her from the legal arena to Tri-Fitness, a retail sporting goods store. Working in retail allowed Amy the luxury of having a flexible schedule, affording her more time to spend with her two children. While at Tri-Fitness, Amy managed sales orders, communicated daily with vendors, developed and implemented the inventory control system and trained new employees.
She is a graduate of Hamline University in Minnesota where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Amy was also a NCAA Division III All-American in swimming.
With Amy’s background she brings exceptional organizational and administrative skills to our team. We are excited and fortunate to have Amy as part of the Registrar family.
Debbie comes to RIA Registrar, LLC with 21 years’ experience in the securities industry. She started her career in the back office of American Express Financial Advisors then transitioned to a field office where she held many roles including administrative assistant, para-planner, Associate Financial Advisor and Registered Representative. For the last eight years she has been in the back office of an independent broker/dealer managing their corporate RIA, supervising, supporting and training representatives in the field, as well as, maintaining the firm’s ERISA compliance.
Debbie holds the Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 FINRA registrations, is licensed in the State of Minnesota for life, health, and variable insurance and annuity contracts, and has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Donny was born and raised in southwest Minneapolis. After high school, he was recruited for hockey and accepted an opportunity to attend Nichols College in Dudley, MA. There, he received a BSBA in Sport Management and continued to earn a Master’s in Business Administration.
After college Donny moved back to Minnesota where he did a brief stint with Wells Fargo Mortgage before becoming a Financial Adviser with Ameriprise. At Ameriprise he earned his Series 7 and Series 63, while assisting existing clients reassess their Ameriprise portfolios and financial objectives.
Following Ameriprise, Donny accepted an offer with the Minnesota Department of Commerce as an Intermediate Auditor. Donny was responsible for developing and performing the first Investment Adviser auditing program with the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Shortly after a year, he was promoted to Senior Auditor and helped the program go from performing 10 audits a year in the first two years to performing more than 40 audits a year in the following two years.
Outside of work, Donny owns a home in South Minneapolis with his wife. He still enjoys playing hockey and has recently started rock climbing.
Matt grew up in St. Cloud, MN along with one brother and one sister, both older. His Dad was the council executive for the Boy Scouts of America and his Mom had her own cleaning business. Following high school, he attended St. Cloud State University participating in Concert, Men’s, and Chamber Choirs. During each summer throughout his undergraduate career, Matt traveled to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to become a backpacking guide; teaching adults and kids wilderness survival, first aid, water purification, and ecology of the area.
Once he decided to “grow up and get a real job” he moved to Minneapolis and began working at Ameriprise Financial while also bartending at a few establishments around the Twin Cities area. Matt furthered his education while at Ameriprise and earned his Masters of Public Policy from St. Thomas University. This lead to his transition to public service when he accepted an offer with the Minnesota Department of Commerce as a Commerce Analyst; providing legal and regulatory assistance to all MN-Based Investment Advisers and their underlying representatives and agents.
Outside of work, Matt owns a home in Little Canada (a city he didn’t know existed until he signed the purchase agreement) with his girlfriend and 4 year-old son (Megan and Dylan), is an avid golfer, and enjoys camping along the north shore.
Rob Sipe CRC, CFS, LUTCF, started his career in the financial services industry in 1987 after finishing his studies at the University of Minnesota where he majored in economics. He spent 9 years as a Registered Representative with Prudential Financial where he specialized in estate, business and personal planning. He entered the wholesale distribution channel as an external wholesaler where his success continued for several more years training hundreds of advisors in advanced planning concepts including estate planning, business continuation planning and strategic retirement income planning. Since that time, he has earned the top spot in the bank distribution channel where he was consistently a multi-million dollar producer. Throughout his career, he has received many financial industry awards, and has earned financial industry designations. He earned his fellowship in the Life Underwriting Training Council(LUTCF) from the American College, his Certified Fund Specialist(CFS) designation from the Institute of Business and Finance, as well as the Certified Retirement Counselor(CRC) designation from the International Foundation for Retirement Education. He has received the National Sales Achievement Award, National Quality Award and qualified for multiple business conferences nationally and has received Awards of Excellence and Awards of Honor, both industry awards of distinction. He is currently enrolled at the U of M pursuing a degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Rob’s education, training and experience, prior to joining RIA Registrar, give him a unique awareness of all facets of the investments and insurance industry enabling him to not only understand the challenges faced by producers of today, but the value gained by becoming the advisor of tomorrow.
Mike Jechorek, Vice President of Marketing joined RIA Registrar in 2011. Mike has been in sales and marketing for over 25 years. He started his sales career in the health and fitness industry and transitioned into residential and commercial real estate sales.
After transitioning from real estate sales into financial services Mike found his niche working with advisors helping them develop their practices with sales solutions and strategies. Mike’s unique and wide ranging skill-set has enabled him to successfully contribute in a variety of ways to help the advisors he works with excel in generating and maximizing their sales with prospects and clients.
Mike holds his associate degree and is currently working towards his Series 65. Mike has received national recognition for sales volume and boasts his extensive experience in independent sales and management to help advisors transition to independence.
Ryan Picotte came to RIA Registrar in 2010 and has over 7 years of experience in the financial industry. His background before the financial industry was in the construction market as a general contractor and a sales rep for numerous companies. He still enjoys getting his hands dirty when needed.
Ryan got his degree from the University of Jamestown with a double major in marketing and management. Along with his educational background, Ryan earned a baseball scholarship and played baseball for the University all 4 years of attendance. He went to the NAIA College World Series in Lewiston ID.
Ryan is a born and raised Minnesotan and enjoys every season the state has to offer. If he is not at the office working hard helping advisors, he is out hunting, fishing or enjoying a round of golf with family and friends. Ryan has two older brothers and one older sister and enough nieces and nephews to keep him busy. Ryan will be having his first child in June of 2016 with his wife Brianna.
Walter Costenbader has over 20 years experience in compliance and business management in the broker/dealer and investment advisor arenas. Currently, Mr. Costenbader is a Senior Compliance Consultant for small and large, international financial services firms. Prior to this, he formed and served as Chief Compliance Officer for the broker/dealer and investment advisor subsidiary of Webster Financial Services (“WBS” on the NYSE). Before joining Webster, Mr. Costenbader started a broker/dealer and investment advisor subsidiary of CIGNA Corp, and served as its Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. He has a BA in Education, and received CFP designation after attending Boston College. He also serves as an active NYSE Arbitrator. Walter currently conducts the monthly webinar training and serves as the Chief Compliance Consultant for RIA Registrar, LLC.
Keith Kessel specializes in business law, including the corporate finance, private equity, venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, financial services industry laws and company law. He has been a corporate, securities and transactional lawyer and compliance professional in the financial services industry for the past 16 years. During that time, Mr. Kessel has served in various executive, legal and compliance roles for a multitude of corporations and trust companies, including investment advisers, investment companies, broker/dealers, banks, investment banks, insurance agencies, stock exchanges and securities clearing and depository institutions, as well as other financial service providers. He has spoken at legal and compliance conferences, as well as for company sponsors, regarding banking, investment management and broker/dealers activities. He has lectured in Europe, the Middle East and the United States on topics such as Cross Border Investment Advisory Compliance Matters, International Broker/Dealer Legal, Compliance and Operational Matters, International Company Restructuring, Dispute Resolution Strategies and International Banking Risk Management Program. He has published articles in business law, including articles on (i)International Broker/Dealer and Investment Banking Strategies and (ii) Essential Considerations for International, Unregistered Broker-Dealers, Investment Companies, Investment Advisers and Investment Banks. Mr. Kessel has managed and motivated teams of lawyers, compliance, operations, risk management, sales and supervisory personnel. As somebody who has managed firms himself, Mr. Kessel has practical experience in analyzing issues, providing legal and business solutions and implementing those solutions. He has worked both domestically an internationally. He retains the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) Series 4, 7, 24 & 53 registrations applicable to various financial products supervision and sales, as well as the North American Securities Administrators Association Series 65 registration for investment advisory activities. He has served as a member of the FINRA District Committee and as an FINRA Hearing Panel participant. Mr. Kessel also serves as an industry arbitrator for FINRA. He retains the designation of Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional. Keith has his Bachelor of Science: University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Juris Doctor: Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also attended: London School of Economics and Political Science Drexel University University of Helsinki. His practice areas include: Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Venture Capital, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Industry, Company Law & Arbitration. Keith currently serves as a consultant providing regulatory and legal counsel for RIA Registrar, LLC.