Dynamic Team

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Melanie Ahlers

Lead, On-boarding Team

Melanie Ahlers

Lead, On-boarding Team

Melanie brings over a decade of experience from the financial and insurance industry to Dynamic’s Advisor Support and Advisor On-boarding. Her skill in process enhancement, troubleshooting, and multi-tasking contributes significantly to a superior Advisor experience.

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Jim Cannon

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jim Cannon

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Email: jcannon@dwaria.com | Phone: (480) 719-8090 | 

Jim’s entire career has involved working with and for independent financial advisors to improve their businesses. He has a broad and deep understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities that exist in the competitive, yet exhilarating world of advisor independence. Jim’s strong suit is foreseeing the evolution for independent advisors and assembling those business components necessary for individual advisors to achieve highly productive and efficient businesses while having full control of their destiny. Jim is a highly skilled and impactful executive with over 25 years of experience in managing and leading sales, service and operations of successful and growing advisory businesses. He has an extensive background in strategic planning, business development, relationship management, business combination/operational integration, and developing highly effective management teams and businesses. Jim served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG Financial Advisors, Inc. (now known as Sagepoint Financial, Inc.), which under his leadership grew to the 6th largest independent RIA and broker dealer in the U.S. with over 3,000 financial advisors generating in excess of $400 million of revenues. His team led the design and development of several innovative programs to build advisor support services, including education, technology and an industry leading employee-advisor model created to provide opportunities for financial advisors from wire houses and regional firms to enjoy true independence. He led and was also responsible for the design of the new advisory services business model which grew to service financial advisors overseeing in excess of $30 billion of U.S. based client assets.

During his 25 plus year financial services career, Jim also served as president and CEO of SunAmerica Securities, Sentra Securities Corporation, Spelman & Co, Inc. and American General Securities. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and passed the examinations for the Series 7, 24, 63, 65 and 66 licenses. He is a former member of the FINRA District Three Committee, is a member of the Financial Services Institute and actively participates in the Vistage CEO Organization. Jim enjoys snow skiing, hiking, reading, baseball and spending time with family.

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Jennifer DeGroat

Lead, Advisor Support Team

Jennifer DeGroat

Lead, Advisor Support Team

Jennifer DeGroat has been in the Financial Service Industry since 2011. With a broad range of experience in administrations and operations; she excels in communications, accuracy and building relationships, providing you with top rate support for your Advisory business.

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Eric Draughon

Director, Advisor Support Team

Eric Draughon

Director, Advisor Support Team

Eric’s background includes leading service & operations teams at Charles Schwab for over 5 years and serving as a senior business banker with Bank One.

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Amy Eagan

Billing & Reporting Specialist

Amy Eagan

Billing & Reporting Specialist

Amy manages billing and handles client reporting. With 10 years of industry experience, she previously served as Director of Operations and Client Service Manager for three RIA firms.

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Tanya Escobedo

Director, On-boarding Team

Tanya Escobedo

Director, On-boarding Team

With a financial service career starting in 1986, Tanya’s scope of experience, including client service, management, and as a financial advisor, provides a unique skill set and perspective when ushering new affiliates into the Dynamic family.

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Lucas Felbel

Trading and Portfolio Services Associate/Market Economist

Lucas Felbel

Trading and Portfolio Services Associate/Market Economist

Lucas performs trading and portfolio services at Dynamic. After a successful college hockey career at Arizona State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Lucas began his trading career with a Scottsdale prime broker. There, he worked with RIAs and hedge funds trading in equity, fixed income, options and other securities.

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Marisol Fung, CIMA®

Manager, Portfolio Services Team

Marisol Fung, CIMA®

Manager, Portfolio Services Team

Marisol has over 20 years of financial industry experience at major firms with focus in equity research, economic trends, estates/trusts, trading and operations.

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Fran Gillis

Managing Director, Retirement Plans

Fran Gillis

Managing Director, Retirement Plans

Email: fgillis@dwaria.com | Phone: 877-257-3840 ext610

With over 25 years of experience serving corporate retirement plan sponsors as well as individual investors, Fran coaches, and trains other financial advisors throughout the U.S. regarding retirement plan management issues and strategies. Fran offers an independent and objective assessment to advisors and their plan sponsor clients to facilitate the implementation and on-going enhancement of solutions to best serve their plan goals and objectives. He provides corporate retirement plan sponsors with comprehensive, simplified and cost competitive solutions which are designed to help save plan clients and their participants money and improve retirement outcomes. Fran also manages the development of practice programs for the firm’s retirement business and works with a select group of his own individual and retirement plan clients.

Fran is a Qualified Plan Financial Consultant with American Society of Pension Professionals. This ongoing training provides him technical knowledge and skills to solve Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries ERISA and DOL compliance issues. In addition to degrees in Finance and Economics from Regis University, Fran is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary™, Qualified Plan Financial Consultant and Professional Plan Consultant™. Fran is also accredited through Financial Service Standards, LLC, which formalized one of the most comprehensive 401k plan management programs available, dubbed the 401k Service Solution™ for Plan Sponsors, and is a Professional Plan Consultant™ accredited through Robert Morris University, giving sponsors access to the 401k Service Solution™ tools based on Fiduciary best practices.

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Heather Graham

Associate, Advisor Support Team

Heather Graham

Associate, Advisor Support Team

Heather brings direct wealth management service experience to her role at Dynamic. Working in a Scottsdale based wealth management practice, she was responsible for client account management, including implementations, service meeting administration, organizing marketing events and handling other direct client relationship requests.

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Erin Heffner

Director, Business Systems

Erin Heffner

Director, Business Systems

Erin specializes in the financial account data arena. She has over 11 years experience helping RIA’s to ensure accuracy and integrity of their information.

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Cherie Jolly

Chief Compliance Officer

Cherie Jolly

Chief Compliance Officer

Email: cherie.jolly@dwaria.com | Phone: (877) 257-3840 x720

Cherie Jolly is Chief Compliance Officer for Dynamic Wealth Advisors, an investment adviser servicing independent financial advisory practices and their clients through the U.S.

Cherie started her career in the securities industry in 1989 as a wire room operator for an investment company in Palo Alto, CA. She gained experience around securities transactions, fund wires, new accounts, client service and other related operational functions for broker-dealers. Over the next several years, Cherie held various positions, ranging from office manager and director of financial planning to new business director and head of operations and compliance. She has focused on compliance for the past 16 years.

Cherie has extensive expertise and passion about effective compliance programs. She’s served in senior and chief compliance officer roles for several broker-dealers and registered investment advisers. Cherie also had the opportunity to work within the investment divisions of large U.S. banks, where she served as chief compliance officer and in other senior compliance positions for their registered investment advisers and broker-dealers. She developed an expertise in creating, implementing and executing compliance programs, risk assessments, testing, and monitoring programs for broker-dealers, registered investment advisers and trust departments.

Cherie’s experience and working knowledge of broker-dealer and registered investment adviser operations provides her a strong understanding of the advisory business and how to effectively incorporate controls and systems to promote compliance and mitigate risk. Her operational experience also enables her to thoroughly evaluate potential risks and gaps, and propose solutions that are both compliant with regulatory requirements and satisfy the needs of the business.

Cherie has been a FINRA arbitrator since 2003 and is a frequent speaker at industry compliance meetings. She holds the Investment Advisor Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP) designation and passed the Series 7, 24 and 66 exams.

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Kayla Kingseed

Associate, Technical Support Team

Kayla Kingseed

Associate, Technical Support Team

Kayla started her career in financial services with Northwestern Mutual as a Financial Representative. With a strong financial mathematics education and attention to detail, she has experience working with clients and preparing financial plans.

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Craig Morningstar

Chief Operating Officer

Craig Morningstar

Chief Operating Officer

Email: craigmorningstar@dynamicwealthadvisors.com | Phone: (877) 257-3840 ext560 | 

Craig is Dynamic’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the development and execution of the firm’s advisory platform, service and investment management. He has industry experience at custodians, turn-key asset management providers and RIAs. Craig also has extensive experiences as a business owner, practice manager, wealth advisor, and business consultant.

Craig began his financial industry career in 1987 as 401k educator. Securities and insurance licensed since 1991, he brings a broad range of experience to Dynamic Wealth Advisors, including previous roles as a financial planner, institutional trader and trading manager, branch manager, RIA owner and operator, compliance and audit officer, and chief operating officer and president.

In addition to his financial industry experience, Craig is an accomplished public speaker, published author, guest columnist and community volunteer. His volunteer efforts have focused on business leadership associations, advising non-profit boards and coaching high school hockey.

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Erin Oldham

Associate, Advisor Support Team

Erin Oldham

Associate, Advisor Support Team

Erin has more than 10 years of industry experience, having worked for Scottrade and Stifel Financial Corporation in client and account service. She is focused on providing exceptional service to her team and advisors.

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Jim Palumbo

Principal & Chief Development Officer

Jim Palumbo

Principal & Chief Development Officer

Email: jim.palumbo@dynamicwealthadvisors.com | Phone: (877) 257-3840 | 

Jim Palumbo is Principal and Chief Development Officer of Dynamic Advisor Solutions. Prior to joining Dynamic, he was an advisor-client as chief executive officer of Oxford Asset Management. At Oxford, he grew the business from zero to more than $100 million assets. A veteran of the financial services industry, Jim has more than 25 years of experience, creating and managing organizations that create, grow and preserve wealth.

As a regular presenter at global broker dealer national and regional conferences, Jim’s speaking engagements focused on advanced tax planning strategies and recruiting, i.e., “10X Growth” for advisors. He is the recipient of multiple awards from American International Group, including Financial Advisor of the Year, Legion of Honor and Million Dollar Round Table. In addition, he is a four-time recipient of the Centurion Award and three-time recipient of Master Recruiter.

Jim attended Pinecrest Bible Training Center, now Bethany Bible Training Center, in Salisbury Center, New York, and taught history and economics at Logos University, Texas campus, where he found his calling in financial services. He is a founding member of Times Square Church in New York City and serves on the board of directors for World Radio Network, Inc. and World Challenge, Inc. Jim resides in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children. An avid fly fisherman, he enjoys any outdoor activity that involves boating. His motto: “Only as we help others succeed, do we succeed ourselves.”

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Mathew Weiss

Lead, Portfolio Services Team

Mathew Weiss

Lead, Portfolio Services Team

Mat brings over 8 years of industry experience, including custody, AML and margin responsibilities with Charles Schwab and operations manager and managed account roles with two brokerage firms.

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Mamie Winkelman-Pearson

Compliance Officer

Mamie Winkelman-Pearson

Compliance Officer

Mamie joined Dynamic with risk management and operations experience from an RIA from in Florida. She works with wealth managers on advertising and marketing, and supports testing of our Compliance Program.

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Kelly McCarthy

Associate, Advisor Support Team

Kelly McCarthy

Associate, Advisor Support Team

Kelly brings 10 years of industry experience supporting advisors, managing end-client requests, and working jointly within an IMO. Her diverse background provides the basis for delivering exceptional client engagement while meeting the client’s changing needs.>

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Urban Adams

Business Development Consultant

Urban Adams

Business Development Consultant

With industry experience at major firms and RIAs, Urban has over 15 years’ experience consulting to advisors and is a tremendous knowledge resource for advisors at Dynamic.

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Dan Solin

Strategic Advisor, Development & Marketing

Dan Solin

Strategic Advisor, Development & Marketing

Dan Solin is the founder and President of Solin Strategic, LLC and Evidence Based Advisor Marketing, LLC. These entities provide coaching, workshops, content, design and videos for websites, and original blog articles that can be white labeled on a subscription basis, exclusively to evidence-based advisors. Graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.