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Keynote Speaker

Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa and other theaters of war. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and building high performance teams to culture and organizational transformation. You can learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on Inc.com and Forbes.com.

He has also starred in several reality shows including NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes where he and Chris Kyle of America Sniper along with other special operations professionals were paired with celebrities to compete and raise money for charities like Wounded Warrior Project.

He is the author of TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change, which will be published by Simon & Schuster on Feb. 20, 2018. Between his experiences in the SEAL Teams and building award winning organizations that have topped the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies, Brent has become a business transformation expert. TakingPoint highlights his ten principle program all leaders and managers will need to lead change and achieve winning results in the twenty-first century business landscape.

Learn more about Brent at http://www.brentgleesonspeaker.com/

Speakers at the 2018 SSG Conference

Angie Herbers
Angie HerbersCEO
Angie Herbers is founder and CEO of Angie Herbers LLC, FourPointe Consulting and Beyond U Inc. She brings over 16 years of experience guiding financial advisors to long-term, scalable growth by creating and executing holistic growth strategies to manage the eight areas of practice management: leadership, corporate finance, client service, operations, management, human capital, sales and marketing. Herbers has consulted for more than 600 financial advisory firms and businesses ranging in size from $350,000 to over $100 million in revenue. Herbers is a columnist with Investment Advisor magazine, a blogger for ThinkAdvisor.com and a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Investment Advisor named Herbers one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People in the Advisory Industry” in 2007, 2013 and 2015. In 2017, Herbers created i love U too fund to give CFP® registered university program students scholarships.
Bob Veres
Bob VeresWriter
Bob Veres is editor and publisher of the Inside Information interactive guide to trends and innovations in the profession, and contributing editor and columnist for Financial Planning magazine. In addition, Mr. Veres co-produces the Insider’s Forum conference for independent financial advisory firms.
Sheryl Rowling
Sheryl RowlingCPA/PFS
Sheryl Rowling is principal of Rowling & Associates and head of rebalancing solutions for Morningstar.

In her Morningstar role, Sheryl focuses on tax-efficient portfolio management strategies for Morningstar’s Total Rebalance Expert (software that she designed and ultimately sold to Morningstar) and serves as a subject-matter expert on tax-efficient investing, portfolio rebalancing, and advisor practice management.

Rowling has nearly 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, leading Rowling & Associates, a fee-only wealth management firm. Focusing on holistic financial advice, Rowling & Associates provides integrated tax-efficient portfolio management designed to assist clients in reaching a worry-free future.

Geoffery Brown
Geoffery BrownCAE
Geoffrey E. Brown, CAE, is the chief executive officer of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). In this role, he is responsible for the association’s strategic direction, external relations, and ensuring its operational success.

He has worked in the association management industry since 2000. Prior to joining NAPFA 2013, Brown had been an account executive with Sentergroup, a Chicago-based management consultancy specializing in associations and other nonprofit organizations. . Prior to his time at Sentergroup, Brown served as an association manager for SmithBucklin Corp., the world’s largest association management company based in Chicago.

Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree in government & politics from the University of Maryland and his Certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University. He is a member of American Society of Association Executives and received his Certified Association Executive designation in (CAE) 2010. He is also a member of the Association Forum of Chicagoland.

Shannon Pike
Shannon PikeCFP
Shannon J. Pike, CFP®, currently serves on the Board of Directors as the 2018 National Chair ​for the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), the largest membership organization for CFP® professionals, and includes many others who support the financial planning process.

Pike is Vice President at Tanglewood Legacy Advisors, LLC in Houston, TX, an independent firm which develops unique private wealth planning as well as investment strategies and exit planning services to entrepreneurs, executives and private business owners – serving as the Family CFO. He has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Stacy Francis
Stacy FrancisCFP, CDFA, CES
Stacy Francis is the President and CEO of Francis Financial, Inc., a fee-only boutique Wealth Management, Financial Planning and Divorce Financial Planning firm dedicated to providing ongoing comprehensive advice for high-achieving women and couples in transition. Stacy has over 18 years of experience in the financial industry. She attended the New York University Center for Finance, Law and Taxation, where she completed the Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®) designation. Stacy is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) as well as a Certified Estate and Trust Specialist (CESTM). Stacy has mastered specialized training in the financial issues of divorce and is the Director of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners’ (ADFP) Greater New York Metro Chapter.

Stacy has received numerous industry awards, among them, Investment News 2016 Women to Watch, Financial Planning Association’s Heart of Financial Planning Award and Financial Planning Magazine’s Pro Bono Award. She was also listed as a national Money Hero by CNN Money Magazine and received the Women’s Choice Award for one of the best financial Advisors for women.

Christopher M. Niemczewski
Christopher M. NiemczewskiManaging Principal, Marshfield
Chris Niemczewski founded Marshfield in 1989. While in graduate school at Columbia, he was exposed to the Graham and Dodd school of security analysis and investing, an approach that has influenced his forty years in the investment field. In addition to formulating and guiding Marshfield’s core investment philosophy and discipline, he conducts research and focuses on long-term strategic firm planning. From 1981 to 1989, he was President of Justin Asset Management. Chris is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Development Committee of Martha’s Table, a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food, and family support for those in need. He is also a member of the Swarthmore College Investment Committee, and was Chair of that committee from 2009 through 2017.
Peggy Doviak
Peggy DoviakPh. D.
Peggy Doviak, Ph.D., CFP® founded D.M. Wealth Management, Inc., a financial planning and portfolio management firm in Norman, OK, in 2003. Peggy teaches for the College for Financial Planning, and she is a Financial Planning Association Knowledge Circle Host for “Theory in Practice.” She is also an Advocate for the Women in Finance initiative (WIN) by the CFP Board of Standards.
Ericka A. Subieta
Ericka A. SubietaVice President, NCS Regulatory Compliance
Erika A. Subieta is currently a vice president at NCS Regulatory Compliance. She provides strategic and regulatory advice pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, FINRA/NASD Rules, and other relevant regulations. Ms. Subieta has significant experience in investment adviser and broker-dealer formation and registration matters, business transitions and expansions, FINRA membership proceedings, as well as financial analysis and reporting for securities firms. Ms. Subieta has served as a guest lecturer both in the collegiate academic environment and at private sector compliance events. Ms. Subieta received her bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida and her law degree (Juris Doctorate) from South Texas College of Law.
Shawn Brayman
Shawn BraymanPresident & CEO, PlanPlus Inc.
Shawn Brayman is the founder and president of PlanPlus Inc., a private Canadian company that has specialized in providing investment planning and financial planning solutions to financial advisors more than 25 years.

Shawn has a B.Sc. in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a
Master’s Degree from York University focusing on Predictive Expert
Systems, a form of software technology commonly referred to as
“artificial intelligence.”

Shawn started working in the IT field in 1982 and in 1986 became
involved in the knowledge engineering and development of an early
financial planning expert system for a Canadian insurance company. In
1990 Shawn started PlanPlus Inc. and has been working in the financial
planning field ever since, delivering software, training and business
consulting services.

Timothy D. Welsh
Timothy D. WelshPresident, CEO and founder of Nexus Strategy, LLC.
Timothy D. Welsh, CFP ® is President, CEO and founder of Nexus Strategy, LLC, a leading consulting firm to the wealth management industry. Nexus Strategy’s primary focus is working with leading organizations to best market their products and services to the independent advisor community.

Tim is frequently quoted in the wealth management media on a wide range of
business management and industry topics. He is the author of a number of
industry white papers, a regular columnist for RIABiz, ThinkAdvisor, and wealthmanagement.com, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and events. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado’s
Leeds School of Business.

Tim holds the Certified Financial Planner, CFP ® designation and served as an
elected member of the Financial Planning Association’s National Board of
Directors.

Greg H. Friedman
Greg H. FriedmanCo-Founder & President of Private Ocean
Greg is co-founder and president of Private Ocean, one of the West Coast’s
leading wealth management firms. He’s also founder and president of Junxure, a practice improvement firm that integrates software, training and consulting to help advisors streamline operations, deliver exceptional client service and grow their practices intelligently.

Greg is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top financial advisors. In 2008,
Financial Planning Magazine named him to their elite list of “Movers and
Shakers.” In 2008 and 2009, Investment Advisor Magazine included Greg in its
list of Top 25 most influential financial advisors. He is one of a select few
advisors to be named in consecutive years. In 2008, Charles Schwab Institutional presented Greg’s previous firm, Friedman & Associates, with its prestigious IMPACT Award™ for “Best in Tech”. Most recently, Financial Planning honored Greg with one of its Influencer Awards, presented to six advisors “whose innovative ideas and wide-reaching work are forging new paths for the planning industry.”