Securities America Announces Officer Promotions
Kirk Hulett, has been promoted to executive vice president of strategy and practice management. Hulett has been with Securities America 17 ½ years. He joined the firm as the director of human resources to establish the HR function inside the company. In 1998, he founded the firm's Practice Management Department. He also serves as the chief strategy officer, supporting senior leadership in formulating and executing Securities America's key corporate strategies.
Doreen Griffith, has been promoted to executive vice president. Griffith joined Securities America in 1999. As the chief information officer, Griffith led the team that developed the company's e*Office tools. Griffith also provides executive leadership to the Rep Relations Center, Administrative Services, Enterprise Project Management and Compensation Processing departments.
Kevin Miller, has been promoted to senior vice president. Miller began his tenure at Securities America in January 2000. He joined the company in the Compliance Department as a compliance examiner. He then made the move to the Legal Department as assistant general counsel, then deputy general counsel. In 2008, Miller became Securities America's chief compliance officer, overseeing broker-dealer and RIA compliance functions.
Leon Johnson, has been promoted to vice president of IS operations and technology support. Johnson first joined the company in 1995 as an operations non-brokerage processor. From the Operations Department he moved to the Information Services Department, where he was a computer operator, tech services analyst and IS team lead. He then transferred to the security team, where he held positions such as engineer, manager, director and then first vice president. Today, Johnson is the chief information security officer. He also leads the Rep Technology and Client Management teams, as well as the Information Systems Operations team.
Zach Parker, has been promoted to first vice president of annuities and insurance. Parker has worked at Securities America for six years. He started as a wealth planning specialist responsible for supporting advisors developing financial plans and income distribution strategies. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for oversight of all annuity, insurance and income distribution initiatives within the Wealth Management Department. In 2011, Securities America won the Thought Leadership award from the Retirement Industry Income Association for a paper Parker co-authored titled, "Capturing the Income Distribution Opportunity."
Craig Zimmerman, has been promoted to first vice president of operations. Zimmerman joined Securities America after 17 years in the financial services industry. He is responsible for the daily support and workflow for all Operations Department functions - account processing, maintenance, cashiering and fees, brokerage services and trading. Zimmerman is also involved with strategic operations initiatives focused on delivering the best possible advisor experience.
About Securities America
Headquartered in La Vista, Neb., Securities America Inc. is the nation's eighth largest independent broker-dealer (as ranked by Financial Planning magazine, June 2012, based on 2011 total revenue). For more than 25 years, Securities America's mission has been to foster the success of financial professionals so they can provide quality, objective counsel and services to their clients. Advisors benefit from the firm's industry-leading programs in practice management, advisory services and retirement income distribution, supported by state-of-the-art technology. Founded in 1993, Securities America Advisors Inc. is an SEC-Registered Investment Advisory firm that offers investment management, financial advice and financial planning through a national network of independent financial advisors. Securities America Financial Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE MKT: LTS). Securities America received the inaugural Thought Leadership Award from the Retirement Income Industry Association in March 2011. Additional information is available at www.securitiesamerica.com.