Speakers Cindy TaylorCo-HostFounder & Publisher of FintekNews View Bio × Cindy Taylor (Co-Host) Founder and Publisher of FintekNewsCindy Taylor is the Founder & Publisher of FintekNews, acquired by Charter Financial, the parent firm of Financial Advisor, in 2018. She has an extensive media management & hedge fund marketing background and has previously held executive positions at the Chicago Sun-Times, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine and FINalternatives. Ms. Taylor has also consulted with numerous other financial trade media & asset management firms. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and currently resides with her husband in Atlanta. Keith GreggCo-HostChairman and CEO, Chalice Financial Network View Bio × Keith Gregg (Co-Host) CEO, Chalice Financial NetworkKeith has three decades of executive leadership and financial services experience. He is Chairman and CEO of Chalice Wealth Partners, a San Diego-based Wealth Tech member benefit organization for independent wealth advisors that delivers a fully integrated suite of technology tools, products, and services through a single sign on shared services technology platform.Prior to founding Chalice Wealth Partners, he was President and CEO at Innovation Equity Partners, Capital Guardian Securities and First Allied Securities. Keith also served as the Senior Executive, National Sales Director of Wachovia Securities Financial Network (FINET, which was previously known as First Union Securities) where he was recruited to launch the first wirehouse independent broker dealer and Independent Business Owner network in 2002. While at FINET he led the company in recruiting in excess of 550 wirehouse advisors and generating $330 million in revenue in just under five years. Mr. Gregg is the author of Do Well by Doing Good: The Complete Guide to Charitable Remainder Trusts and is a certified planned giving specialist. Keith holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 65 registrations and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. He is the former Chairman of the Wealth Advisor Institute and membership committee for the Investment Management Consulting Association.Keith served honorably in the US Marine Corps and is a recipient of the Presidential Service Award from President Ronald Reagan for his loyal duty while aboard Marine One. Christopher GilesChief Information Officer, Chalice Financial Network View Bio × Christopher Giles Chief Information Officer, Chalice Financial NetworkChristopher brings experience and talents that range from technology strategy and development to operations to relationship management to Chalice Financial Network. Christopher has spent over 20 years at LPL Financial and Ameriprise in various technology and management roles. At LPL, he created a product management organization focused on conceptualization, construction, and commercialization of key advisor-facing technology capability domains with a particular focus on integrated business processes. Derek BrutonPresident, Chalice Financial Network View Bio × Derek Bruton President, Chalice Financial NetworkDerek Bruton is a Managing Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Chalice Wealth Partners. He also serves as the President of Chalice Wealth Advisors (RIA) and Chalice Capital Management (Broker/Dealer). Derek brings a unique combination of RIA, RIA custodian, and B/D experience to the advisors he serves at CWP.A proven strategic and sales leader in the financial services industry for 28 years, Derek has served in executive positions with leading RIA custodians such as Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and LPL Financial. He has led the recruiting of over 10,000 financial advisors in his career and has assisted with the strategy and growth of over 20,000 advisor businesses.Derek graduated from Stanford University and has completed executive business management coursework at Harvard University. He lives in San Diego, CA with his wife, Helen, and their two girls. Derek played collegiate basketball for Stanford and professional basketball in Japan. He has FINRA licenses 7,8, 24, and 63. He serves on the board of directors of the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation and is involved in other philanthropic efforts in the San Diego community. Keith WashingtonVP of Products for ProSites View Bio × Keith Washington VP of Products for ProSitesKeith has over 30 years of software product management and development experience. Keith has a degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and has led product transformations at many successful companies. Keith started in Product Management at Intuit’s TurboTax division where he led a transition to web-based tax software. Later, he became the VP of Product Management at EISI, a leading Financial Planning software company and most recently worked at Active Networks, the largest SaaS event management company in the world. Dave RutanCEO, ProSites View Bio × Dave Rutan CEO, ProSitesDave Rutan is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at ProSites. Prior to ProSites, Dave served as the CFO of Tiburon, Inc. and also served as both CEO and CFO of Cassidian Communications (formerly Plant/CML). Dave has extensive experience in financial planning/modeling and operational excellence. He has held roles of increasing responsibility and scope during the course of his career and has facilitated numerous mergers and acquisitions. Dave is a CPA and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. At ProSites, Dave is responsible for managing the financial strategy and operations of the Company and plays an integral role in managing ProSites’ growth in order to achieve its strategic goals. Eric RetzlaffManaging Director, Spring Hills Marketing View Bio × Eric Retzlaff Managing Director, Spring Hills MarketingEric has 30 years of experience distributing packaged investments in the securities markets. During that time, he has acted in many senior decision-making roles for some of the industries preeminent companies including:PIMCO– National Sales Manager and Head of sub-advisoryAXA Distributors– Chief Marketing OfficerLightstone Securities– President of broker dealer, Head of DistributionTransAmerica Capital– Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Financial OfficerThroughout his career Eric has demonstrated a strict adherence to building and selling financial solutions that are client centric and avail all participants an opportunity to participate in a positive experience that is balanced by the risks taken. A graduate of The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University, Eric lives in California. Rick DennenFounder, President & CEO, Oak Street Funding View Bio × Rick Dennen Founder, President & CEO, Oak Street FundingRick Dennen is President and CEO of First Commercial Finance, a division of First Financial Bank, which operates under the brands of Oak Street Funding and First Franchise Capital Corporation. As founder of Oak Street Funding, Rick led the specialty lending company from a business concept in 2003 to the nation’s top insurance lender. Since then Oak Street expanded its lending offerings to registered investment advisors (RIAs), certified public accountants (CPAs) and indirect auto finance companies. In addition, Oak Street offers third-party loan servicing to multinational bank portfolios and backup servicing to securitized portfolios. After Oak Street Funding was purchased by First Financial Bank in 2015, Rick took on the additional role of President of First Franchise Capital Corporation, a business providing commercial lending to restaurant franchisees. Through Rick’s leadership, First Commercial Finance has experienced exponential growth resulting in a portfolio that exceeds $1B.Before founding Oak Street, Rick was a partner in a venture capital firm serving various capacities for portfolio companies within the fund. He was also a Senior Manager at Deloitte serving public and private companies in the financial services and manufacturing industries.Rick earned both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He has authored and been featured in numerous articles in leading publications. Rick is an adjunct professor of venture capital and entrepreneurial finance at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has spoken at conferences, universities, seminars and other events. Susie McEuenVice President of Strategic Markets, Oak Street Funding View Bio × Susie McEuen Vice President of Strategic Markets, Oak Street FundingSusie brings to Oak Street Funding 30+ years of banking industry experience providing specialized lending to business owners. As a trusted advisor to hundreds of business owners during her career, Susie’s financial knowledge and expertise has helped those business owners grow their businesses into successful companies. Before joining Oak Street Funding, she was Vice President of Client Advancement at Renaissance Philanthropic Solutions Group (RenPSG). At RenPSG, Susie was a subject matter expert on Donor Advised Funds and worked directly with individual Financial Advisors, RIAs, Broker Dealers, and large financial institutions to implement Donor Advised Fund programs to facilitate charitable giving.Susie and her husband, Kevin, live in Carmel, Indiana and enjoy travel, golf, music concerts, and spending time with family. Kirsten PetrasDirector Strategic Markets, Oak Street Funding View Bio × Kirsten Petras Director Strategic Markets, Oak Street FundingKirsten Petras has a strong understanding of commercial financing for service industry professionals and lends her expertise to the funding of numerous complex, larger loans. Kirsten has worked in the financial services and mortgage industries since 1996. Her diverse background includes roles in sales management, loan advising and compliance, which has enabled her to gain extensive knowledge of the loan sales, underwriting and servicing process.Kirsten has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Marian University, and she has received several sales leadership awards throughout her career. She was recently named to the list of 2016 Elite Women by Insurance Business America magazine.