Author: Rachel Bonner

17 Mar 2020

Ken Madsen

Chief Compliance Officer
(480) 778.2000

Scottsdale Office
7373 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-120
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(800) 687-3800  |  (480) 951-0079

Mr. Madsen has over 30 years of experience in senior level positions at financial services firms including as Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management Officer. Additionally, he was a member of management committees over large and mid-sized broker/dealers, investment advisers, and an insurance firm. He served on numerous regulatory committees and is well respected in the regulatory community. Mr. Madsen has been an arbitrator for FINRA for many years.

Mr. Madsen is the owner of Expert Securities Support LLC, which provides litigation support and expert witness testimony for securities-related arbitrations and court proceedings. Past roles include Chief Compliance Officer for Simply Money Advisors, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operations Officer for W&S Brokerage Services, head compliance officer for Western & Southern Life, Chief Compliance Officer for Capital Analysts, Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management Officer for Ameriprise and the Chief Compliance Officer for H&R Block Financial Advisors. For most of his career, he was the primary regulatory contact and was responsible for all regulatory exams, investigations, and inquiries.

Mr. Madsen obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Ken is happily married to his wife, Katie and has two sons, one daughter and a stepdaughter. In his spare time, he enjoys watching college football and basketball, investing, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family.

17 Mar 2020

Donald Trotter

Financial Advisor
(918) 906-1897

14135 Midway Road
Suite G-100
Addison, Texas 75001
(866) 380-8332  |  (214) 545-3300

Don has been in the business for 33 years and we are happy to have him join the firm. Don will be partnering up with Kenny Giager in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Don has done a lot of business in Life, Health and Long Term care in addition to being a Registered Representative. He has built his practice by doing workshops on financial planning and Social Security maximization.

A passion for Don has been working with youth in the community and the youth at his church for over 25 years. In addition to that, for the last year and a half he has been leading the men’s group at his church. He has been married for 33 years to his beautiful wife, Sue and they have lived in the Tulsa area most of their lives. Don has a daughter, two stepsons and two grandchildren.

19 Feb 2020

Kris Kjolberg

Scottsdale Office
7373 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-120
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(800) 687-3800  |  (480) 951-0079

Offering comprehensive solutions for advisor groups within a changing fiduciary landscape. A focus on understanding each advisor’s goals and align resources through various partners to help overcome specific hurtles within their practice on scalability, asset management, growth and efficiency.

I help advisors (1) Acquire Practices and (2) Building Ensemble Teams. I am also able to help provide capital for practice successions, acquisitions, mergers and debt restructuring through my relationship with various strategic partners.

Expertise in managing marketing of investments to financial services industry comprised of Wall Street brokerage firms, NASD regional firms, financial planners, insurance companies and registered investment advisors Positioned to drive business expansion strategy to achieve corporate growth objectives. Cultivate strategic partner relationships to gain entry into market ascertaining opportunities in targeted arena. Promote and communicate focused business and marketing methodologies based on long–term partnerships rather than short–term wins. Build proactive, industry–smart, empowered teams. Recognized for integrity, industry knowledge, and delivering results.

07 Jan 2020

Janet Baker, CFP®, CDFA™

Financial Advisor
(520) 777-2417

Tucson La Paloma
La Paloma Corporate Center
3573 E. Sunrise Drive, Suite 133
Tucson, AZ 85718
(866) 244-8700   (520) 777-2400

Janet Baker joined First Financial Equity Corporation in January 2020 with over 30 years of experience in financial management and financial planning. Originally from Canada, Janet graduated with honors from Queen’s University at Kingston Ontario. She is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), as well as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). Janet is also a trained mediator and is a member of the Collaborative Law Group of Southern Arizona.

Having owned and operated a successful small business, and having experienced the loss of loved ones unexpectedly, as well as a divorce, Janet knows firsthand the importance of financial planning and is passionately committed to educating and serving her clients. Her areas of expertise include budgeting, survivor needs, education funding, investing and asset allocation, tax management, retirement planning, estate planning, cross-border planning, and divorce financial planning.

Janet is on the Advisory Board for Divorce Recovery and is dedicated to providing emotional, educational support to members of the Tucson community whose families are going through divorce. Janet is a frequent speaker for the Pima County Bar and Arizona State Bar on financial issues as they relate to divorce.

When not in her office, Janet can be found on the golf course or traveling the globe in search of interesting places and things to photograph.

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10 Jun 2019

Mark DeBourg

Vice President – Investments
(406) 294-2808

Billings Office
Transwestern Plaza III
550 North 31st Street, Suite 500
Billings, MT 59101
(866) 637-8132  |  (406) 294-2808

After 20 years of consulting to financial advisors across the western US, Mark has joined Troy Bruce’s team at Peak Financial Management. As a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), Mark adds expertise in the areas of portfolio construction and maintenance as well as goals based financial planning.

Mark is a Montana native. He attended high school in Billings and college at the University of Montana. Mark, and his wife Kim, have 3 children. When not following the kids’ activities, Mark and Kim enjoy family, friends, and the various outdoor activities that Montana is known for.

17 May 2019

Daniel Malachowski

Financial Advisor
(417) 886-1111

Scottsdale Office
7373 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-120
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(800) 687-3800  |  (480) 951-0079

Dan brings over 20 years of experience dealing with complex financial plans for individuals and businesses to the team at Baron Financial Group, LLC. Dan is Series 7, 63, 66, and 24 licensed for securities as well as being licensed to sell life and health insurance-related products. 

One of the main philosophies that Baron Financial Group, LLC was built upon was helping others and Dan feels very strongly about making an effort to facilitate positive change in the community. He is an avid supporter of several local and national organizations and is a board member of Developmental Center of the Ozarks. 

Dan, a lifetime resident of Springfield, loves spending time with his daughters, Jillian, Ava, and Violet.

19 Feb 2019

Marty Ercoline III

Vice President – Investments
(480) 778-2057

Scottsdale Office
7373 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite D-120
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(800) 687-3800  |  (480) 951-0079

Marty began his professional career by serving in the U.S. Air Force for 9 years. He earned his B.S. in business administration while on active duty, and after departing the Air Force he earned his MBA at Southern Illinois University with an emphasis on Economics and Finance.

A majority of Marty’s business career was spent as a Principle  Business Consultant delivering enterprise-wide change programs for Fortune 50 global companies. His focus was repairing mergers and acquisitions that were not working as planned. Through his consulting roles, Marty developed keen insight to the inner workings of our global financial markets.

Marty started his family while stationed in Germany and has been happily married for over 34 years with his wife Abby. Their two grown children are doing well in creating their own families and careers.  Marty and Abby reside in Mesa, AZ with their two rescue dogs. They enjoy hiking, riding street bikes, and are avid wine collectors.