Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Our Leadership Team

Meet the people that make us successful. BDFS / IAC managing principals share over 170 years of combined experience. The firm has three majority owners and is an ESOP company. Our executive leadership team has amazing visionary leadership for the growth of our firm, our advisors and their clients. Our team takes pride in the ability to provide concierge-level service with one of the best advisor relations support teams in the industry.

BDFS has been located in the Des Moines area since 1979. Our strong community ties allow us to give back to local charities. Every member of our staff is encouraged to take the time, even during business hours, to volunteer in the community. In fact, in 2015, our employees volunteered for dozens of charities and nearly 3,000 hours of service.

 

Christina DeShaw - President & CEO, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Christina DeShaw
President & Chief Executive Officer

Christina DeShaw, President and CEO, has served in a leadership role with BDFS for many years, including serving as Chairman of the Board for the last three years.
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She brings over fifteen years of broad experience in the advice industry, and prior to joining BDFS she was with ING, now Voya Financial. Christina also continues as a voting member of the BDFS Board.
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Barbara Bennett - Chief Operating Officer, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Barbara Bennett
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer

As Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Barbara is responsible for the firm’s compliance department and operations.  Barbara has 30+ years of investment industry and legal and compliance experience.

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She has been responsible for recruiting, training and managing brokerage firm sales professionals and administrative personnel. Her experience includes operational and financial success of investment firms, developing product departments and strategic alliances, supervising sales practices, establishing marketing plans and managing regulatory and customer inquiries.

Ms. Bennett received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colorado Women’s College and her JD from Creighton University School of Law.
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Robert Sherwood - Chief Financial Officer, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Robert Sherwood
Chief Financial Officer

Rob Sherwood serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. and Investment Advisors Corp. He and his team are responsible for managing the firms’ financial statements, commissions, investment advisory billing, accounts payable/receivable, payroll, cash management and human resources.
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Prior to joining the firm, Rob served as Chief Financial Officer for HomeServices Mortgage and Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company over the past 11 years. During his years in the mortgage industry he helped streamline accounting processes, implement new systems, negotiate favorable contract terms and drive expense savings. Rob lead accounting and finance, capital markets, and information technology teams. Rob also spent 10 years of his career in Public Accounting and is a CPA primarily in financial services.
Rob received his bachelor of arts’s (BA) degree in Accounting from University of Northern Iowa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at University of Phoenix.
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Our Advisor Relations service team at Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. and Investment Advisors Corp. is made up of dedicated Relationship Managers for each of our distribution channels, Product Managers for each product line, Advisor Training and a team of experienced Operations Department professionals.

►   Resource Center

▼   Resource Center

Sue Knoll - Operations Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Sue Knoll
Business Management Consultant
Clearing Supervisor and Operations Specialist
sknoll@bdfs.com 

Amber Berginb - Training and Onboarding Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Amber Bergin
Onboarding and Training Specialist
abergin@bdfs.com 

 

►   Relationship Managers

▼   Relationship Managers

Todd Garrington - Relationship Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Todd Garrington
Independent
tgarrington@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6767

Cody Phelps - Mutual Funds Sales & Marketing Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Cody Phelps
Banks / Credit Unions
cphelps@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6717

Alec Nielsen - Business Management Consultant, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Alec Nielsen
Advisory
anielsen@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6742

Ryan Brooks - Relationship Manager and Sales Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Ryan Brooks
Proprietary / Employee
rbrooks@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6772

 

►   Product Managers

▼   Product Managers

Rob Hill - Sales & Marketing Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Rob Hill
Insurance & Annuities
rhill@bdfs.com 

Cody Phelps - Mutual Funds Sales & Marketing Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Cody Phelps
Mutual Funds & UITs
cphelps@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6717

Alec Nielsen - Business Management Consultant, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Alec Nielsen
Advisory
anielsen@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6742

 

►   Operations

▼   Operations

Bonnie Hageman - Sr. Operations Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Bonnie Hageman
Sr. Operations Specialist
bhageman@bdfs.com 

Sue Knoll - Operations Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Sue Knoll
Business Management Consultant
Clearing Supervisor and Operations Specialist
sknoll@bdfs.com 

Kristi Mignano - Operations Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Kristi Mignano
Operations Specialist
kmignano@bdfs.com 

Kirby Ommen - Operations Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Kirby Ommen
Operations Specialist
kommen@bdfs.com 

 

►   Compliance

▼   Compliance

Kathy Tynan - Business Management Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Kathy Tynan
Sr. Compliance Specialist
ktynan@bdfs.com 

Thomas Sherzan - Compliance and Legal Analyst , Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Thomas Sherzan
Compliance and Legal Analyst
tsherzan@bdfs.com 

 

►   Principal Review

▼   Principal Review

Kathy Tynan - Business Management Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Kathy Tynan
Sr. Compliance Specialist
ktynan@bdfs.com 

 

►   Licensing & Executive Support

▼   Licensing & Executive Support

Deb Smith - Registration and Licensing Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Deb Smith
Registration and Licensing Specialist
dsmith@bdfs.com 

 

►   Recruiting

▼   Recruiting

Cody Phelps - Mutual Funds Sales & Marketing Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Cody Phelps
VP-Business Development
cphelps@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6717

James Young - Recruiting Director, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

James Young
Recruiting Director
jyoung@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6708

Deanne Rowland - Human Resources Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Deanne Rowland
Human Resources Manager
drowland@bdfs.com 

 

►   Commissions

▼   Commissions

Heather Nesler - Lead Accounting Coordinator, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Heather Nesler
Lead Accounting Coordinator
hnesler@bdfs.com 

Jessica Pudenz - Senior Financial Analyst, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Jessica Pudenz
Senior Financial Analyst
jpudenz@bdfs.com 

Laura Remer - Operations Specialist, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Laura Remer
Commissions and Benefits Specialist
lremer@bdfs.com 

 

►   Advisory

▼   Advisory

Cody Phelps - Mutual Funds Sales & Marketing Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Cody Phelps
Banks / Credit Unions
cphelps@bdfs.com 
(515) 727-6717

Alec Nielsen - Business Management Consultant, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Alec Nielsen
Advisory
anielsen@bdfs.com 

 

►   Mutual Funds & UITs

▼   Mutual Funds & UITs

Cody Phelps - Mutual Funds Sales & Marketing Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Cody Phelps
Mutual Fund Product & Sales Mgr
cphelps@bdfs.com 

 

►   Insurance

▼   Insurance

Rob Hill - Sales & Marketing Manager, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Rob Hill
Sales & Marketing Manager
rhill@bdfs.com 

 

►   Executive Team

▼   Executive Team

Chritinia DeShaw - President & Chief Executive Officer, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Christina DeShaw
President & Chief Executive Officer
cdeshaw@bdfs.com 

Barbara Bennett - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer - Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Barbara Bennett
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
bbennett@bdfs.com 

Robert Sherwood - Chief Financial Officer - Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Robert Sherwood
Chief Financial Officer
rsherwood@bdfs.com 

 

►   Technology

▼   Technology

Brian Schwartz - Business Analyst & Registered Options Principal, Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. & Investment Advisors Corp.

Brian Schwartz
Business Analyst
bschwartz@bdfs.com 

 
 

Please contact us to learn more at (844) 468-5800 or join us. We welcome you to continue exploring the benefits of being affiliated with Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. and Investment Advisors Corp.
 


We are committed to providing our financial advisors with an exceptional partnership to ensure they have the support and resources needed to assist their clients in achieving their financial goals.

Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp.
Investment Advisors Corp.

140 South 68th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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