Alex McKenzie, President & CEO
As CEO of IFS Securities since 2007, Alex McKenzie provides strong supervision and guidance to a current network of over 140 registered representatives in 17 states and Puerto Rico.
Since beginning his career in 1993, he has offered an infinite amount of innovation, inspiration and management finesse to businesses such as The Rockville Centre, Delta Equities Services Corp., Morgan Wilshire Securities, Inc., Sovereign Equity Management, and a multi-million dollar branch of Vanguard Capital. From his position as a top investment producer to the president of one of the fastest growing broker/dealers in the Southeast, McKenzie also has a passion for his community. He is treasurer of the Atlanta Workforce Development Authority (AWDA) and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
McKenzie specializes in equity management and boasts an extensive knowledge of retail, wholesale advisory, and global capital markets. He holds Series 7, 24, 63, 66, 79 and 99 licenses.
J. Thomas Sadler, President of Retail and Chief Operations Officer
J. Thomas Sadler is an executive who brings over 17 years’ worth of experience in the Financial Service Industry, (Sales, Compliance, Management and Ownership), to IFS Securities. He possess an in-depth understanding of a wide range of investment products, which he utilizes to recruit, service, and retain, Investment Adviser and Registered Representatives. Sadler was previously Chief Compliance Officer and with his CCO duties, is also the Registered Options Principal for the firm.
Prior to joining IFS Securities, he was a registered associated member and Series 3 license holder with the National Futures Association and one of the principal officers at a branch of Vanguard Capital, where he oversaw a broad range of compliance-related functions. Sadler maintains a Series 4, 7, 24, and 63 license.
Janet Bentley-Ewers, Co-Chief Compliance Officer
As Co-Chief Compliance Officer, Janet Bentley-Ewers oversees the IFS Compliance Department with responsibility for company adherence to financial industry policies and reporting regulations. She plans and directs programs, policies, and practices to ensure that all business units' activities are in compliance with FINRA, MSRB, and SEC regulatory requirements. Her role encompasses overall supervision, organizational strategy and development of compliance goals to support company growth and keep the company in line with industry standards. She also approves policies and procedures developed within each product line for the firm while maintaining a comprehensive knowledge of the overall firm mission and industry changes.
Janet has been in the financial industry since 2003. Her previous role at IFS Securities was Vice President of Compliance, a role which she held for six years. Before joining IFS in 2011, Janet served as an investment team manager at Fidelity Investments; as a 401k/Retirement Specialist at Merrill Lynch; and as a Financial Advisor/Registered Rep at Edward Jones.
She holds Series 7, 9, 10, 63 and 66 licenses. Janet has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Masters degree of Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and is currently completing her doctoral studies in Business Administration at Columbia Southern University.
Bradley A. Fay, EVP, Chief Business Development Officer
With over 25 years of executive, senior management and business development experience in the securities industry, Brad Fay brings IFS the management skills and expertise to meet IFS’s growth objectives.
In the mid-1990’s Brad was a founding executive of a full-service firm that under his guidance grew from initially a producer group to over 1,100 advisors and roughly $200 million in revenue. From inception and throughout his over 10-year history Brad ran the firm’s business development and recruiting efforts while also serving as CFO, COO, the firm’s liaison to clearing firms and regulators, and acting as the reporting FINOP filing over 100 FOCUS reports. Subsequently, Fay was president of IBDSearch, a successful industry placement and recruiting company, until joining IFS.
Fay maintains Series 7, 24, 27, 53, and 63 licenses.
John Bliss, Director of Research
As Director of Research, John Bliss overseas the coverage universe of individual stocks at IFS. Working in the financial services industry since 2001, John is well versed in all areas of the markets, focusing particularly on the macro environment and its implications from a top-down perspective on investment decisions. Within this specific asset class, John specializes in municipal and corporate bonds looking for the opportunities that present themselves due to potential market inefficiencies. He has developed a series of valuable analytical tools to aid in evaluating the components of modern client portfolios looking at interest rate sensitivity and the most efficient risk versus reward implementation of these strategies.
Before joining IFS in October 2015, John was the Director of Research for a boutique investment firm in Atlanta catering to RIAs across the country. Prior to this role, he held similar roles within McDonald Investments and Register and Akers Investments in Atlanta.
John holds Series 7, 24, 63 , 86 and 87 licenses.
Juliann Kaiser, Director of Marketing
Juliann Kaiser handles marketing, public relations and branding for IFS Securities.
With more than 25 years experience in the industry, her background includes serving in PR and marketing leadership positions at financial services and employee benefit firms; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia; UnumProvident (where she was responsible for advertising, sales promotion and public relations for 62 brokerage branch offices in the U.S. and Canada); and at national PR agencies.
Juliann is a former national president of Women in Communications and Georgia Chapter president of the Public Relations Society of America. She is a member of Rotary Club of Buckhead.
Kenneth George, Financial & Operations Principal
Kenneth George serves as the firm’s Financial & Operations Principal through his firm FINOP Services, LLC. George has over 15 years of experience and specializes in providing Financial and Operations Principal services. He holds the Series 27 license. His associates Karen Gendron and Dan Beaton also assist IFS Securities clients.
George has extensive experience in net capital computations with respect to underwriting business, and he and his associates provide strong support to our firm and our clients.
Carlos Yearwood, Managing Director
With a strong financial and general management background, Carlos Yearwood serves as the firm’s managing director. Yearwood joined IFS in 2006 as a stockbroker and has experience in high volume sales, capital markets, exchange-traded funds distribution, service platforms and serving financial advisors through the intermediary channel. Prior to joining IFS, Yearwood was a loan officer with Ameriquest and was a professional arena football player with the Pensacola Barracudas.
Yearwood holds Series 7, 63, 99 and IB (Investment Banking) licenses.
Kenneth S. Walters, Managing Director, Private Wealth
Kenneth S. Walters began his career in private wealth management in 1996 with Merrill Lynch and quickly excelled to the top of his training class where he earned multiple accolades including Executive's Club, Winner's Circle, Coach/Mentor and the Certified Financial Manager designation.
His practice caters to high net worth households and businesses. Ken works with retirees, physicians, corporate executives, C-Suite management, and individuals in the film and entertainment industry.His holistic financial planning approach serves as the backbone of understanding his client needs/ wants to properly construct the investment portfolios to mitigate risk and achieve clients' financial goals.
Ken's passion to help and relate to other financial advisors is now directly related to his role as Managing Director, Private Wealth, as he helps build the IFS network of advisors.
Keith Wakefield, Head of Fixed Income
Keith Wakefield brings 15 years of experience in the financial industry to his position, with the last 12 years focused on fixed income trading and sales. His background includes operations, securitization, risk management and portfolio management.
Prior to IFS, he served as vice president, fixed income sales, at Cabrera Capital Markets and as assistant vice president for municipal derivatives at LaSalle Financial Services. Wakefield holds Series 7, 53 and 63 licenses.
Kristiaan Sheedy, Chief Technology Officer
Kristiaan Sheedy serves as the IFS resident quant. He currently oversees the development and design of cutting-edge technologies that allow IFS to optimize its use of resources and efficiently capitalize on the strengths of its teams. Since joining IFS at the beginning of 2017, Kristiaan has been an integral part of the operations, investment banking and investment advisory teams. His background includes data science, quantitative analysis, software development, process automation, risk management, optimization and algorithmic trading. He double-majored in finance and industrial engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He holds series 7, 66, 53, and 24 licenses.
Dan Weeks, Vice President & Head of Institutional Sales
Dan Weeks is responsible for trading municipal, corporate and agency bonds at IFS. In his 30 years in the securities industry, Weeks has been associated with large firms as well as small regional firms. His prior experience includes positions at Midsouth Capital, Inc., Interstate Securities and Prescott, Ball & Turben. He holds Series 7 and 63 licenses.