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Leadership

Alex McKenzie, President & CEO

As CEO of IFS Securities since 2007, Alex McKenzie provides strong supervision and guidance to a current network of over 100 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.

 

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.

 

Jervis Hough, Chief Compliance Officer

A former FINRA examiner who has performed numerous examinations of broker-dealers in various areas of the securities industry, Jervis Hough is well-qualified to serve as IFS’ Chief Compliance Officer.  

Hough’s compliance experience also encompasses regulatory research, process design/drafting of procedures, and compliance training.

His 13 years of experience in the securities business includes serving as CEO for Capital & Credit International;  SVP and Miami branch manager for Blaylock Beal Van, LLC; and assistant vice president with Bank of America Investment Services (Merrill Lynch), an E*Trade Financial, as well as being founder of Taurus Compliance Consulting, LLC.

A graduate of Clemson University with an MS and BS degree, Hough holds the Certified Securities Compliance Professional (CSCP) from the National Society of Compliance Professionals and maintains Series 7, 24, 53, 79, and 99 designations.

 

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 the board of directors of Adopt a Golden Atlanta.

 


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.

 

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.

 


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.