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Leadership


Dean Cook

Chief Executive Officer

Dean Cook

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cook is focused on the development and implementation of strategic initiatives designed to assist advisors in simplifying their business through service, technology, and product offering. Before becoming CEO in 2012, Dean directed the firm’s national marketing and sales operations since 2005. Through his experience as a Registered Representative, Investment Advisor Representative and External Wholesaler, Dean has taken pride in adding unique insights to advisors as they build profitable advisory firm.

Ryan Beach

President

Ryan Beach

President

As President of FTJ FundChoice, Mr. Beach is focused on making sure there is a united vision shared by the operations, technology, compliance, and other areas of the firm. Before becoming President of FTJ FundChoice, Ryan was the CEO of CLS Investments, LLC. Prior to his tenure at CLS, he was a practicing securities attorney, representing clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission. In his role, Ryan enjoys creating value for advisors and helping them free up their time to deliver better outcomes for their clients.

Gregory J. Rawlins

Chief Operating Officer

Gregory J. Rawlins

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Rawlins leads FTJ FundChoice’s Operations team. Gregory designs and implements business strategies while ensuring superior service levels to FTJ FundChoice platform users. Before joining FTJ FundChoice in 2012, Gregory spent 13 years leading teams in the financial services industry across diverse organizations, from proprietary fund companies to large global banks.

Gary Manguso

Vice President - Product Strategy

Gary Manguso

Vice President - Product Strategy

Mr. Manguso is the Vice President – Product Strategy at FTJ FundChoice and focuses on investment strategy development through increased advisor capabilities and consistency throughout their practices. Before becoming VP – Product Strategy in 2014, Gary led the sales and thought leadership efforts for a number of TAMPS. Since 1990, Gary has been an industry innovator, working with advisors to grow their businesses. Gary enjoys helping advisors provide their clients with an innovative and retention-based client experience.

Cory Kendall

Executive Vice President - Sales

Cory Kendall

Executive Vice President - Sales

Mr. Kendall is responsible for FTJ FundChoice’s business development team of 37 sales professionals. FTJ FundChoice’s sales teams’ goal is to help financial advisors build efficient and profitable advisory businesses, so Cory is always looking for innovative and strategic ways to expand our reach with existing and prospective advisors.

Cory has more than 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining FTJ FundChoice in 2008, he held various management and sales positions at Pacific Life, Allstate Financial and TD Ameritrade. Cory earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. He has also attained the FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses. He enjoys golfing, spending time with his family and coaching his son’s sports teams in his spare time. Cory is also on the board of directors of El Tunco Surf and Scholarship, a nonprofit that helps to improve the lives of impoverished children in the underprivileged communities of El Salvador and South Central Los Angeles.

Michelle St. Louis

VP, National Accounts

Michelle St. Louis

VP, National Accounts

Ms. St. Louis is the VP of National Accounts for FTJ FundChoice. She joined FTJ FundChoice as a Wholesaler in December of 2006 and has served in several sales roles over the years.  In her current role, Michelle is responsible for overseeing relationships with Independent Broker Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor relationships, including sales strategies and business development.  She has over 17 years of industry experience working with investment advisors, broker-dealers, third party strategists and other key clients.​​

Mike Zarren, BFA™

SVP, Institutional Business Development, National Accounts (NorthStar Financial Services Group)

Mike Zarren, BFA™

SVP, Institutional Business Development, National Accounts (NorthStar Financial Services Group)

Mike Zarren, Senior Vice President of Institutional Business Development, National Accounts, joined FTJ FundChoice in 2018. He is responsible for developing FTJ FundChoice’s institutional business, which focuses on broker-dealer, bank/trust, RIA, platform, and custodial partnerships. Additionally, he is responsible for enhancing and empowering growth for the firm’s strategic partnerships.

Prior to transiting over to FTJ FundChoice to take on this increased role, Mr. Zarren was SVP, National Accounts at CLS Investments. Previously, Mr. Zarren worked at Ceros Financial Services, LLC, where he was Director of Relationship Management, responsible for maintaining and growing relationships with hybrid advisors and RIAs. He was also a part of Ceros’ business development team and managed the on-boarding process for new advisor clients. Prior to that, Mr. Zarren served as middle office analyst for Rydex Investments.

Mr. Zarren is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, MD, and he began his financial industry career as a Fund Accountant at Rydex Investments. He currently holds his FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. He also holds the Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA™) designation.

Mr. Zarren resides in Brookeville, MD with his wife, Lauren, and their daughters, Hailey and Melanie.

Jeff Dunn

Director of Internal Sales

Jeff Dunn

Director of Internal Sales

Mr. Dunn is the Director of Internal Sales at FTJ FundChoice. He is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for FTJ FundChoice’s Internal Sales Department. He and the Internal Sales team strive to help advisors accomplish their strategic goals by offering world-class service and solutions to simplify their business. Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry and is passionate about helping advisors grow their business.  Prior to joining FTJ FundChoice, he was a top wholesaler at Prudential and New York Life. He has achieved the RICP, CMFC and CRPC designations, and has attained the Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses. Jeff is a Northern Kentucky native and a Kentucky Colonel.

Joseph Wethington

Director of Strategic Development

Joseph Wethington

Director of Strategic Development

As Director of Strategic Development for FTJ FundChoice, Mr. Wethington is focused on providing advisors an efficient and scalable means of executing their investment strategy whether that strategy is focused on a single client, or across their client base through our model management capabilities. He has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry including the last 11 with FTJ FundChoice.

Julie Jimenez

Director of Marketing

Julie Jimenez

Director of Marketing

As Director of Marketing at FTJ FundChoice, Ms. Jimenez is responsible for the firm’s marketing and communications strategy development, while maintaining a consistent corporate brand. She has been with FTJ FundChoice since 2010 and has managed the Marketing team since 2016. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Tennessee.

Chad Frommeyer

Director of Information Technology

Chad Frommeyer

Director of Information Technology

Mr. Frommeyer is the Director of Information Technology at FTJ FundChoice.  He maintains responsibilities over the software development team and infrastructure.  Chad has over 20 years of experience in software development across various industries, including finance.  The past 10 years have been spent with FTJ FundChoice growing the technology to provide world-class applications and systems. Chad graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science.

Mark Rosati

Director of Advisor Services

Mark Rosati

Director of Advisor Services

As Director of Operations and Advisor Services, Mark Rosati leads FTJ FundChoice’s Advisor Servicing teams in Hebron, Kentucky and Omaha, Nebraska. He oversees vendor support and operational strategies while ensuring superior service levels to FTJ FundChoice platform users. Before joining FTJ FundChoice in 2012, Mr. Rosati spent 12 years leading Operations, Compliance and Tax Reporting teams in the mutual fund transfer agency industry for both proprietary fund companies and large global banks.

Matt DeBord

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Mr. DeBord leads FTJ FundChoice’s Operations Teams in Hebron, KY and Omaha, NE.  Matt is responsible for oversight and quality of all processing functions, setting operational strategy, an managing custodial/vendor relationships.  Before joining FTJ FundChoice in 2017, Matt spent the previous 10 years at a large global investment bank in a variety of roles from Mutual Fund Administration, Hedge Fund and Private Equity Investor Servicing, AML/KYC Compliance, and Retirement Plan Operations.

Laurie Link

Director of Operations Support

Laurie Link is the Director of Operations Support at FTJ FundChoice. Ms. Link manages a team to provide quality control assurance, employee onboarding and training, and testing for new products. She has over 17 years of total financial industry experience and has been with FTJ FundChoice since 2011. Ms. Link has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Towson University.