Aaron Klein - Thursday, April 21
CEO – RISKALYZE
He is the co-founder and CEO at Riskalyze, a financial technology company that provides software as a service to financial advisors across the United States. Aaron’s company is the creator of the Risk Number, an objective, quantitative measurement of an investor’s true risk tolerance and the risk in a portfolio.
Riskalyze serves tens of thousands of financial advisors through its platform of tools for analyzing investment risk, delivering 401(k) plans, and building and implementing investment portfolios.
Aaron has spoken at a multitude of conferences and events such as the Fearless Investing Summit, the T3 Advisor Conference, Tiburon CEO Summit, Wealth Management CEO Roundtable, the Benzinga Fintech Awards, DataDisrupt, Startup Grind, Lifesong Celebrate Life, and an untold number of conferences for wealth management enterprises such as TD Ameritrade, Pershing, Carson Wealth, SSG, United Planners, Founders Financial, Waddell & Reed—among many others.
Chad Hymas - Wednesday, April 20
Award-winning speaker and Author
He is a Certified Speaking Professional and speaks throughout the world on the subjects of mastering change, leadership, building teams, and providing excellent customer service. He speaks to companies, kids in schools at all grade levels, and families and individuals whose lives are being remodeled by their own events.
In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured him as “one of the hardest-working inspirational speakers” in the world.. He is the author of Soaring to New Heights and Doing What Must Be Done.
At the age of 27, he became a paraplegic when a 2,000-pound hay bale fell on him and shattered three vertebrae in his neck.
He is now a world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, he set a world record by wheeling his chair 513 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. He participates in other wheelchair athletic competitions, including rugby, snow skiing, and basketball. He officiates basketball games.
David DeVoe - Thursday, April 21
Founder and CEO of DeVoe and Company
Previously, he served as managing director of strategic business development at Charles Schwab Advisor Services. In this role, he developed and led Schwab’s Transition Planning platform, which provides comprehensive M&A and succession planning services to registered investment advisors.
DeVoe & Company was formed in 2011 to help wealth management companies run better businesses—and has supported hundreds of firms in consulting, investment banking and valuation engagements since launch.
David is a passionate advocate for the independent wealth management community.
JT Thorpe - Thursday, April 21
Senior Director Executive Consultant – Invesco Global Consulting
Currently, JT is responsible for representing Invesco Global Consulting’s personal and professional development programs to financial professionals across the Great Lakes and Southwest. His extensive knowledge as both a partner and a corporate coach has given advisors many advantageous insights.
JT joined Invesco when the firm combined with OppenheimerFunds in 2019. Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds in 2014, he worked at Team Performance Group LLC, as a partner and registered corporate coach. He began his career in the financial industry in 1981 as a financial professional with a small RIA clearing through Raymond James, and, in 1983, he was hired as an account executive at EF Hutton. From 1991 to 1995, he managed Shearson’s advisor training and development department in New York City, training 2,000 financial professionals each year.
CEO — Equity Armor
Previously, he served as the largest independent market maker at CBOE for LETCO Trading, and became LETCO’s most profitable independent trader within the Designated Primary Market-Maker group.
After Toronto Dominion Bank (TD) acquired LETCO in 2002, Luke launched TD’s U.S. Institutional Equity Derivatives desk for listed and OTC client orders and proprietary portfolio trading. The desk grew from zero volume to trading billions in notional value across US single names and indices. During this period, Luke traded with the largest overlay and volatility managers in North America. After leaving TD, Luke established a FSA approved, UK asset manager, Peachtree Asset Management, managing assets in the structured settlement space.
Rachel Wilson - Thursday, April 21
Managing Director & Head of Data Protection and Infrastructure Risk – Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Rachel joined Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in 2017 as Managing Director and Head of Cybersecurity where she is responsible for protecting the layers of cybersecurity of Wealth Management systems and the integrity and confidentiality of Firm and client data.
As a seasoned cybersecurity leader in financial services and the Defense Department, she advises the leadership of Wealth Management on numerous cybersecurity issues and drives innovation for new cybersecurity and authentication technology.
Rick VanDermyden - Thursday, April 21
Professional EOS Implementer – EOS Worldwide
After a period in corporate America, the passion to determine his own course took him back to his entrepreneurial roots. Opportunity in the real estate game began with sales, which led to leadership and then ownership. Leading five companies through the 2006-2009 real estate crash led to one spectacular failure, two saved after being on life support and two that weathered the storm relatively well. The lessons learned were both valuable and expensive. Implementing the franchise’s proprietary proven systems and models lead to doubling in agent count and sales volume in the next decade.
Transitioning into strictly an ownership position allowed him to pursue his passion of leadership development. Through his leadership consulting, he was introduced to “Traction” by a leadership client. This provided an operating system to help entrepreneurs implement models he had used for years.
Today, Rick helps entrepreneurs and their leadership teams solve root problems, lead more effectively and gain Traction™ in their business through a simple, proven operating system.
Susanne “Susie” McEuen - Thursday, April 21
Vice President, Strategic Markets Sales – Oak Street
As the Vice President of Strategic Markets of Oak Street Funding, Susie provides strategy and structure for RIAs and Independent Advisors looking to fuel growth. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise helps firms clear the pathway to expansion by utilizing capital for acquisition and succession planning.
Victor Hwang - Friday, April 22
Victor & Company
Few understand ecosystems and what makes them thrive like Victor. Acclaimed by The Atlantic as “America’s next guide”, he co-authored the bestseller, The Rainforest, which was awarded BOOK OF THE YEAR Gold Medal in Business & Economics (ForeWord Reviews) and is esteemed as “a big idea that defines a way of thinking.”
Alex Hsiao - Friday, April 22
Co-Chief Investment Officer – Sowell Management
Prior to joining Affinity, Alex was chief investment officer of Progress Investment Management Company. He oversaw and managed the firm’s entire multi asset platform of fund‐of‐funds strategies and institutional investor relationships across multiple asset classes such as global equity, fixed income, venture capital, and hedge funds. He also served as a member of the Management Committee and was chair of the Investment Committee at Progress. Previously, he served as chief investment officer for The California Endowment and was vice president of Bankers Trust Company in Hong Kong.
His early childhood was spent in Singapore and Taiwan. Alex earned an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. Alex and his wife Ann have two sons: Preston and Zachary. They also have a Maltese mix dog named Momo. Alex enjoys food and travel where he soaks up the culture through the food and nightlife. His favorite vacation spots are Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. Alex is most proud seeing his boys become adults and graduating from college.
Bill Sowell - Wednesday, April 20
CEO – Sowell Management
Bill is a bridge builder and world connector. He is passionate about helping advisors realize an independent and prosperous future by guiding them through the entire journey. He relishes being a part of a growing organization in an exciting industry.
Daryl Seaton - Thursday, April 21
President – Sowell Management
After a robust eight-year relationship, Daryl accepted an invitation in 2020 to join the Sowell Management team. As chief operating officer, his role as an integrator is taking the company to the next peak of growth. Daryl is central to the growth planning that remains focused on new horizons for advisors, varying the offerings, and integrated technologies.
Elyse Smith - Thursday, April 21
Managing Director of Advisor Support & Business Transitions – Sowell Management
She joined Sowell Management’s team in 2021 as managing director of Advisor Services and Business Transitions. She has 15 years’ experience in advisor and transition services, and relationship management and holds her 7, 63 and 24 licenses.
Elyse graduated from Binghamton University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She met her husband Allen at TD Ameritrade 10 years ago and they live in Fort Worth, Texas, with their goldendoodle, Barkley. Elyse is a huge NY Giants fan so NFL Sunday’s are a big deal at their house.
Erin Taylor - Thursday, April 21
Managing Director of Marketing & Communications – Sowell Management
Greg Lai - Friday, April 22
Co-Chief Investment Officer – Sowell Management
He has 30 years of experience with a variety of firms handling a wide range of clients building a well-earned reputation for his pragmatic quantitative approach to investment. Greg credits his experience as well as that of Affinity team members, who have worked through recent economic cycles of dynamic systemic change, as a primary benefit to clients today.
Greg’s industry experience includes lead portfolio manager and managing director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Van Kampen and Invesco, Ltd. heading the U.S. Active Equity team, and quantitative specialist and a portfolio manager of co-managed portfolios at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO).
He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UCLA and earned an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.