S2K Financial, a wholesale broker-dealer focused on distributing retail investor-focused financial products through Independent Broker-Dealer (IBD) and Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) firms, has added four news members to its sales team.
The new hires are Brendan McLaughlin, Regional Vice President, South Central region based in Texas; Kurt Gunderson, Vice President, North Central region, based in Minnesota; Felix Vera, Regional Sales Associate, based in New York City, and Michael Roman, National Accounts Wholesaler.
Steven L Kantor, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of S2K Financial, says: “The addition of these industry veterans to the S2K Financial team reinforces our commitment to wholesaling across product lines, as we create a fully supportive experience for IBDs, RIAs and their financial advisors. We’re delighted to welcome Brendan, Kurt, Felix and Mike as we transform the financial products space, starting with retail alternatives.”
The new hires closely follow the recent addition of other accomplished industry leaders, including Megan Smith as Director of National Accounts for S2K Financial, and David Fred, formerly the head of due diligence at Cetera Financial Group, the nation’s second largest network of independent financial advisors, as Senior Vice President of Due Diligence for S2K Servicing, an affiliate company of S2K Financial that provides an operations platform supporting the needs of institutional managers.
Brendan McLaughlin’s past experience includes business development, management, REITs, mutual funds and annuities. He most recently served as Regional Vice President for Lightstone Capital Markets. Kurt Gunderson has served as Vice President for several financial organizations, most recently in REIT sales with Lightstone Group. Felix Vera previously worked in sales, product training and management positions with Lightstone Capital and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Michael Roman most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Capital Markets for MCI Megatel Capital Investments, developing and organising capital raising strategies.
Kantor says: “Regulatory changes combined with heightened expectations among retail investors are driving increased demand from broker-dealers, RIA firms and their financial advisors for product-agnostic wholesaling services that encompass comprehensive support at each stage of the distribution process. The addition of these new team members strengthens our firm’s ability to serve as the primary change agent in attracting and distributing a new generation of higher quality investment solutions that place the retail investor’s best interests first and foremost.”