Aaron Steinberg

Vice President, Strategic Business Development of E*Trade Advisor Services

Aaron Steinberg joined E*TRADE Advisor Services in 2010. As Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Aaron is responsible for working side by side with several of the top E*TRADE Advisor Services clients, helping them grow and streamline their business practices. Aaron started at E*TRADE Advisor Services as a relationship manager helping advisors in the day-to-day operations of their practice. Aaron excelled at building relationships and streamlining daily operations for clients, helping them to boost sales and operational efficiently.

Prior to serving as Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Aaron was the Vice President of National Sales, leading a team of RVP’s in their new business sales efforts. Aaron has also held roles as a business consultant, working with advisors and using a consultative approach to match advisors’ needs to E*TRADE Advisor Services’ offerings, as well as becoming an expert in E*TRADE Advisor Services technology, often demonstrating the platform’s capabilities to prospective and existing clients.

Prior to joining E*TRADE Advisor Services, Aaron helped run the retirement department at Great West Life, earning his Series 6 and 63 securities licenses. Aaron holds a journalism degree from the University of Arizona and a bachelor of science in journalism and mass communication from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Lyle K. Benson Jr., CPA/PFS, CFP®

President & Founder
L. K. Benson & Company

Lyle began his career in a local CPA firm, where he made partner and built their financial planning practice over a fifteen-year period. In 1994 he founded L.K. Benson & Company so that he could better serve his clients and address all their financial needs. He has a B.A. in Accounting from Loyola College in Maryland and a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of Baltimore. His professional designations include CPA, PFS and CFP.

As a leader in the financial planning and accounting professions, he has served in leadership roles of various professional organizations over the past 35 years and is the immediate past chairman of the AICPA PFP Division Executive Committee.

Lyle and his wife Ellen have two daughters, Michelle, a school administrator, and Jessie, a fitness entrepreneur, and a son, Chris, who works with him. He also has two granddaughters and a grandson who he loves to spend time with. He enjoys traveling, yoga, stand up paddle boarding and spending time at the beach.

Warren Thomas, CPA

Managing Member

Warren is the co-founder of JRW Investments, Inc. and a managing member of ExchangeRight Real Estate, LLC. Prior to forming the firm in 2003, Warren developed an extensive tax practice including estate planning, financial planning and real estate advisory services. Warren has over 30 years of experience as a CPA and has been an active commercial real estate investor for the past 20 years.

He graduated in 1978 from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration, specializing in Accounting. He also earned a master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 1993. Additionally, he maintains Series 6, 7, 22, 24, 39, 63, 66 and 79 Securities Licenses through Lighthouse Capital Group, LLC. Member FINRA/SiPC. Warren also maintains a California insurance, real estate, and CPA license.

Jason Stuck, CFA®

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager
Northern Capital

Jason is a Managing Director and a Senior Portfolio Manager with the firm. He advises investment advisers, money managers and other wealth management organizations on portfolio construction, portfolio rebalancing, security selection and risk management strategies. Jason advises clients on both taxable and tax‐exempt strategies including the corporate, government, mortgage‐backed and municipal market sectors.

Prior to joining Northern Capital, Jason was a Director at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. He was instrumental in developing the Performance Trust Analytics Group, a group focused on providing institutional level bond portfolios for investment advisors. Before joining Performance Trust, he worked as a Director in the Institutional Fixed Income group at BMO Capital Markets where he focused on advising investment advisers, money managers and depository institutions. Jason began his career as a multi‐sector equity analyst with Driehaus Capital Management, LLC where he was responsible for advising the firm's senior portfolio managers on funds totaling over $6 billion.

Jason received his Bachelors degree in Business & Economics from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois. He became a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder in 2003.

John Sheehan

Portfolio Manager
Osterweis Capital Management

John Sheehan graduated from Georgetown University (B.A. Economics). Mr. Sheehan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Prior to joining Osterweis Capital Management in 2018, Mr. Sheehan spent more than 20 years working at Citigroup, first as Managing Director responsible for Investment Grade Syndicate in New York City, where he advised issuers on accessing funding in the corporate bond market. Later at Citigroup, he was Managing Director in charge of West Coast Investment Grade Sales in San Francisco, where he covered several of the largest U.S. investment grade credit investors.

Mr. Sheehan’s experience integrates perspective on the mindset of large institutional bond issuers with perspective on the goals of institutional investors.

Mr. Sheehan is a Portfolio Manager for the total return fixed income strategy. He is also a Portfolio Manager for the flexible balanced strategy.

Venk Reddy

Portfolio Manager & Chief Investment Officer
Zeo Capital Advisors, LLC

Venk founded Zeo in 2009. Prior to Zeo, he was a co-founder of Laurel Ridge Asset Management, a $400m multi-strategy hedge fund, where he managed the credit, distressed and event-driven portfolios. In that role, Venk specialized in asset valuation and identifying opportunities at the intersection of quantitative and fundamental analysis. In addition to his portfolio and investment committee responsibilities, he managed both the credit and technology teams and built the infrastructure underlying the fund’s scalable risk and analysis systems.

Previously, Venk structured derivative products and was head of delta-one trading as a portfolio manager within Bank of America’s Equity Financial Products group (EFP). As one of the first traders hired, he was integrally involved in growing EFP from a startup operation to a business employing 215 people with annual revenues over $700m. Venk also managed investments in event-driven situations, convertible instruments and options at Pine River Capital Management and HBK Investments, where he started his career.

Venk earned a BA in Computer Science with Honors from Harvard University. He currently serves as a trustee for the Katherine Delmar Burke School with roles on the finance, audit and technology committees.

Anders Jones

Facet Wealth

Anders Jones is the co-founder and CEO of Facet Wealth, a financial services company focused on financial planning for the mass affluent. Since founding the company in 2016, Anders has set the strategy, recruited the team, and raised the capital to turn Facet into a meaningful player in the wealth management industry, including raising approximately $40M of venture capital from Warburg Pincus and Slow Ventures.

Anders is a technology industry veteran: in addition to his operating role at Facet, he is an active angel investor as a partner in Argyle Ventures. He has led investments in companies in fintech, adtech, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. In particular, he has focused on investing outside of Silicon Valley, with the thesis that innovation is everywhere. In this capacity, he is a huge proponent of the startup ecosystem in Baltimore, where Facet is headquartered.

Previously, he was on the early team of LiveRamp (NYSE: RAMP). He holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Ryan

Ryan Insurance Strategy Consultants (RISC)

An independent insurance broker since 1978, John is a Certified Financial Planner, NAPFA Resource Partner, Financial Planning Association (FPA) member, and the owner of the Colorado-based insurance firm of Ryan Insurance Strategy Consultants (RISC). John focuses primarily on life, disability, and long-term care insurance planning for highly compensated professionals and executives. John consults with financial advisors, attorneys, CPA's and their clients in addition to managing his own private insurance practice in Colorado.


John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has conducted extensive insurance training classes through the Life and Disability Insurance Training Councils at the University of Notre Dame, University of New Hampshire, and the University of New Orleans.


John’s insurance experience has led to a variety of speaking and teaching engagements throughout the country. He also has authored and participated in numerous industry-related articles for professional publications such as Kiplinger’s, Forbes, Broker World, NAPFA Advisor, Dow Jones Investment Advisor, The Physicians Personal Advisory, Northwest Physicians Magazine, Financial Planning Magazine, Money Magazine, Modern Maturity, Medical Economics, The Washington Post, AARP Magazine, Time Magazine, Consumer Reports, AICPA Journal, National Public Radio (NPR), and CNBC T.V.


John’s lecture series include: Recent Developments in the Disability Insurance Marketplace; Long-Term Care Insurance – Disability Insurance for Retirees; Life Insurance in the Estate Planning Process; Long-Term Care Insurance Plan Design Considerations; Choosing the Right Life, Disability, or Long-Term Care Insurance Policy for Your Clients; The Ten Most Common Mistakes in Life, Disability, Long-Term Care Insurance Planning; and How to Evaluate an Existing Cash Value Life Insurance Policy.

Alex Wingert

President Advisor Websites

Alex Wingert was appointed VP Product and Culture in June 2016, then President in June 2018 after several years of being the Customer Success Manager at Advisor Websites. As VP Product and Culture, he is not only responsible for all aspects of product development, he also paints the picture for the type of Culture that is unique to Advisor Websites.

As a graduate of SFU in 2010, Alex is now entering his 9th year in the software industry.

Robert Sofia

CEO & Co-Founder
Snappy Kraken

Robert Sofia is the CEO of Snappy Kraken, a marketing technology platform exclusively serving the financial industry. During the past decade, Robert has supported thousands of companies across the spectrum of financial services including solo advisers, ensembles, family offices, broker dealers, custodians, investment companies, insurance companies, and more.

Robert has received countless accolades for his work including winning fintech competitions, Wealth Management Industry Awards, and being honored on the INC 500, INC 5,000, Agency 100, and Best Places to Work In Financial Technology lists. He has authored two best-selling books and been published hundreds of times in publications including Forbes, INC Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, FOX Business, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Investment News, Financial Planning, Wealth Management, Journal of Financial Planning, ThinkAdvisor, and others.

Robert is an award-winning speaker who has delivered actionable keynotes for worldrenowned companies including Ford Motor, Adobe, TD Ameritrade, and Prudential.

Janki Patel

The Ensemble Practice LLC

Janki Patel is a creative problem solver with experience in project and change management and a penchant for rethinking workflows and optimizing for user experience.

Janki is Ensemble’s Associate Consultant. Her role includes working with clients on data analysis and benchmarking, assisting with strategic planning sessions, managing content for the G2 Leadership Institute and staying informed on both industry-specific and general management research and literature.

Before joining the team, Janki worked in management consulting at Accenture and recruitment at Facebook. She’s very excited to be at Ensemble because it allows her to employ creative problem solving and help clients transform their businesses every day while constantly learning. Janki is passionate about employee engagement and retention as well as providing and enabling clients to provide outstanding customer service.

She studied Economics and Spanish while at the Pennsylvania State University. When she’s not working, she loves exploring the Pacific Northwest one hike at a time, reading, traveling, photography and attempting to practice yoga.

Joel Bruckenstein

Writer, Speaker, Consultant & Conference Producer
T3 Conferences and Technology Hub

Freelance magazine writer, book author, virtual office consultant and fee-only financial advisor Joel P. Bruckenstein, CFP®, is the Publisher of Technology Tools for Today newsletter. He frequently contributes articles to other financial planning publications including Financial Planning magazine, Inside Information, the Journal of Financial Planning, NAPFA Advisor magazine and Financial Advisor magazine. Earlier in his career he was the Senior Technology Editor at www.MorningstarAdvisor.com.

Mr. Bruckenstein's practice management and technology books, co-authored with David Drucker -- Technology Tools for Today's High-Margin Practice (Bloomberg Financial Series, 2013) and Virtual Office Tools for a High-Margin Practice (Bloomberg Press, 2002) -- have garnered universal praise from industry experts. An additional book by Drucker and Bruckenstein which was published by National Underwriter Company in 2004, has also received good reviews.

In addition to his writing duties, Mr. Bruckenstein is a practicing financial planner. He is the President of Global Financial Advisors, Inc., a fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm located in Miramar, Florida. Mr. Bruckenstein is a CERTIFIED FINANICIAL PLANNER™ professional, a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC), and a Certified Fund Specialist (CFS). He is a former President of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of the Greater Hudson Valley and former Chair of the FPA Government Relations Tax Subcommittee. He is a member in good standing of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the premier organization of fee-only financial planners and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Bruckenstein's expert opinions have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Investment Advisor magazine, Investment News, Gannett newspapers, New York Daily News, Kiplinger's Retirement Report, Journal of Financial Planning and other publications.