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Kelly L. Bauerle, MBA

SVP Strategic Accounts
Denver, CO
kbauerle@jamesalpha.com / (303) 220-3863

Kelly is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions with our partner firms.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors in 2011, Kelly spent a decade in various sales and management positions with Transamerica Capital, Old Mutual Investment Partners and American Express Financial Advisors.

Kelly holds her MBA from the University of Cincinnati and received her bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.

She currently holds her Series 7, 24, and 66 FINRA licenses.


Brenda O'Leary 

Senior Vice Presidenct 

boleary@jamesalpha.com / (310) 291-5034

Brenda is responsible for consultative sales of James Alpha’s alternative investment solutions to the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) Community.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, Brenda helped start a new RIA group at BNY Mellon, where she spent three years in a consultative sales role representing the firm’s investment boutiques on the west coast. Prior, she spent nine years at fixed income firm Payden & Rygel where she helped create and manage the firm’s RIA division. She also has experience working in institutional consulting with Asset Strategy Consulting, as well as working with private clients at Wells Fargo and Sanford Bernstein.

Brenda holds both an MBA in finance and a BS in business administration from the University of Southern California (USC). She currently holds FINRA series 3, 7, 63 and 65 licenses and is a CAIA level 2 candidate.


 

Kevin W. Campbell, MBA 

Regional Business Consultant
Denver, CO
kcampbell@jamesalpha.com / (480) 390-8400

Kevin is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions in Colorado, Arizona, Southern Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and Utah.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, Kevin worked in consultative sales roles with First American Funds, Lincoln Financial Distributors, Curian Capital, and The Hartford. He was also the Director of Latin American operations for Kimberly Clark Corporation prior to transitioning over to financial services in 2001.

Kevin holds his MBA from Thunderbird – The American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

He currently holds his FINRA series 7, 6, 63, and 65 licenses.


Dave Hunt, CIMA

Regional Business Consultant
Exton, PA
dhunt@jamesalpha.com / (484) 883-9986

Dave is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, and Maryland.

Dave has more than 25 years experience in the Asset Management Business. Prior to James Alpha Dave has held roles as Vice President/Regional Wholesaler for Dreyfus and AllianceBernstein covering all distribution channels in the Mid Atlantic territory. He has extensive capital markets knowledge and has partnered with financial advisors providing expertise in the areas of portfolio construction, business development, practice management, and wealth management concepts. Prior to wholesaling, Dave was a Financial Advisor for five years at Smith Barney.

Dave received his BA Economics/Business from the University of Pittsburgh.

He holds a series 7, 63, and 65 licenses and a CIMA designation.


Sigurd D. Johnsen

Senior Vice President
Charlotte, NC
sjohnsen@jamesalpha.com / (203) 981-8376

Sig is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions in North Carolina.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, Sig was a principal at Alpha Financial Technologies. He has more than thirty years experience in sales and marketing of financial products. He began his career with E.F. Hutton & Co. and became Southeast Regional Sales Manager. He also served as National Sales Manager for Rauscher, Perice, Refsnes in Dallas, TX. He has been involved in numerous other managerial capacities within the securities industry.

Sig received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from St. Andrews College. He is veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he was awarded three Purple Hearts and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Sig holds his Series 6 license.


Harry A. Johnson

Regional Business Consultant
Orono, MN
hjohnson@jamesalpha.com / (952) 857-9557

Harry is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions in Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

In 2016, Harry Johnson joined James Alpha Advisors as a Regional Business Consultant representing the James Alpha family of mutual funds. Mr. Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry specializing in third party retail distribution and his experience includes positions held as Financial Advisor, Wholesaler, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, and Director of Distribution. Harry’s previous employers include Advisors Asset Management, Riversource Distributors, Prudential Insurance Co., John Hancock, and AXA.

Harry graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York with a BA in Economics and Business. He lives in Orono, MN and has two children. Harry enjoys time with his family, sports/fitness, boating, travel, and reading when he is not working.


Steve Kurtz

Regional Business Consultant
San Diego, CA
skurtz@jamesalpha.com / (619) 889-5111

Steve is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions in Southern California and Hawaii.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, Steve spent more than 22 years working in a consultative sales role with The Hartford and Global Atlantic. Before beginning his career in financial services he was in sales and sales management at ADP, EDS, and GE Capital.

Steve received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

He currently holds his FINRA series 6 and 63 licenses.


Michael Pluemer, CFP®

SVP, National Sales Manager

Regional Business Consultant
Irving, TX
mpluemer@jamesalpha.com / (972) 740-1100

Mike is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, Mike spent a number of years consulting with asset managers regarding working with advisors in the most productive way possible. He specialized in finding solutions to advisors’ practice management and marketing issues, along with aiding in portfolio construction. Earlier in his career, Mike excelled in sales and sales management with such prominent firms as MFS, Van Kampen, First American, and Legg Mason.

Mike received his bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico.

He currently holds his FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses and is a Certified Financial Planner.


Cory Satlow

Regional Business Consultant
Santa Barbara, CA
csatlow@jamesalpha.com / (415) 314-5336

Cory Satlow is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada.

Cory brings more than a decade of experience in the Asset Management Industry building strong, authentic connections with advisors throughout the intermediary spectrum. prior to joining James Alpha, Cory has held roles as Regional Vice President for New York Life Investments Management/MainStay funds, SQN Capital Partners, Salient Partners, and The Hartford. He is known as an action-orient problem-solver with an advanced understanding of capital markets, asset allocation theory, and sophisticated investment solutions in areas including liquid alternatives, durable income, global exposure, and advanced diversification.

Cory Received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Santa Barbara.

He currently holds the FINRA Series 7,6, and 63 licenses.


John W. Vaughan, JD, CAIA, CPWA®, CFP®

Senior Portfolio Strategist

Regional Business Consultant
Belmont, MA
jvaughan@jamesalpha.com / (781) 697-0274

John is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha’s investment solutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, and New York.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, John was a portfolio strategist with Direxion Investments, acting as a strategic liaison for Direxion’s national sales distribution team and the portfolio managers.

With more than 25 years of experience building deep relationships with brokerage firms, bank, independent and RIA distribution channels, John has extensive capital markets knowledge across alternative and traditional investment strategies. Prior to Direxion, John held senior distribution positions at Salient Partners, Hatteras Funds, Eaton Vance as Managing Director of Alternative Investments and as a Financial Consultant with Fidelity Investments. John was also a practicing trial attorney with the Massachusetts Securities Division and Essex County District Attorney’s Office

John holds his Juris Doctorate from New England Law and received his bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College.

He currently holds his FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, 65 licenses as well as the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) and Chartered Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) designations.


Ron Witkowski

Regional Business Consultant
Wall, NJ
rwitkowski@jamesalpha.com / (732) 580-7232

Ron is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha's investment solutions throughout Northern New Jersey and Manhattan.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, Ron spent more than 25 years in sales management, beginning with PaineWebber/Mitchell Hutchins and culminating at the MetLife Broker-Dealer Group covering Affiliated and Independent Financial Advisors as a Regional Vice President for the Greater New York Area and National Sales Director. His focus was driving sales and revenue on a territory and national level through a combination of investment and protection solutions.

Ron received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fairfied University, is a graduate of the Insight Top Gun Program and also The Wharton Executive Leadership Excellence Program.

Ron holds his FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.


Ryan Whitesell

Regional Business Consultant
Columbus, OH
rwhitesell@jamesalpha.com / (773) 485-1445

Ryan is responsible for marketing and sales of James Alpha’s investment solutions in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining James Alpha Advisors, Ryan spent a decade with Deutsche Asset Management where he served as Regional Vice President across multiple territories and distribution channels. He forged strong relationships helping advisors enhance their value proposition by providing them education on, and solutions to, inefficiencies and dislocations impacting their clients’ portfolios. Ryan’s passion and sincerity for helping clients began at Morgan Stanley in 2000 where he spent 5 years as a financial advisor. This firsthand experience has given him a deep understanding and appreciation of the clients he serves today.

Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Ohio State University.

He currently holds his FINRA Series 7 and 63.