About KCD

Backing Independence with Comprehensive Support

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Dedicated to the Future

For the past two decades, KCD Financial has prioritized our representatives’ growth and independence while giving them the tools needed to succeed. As an independently-owned broker-dealer and registered investment advisor, we proudly serve independent financial planners nationwide.

As our growth continues, we aim to go above and beyond for our representatives. Whether you’re just starting your journey as an independent representative or have a wealth of experience, we meet you at your level.

Our Rep’s Average Tenure is Over 10 Years With Our Firm

Over 100 Combined Licensed Years of Back Office Experience

Over $500 Mm Assets Under Management

Our Values

At KCD, our standards permeate through everything we do. We’ve become the successful client-centric business we are today through core values by ensuring that we’re doing right by our representatives.


We believe that doing good business starts with a strong moral compass, so we make sure you receive the highest net payouts you’ve worked diligently for.


When you come to us with a fresh idea, “no” is not the first thing you’ll hear. KCD will help you do your business your way while complying with regulations.


We offer a suite of products similar to the large-scale broker-dealers, but with the personalized service you can expect from a small business.


Embrace new products, navigate FINRA compliance, and build up your book of business with the solidarity of KCD Financial to back you up.

Find A KCD Representative

We have the knowledge and tools necessary to support your goals, whether you’re an investor searching for your next fundraising venture or a representative looking to grow their business while maintaining independence.

  • Bayside, WI
  • Bowler, WI
  • Brookfield, WI
  • DePere, WI
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Sun City, AZ
  • Anaheim Hills, CA
  • Laguna Hills, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Broomfield, CO
  • Stratford, CT
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Tarpon Springs, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Rosewell, GA
  • Glenview, IL
  • Grayslake, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • Oakbrook Terrace, IL
  • Willowbrook, IL
  • Van Meter, IA
  • Columbia, MD
  • Hyannis, MA
  • Bingham Farms, MI
  • Jackson, MN
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • Rogers, MN
  • Sedalia, MO
  • Hicksville, NY
  • Stryker, OH
  • New Waterford, OH
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Frisco, TX
  • Shenandoah, TX
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Cheyenne, WY
By doing the research and providing new product opportunities, KCD has helped double my business. I can’t see how you could go wrong working with KCD Financial.
Chris | Representative From Minnesota

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Robert Rivera

Compliance Officer
Robert Rivera is the compliance officer that handles the daily business transactions for the firm. Rob serves as the Hilltop Securities Trading & Operations contact. He has been in the financial services industry since the mid 1990’s. He served as an engineer in the US Army and took Master’s degree courses in Business Administration from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI. This background allows Rob to bring a detailed and organized approach to this position. Rob joined the firm in February of 2019 and holds a series 7, 24 and 66 licenses.

Ben “Barry” Stein

Assistant Compliance Officer
Barry is an assistant compliance officer that helps handles daily business transitions and compliance reporting. His military and accounting background assist him well in is this compliance role. Barry started in the securities industry back in 1984 and ran his own broker dealer in the mid 1990’s. He has a wealth of knowledge that brings to the team having been licensed with series 3,4,8,27,& 55. Currently Barry holds the series 7, 24 & 63. Barry joined the firm in February of 2020.

Cindi Giesler

Office Administrator
Cindi Giesler coordinates our front desk operations with her customer service and administrative skills. Her friendly and professional manner helps set the tone for a positive experience for callers and visitors. Cindi’s experience includes over 35 years as an Administrative Assistant. She has been with KCD since December 2017.

Mark Berndt

Recruiter/Licensing & Registrations Coordinator
Mark Berndt joined KCD in January of 2017 as a member of the back office. He started in the financial services industry in 2000. Mark’s banking background, sales, and customer service experiences make him an approachable resource to representatives. His skills in recruiting and marketing make him an asset in a fluid environment. Mark graduated from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and holds the following securities registrations: Series 7 & 66.

David Wilson

Chief Compliance Officer
Dave has been licensed in the securities industry since 1988. As the Chief Compliance Officer, he serves KCD well overseeing regulation changes, product due diligence and handling inquires and customer complaints. His extensive background supports KCD reps with practice management, brokerage account problem-solving and service issues to ensure KCD Reps and clients are well taken care of. Dave holds the following securities registrations: Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65.

Joel Blumenschein

President & CEO
Joel received his first securities license in 1985. His experience in the securities industry range from start-up brokerage companies to national wire houses. Serving as President & CEO of KCD, he oversees the operations of the firm focusing on new business initiatives and broker relations. Joel graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and holds the following securities registrations: Series 4, 7, 24, 28,63, 65, 79, and 99. His background includes past Chairman of FINRA District 8 and serving as a former FINRA Advisory Board member.