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Welcoming the Next Generation of Representatives

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Run Your Business Your Way

As a KCD-backed representative, you can rest assured that we’ll help you make informed choices about your clients’ investments while you take home the proper compensation.

When you work with KCD, you’re working with a proud member of FINRA, MSRB, and SIPC. We know how to navigate the most complex of compliance regulations with ease and we’ll help you identify the best opportunities for growth — whether they be unique investments or services freedom.

No Proprietary Products

With a broad book of business, few limitations, and no proprietary products, we offer representatives the freedom to build a diverse investment portfolio to run their businesses.


When you partner with KCD, your commission-chasing days are over. Your compensation starts at dollar one, and we won’t push any preferred products onto you. We believe in high payouts based on high production, so instead of telling our representatives what to sell, we listen to them tell us what their clients need.

As an insurance-friendly broker-dealer, we guarantee you’ll get 100% of the income from all fixed insurance products, Medicare plans, and other insurance products.*


*Not including securities, variable annuities, and registered annuities.

No Monthly Fees

Maximize Your Profitability

No Tricks, Gimmicks, or Upcharges


To help you navigate FINRA and SEC qualifications, our dedicated compliance specialist is up-to-date on all federal and state compliance regulations and will remain a valuable resource to you while you represent KCD. We’ll make sure you’re meeting industry standards so you can get back to focusing on what’s important to you: your business.

Succession Planning

While it’s important to carefully plan your next steps in the business world, having a smart exit plan is invaluable. We offer tailored succession planning, pairing soon-to-retire representatives with nearby junior brokers to make sure their clients are properly taken care of.

We also offer emergency succession planning, where an agreement is set in place ahead of time to give our representatives peace of mind.

Reduce Role Vacancy

Retain Your Financial Assets

Preserve Brand Integrity


KCD uses comprehensive back-office technologies – such as our Reg BI Optimizer and SmartOffice CRM software to aid in practice management – that ensure accuracy and speed in processing your transactions while navigating through the red tape.


By providing our representatives with education tools designed for alternative investments, we’re able to give them everything they need to confidently operate their business. We also host an annual conference, bringing in vendors and tech experts to ensure security across all channels.

Vendor Product Information

Sales Training Support

CEU Courses and Credits

Nobody has to twist my arm to say a nice thing or two about the KCD team. They support their representatives, keep their business in good order, and help your business find a path to success.
Daniel | Representative from California

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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.