Our Team

Forming Meaningful Relationships Wherever We Go

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Meet the KCD Team

With over 100 years of combined experience in the securities industry and 125 years in the business world, our in-house team blends the strengths of our diverse backgrounds to create the premier brokerage for representatives and investors. Forming strong relationships with our reps is important to us, knowing your professional goals and personal ambitions help us properly aid you in your compliance and licensing needs.

Joel Blumenschein

President & CEO

David Wilson

Chief Compliance Officer

Mark Berndt

Recruiter/Licensing & Registrations Coordinator

Cindi Giesler

Office Administrator

Robert Rivera

Compliance Officer

Ben “Barry” Stein

Assistant Compliance Officer
I finally found a brokerage that genuinely cares about the problems facing me and my clients. After 17 years with KCD, they remain just as committed as they were when we first met.
Ron | 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 earned his Master’s degree 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.