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Our Team

After over a decade of planning and preparation, Annex Wealth Management has established a way of doing business that promises the same warm, personal, one-on-one interaction to all clients. Using state-of-the art technology, analytics and review and an ever-growing staff of skilled professionals, Annex Wealth Management constantly seeks to confidently deliver the same full-service experience, wherever our offices are. Here are the members of our team every client can access.

Annex Wealth Management’s Executive Team

  • David Spano, CFP®
    David Spano, CFP®
    President, Chief Executive Officer
  • Mark Oswald
    Mark Oswald
    Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operations Officer
  • Derek V.W. Felske, CFA
    Derek V.W. Felske, CFA
    Chief Investment Officer
  • Mark Beck
    Mark Beck
    Director of Wealth Management Services
  • Melissa Case
    Melissa Case
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Greg Batiansila
    Greg Batiansila
    Director of Marketing
David Spano, CFP®
President, Chief Executive Officer

Dave Spano is the President and CEO of Annex Wealth Management.

As President and CEO, Dave provides and implements the vision for the entire firm. Dave’s focus on independent advice and complete financial solutions has been the vision behind the establishment and growth of one of the premier independent financial service organizations in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Under Dave’s direction, Annex Wealth Management® brings together high-quality, client-focused professionals from the investment advisory, retirement planning and estate planning fields to form a client service team prepared to meet the financial needs of a diverse client base.

Dave is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and has earned his Certified Financial Planner designation.

He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Financial Planning Association of Southern Wisconsin, where he has also served as President and Director of Government Relations. A prominent figure in the community, Dave is the President of the Italian Community Center, Festa Italiana, and The United Ethnic Festivals. Dave also serves on the boards of Summerfest and The Historic Third Ward. Dave previously served on the board of the Lakeshore State Park and Miller Park Stadium Board (2004-2008).

In his personal time, Dave is an avid muskie fisherman, and spending time up North with his wife Kim and their two children.

Mark Oswald
Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operations Officer

Mark Oswald is the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operations Officer at Annex Wealth Management.

As Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operations Officer, his responsibilities include the continuing development of all aspects of the firm, including regulatory oversight of all Annex Wealth Management® advisors, supervision of accounts and transactions, and compliance with US Securities & Exchange Commission and related securities rules and regulations.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Mark served as the Chief Compliance Officer for FINRA Member Firms, SII Investments, Inc. and Investment Centers of America Inc.

Mark holds FINRA registrations of General Securities Representative (Series-7), General Securities Sales Supervisor (Series-8), General Securities Principal (Series-24), Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series-63), and Uniform Investment Advisor Law (Series-65) with Annex Advisory Services.

Mark loves spending time with his wife and watching his children grow.

Derek V.W. Felske, CFA
Chief Investment Officer

Derek V.W. Felske is the Chief Investment Officer at Annex Wealth Management.

As the Chief Investment Officer, Derek is responsible for establishing investment policy and strategy, strategic and tactical asset allocation, active manager selection, and the development of Annex’s discretionary managed account portfolios. He chairs the Investment Policy Committee and interacts closely with the firm’s financial Advisors.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Derek served as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Strong Capital Management and Century Investments.

Derek graduated from Dartmouth with a BA in Economics, then earned his MBA in Finance and Accounting from Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and was nationally recognized as a “Category Kingpin” by the Wall Street Journal, and his fund was chosen as one of the “100 Best Mutual Funds to own in America.”

Derek is an avid golfer and a proud father of his two daughters.

Mark Beck
Director of Wealth Management Services

Mark Beck is the Director of Wealth Management Services at Annex Wealth Management, and the host of Annex Wealth Management’s weekly radio program, “The Annex Wealth Management Investment Show.”

As Director of Wealth Management Services, Mark oversees the client-facing activities of the Annex Wealth Management team. It’s his job to create and maintain elite service, motivate and inspire excellence, and encourage strong relationships with Annex Wealth Management clients.

Mark holds his BA in Business Administration and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. Mark enjoys snow and water skiing, mountain biking, and golf.

Melissa Case
Chief Financial Officer

Melissa Case is Chief Financial Officer at Annex Wealth Management.

As Chief Financial Officer, Melissa oversees and forecasts the company’s growth, as well as monitors its balance sheet, all while managing human resources. Melissa is focused on efficiency, timely and accurate financial reporting and assisting with the strategic growth plans at Annex.

Prior to joining Annex, Melissa served as Controller at a civil engineering firm.

She graduated from University of Indiana with a BS – Accounting, and received her MBA in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Melissa is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accounts, and was named CFO of the Year in 2011.

Melissa enjoys playing and coaching softball, and spending time with her children.

Greg Batiansila
Director of Marketing

Greg Batiansila is Director of Marketing at Annex Wealth Management.

As Director of Marketing, he leads marketing strategy and develops message and voice across multiple platforms, using metrics to ensure the brand is communicated effectively.

Greg earned his BA from Concordia University Wisconsin.

Before he worked at Annex Wealth Management, Greg worked in marketing at Edgenet.

Greg enjoys filmmaking, writing, and spending time with his family.

 

 

The Annex Wealth Management Team

  • Brandon Arps
    Brandon Arps
    Associate Wealth Manager
  • Jill Ackerman
    Jill Ackerman
    Client Service Manager
  • David G. Batten, CFP®, CIMA®, CRPS®
    David G. Batten, CFP®, CIMA®, CRPS®
    Wealth Management Specialist
  • Lori Beihoff
    Lori Beihoff
    Operations Specialist
  • Joann Bell
    Joann Bell
    Client Service Manager
  • Lee Ann Bittner
    Lee Ann Bittner
    Client Service Manager
  • John Clarence Bodden
    John Clarence Bodden
    Branch Director, Lake Country Office
  • Linda Bork
    Linda Bork
    Office Administrator
  • Amy Bremmer, MBA
    Amy Bremmer, MBA
    Client Service Manager
  • Kathy Croak
    Kathy Croak
    Client Service Manager
  • Al Dearing
    Al Dearing
    Financial Advisor
  • Brenda Doucas
    Brenda Doucas
    Operations Specialist
  • Michael Duffy
    Michael Duffy
    Registered Principal
  • Stephanie Emons
    Stephanie Emons
    Senior Client Service Manager
  • Chad Fawcett
    Chad Fawcett
    Wealth Manager
  • Susan Felton
    Susan Felton
    Client Service Manager
  • Jason Ganiere, CFP®
    Jason Ganiere, CFP®
    Wealth Manager
  • Robert Godfroy
    Robert Godfroy
    Financial Planner
  • Susan Gonzalez
    Susan Gonzalez
    Client Service Manager
  • William H. Haise
    William H. Haise
    Wealth Manager
  • Sandra Hanson
    Sandra Hanson
    Office Administrator
  • Jack Hauser
    Jack Hauser
    Financial Planning Specialist
  • Bob Immen
    Bob Immen
    Client Service Manager
  • Denis Johnson
    Denis Johnson
    Wealth Manager
  • Ron Johnson, CFP®
    Ron Johnson, CFP®
    Financial Planning Specialist
  • Sarah Johnson
    Sarah Johnson
    Client Service Manager
  • Katie Knurowski
    Katie Knurowski
    Client Service Manager
  • Rick Kula
    Rick Kula
    Wealth Manager
  • Cliff McWhorter
    Cliff McWhorter
    Financial Advisor
  • Courtney Mielke
    Courtney Mielke
    Client Service Associate
  • Matthew Morzy
    Matthew Morzy
    Associate Wealth Manager
  • Michael Murtos, CFP®
    Michael Murtos, CFP®
    Wealth Manager
  • Patrick Noble
    Patrick Noble
    Financial Planning Specialist
  • Patrick O’Halloran
    Patrick O’Halloran
    Financial Advisor
  • Tom Parks, AIF®, CRPS®
    Tom Parks, AIF®, CRPS®
    Director of Retirement Plan Services
  • Allie Peters
    Allie Peters
    Creative Designer
  • Deanne Phillips, CFP®, CDFA®
    Deanne Phillips, CFP®, CDFA®
    Director of Client Learning & Development
  • Stacy Plahmer
    Stacy Plahmer
    Operations Specialist
  • Amanda Ploetz
    Amanda Ploetz
    Client Service Manager
  • Ben Rejniak
    Ben Rejniak
    Financial Planning Specialist
  • Erin Rossman
    Erin Rossman
    Team Analytics Specialist
  • Kahrrin Russo
    Kahrrin Russo
    Senior Operations Specialist
  • Joe Schilz
    Joe Schilz
    Financial Advisor
  • Jeff Schouten, CFP®
    Jeff Schouten, CFP®
    Branch Director, Mequon Office
  • Andrea Schwenker
    Andrea Schwenker
    Client Service Manager
  • Jackie Sklenar
    Jackie Sklenar
    Wealth Management Specialist
  • Kim Skow
    Kim Skow
    Client Service Manager
  • John Sobiech
    John Sobiech
    Financial Advisor
  • Dean Strom
    Dean Strom
    Financial Advisor
  • Ken Symes
    Ken Symes
    Associate Branch Director
  • Robert P. Teofilo
    Robert P. Teofilo
    Registered Representative
  • Shannon Thurner
    Shannon Thurner
    Client Service Manager
  • Mike Venturini
    Mike Venturini
    Wealth Management Specialist
  • Chris Weber
    Chris Weber
    Wealth Management Specialist
  • Randy Winkler, CFP®
    Randy Winkler, CFP®
    Financial Planning Manager
Brandon Arps
Associate Wealth Manager

Brandon Aarps is an Associate Wealth Manager on Annex Wealth Management’s Savvy Team.

As an Associate Wealth Manager, Brandon works closely with Wealth Manager Rick Kula to assist clients in their financial planning needs.

Brandon earned his degree from St. Norbert’s College, and is FINRA series 7 and 66 registered and has obtained his life, health, accident and long-term care licenses.

Before he worked at Annex Wealth Management, Brandon worked for BMO Harris Financial Advisors, formally known as Marshall & Illsley Financial Advisors and Marshall & Illsley Bank.

Brandon enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with friends and family.

Jill Ackerman
Client Service Manager

Jill Ackermann is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management’s Lake Country Branch Office.

As a Client Service Manager, Jill serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Jill earned her BA from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in Business, Dance, and Education.

Before she worked at Annex Wealth Management, Jill worked as a Client Associate for a Managing Director/Investment Officer at Wells Fargo Advisors.

Jill loves to be outdoors, active in her community, and spending time with her family.

David G. Batten, CFP®, CIMA®, CRPS®
Wealth Management Specialist

David Batten is a Wealth Management Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Wealth Manager, Dave meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

David earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UW – Milwaukee and his MS – Management degree from Cardinal Stritch University. He holds a State of Wisconsin Life and Health Insurance license and has passed the General Securities Representative (Series 7), Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63), and Uniform Investment Advisers Law (Series 65) exams.

Before he worked at Annex Wealth Management, David was with M&I Wealth Management (now BMO Financial Group) and worked in the Personal Trust group, the Financial Advisory area and in Retirement Plan services.

David enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, and biking.

Lori Beihoff
Operations Specialist

Lori Beihoff is an Operations Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

Lori earned her Bachelor of Arts at Indiana University.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Lori worked in corporate retail focused on inventory management, training and marketing.

Lori enjoy spending time with her family, the great outdoors, and traveling.

Joann Bell
Client Service Manager

Joann Bell is a Client Service Manager in the Retirement Plan Services area at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Joann serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Joann worked with Wachovia Securities, Wells Fargo Advisors and Freedom Wealth Alliance.

Joann enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, and boating.

Lee Ann Bittner
Client Service Manager

Lee Ann Bittner is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Lee Ann serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Lee Ann worked in the mortgage banking industry.

Lee Ann enjoys spending time with her family and going to her cottage up north.

John Clarence Bodden
Branch Director, Lake Country Office

John Clarence Bodden is Branch Director at Annex Wealth Management’s Lake Country Branch Office.

As a Branch Director, John is responsible for the growth and stability of the Lake Country Branch. He oversees relationships forged at the branch and ensures every client is experiencing the Annex Wealth Management difference there.

Before Annex Wealth Management, John worked as an advisor and Registered Principal at American Express.

John has been named one of “Milwaukee Magazine’s FIVE STAR WEALTH MANAGERS”, a prestigious honor bestowed upon a select group of professionals after a rigorous research process.

John enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, and their children; coaching, and playing sports.

Linda Bork
Office Administrator

Linda Bork is an Office Administrator at Annex Wealth Management’s Lake Country Branch Office.

As an Office Administrator, Linda answers calls from current and potential clients, coordinates meetings, maintains client files and handles many administrative duties.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Linda worked for 35 years in the banking industry.

John enjoys running, golfing, and baking.

Amy Bremmer, MBA
Client Service Manager

Amy Bremmer is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Amy serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Amy worked at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, JP Morgan’s Private Wealth division in Milwaukee and Chicago and Global View Capital Advisors in Waukesha.

Amy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from UWM in 2006. In 2012 Amy graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Alverno College.

Amy enjoys SCUBA diving and is passionate about sharks and protecting the oceans.

Kathy Croak
Client Service Manager

Kathy Croak is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Kathy serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Kathy worked in the financial industry for over 20 years in banking and retirement plans.

Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, who is enrolled at University of Wisconsin.

Al Dearing
Financial Advisor

Al Dearing is a FINRA registered representative with over 30 years of experience in financial services. He has been a Registered Principal and past-President of Elmbrook Financial Services over the last 25 years.  Al’s responsibilities at Elmbrook have included the supervision and management of the firm’s daily operations in addition to advising his own personal clients.

Al has received both the 2010 and 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager award featured in Milwaukee Magazine. This award seeks to spotlight an elect group of representatives who are exceptional in both ability and commitment to client satisfaction. In identifying the award winners, a survey field including both clients and financial service professionals were asked to evaluate their advisors based on criteria such as; integrity, communication, customer service, knowledge/expertise, value and overall satisfaction. Less than five percent of Milwaukee area advisors were selected for this award.

Al and his wife Sandy are long time residents of Elm Grove, where they are active in their family and church life.

Brenda Doucas
Operations Specialist

Brenda Doucas is an Operations Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

Brenda earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Brenda worked in the Medical Services Industry and worked as a stay-at-home mom for her two daughters.

Brenda enjoy spending time her husband, cheering at her daughters’ sporting events and multiple outdoor recreational activities.

Michael Duffy
Registered Principal

Michael Duffy is a Registered Principal at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Registered Principal, Michael helps to ensure Annex is efficient, effective, and compliant with business policies, industry regulations and standards.

Since 2000, Michael has worked in the Financial Services Industry, joining Annex in 2010.

Michael graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and has passed the following FINRA qualification examinations: General Securities Principal (Series 24), General Securities Representative (Series 7), Futures Managed Funds (Series 31), and Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66). He is also Wisconsin Insurance Licensed in Life, Accident & Health.

Michael enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering, coaching and mentoring, participating in team sports and being outdoors.

Stephanie Emons
Senior Client Service Manager

Stephanie Emons is the Senior Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As Senior Client Service Manager, Stephanie executes multiple day-to-day administrative operations and is a primary point of contact for all of the team’s clients.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Stephanie served as a fundraising director and special event manager for several area non-profit organizations.

Stephanie enjoys serving on the West Allis/West Milwaukee School Board, is the PTA President at her son’s school, and is an avid sports fan.

Chad Fawcett
Wealth Manager

Chad Fawcett is a Wealth Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Wealth Manager, Chad meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Chad spent over 10 years working in the financial services industry. The majority of that time was spent with a large discount brokerage firm

Chad earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from UW- Eau Claire. Subsequently, he earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Marquette University.

Chad enjoys spending time around his kids, playing tennis, or spending time in Door County.

Susan Felton
Client Service Manager

Susan Felton is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Susan serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Susan worked as a stay-at-home-mom and before that, performed administrative operations at SysLogic, Inc., and Cap Gemini.

Susan enjoys cheering on her children’s various sports and activities, school, and church.

Jason Ganiere, CFP®
Wealth Manager

Jason Ganiere is a Wealth Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As Wealth Manager, Jason meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Jason served as a law enforcement officer.

Jason obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a Certificate in Financial Planning from Northwestern University.  Jason has passed the following FINRA exams: General Securities Representative (Series 7), Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination (Series 63), and Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination (Series 65).

Jason enjoys fishing, skiing and cheering on his daughters’ sporting events.

Robert Godfroy
Financial Planner

Robert Godfroy is a Financial Planner on Annex Wealth Management’s Financial Planning Team.

As a Financial Planner, Robert helps clients define and develop realistic plans designed to assist them in meeting their financial objectives – while keeping them on track and focused on their goals.  He also works internally with Advisors on financial planning concepts to create top of the line deliverables to our client base.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Robert worked in financial services in the Milwaukee area and before that worked in Civil Engineering.

Robert graduated from Iowa State University with a BSCE, and also has earned a FINRA Series 6/63, and is licensed in insurance for Wisconsin Life, Accident & Health.

Robert enjoys time with children and grandchildren, travel, and hiking.

Susan Gonzalez
Client Service Manager

Susan Gonzalez is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Susan serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Susan gained industry experience at BMO Harris Financial Advisors, formerly known as Marshall & Ilsley Financial Advisors.

Susan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her professional licenses include her Wisconsin Life and Health Insurance license, General Securities Representative registration (Series 7), Uniform Securities Agent State Law registration (Series 63) and Uniform Investment Adviser Law registration (Series 65).

When not volunteering, Susan enjoys reading, swimming and photography.

William H. Haise
Wealth Manager

William H. Haise is a Wealth Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As Wealth Manager, Bill meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before joining Annex Wealth Management in 2011, Bill spent over 40 years in the financial industry in key roles like registered representative and in management, including President of two different wealth management firms.

Bill is an avid golfer, an active member of North Hills Country Club, and a proud grandfather.

Sandra Hanson
Office Administrator

Sandra Hanson is an Office Administrator at Annex Wealth Management’s Mequon Branch Office.

As an Office Administrator, Sandy answers calls from current and potential clients, coordinates meetings, maintains client files and handles many administrative duties.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Sandy worked with a Financial Advisor specializing in 401(k) plans, and with an Advisor in the Commodity Trading arena.

Sandy finds much joy with her husband and family, and luxury camping near Wisconsin Dells.

Jack Hauser
Financial Planning Specialist

Jack is a Financial Planning Specialist in Annex Wealth Management’s Financial Planning Team.

As a Financial Planning Specialist, Jack works with the Financial Planning Team, employing leading-edge technology to help create a financial plan tailored to a client’s risk tolerance, needs, and expectations.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Jack worked in data analytics and marketing.

Jack graduated from University of Wisconsin with a degree in Personal Finance.

Jack is a lifelong Badger fan and enjoys spending time with family and friends in Door County.

Bob Immen
Client Service Manager

Bob Immen is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Bob serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Bob earned a Bachelor of Science in both Economics and Marketing from Marquette University.

Bob enjoys spending time with his family, camping, and Marquette basketball.

Denis Johnson
Wealth Manager

Denis Johnson is a Wealth Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As Wealth Manager, Denis meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Denis enjoyed a successful career as the Owner/President of American Financial Strategies, a retirement planning firm.

Denis holds Securities licenses 6, 7, 63, 65, and is licensed in Life and Variable products.  Denis has been rated in the top 25 producing mid-west region financial advisors for a prominent mutual fund company.

Denis enjoys singing on the praise team at church, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.

Ron Johnson, CFP®
Financial Planning Specialist

Ron is a Financial Planning Specialist for Annex Wealth Management’s Financial Planning Team.

As a Financial Planner, helps clients define and develop realistic plans designed to assist them in meeting their financial objectives – while keeping them on track and focused on their goals.  He also works internally with Advisors on financial planning concepts to create top of the line deliverables to our client base.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Ron worked with SJA Financial Advisory and spent 11 years with Park Bank.

Robert graduated from Marian University, and is a licensed Certified Financial Planner.

When he’s not with his wife Christine raising their two young children, Ron can be found wandering the fairways of Milwaukee’s many golf courses.

Sarah Johnson
Client Service Manager

Sarah Johnson is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management’s Appleton Branch Office.

As a Client Service Manager, Sarah serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Sarah worked as the Branch Office Administrator for a successful retirement planning firm and owned a business, Professional Trust Funding.

Sarah has her life insurance license, Associate Customer Service (ACS) and Associate Life Health Claims (ALHC) certifications.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys serving in her church, going for long walks, and snowmobiling.

Katie Knurowski
Client Service Manager

Katie Knurowski is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Sarah serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

In her free time, Katie loves spending time at family sporting activities, attending Brewer games, and the occasional round of golf.

Rick Kula
Wealth Manager

Rick Kula is a Wealth Manager on Annex Wealth Management’s Savvy Team.

As Wealth Manager, Rick meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Rick has worked in the financial services industry since 2003.

A graduate of Carthage College, Rick is FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 registered, and he also holds his life, health, and long-term care insurance licenses.

Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and is an avid fan of his favorite sports teams.

Cliff McWhorter
Financial Advisor

Cliff began his financial services career as a life insurance agent with Transamerica Occidental Life in 1988. He moved on to Aetna in 1991 and continued to help service clients with life, health, disability needs insurance issues but also began laying the groundwork to become an investment professional. In 1997, Cliff became an independent broker servicing clients with insurance and investment needs and has continued to develop expertise in many different areas of the financial industry. Cliff is now proud to be a member of Annex Wealth Management LLC.

Cliff is committed to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in his relationships with clients. The ultimate goal is to find suitable solutions to each financial issue that a client may encounter and solve those issues with the client’s best interests in mind. Cliff’s most important goal is to establish an ongoing relationship with his clients through customer service, problem solving, staying in touch and monitoring plans that have been established. The focus of his business is financial and investment planning but his insurance background continues to be a great value to clients with insurance needs and particularly health insurance as laws change in this country.

Cliff has a double major in Accounting and Business Administration from Illinois State University. In addition to his insurance license, Cliff has also successfully passed the Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63), General Securities Representative (Series 7), and the Uniform Investment Advisor’s Law (Series 65) exams.

Cliff lives in Arlington Heights, IL and is very happy to be a grandfather. He enjoys most sports and continues as a director in the Northern Illinois Girls Feeder Basketball Association.

Courtney Mielke
Client Service Associate

Courtney Mielke is a Client Service Associate at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Associate, assists all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Courtney worked in the customer service industry for eight years.

Courtney obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Courtney loves spending time with family, attending sporting events, and traveling.

Matthew Morzy
Associate Wealth Manager

Matthew Morzy is an Associate Wealth Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As an Associate Wealth Manager, Matt works closely with Director of Wealth Management Services Mark Beck and Wealth Manager Jackie Sklenar to assist clients in their financial planning needs.

Matthew has over ten years of experience in the industry working with clients and attending to their financial goals.   He has spent the majority of that time helping to educate investors on the financial markets and how to best plan for the future.

Matthew graduated in 2005 from Carroll University and holds an MBA from Marquette University. He holds the series 7, 24, 63 and 66 securities licenses and is currently studying for the Certified Financial Planner® designation.

Matthew lives in Waukesha, WI with his wife Abbie and their son Levi.

Michael Murtos, CFP®
Wealth Manager

Mike Murtos is a Wealth Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As Wealth Manager, Mike meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Mike spent 17 years at M&I Financial Advisors and 5 years at an independent advisory and financial planning firm.

Mike graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Business Administration in Finance. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation and passed the General Securities Representative (Series 7), Uniform Combined State Law (Series 66) and Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63) exams. He also holds State of Wisconsin Life and Health insurance licenses.

Mike enjoys golf, running and watching and volunteering for his kid’s hockey and soccer teams.

Patrick Noble
Financial Planning Specialist

Patrick Noble is a Financial Planning Specialist in Annex Wealth Management’s Financial Planning Team.

As a Financial Planning Specialist, Patrick works with the Financial Planning Team, employing leading-edge technology to help create a financial plan tailored to a client’s risk tolerance, needs, and expectations.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Patrick worked for over 15 years in the financial services and investment industry.

Patrick graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a degree in Behavioral Science.

Patrick and his wife are busy with their two sons, and he and his family are patrons of the arts in Milwaukee, particularly the Milwaukee Ballet.

Patrick O’Halloran
Financial Advisor

A native of Milwaukee, WI, Patrick has been an independent financial advisor assisting clients since 1991, specializing in the areas of retirement planning, creative income strategies, money management and estate planning.

Patrick has established key relationships throughout the financial services industry, which keeps him abreast of current trends and products.

Thorough fact-finding, communication, and personal attention are cornerstones for Patrick in helping clients focus on the “big picture” and implement solutions to help achieve their financial goals.

Patrick is a graduate of Life Underwriters Training Council and attends ongoing continuing education courses. He has passed the following FINRA exams: Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Limited Representative (Series 6), Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination (Series 63), and Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination (Series 65). Patrick is also life insurance licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Arizona.

Patrick enjoys working with people from different backgrounds. His interests away from work include exploring world cultures, travel, outdoor activities and sports.  He particularly enjoys basketball, where he was a member of the John Marshall High School, Milwaukee City Conference championship team.

Tom Parks, AIF®, CRPS®
Director of Retirement Plan Services

Tom Parks is the Director of Retirement Plan Services at Annex Wealth Management.

As Director of Retirement Plan Services, Tom

Before Annex Wealth Management, Tom spent two years as a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador.  His professional career started at the M&I Trust Company where he educated both English and Spanish-speaking plan participants on the importance of preparing for retirement.

Tom graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in philosophy and economics, and holds both the AIF® CRPS® certifications.

Tom and his family are involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors and Tom is actively engaged in civic affairs.

Allie Peters
Creative Designer

Allie Peters is a Creative Designer at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Creative Designer, Allie creates and contributes to the vast array of marketing and promotional materials created every day at Annex.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Allie was a free-lance artist.

Outside of work, Allie enjoys building her personal art portfolio and spending quality time with friends and family.

Deanne Phillips, CFP®, CDFA®
Director of Client Learning & Development

Deanne Phillips is Director of Client Learning and Development at Annex Wealth Management.

As Director of Client Learning and Development, Deanne has input on engaging Annex Wealth Management’s clients and prospective clients. She also meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Deanne worked in holistic wealth management, most recently serving as Director of Investments for BMO Private Bank in Milwaukee.

Deanne holds a Bachelor’s degree from NYU, and has earned her CFP® designation.

An avid gardener, Deanne loves travelling, British history, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Stacy Plahmer
Operations Specialist

Stacy Plahmer is an Operations Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Stacy worked at BMO Harris Bank, Robert Baird & Co., Kohl’s Corporation and U.S. Bank.

Stacy and her husband fill their life raising their three children, and spending time with friends and family.

Amanda Ploetz
Client Service Manager

Amanda Ploetz is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Amanda serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before working as a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management, Amanda served as an Operations Specialist with Annex.

Amanda loves spending time with family, her friends, and exploring all Milwaukee has to offer.

Ben Rejniak
Financial Planning Specialist

Ben is a Financial Planning Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Financial Planning Specialist, Ben works with the Financial Planning Team, employing leading-edge technology to help create a financial plan tailored to a client’s risk tolerance, needs, and expectations.

Ben graduated from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

While not at work, Ben spends his time staying active, spending time with friends and family.

Erin Rossman
Team Analytics Specialist

Erin Rossman is a Team Analytics Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Team Analytics Specialist, Erin curates, sorts and analyzes data for use in team management, guidance, and trend development.

Erin Rossman joined Annex Wealth Management in January of 2013.  She serves as a Team Analytics Specialist for the all of Annex Wealth Management.

Before joining Annex Wealth Management, Erin worked on the Intermediary Client Services team at Artisan Partners Limited Partnership.

Erin graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a degree in Communicative Arts, focusing on Marketing and Spanish.

In her spare time, Erin enjoys experiencing the great outdoors and attending concerts.

Kahrrin Russo
Senior Operations Specialist

Kahrrin Russo is a Senior Operations Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Senior Operations Specialist, Kahrrin

Before Annex Wealth Management, Kahrrin led the operations department of another financial company in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Kahrrin attended both Carroll University and University of Phoenix and received her Bachelors in Business Management.

Kahrrin and her husband have a daughter and they love catching a baseball game or just spending time with her family.

Joe Schilz
Financial Advisor

Joe Schilz, CPA is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.  Joe has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1987.  He has owned his own CPA firm since that time, employing a staff of eight and providing tax and accounting services to more than 350 business and 2000 individual clients.

Joe began working in the financial services industry in 1997, and has been registered with Annex Wealth Management since 2006. During that time he has been recognized as a two-time winner of the Five Star Professional Wealth Manager award as it appears in Milwaukee Magazine.

Prior to joining Annex, Mr. Schilz served as a Field Auditor for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for four years.

Joe enjoys sports and fishing in his spare time.  He and his wife, Jackie, have three daughters and reside in Muskego.

Jeff Schouten, CFP®
Branch Director, Mequon Office

Jeff Schouten is Branch Director at Annex Wealth Management’s Mequon Branch Office.

As a Branch Director, Jeff is responsible for the growth and stability of the Mequon Branch. He oversees relationships forged at the branch and ensures every client is experiencing the Annex Wealth Management difference there.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Jeff held key management positions within MillerCoors.

Jeff holds an MBA and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Jeff enjoys being a Packer Owner, and is involved in the local music scene, as well as an avid bicycler.

Andrea Schwenker
Client Service Manager

Andrea Schwenker is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Andrea serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Andrea worked as an annuity specialist for Northwestern Mutual.

Susan obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

A former collegiate gymnast, Andrea loves coaching gymnastics, time with her family, and attending sporting events with her husband.

Jackie Sklenar
Wealth Management Specialist

Jackie Sklenar is a Wealth Management Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

As Wealth Manager, Jackie meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Jackie held Officer/Vice President positions at BancMutual Financial, Northwestern Mutual Investment Services and Robert W. Baird & Co.

Jackie is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a degree in finance, and holds the State of Wisconsin Life and Health Insurance Licenses, as well as FINRA registrations of General Securities Representative (Series-7) and Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series-63).

Jackie enjoys family time, the outdoors and golfing.

Kim Skow
Client Service Manager

Kim Skow is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Kim serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Kim worked as a Wealth Analyst at BMO Private Bank.

Kim graduated from University of Wisconsin with a degree in Behavioral Science and Law.

Kim spends much of her time on the sideline of her kids’ sporting activities and volunteering at school and church activities.

John Sobiech
Financial Advisor

John’s personal and professional goal is to strive to be the most ethical, trustworthy and useful consultant to his clients. By being committed to providing independent, objective advice and financial direction in the areas of investment management, estate and personal financial planning, he can help his clients to identify their financial planning goals and together, take action toward achieving them.

He understands the magnitude of the responsibility associated with helping his clients in the financial planning for their entire life. John develops comprehensive, personal financial plans, supported with strong investment products, tailored specifically to each client’s needs. Over time, he helps individuals and families turn their dreams of sending their children to college, providing for retirement, and accumulating assets for financial security, into attainable, real solutions that can improve their lives. Every aspect of a client’s plan requires continuous monitoring and communication, and it is a responsibility that John takes very seriously.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, John also has numerous years of ongoing training, education, registrations and licensing in multiple states. His background, with over 25 years of experience and insightful perspective, give John’s clients the confidence to partner with him for the long term. John is driven by a steadfast commitment to delivering high level results and exceptional client service, all with a genuine, personable approach and a profound respect for the trust that clients place in him.

John, and his wife Janet, live in Richfield surrounded by an assortment of flora and fauna. He enjoys gardening, beekeeping, fishing, curling, geology, history and visiting National Parks.

Dean Strom
Financial Advisor

Dean began his financial services career in early 2000, with Elmbrook Financial Services, as an independent financial advisor.  Since joining the Annex team in 2012 he continues to garner trust, thanks and admiration from his clients while helping them to reach their goals and dreams.

Dean’s business mission is simple: To add value to his clients’ lives.  For some that may mean the desire for superior customer service.  Others may need retirement planning assistance or college savings ideas, while some simply request a sympathetic ear.  But nearly all of Dean’s clients ask for his help in limiting stock market risk and volatility and ensuring that they don’t outlive their retirement assets.  No matter what the need, Dean puts his all into adding value for his clients.

Dean services clients in over a dozen states and holds his FINRA requested Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses. Dean is also life insurance licensed in Wisconsin and Illinois.  He is a life-long southeastern Wisconsin resident and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a major in mass communication and a minor in history.

Dean lives in Muskego, where he is active with the operation of the cities award winning school district. Dean is married and enjoys spending time with his wife Melanie and young daughter, Lindsay.  He also enjoys time with friends, traveling and many different forms of outdoor water activities—swimming, fishing and boating.

Ken Symes
Associate Branch Director

Ken Symes is Associate Branch Director at Annex Wealth Management’s Mequon Branch Office.

As Associate Branch Director, Ken meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Ken built almost ten years of trading experience in the options and foreign exchange markets.

Ken holds his Bachelor’s degree and MBA, and holds the State of Wisconsin Life and Health Insurance Licenses, as well as FINRA registrations of General Securities Representative (Series-7) and Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series-63).

Denis enjoys volunteering for community groups, family and Wisconsin sports.

Robert P. Teofilo
Registered Representative

Bob has been a Financial Advisor full time since 1979.   His primary role for these many years has been to help his clients navigate through the many challenges of their financial future.  The philosophy that Bob has worked with since the very beginning is that, “If you always work with the client’s best interest at heart, everything else takes care of itself.”  He considers it an honor to serve his clients and takes their trust in him very seriously.

Together his wife Kathy, Bob has nine children and two grandchildren.  Bob considers himself very blessed and feels an obligation to offer as much time as he can to volunteer, as all his family does, to numerous church and school organizations.

Shannon Thurner
Client Service Manager

Shannon Thurner is a Client Service Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As a Client Service Manager, Shannon serves as one of the primary points of contact for all service-related needs of Annex Wealth Management clients, which includes managing daily client service requests and inquiries; coordinating follow-through on account inquiry; financial planning and maintenance requests; preparing and scheduling client reviews; maintaining client records; and managing outgoing client communications.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Shannon worked for US Bank and National Investment Services.

Shannon obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Mississippi. She currently holds FINRA Uniform Investment Adviser Law registration (Series 65).

Shannon loves time with her family, reading and enjoying the Lake Country area.

Mike Venturini
Wealth Management Specialist

Mike Venturini is a Wealth Management Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

As Wealth Manager, Mike meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Mike served as Director of Operations and Investment Advisor Representative at an area firm.

Mike holds the State of Wisconsin Life and Health Insurance Licenses, as well as FINRA registrations of General Securities Representative (Series-7), Series -65, and Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series-63).

Mike enjoys playing golf, boating, and spending time with his family.

Chris Weber
Wealth Management Specialist

Chris Weber is a Wealth Management Specialist at Annex Wealth Management.

As Wealth Manager, Chris meets with prospective clients, working to secure the client relationship and then oversee those relationships for the long-term. Wealth managers conduct initial portfolio reviews with prospects and clients to determine or validate current investment objectives; prepare recommendations of appropriate investment models and allocations developed by Annex Wealth Management’s Central Planning department; and engages in business development to deliver results.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Chris worked in the investment industry for over 20 years.

Chris loves spending time with his family, and is active at church and coaching various teams.

Randy Winkler, CFP®
Financial Planning Manager

Randy Winkler is Financial Planning Manager at Annex Wealth Management.

As the Financial Planning Manager, Randy works with clients to help them define and develop realistic plans designed to assist them in meeting their financial objectives – while keeping them on track and focused on their goals.  He also works internally with his team and wealth managers on financial planning areas such as retirement planning, social security elections, tax planning, and insurance analysis.

Before Annex Wealth Management, Randy held various financial advising positions at A.G. Edwards, Disciplined Financial Services, and Harris Investor Services.

Randy graduated from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a degree in Mathematics, and has earned CFP® certification. He has passed the following FINRA exams: General Securities Representative (Series 7), Investment Company and Variable Products Representative (Series 6), Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination (Series 65), and Uniform Securities Agent State Law (Series 63).

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