Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Board
Ben Brigeman serves as Chairman of the Cetera Board and as a member of Genstar Capital's Strategic Advisory Board and advises the firm in the financial services sector. He served as Cetera’s interim CEO from March – December 2019.
Prior to Cetera, Brigeman was Executive Vice President for Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., where he served as the Head of the Individual Investor (Retail) business of Schwab responsible for its worldwide branch network, call centers, new client operations, regulatory compliance, product development, project management and wealth services. He was a key member of Schwab’s Executive Committee setting strategy for the company. Prior to joining Schwab in 1996, Brigeman was a Senior Vice President at Key Bank, managing Key’s Retirement Services division.
Brigeman is a Member of the Board of Directors for Ascensus, Apex Group, and Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”). He and his wife Vicki are lifelong residents in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
He holds both a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the University of Akron.
Lori Hardwick brings more than 25 years of experience of working in the financial industry as a prominent voice and is known for her intense passion for continuous improvement in the financial advisory industry. As CEO of WealthTech at RedRock Strategic Partners LLC, she works directly with C-suite level executives at some of the largest financial services companies, to help them create, and execute against, winning growth strategies and to improve the overall experiences for advisors and their clients. Hardwick has expertise in investment, technology, distribution and advisory solutions and is a regular speaker at industry events.
In 2017, Hardwick created and co-founded Advisor Innovation Labs (AI Labs), which was acquired in 2020. AI Labs provided a sophisticated and intuitive ‘systems of engagement’ between advisors and their clients via a digital interface.
Prior to founding AI Labs, Hardwick served as Chief Operating Officer for Pershing, a BNY Mellon company, sharing leadership responsibility with the CEO for managing the Pershing family of companies. She served as a member of Pershing’s Executive Committee and BNY Mellon’s Senior Leadership Team.
Previously, Hardwick was Co-Founder and Group President of Advisory Services for Envestnet, overseeing all of its enterprise relationship management, institutional advisory sales, strategic partnerships and practice management programs. She had been with Envestnet since its founding in 2000 and served in a variety of roles managing its enterprise, sales, services, advisor orientation and onboarding divisions during her 16-year tenure at the firm.
Hardwick has been recognized as one of the 2020 Top Women of Wealth Tech by ThinkAdvisor, a “Winner in Wealthtech” in 2018 by Wealth Management Today, a “Woman to Watch” by InvestmentNews and also, in 2016, was on Investment Advisor’s list of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Financial Industry”.
Hardwick is a Member of the Board of Directors for Genstar, Cetera Financial Group, Vestwell and Chairman of the Board for Riskalyze.
- University of Chicago Booth, Executive MBA Program
- The Ohio State University, BA
Gary Michel is a member of Genstar’s Strategic Advisory Board and is working with Portfolio Companies to improve financial leadership and operational performance.
Prior to joining the SAB, Michel was an Operating Partner at Providence Equity Partners. He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of TravelClick, a former Genstar Portfolio Company. He oversaw the global financial and legal operations, and served as a key member of the senior leadership team in developing growth strategies and leading the exit process. Before joining TravelClick, Michel was CFO of Register.com, a provider of web services to small and medium-sized businesses. Register.com was sold to Web.com and Gary left after leading the successful integration of the two companies.
Michel’s extensive financial background includes 10 years at Dun and Bradstreet (D&B), where he specialized in growth strategies and global business integration. At D&B he was both the International and Americas Chief Financial Officer, focusing on improving performance and profitability. He also served as Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A. His career also includes leadership roles with The McGraw-Hill Companies and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He is actively involved with the University of Delaware as part of the Executive Mentors Scholars Program, The Lerner College Leadership Council and the University’s Venture Development Center.
- University of Delaware, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, BS, Accounting
Sid Ramakrishnan joined Genstar Capital in 2012 and is currently a Vice President of the firm responsible for evaluating and executing investments across various sectors. Previously, he was Chief of Staff to the CEO at AssetMark (a former Genstar portfolio company) and led corporate strategy for the company. Ramakrishnan began his career in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley.
- University of Southern California, BS, Business Administration
Tony Salewski is a Managing Director with Genstar Capital, helping to identify, evaluate and execute acquisition and investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Genstar Capital in 2007, Salewski was the Chief of Staff at Barclays Global Investors (“BGI”), where he executed strategic initiatives for the Executive Committee. Prior to BGI, he was an Associate at Hellman & Friedman LLC, a private equity investment firm in San Francisco. He began his career in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley in New York.
- Harvard Business School, MBA with distinction
- Harvard College with honors
Hal Strong is responsible for expanding Genstar’s financial services practice, in particular in the areas of asset management, wealth management and financial technology. He serves as a Director of Altegris, Apex Group, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”), Mercer Advisors, and Strategic Insight. He is a former Director of AssetMark.
Prior to joining Genstar, Strong was most recently Vice Chairman of Russell Investments, where he helped build Russell into a global investment company with $250 billion in assets under management serving individual, institutional and advisor clients in more than 40 countries. During his 18-year career at Russell, he also served as Russell’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Head of Alternative Investments and Head of Investment Banking, having founded the latter two businesses at Russell.
Strong has nearly 30 years of experience in the asset management and investment banking industries, beginning his career in the investment banking division of Salomon Brothers in New York.
He is an active member of the theatre community as a trustee and member of the executive committee of Seattle Repertory Theatre.
- University of Washington, MBA
- UC Berkeley, German
Head of Specialty Channel, Cetera Financial Group
Mimi Bock is President for both Cetera Advisors and First Allied Securities. In this dual capacity, she focuses specifically on the relationship management and business development aspects of the business. She is dedicated to preserving each firm’s unique identity, with an unwavering commitment to advisor satisfaction and measurable results.
Bock has over 30 years of experience serving financial advisors and their staff, and has been a highly effective leader for many years. She has overseen numerous functional areas including business consulting, compliance, client insights, engagement, marketing, learning and development, relationship management, risk, strategy, sales, service and technology.
She most recently served as Executive Vice President, National Sales & Consulting at LPL Financial. Prior to joining LPL, she held various positions of increasing responsibilities with Morgan Stanley, culminating in being named Managing Director of Global Wealth Management Marketing, followed by the Managing and Regional Director roles for the firm’s Southeast Region out of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bock proudly led the women financial advisor programs at both Morgan Stanley and LPL Financial. She also served as an Executive Member for the Securities Industries & Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Sales & Marketing Committee while at Morgan Stanley. Bock earned a B.A. in economics and sociology from Denison University and holds Series 3, 7, 9, 10, 24, 63 and 66 securities registrations.
LeAnn Rummel joined Cetera Financial Institutions (formerly PrimeVest Financial Services) in 1992 and currently serves as president and CEO, where she focuses on all aspects of the business. Prior to this role, she served as national sales director, where she oversaw all sales functions, including financial institution relationship management, sales support, product management, Rep on Demand, representative recruitment, sales supervision and strategic partner relations. Additionally, she leads the firm’s Executive Committee and acts as president of Cetera’s insurance agencies.
Rummel’s tenure in the financial services industry spans more than 30 years. She has previously served as vice president of the financial institution channel and product marketing for ING Advisors Network Marketing Team. Before that, she served as vice president of product sales and marketing for PrimeVest following her promotion from her role as a banking and independent advisor. Rummel also previously served as Regional Sales Director at AEGON where she worked to develop and manage new B-D relationships within a 10-state territory. Prior to AEGON, she was employed in several roles throughout a six year tenure with the Securities Corporation of IA.
She currently serves as a Bank Insurance Securities Association (BISA) board member. In 2014, she was inducted into BISA’s Circle of Excellence, which honors outstanding professionals for their commitment to the insurance and securities industry.
Rummel received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing and economics emphasis from Iowa State University. She is qualified as a general securities representative (Series 7), a general securities principal (Series 24) and a uniformed securities agent (Series 63). She also possesses her insurance licenses.
Gregg Ruvoli is president and CEO of Cetera Financial Specialists, a part of Cetera Financial Group. He and his team are responsible for supporting the firm’s financial advisors to build great businesses and achieve their growth goals.
Ruvoli has more than 32 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is passionate about helping financial advisors realize their vision for success by providing access to the firm’s vast array of resources, support and tools. His signature “Red Carpet Experience” is a high-touch support model that he and his team strive to achieve day in and day out.
Prior to his current role, Ruvoli was senior vice president, business development for the company. Before joining Cetera, he served in a variety of leadership and executive roles, including a 20-year run at Allstate, where he led their broker-dealer distribution channel. More recently, he was the national sales leader and head of distribution for Rydex Investments, where he led their sales team across multiple channels to significant growth.
Ruvoli received his bachelor’s degree in business management from DePaul University in Chicago. He holds Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 63 and 66 securities registrations along with his life insurance license. He is an active member of the Financial Services Institute (FSI).
He grew up in Chicago and currently resides in the western suburbs of the city with Kim, his wife of 31 years, and their two dogs, Kona and Kiwi.
Head of Specialty Channel, Cetera Financial Group
Thomas B. Taylor currently serves as president and CEO for Cetera Advisor Networks (formerly Financial Network Investment Corporation) and focuses on all aspects of the business. Taylor also leads the Specialty Channel, which encompasses Cetera Advisor Networks, Cetera Financial Institutions and Cetera Financial Specialists. The Specialty Channel emphasizes Cetera’s unique commitment to serve and provide support to a range of unique business models.
Prior to these roles, he served as chief operating officer for over 10 years, where he leveraged his experience in sales, operations, compliance and marketing to lead the firm’s initiatives in technology and operations. He was also responsible for leading the FID Operations department, Electronic Order Entry department and Resource Center to support and serve financial professionals and independent offices nationwide.
Taylor has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Previously, he spent five years as a top-producing broker at Liberty Securities Corp./IFMG before being promoted to sales manager. Taylor also ran an investment program and managed 10 brokers for a $4 billion financial institution in southern California.
He joined Financial Network in 1997 and has been instrumental in developing many of the new operational, technological and sales initiatives for the company. Previous assignments include due diligence coordinator, vice president of sales and training, vice president of the Financial Institutions Division, and chief administrative officer before taking the role of chief operating officer.
Taylor received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in finance and investments, from California State University, Long Beach. He is also a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®).