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Niel Armstrong

President, Founder

Niel has over 25 years of professional experience in all areas of the financial services industry, where he has served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Conifer Securities, LLC, Special Investigator for the NASD Department of Enforcement, and Compliance Manager/Interim Director for Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. Niel also worked at Fidelity Investments for ten years where his positions included mutual fund sales representative, fund accountant, brokerage representative, senior trader, and brokerage manager. Niel’s extensive compliance background enables him to provide practical and effective insight on how businesses should handle ongoing regulatory challenges.

He holds his FINRA Series 4, 7, 8, 24, 63 licenses. Niel graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Administrative Systems.

Justin Schleifer

Chief Financial Officer, Senior Compliance Consultant

Justin has been the Chief Compliance Officer for SEC-registered investment advisers in addition to serving as FinOp, supervisory analyst, and OSJ manager for FINRA-member broker dealers. Beyond compliance, Justin has experience in finance, accounting, operations, and human resources, which enables him to develop creative business-efficient solutions for meeting regulatory obligations.

Justin holds his FINRA Series 7, 24, 27, 55, 66, and 87 licenses. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Hotel Administration and a concentration in Business Law.

Yulia Kalk

Chief Operating Officer; Director, Broker-Dealer Services

Yulia has extensive expertise in broker dealer and RIA compliance. Prior to joining Gordian Compliance Solutions, Yulia served as a CCO for a dually registered BD/RIA for 9 years and has significant experience working with FINRA and SEC on various regulatory and compliance issues including routine audits, sweeps, targeted examinations and customer complaints.

Yulia holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 24 and 65 licenses. She graduated from Mills College with a degree in Business Economics and a minor in Math.

Ben Buckwalter

General Counsel, Senior Compliance Consultant

Ben has extensive experience advising financial institution clients on compliance with a wide range of state and federal securities laws as a securities law attorney. Currently, Ben serves as the Chief Compliance Officer for an SEC-registered investment adviser and has advised investment adviser and broker dealer clients on compliance with applicable regulatory obligations.

Ben graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in International Relations and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Patrick Dominguez

Director, Investment Adviser Services

Patrick provides oversight for Gordian’s investment adviser consulting services, coordinating internal resources and managing compliance schedules for more than fifty investment adviser clients. He also has consulted with numerous SEC and state-registered investment advisers to establish compliance programs, conduct mock regulatory exams and risk assessments, manage regulatory filings, perform employee trade surveillance, and review email, websites, and marketing materials. Prior to his work at Gordian, Patrick managed the front office at a non-profit, establishing more efficient, cost-cutting processes for client outreach.

Patrick graduated from Seattle University with a degree in English and Philosophy.

Heidi Johnson

Senior Compliance Consultant

Heidi has over 15 years of experience in compliance, operations and relationship management within the financial services industry. Prior to joining Gordian she held positions with JPMorgan Private Bank and Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in San Francisco and London. She was responsible for compliance and operational oversight including implementation of a new European wide regulatory regime (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive).

Heidi holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 66, 52 and 53 licenses. She graduated from the University of Utah with a double major in History and Anthropology and also holds a Masters of Accountancy from Golden Gate University.

Anne Czizek

Senior Compliance Consultant

Anne has over 30 years of experience in the securities industry, with particular expertise in investment adviser compliance, operations, and audits. Prior to joining Gordian, Ms. Czizek had been an independent Compliance Consultant to Registered Investment Advisers since 2001. Before consulting, Anne was an Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo Van Kasper, where she was responsible for retail and investment advisory compliance for the firm. Her career in the securities industry began with Drexel Burnham Lambert in New York City in 1985. Since that time she has worked for registered investment advisors and broker dealers in both retail and institutional capacities.

Anne has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cardinal Stritch University with a major in Business Administration. She has held FINRA series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses.

Michael DiGrande

Senior Compliance Consultant

Michael consults with investment advisers throughout their initial registration and compliance program implementation. He provides ongoing guidance with respect to the preparation of periodic regulatory filings, employee trade surveillance, review of marketing materials, mock audit testing, risk assessments, and overall compliance program maintenance. Prior to joining Gordian, Michael worked for several Bay Area non-profits, advising clients on how to navigate complex regulatory proceedings.

Michael is licensed to practice law in the State of California.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law and served as the Executive Comments Editor for the Golden Gate University Law Review.

Donna Walker

Compliance Consultant

Donna has a long career in the financial industry spanning 35 years in compliance, operations and sales supervision with emphasis on compliance and Regulatory issues. Prior to joining Gordian Compliance Solutions, Donna was the Sales Supervisor for a dually registered BD/RIA for 5 years and before that served as a VP of Brokerage Operations for a regional B/D.

Donna holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 24 licenses. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BS in Education.

Elizabeth Slone

Compliance Consultant

Elizabeth (Liz) has fifteen years of experience in broker dealer operations and regulatory compliance. Through the years she has worked in every aspect of a broker dealer, from licensing to client management with a specialty in systems operations and maintenance. Most recently, she was the operations manager for a dually registered BD/RIA with a nationwide presence.

Liz holds her FINRA Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses.

Dayli Aleman

Compliance Consultant

Dayli has extensive operational, licensing and registration experience for broker/dealers and investment advisers. Prior to joining Gordian, Dayli was a Client Services Specialist with a Fortune 500 company, providing execution, clearing, and advisory services to clients around the world. Prior to that, she spent 16 years working in operations, licensing and registrations, and the compliance department of a nationwide dually registered BD/RIA. Dayli is experienced in customer service and assisting with regulatory audits and examinations.

Dayli holds her FINRA Series 99 license.

Christopher Roberts

Compliance Consultant

Chris has been running a consulting business for clients that focus on his extensive experience in accounting and money management. Along with his accounting expertise Chris has experience in operations, management, and human resources, which helps understand and assist with clients needs. Chris works with broker dealers to ensure compliance with net capital and other financial requirements and he also assists registered investment advisers with treasury control operations.

Chris holds his FINRA Series 27 and 63 Licenses. He graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Business Administration