Mr. Koenig is a 30+ year veteran of the financial service industry and the original founder of FirsTrust.
Mike was born in Denver, CO, and spent most of his life in Maryland and Florida. He is the former CEO of Congressional Financial Corporation in Washington, DC; Executive Director of American Benefits Corporation; and Financial Advisor at Capital Holding Corporation.
BA, University of Maryland; Professional Masters in finance, George Washington University; Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation conferred through the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO; The Heckerling Institute at The University of Miami School of Law; CFP, NAPFA and American Bar Association annual continued education.
American Bar Association (ABA) associate; Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certificant; Registered Financial Advisor, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
In addition to being a Certified Financial Planer, Mike is also a Certified Scuba Diver, an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, and a Certified USA Boxing Coach who trains athletes for the US Olympic Boxing Team.
Mr. Cannon has been with FirsTrust for over 16 years. He is a Partner, the firm's Chief Investment Officer and Chief Compliance officer. He heads our Investment Management services from the Corporate Operations Center in Florida.
Chris is a native of Cocoa, FL who began his investing career at one of the nation’s oldest Wall Street mutual fund complexes in Richmond, VA. After returning to Florida, Mr. Cannon joined an institutional equity-trading desk, and has subsequently handled advanced issues such as arbitrage strategies, derivatives contracts and pension consulting.
BA, Centre College, Danville, KY.; 2010 CFA Institute Investment Management Workshop / Harvard Business School.
Mr. Cannon holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a member of the CFA Institute, a board member of the CFA Society of Orlando, and a Registered Financial Advisor in the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA). Chris also serves as a member on the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University’s College of Business Industry Advisory Board, a member of the Best Practices Board for the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard, and as a Director for Wishes4MeNU, a nonprofit that supports individuals helping other individuals in their time of need.
Chris is a former rugby player.
Ms. Cannon has been with FirsTrust for over 18 years. She is a Partner and our Chief Operations Officer. She oversees all of the firm's administration, operations and IT systems from our Corporate Operations Center in Florida.
Shelly is a New Smyrna Beach, FL native who came to FirsTrust in 1999 with an extraordinary history of academic awards, achievements, scholarships and Valedictorian honors.
BA - Honors, University of Central Florida; AXYS Certified
Shelly is a Certified Personal Trainer who broke 4 national powerlifting records in 2013 and set new World Records in 2014 and 2015.
Mr. Kearney has been with FirsTrust for over 17 years. He is the company President and oversees the firm's management and administration from our Corporate Operations Center in Florida.
Bill is a lifetime resident of Florida. He is a former Financial Advisor at American Express Financial Advisors and in both retail and institutional sales at TD Ameritrade. He joined FirsTrust in 2000.
BBA, Florida Institute of Technology.
Bill played professional baseball with the Phillies Organization.
Mr. Battles is a 35-year veteran of the financial services industry with a broad range of experience as an advisor and eventually the owner of his own retirement planning firm. He serves today as a Compliance Officer at our Corporate Operations Center.
Jeff is a former broker and account executive for various institutions such as First Union Brokerage Services, Citicorp Investment Services, Capitol Securities, SunStar, New York Life, Mutual of Omaha, and James Investment Research.
BA, Economics: Georgetown University
Masters of Science: Marymount University
CMFC®: Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor, Investment Company Institute,
You can frequently find Jeff on his boat exploring Florida’s remote waterways.
Mrs. Blizzard has been the Executive Assistant to our Chief Executive, Mr. Koenig, for nearly 20 years.
She is a native of Florida and possesses the unique skills and insights of someone with over thirty years of experience in corporate administration.
Broward Community Collge
Susie was the firm's first official employee.
Mr. Brownsberger has been with FirsTrust for nearly 20 years. He is a senior-level Private Wealth Manager who customizes investment portfolios for FirsTrust's affluent clientele at our Corporate Operations Center in Florida.
Mr. Brownsberger is a lifetime resident of Florida. He is a former Investment Advisor at Barnett Bank / Nations Bank / Bank of America, and joined FirsTrust in 1999.
BS, Florida State; Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA)
Registered Financial Advisor in the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
Dan is an avid kayak fisherman.
Mr. D’Amico is a Private Wealth Manager who delivers customized wealth management for FirsTrust's affluent clientele at our Atlanta Executive offices.
James is a native of Florida and a longtime resident of Georgia. He began his career as an Investment Advisor with Prudential Securities in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After moving to Georgia, Mr. D’Amico served as a Financial Consultant with E*Trade Financial and an Investment Consultant with TD Ameritrade.
BA, Florida State University
Florida State University Alumni, Varsity Club
James is a former member of the Varsity Football Program as Linebacker for Florida State Seminoles.
As a career Military Officer, Mr. Greer was a resident of many states including NJ, OH, MI, CO, AL and FL. He is a 37-year veteran of the financial service industry and serves today as a primary relationship manager for FirsTrust clients in Central Florida.
Chuck is a former Senior Banking Officer from a long list of institutions, including Central Bank of Cleveland / Key Bank; Central Bank of the South / BNA; SunTrust; Florida National Bank / First Union; Barnett Bank / South Trust; and Wachovia / Riverside.
BA, Michigan State University
Rotary International, Rotary Club of Downtown Deland; Board of Trustees, St. Barnabas Episcopal School.
Chuck is a retired Lt. Colonel from the US Air Force.
Mr. Hayes is originally from Tennessee, but has lived all over the United States and Europe. He brings a wealth of expertise to the firm and manages both clients and advisors in our Atlanta office.
Tom started his professional career at Third National Bank (sub. SunTrust) in Nashville. Following graduate school, Tom moved to New York to work for Lehman Brothers and eventually rose to become a Principal, first at the Philadelphia firm of Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. and eventually at Diversified Trust in Atlanta.
B.A. from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA; Masters of Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Tom is actively involved with the alumni association of both schools, as well as his high school, The American School in London in London, UK.
Tom played Rugby for 20+ years, both in the UK and the US.
Mr. Johnson is a 30+ year veteran of the investment world with experience managing billion-dollar portfolios for some of the world's most prominent institutions.
Dean, Stafford School of Business, ABAC, Tifton, GA: CEO, BME Investment Partners; Chief Investment Officer of Multi-Asset strategies, Invesco, LTD; Partner, Brinson Partners; Director of Investment Consulting, Watson Wyatt;
BBA; University of Georgia; Masters of Accounting: University of Georgia; Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Chartered Financial Analyst Institute; Atlanta Society of Financial and Investment Professionals
Perry is active with Christian ministries in Atlanta.
Mrs. Koenig is the firm's Chief Information Security Officer and is responsible for the information systems that support enterprise goals and the protection of information assets.
Melody grew up in suburban Northern Virginia just outside Washington DC. She is a Dean's List Graduate from George Mason with a degree in Information Technology, and 4.0 Dean's List Graduate from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Masters Degree in Information Resource Management. Melody spent over 20 years as a Senior Program Analyst in corporate America, and she serves today managing the firm's web-presence, integrating systems, and securing critical information.
BS, Information Technology, George Mason University; MS, Information Resource Management, Florida Institute of Technology.
Notary Public: Georgia.
Melody is deeply involved with various Christian charities in Atlanta.
Mrs. Pisarik has ben with FirsTrust for over 18 years. She is a senior-level Private Wealth Manager who specializes in creating customized financial plans and consulting on advanced tax matters.
Elayne grew up in North Carolina and West Tennessee. Her financial career began in the securities & insurance industry as a planner with MetLife, and later at Phoenix where she designed financial plans and tax strategies for high net worth clients. She joined FirsTrust in 2000.
BS, University of Tennessee; Master of Taxation, Nova Southeastern University; Professional Designations: Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and Master of Taxation (MTax).
Member, FPA (Financial Planning Association): Registered Advisor; National Association for Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
Elayne is a die-hard Tennessee Volunteer fan.
Mrs. Norin is an International Wealth Advisor with a fluency in 4 languages, over 15 years of experience in senior financial advisory roles, and a focus on providing international investment and relationship management services to high net-worth individuals in regions of South America and Europe.
Soledad was born and raised in Ecuador and moved to the United States in 1993 with a brief residency in Singapore at the Embassy of Ecuador’s Office of Foreign Affairs. Her experience with global institutional investors flourished throughout her career within institutions such as Citigroup, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and Merrill Lynch / Bank of America.
BS, Business and Economics at Richard Stockton University; Master's Degree in Global Affairs, International Business, Finance and Economics at NYU.
Mentor, Stanford University Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program
Soledad is an active lady, and stays busy participating in marathons, hiking, snowboarding, yoga - and of course, traveling.
Mr. Sava has advanced experience and educational credentials as a Financial Advisor, including a certification as a Fiduciary Auditor. He serves today as a Private Wealth Manager for FirsTrust clientele in Atlanta, GA.
Mike is a long time resident of Atlanta, GA and a former Managing Associate of Henssler Financial in Atlanta; a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Investment Group; and a Financial Consultant with Smith Barney in Atlanta.
BA, University of Wisconsin; Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certificant; Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) certificant; Passed Level II of the CFA program; completed the Certified Fiduciary Auditor Program from Center for Fiduciary Studies.
Member, Atlanta Society of Finance and Investment Professionals (CFA Institute): Financial Planing Association (FPA) of Atlanta; Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). Registered Advisor; National Association for Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).
Mike is an avid golfer and actively involved with his son's NYO sporting activities.