Principals

 

Robert S. Jersey

Partner, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jersey (Bob) is Partner, President and CEO of Gar Wood Securities, LLC, with more than 45 years of experience in the securities industry.

In 2004, Bob formed Gar Wood Securities, LLC, an institutional FINRA/SEC/NFA broker dealer that services money mangers, family offices and high net worth individuals. Today Bob is focusing is focusing his efforts on investment banking opportunities in the cannabis space.

Prior to establishing Gar Wood Securities, LLC in 2004, Bob worked at as founder and manager of ABN AMRO’s Prime Brokerage Unit, Business Manager for ABN AMRO’s Corresponding Clearing unit, Associate Operations Manager for Montgomery Securities, Business Manager for The Chicago Corporation Correspondent Clearing Unit, and at Bache & Co.

Bob has successfully completed and maintains the following licenses: Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 79.

Bob has been in the financial services industry since 1972.

 

Dennis Gerecke

Partner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Gerecke is Partner, Executive Vice President, and COO of Gar Wood Securities, LLC with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, where he focused on client service and brokerage operations.

Prior to co-founding Gar Wood Securities, LLC in 2004, Mr. Gerecke was a VP and Manager of Client Services for the Professional Brokerage Services division of ABN AMRO, Assistant VP of Correspondent Clearing at the The Chicago Corporation, Operations Manager at Gardner Rich & Co, and at Mesirow Financial. Mr. Gerecke holds a BA in Business Administration from Lewis University.

Dennis has been in the financial services industry since 1985.

 

Michael C. Tattas

Partner, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer

Mr. Tattas is Partner, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer of Gar Wood Securities, LLC, and has over 25 years of experience in the securities industry, with specific knowledge in the clearing, securities regulation, and risk management areas.

In 2007, up to this date, he’s been Chief Compliance Officer at Gar Wood Securities, LLC and has held this title with other broker dealers over the past 15 years.

Prior to joining Gar Wood Securities, LLC, he served as Chief Compliance Officer and Financial Principal at Turning Point Securities, and the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) and its subsidiary firms, the Midwest Securities Trust Company/Midwest Clearing Corporation in the market regulations department. Currently, Mr. Tattas maintains the Series 7, 24, 27, 55, 63, and 99 licenses.

Mike has been in the financial services industry since 1986.

 

Sherry Gouwens

Partner, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer

Mrs. Gouwens is Partner, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer in Gar Wood Securities, LLC, with over 16 years of experience in the securities industry, focusing on administration, financial operations, and compliance.

Before joining Gar Wood in 2006, Mrs. Gouwens worked at Turning Point Securities LLC, Sydan, LP, a Chicago Stock Exchange Member, and the American Bar Association, where she was the Director of Law Student Division and oversaw all of its activities including financials, programs, publications, and three national competitions.

Mrs. Gouwens holds a master’s degree in Human Resources from Loyola University of Chicago and a BA in Organizational Management from Calumet College of St. Joseph.

Sherry has been in the financial services industry since 1999.

 

Craig Gantar

Senior Vice President & Sales Manager

Mr. Gantar is the Senior Vice President & Sales Manager of Gar Wood Securities, LLC and has over 17 years of experience in the securities industry including operations, client services, equity and equity options trading, compliance, and sales.

Prior to joining Gar Wood Securities, LLC in 2007, Mr. Gantar was with Terra Nova Financial LLC where he managed client onboarding and daily support.  Craig began his career at Hewitt Associates, where he was on the Pension and Health and Welfare support desk. Mr. Gantar holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Columbia College.

Craig has been in the financial services industry since 1998.