The Team

Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds

President/Founder

Compliance

Justine Kidwell

Justine Kidwell

Principal, Head of Consulting
Stephanie West

Stephanie West

Compliance & Advisory Operations Consultant
Mark Zagotti

Mark Zagotti

Compliance Consultant
Robert Larson

Robert Larson

Compliance Consultant
Paul Aaronson

Paul Aaronson

Legal Advisor
Matt Myers

Matt Myers

Compliance Consultant
Jonathan Frame

Jonathan Frame

Compliance Consultant
Tobin Petrie

Tobin Petrie

Administrative Analyst Consultant
Karey Williams

Karey Williams

Compliance Consultant

Business Development

Luke Collins

Luke Collins

Business Development Director
Charles Petrie

Charles Petrie

Business Development Director

Tax Consultants

John Kiley

John Kiley

Principal, Head of Tax and Accounting Practice
Suzanne Rimkus

Suzanne Rimkus

Tax Practice Consultant
Joseph Siepak

Joseph Siepak

Tax Practice Consultant
Daniel Franchetti

Daniel Franchetti

Tax Practice Consultant
Kathleen Pietrzyk

Kathleen Pietrzyk

Tax and Accounting Admin

Administration

Mary Earl

Mary Earl

HR and Payroll Consultant Lead
Nick Mazzini

Nick Mazzini

Jr. Accounting Consultant

Transistions

David Smith

David Smith

Transition Consultant
Stacie Burgess

Stacie Burgess

Transition Consultant
Kelly Raker

Kelly Raker

Transition Consultant
Matt Reynolds

Matthew M. Reynolds

President and Founder

Launching his career in accounting and tax for traders and firms on multiple securities and commodities exchanges, Matt’s experience spans over two decades. Matt has been a key architect for numerous national financial service businesses including HighTower, US Fiduciary and Sanctuary Wealth. Working in roles that range from Chief Operating and Compliance Officer to President of multiple broker/dealers and RIAs, Matt has deep experience in the industry. Bristal Lane is the second consulting practice Matt has launched; the first was acquired by RSM McGladrey, where Matt then lead the development of their Financial Services Consulting Group as National Director. Matt graduated Robert Morris with a BBA – Accounting and attended Loyola University Graduate School and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) Executive program. Specific areas of expertise: operational integration, regulatory compliance, risk management, acquisition and integration, technology deployment, financial reporting and new product development. Clients include TAMPs, broker-dealers, RIAs, funds of funds, insurance providers, commodity pool operators, registered investment companies as well as FinTech service providers.

Specific areas of expertise: operational integration, regulatory compliance, risk management, acquisition and integration, technology deployment, financial reporting and new product development.  Clients include TAMPs, broker-dealers, RIAs, funds of funds, insurance providers, commodity pool operators, registered investment companies as well as FinTech service providers.

Justine Kidwell

Principal, Head of Compliance Consulting

Justine, an experienced compliance professional with over twenty years of experience in the financial industry, joined Bristal Lane from Sanctuary Wealth Partners. As Principal, Head of Compliance, she leads the development and expansion of the compliance consulting practice. Justine began her career working in various positions large organizations including Charles Schwab and Wells Fargo Advisors. Her roles have included operational, supervisory and compliance leadership roles including acting as the supervisor of dozens of insurances and securities branches. She takes pride in pioneering creative and effective processes to streamline compliance solutions. She is a Registered Securities Principal and serves roles such as Chief Compliance Officer and Compliance Principal for clients. Justine lives in Greenwood and enjoys destination runs for charities, travel, and is inspired by spending time with her family on their small farm.

Stephanie West

Consultant

Stephanie has over fifteen years in the financial industry with the bulk of her experience as a member of operations and securities supervision. She began her operations career as a supervisor for the Transfer Agency at Unified Fund Services/Huntingtion Asset Services, Inc. in 2004, then went on to become an Operations Principal at City Securities in 2013, Operations Manager for David A. Noyes & Co. in 2017, Director of Operations at SBC Wealth Management in 2019, and Consultant for Bristal Lane Group in 2022. She is a registered Securities Principal. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hanover College.

Karey Williams

Senior Consultant

Karey has over thirty years in the Financial and Insurance industry with the bulk of her experience as a municipal bond broker for dealer and dealer banks. She began her supervision/compliance career as a producing National Branch Manager for Wolfe & Hurst Bond Brokers in 1994, then went on to become a Senior Compliance Officer for David A. Noyes & Co. 2015, Senior Compliance Officer for the Bank of Montreal Asset Management Corporation 2019, and Senior Consultant for Bristal Lane Group, 2021. She is a registered Securities Principal and holds the designations of Certified Securities Compliance Professional and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Her education includes an Associate’s degree in business management from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University, and a year of improvisational training at Second City Improv Theater.

Libby Ritz

Libbi Ritz

Consultant

Libbi began her career in financial services with Fidelity Investments in the corporate headquarters of Cincinnati, OH in 1996. During her years with the company, she worked with both institutional and retail clients in various capacities. As a Senior Institutional Retirement Plan Specialist, she managed trading and funding of corporate accounts, and later worked in the Seattle, WA Investor Center as a Registered Representative, where she enjoyed building relationships with clients and helping them achieve their financial goals. Libbi began working as a consultant for Bristal Lane Group in 2020. She lives in Carmel, IN and loves hiking, travel, pilates, pickleball, the special needs community, her church, and her family!

Luke Collins

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Luke joined Bristal Lane Group in 2019 as Director of Business Development. Luke has thirty-five years of experience in the financial services industry and has led business and product development for P/E Investments, Atlantic-Pacific Capital and the Investment Advisory Practice at Guggenheim Partners. Luke held key leadership positions with Affiliated Managers Group, JPMorgan Chase and UBS Private Wealth Management. Luke has a proven record of sales growth, team management, product and channel development. This success is a direct result of his broad and deep senior level network within the wealth management, brokerage, investment management, insurance and banking industries. In addition to his responsibilities with Proteus, Luke also serves on the Wealth Tech Innovation Board, an invitation-only, curated think tank of wealth technology leaders. He is a past Director of the Money Management Institute and the Investments and Wealth Institute. Luke was born and raised in New York City and graduated from the Collegiate School. He has an MBA in Finance and Accounting, with honors, from the University of Chicago and a BA, Cum Laude, in Economics from Carleton College. Luke lives in Boston with his two children, Olde English Sheepdog, Moby, and Norwich Terrier, Daisy.

Mark Zagotti

Consultant

A seasoned financial services professional with nearly three decades of experience covering multiple facets of the financial services industry. After launching a successful career in sales and wealth management, Mark pursued his interest in trading and market making, however, it was not until after nine eleven that Mark found his true calling in Compliance, and Supervision. By applying his background in sales and trading, Mark was able design business friendly policies and procedures while working within the confines of the regulatory requirements. Mark has been credited as the visionary for numerous compliance & supervisory systems for the Equitable, one of the largest insurance and financial service company. Mark has led large teams of compliance and controls professionals and mentored many who currently hold high positions within the industry.

Mark hold several FINRA registrations which include, Series 24, 53, 4, 7, 66 and 63.

Specific areas of expertise: regulatory compliance, risk management, compliance and supervisory system development and deployment, and audit. Mark has working experience with insurance providers, TAMPs, broker-dealers, IARs, RIAs as well as FinTech service providers.

Kelly Raker

Kelly Raker

Transition Manager

Kelly brings two decades of diverse experience in the Financial, Consulting, and Accounting Industries. Her career has encompassed Executive level support roles,
client servicing, liaison and point person in firm acquisitions and the transition process. Her specialty and passion lie in working alongside people – the building and strengthening of those business relationships. Joining Bristal Lane as a Transition Manager, and Consultant Kelly is primarily responsible for overseeing the integration of new advisors and financial firms into our client’s model and providing operational and strategic implementations for clients.

Robert J. Larson

Robert J. Larson

Compliance Consultant

Robert Larson joined Bristal Lane with thirty-five years of securities industry experience. He began his career as a regulator with FINRA (NASD) then moved into the industry side. Bob has worked in Compliance and Legal Departments of various FINRA, CBOE. AMEX and NYSE Broker-Dealers. And, has held titles from Compliance Examiner through Director of Compliance. He has also been a Corporate Officer for various Broker-Dealers. At various points in his career, Bob has held 12 different securities, futures and commodities and advisory licenses. Bob lives in Chicago, and enjoys reading and collecting stamps from around the world.

Matt Myers

Matt Myers

Senior Consultant

Matt grew up in the Financial Services industry having passed his GS exam in 1972, which later became the Series 1 and Series 7. Matt started in the industry on in production, building a business focused on full financial consulting, including advisory, financial planning, brokerage, insurance and tax planning. Before joining Bristal Lane, Matt acted as Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Supervision and
President of national broker-dealers and RIAs, including hybrid businesses. For Bristal Lane clients, Matt provides an experienced, risk based approach to compliance consulting.

Paul Aaronson

Paul Aaronson

Legal Advisor (New York)

Paul Aaronson is a financial services executive who joins Bristal Lane with over 35 years of experience in asset management, alternatives investing, new product development and global securities law. Previous roles have included MD and Chief Administrative Officer, Equities, at Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, and COO of its Global Equities team; CEO of an RIA with a managed accounts
platform that facilitated access to hedge fund managers across a variety of investment strategies; co-founder of hedge fund start-ups;; and Executive Director at Morgan Stanley in London and New York, where he was Global Product Manager for index basket products and ETFs. Most recently Paul acted as chief counsel to a public company listed on the London Exchange. He has a BA from Middlebury College and a JD from Yale Law School.

David Smith

David Smith

Transition Lead

David has over 17 years in the financial industry with his experience ranging from Investment Adviser Representative, Operations, Building & leading teams, Client
relations, and Investment research. He began his career as a registered rep building a book of business with an independent B/D. After taking an opportunity with The Hartford to manage a book working with Advisers and Home Office, he started a successful small business in the medical industry. Within 2 years, returning to a calling in the financial services industry, he served as a junior adviser and specialist for Adviser offices. Joining Bristal Lane Group in 2022, he brings experience from an Adviser and Small Business owner standpoint, while understanding the regulatory and back-office operations. David is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

Stacie Burgess

Stacie Burgess

Transition Consultant

Stacie joined Bristal Lane after a successful career in education. She served as a teacher, district trainer, then received her promotion to school administrator. Prior to her career in education, Stacie gained experience in the financial services industry while an account manager for Great-West Life and Annuity. She specialized in 401(k) and group life and health services. She brings extensive communication skills, and attention to details to the team. Stacie has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The University of Tampa and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of South Florida.