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ADISA Elects 2016 President-Elect and Officers

Jan 19, 2016

At its first Board meeting of the year, ADISA (the Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association), elected its 2016 officers. Mike Bendix of DFPG Investments is currently serving as the 2016 ADISA President, and John H. Grady of National Fund Advisors was elected as the 2017 President-Elect. The other ADISA officers elected were: Barbara Halper of FactRight as Vice President; Peter Magnuson of Securities America as Secretary; and Mark Kosanke of Concorde Investment Services as Treasurer. Tom Voekler, ADISA’s 2015 President, will serve the Board as its Immediate Past President. Michael Ponticello of SQN Securities was also elected by the Board to serve as a director for a one-year term.
 
Serving as ADISA’s 2016 President, Mike Bendix is the co-founder and CEO of DFPG Investments, an independent broker-dealer based in South Jordan, Utah. Bendix has over 25 years of experience in the real estate and financial services industries. He received his degree from the University of California at Irvine. He holds active Series 7, 24, 63, 65 and 99 securities registrations and is a licensed real estate broker in California and Utah.
 
John Grady will serve as President-Elect until his one-year term as President begins in January 2017. He is president of National Fund Advisors and has been the chief strategy and risk officer for RCS Capital. Grady has also served as chief operating officer, Business Development Corporation of America; president, American Real Estate Income Fund; and president, American National Stock Transfer. Previously, Grady was chief operating officer and general counsel of Steben & Company; senior adviser, Coil Investment Group; and CEO and president, Nationwide Funds Group. Grady also currently serves ADISA as chair of its Legislative & Regulatory Committee. He graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University, and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He holds FINRA 7, 24 and 63 licenses, and is a member of the PA, MD and DC bar associations.
 
Barbara Halper is a principal and chief legal officer at FactRight and its affiliates, which includes FR Risk Management and FR Consulting Services. Previously, Halper has served as a due diligence officer of a national broker-dealer and chief operating officer of a securitized real estate syndicator.
 
Peter Magnuson is manager, due diligence, at Securities America, where he oversees a team responsible for analyzing alternative investments and third party money managers. Previously he was at First National Bank of Omaha, DMMS & Associates and DeWaay Financial Network. He is a graduate of Concordia University and earned his master’s degree from Creighton University.
 
Mark Kosanke is a founding partner of the Concorde Financial Group of Companies, which includes Concorde Financial Group. Kosanke has more than 23 years of accounting, tax and operations experience, and more than 18 years of securities experience in both equities and real estate. 
 
Tom Voekler is the co-founder and co-managing partner Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank. His legal practice focuses primarily on corporate finance, public and private securities offerings, private equity and corporate governance issues, with a particular focus on real estate investment trusts (REITs), 1031 syndications (DSTs/TICs) and private placements of real estate investments.
 
Michael Ponticello serves as executive vice president of SQN Securities. Ponticello received his B.B.A. from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He currently holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63
licenses.
 
ADISA’s 2016 officers join the other remaining Board of Directors: Catherine Bowman, The Bowman Law Firm; Austin Dutton, Bridge Valley Financial; Keith Lampi, Inland Private Capital Corporation; Larry Lyons, Kalos Financial; Greg Mausz, Preferred Apartment Communities; Cory Neumiller, Capital Financial Services; Larry Sullivan, Passco Companies; and Brad Updike, Mick | Law. Darryl Steinhause, DLA Piper, serves the board as its legal counsel.