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Donald Bizub
CEO

Brad Kaiser
Senior Managing Director
Chief Compliance Officer

Wendy Rea
Senior Managing Director
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Kuo
Managing Director 
Operations, Broker Relations, Technology, Transitions,
Insurance Services

Ellen Shearin
Managing Director
Broker Relations

Tom O'Connell
Associate Director
New Business Development

Dave Bibo
Director
Business Development


 

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Donald Bizub

CEO

 


My 30-year career in the brokerage industry began in a rather unorthodox manner.  I was new to Los Angeles and needed to find a means of support while pursuing my college degree.  On a whim, I invested my student loan money in a stock that, to my amazement, quadrupled in value in a very short time.  As a result, I quickly changed my major from Computer Science to Finance, Real Estate and Law.

While attending California Polytechnic University I worked for a couple of broker-dealer firms that taught me the financial industry from the ground up.  I began in an operations department and eventually became a regional manager for a nationwide firm.  This was the path that led me to Western International Securities.

In 1996 I joined Western International as its only Regional Manager.  At that time, Western was a small firm with one office and less than 10 brokers.  Shortly thereafter, I became Western’s Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and, in 1998, Chief Executive Officer.  Seeing Western grow to its current size of over 250 brokers in 100 locations has been an extraordinary experience.  I look forward to being a part of Western’s vision of continued growth, development and success in an industry that continues to reinvent itself.

In addition to my responsibilities at Western, I currently serve on the SIFMA Independent Firms Committee.  I have also served as President of the Securities Industry Management Association of Southern California and have been on the Board of Directors for The National Association of Independent Broker-dealers.



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Brad Kaiser

Senior Managing Director - Chief Compliance Officer

 

 

I joined Western as the Chief Compliance Officer in February 2009.  Over the last 19 years, I've worked in various capacities in the securities industry including: Investment Adviser, Managing Director and Supervisor with the NASD (FINRA) and Regulatory Consultant.  Prior to joining Western I operated a brokerage consulting company assisting broker-dealers and Registered Investment Advisers with compliance and business matters pertaining to FINRA and SEC Rules and Regulations.  In addition, I maintained an investment advisory business managing client assets.

I hold a degree in Finance and the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) Designation, along with Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 66 and Life Agent licenses.  

I am married with two children and enjoy playing golf.



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Wendy Rea

Senior Managing Director - Chief Operating Officer

 


I came to Western with a broad range of in-depth experience and knowledge gained from over 30 years in the securities business.

During my 25 plus year career at Wedbush Securities, I was the Senior Vice President responsible for the development and management of the clearing division.  In that role, I gained experience in business development, retail and institutional brokerage, high frequency trading, proprietary trading and operations.  I expanded my industry experience while working with the Institutional Sales division of William O'Neil + Co. and later by joining GBS Financial as COO.


 

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Andrew Kuo

Managing Director - Operations, Technology, Transitions, Broker Relations, Insurance Services
 

My first exposure to the investment industry came when I was working as a bank teller in college.  A financial planner would come to the branch a couple of times a week and I would always ask him about his opinions on the markets and what he thought was a good investment.  It was during this time that I realized that this was the industry I wanted to be in.

Over the years I have been fortunate to work in several roles and learned from many great mentors about the different aspects of our business.  Having been both an advisor and also having worked in the back office has provided me with invaluable lessons on how to serve our customers.  

In 2007 I joined Western and knew from the first day that I found a place where I would be happy and would be able to grow, and I knew that my experience would help with the growth of a progressive firm like Western.

I came on board as the Senior Compliance Officer and was then named the firm's Chief Compliance Officer.  At the beginning of 2009 I transitioned to Managing Director of all of Operations to oversee the department.   This also includes broker relations, technology, transitions and insurance services.  I hold FINRA licenses 7, 24, 63 and 66.   Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and on the golf course. 

 

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Ellen Shearin

Managing Director - Broker Relations


I am excited to join Western International Securities, and look forward to being a part of the exceptional team here. I launched into the Financial Services industry 24 years ago, as a part-time receptionist at Baraban Securities, thinking it was only temporary. Within a couple of weeks, I was Assistant to the Branch Manager and the rest is history. Working over the years in the back office of various brokerage firms, I found my strengths to be in Team Leadership, Process Management and Operational Efficiency. I have held positions over the years as Operations Manager, Director of Operations, Vice President, President and COO, so I have a clear understanding of what it takes to provide superior service to advisors and their customers. I hold FINRA licenses 7, 66, 24, 79 and 99.

I am the proud mother of 3 daughters, and in my spare time I like to do volunteer and outreach work with the homeless in my community.

ellen@wisdirect.com



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Tom O'Connell

Associate Director - New Business Development


I have over 20 years’ experience in the securities industry having worked as a registered representative, assistant trader, operations manager and marketing representative.  Prior to Western I spent 10 years at Froley Revy Investment Co., a Los Angeles-based institutional money Management Company.  Moving to Western has been a great learning experience. Everyone here has gone out of their way to make every workday a success.  Service with no attitude is what makes Western so special.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, playing hockey, skiing and hiking the High Sierra.

 

 

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Dave Bibo

Director - Business Development

 

Dave Bibo joins us as our Director of Business Development. Dave has been a top producer with WIS for the past 20 years, as well as one of the founders of the company. Dave is passionate about the success and continued growth of Western, and has a long term understanding of our culture. At Western, one of our principles is to support our representative and advisor base in every way we can.  Dave’s main objective is to assist our reps in taking their practice to the next level, utilizing his credo of "educate and motivate". 

Dave will also be a key interface with our business partners, ensuring that Western representatives are getting the latest on product knowledge and awareness.  

Western International Securities, 70 S. Lake Ave., Suite 700,  Pasadena, CA 91101    Corporate: (888) 793.7717     Fax: (626) 793.7075