Christopher W. Flint, President and Chief Executive Officer
Chris entered the financial services industry in mid-1990, and joined ProEquities in 2015 to reintroduce the financial services company to the financial community nationwide. Prior to ProEquities, he served as the President of Lincoln Financial Securities and the head of Lincoln Financial Network’s advisor recruitment and acquisition strategies. Before his tenure there, Chris was with Securities America, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President of branch office development where he led advisor recruiting and business acquisitions.
With both broad and deep experience in the independent space, Chris was challenged at ProEquities to solidify a team of firm-wide professionals who could ready the company for the post-DOL environment in advance of other peer groups.
Chris is a former resident of Birmingham having graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham before receiving his master’s degrees in Business Administration and Information Systems from Creighton University in Omaha. He holds the CRPC designation and Series 4, 7, 24, 53, 63, and 66 licenses.
Steve Youhn, Chief Compliance Officer
Steve joined ProEquities in 2016 with more than twenty years of industry experience. Before ProEquities, he worked with The Vanguard Group where he was responsible for the broker/dealers’ compliance program. Steve also served as CCO for Lincoln Financial Network’s broker/dealer (Lincoln Financial Advisors Corporation and Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation) and M Financial Group’s broker/dealer unit, M Holdings Securities. Before transitioning to compliance, Steve served as Senior Counsel in the legal departments of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
At ProEquities, Steve serves as the CCO and Chief Risk Officer and is responsible for overseeing ProEquities’ broker/dealer and RIA compliance programs.
Steve has a JD from Stetson University College of Law, a MBA from The University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science from the University of South Florida and holds Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Blaine Miller, Chief Supervision Officer
Blaine has more than 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry in areas ranging from operations to compliance and supervision. He joined ProEquities in 2015 to lead the firm’s supervision team. Prior to that, he managed the branch exam and surveillance department for Sterne Agee & Leach and has held various management positions with other leading financial services firms.
Blaine leads a diverse team dedicated to ensuring financial representatives in the field are operating within firm and regulatory requirements while employing a consultative approach.
He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and received his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He holds Series 7, 24, 53, and 66 licenses.
Darren Guerrera, Chief Financial Officer
Darren joined ProEquities in 2015 with more than twenty years of experience in accounting and financial management in the financial services industry. He came to ProEquities from BBVA Securities where he was Division Finance Manager of the Retail Investment Sales division. Prior to that, he was Controller at Sterne Agee & Leach, and Senior Auditor with Ernst & Young.
As CFO at ProEquities, Darren is responsible for managing the company’s accounting, finance, external reporting, and commissions functions.
Darren is a native of New Orleans and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Alabama and holds Series 7, 24, 27, and 63 licenses.
Libet Anderson, Managing Director of Advisory & Planning
Elizabeth “Libet” Anderson entered the financial services industry in 1992. She joined ProEquities in 2016 to develop and promote the company’s advice and financial planning offerings through the advisory platform. Prior to ProEquities, she was Director of Guided Solutions at Edward Jones where she led development of their first advisor-directed fee-based solution. Before Edward Jones, she was the CEO of Sterne Agee Asset Management where she lead the marketing and sales functions and directed growth of their wealth management platform.
At ProEquites, Libet is charged with building a platform that will offer the ProEquities financial advisors both support and independence as they navigate the increasingly competitive market of financial advice.
Libet graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in economics, then earned her Certificate Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation and holds Series 6, 7, 26, 63, and 65 licenses.
Timothy Vardaman, Managing Director of Operations
Timothy joined ProEquities in 2015 with more than twenty years of experience in operations, clearing, and sales in the financial services industry. He came to ProEquities from BBVA Securities where he was Director of the Institutional Fixed Income Sales group. Prior to that, he was the Executive Managing Director of Operations and Clearing at Sterne, Agee & Leach.
As Managing Director of Operations, Timothy is responsible for the operational and service functions of ProEquities. Primarily, he manages the client service, transition, equity trading, and processing functions.
Timothy is from Birmingham and holds a Bachelor of Science in Investment Management and Corporate Finance from the University of Alabama. He holds Series 7, 24, 27, 53, and 63 licenses.
Chris Shaw, Chief Information Officer
Chris joined ProEquities in 2003 with more than fifteen years of experience in technology and system integration for the financial services industry. He came to ProEquities from Edward Jones where he gained an appreciation of technology and the role it can play in the lives of financial representatives.
As CIO, Chris is responsible for the internal and external system development and technology support for ProEquities. Specifically, he manages the technology support, development, and technical vendor management.
Chris is a native of Mobile and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of South Alabama. He utilizes both fields of study to integrate technology solutions that enable financial representatives to accomplish daily activities more efficiently. Chris holds the Series 6, 7, and 66 licenses.
Rory Hartley, Managing Director Of Protective Securities
Rory began his investment career with The First National Bank of Mobile as a bond salesman. He then joined Regions Financial Corporation and spent 18 years serving as head of fixed income trading, underwriting, and remarketing. He later joined Sterne, Agee & Leach leading underwriting and public finance before joining the Protective family.
Rory formed Protective Securities in 2004 to support institutional and retail sales and to develop an investment banking division to support clients in our geographic footprint. He serves on ProEquities' executive management team supporting key firm initiatives.
Rory is a life-long resident of Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelors’ degree in Business Finance and holds Series 7, 24, 50, 52, 53, and 62 licenses.
Darryn Pope, Managing Director of Business Development
Darryn joined ProEquities in 2017 with over 25 years of industry experience, most recently as a partner, advisor, and Chief Training Officer with the Level Four Group of companies, a $40M GDC independent wealth management firm based in Plano, Texas, that was acquired by Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, a top 25 U.S. accounting firm. Prior to that, Darryn held posts as the National Business Development Manager for the GE Independent Accountants Network (now Cetera) and led the business development functions at HD Vest Financial Services.
As the Managing Director of Business Development, Darryn is accountable for driving deeper advisor engagement, productivity, recruiting, and sales opportunities across ProEquities. He has been tasked with establishing an industry leading practice management and training deliverable focusing on proactive growth through practice development, marketplace differential, and, most importantly, the client experience using fee-for-service as the foundation.
Darryn earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a double major in Marketing and Management from Texas A&M University. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional; Certified Fund Specialist®; Life, Accident, and Health insurance agent; and holds Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 licenses.