Joseph Moglia has served as our Chairman since July 2020. Mr. Moglia is the former CEO and Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade, Chairman of Fundamental Global Investors and Capital Wealth Advisors and Chair of Athletics and Executive Advisor to the President at Coastal Carolina University.
In 1984 Mr. Moglia entered the MBA Training Program at Merrill Lynch, where there were 26 people. 25 MBA’s and 1 football coach. By 1988, he was Merrill Lynch’s Number One Producer in the World. By the time he left, he had been a member of both the Institutional and Private Client Executive Committees, and his final responsibilities were all Investment Products, the Insurance Company, the 401(k) Business and the Middle Market Business. Prior to that, he was head of Global Fixed Income Institutional Sales and ran the firm’s Municipal division.
Mr. Moglia became the CEO of Ameritrade in 2001, and by the time he stepped down in 2008, shareholders had enjoyed a 500% return. In 2009 he became Chairman of the Board. In October 2020, TD Ameritrade was acquired by Charles Schwab. As of January 2021, the combined company has a market capitalization above $100 billion and client assets of $6.69 trillion. When Mr. Moglia arrived, these numbers were $700 million and $24 billion.
He has served on the Boards of AXA Financial (2002 – 2011) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (1997 – 2002).
Mr. Moglia has also been a Football Coach for 25 years, but it’s not been a traditional 25 years. He began his career as a coach for 16 years, moved to the business world for over 20, and back to coaching in 2009. In his last 11 years of college coaching, he has been a part of 8 championship teams, and as a head coach has a winning percentage of .718. In 2020, he was named to the 2010 – 2019 Big South Football All- Decade Team, one of 10 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers — the most by any school on the All-Decade Team. He was the fastest coach in Big South history to 30 overall wins (30-8) and 40 overall wins (40-11) and has the most FCS Playoff appearances by a head coach in Big South history. He has also received multiple Coach of the Year honors, including the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award, was a recipient of the Vince Lombardi Award, and was also inducted into the Lombardi Hall of Fame.
Mr. Moglia has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Sharp Trophy for Leadership. He has been honored by the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, the American Institute for Stuttering and the Stuttering Association for the Young. He has been inducted into seven Halls of Fame, is a member of the National Economics Society and is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates. Mr. Moglia has already had a book written about his life, and he is the only author in the world who has written books on both investing and football.
He earned his degree in economics from Fordham University and his masters from the University of Delaware.
Larry G. Swets, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Larry G. Swets, Jr. has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Director since July 2020. Mr. Swets has over 25 years of experience within financial services encompassing both non-executive and executive roles. Mr. Swets founded Itasca Financial LLC, an advisory and investment firm, in 2005 and has served as its managing member since inception. Mr. Swets also founded and is the President of Itasca Golf Managers, Inc., a management services and advisory firm focused on the real estate and hospitality industries, in August 2018. Mr. Swets has served as a director and the Chief Executive Officer of GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. (TSXV: GFP) (formerly Itasca Capital Ltd.), a public company focused on investments in the forest products industry since June 2016. Mr. Swets has served as Chief Executive Officer of FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF) (formerly 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc.), which operates as a diversified reinsurance, investment management and real estate holding company, since November 2020, after having served as Interim CEO beginning in June 2020. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Kingsway Financial Services Inc. (NYSE: KFS) from July 2010 to September 2018, including as its President from July 2010 to March 2017.
Prior to founding Itasca Financial LLC, Mr. Swets served as an insurance company executive and advisor, including the role of director of investments and fixed income portfolio manager for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company, formerly known as Kemper Insurance Companies. Mr. Swets began his career in insurance as an intern in the Kemper Scholar program in 1994. Mr. Swets has also served as a member of the board of directors of FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF) since November 2013, Limbach Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LMB), a company which provides building infrastructure services since July 2016, Insurance Income Strategies Ltd. since October 2017, Harbor Custom Development, Inc. (Nasdaq: HCDI) since February 2020, Alexian Brothers Foundation since March 2018, and Unbounded Media Corporation since June 2019. Previously, he served as a member of the board of directors of Kingsway Financial Services Inc. from September 2013 to December 2018, Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFH) from December 2010 to January 2018, FMG Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: FMGQ) from May 2007 to September 2008, United Insurance Holdings Corp. from 2008 to March 2012, and Risk Enterprise Management Ltd. from November 2007 to May 2012. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Swets earned a Master’s Degree in Finance from DePaul University in 1999 and a Bachelor’s Degree from Valparaiso University in 1997. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
D. Kyle Cerminara
President and Director
D. Kyle Cerminara has served as our President and Director since July 2020. Mr. Cerminara over 20 years’ experience as an institutional investor, asset manager, director, chief executive, founder and operator of multiple financial services and technology businesses. Mr. Cerminara co-founded Fundamental Global in 2012 and serves as its chief executive officer.
Mr. Cerminara is a member of the board of directors of a num ber of companies focused in the reinsurance, investment management, technology and communication sectors, including Aldel Financial, Inc. (NYSE: ADF.U), a special purpose acquisition company focused on merging with a company that is exiting a restructuring process or that has transient current ownership, since April 2021; FG Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FGF) (formerly known as 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc.), which operates as a diversified reinsurance and investment management holding company, since December 2016; GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. (TSXV: GFP) (formerly Itasca Capital Ltd.), a public company focused on investments in the forest products industry, since June 2016; Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE American: BTN), a holding company with diverse business activities focused on serving the entertainment and retail markets, since February 2015; BK Technologies Corporation (NYSE American: BKTI), a provider of two-way radio communications equipment, since July 2015; and Firefly Systems Inc., a venture-backed digital advertising company, since August 2020.
Mr. Cerminara was appointed chairman of FG Financial Group, Inc. in May 2018 and served as its principal executive officer from March 2020 to June 2020. He was also appointed chairman of GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. in June 2018. Mr. Cerminara has served as the chairman of Ballantyne Strong, Inc. since May 2015. He also previously served as its chief executive officer from November 2015 through April 2020. He also served on the board of directors of Limbach Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LMB), a company which provides building infrastructure services, from March 2019 to March 2020; Iteris, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITI), a publicly-traded, applied informatics company, from August 2016 to November 2017; and Magnetek, Inc., a publicly-traded manufacturer, in 2015. He previously served on the board of directors of blueharbor bank, a community bank, from October 2013 to January 2020. He served as a Trustee and President of StrongVest ETF Trust, which was an open-end management investment company, from July 2016 to March 2021. Previously, Mr. Cerminara served as the co-chief investment officer of CWA Asset Management Group, LLC, a position he held from January 2013 to December 2020.
Prior to these roles, Mr. Cerminara was a portfolio manager at Sigma Capital Management, an independent financial adviser, from 2011 to 2012, a director and sector head of the Financials Industry at Highside Capital Management from 2009 to 2011, and a portfolio manager and director at CR Intrinsic Investors from 2007 to 2009. Before joining CR Intrinsic Investors, Mr. Cerminara was a vice president, associate portfolio manager and analyst at T. Rowe Price (Nasdaq: TROW) from 2001 to 2007, where he was named amongst Institutional Investor’s Best of the Buy Side Analysts in November 2006, and an analyst at Legg Mason from 2000 to 2001.
Mr. Cerminara received an MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, an NCAA Academic All American and Co-Captain of the men’s varsity tennis team. He also completed a China Executive Residency at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, China. Mr. Cerminara holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Nicholas Rudd has served on our board of directors since July 2020. Mr. Rudd is a financial services executive with a broad background in capital markets, insurance and insurance technology, investing, digital product development, and sports entertainment. Mr. Rudd worked at Two Sigma Insurance Quantified (“TSIQ”) from September 2017 to August 2020. During his time at TSIQ, he worked in partnerships, business operations, corporate development and business development. From February 2017 to September 2017, he was the business lead for Chubb’s Innovation Center. Mr. Rudd started his career at Banc of America Securities, the predecessor to BofA Securities, in July 2005. From BofA, Mr. Rudd moved into the sports and entertainment space, where he worked in a variety of functions for the executive leadership team of the United Football League (“UFL”) from August 2009 to April 2011. In April 2011, Mr. Rudd joined TD Ameritrade as the Chief of Staff to the Chairman, Joseph Moglia. Mr. Rudd has been a member of the board of managers of Brightline Partners, an advertising technology business, since September 2016. He also serves on the board of trustees of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, which provides after-school programming for young people ages 6 to 18 across six clubhouses (located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem). Mr. Rudd earned his B.A. in History from Columbia University’s Columbia College, and was an inaugural member of Cornell University’s Cornell Tech MBA program.
Robert Weeks has served on our board of directors since July 2020. Mr. Weeks has a background in investing, capital markets, investment banking and financial product development. Mr. Weeks has served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade since May 2014. Mr. Weeks has also served as an advisor to a private charitable foundation, where he has responsibility for all aspects of the foundation’s endowment and charitable operations since May 2014. Previously, from February 2010 to May 2014, Mr. Weeks worked at Merrill Lynch, where he developed financial products using commodity, equity, foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives. Mr. Weeks began his career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker focused on capital markets where he completed debt financings for companies in the technology, real estate, transportation and electric utility sectors. He also represented international financial institutions on structured note offerings. Mr. Weeks has served on the board of managers of Brightline Partners, an advertising technology business since September 2016. He has also served as a board observer at aWhere, Inc., an agronomic big data analytics company, since April 2017. He has also served on the board of directors of the Olympic Club Foundation since January 2020. Mr. Weeks earned a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.