The Executive Leadership Team at Girard
Susan Woltman Tietjen
Chief Executive Officer
Susan Woltman Tietjen serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Girard Securities, Inc. Ms. Tietjen began her career in the financial services industry in the administration of private trusts at a San Diego-based bank. In 1992, she joined Sentra Securities Corporation/Spelman & Co, Inc. where she gained experience in a wide range of operational, compliance and transition management functions. During her three years as a recruiter for Sentra/Spelman, she was the only individual to exceed company quotas. Demonstrating the entrepreneurial spirit for which Girard Securities is now known, Ms. Tietjen partnered with Melisa McGuire to form the retail independent contractor division of Girard Securities in 2002. Since that time, she has helped grow the company to record levels in terms of offices, registered representatives and revenues. Ms. Tietjen is a member of the National Financial Services Advisor Council and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses. She is also insurance licensed.
Chief Operating Officer
John Barragan has 15 years of experience in management, broker/dealer and RIA operations, clearing platforms, practice management, recruiting, technology, due diligence, compliance and as a successful investment advisor. He has a proven track record of increasing performance through dynamic leadership and process design/improvement, as well as relationship management.
John received his MBA from Westminster College’s Gore School of Business, as well as a graduate certificate in financial planning, in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1997. John also completed executive education coursework at Harvard Business School in 2009. John holds the following FINRA licenses: 7, 24, 28, 53, 55, 65 and 66.
Executive Vice President, National Sales & Marketing
Jason Rogers began his career in the financial services industry at Morgan Stanley in 1994 where he concentrated on the area of equity research. After joining Sentra Securities Corporation/Spelman & Co., Inc., he worked in the investment banking area, handling syndication and due diligence for investment banking candidates. His efforts in investment banking led to a senior equity trading position. Mr. Rogers subsequently transferred to the Marketing division, where he focused on investment advisory products. In 2002, he joined Girard Securities, Inc., where he is currently responsible for product review and cultivates and maintains the firm’s relationships with product sponsors and oversees sales presentations and conferences. Mr. Rogers has a B.A. in Business Administration and is a graduate of The Wharton School, Securities Industry Institute. He holds Series 7, 24, 31, 55 and 63 licenses and is a member of the National Due Diligence Alliance, the Nationwide Financial Network, and the San Diego Stock and Bond Association.
Chief Financial Officer
Shirley Klicman joined Girard Securities in 2009 bringing with her over 20 years of experience in accounting, commissions management, and financial operations oversight. She began her broker/dealer career at Sentra Securities in 1989 as an accountant and then continued to progress her career at WS Griffith, Inc., a broker/dealer owned by The Phoenix Companies. In her role with WS Griffith, she managed accounting, commissions and registration. Today, as Girard’s Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Klicman oversees the accounting and commissions departments and, as the firm’s Financial and Operations Principal (FINOP), is responsible for the Girard’s financial compliance. Ms. Klicman graduated with a degree in Finance from San Diego State University and holds a series 27 license.
Chief Compliance Officer
Patti Kuhlman brings a proven track record of leading successful broker/dealer and RIA firms with over 20 years of compliance, operations and trading knowledge. With experience in both equities and fixed income markets; retail and institutional clients; small start up to large multi-office firms, Patti has navigated the regulatory waters with proficiency.
Patti holds the following FINRA licenses: 3, 4, 7, 24, 27, 87, 63 and 99. Patti is responsible for the regulatory compliance for both the broker/dealer and the RIA.