NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC (“NorthStar”) exists to innovate and develop products and services, strengthen our partners, and provide tools and resources to empower investment advisors.
With approximately 800 employees and $500 Billion in assets under management and administration, NorthStar is a holding company for several subsidiaries. Each company offers unique services within the financial industry, including asset management, pooled investment solutions, portfolio accounting, fund distribution and compliance, and printing and marketing services. NorthStar provides accounting, human resources, marketing, legal, and sales leadership for all its subsidiaries.
Together, our synergy helps investment advisors enhance their service to clients, increase their operational efficiencies, and expand their businesses. Our staff includes experienced professionals with industry-specific knowledge, technology-based proficiency, and creative problem solving skills.
Jon Baum serves as Executive Chair of the Board for NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC. He is the former Chairman and CEO of both The Dreyfus Corporation, a subsidiary of BNY Mellon, and MBSC, Mellon Bank Securities Corporation. Mr. Baum is a financial industry leader recognized for his expertise in the retail brokerage and asset management sectors. He currently holds series 6, 7, 8, 24, 63, 69 licenses.
Todd Clarke is Managing Director of Sales and Marketing for NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC (“NorthStar”). Mr. Clarke is responsible for leading the NorthStar National Accounts and Marketing teams, which focus on leveraging the collective size and offerings of NorthStar to offer advisors and partners additional tools and distribution outlets. He currently holds the Series 7, Series 63, and Series 66 securities registrations.
Eric Clarke is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Orion Advisor Services, LLC. Mr. Clarke enjoys meeting with advisors to learn the challenges they face day-to-day, and developing solutions that improve their business operations and client interactions.
Ryan Beach serves as Chief Executive Officer of CLS Investments, LLC (“CLS”), where he oversees CLS’s Executive, Portfolio Management, and Business Development teams. Ryan also serves as President of the AdvisorOne Funds, a series mutual fund trust. Prior to joining CLS, Ryan served as Associate General Counsel for NorthStar, CLS’s parent company. He currently holds the Series 65 securities registration.
Kevin Hesselbirg joined Gemini Fund Services, LLC, Gemini Hedge Fund Services, LLC, and Gemini Alternative Funds, LLC, in 2017 as the Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Kevin oversees all areas of the companies including fund administration, fund accounting, transfer agency and shareholder servicing, client services, and legal administration. He is also responsible for expanding product offerings and service capabilities.
Brian Nielsen serves as General Counsel of NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC (“NorthStar”). As General Counsel, Mr Nielsen is responsible for legal oversight of NorthStar and its subsidiary companies. Mr. Nielsen also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Northern Lights Distributors, LLC and Northern Lights Compliance Services, LLC, two subsidiaries of NorthStar. He currently holds the Series 7 and Series 24 securities registrations.
Bill Wostoupal currently serves as President of Northern Lights Distributors, LLC (“NLD”), and Executive Vice President of Sales for NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC, NLD’s parent firm. As Executive Vice President of Sales for NorthStar, Bill leads a team dedicated to onboarding and serving institutional clients like state-sponsored programs, pensions, endowments, and foundations. He currently holds the Series 3, 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations.
Daniel Applegarth is the Chief Financial Officer for NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC. Daniel began his career at Ernst & Young as an Auditor focusing on technology and financial services companies. Daniel is a certified public accountant and holds a Series 27 securities registration. He earned his MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Julie Lane currently serves as Vice President, Human Resources for NorthStar Financial Services Group, LLC. She has been an HR leader in numerous industries including: retail, packaging and technology. She holds the professional human resources certifications of SPHR and SHRM – SCP. Julie earned her MBA from Bellevue University.