Nineteen years ago, Janine Wertheim, president of Securities
America Advisors, as well as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Securities America, became involved with Fresh
Start for All Nations in Omaha, Nebraska, “a Christian ministry
that helps people work through issues of their heart by learning
to live a forgiven and forgiving life,” according to the executive.
Wertheim said that both she and her husband are passionate
about helping people rise above their circumstances: “To watch the
life-changing transformation of a person freed from the bondage
of unforgiveness is so gratifying. Everyone deserves a Fresh Start!”
Kimberly Kropp of Moylan Kropp has been a strong advocate for 17 years for
the Iowa School for the Deaf.
“My son was born profoundly deaf, and since that time it has been my mission to
help others like him,” she explained. “I serve on the Iowa School for the Deaf Board
of Directors and am actively involved in raising money for scholarships for deaf
students and helping them to succeed at all levels of education in their lives. These
children are brilliant, and all have their own unique gift. The goal is to provide them
the best education at all levels, be it elementary, high school, college or trade school.”
(Securities America is owned by Ladenburg Thalmann.)
Sigma Financial Corporation & Parkland Securities, LLC
“Sigma Financial Corporation and Parkland
Securities, LLC, have an award-winning
charitable initiative called Support Our Vets,
which has provided over $100,000 in funds
for veterans’ charities over the last two years.
We have been most involved with the Travis
Mills Foundation,” said Jerry Rydell, CEO,
Sigma Financial Corporation & Parkland
Rydell explained that the cause is important,
because veterans “have given so much on our
behalf. We believe that giving back is our duty.”
Sigma/Parkland firms have supported vet-
erans’ charities for over a decade, but one in
particular, the Travis Mills Foundation, has been a running fundraiser since 2017. “The firm has
contributed just over $65,000 for his unique cause,” the executive said.
Supporting that effort is Randy Hoover of Hoover Associates and a Sigma Financial Corporation
financial advisor, who enjoys working with a B-D that has the same values as his firm.
“My father was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War and with that, I feel I
have developed a deep appreciation for military service,” he explained. “I am honored to stand
with Sigma Parkland Securities in their support of organizations and charities that are centric to
veterans who have been wounded. Not only have we heard incredible tales from the battlefront
from veterans at our conferences, but we’ve been able to engage in fundraising through outright
donations and charitable auctions.”
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Veteran Travis Mills at the 2017 Sigma/Parkland Annual Confernce.
Sigma/Parkland CEO Jerry Rydell
(left) with Travis Mills.
Janine and Bob Wertheim (left), Mindy and Steve Petersen, and Anne
and Ken Loeffler at the Fresh Start Celebration Banquet in February 2018.
An Iowa West playground opening for kids with
cochlear implants, balance and mobility issues and
are deaf/blind in 2014, with Kim Kropp in the center.