Denise Wypiszenski - KAR Strategic Partner
Denise Wypiszenski serves as President of Orchid Network LLC, an executive search and consulting firm, and as a KAR Consulting Strategic Partner. As a strategic partner, she acts in a consultative role to provide strategic direction and to expand the company’s footprint by connecting KAR Consulting with wealth management and asset management companies where needs exist for advisory transition and pricing initiatives. Before founding Orchid Network LLC, Denise spent over 17 years in the financial services industry. Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer / Managing Director of Robert W. Baird's Private Wealth Management (PWM) business. She oversaw Financial Advisor and Branch Manager recruiting and transition, resulting in the identification and hiring of key talent essential to expanding Baird's footprint nationwide. She helped shape and communicate PWM's strategy to key business partners. Denise also had direct responsibility for critical strategic initiatives including alignment of product and services support, professional development, marketing and sales efforts, and business development. Denise started her career in 1993 as a successful Financial Advisor with Smith Barney in Omaha, NE. Throughout her career, and several relocations with MSSB (and predecessor firms), she was promoted to several senior/executive management positions ranging from branch and sales management to recruiting and operations. Her successful career followed the path of Financial Advisor, National Training Officer, Branch Management, Director of National Recruiting, and COO - Western Division. Denise is a member of the Commercial Advisory Board for Pinstripe Inc., an RPO provider. She holds a BSBA degree from the University of NE at Omaha where she graduated cum laude with a double major in Finance and Banking. She currently resides in Naperville, IL, with her husband, Joe, and two children, a high-school sophomore, and a freshman at Miami University of OH.
John P. Cianciulli, President of Team Edge Consulting, designs and delivers consulting and coaching solutions for Wealth Advisory firms and teams in the
financial services industry. John has over 20 years of industry experience with Morgan Stanley and predecessor firms. In his most recent role as the Director of
Team Development and Practice Management, John led the firm’s initiatives to form and develop industry-leading Wealth Advisory teams. He was the
architect and keynote presenter at several of the firm’s Financial Advisor programs and he has personally coached many of the firm’s top producing advisors
and teams, including those in the Barron’s Top 100. In John’s previous roles as a successful Smith Barney Financial Advisor, Branch Manager, Team Consultant
and Manager of FAA Training, he gained hands-on experience that has provided insights into the strategies, tactics and behaviors that distinguish the
industry’s top performers. John utilizes his certification as a Certified Professional Behavioral and Values Analyst to guide teams with their group dynamics, role
delineation and communication. John has an MBA in Finance from Drexel University and a BA in Business from Penn State.
Kammy McClurg serves as an FA Business Model Associate as well as our phone receptionist. She is responsible for office management, hospitality, scheduling and confirming meetings, and preparing materials for all workshop programs, speaking engagement presentations and coaching engagements. In addition, she provides support to the firm’s consultants, specialists and marketing function by handling key administrative and servicing functions. She oversees the firm’s marketing and social media plans and project implementation; client communications and appreciation activities; event management and community involvement, all with an eye on keeping our clients’ experience at the forefront. In this role, she supports the development and management of the company. Ever focused on the team approach, Kammy continually looks for ways to align details with people for a positive client experience. Kammy joined KAR in 2011 with more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including guest and policy servicing as GM of a private restaurant corporation in Nashville. She enjoys walking her dog along Lake Michigan, reading autobiographies and global travel. Her passions include theater patronage and giggling with her nieces and nephew. Kammy is a Northern California native who enjoys exploring the great city of Chicago.