Clearing through National Financial Services LLC (NFS) and Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company.

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Choose Western International Securities, a highly respected independent broker-dealer and advisory firm.

Our culture is based on our unshakeable commitment to the support of our advisors. Western has thrived by offering solutions and stability for 20 years.

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Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company has a 75-year history

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  • Stability of management, concept and ownership
  • Ownership and autonomy to run your practice with no account minimums
  • Choose between several payout methods
  • The strength and support of the custodial services of National Financial Services LLC (NFS) and Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company

Key Services and Offerings

  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Options
  • Mutual Funds
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Managed Money Programs
  • Government Securities
  • Insurance and Annuity Products
  • Research Cash Management

The Two Models

At Western, we offer two basic models to make sure you find the right fit: Turnkey and Ultra Independent.

The Turnkey EXPERIENCE

This is an all-inclusive model affording the advisor to focus solely on their client book of business. Your payout percentage is important. Be sure to look at the whole picture. Remember to factor in other costs. Look to Western’s turnkey experience to provide you with the stability of infrastructure while putting the most possible revenue back in your pocket.

Western provides all the tools for a turnkey experience:

  • Office
  • Computer
  • Live Quotes
  • Technology
  • Conference Rooms

The Ultra Independent EXPERIENCE

This model is for the advisor who enjoys greater independence. The ultra-independent advisor is an entrepreneur who has an established office and thrives/enjoys running their own business.

  • Greater Independence
  • Autonomy
  • Personal relationship with Western’s team members
  • Higher compensation

What Makes Western Unique

We are a broker-dealer and advisory firm with an unwavering commitment to the support of our advisors.

Western is known as much for its flexibility and professionalism as for having access to the financial tools, and resources of such reputable clearing firms as National Financial Services and Pershing. Access to their platforms affords investment professionals the luxury of serving their clients without a hidden agenda.

Western is a growing and dynamic broker-dealer which prides itself on the spirit and professionalism of its advisors. We continually seek to attract industry-leading professionals who are entrepreneurial by nature and thrive within a performance-orientated organization.

Our team members are the foundation of our success. The focus since Western’s inception has been to build a team that is not only dedicated and experienced, but also performs to the highest standards and shares its core principle of putting the interest of its advisors and their clients first.

Donald Bizub, CEO
Donald Bizub, CEO

A graduate of California Polytechnic University Don Bizub has over 23 years in the financial industry. Shortly after joining Western International in 1996, Don was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and, in 1998, Chief Executive Officer.

In addition to the responsibilities at Western International, Don currently serves on the SIFMA Independent Firms Committee. Don has also served as President of the Securities Industry Management Association of Southern California and has been on the Board of Directors for The National Association of Independent Broker/Dealers.

Brad Kaiser
Brad Kaiser
Sr. Managing Director
Chief Compliance Officer

With a thorough knowledge of industry rules and regulations, Brad Kaiser joined Western in February 2009. Over the last 20 years Brad has worked as an Investment Advisor, Managing Director and a Supervisor of Examiners with FINRA (Formerly NASD).

Prior to joining Western, Brad managed his own investment advisory practice and brokerage consulting company, assisting firms with compliance and business related matters pertaining to FINRA and SEC Rules and Regulations.

Brad is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and holds a degree in Finance from California State University Long Beach.

Andrew Kuo
Andrew Kuo
Managing Director
Operations, Transition and IT

Before joining Western International in 2007, Andrew spent over 10 years at two of the world’s largest financial firms, ING and Chase Bank (formerly Washington Mutual). While first joining Western International as the Senior Compliance Officer and then Head of Compliance, Andrew transitioned to Managing Director of Operations which includes broker relations and information technology.

Tom O’Connell
Tom O’Connell
Associate Director
New Business Development

Tom has 22 years of experience in the securities industry having worked as a registered representative, assistant trader, operations manager, and marketing representative. Prior to Western, he spent ten years at Froley Revy Investment Co., a Los Angeles based institutional money management company.

Wendy Rea
Wendy Rea
Sr. Managing Director
Chief Operating Officer

Wendy comes to Western with a broad range of in-depth experience and knowledge gained from over 30 years in the securities business. During her 25+ year career at Wedbush Securities, Wendy was the Senior Vice President responsible for the development and management of the clearing division. In that role, she gained experience in business development, retail and institutional brokerage, high frequency trading, proprietary trading and operations.

Wendy expanded her industry experience while working with the Institutional Sales division of William O’Neil + Co. and later by joining GBS Financial as COO.

Products We Support

What sets Western apart as an independent broker-dealer is that we support a variety of products so you can help your clients achieve their financial goals.

Advisory Services
Advisory Services

Through NFS and Pershing, we offer you the ability to manage client portfolios directly, create models of your own or rely on third parties for money management.

Alternative Investment Vehicles
Alternative Investment Vehicles

We enable true asset diversity, offering access to less traditional investments, such as REITS and BDCs.

Annuities
Annuities

With 10 Million baby boomers set to retire, annuities are more important than ever.  Western supports nearly all types of annuity contracts, and we provide the research guidance you need to choose the “right” one for your client.

Equities
Equities

With access to research and live quotes, you’re uniquely positioned to help clients choose the right investments.

Fixed Income
Fixed Income

Our fixed income suite includes, but is not limited to, Treasuries, Municipals, Corporate Debt, and Structured CDs enabling you to offer clients exactly the right fixed income products for their unique tax and risk profile.

Insurance
Insurance

Insurance is critical to long-term security. Rely on Western to vet carriers, take applications and support the underwriting process while you focus on client relationships and helping find the right investment mix.

Retirement Plans
Retirement Plans

The Western team has extensive in-house experience managing ERISA plans, navigating tax and compliance issues related to retirement accounts, and navigating among different tax-advantaged vehicles.

Health Insurance FAQ
Health Insurance FAQ

Answer key questions about the Affordable Care Act critical to Independent Financial Advisors.

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Our Technology

  • Fully integrated technology platform across devices
  • Customizable investor portal
  • Collaboration and success tools
  • Self-service brokerage, market data and research tools, instant trading access, and mobile check deposit
  • Paperless e-notifications for new documents
  • Automated client review & reporting
  • Automated Portfolio Analysis & Research
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Customizable single view, giving you the client’s “big picture” in seconds
  • Quickly open accounts online
  • Input client information once, use it to open multiple accounts.
  • Transferring more than 100 clients? We can bulk import your client information.
  • Auto populate PDF forms with your client information
  • New Account forms, Change of Dealer, Account Transfer, Brokerage Accounts, IRA Agreements and more.
  • Document management system can ease the burden of complying with increasingly stringent multi-regulatory rules and retention requirements.

Resources and Research

Through Western’s clearing relationship with National Financial Services and Pershing, you have access to a vast array of perspectives, research and analysis. We also regularly distribute key thought leadership pieces. Recent guides and documents include:

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Keep what you earn. Live life on your terms.

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