Our SEC Compliance Consultants
Our team of professionals is direct, honest and objective and has experience in the areas of:
- SEC compliance,
- GIPS® compliance and verification,
- attestation engagements,
- third-party compliance reviews,
- buy-side trading and operations, and
- SAS 70 (now known as an SSAE 16) policy and procedure audits.
We also hold a variety of credentials, including CFA , CIPM, CPA, CSCP, and IACCP®.
We have worked together, as a team, for over 10 years. Our size and focus allows us to spend the bulk of our time serving clients, rather than fulfilling management or administrative functions.
Tobin S. Cochran, IACCP®
Direct: (541) 200-7001
Mobile: (541) 944-1109
Tobin has over 22 years of experience working with investment advisers of all sizes, across all asset classes, within the United States, Asia and Europe. He currently manages several on-going client relationships pertaining to quarterly and annual compliance reviews and mock SEC examinations.
As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Tobin works closely with other committee members to continually uphold Focus 1’s values and service-level objectives, while also assisting with the operational and growth objectives of the firm.
Prior to July 2010 Tobin served as Partner and President of an internationally recognized specialist CPA firm for nearly 10 years, overseeing over 100 GIPS® client relationships within the United States, Asia and Europe. Tobin also served as a member of the Executive Committee where he helped set strategy and implement operational and growth objectives. Tobin was instrumental in helping to develop several significant strategic alliances with other key providers within the investment management industry. Tobin also served as a Managing Director for the international entity under common ownership, and was instrumental in negotiating and establishing joint venture businesses in Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan, and in securing and developing client relationships throughout Asia and Continental Europe.
Tobin earned the Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP) designation in 2013. Tobin is also a Certificate of Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) candidate, having already passed the Principles level of the examination, he anticipates sitting for the Expert level in late 2018.
Tobin graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and a Minor in Economics.
- Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP®) 2013
- Certificate of Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) candidate
- Passed the Principles level and anticipates sitting for the Expert level in late 2018.
- Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
(emphasis in Accounting and minor in Economics)
Southern Oregon University
Linda F. Beckmann, CSCP
Direct: (541) 200-7004
Mobile: (541) 944-0658
Linda has over 40 years of experience working in the financial industry, most recently serving as a Senior Member with FOCUS 1, where she works with many clients consulting on regulatory, compliance and internal control issues. Linda is also a valued resource when conducting mock SEC examinations on investment advisers.
As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Linda works closely with other committee members to continually uphold Focus 1’s values and service-level objectives, while also assisting with the operational and growth objectives of the firm.
Linda began her career in 1978 with Loeb, Rhoades & Hornblower. Within two years, PaineWebber took over the branch and she was promoted to Assistant Vice President/Operations Manager for PaineWebber. During her 10 years with PaineWebber, she passed the Series 7 and Series 8 exams, enabling her to act as Assistant Branch Manager, in addition to her operational responsibilities. She was a member of the operations advisory committees on both the regional and national levels. Linda spent 17 years as the Head Equity Trader and Trading Compliance Officer with a Registered Investment Advisory firm. She has been involved in the examination process on both the firm and regulatory level at PaineWebber and with the SEC during her tenure with the RIA. Linda has a thorough understanding of compliance, fiduciary responsibilities, back office procedures and a variety of trading systems.
- Certified Securities Compliance Professional® (CSCP)
- Member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals
- Linda graduated Cum Laude from Southern Oregon University with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and an enrichment perspective in the international arena. She completed her International Business courses while attending the Hochschule Harz University in Wernigerode, Germany during the summer of 2007.
Timothy M. Simons, CFA, CIPM, CSCP
Direct: (267) 254-1506
Tim has nearly 30 years of SEC compliance experience working with investment advisers of all sizes, across all asset classes. Prior to joining FOCUS 1, Tim was a Chief Compliance Examiner in the SEC’s Philadelphia Office where he also supervised a Branch of Investment Adviser/Investment Company Examiners and participated in over 200 examinations between 1988 and 2000. In addition to being a regular speaker at several regional industry conferences, he was an instructor at SEC national training for new examiners for many years.
In 2001, Tim became a Partner with an internationally recognized GIPS® compliance and verification specialist firm, performing and managing GIPS® verifications for clients and integrating the review of client presentations for SEC disclosures as well as GIPS® disclosures. When FOCUS 1’s predecessor firm was first established, Tim became its first Managing Director, and eventually as he serves today, Senior Managing Member.
He currently works with many of FOCUS 1’s clients, assisting the firm and the CCO with updating policies and procedures, assisting with regulatory filings, designing and implementing testing for the firm’s annual review, reviewing marketing materials, and conducting Mock SEC examinations. Tim conducts training webinars for FOCUS 1’s clients and the financial industry at large and is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences. His column, “Simons Says,” which provides commentary on the changes in the compliance environment and a seasoned perspective, is published in a variety of industry publications, including Emerging Manager Monthly and NSCP Currents as well as in FOCUS 1’s newsletter and blog.
Tim enjoys the change from the SEC and the opportunity to assist advisers in resolving their deficiencies, rather than just informing advisers that they have deficiencies.
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) 1998
- Certified Securities Compliance Professional (CSCP) 2007
- Certificate in Performance Measurement (CIPM) 2008
- Financial Planning Association, Member since 1990
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Member 1992-2015
- CPA Societies of Pennsylvania and Tennessee, Member 1992-2015
- Chartered Financial Analysts Institute, Member since 1998
- Financial Analysts of Philadelphia
- Member since 1998
- Director 2000-2003
- National Society of Compliance Professionals
- Member since 2000
- Director 2004-2007
- Finance Committee 2006-2017
- Investment Committee 2006-2017
- Chairman of Board of Governors for CSCP Designation 2008-2010
- Memphis Society of Financial Analysts, Member since 2004
- GIPS® Interpretations Subcommittee, U.S. representative 2004 – 2009
- North American Investment Performance Committee, U.S. representative 2005 – 2009
- CIPM Association, Member since 2008
- Masters Degree in Business Administration
(emphasis in Accounting and Finance)
George Mason University
- Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering
New Brunswick, New Jersey
- U.S. Army
- Tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam
Victoria A. Luiten, IACCP®
Direct: (626) 507-6139
Victoria has over 25 years of investment industry experience. In her current role as a Director, she is responsible for oversight of the firm’s regulatory compliance services. She works closely with several clients consulting on compliance matters and assists with compliance testing and review including: gap analyses; ADV and marketing material reviews; forensic testing; and mock SEC examinations.
As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Victoria works closely with other committee members to continually uphold Focus 1’s values and service-level objectives, while also assisting with the operational and growth objectives of the firm.
As a member of the BasisCode Implementation Committee, Victoria and other committee members are working with select client’s to replace legacy processes with an online cloud-based compliance program solution for improved workflow, audit controls and evidence of their 206(4)-7 annual review.
Prior to joining the FOCUS 1 team in July 2016 Victoria held a variety of positions with investment firms located in Southern California. Most recently, she was Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) for Lombardia Capital Partners. Prior to being appointed CCO she held a compliance and operations position. As CCO she was responsible for managing the firm’s investment adviser compliance program and managed the firm’s compliance coding within Charles River Investment Management System (CRIMS). Before joining Lombardia Capital Partners she held the position of Vice President, Marketing & Performance Analysis for 300 North Capital (formerly known as Provident Investment Counsel). During her 23 years with Provident Investment Counsel / 300 North Capital she worked with long-only domestic equity strategies (separate accounts, mutual funds, private placement funds) and hedge funds with responsibilities including compliance, GIPS®, performance measurement, marketing, client support, and management. She was a director at a Southern California non-profit organization prior to entering the investment industry in 1990.
- NRS Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional® (IACCP®), June 2016
- Charles River Investment Management System (CRIMS) Level 1 Compliance Certification , September 2014
- Alpha Gamma Sigma (The California Community College Honor Scholarship Society) Member
- Southern California Compliance Group (SCCG)
- Board Member – Treasurer (2017-2018)
- Member (2014 – Present)
- Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts
(emphasis in Public Relations)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- Associate of Science in Business, Gold Seal Graduate
Joseph F. Stowell III
Direct: (617) 752-3330
Joe has over 25 years of compliance experience working in the investment management industry. As an outsourced Chief Compliance Officer, he, as the Managing Member of Ally Compliance Partners (formerly the CCO Outsource Division of Focus 1 Associates), serves as the designated CCO for a limited number of SEC registered investment advisers. As an extended member of the Focus 1 team, Joe also provides industry and regulatory perspective to Focus 1’s consulting staff and client engagements, and helps drive the success and over all deployment of Focus 1’s cloud-based compliance program services.
Previously, Joe served as Global Chief Compliance Officer for Oechsle International Advisors (“Oechsle”), formerly an SEC registered investment adviser domiciled in Boston, MA with additional offices in Asia and Europe. For the past 14 years, Joe was responsible for administering the firm’s global compliance program in jurisdictions in and outside of the United States, which encompassed working under the guidance of several regulatory entities including: the SEC, SFC, FCA, BaFin, and the BCSC.
In addition to Joe’s role as CCO, he served as Oechsle’s Director of Operations, where he was responsible for managing the firm’s vendors, front/middle/back-office systems, and the outsourcing of technology and legal. Prior to being appointed Oechsle’s Global Chief Compliance Officer, he held a Senior Compliance Officer position where he helped support the overall compliance function.
Before joining Oechsle in 2004, Joe held the position of Compliance Manager for Putnam Investments, and Compliance Analyst for State Street, and Scudder Stevens and Clark. Joe’s investment management experience includes working with long-only and long-short strategies for both equity and fixed income mandates in a variety of account structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, private funds, and wrap and UMA platforms; responsibilities ranging from compliance, GIPS® compliance, internal audit, technology, legal, and business management.
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting, 1993
Plymouth State College
Krista S. Zipfel, CFA
Direct: (949) 250-1855
Krista has over 20 years of experience working with investment advisers across all sizes, asset classes, and types of clients served. She currently manages several client relationships providing annual compliance reviews and consulting on regulatory, compliance, and internal control matters. She is a regular speaker at numerous regional and national conferences.
As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Krista works closely with other committee members to continually uphold Focus 1’s values and service-level objectives, while also assisting with the operational and growth objectives of the firm.
Krista began her career in 1994 with Palley-Needelman Asset Management, Inc. During her 8 years at Palley-Needelman, she went from serving as a portfolio administrator and database administrator to completing her MBA, earning the CFA designation, passing the Series 7 and 65 exams, and becoming a Portfolio Manager and Director-Managed Account Operations. She later served as Managing Director for Finance 500 Advisory Services, Inc. and was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s operations and compliance program.
In 2003 Krista founded Advisor Solutions Group, Inc. (ASG) and has been the firm’s President and CEO for more than 15 years. She grew the firm from a solo practice to a team of 9 and supported over 200 RIA firms with their compliance programs. She helped advisers get registered, create compliance programs, and keep their programs current with changes in the business or regulations. In 2018 Krista joined Focus 1 as Director to focus her time on serving the compliance needs of investment advisers.
During her career she has been involved in in the examination process in both a firm and consultant role. She has prepared and submitted hundreds of regulatory filings. She has worked in the areas of compliance, portfolio management, client service, marketing, research, portfolio administration, operations, trading, and accounting. She has provided valuable advice to CEOs, Presidents, CIOs, portfolio managers, analysts, and administrative and operational staff and understands an RIA’s organization and compliance needs.
- Charted Financial Analyst (CFA®) 2000
- National Society of Compliance Professionals
- Board of Directors (2014 – Present)
- Finance Committee Chair/Treasurer (2016 – Present)
- Member (2004 – Present)
- Southern California Compliance Group
- Vice President (2009)
- Regulatory Affairs Committee (2009)
- Speakers Bureau Chair (2008)
- Membership Committee Chair (2007)
- Membership Committee (2006)
- Member (2003 – Present)
- CFA Society of Orange County
- Past-President (2002 – 2003)
- President (2001 – 2002)
- Vice-President, Program Chair (2000 – 2001)
- Brochure & Directory Committee Chair (1999 – 2000)
- Member (1999 – Present)
- CFA Society of Orange County Foundation
- Founder and Chair (2002 – 2008)
- Board Member (2002 – Present)
- CFA Institute
- Member (1998 – Present)
- Krista graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Management and Business Administration from Pacific Christian College. She holds an MBA with a Finance emphasis from California State University, Fullerton. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.
Mark D. Comish
Head of Regulatory Filings & Technology
Chief Operating Officer
Direct: (541) 200-7005
Mark has over 30 years of business experience in the computer and technology industry, including Information Technology, Corporate Management, Marketing and Web Services. As Head of Regulatory Filings & Technology, Mark oversees all things technology within the firm, which includes client facing services like Focus 1’s Regulatory Filing Bureau and its online cloud-based Compliance Program solution. As COO, Mark’s duties also include working with the firm’s Operations & Finance Manager to help support each of our compliance consultants.
As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Mark works closely with other committee members to continually uphold Focus 1’s values and service-level objectives, while also assisting with the operational and growth objectives of the firm.
As a member of the BasisCode Implementation Committee, Mark and other committee members are working with select client’s to replace legacy processes with an online cloud-based compliance program solution for improved workflow, audit controls and evidence of their 206(4)-7 annual review.
Prior to joining Focus 1, Mark was the Operations Manager and President of an internet based business domiciled on the West Coast. He managed the daily operations including Human Resources, shipping and customer service, while also maintaining the company’s website, work stations and internal servers. During his time in the technology industry, Mark has also managed customer lists, inventory systems and lead the company’s business development and sales activities. Mark was instrumental in the growth of the company, evolving from a two-person operation working from a garage, to a multi-million dollar company with over 50 employees.
As co-owner of a game development company in the late 1990’s, Mark not only assisted with game development, but he also managed the catalog design, production and distribution, and lead all email marketing and promotional campaigns. The company was later sold to a well-known publicly traded technology company.
Shalon C. Zimmerman
Operations & Finance Manager
Direct: (541) 200-6090
Shalon has over 15 years of experience managing and running back-office operations for companies in the entertainment and finance industries.
As the Operations & Finance Manager, Shalon works closely with the Strategic Planning Committee to help identify and prioritize operational improvements to existing back office processes, and financial recommendations for improved profitability. Shalon’s responsibilities also include overseeing Human Resources.
Shalon helps to ensure a cohesive and smooth process for client onboarding, billing and communications, while also managing a variety of in-house projects designed to help improve Focus 1’s service delivery and overall client experience.
Prior to joining Focus 1, Shalon was the Operations Manager of an internationally recognized specialty CPA firm that provides assurance and consulting solutions to the global financial services industry. She oversaw all daily operations that encompassed Human Resources, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, bookkeeping, 401K administration and client relations.
Christopher S. Gelinas
Senior Compliance Manager
Direct: (617) 752-3752
Chris has over 20 years of compliance experience working in the investment management industry, and as a Senior Manager with Ally Compliance Partners (formerly the CCO Outsource Division of Focus 1 Associates) Chris serves as the Deputy CCO , for a limited number of SEC registered investment advisers, where he is responsible for supporting the CCO.
As an extended member of the Focus 1 team, Chris also provides industry and regulatory perspective to Focus 1’s consulting staff and client engagements, and helps drive the success and over all deployment of Focus 1’s cloud-based compliance program services. Chris also helps support forensic testing for annual compliance reviews and mock SEC examinations.
Previously, Chris was a Senior Advisor at Fidelity Investments responsible for establishing and maintaining client, regulatory, and internal limitations within the Compliance rules-based system. Chris also spent 13 years working as the Director of Compliance (“DOC”) at Oechsle International Advisors (“Oechsle”), formerly an SEC registered investment adviser domiciled in Boston, MA with additional offices in Asia and Europe. While at Oechsle, Chris was responsible for assisting the Chief Compliance Officer in administering the firm’s global compliance program.
In addition to Chris’ role as DOC, he served as Oechsle’s Chief Compliance Officer of Canada as well as the designated Compliance Officer for their German Branch responsible for oversight and legal adherence to BCSC and BaFIN regulations. He also served as Oechsle’s Code of Ethics Officer charged with ensuring compliance with the Firm’s Code of Ethics policies. Before joining Oechsle in 2004, Chris held the position of Assistant Vice President for Putnam Investments responsible for ensuring investment compliance for Putnam Retail and Institutional Accounts.
Chris’ investment management experience includes working with long-only and long-short strategies for both equity and fixed income mandates in a variety of account structures including separate accounts, mutual funds, private funds, and wrap and UMA platforms; responsibilities ranging from compliance, GIPS® compliance, internal audit, technology, legal, and business management.
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 1992
University of New Hampshire
- Canadian Chief Compliance Officers Qualifying Exam 2017
Jesse J. Case, CFE
Senior Compliance Associate
Direct: (541) 200-7006
Jesse has over five years of industry experience, including SEC and GIPS® compliance consulting. As a Senior Compliance Associate, Jesse assists with forensic testing on several on-going client relationships pertaining to quarterly and annual compliance reviews and mock SEC examinations.
Prior to joining Focus 1, Jesse worked for an internationally recognized specialist CPA firm where he provided audit and consulting services to hedge funds, private equity and real estate firms, RIAs, investment companies, and insurance companies. His duties included maintaining client relationships while providing compliance consulting for advisers who had engaged in third-party verification for compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®), as well as assisting with the completion of any verification related testing and review items. Jesse’s duties expanded into financial audits, fund audits, and SEC custody examinations.
- Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
- Master’s Degree in Accounting
(emphasis in Audit and Fraud Examination)
Graduated with Distinctions
Keller Graduate School of Management
- Bachelor of Business Administration
(emphasis in Managerial Accounting)
Southern Oregon University
- U.S. Navy and U.S. Army – 12 years of combined service
- Jesse participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His additional deployments included Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and as part of Task Force Warrior to train Free Iraqi Forces in support of Operation Free Iraq.
Kevin W. Poteracke
Direct: (541) 200-7003
As a recent college graduate, Kevin is beginning his professional career with Focus 1 Associates, where he serves as a Compliance Associate, assisting with forensic testing pertaining to quarterly and annual compliance reviews and mock SEC examinations.
Prior to joining Focus 1, Kevin attended Southern Oregon University located in Ashland, Oregon. Kevin completed his education as a recipient of an Outstanding Senior Award, while attaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Mathematics, with a Certificate in Applied Finance and Economics. While attending Southern Oregon University, Kevin’s focus resided primarily in applied finance and applied statistics. Under a three-year athletic scholarship, Kevin participated in cross country and track & field and was recognized as an NAIA Academic All-American three times for Track & Field and once for cross country. Kevin has five years of experience working part time in the food service industry.
- Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification
- Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics
Southern Oregon University
- Certificate in Applied Finance and Economics
Southern Oregon University
Caleb B. Diaz
Direct: (541) 630-8257
Caleb attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a focus on finance and policy. While attending SOU, Caleb ran Cross Country and Track & Field, where he helped win the Cross-Country National Championship.
Upon graduating, Caleb began working at Lithia Motors in Accounts Receivable, until he transitioned into the role of Analyst where he helped create the Analyst department. His responsibilities as an analyst included forecasting, reporting, and analyzing data. As a Compliance Associate, Caleb assists with forensic testing pertaining to quarterly and annual compliance reviews and mock SEC examinations.
- Bachelor of Science in Economics
Southern Oregon University
Spencer L. Lennon
Compliance & Client Engagement Associate
Direct: (541) 203-2369
Spencer attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy while minoring in American History and Political Science. While at Oregon State, Spencer was involved in student government leadership with a focus on student fee allocation.
After graduating from Oregon State, Spencer worked for a boutique vineyard. His tasks included ensuring the back end of the operation functioned smoothly on a day to day basis as well as customer relation duties. Spencer’s responsibilities as a compliance associate include both client service initiatives while also providing assistance with forensic testing pertaining to quarterly and annual compliance reviews and mock SEC examinations.
- Bachelor of Science in Philosophy
(Minors in American History, Political Science)
Oregon State University