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Our Leadership Team consists of a Board of Directors and Executive Management members each bring their own unique talents and expertise with extraordinary vision. We take pride in providing concierge-level service through our Advisor Relations support team of dedicated Relationship Managers, our Transition and Training and our experienced Operations and Compliance professionals that serve as advocates for each advisor.

Executive Team


President & CEO
Email: cdeshaw@bdfs.com
Phone: (515) 727-6764

Christina DeShaw, President and CEO, has served in a leadership role with BDFS for many years, including serving as Chairman of the Board for the last three years. She brings over fifteen years of broad experience in the advice industry, and prior to joining BDFS she was with ING, now Voya Financial.

Christina also continues as a voting member of the BDFS Board.

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer
Email: bbennett@bdfs.com
Phone: (515) 727-6777

As Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Barbara is responsible for the firm’s compliance department and operations.  Barbara has 30+ years of investment industry and legal and compliance experience.

She has been responsible for recruiting, training and managing brokerage firm sales professionals and administrative personnel. Her experience includes operational and financial success of investment firms, developing product departments and strategic alliances, supervising sales practices, establishing marketing plans and managing regulatory and customer inquiries.

Ms. Bennett received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colorado Women’s College and her JD from Creighton University School of Law.

Chief Financial Officer
Email: rsherwood@bdfs.com
Phone: (515) 727-6711

Rob Sherwood serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Investment Advisors Corp. and Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. He and his team are responsible for managing the firms’ financial statements, commissions, investment advisory billing, accounts payable/receivable, payroll, cash management and human resources.

Prior to joining the firm, Rob served as Chief Financial Officer for HomeServices Mortgage and Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company over the past 11 years. During his years in the mortgage industry he helped streamline accounting processes, implement new systems, negotiate favorable contract terms and drive expense savings. Rob led accounting and finance, capital markets and information technology teams. Rob also spent 10 years of his career in Public Accounting and was a CPA primarily in financial services.

Rob received his bachelor of arts’s (BA) degree in Accounting from University of Northern Iowa and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at University of Phoenix.

Relationship Managers

C. Phelps PictureCODY PHELPS
VP Business Development Advisory & Brokerage
Email: cphelps@bdfs.com
Phone: (515) 727-6717

Cody serves as the Vice President of Business Development and is responsible for the development of IAC’s hybrid RIA programs and services.

Cody joined IAC/BDFS in 2011, serving as a Trading and Fixed Income Specialist and then Relationship Manager for IBA Securities, a division of Broker Dealer Financial Services Corp. (BDFS) and Mutual Fund Sales and Marketing Manager. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones and as a Client Service Consultant for Wells Fargo Advantage funds.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Central College in Pella, Iowa and holds FINRA Series 7, 63, 66, 53 and NFA Series 3 licenses.

Relationship Manager – Advisory
Email: anielsen@bdfs.com
Phone: (515) 727-6742

Alec L. Nielsen serves as the Relationship Manager for Investment Advisors Corp. He is responsible for the development and growth of advisory programs and services by providing on-going training to IARs on representative managed programs, third party managed programs and financial planning services. He also coordinates and assists with firm projects and tasks between compliance, accounting, operations, advisors and custodians.

Alec has over 10 years of investment and insurance industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, Alec worked with a small, independent advisory firm in West Des Moines, IA. He also spent numerous years working for a Top 100 Independent Financial Advisor.

Alec received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa – Henry B. Tippie College of Business. He currently holds the Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) designation from the College for Financial Planning.

He and his wife, Holly, live in Waukee with their yellow Labrador retriever, Simba. Alec is an avid cyclist and Hawkeye Football season ticket holder.

Relationship Manager – Independent
Email: tgarrington@bdfs.com
Phone: (515) 727-6767

Todd serves as the Relationship Manager for our Independent representative channel at BDFS.  He is responsible for building partnerships and open communication with our Independent representatives on their needs and important policies from BDFSC.

Todd has over 20 years of investment experience in  account management, relationship building, RIA’s and wholesaling.  He is a graduate of Upper Iowa University and has his Series 6 and Insurance licenses.

He and his wife, Shelley, live in Waukee and have three children, Tanner, Trey and Tate.  Todd enjoys spending time attending his children’s sporting events.