Our team is comprised of industry veterans, each with over three decades of experience. We are passionate, excited, and committed to our work – we love what we do, and that’s reflected in the service and experience we deliver to our clients.
Founding Partner & Principal
Dave retired as a managing director at Merrill Lynch in 2007, where he personally hired, trained and managed over 500 financial advisors over 27 years. He has worked with over 100 individual million-dollar and multimillion-dollar advisors, including five of Merrill Lynch’s top 30. His responsibilities included:
During his management career, Dave was recognized numerous times for being one of Merrill Lynch’s top national managers. While at Merrill Lynch his advisor training programs had a consistent success rate significantly higher than the industry average. Dave founded LearnTactix, now called Altius Learning, in 2007 with the objective of creating training and coaching programs that would be career-changing experiences for participating advisors and managers. He is the author of two bestselling books: The Million Dollar Financial Services Practice (one of On Wall Street magazine’s top picks and a Top Five choice by AdvisorOne); and The Million Dollar Advisor—Powerful Lessons and Proven Strategies from Top Producers (one of On Wall Street magazine’s top picks). He has been featured in Investment News and Smart Money magazines. Dave holds a BA and MBA from the University of Georgia, and has attended the Executive Leadership Program at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. Dave is an avid mountain bike rider and skier. He and his wife Cynthia have 4 children and reside in Denver CO.
Principal & Partner
Jim retired from Merrill Lynch after a 30-year career, which included 20 years in management and leadership roles with responsibility for markets in Chicago, Albuquerque, Seattle, and San Francisco. During his tenure Jim was recognized as one of the top three managing directors in the Global Wealth Management Group and worked closely with Merrill Lynch senior leadership as the National Sales Manager for the firm’s Western Division based in New York City.
Following his retirement from Merrill Lynch, Jim spent several years in the independent advisory (RIA) channel of the wealth management industry before joining Altius Learning in 2012. A graduate of the University of Washington’s business school, Jim maintains certification as a Certified Investment Management Analyst.
An avid skier, Jim is married with two children and lives in Park City, Utah.
Carl spent 23 years with Merrill Lynch. Following his graduation from The College of William and Mary he began his Merrill Lynch career in the Corporate Intern Program located at the firm’s world headquarters in New York. Subsequently he became a financial advisor at the famous “WK” branch in Washington DC. Carl excelled as a top advisor for seven years before moving into management in 1988. He later worked in several different locations: Lawrenceville, NJ, Rockville, MD and Tyson’s Corner, VA before he assumed leadership of the highly ranked (#2) Washington, DC, “WK” Office.
During his management tenure, Carl was recognized on four occasions for being one of Merrill Lynch’s top national managers. He served on the Managers Advisory Council to the President of Merrill Lynch.
In the summer of 2003 Carl left Merrill Lynch to become one of the founding partners of a new specialty finance firm, Concord Capital in New York. For over six years Carl led Concord’s sales efforts, marketing the firm’s premium finance capabilities to over two dozen of the top insurance distributors in the U.S. During this time his efforts generated over $1.5 billion in face value of life insurance sales.
In 2010 Carl became Managing Partner of Cornerstone Financial Partners focused on building New England Financials’ presence in Washington DC. Carl joined Altius Learning in February of 2012. He and his family live in Falls Church, Virginia.
Bobby joined Merrill Lynch in December 1968 as an Account Executive in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office. He entered the Merrill Lynch management program in 1976 and had leadership responsibilities for offices in Dallas Texas, Columbia South Carolina, and Houston Texas. During his tenure in the Houston Complex it became the third largest complex in Merrill Lynch with over $130MM in revenue and in excess of $22 billion in assets. Bobby recruited and opened the first Private Wealth Office serving high net worth clients in Merrill Lynch.
In December 2006, Bobby retired from Merrill Lynch ending a career that had spanned 38 years with 30 years in management.
In November 2010, Bobby joined Advisors Asset Management as a consultant and eventually he became President of the IBD/RIA Sales Division. He retired from AAM on December 31, 2013.
Bobby graduated form Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1963. His senior year he was captain of the LSU baseball team, was chosen the Outstanding Senior in the College of Business and served as Corps Commander of the combined Army/Air Force ROTC units.
Bobby was inducted into the LSU College of Business Hall of Distinction in 2001 and is the past Chairman of the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation.
Bobby and Janet live in Houston and have two children and a granddaughter.
Peter’s career in Financial Services spans more than 34 years, and includes the management, coaching, and professional development of over 1500 advisors at two major firms.
He began his career in 1981 with Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in Baltimore, Maryland, and, over the next 24 years, successfully progressed through the various positions of Producing Sales Manager, Sales Manager, Resident Manager, and Resident Vice President/Complex Manager. His management career started as a Sales Manager of their World Headquarters office in New York City, and progressed to that of Resident Vice President of the Northern Virginia Complex, a top 10 office for the firm at the time.
After retiring from Merrill Lynch in January of 2004, Peter joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as Managing Director of National Sales with specific responsibility for Professional Development for the firm’s 1400+ advisors. At Oppenheimer, he established the Professional Development Department, including an internal website, a large library of turnkey solutions, whitepapers, and presentations pertaining to all aspects of Practice Management. Working with the firm’s advisors and managers through group workshops and peer group forums, Peter developed a keen understanding of the habits, traits, and best practices of some the most successful advisors in the industry.
His passion is to continually share those best practices with all advisors, and to find innovative ways to encourage them as they excel to new levels they never thought possible.
Peter attended The Choate School, and graduated from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. He is an avid skier, outdoor enthusiast, and guitar player and lives with his wife Lee in McLean Virginia.
Frank spent the last 32 years in the financial services industry with Prudential Securities and Merrill Lynch, where he retired in 2014. He served in a variety of positions during his tenure; Financial Advisor, Associate Manager, District Sales Manager as well as Complex Director. His leadership roles had market responsibilities in Southern Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, the Carolinas, Central New Jersey, the suburbs of Philadelphia and the State of Delaware. In those assignments he had the opportunity to work with and coach many of the firm’s largest and most successful Financial Advisors and Teams.
At Prudential Securities he was named to the Branch Management Advisory Council and also recognized nationally for performance as one of Merrill Lynch’s top Directors. Frank had the privilege of serving the New Orleans Complex during, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and received the Firm’s Responsible Citizenship Award for his leadership. He was featured in Research Magazine with a story about this formative career event.
Frank is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA and is an active mentor of their undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. He also attended The Securities Industry Association Branch Management Leadership Institute at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Frank and his wife Jill live outside of Philadelphia in Malvern, PA and have four adult sons.
Alane joined Altius Learning as an Principal in early 2017 after 36 years with Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. She retired as a Managing Director in April of 2016. Alane spent the first 20 years of her career as a Financial Advisor in New York City and Princeton, NJ and in 2003 transitioned to a leadership role as the Associate Director in Charlotte, NC. From 2006 to 2013, Alane was the Merrill Complex Director for various markets including Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Buckhead and Western Pennsylvania. She also served on the Director Advisory Council to Senior Management and was elected Chairperson in 2011.
In 2013 Alane served as the Southeast Division Executive for Preferred Banking and Merrill Edge where she led a team of Financial Solution Advisors delivering banking, lending, credit and investment solutions to Bank of America’s Preferred clients in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. By 2015 Alane became the Sales and Strategy Executive for Preferred Banking and Merrill Edge.
Alane graduated from Pace University in New York City. She resides with her husband in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. They have two daughters, Morgan and Cornelia.
Director of Business Development
Missy’s career in Business Development spans more than 25 years including experience in the financial services industry. Her career includes management, training and leading teams in sales and branding. She is experienced in developing new markets and driving financially sound initiatives.
Missy truly understands a financial advisor’s mindset and how they can best grow their practices. She has participated in our intensive workshop and knows how successful results based coaching accelerates success.
Missy is on the Glendorn Foundation Board, the Denver Foundation Impact Investing and Philanthropic Services committees and is a past board member of Denver Academy. She is the co-founder and past VP, Treasurer of Women in Energy in Denver. She self-published Gotta Go Now: From More Joy in Your Job to Changing Careers.
Missy graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado and received her MBA from the University of Denver. She and her husband John live in Denver, they have 3 married sons and 4 grandchildren.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark retired in 2014 after 30 years in the public accounting, corporate finance and financial services industries. He joined the Altius Learning team in March, 2015. Mark previously worked for Data Med, Inc. (Accountant, 2 years), Deloitte (Senior Tax Consultant, 2 years), Dyno Nobel Inc. (Corporate Tax Manager and Divisional Controller, 7 years), Fidelity Investments (Finance Director, 5 years) and Goldman Sachs (Vice President, Finance and Operations,14 years). While with Goldman Sachs, Mark had global oversight responsibilities for the Project Management, Client On-boarding and Client Reference Data functions, as well as Finance and Administration responsibilities for the Salt Lake City Office (when the office opened in 2000).
Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from Utah State University. Mark also maintains his license as a Certified Public Accountant. In his spare time, he likes to read history and biographies. He also enjoys hiking and travel with his wife Lori. They have four children. He and his wife live in Francis, Utah.
Jan’s career began working for Merrill Lynch that spanned 37 years from 1973 to 2010. Jan began her career at Merrill Lynch as a Sales Assistant; working directly with Financial Advisors. During her career at Merrill Lynch, her responsibilities included working with the Management Teams in the Denver Colorado Complexes; and working directly with the Managing Directors. While in that role, she worked for Dave Mullen and began a working relationship that has lasted over 26 years. Jan was instrumental in helping Dave complete his first book, The Million Dollar Financial Services Practice in 2007. Jan retired from Merrill Lynch in 2010, and is working again with Dave Mullen and Altius Learning. Jan lives in the Denver Metro Area.
Christine graduated from the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah in 2008 with a degree in economics. Shortly after graduating she started her career as the merchandise buyer and retail manager for Park City Mountain Resort. She was responsible for managing a team of 12+ associates with annual sales of over $1.5 million dollars. After 14 years in the ski industry, Christine decided it was time for a change in her career and joined the Altius Learning Team as the Administrative Manager for the Park City office in January of 2016.
Christine enjoys the outdoors and embraces all the adventures Utah has to offer. She lives in Oakley, Utah with her husband and daughter.
Sallie graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Upon graduating, she moved back to Utah to be closer to family and began working as Program Manager for a not-for-profit organization based in Park City. Though she loved traveling internationally and providing humanitarian aid to those in great need, her biggest accomplishment was introducing the same programs to the local community in Utah. She expanded the programs to over 4 locations and counting. Sallie joined Altius Learning as the Administrative Manager in October of 2017.
Sallie loves traveling, good food, and spending quality time with her family. She lives in Kamas, Utah with her husband and daughter.