Our Story

Located just outside of Chicago, IL, BPSI has been “lighting the way to a brighter tomorrow” for our registered representatives and clients since 1984. Our approach is straight-forward: support our Reps and clients to identify specific long-term goals and then develop and implement strategies to meet them. Our unique combination of the best Reps in the industry and convenient access to an extensive portfolio of mutual funds, variable products, stocks and bonds provides clients peace of mind when thinking about how to achieve their financial services goals.

 

In 2018, BPSI took a quantum leap forward in our mission to better serve our reps and clients, partnering with Brokers Alliance and Acrylic Financial to create a 3-legged stool for financial services. By synthesizing a captive business model in an independent setting, our firms’ respective reps, agents and advisors have access to the some of the biggest and best companies, products and services in the financial services industry. 

 

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Key Team Members

 

Charles R. Brettell, President

Charles R. “Bob” Brettell is the owner of and a registered representative with Brooklight Place Securities, Inc. (“BPSI”), holding SIE (Securities Industry Essentials), Series 7 (General Securities Representative), 66 (Uniform Combined State Law/Investment Advisory), 27 (Financial Operations Principal) and 24 (General Securities Principal) licenses and a licensed insurance agent.  Please refer to my profile on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website by clicking here.

Prior to acquiring BPSI, Mr. Brettell founded The Prosody Group, a full service management consulting, strategic advisory and communications firm, where he continues to serve clients in the agriculture, energy and financial services industries. Mr. Brettell was also a founder of Energy Asset Advisors, an energy industry financial consulting firm, and held executive posts with Tyr Energy and Aquila, Inc. (a Fortune 50 company).

Mr. Brettell’s diverse career experience has included, among other things, stints in investment banking, private equity, utilities and franchising. Among relevant duties in his career, Mr. Brettell has led and managed asset acquisition, due diligence, debt and equity financing, merger integration, project development and start-up/turn-around  management. Mr. Brettell has also worked as an attorney in private practice handling business and litigation matters.

Mr. Brettell earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Maryland, a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration (Finance) degree from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Laws (Tax) degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Charles Truhlar, Vice-President

Charles Truhlar is the Business Development Officer and registered representative with Brooklight Place Securities, Inc., holding SIE (Securities Industry Essentials), Series 7TO (General Securities Representative) and 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) licenses.  Please refer to my profile on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website by clicking here.

Mr. Truhlar is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF), and a musician, bad golfer and good cook.

Amy Buikema, Vice-President

Amy Buikema is the Chief Compliance Officer and registered representative with Brooklight Place Securities, Inc., holding SIE (Securities Industry Essentials), Series 7 (General Securities Representative), 24 (General Securities Principal), 53 (Municipal Securities Principal), 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law), and 66 (Uniform Combined State Law/Investment Advisory) licenses.  Please refer to my profile on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website by clicking here.

Since joining BPSI, Ms. Buikema has worked in both the Operations and Compliance departments with the broker-dealer back-office striving to offer superior service to the field force and their clients.  Prior to joining BPSI, Ms. Buikema worked at an online trading firm and a boutique insurance agency that offered financial services to a wide array of clients, including individuals, families and business entities. 

Ms. Buikema earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Calvin College located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Brian Dag, Operations Specialist

Brian Dag is a registered representative with Brooklight Place Securities, Inc., holding SIE (Securities Industry Essentials), Series 7 (General Securities Representative), 9/10 (General Securities Sales Supervisor),  24 (General Securities Principal), 55 (Limited Representative-Equity Trader), 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law), and 66 (Uniform Combined State Law/Investment Advisory) licenses.  Please refer to my profile on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website by clicking here.

Since joining BPSI, Mr. Dag has worked in both the Operations and Recruiting departments with the broker-dealer back-office.  Prior to joining BPSI, Mr. Dag was a Social Studies teacher at a local high school and a Senior Equity Trader at broker-dealer.  Just prior to joining BPSI, he held the role of Client Relationship Specialist at a branch location of a premier online brokerage.

Mr. Dag received his Bachelor’s degree in History and a teaching certificate from Elmhurst College located in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Howard Hiemstra, Operations Specialist

Howard Hiemstra is a registered representative with Brooklight Place Securities, Inc., holding SIE (Securities Industry Essentials), Series 7 (General Securities Representative, 24 (General Securities Principal), 53 (Municipal Securities Principal), 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law), and 65 (Uniform Investment Advisor Law) licenses.  Please refer to my profile on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website by clicking here.

Since joining BPSI, Mr. Hiemstra has worked in the Operations department with the broker-dealer back-office.  Prior to joining BPSI, Mr. Hiemstra worked at a branch for a nationally recognized agricultural firm in a supervisory capacity.  And just prior to joining BPSI, Mr. Hiemstra worked at an independent accounting firm as a Financial Advisor offering a full array of financial services and products to clients.

Mr. Hiemstra received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Studies from Iowa State University located in Ames, Iowa.

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