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Our experienced compliance team understands your business.

Whether you are a new start-up or a seasoned veteran who understands that compliance risks can jeopardize your firm, our experienced professional team is ready and able to protect you.

Our team of consultants bring decades of experience working with Investment Advisers, Broker Dealers, Hedge Funds, and Insurance Companies.

Cathy Vasilev

Founding Member

Cathy brings more than 25 years of compliance and supervisory expertise in independent broker-dealers, wire-house broker/dealers, and RIAs. Cathy served as the Assistant Vice President of Supervisory Systems and Controls at NFP Securities, an independent broker/dealer, and RIA. She was an Associate Manager for Prudential where she supervised 75 representatives, performing all compliance functions for the branch. She began her career as a stockbroker for Salomon Smith Barney and later moved to compliance and operations. Cathy has a Masters of Business Management degree. She is a member of the Association of Compliance Professionals; a member of National Society of Compliance Professionals; a member of Compliance and AML Professionals; and has FINRA Series 7, 24, 26, 63 and Life and Health licenses.

Stephen Pope

Founding Member

Stephen brings a wealth of experience in developing mission-critical software applications for the financial services industry. With over 27 years of experience in software sales and development, sales management, marketing, and operations, Stephen’s consultative approach is well-suited to working with independent advisers.

Stephen served as Director of Application Engineering at NFP Securities where he led a team of developers to create custom software for the broker/dealer and RIA. Stephen was the Managing Director of Operations for Perficient, Inc., a public company with 220 consultants. He is an entrepreneur who has owned several successful start-ups and has vast experience in project management and client relationship-building. He is also well-versed on the latest cutting-edge technology in the financial industry.

Stephen has a Masters of Business Administration degree. He is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals; a former member of the Project Management Institute; has both Microsoft and IBM technical certifications; and formerly held a FINRA Series 7.

Rick Grashel

Founding Member - Chief Technology Officer

Rick has more than 25 years of experience leading enterprise software development and commercial software initiatives and is a key part of Red Oak’s AdMaster Compliance application.

Most recently, Rick was the Director of Hadoop/Big Data Solutions for Dell.  Prior to Dell, Rick served as a Director of Software Engineering for Initiate Systems, which became the leading provider of master data management (MDM) solutions for the healthcare, government, enterprise, and financial services industries. Initiate Systems was acquired by IBM in March 2010. Rick also served as a consulting technical architect at Sony Pictures Entertainment where he led the technical implementation of a large-scale global application which handled all of Sony’s global rights asset management. Prior to that, Rick was a Managing Consultant for Computing Information Services which was a leading best-of- breed vendor of ERP software for the publishing industry.

Rick is a patent holder and has a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management from SMU with a secondary emphasis in Operations Research and Mathematics.

Steven Horn

Senior Consultant and Audit Manager

Steven acquired thirteen years of experience as an RIA and broker/dealer regulator prior to joining Red Oak. Steven began his financial services career as a financial examiner for the Texas State Securities Board in March 2000 and became one of their lead examiners (Financial Examiner IV). In this role, Steven gained extensive auditing knowledge and experience from conducting compliance audits of RIA and broker/dealer firms in the state; and from participating in NASAA, SEC and FINRA events. Upon leaving the SSB, Steven was Director of Compliance for an adviser in Austin, Texas.

At Red Oak Compliance, Steven utilizes the skills and knowledge obtained through his years as a Financial Examiner with the TSSB to assist Red Oak’s clients with their compliance programs through ongoing compliance reviews, document management and conducting onsite audits.

Steven has a Bachelor of Business Art degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently studying to pass the Series 65 exam.

Randy Randall

Senior Consultant

Randy brings 17 years of financial services industry experience. He began in operations and more recently spent the last 8 years as a compliance analyst for an independent broker/dealer and RIA, where he reviewed advertising, helped with regulatory inquiries and investigations, was the political contributions principal. He helped create policies and procedures for the implementation and use of websites and social media for the Securities and Advisory business.

Randy is a former U.S. Marine, a graduate of St. Edwards University, and he holds the FINRA Series 7, 66, and 24 licenses. He formerly held the Texas Group 1 Insurance license.

David Svrcek

Senior Consultant

David brings over 9 years of financial services industry experience. He began in operations and more recently spent the last 5 years as a compliance analyst for an independent broker/dealer and RIA where he reviewed advertising, was the non-cash compensation and marketing reimbursement principal, and assisted with regulatory inquiries and investigations. David most recently spent the last year as an RIA compliance analyst overseeing the quarterly personal securities transaction report, reviewing prohibited investments and recently closed managed accounts, rep-billed fees, and non-IAR compensation.

David holds the FINRA series 6, 7, 63 and 24 licenses as well as the Texas Group 1 insurance license.

Scotty Franks

Senior Consultant

Scotty brings over 10 years of financial services industry experience. Prior to joining Red Oak, he spent the 3 years managing a processing team for an independent broker/dealer and RIA. In that role, he managed a team of over 20 people responsible for opening brokerage accounts, processing transfer of assets, and the ongoing maintenance of new accounts and features.

Scotty holds the FINRA Series 7 and 24 Licenses.

Stephanie Adkins

Senior Consultant

Stephanie brings over 12 years of compliance and supervisory experience. She served as Director of Operations at New England Financial where she was the designated principal responsible for over 50 producers. She began her career at Prudential as a New Business Analyst.

Stephanie has a Masters of Business Administration degree and FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses.

Joshua Kelly


Joshua began his career as a legal clerk at a large law firm which practiced personal injury, medical malpractice, and bankruptcy law. He then worked in quality assurance for a fortune 500 insurance company, ensuring their compliance with state and federal regulations.

In his role at Red Oak, Joshua provides registration and consulting services for RIAs. He also provides audit support and other ad-hoc compliance services for our clients. In addition, Josh works closely with the entire Red Oak team to ensure that we provide the highest level of customer service to all our clients.

Joshua holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the FINRA Series 65 license.

Carmela Ravi

Business Development Director

Carmela brings nearly 20 years’ experience in business development in the financial service sector. Prior to joining Red Oak, Carmela was Director, Client Development at ACA Compliance, where she focused on business development for consulting and software solutions. Before joining ACA, Carmela was National Account Manager at National Regulatory Services (NRS), where she worked with small to Diversified Financial firms in meeting their compliance needs through consulting, software and education solutions.

Carmela holds a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Economics from NYU. She is a member of SIFMA Internal Audit Society and the National Association of Sales Professionals.

Ed Thorne

Director of Cloud Architecture

Ed has more than 22 years of experience developing software for commercial use, on-premise and in the cloud.

In his last position, Ed was the Software Architect at SunPower Corporation that oversaw the migration of their on-premise monitoring solution to a cloud-native architecture. Prior to SunPower, Ed served as Senior Software Engineer at Initiate Systems, a leading provider of master data management (MDM) solutions for the healthcare, government, enterprise, and financial services industries. Initiate Systems was acquired by IBM in March 2010. Ed also served as the technical lead at 360Commerce for retail loss prevention software. 360Commerce was acquired by Oracle in February 2006. Prior to that, Ed was a software engineer at Vignette, a leading content management software provider.

Ed is a former U.S. Air Force airman, patent holder, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas State University with an emphasis in Mathematics.

Susie Haynes

Accounting Manager

Susie brings 30 years of accounting experience with small and medium size businesses as well as publicly traded companies, with over 10 years in the software and services industry.

Susie’s wealth of knowledge and customer service attitude make her a great fit with the Red Oak team.

Cierra Huetson

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Cierra provides general office support including reception and bookkeeping assistance.  She has an energetic and outgoing personality, making her an excellent fit with the Red Oak team.


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