Denis P. Kelleher, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
With over 40 years of experience in the financial industry, Mr. Kelleher provides the vision and leadership that enables Wall Street Access to evolve one step ahead of the market.
Seeking a better life, Mr. Kelleher got his start on Wall Street in 1958 as a messenger at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith after arriving from Ireland. While attending night classes at St. John’s University, Mr. Kelleher worked his way through the ranks at the firm where he held a variety of operational positions.
Mr. Kelleher then moved on to become a founder of the investment firm Ruane Cunniff & Co., Inc., best known as the advisor and distributor of Sequoia Fund for which he also served as Vice President and Treasurer.
With the experience of helping to manage one of the most prominent investment funds in the world, Mr. Kelleher struck out on his own in the mid 1970s, founding one of the first discount brokerage firms and later in 1980 formed Wall Street Access as a clearing firm. Over the past 30 years, Wall Street Access has grown and diversified, building a number of successful financial services businesses and has gained a reputation as one of the best-managed, best-capitalized independent firms in the industry.
Mr. Kelleher is past Chairman and a member of the Boards of St. John’s University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is Director of the Staten Island Foundation and the New Ireland Fund, Inc, as well as an economic adviser to the Prime Minister of Ireland. He is also the recipient of numerous honors, including the 1995 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and a Doctor of Commercial Science degree from St. John’s University, and an honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland. Mr. Kelleher is a graduate of St. Brendan’s College and of St. John’s University. Mr. Kelleher holds the following licenses: Series 7, 63, 24 and 27.
Arthur L. Goetchius, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Goetchius served as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer from 1986 to 1993 and rejoined Wall Street Access as COO in 2005. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and is responsible for finance, compliance and human resources. He graduated Cum Laude from Seton Hall University and had been a certified public accountant with the firm of Touche Ross & Co. Mr. Goetchius holds the following licenses: Series 7, 63, 8, 14, 24, 27, 53 and 65.
Sean M. Kelleher, Managing Director of Institutional Sales and Trading
Mr. Kelleher joined Wall Street Access in 1992 and has helped guide the firm through successful ventures in online brokerage, institutional research and trading and asset management. He manages a team of traders and salespeople and is responsible for providing leadership and awareness of the firm’s execution and research offerings. Sean is a graduate of Wagner College, sits on the Wagner College Finance Committee and is co-chair of the Staten Island Film Festival. He holds the following licenses: Series 7, 63, 4, 9, 10 and 55.
Dana A. Pascucci, Managing Director, Institutional Sales and Trading
Dana A. Pascucci, Managing Director of Institutional Sales and Trading at Wall Street Access, has 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. In previous positions, Mr. Pascucci served as producing manager and played an integral role in market making, research, corporate access, and investment banking businesses.
Previously, Mr. Pascucci was Managing Director of Institutional Sales Trading at Rodman & Renshaw, where he covered U.S. hedge funds, mutual funds, and banks. Prior to his time at Rodman, Mr. Pascucci served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Institutional Sales and Trading at Hudson Securities. He began his career as an Institutional Sales Trader at Schwab Capital Markets where he spent six years before moving on to serve in the same position for E*Trade Capital Markets. Mr. Pascucci earned his Bachelors's degree from Arizona State University and holds the following securities licenses: 7, 63, 55, and 79.
Thomas Burnett, CFA, Vice Chairman and Director of Research
Mr. Burnett provides market insights to our trading personnel based on 30 years of experience in domestic and international equity trading, risk arbitrage and equity research. Prior to Wall Street Access, Mr. Burnett held several positions at Merrill Lynch including managing director in charge of the international equity department, director of research, and manager of the risk arbitrage department. Mr. Burnett is a graduate of Williams College and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. Mr. Burnett holds the Supervisory Analyst designation and the following licenses: Series 7, 63, 4, 16, 65, 86 and 87.
Colleen Kelleher Sorrentino, CFA, Managing Director
Colleen launched Wall Street Access’ asset management business in 1995 and works with high net worth individuals, families, foundations and corporations to build diversified, multi-asset class portfolios of cash, bonds, stocks, mutual funds, ETFs and REITs for their liquid assets. In addition to building appropriate portfolios, Colleen provides advice and a wide range of services in: alternative investments, cash management, concentrated stock, income needs, estate planning, insurance and annuities, lending, mortgages, retirement planning, 401Ks and IRAs, solutions for business, trusts, college planning and 529 plans. Colleen is a graduate of the University of Rochester with an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Colleen was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2000. In 2008, Colleen was selected as one of the "50 Most Influential Women" by the Irish Voice magazine. Additionally, she was awarded "The Wealth Manager of the Year" award in 2011 by Manhattan Magazine.