Denis P. Kelleher, Chairman 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 Executive 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, President
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.
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.
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.
Steve McLaughlin Senior Portfolio Manager and Head Trader for our Leveraged Tax Free & Taxable Investment & Trading Strategies
Steve has vast professional experience and expertise in the fixed income industry.
Before joining WSA, Steve was SVP Head of Municipal Bond Total Return Trading at First Empire Securities. Before First Empire, Steve was PSN Top Gun award winning portfolio manager for Granite Springs Asset Management based in Summit, NJ where he was in charge of building out their separately managed (SMA) fixed income account business.
Prior to Granite Springs, Steve was Managing Director for the top independent municipal research firm Municipal Market Advisors. MMA’s core business is strategic market and credit research on the US municipal market and industry.
Before joining MMA, Steve served a Director and Head of Institutional Municipal Bond Distribution at Bank of New York Capital Markets. Additionally, he has been affiliated with: First Union Capital Markets, as Managing Director of Institution Municipal Bond sales, Bank One Capital Markets, as Managing Director in Municipal Debt Capital Markets; JP Morgan, New York as VP of Municipal Tier One Capital Markets and earlier in his career he was a VP and Municipal Bond Portfolio Manager UHNW division for Oppenheimer & Co.
Steve is also an advisory board member of Bondview.com which is an independent firm specializing in municipal pricing data and research.
Steve earned his Bachelors Degree in Economics from the State University of New York - College at Postsdam.
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.
Greg Viscovich, Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Greg Viscovich is the Chief Compliance officer of Wall Street Access. He Joined the Firm in July 2008. Prior to joining Wall Street Access, Mr. Viscovich was the CCO of Hapoalim Securities USA, Inc. and held Compliance Director positions at Investec Ernst & Company and Maxim Group LLC. Mr. Viscovich began his career in the securities industry in 1995 and has worked in retail sales, discount brokerage and equity trading. Mr. Viscovich holds the following licenses: Series 4, 7, 9, 10, 14, 24, 53, 55, 63, 87 and 99.
William Lavin, Senior Vice President of Operations
Mr. Lavin is the Senior Vice President of Operations. Since joining Wall Street Access in December 1996 Bill has held a number of trading and customer service positions. Prior to joining WSA, Bill worked at the Boston Group and Royce Investment Group as an account executive. Bill graduated from Boston University with a BS in Business and studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Lavin holds the following NASD licenses: Series 7, 63, 4, 9, 10, 14, 3, 24, 53, 99 and 55.