Founder & CEO
Jeff Kilburg is the Founder & CEO of KKM Financial, a boutique Investment Advisory firm. He personally has more than twenty years of market experience. Mr. Kilburg started his career at the CBOE located in Chicago, IL. At Mercury Trading, he was able to develop a solid foundation for the Equity options markets. After spending time learning Equity options from Mercury Founder's Jon & Pete Najarian, he was offered an opportunity to walk across Van Buren street to the Bond option pits located at the CBOT. Fortunately for him, he was able to work with Ritchie Capital Markets Group. Joe Ritchie, the creator of the theoretical value of a Bond option, was the Founder of Ritchie Capital Markets. His son, Thane, was the managing Director at the time and Mr. Kilburg had the ability to learn from a team of veteran traders in all of the various fixed income pits located on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). Furthermore, Mr. Kilburg was introduced to the volatility associated with Fixed Income as most investors know it can be sensational. This strong footing in the Fixed Income option world opened up the opportunity for him to gravitate towards the Bond Futures pits. He subsequently became a team member and an assistant Broker in the 30 Year Futures pit with the specialist group, JLS Group. As the 30 year Bond pit was the largest and most liquid Bond contract back in the 1990’s, it was a tremendous opportunity and became the starting point for his knowledge in Futures. After time well spent with the JLS Group, Mr. Kilburg decided to launch a Floor operation of his own. In 1999, Mr. Kilburg began his floor operation in the 30 year Bond Future pit. After the benchmark was switched from the 30 year Bond to the 10 year Note in the early 2000’s, he transitioned into the 10 Year Note pit and became one of the larger market makers in the 10 year note pit. Having the ability to trade the entire curve via the various available spreads, Mr. Kilburg was afforded the opportunity to obtain vast experience in understanding risk management. Understanding of the U.S. Treasury Curve has proven applicable into various Futures markets and assists Mr. Kilburg in distinguishing himself from his peers. Risk management has proven to be a critical skill as Mr. Kilburg transitioned his Floor operations into a Registered Investment Advisory firm, KKM Financial, LLC in 2012. KKM Financial is a SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm that focuses on the alternative investment space. Also in 2012, Mr. Kilburg garnered acknowledgement from CNBC, by calling for the 10 year note to fall to historic lows under the 1.5% level. Since then, Mr. Kilburg has engaged in an exclusive contract as a CNBC Contributor and is regularly on-air sharing insight on the markets and currently a member of the Futures Now team. In addition, he is regularly featured in the news and speaks at a variety of conferences globally. Additionally, he is a four-year football scholarship student-athlete (under Lou Holtz) and a graduate from the Mendoza College of Business at The University of Notre Dame.
Managing Director / Portfolio Manager
Dan Deming currently serves as a Managing Director at KKM Financial, LLC. Dan’s responsibilities include managing the day-to-day operations of the firm which include, compliance, technology, and supporting the advisory group. Dan has over 29 years of market experience. Drawing from his varied experiences as a trader, advisor, portfolio manager, commentator and panelist, Dan offers a unique blend of market insight and knowledge to not only provide leadership and support to KKM, but also connect with clients and help support their needs as they strive to meet their financial goals.
Mr. Deming started his career trading in the S&P 100 Index (OEX) pit in April of 1988, at the time one of the largest and most active trading pits in the world. Over the next twenty years, Dan was able to exercise this opportunity both economically and educationally. As an independent trader, Dan successfully navigate through several market events (i.e. mini-crash 1989, mini-crash of 1997, LTCM 1998, tech bubble 2000, 9/11 2001) and use these events to increase his knowledge of option volatility and risk management. After 20 years trading the OEX, Dan chose to change forums and pursue an opportunity to use his knowledge and experience in the volatility space. From June, 2008 and to April, 2014, Dan served as a trader, risk manager and eventual director of a large portfolio of VIX futures, options and other related exchange traded products. Dan was responsible for operational oversight, as well as, creating and implementing volatility models for enhanced profitability. Over the last ten years, Dan has drawn from his market knowledge and experience to be called upon for market commentary. Often appearing in the media, Dan makes regular appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News, BNN, Business Firsts AM and CBOE TV. Dan has also appeared on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, CBS’s “Monsters and Money in the Morning,” ABC Chicago’s “Evening News,” and WGN’s “Morning News.” Several news outlets such as; Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, CNBC, the AP and Dow Jones press, contact Dan on a regular basis to provide written and quoted market commentary. Dan has served as a contributor to weekly published market and current event analysis articles for the CBOE, InvestorPlace and other various nationally and internationally read business websites.
Dan has been fortunate enough to be asked to participate in various industry forums to share his experience and knowledge. Working as a liaison with the CBOE, representing both the exchange and his firm, Dan has served as a guest panelist for several volatility based derivatives symposiums and international trading conferences.
Dan is a graduate of Michigan State University. Series 65 license.
THOMAS L. IRWIN
Senior Director of Business Development
Thomas Irwin is the Senior Director of Business Development responsible for all aspects of business development and sales for KKM Financial. Thomas’s responsibilities include delivering investment solutions and intellectual capital to premier financial advisors across all Wealth Advisory channels.
Leveraging his near 20 year career as both a manager and Financial Advisor at UBS and Morgan Stanley, Thomas leverages his experience in coaching, business development and practice management to help Financial Advisory teams deliver an unprecedented wealth management process and top quality investment process. Combining the nimble approach of KKM Financial with the size and scale of our partner firms, clients enjoy the benefits of superior service and top quality investments.
Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fordham University in 2001.
ETF Model Portfolio Specialist
Brendan Ambrose is an ETF Model Portfolio specialist at KKM Financial. Brendan focuses on partnering with Financial Advisors to understand the structure of their practice and how they work with their clients. Understanding the needs and objectives of Financial Advisors and the clients they serve, Brendan specializes in offering a variety of dynamic model portfolio solutions to potentially meet these complex needs and correlated objectives. Prior to joining KKM, Brendan gained industry experience as an Analyst at Merrill Lynch and also as an Analyst at UBS Wealth Management. Most recently, Brendan was the Vice President of Finance at Ambrose Video, a Time Life legacy company, where over a period of four years, he scaled and streamlined the accounting department to deliver modern solutions to a quickly changing accounting landscape.
Brendan earned his BA from Lehigh University in 2013 with a major in Finance and minor in Philosophy.
DANIEL P. BYLSMA, CFA
Daniel P. Bylsma, CFA is a portfolio manager at KKM Financial, LLC. He also is a critical member of the internal research team at KKM Financial, with a primary focus on stock selection during portfolio construction. Daniel is also a member of the KKM Financial Investment committee and he works closely with KKM’s CEO to utilize his investment experience to further KKM initiatives.
Mr. Bylsma has extensive experience in the investment management industry, having held a variety of positions in the financial services business over his nearly 20 years of experience. He started his career in asset management at DT Trading, a Chicago-based firm, progressively taking up roles of increasing responsibility over his career. He started his career in asset management as an investment analyst for DT Trading in 1999. Mr. Bylsma has been responsible for researching and analyzing potential investment opportunities in a variety of asset classes including equities, commodities and fixed income securities. Mr. Bylsma has led the portfolio construct on a variety of portfolios throughout his tenure. Prior to his duties as an investment analyst, from 1997 to 1999, Mr. Bylsma worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade as a market maker in the Treasury Bond options pit. In October of 2007, he launched his focused value strategy via his firm, EAM Capital LLC, to offer private investors the opportunity to benefit from the investment strategies he developed over the years.
Daniel became a CFA charterholder in 2009, one of nearly 127,000 members worldwide. Daniel received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University in 1997.
Compliance / Risk Manager
Rick Dooley manages the compliance program as well as risk management at KKM Financial, LLC. Mr. Dooley began his trading career with Cornerstone Trading LLC in 1999 on the floor of the CBOE. He was responsible for making markets in over 40 stocks, including Cornerstone’s DPM/Specialist post. Mr. Dooley was actively involved with the CBOE serving as a member of the Market Performance Committee, and Market Quality and Allocation Committee. In 2005 Mr. Dooley became Director of Trading Operations for Cornerstone where he was responsible for risk management and compliance of the firm, including market making and proprietary algorithmic trading. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Dooley served as CEO of Cornerstone Trading. Mr. Dooley studied mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a Masters of Computer Science Degree from the University of Chicago.