Meet the Regional Team

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Team Biographies

Our People Make The Difference

No matter where you work, Avantax provides the service and support you need  to achieve your full potential. Our seven regions are led by long-time financial  industry professionals dedicated to making your life as easy as possible while  maintaining our high standards.

Brian CouzensBrian Couzens Regional Director, Business Development | Territory 1 - North Central
Territory includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri

972.870.6246 | 

Brian works with Financial Professionals in the north central region to analyze their current business and determine how they can maximize their growth potential. Brian relies on over 15 years of industry experience to best position advisors for future success with Avantax Wealth Management. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Butler University and currently holds his Series 66 license.

Alex RivasAlex Rivas Regional Director, Business Development | Territory 2 - West Coast
Territory includes California, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii

972.870.6150 | 

Alex recruits and works with tax-focused Financial Professionals to strengthen their value proposition with Tax-Smart Investing™. With more than 15 years of experience in financial services, Alex believes the majority of financial planning is tax planning and there is power in a holistic approach with clients. Alex has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Texas and holds his Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.

John GambleJohn Gamble Internal Business Development Consultant | Territory 3 - South Central
Territory includes Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi

972.870.6204 |

With nearly a decade dedicated to improving the client experience, John brings significant expertise to the Financial Professional journey. His current focus is helping affiliates reach their goals by educating them on the benefits of tax-smart investing for both their practice and their clients. John has Bachelor of Finance from Hardin-Simmons University and is currently working on the FINRA Series 65 license.

Dave RenkoDave Renko Regional Director, Business Development | Territory 4 - Southeast
Territory includes Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida

404.317.2978 |

Dave brings the know-how and experience helping Tax and Financial Professionals succeed in offering wealth management solutions to their firms and clients. After building a successful advisory business, he made the transition to leadership in various roles including regional business development, branch management and as a private banker. Dave spent six years in the US Navy, and holds his Series 7, 8, 9, 10, 31, 63, 65, 66 and SIE securities licenses.

Samantha DunnSamantha Dunn Regional Director, Business Development | Territory 5 - Mid-Atlantic
Territory includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington DC, Virginia

330.690.0604 | 

Samantha helps Financial Professionals determine if Avantax is the best partner for their future growth and she assists Tax Professionals in adding financial services to their established tax practices. She channels her 15+ years of experience in sales, sales support and client services to lead prospects throughout their due diligence. Samantha currently holds her Series 7, Series 65 and Series 63 licenses.

Mark McPherson Mark McPherson Regional Director, Business Development | Territory 6 - Northeast
Territory includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island

603.960.0568 |

Mark helps Tax and Financial Professionals increase client satisfaction by adding or expanding wealth management advice for a truly comprehensive planning experience. With over 20 years in the industry, he is a leader in customizing growth strategies to help business owners achieve their goals. Mark attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and currently holds his Series 7, 63 and 24 securities licenses and a Life, Accident and Health Insurance license.

Bruce TuckeyBruce Tuckey Regional Director, Business Development | Territory 7 - Great Lakes
Territory includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky

248.505.0401 |

Bruce brings a broad range of experience to our team. His previous experiences include being an Audit Member at a large CPA firm, Chief Financial Officer of a public company, Wholesaler then Managing Director for an Investment Firm, Recruiter and a Financial Advisor. Bruce received his BA in Accounting from Michigan State University. He holds a CPA, Series 7, 63, 65, Life, Health and Contracts licenses, and has been licensed with FINRA since 1991.