Management Team

The management team of Independent Financial Group began with a simple premise: Transfer their years of successful financial service experience into a solid broker–dealer framework dedicated to superior services for the independent registered representative.

Scott Heising, Founder

Scott Heising

Managing Director

Scott Heising

Scott has worked in the financial services industry since 1991. In March of 2003, Mr. Heising founded Independent Financial Group with the help of a small group of dedicated employees who had worked with him throughout his career.

He was the CFO of Sentra Securities and Spelman & Co. from 1997 to 2002 and the CFO of SunAmerica Securities Corporation from 2000 to 2002. In addition to founding Independent Financial Group, he previously started and managed an accounting practice focusing on “S” corporations.

He attended San Diego State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration. He also earned his CPA certificate in 1998. Mr. Heising is a Registered Financial and Operations Principal and an Investment Adviser.
Joe Miller, Chief Executive Officer

Joe Miller

Managing Director

Joe Miller

Joe Miller began his career in the financial services industry in 1982 and received the designation of Certified Financial Planner in 1987. In 1988, he co-founded United Pacific Securities, which grew to over 175 representatives and annual revenue in excess of $18 million.

Mr. Miller joined Independent Financial Group in November of 2003 as a partner and provided critical experience that spurred the initial growth of Independent Financial Group.

He attended the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. Mr. Miller is a Registered Principal in general securities, municipal securities, options, direct participation programs and financial operations and an Investment Advisor.
David A. Fischer, Co-Founder of IFG

David Fischer

Managing Director

David Fischer

David Fischer has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. In that time, he has worked in a multitude of roles including wholesaling, recruiting, marketing, business development and senior management at companies such as Linsco/Private Ledger, Putnam Companies and AIG SunAmerica.

Prior to joining Independent Financial Group as a partner, Mr. Fischer served as Senior Vice President of National Recruiting at AIG Advisor Group, where he was responsible for directing recruiting at all six of their networked independent broker dealers. Mr. Fischer graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications.
Sarah Kreisman

Sarah Kreisman

Chief Legal Counsel & Vice President, Compliance

Sarah Kreisman

A 3-month opportunity with Pershing after law school has turned into a career spanning over 20 years in the financial services industry. With experience such as helping form Pershing Trading Company and developing the advisory platform, Sarah went to work for SunAmerica Securities, focusing on customer complaints, legal and regulatory inquiries. She then managed advertising, registration, and surveillance. Her final role there was handling the litigation docket and acting as the corporate representative during mediations and arbitrations. Prior to IFG, she spent 10½ years in compliance at E*TRADE including running the regulatory inquiries group and as the Chief Compliance Officer for two different entities.

Sarah graduated with a BA in Art History from Emory University and received her law degree from Seton Hall. She holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.
Doug Hall, Chief Compliance Officer

Doug Hall

Chief Compliance Officer

Doug Hall

Doug Hall has worked in the financial services industry since 1993 and holds the Series 4, 7, 24, 53, and 66 licenses.

Over the course of Doug’s career, he has had various roles at SunAmerica Securities, HD Vest, and United Planners’ Financial Services of America. At United Planners, Doug was the CCO for over ten years where he cultivated a culture of compliance while providing positive solutions for representatives.

Doug graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.

Lauren Slater

Director, Operations

Lauren Slater

Lauren Slater joined IFG in May of 2019 as the Manager of Operations. Since then, Lauren has been instrumental in streamlining processes related to opening accounts and account maintenance. She has worked diligently alongside the Supervision team to launch IFG’s remote cashiering platform.

Prior to working for IFG, Lauren worked as the Operations Manager of Advisory Billing and Reporting for Cetera Financial in El Segundo, CA. While at Cetera, she also spent time on the Transitions team and as Supervisor of the Cashiering team.

Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University in 2006 and also holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 licenses. In 2007, she started her career in financial services working for Genworth Financial.
Michael Watson, CFP, ChFC, Vice President of Wealth Management

Mike Watson

Vice President, Wealth Management

Mike Watson, Cfp®, Chfc®, Cap®

Michael Watson is a Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner (CFP®) with an expertise based in the unique needs of high-net-worth individuals and families, foundations, endowments, and institutional clients. With an expansive background in financial planning, philanthropic planning, and investment consulting, Michael assists IFG Financial Advisors with the creation and implementation of a broad-range of planning concepts as well as investment portfolio construction. Michael is also a Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®).

He holds both Oregon & California Life and Health License in addition to FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 Securities Licenses. Mike earned a BS in Finance from Portland State University where he served as the President of the Financial Management Association.
Travis Hicks, Vice President of Alternative Investments

Travis Hicks

Vice President, Alternative Investments

Travis Hicks

Travis has been with IFG since 2007. In his role, he oversees due diligence on our alternative investment offering. He works closely with the firm’s representatives in enhancing their knowledge of the products on the platform.

Mr. Hicks received his MBA with a concentration in Finance from San Diego State University and a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

He holds the following licenses: FINRA Series 22, 7, 24 and 66, CA Real Estate Broker and CA Insurance Agent.
Jason Benham, Director of Retirement Services & Practice Development

Jason Benham, AIF®

Director, Retirement Services & Practice Development

Jason Benham

Jason Benham is the Director of Retirement Services at Independent Financial Group, LLC. In this role, Jason oversees the entire IFG retirement offering including sales & marketing, fiduciary consulting & technology, and DOL Fiduciary Rule compliance.

With over 20 years of broker/dealer experience, Jason joined IFG from LPL Financial where he was most recently Assistant Vice President within the Retirement Consulting Group - a business consulting and sales team dedicated to retirement plan advisors.

Jason is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and holds FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.
Paul Larrabee, Director of Insurance & Annuities

Paul Larrabee

Director, Insurance & Annuities

Paul Larrabee

Paul Larrabee is the Director of Insurance and Annuities at Independent Financial Group, LLC. Prior to joining IFG, Paul spent 21 years with Crump Life Insurance Services, Inc. He has been providing consultative services to financial advisors since 1997.

Paul’s insurance career started with Inter-Mark Financial, providing point-of-sale solutions. In addition, he has also held positions at Transamerica Financial and Railroad Employees Insurance Group.

Paul holds FINRA series 6 and 63 licenses and earned his BS in Business Administration from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Richard Mireles, Vice President of Supervision

Richard Mireles

Vice President, Supervision

Richard Mireles

Richard Mireles joined Independent Financial Group as a Compliance Analyst in 2010. Later, he was promoted to Supervisory Principal in the Branch Supervision Department. Prior to IFG, Richard’s experience in Financial Services included the position of Client Planning Manager at Millennium Wealth Management under the umbrella of WFP Securities, a local San Diego Broker-Dealer, in addition to sales as a Registered Representative/Investment Advisor Representative.

Richard has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Cal State Long Beach and completed the Personal Financial Planner Program at UCLA. He holds Series 7, 66, & 24, California Life & Health, California Real Estate licenses and is CTEC certified for income tax preparation.
Scott Davis, Controller

Scott Davis


Scott Davis, CPA

Scott Davis came to IFG from Acadia Healthcare where he was CFO of their Comprehensive Treatment Division. Prior to that, he was Controller of Technology & IT for YP (formerly AT&T Interactive) and held various financial leadership roles at Discovery Communications.

Scott holds an MBA in finance from American University and is an active California CPA. In his role as Controller, Scott oversees the firm’s accounting, finance and commissions, ensuring the quality of the firm’s financials. He also manages the preparation of all tax and statutory filings for local, state, and federal requirements.