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Mike Barker

  • MBA
  • Sr. Franchise Field Vice President


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My territory

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina

How I work to support your success

I am responsible for ensuring that advisors have access to resources to run and grow their practice. By combining the vision you establish for your practice with the support from my team and resources from Ameriprise, you'll have the opportunity to experience growth, equity ownership and success.

My team and I will work with you to:

  • Optimize practice efficiencies to help drive improved margins
  • Drive practice value or equity
  • Understand how to effectively operate as a CEO of your practice
  • Protect your practice from the unexpected and prepare for your retirement with a customized succession plan

Career highlights

  • Ameriprise Circle of Success, 2008
  • Ameriprise Outstanding Leader Award, 2014 and 2019

Other interests

  • Traveling
  • Family movie nights
  • Softball with the children
  • Staying active: snow skiing, softball, golf, etc.

My Leadership Team

Matt Olson, CFP®

Recruiting Director


Matt is responsible for sourcing and evaluating experienced advisors, including franchisees, associate financial advisors and advisors coming from acquired practices.

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Ryan Kayfes

Associate Recruiting Director


Ryan is responsible for sourcing and evaluating experienced advisors, including franchisees, associate financial advisors and advisors coming from acquired practices.

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Kevin Sevlie, CFP®, RICP®, APMA®

Senior Manager, Franchise Recruiting and Engagement


Kevin works closely with successful teams to help them to find and develop new talent; this includes support staff, associate financial advisors and experienced advisors wanting to join a team. He also works with new advisors joining our firm to guide them through a successful transition and onboard process. Kevin is also available to assist advisors with business planning and determining which corporate resources to work with for coaching and support.

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Emily Leighton

Regional Sales Director


Emily specializes in helping advisors drive growth through new business opportunities. She is the primary point of contact for increasing assets and revenue through product solutions.  Additionally, she works with advisors on strategies to move up market and go deep with their best clients.

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Lindsey Johnson

Regional Sales Manager


For advisors interested in growing their client acquisition business and improving their marketing strategies, Lindsey coaches advisors on how to incorporate a systematic marketing process within their practice. She helps advisors share their story, promote their brand, leverage online resources and be proactive in the digital world of social media. 
For advisors interested in growing their financial planning business, Lindsey works with advisors to create a systematic process for their practice. She helps identify how to engage clients/prospects in advice conversations and produce simplified deliverables to increase capacity and drive business through the financial planning client service model.

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Julie Gackstetter

Field Engagement Coordinator


Julie provides day-to-day coordination and support for territory initiatives and projects to ensure key tasks and deadlines are met. Julie acts as a relationship manager for select advisors and operations personnel within the territory to connect with corporate resourcing and programs.

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Sarab Anand

Sr. Field Lead - Adoption, Readiness and Change


Sarab helps practices manage change and create efficiencies by implementing repeatable and consistent business processes.  

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board) owns the CFP® certification mark, the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification mark, and the CFP® certification mark (with plaque design) logo in the United States, which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for informational purposes only. MN Permit #F-3872. 1491 Ameriprise Financial Center, Minneapolis, MN 55474.
Practice growth results not guaranteed.
Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.