Securities America, the nation’s seventh-largest independent broker-dealer, wrapped up 2011 with a handful of executive promotions.

The La Vista, Neb.-based firm said it has promoted Kirk Hulett to executive vice president of strategy and practice management. The 17-year Securities America veteran also holds the title of chief strategy officer.

Doreen Griffith, the firm’s chief information officer, was elevated to executive vice president. She joined Securities America in 1999 and, along with developing the company’s e*Office tools, provides executive leadership to the Rep Relations Center, Administrative Services, Enterprise Project Management and Compensation Processing departments.

Kevin Miller has been promoted to senior vice president. Miller began his tenure at Securities America in January 2000. He joined the company in the Compliance Department as a compliance examiner. He then made the move to the Legal Department as assistant general counsel, then deputy general counsel. In 2008, Miller became Securities America’s chief compliance officer, overseeing broker-dealer and RIA compliance functions.

Leon Johnson, has been promoted to vice president of IS operations and technology support. Johnson first joined the company in 1995 as an operations non-brokerage processor. He is now the firm’s chief information security officer and also leads the Rep Technology and Client Management teams as well as the Information Systems Operations team.

Zach Parker, has been promoted to first vice president of annuities and insurance. Parker has worked at Securities America for six years. He started as a wealth planning specialist responsible for supporting advisors developing financial plans and income distribution strategies. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for oversight of all annuity, insurance and income distribution initiatives within the Wealth Management Department. 

Craig Zimmerman, has been promoted to first vice president of operations. Zimmerman joined Securities America after 17 years in the financial services industry. He is responsible for the daily support and workflow for all Operations Department functions – account processing, maintenance, cashiering and fees, brokerage services and trading.