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Tom Kestler

Thomas Kestler

Vice President, Advanced Sales
1608 Village Market Blvd. SE, Ste. 200
Leesburg, Virginia, 20175


Tom Kestler has been involved in the financial planning field for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Millersville State University and the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado (for which he has acted as an adjunct instructor) and carries the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation.  He has also been awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) and Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) designations from the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.  He was the founder of Kestler Financial Group, Inc., a firm which specialized in the marketing of financial products and services to over 5,000 independent representatives throughout the United States. Kestler Financial Group was acquired by Highland Capital Brokerage in 2018.

Mr. Kestler carries Life, Health and Variable Products licenses in several states and provides consulting services to insurance companies on product design and development.  He also acts as an expert witness in securities and insurance litigation cases.

In addition to his current position as VP Advanced Sales at Highland, Tom is also CEO of Branch Development Partners, an Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction (OSJ) for Securities America, Inc., an independent securities broker/dealer.  He carries the following securities registrations: FINRA Series 7 - General Securities, FINRA Series 63 - Blue Sky, FINRA Series 24 - General Securities Principal, FINRA Series 65 - Investment Advisor.

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