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 IFG

Scott Heising

Managing Director


Scott Heising 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 Chief Financial Officer of Sentra Securities and Spelman & Co. from 1997 to 2002 and the Chief Financial Officer of SunAmerica Securities Corporation from 2000 to 2002. In addition to founding Independent Financial Group, he has 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 and in 1998, earned his CPA Certificate.

Joe Miller iFG

Joe Miller

Managing Director


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 Bachelors Degree in Economics. Mr. Miller is an Investment Advisor and Registered Principal in general securities, municipal securities, options, direct participation programs and financial operations.

David Fischer IFG

David Fischer

Managing Director


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 LPL, Putnam Companies and AIG SunAmerica.

Prior to joining Independent Financial Group as a partner, he 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 Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communications.

Jason Benham

Jason Benham

Director, Retirement Services& Practice Development


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 15 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.

Doug Hall

Doug Hall

Chief Compliance Officer


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

Travis Hicks

Vice President,Alternative Investments


Travis has been with IFG since 2007. In this role, he oversees due diligence on all alternative investments and 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 currently holds the following licenses: FINRA Series 22, 7, 24 and 66, CA Real Estate Broker and CA Insurance Agent.

Sarah Kreisman

Sarah Kreisman

Vice President, Compliance & Chief Legal Counsel


A 3-month opportunity with Pershing after law school has turned into an over 20-year career 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 and 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.

Denise Leon

Denise Leon

Vice President, Finance& Controller


Denise Leon is the Vice President of Finance and Controller, responsible for supervision of IFG’s Commissions, IT and Human Resources.  She has over 18 years’ experience in the independent broker-dealer space. Prior to joining IFG, she was Controller and then CFO of Sentra Securities, Spelman & Co., and SunAmerica Securities. Denise received a BS in Business with an emphasis in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science from San Diego State University and holds the professional designation of CMA (Certified Management Accountant). Denise enjoys traveling the world with her husband Peter, as well as volunteering for several local non-profit organizations.  She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities, San Diego.

Richard Mireles

Richard Mireles

Vice President,Supervision


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 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.

Cici Prsha

Cici Prsha

Director,Corporate Communications & Events


Cici leads the marketing efforts for Independent Financial Group including all internal and external print & digital marketing efforts, conference management, recruitment marketing, press/media relations, advertising, branding and the firm’s annual philanthropic drive. Prior to her joining IFG in 2007, Cici held marketing and event planning positions at Pacific Life within their broker-dealer network – Pacific Select Group and at Disney Entertainment Productions at the Walt Disney Company. Cici is fluent in both French and Spanish, holds her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Designation and is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.

Connie Waitman

Connie Waitman

Chief Operations Officer


Connie Waitman is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. She began her career as a bond trader, eventually becoming head of trading for three broker dealers clearing through two different clearing firms. She held senior level positions at WS Griffith Securities, TD Ameritrade, and a small regional broker dealer in San Diego before joining IFG in 2012.

Connie is responsible for clearing firm relationships, as well as working with our technology partners to implement efficiencies in the Home Office as well as the branch offices. She has her Series 7, 24, 27, 53, 66, 79, and 99 Securities Licenses.

Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Vice President, Wealth Management


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.