Our Team

  • John R. Berger

    Chairman of the Board

    John has more than 30 years of experience in financial services, with broad management expertise in finance, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, investments, and information technology. Prior to joining StockShield, John served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, at Shawmut National Corporation, a $30 billion bank now part of Bank of America. John serves on the Board of Directors of Bank Rhode Island. He is a graduate of New York University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

  • Brian G. Yolles

    Founder & CEO

    Brian is founder of StockShield LLC and inventor of the Stock Protection Trust, which provided cost-effective protection throughout the financial crisis. Prior to founding StockShield, Brian served as equity research analyst at Dowling & Partners Securities LLC, a highly-regarded broker-dealer specializing in insurance stocks. Brian holds Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 62 (Corporate Securities Limited Representative), Series 63 (Uniform State Law Securities Agent), and Series 99 (Operations Professional) licenses.

    He is an active member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP), Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), California Alternative Investments Association (CalALTs), and National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and earned his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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  • Corey M. Rosen

    Outside Director

    Corey is the co-founder and senior staff member of the National Center for Employee Ownership, a private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), equity compensation plans, and ownership culture. Corey co-authored, along with John Case and Martin Staubus, Equity: Why Employee Ownership Is Good for Business (Harvard Business School Press, May 2005).

    Over the years, he has written, edited, or contributed to dozens of books, articles and research papers on employee ownership. He is generally regarded as the leading expert on employee ownership in the world. Corey received his Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University in 1973, after which he taught politics at Ripon College in Wisconsin before being named an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1975. He worked on Capitol Hill for the next five years, where he helped initiate and draft legislation on ESOPs and employee ownership. In 1981, he formed the NCEO.

  • Kamran Nouri

    General Counsel

    Kamran assists in the development, maintenance, and enforcement of StockShield’s regulatory compliance infrastructure. A graduate of Yale University and the New York University School of Law, Kamran played a key role in the founding of StockShield and protection of its intellectual property. Kamran holds Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 63 (Uniform State Law Securities Agent), and Series 24 (General Securities Principal) licenses.

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  • Karen M. Gendron

    Financial/Operational Principal

    Karen is responsible for the firm’s compliance with applicable recordkeeping, financial and operational rules established by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Securities and Exchange Commission. Since 2005, Karen has provided registered FINOP services to broker-dealers. She also has nearly a decade of experience as a licensed Financial Planner, working previously at A.G. Edwards & Sons and IDS Financial Services. Karen graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Business Administration and concentration in Accounting. She holds a Series 28 (Introducing Broker/Dealer Financial and Operations Principal) license.

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