William Hart, founder of Chicago-based Hartline Investment Corp., has been elected chairman of the board of National Advisors Trust, owned by over 130 independent financial advisory firms nationwide. He succeeds Joseph Kopczynski who stepped down as chairman after 10 years. Kopczynski, one of the original shareholders, has been appointed CIO and consultant to the new chairman as well as head of special projects for the trust company. ? SIFMA announced the addition of Cory Strupp to its legislative affairs team as managing director. He will report to Michael Paese, SIFMA's executive VP of global advocacy. Strupp served from 2004 to 2006 as the deputy director and general counsel for the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade, an affiliate of the American Bankers Association.
? Independent broker/dealer Berthel Fisher & Co. announced that two veterans of the firm were promoted. Rick Murphy was named senior VP of sales and product marketing, while Julie Driscoll was named executive VP of recruiting and public relations/corporate development. In addition, Berthel Fisher said advisor Scott McKee of Quality Financial Group in Eugene, Oregon, had affiliated with the firm, moving over from LPL.