Leadership Team

Michael C. Freeman

Michael C. Freeman

Michael C. Freeman is the President of Due Diligence Works, Inc. He started the firm to take his years of experience in the Bank Channel, Wire House, RIA, and Platform Providers to create a better way.

"Regulatory scrutiny is at an all time high and increasing. There is so much inefficiency and redundant work being done in the industry to comply with the new rules. By providing a service exclusively dedicated to Due Diligence, the work can be done at a higher quality, with more scale, and more strategic value allowing your organization to focus growth.”

Prior to Due Diligence Works, Inc, he was the Managing Director, Head of Investments for Citi /
Smith Barney. He was responsible for Managing the Product Offering, Due Diligence, Views on the
Markets, and the Wealth Specialists teams. His Product Management responsibilities include due
diligence, management, and distribution of a broad offering including: Mutual Funds, Annuities,
Insurance, Capital Markets, Alternatives, Financial Planning, Retirement, Managed Accounts,
Brokerage Cash Management, and Lending Products.

Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Freeman was a Managing Director at Ameritrade. In his last role at Ameritrade he was responsible for the Investing Clients and Branch Management. He also held senior roles as Head of Products for Institutional and Investing Clients, Chief Operating Officer of Ameritrade Advisory Services, LLC, and as Director of Amerivest Investment Management, LLC (Robo Advisor). Prior to Ameritrade, Mr. Freeman was involved in several start up organizations both in the US and Europe; prior to which, he was a Management Consultant with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Freeman holds an M.B.A. with honors from Boston University, and a B.S. from Lafayette College.

Jack M. Cramer

Jack M. CramerNew Business

Jack M. Cramer has been consulting with banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, and mutual fund companies since 1997. His primary focus has been developing training, marketing, and coaching programs that increase sales by maximizing the efforts and talents of front-line Brokers, their Sales Managers, and the Executive Management Team.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Built financial services consulting firm with clients that include 15 of the top 30 bank broker-dealers and 7 of the top 10 annuity manufacturers

  • Hosts 10+ Industry Roundtables each year bringing leaders together to address industry issues, opportunities and challenges

  • Built training, sales support, and marketing arm of first TPM to reach $5 billion in annual sales through banks

EXPERIENCE

  • 23 years in Financial Services Industry
  • Entrepreneur, Consultant, Management, Advisor
  • Prominent Thought Leader to Bank Broker-Dealers and Product Manufacturers

MILESTONES

  • President, Cramer + Associates, Inc.
  • Vice President, Essex Corporation (TPM)
  • Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Mike Trebon

Mike TrebonDirector of Product Due Diligence

Mike Trebon brings 22 years of experience in broker-dealer product management. In addition to crafting product strategies, Mike has been responsible for product-level due diligence across multiple product lines. Mr. Freeman added, “I’ve admired Mike’s talents and passion from a distance for several years, so bringing him to DDW is a big win for our firm and our clients.”

Mike Trebon is a financial services professional with 22 years of experience.
Mr. Trebon began his career as a Financial Advisor with IDS/Ameriprise. In 1998, Mr. Trebon moved to CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. (CBSI) and held positions including Registered Trading Representative, Qualified Accounts Manager, Equity Trading Manager and Field Operations Manager. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for setting the strategic direction for and day-to-day management of the CBSI Trading Desk, Fixed Income Desk and Advisor Services Team.

In this leadership role, Mike owned the product approval process and product due diligence for all CUNA Brokerage distribution channels. Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and holds FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, 53, and 63 licenses.

Kate Meissner

Kate MeissnerDirector of Product Management

Kate Meissner brings 17 years of experience in financial services and broker-dealer product management, most recently leading the Product Team at M&T Bank’s broker-dealer as the Director of Product Management. Ms. Meissner started her career at M&T Bank in 2003 an analyst in the Bank’s Trust and Investment Group. She spent several years in Marketing and Strategic Planning roles before moving into Product Management in the Bank’s Managed Account and Broker/Dealer divisions Ms. Meissner earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Biology from Houghton College and holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 licenses.