Don Schwart, Founder and CEO
Don Schwart has been working in the financial services industry since graduating from Wichita State University in 1966. He owned his own Broker/Dealer from 1995 to 2003. He became affiliated with Cambridge Investment Research in order to concentrate on what he loves to do…meeting with his clients. Besides selling securities, Don is licensed to sell annuities and life insurance. Don and his wife Ruth Ann have two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys following his beloved basketball team, the KU Jayhawks, as well as motorcycling and riding ATVs.
Larry Hesse, President-Hesse Financial Services, Inc.
Office Phone: 785.272.6789, Cell Phone: 785.608.2290
Larry has been in the financial services industry 45 years, and holds licenses in Kansas and several states for securities as well as life and long term care insurance planning. Larry & his son John own and operate Hesse Financial Services, Inc. a financial, insurance, and estate planning firm. Larry and his wife Jane are parents of 6 children and enjoy volunteering, golf, and traveling.
Jeff Sorensen, Senior Partner
Jeff is licensed to provide comprehensive retirement planning, financial planning and wealth management services. Jeff has an MBA®, with a Finance emphasis from the University of Northern Iowa. Jeff enjoys bike-riding, photography, reading and spending time with family and friends. Jeff is an active member of Topeka South Rotary. He is also actively involved in Kingdom Advisors. Jeff is very charitably and community minded, and serves on a number of community and church boards.
Mark Bucholtz, Junior Partner
Mark is licensed to provide comprehensive retirement planning, financial planning, and wealth management services. Mark has an MBA® with a finance emphasis from John Brown University. His background includes retail banking, fund raising for several non-profits, and education. Before joining Cornerstone, he served for five years on the pastoral staff at Topeka Bible Church and helped oversee the fund raising and construction of a $5 million children’s ministry facility. Mark enjoys mountain biking and spending time with his wife Amy and their two children, Mya and Karsten.
John Hesse, Assistant to Larry Hesse
John Hesse has been with Hesse Financial Services, Inc. since March 2006 in Sales and as Office Manager. He graduated with his MBA® from Emporia State University in 2001. He is licensed to sell annuities and life, disability, and Long Term Care insurance along with servicing all current insurance and investment accounts. John married Anne Wempe in 2013 and they reside in Topeka. His hobbies include golf, physical fitness, and coaching football for Hayden High School.
Tish Zeferjahn, Assistant to Don
Tish Zeferjahn has been with Cornerstone since January 1991 as an administrative assistant. She graduated from Washburn University in 1989 with a B.A. in Business. She resides in Topeka with her three children Ryan, Lauren and Nathan. She enjoys watching her children’s sporting events and spending time with family.
Danyse Ford, Chief Compliance Officer
Danyse Ford came to work for Cornerstone in August 1999. As Chief Compliance Officer, she is Series 24 and Series 7 licensed for supervisory purposes. She graduated from Emporia State University with an Associate of Science degree. She married Carl Ford in 1999 and they reside in Topeka. Her hobbies include motorcycle riding, reading, and playing with her grandchildren.