Management

OUR NEBRASKA MANAGEMENT TEAM

John Decker
Senior Vice President, MD Investment Banking & Co-Director of Nebraska Branches
Lincoln Wealth Management

JLDecker@dadco.com | (402) 437-1063

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, John joined SMITH HAYES Financial Services Corporation in 1996 as an intern and later became VP of Public & Corporate Finance from 1999-2002. In May 2002, he joined Douglas Theatre Company as CFO to embark on a strategy to expand and update the theatre circuit and prepare it for sale. John remained in that position until successfully completing the sale transaction to the Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) in April 2008. He rejoined SMITH HAYES in May 2008 as Executive VP and Director. While serving in that role, John led sales force growth and improvement initiatives, ultimately achieving record asset growth, gross revenue and profitability. In 2013, he accepted the position of President & CEO of SMITH HAYES, and was responsible for leading the day-to-day activities of the firm. In 2016, John organized and managed the merger of SMITH HAYES with D.A. Davidson (both ESOP firms), a transaction which resulted in a successful combination of strengths and an expanded level of services for the firm's clients. Currently, John is leading an effort to grow D.A. Davidson's collaborative presence in wealth management and investment banking in the Midwest and beyond, the results of which have produced a number of successful M&A engagements and capital financings. 

John graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics in 1998 and completed an MBA with high distinction in 1999. He is currently on the board of directors of Hampton Enterprises, Inc. and Bryan Health. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Tammy, and their children, Taylee and Jackson.

 

Kathy Dewhurst, PHR
Vice President, Supervisory Branch Operations Manager
Omaha Wealth Management

KDewhurst@dadco.com | (402) 392-7802

Kathy has over 35 years of experience in the securities business, starting at Kirkpatrick Pettis as a Registered Client Associate, then transitioning to SMITH HAYES and joining D.A. Davidson in 2016 upon the acquisition. She has worked in Compliance, Operations, Wealth Management and Human Resources. Kathy attended the University of Nebraska Omaha and holds her Series 7, 66, 9 & 10 and 24.

Currently, Kathy's role is Supervisory Branch Operations Manager. In this position, she assists in the resolution of operational and client issues, and oversees supervisory compliance functions. She also has supervisory responsibility for all Nebraska branch support staff.

Outside of the office, Kathy loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and one granddaughter. She also enjoys reading, gardening and hiking.

 

Trevor Kula
Vice President, Financial Advisor, Co-Director of Nebraska Branches
Omaha Wealth Management

TKula@dadco.com | (402) 898-4358

Trevor graduated from the University of Nebraska – Kearney with a bachelor's degree in geography. Trevor transitioned from a career in golf to the investment industry in 2005. He later formed a partnership with Randy Peck at A.G. Edwards & Sons. 

Trevor lives in Omaha with his wife, Kim, and their four children. He is an active member of the community, and enjoys spending his free time with his family, in the outdoors and on the golf course.

 

Tom Smith
Vice Chairman, Wealth Management
D.A. Davidson Companies

TCSmith@dadco.com | (402) 437-1026

Tom was named Vice Chairman of Wealth Management in April 2016, when the former SMITH HAYES Companies Inc. combined with D.A. Davidson. He previously served as Chairman of SMITH HAYES and its subsidiary companies.

Tom began his career in the investment industry with First Mid America, Inc., a Lincoln, Neb.-based financial services company. First Mid America was merged into Paine Webber in 1983, and Tom was a Senior Vice President with Paine Webber until he and Tom Hayes started SMITH HAYES in 1985. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska's College of Business Administration.

An active member of the community, Tom is the Chairman of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln Community Foundation, and serves on the boards of the University of Nebraska Foundation, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Jackson Hole One Fly Foundation, Foundation for Educational Services and National Student Loan Program. He is also a board member for private companies Stratus Funds and Stockman's Financial Inc.