John T. Foster
President / CEO
Bedford and Main Financial Consulting, Inc. was founded by John Foster in 2012 to provide consulting services for the financial services community. As the firm grew, John expanded services, while maintaining a disciplined approach to servicing the client base. The insights gained while providing anti-money laundering testing and securities expert witness support proved to be a tremendous asset when helping core consulting clients address FINRA compliance issues.
John calls upon his diverse background, having worked with firms of varying sizes and levels of complexity. With over 35 years of banking and broker-dealer experience, his resume includes senior management responsibilities that range from SVP of super-regional PNC Bank, to Managing Director with the international premiere bank BNP Paribas, to serving as the President/CEO at the Midwest discount broker and full-service retail firm, Regal Securities.
Over his career, John has personally planned and implemented countless projects and strategic initiatives. These varied from the addition of a single new product, service or software for an introducing broker-dealer, to establishing from the ground up a full-service, international, self-clearing brokerage operation. He has evaluated and restructured separate functional departments and entire small firms.
He served on advisory boards for Broadridge SIS and RBC Correspondent Services. During his career, John participated in developing an American Banker Association National Fiduciary & Securities Operations Conference, was a guest speaker at the Asia Business Forum in Singapore, and attended the Center for Creative Leadership in Greenville, NC. Since forming the firm, John has committed Bedford and Main as a supporter of SIFMA’s Invest it Forward volunteer program and the Financial Services Institute, where he was honored to serve as a panelist at numerous OneVoice annual conferences.
John has passed the Series 3, 7, 24, 27 and 63. In 2013 he was certified as a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. He is a member of the Securities Experts Roundtable, Inc. and Thomson Reuters’ Expert Witness Services. In 2016, John earned his accreditation as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).