First Command’s Leadership
Senior Vice President, Advisor Services
Mike Theres is the Senior Vice President of Advisor Services at First Command Financial Services. In this role, Mike is responsible for the management and guidance of mission–critical areas like advisor recruiting, field force training and the development and production of financial plans. His broad responsibilities also extend to the company's licensing and registration, tax services and property and casualty sections.
Mike began his career with First Command in 1998 as a financial advisor. He held that position until 2002, when he was promoted to District Advisor in New England. Ten years later, he began working for the corporate office as the Vice President of Development and Training for the company's Southeast Division. He started his current role in 2017.
Prior to working for First Command, Mike served in the United States Navy for 10 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant. During this time, he served as a surface warfare officer and navy pilot. A graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science degree in Operations Research, he holds Series 6, 63, 65 and 26 securities registrations, plus state life, health and property–and–casualty insurance licenses. Mike is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Chartered Financial Consultant®, Chartered Life Underwriter® and a Chartered Leadership Fellow®. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, GAMA International and the Financial Services Institute.
In his free time, Mike enjoys skiing, diving, traveling, reading, going to the beach, and spending time with his wife and two college aged children.