Team

Vorpahl Wing Securities Team

Tim Vorpahl
President & Founder

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Tim Vorpahl, President & Founder of Vorpahl Wing Securities

President and Chief Executive Officer, Tim started Vorpahl Wing Securities with a Vision: To be the Premiere Independent Broker Dealer in the Northwest. He started his career in 1985 after achieving his BA degree in Business with an emphasis in Economics. His first position was as financial planner for Investor’s Diversified Services (IDS) a nationally recognized Financial Planning firm, owned and operated by American Express. From there he moved on to Murphey Favre-a regional Broker Dealer firm owned by Washington Mutual Bank. After almost 10 years with Murphey Favre, Tim started his own investment company, Spokane Investment Services, in 1996. He then started Vorpahl Wing Securities in 1999 and joined the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) along with other regulatory agencies.

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Lee Nordstrom
Vice President

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Lee is a native of Spokane Washington, graduating from Mead High School. He attended the Brooks College, a private college in Long Beach California with a degree in marketing. After graduation he joined his family business – Spokane Plywood in 1982. Lee started his career in the finance business in 1992 with Dean Witter. He then was recruited to join Paine Webber, then Prudential Bache which was acquired by Wells Fargo where he remained an advisor for 12 years prior to joining Partners Investment Network. When Partners closed down Lee found a great home with Vorpahl Wing Securities.

Interests & Hobbies:

  • Being a single father to his Son Vic who is attending WSU
  • Community Service
    • Served on the board of Goodwill industry
    • Past president of the Northside American Legion Baseball Association
    • Past Board member of the Spokane Club
    • Past President of the Spokane Central Business Association
  • Spending time at the lake
  • Campfires
  • Golfing

Ron Benzel
Vice President

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Vice President of Vorpahl Wing Securities, Ron brings an extensive 40 plus years of investment knowledge and experience. Ron graduated from Gonzaga University in 1975 with a BA degree in marketing and Economics. Ron started his career with Prudential-Bache Securities and moved on in 1989 to start his own broker Dealer, HART BENZEL BIERWAGEN Securities. The firm later changed its name to PARTNERS INVESTMENT NETWORK. PARTNERS (PIN) grew and earned the well-deserved reputation for a highly ethical, service oriented, and value oriented approach to managing the investment needs of a diverse clientele base. Ron has always taken pride in placing the needs and goals of his clients first and embracing a value oriented approach to achieve the desired results. Ron is married to his wife, Molly. Ron and Molly have 3 children, Jennifer, Erik and Cody and 3 wonderful grandsons.


Dennis Roginski
Investment Representative

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Dennis is a graduate of Portland State University with a BA in Business Administration. A resident of Spokane since 1984, he has been married to his lovely wife Catherine since 1976. He has three grown children: Jennie, Andrew, and Elisabeth. Dennis has worked for various investment firms in Spokane including Murphey Favre, Washington Mutual, Metropolitan Mortgage, and ICM. He has been with Vorpahl Wing Securities since 2005 and specializes in IRAs, beneficiary IRAs, and 401(k) rollovers.

Interests & Hobbies:

  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Running
  • Playing baseball

Jon Strine
Investment Representative

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After successfully completing their initial training and registration, he began his career as a Financial Consultant (FC) with Merrill Lynch. While at Merrill Lynch, in addition to working as an (FC) he also worked as the IPO coordinator and helped new hires in developing their careers. Eventually, his career path led him to an opportunity to work in one of the worlds largest financial institutions, Citigroup/Smith Barney. During his tenure at Smith Barney he worked with individual clients and businesses to provide financial solutions and investment advice.

We welcomed Jon to our firm in 2007. He brings with him over a decade of experience and knowledge in our industry. As part of our team he is responsible for client development, managing relations, and assisting clients with their investment goals and objectives. While he calls Spokane home, he also has a residence in Los Altos, Ca.

Interests & Hobbies:

  • Travel
  • Boating
  • Motorcycles
  • Sport Fishing

Eli Petropoulos, CFA
Equity Analyst

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Eli is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance. He joined the Vorpahl Wing Securities team in 2014. Eli assist in managing the “V Star Portfolios” along with other research functions including equity analysis, economic indicators, market conditions and client portfolio reviews.

Eli is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and is a member of the CFA Society of Spokane

Interests & Hobbies:

  • Family
  • Wine
  • Philosophy
  • Football

Chris Lefkowski
Office Manager

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The Founding Associate of Vorpahl Wing Securities, she saw and embraced the vision of a start-up company. Ms Lefkowski worked in the Washington Mutual Financial Institution from 1991 to 1996 before joining Tim Vorpahl to help start Spokane Investment Services. In 1999, she helped establish Vorpahl Wing Securities. She has worked in all aspects of the newly established company, including creating and establishing all books and records, client service, research, and bookkeeping. Now, she focuses primarily on creating client profiles, our review process, and works closely with the regulators, clients, and advisors.

Interests & Hobbies:

  • Golf
  • Wakeboarding
  • Volleyball
  • Travel
  • Family

Gina Vorpahl




Gina was born and raised in the great farming community of St. John Washington. Being raised on the family farm taught her the values of family, hard work and the importance of a strong community. Gina started her career in the travel industry prior to raising her kids and taking care of her family. She was the volunteer coordinator for Moran Prairie School and the past president of the Parent Teacher Group for Moran Prairie’s PTG. She was also the volunteer coordinator for Chase Middle school.

Interests & Hobbies:

  • Family
  • Youth Sports
  • Travel
  • Lake time
  • Boating

Sandy Montgomery
Marketing Coordinator

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Sandy is a native of Spokane, and is proud to call it her home. She is very passionate about her community, volunteering at many events that help the homeless and those in need. With over 20 years as a Graphic Designer, she also donates hours for posters, brochures, etc. With her go-to attitude and fun spirit, we are happy to have her as our Marketing Coordinator.

Interests & Hobbies:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Reading
  • Community Service and other volunteering