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Gail MurdochGail Murdoch
Certified Financial Planner™

As a Certified Financial Planner™, Ms. Murdoch focuses on financial planning with a holistic approach to her clients’ financial wellbeing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas Tech University where she graduated Cum Laude. She completed her CFP® coursework through Rice University. Only those who have fulfilled the certification and renewal requirements of CFP Board can display the CFP® certification marks, which represent a high level of competency, ethics, and professionalism.  As a CFP®, Ms. Murdoch has been trained in financial planning, estate planning, investments, insurance, taxation, and retirement plans. She uses this training to create complex financial plans and investment strategies which focus on probabilities, legacy issues, and tax efficiencies.  She holds the Series 7, 24, and 63 securities licenses and is also licensed to sell life insurance (Ark. Ins. Lic. #332949). Ms. Murdoch founded Cardinal Investment Group in Conway, Ark., in 2009.   She and her husband, Mark Murdoch, have been married for 20 years and they have an 18-year-old daughter, Moira.  Ms. Murdoch is a life-long member of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Atkins, Ark., where she serves as Clerk of Session. She is a member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce, the Russellville Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Conway, and the National Association of Professional Women.
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Mark Murdoch
Mark takes care of the life, health, and long-term care needs of the clients at Cardinal Investment Group (Ark Ins. Lic. #359999).  In addition to his work with insurance, Mark also takes care of the technology in the office.  Financial planning involves the obvious things like saving and investing but one of the most overlooked aspects of financial planning is protecting your assets. That is where insurance comes in. Will your family be able to maintain their current lifestyle if something happens to you? If you want to make sure that your loved ones will be taken care of after you are gone then you may want to consider a life insurance policy. There are also life insurance vehicles that help with estate planning strategies. Mark can help you determine how much life insurance is needed to meet your goals and protect your family. Mark can also help you with long-term care insurance in the event that you need nursing home or in-home care. This is one other way to protect your assets and also give you peace of mind that you will be well taken care of.  Mark is married to Gail Murdoch and they have an 18-year old daughter, Moira, who is a student at Atkins Middle School. Mark has a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University and is a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Atkins.


Mitch TapsonMitch Tapson

Mr. Tapson began his business career early in life as an insurance agent for his father, eventually owning the agency. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s Degree from Ouachita Baptist University and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He became licensed for investments in 2007.  Mr. Tapson holds the Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses. He is also licensed to sell life and health insurance (Ark. Ins. Lic. #319611).  In 2009, Mr. Tapson joined Cardinal Investment Group.  In addition to advising his clients in financial planning and investments, he brings expertise with variable annuity analysis, financial counseling, and fiduciary issues of 401(k) retirement plans.  Mr. Tapson is also the pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Little Rock.  He is married to Linda who is an accomplished pianist and musician.  They have three married daughters (Jason and Leslie Harper, Trey and Julie Elliott, and Brent and Emily Pierce) who live in the central Arkansas area and, most importantly, have given Mitch and Linda four granddaughters and four grandsons.  He is a member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce where he serves as the Chairman of the Conway Progress LEADS group.

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Gary SeibelGary Seibel

Mr. Seibel started his career in banking as a branch manager, then a lender in both residential and commercial lending. From there he was asked to become a wholesaler at a REIT where he acted as an investor to banks and various lending institutions. He went on to become the president of a lending firm in Little Rock, and then a division president of an investment firm. He received his securities licenses in 2010 and trained with Met Life. Mr. Seibel holds the Series 7 and Series 66 licenses along with insurance licenses for many different lines including life and health (Ark. Ins. Lic. #339930).  In 2011, Mr. Seibel joined Cardinal Investment Group.  He specializes in equity placement, business consulting, retirement planning, financial advising, investment advising, and retirement plans. He studied at Berean University and SAU Tech. He has a beautiful wife of nine years, Lisa, and they have two daughters, Isabella who is seven, and Olivia who is two.  He enjoys outdoor activities as a hobby, including running and fitness training, and is a proficient guitar player.   He is also a Little Rock Firefighter.  He serves First Church of the Nazarene in Little Rock as a board member and is a member of the Conway Chamber of Commerce.

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071Robert Mikkelsen

Mr. Mikkelsen has been in the financial services industry for more than 30 years. In 1981 he started his career on Wall St.  Over the course of the next few years he became a senior equity trader specializing in technology stocks. In 1990 Mr. Mikkelsen was promoted to Head Trader of Lehman Brothers Nasdaq desk. Robert held three senior trading positions during the 1990’s and then took an opportunity to run the equity division for a regional brokerage firm called Advest Inc. Also during the early 1990’s Mr. Mikkelsen served four years on the Nasdaq Trading Committee as well as the Quality Of Markets Sub-Committee which were designed to offer insights to the NASD Board on various market structure issues. In 2006 Mr. Mikkelsen relocated to Arkansas and became a Financial Advisor. He applies his experience in capital markets, technical analysis and risk management to better serve his clients. He joined Cardinal Investment Group in Conway, Ark. in 2012. Mr. Mikkelsen specializes in financial and investment advising, individual equity placement, conservative options strategies, and equity fund analysis. Mr. Mikkelsen is licensed to conduct securities-related services as a Registered Representative holding the Series 7 and Series 63 licenses. He is also licensed as an Investment Advisor Representative holding a Series 65 as well as life and health insurance licenses (Ark. Ins. Lic. #405741).  Mr. Mikkelsen is a member of the Russellville Chamber of Commerce.

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Cathy LeeCathy Lee

Ms. Lee joined the Cardinal team in September 2012 as our Administrative Assistant.  Her extensive background in business and client services made her an ideal choice for supporting our advisors and clients in every facet of our business.  When she is not in the office, she, with her husband John, also work through their own firm, North Star Consulting, to provide leadership coaching and organizational training.  They share a passion for helping leaders and their teams improve effectiveness and achieve greater organizational success.  Ms. Lee’s business experience spans more than 30 years.  She spent three years in Europe with a team of U.S. and German government representatives overseeing the installation of a phone network for U.S. Armed Forces-Europe.  In 1984, she joined Acxiom Corporation, a leader in Information Management and Database Marketing Services. As Acxiom’s Business Unit Executive serving the Media & Entertainment industry, Ms. Lee led more than 90 associates in customer service, software development, sales & marketing, and Human Resource teams.  She left Acxiom in 2000 to join the staff at Fellowship Bible Church in Conway, where she continued to develop and lead volunteer teams in a wide variety of roles for ten years.  Ms. Lee is an avid reader and continual learner, loves travel and outdoor photography, and continues to be actively involved at Fellowship as a volunteer leader, teacher, and mentor.

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