Institutions and foundations

Professional consulting to help optimize your plan

As Institutional Consultants, we take the time to fully understand your organization, leadership, employees and culture. With our comprehensive platform of industry-leading corporate services and solutions, we provide a proven process that can help deliver a customized benefits plan. Talk to us about how our experience, resources and industry longevity can contribute to your company’s success today and in the future.

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Experience Makes All the Difference

High Desert Institutional Consulting is dedicated to institutional consulting and includes a team of advisors with over 50 years of experience in financial services, banking and investment consulting. We focus on providing investment strategies customized to best meet each client's particular situation and needs-regardless of complexity. Our team has built a successful practice by focusing on delivering strategies to corporate defined benefit and defined contribution plans, Taft Hartley plans, endowments and foundations, tribal groups, as well as high net worth individuals.

  • David Bruner

    David Bruner, CFP®, CIMA®

    Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

    Financial Advisor

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    • AZ
    • CA
    • CO
    • FL
    • HI
    • IA
    • ID
    • IL
    • IN
    • KS
    • MA
    • MD
    • MI
    • MN
    • MO
    • NE
    • NJ
    • NM
    • NV
    • NY
    • OH
    • OK
    • OR
    • TX
    • UT
    • VA
    • WA
    • WI
    • WV
    • WY

    Institutional Consultant 

    The High Desert Institutional Consulting group brings over 100 years of experience in financial services, banking, and investment consulting. We focus on providing investment strategies customized to best meet an Institution’s situation and needs, regardless of complexity. Our team has built a successful practice by focusing on delivering strategies to corporate defined benefit and defined contribution plans, Taft Hartley plans, endowments, foundations, and Tribal groups.

    UBS has selected a limited number of Financial Advisors to serve as specialized Institutional Consultants. Criteria requires an advanced financial certification such as holding a Certified Investment Management Analyst, (CIMA®) designation and extensive experience working with teams on accounts with than $20 million in assets.


    I became a Financial Advisor in 1995 with Dean Witter and joined UBS in 2009 as a Senior Vice President-Wealth Management. I earned the UBS designation Wealth Advisor, and I am a Portfolio Manager in the Portfolio Management Program- providing
    fiduciary and discretionary investment management and obtained industry respected designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM certificant, and CIMA®.


    I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1988 and was a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot, a Company Commander and served in the first Gulf War. I was also stationed in West Germany when the Berlin Wall came down. I was previously on the board of St Martin's Hospitality Center, NM's largest provider of HOPE and services to the homeless and near homeless. I recently sat on the Advisory Board to the Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico, providing assistance to the Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. I currently sit on the investment committee of the New Mexico Foundation.

        • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
        • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
        • Institutional Consultant, UBS Institutional Consulting Program
        • Portfolio Manager
        • Senior Retirement Plan Consultant
        Institutional consulting
        Retirement Plan consulting
        401(k) plan services
        2155 Louisiana Blvd NE
        Suite 10000
        Albuquerque, NM 87110
        david.bruner@ubs.com
        David Bruner, CFP®, CIMA®
        2155 Louisiana Blvd NE,Albuquerque,NM,87110
      • Aaron Rottenstein

        Aaron Rottenstein, CFP®, CIMA®

        Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

        Financial Advisor

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        • AZ
        • CA
        • CO
        • CT
        • DE
        • FL
        • IL
        • IN
        • KS
        • MA
        • MD
        • MO
        • NJ
        • NM
        • NV
        • NY
        • OR
        • TN
        • TX
        • UT
        • VA
        • WA

        Institutional Consultant

        Aaron is a Senior Vice President at UBS Financial Services, Inc. He serves a diverse clientele of successful business owners, professionals, high net worth families, and institutions in the endowment/foundation, nonprofit, Taft-Hartley, and retirement plan space. Of the 6,500 UBS advisors in the United States, Aaron is one of approximately 120 who have been admitted into the UBS Institutional Consulting Group, empowering Aaron to work with some of UBS' most sophisticated, largest, and complex clients as a fiduciary. Deepening his commitment to institutions, Aaron has also been named an Endowment and Foundation Consultant by UBS.

        Prior to returning to Tucson and joining UBS, Aaron served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, and as a high-level advisor to key members of the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee Including current Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. At the age of 24, and during the heart of the global financial crisis, Aaron was named as the Press Secretary for the JEC, making him one of the youngest ever to serve in such a high-profile role on Capitol Hill.

        Deeply passionate about community, Aaron serves as the Board Chair of Social Venture Partners Tucson, as the Vice Chair of Jewish Philanthropies for Southern Arizona, and as a supporter and investment consultant for numerous other non-profits. He's been named Young Jewish Man of the Year, as one of Southern Arizona's 40 under 40, and is also a Flynn Brown Fellow. He is married to Stephanie Bowers, a pediatric physical therapist, and together they have two children Ezra (7) and Alice (5).

        • Forbes America’s Top Next-Gen (Generation) Wealth Advisors, 2021The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually between June and September based on information from a 12 month period ending in March of the award year.
        • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, 2022, 2023, 2024The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in April based on information from a 12 month period ending June of the prior year.
        • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams, 2023, 2024The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in January, based on information from a 12 month period ending March of the prior year.
        • Forbes Top Next-Gen (Generation) Wealth Advisors Best-in-State, 2022, 2023The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually between June and September based on information from a 12 month period ending in March of the award year.

          • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
          • Certified Investment Management Consultant
          • Senior Retirement Plan Consultant
          2840 E. Skyline Drive
          Tucson
          Tucson, AZ 85718
          aaron.rottenstein@ubs.com
          Aaron Rottenstein, CFP®, CIMA®
          2840 E. Skyline Drive,Tucson,AZ,85718
        • Anne Shivers

          Anne Shivers

          Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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          • AZ
          • CA
          • CO
          • FL
          • NY
          • OH

          Over the past 30 years, the market has seen both strong growth and times of volatility.  Anne Shivers has been at her clients' side through all of it. As a Registered Client Service Associate, she is fully licensed to transact business and administers all operations of the team with world class service skills. 

          Anne is proud to be a native Tucsonan, attended Pima Community College and received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Washington, cum laude. She enjoys being involved in the community, most recently with Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports and The Haven. Other community involvement has been with 91.3FM KXCI Community Radio as a volunteer DJ, and Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Anne is an avid runner and hiker and is ready so see more of the world with her husband Sam and their two college-age children Grace and Samuel.

                2840 E. Skyline Drive
                Suite 200
                Tucson, AZ 85718
                anne.shivers@ubs.com
                Anne Shivers
                2840 E. Skyline Drive,Tucson,AZ,85718
              • Jason Penn

                Jason Penn

                Client Associate

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                • AZ
                • NM
                • TX

                Many different careers have brought me to the financial industry, where I've found a home helping our clients focus on their goals and what matters to them. 

                My most recent prior experience was in the Insurance industry. Before that I owned and operated a retail Toy store in Albuquerque NM. I was a professional Lapidary in the jewelry industry. My creative work in the jewelry industry was showcased in multiple national magazines and books 

                 

                    • Business Development Specialist
                    2155 Louisiana Blvd NE
                    Suite 10000
                    Albuquerque, NM 87110
                    jason.a.penn@ubs.com
                    Jason Penn
                    2155 Louisiana Blvd NE,Albuquerque,NM,87110
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