Our Team

Helping You Live the Best Life Possible

At Compass Investment Management, we have the insights and proficiency to help you pursue your financial goals. Our entire team of seasoned and knowledgeable financial professionals brings you decades of trusted experience.


Gary Bragg
Financial Advisor

Gary has been passionate about investing and personal finance since 1985. Since the time he purchased his first stock (Exxon Mobil), his passion has grown even greater. He believes the idea of benefitting from ownership in a great company run by some of the world's most talented people is not only exciting but maybe even life changing. It was life changing for him when his passion led him to join Commonwealth Financial Network® in January 1990. This decision provided the opportunity to fulfill his other passion—helping people. He believes life's greatest reward is making a difference.

In summary, he says, "This is not a job, it is a dream come true."

Gary holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations. He also holds life and health licenses and has extensive tax planning experience.

He enjoys learning, serving, sports, travel, and cooking. He is married with two children and four inspirational grandchildren.


Peggy Kennedy
Registered Broker Assistant

Peggy began her work in financial services as a mortgage loan officer at Fleet Mortgage. She later transitioned to customer service at Putman Investments.

Peggy facilitates the processing of forms, performs all tasks related to customer service, and assists in implementing investment plans. She holds her FINRA Series 6 and 63 securities registrations as well as a notary public.

Peggy enjoys spending time with her family and helping others.


Melissa Bernard
Registered Broker Assistant

Melissa’s career in financial services began in 1992 as an advisor and assistant for her dad’s practice, which is now part of Compass Investment Management.

Melissa is responsible for multiple roles as a registered broker assistant, including client relations, assisting in portfolio reviews, working with industry partners to ensure quality service, and staying on top of industry trends and developments.

Her 30 years of experience come into play as Compass Investment Management seeks to deliver proficient service to assist our clients.

Melissa lives in Bangor with her two daughters. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Linda Girardin
Office Administrator

Linda joined our team in 2009 as an Office Administrator. In this role she supports the daily operations of the office, preparing reports for financial planning meetings, assisting with some securities trading, and bookkeeping for the office. She also holds a notary certification. Linda has extensive knowledge of probate, which is used regularly for client situations.

Before joining our team, Linda worked for 38 years for a respected Lewiston attorney, where she was the office manager and handled bookkeeping, payroll, probate, and real estate duties.

Linda is always inspired by new challenges and opportunities, and she finds great satisfaction in assisting clients to help them reach their financial goals and dreams. She is a lifelong member of the Lewiston/Auburn community. Linda has one daughter and one grandson. In her spare time, she likes to travel, quilt, do household projects, and spend time with family and friends.


Daniel Espenscheid
Technology Director and Broker Assistant

Dan joined our team in 2016. He carries out all aspects of customer service, from opening accounts to implementing trades. Dan provides technical support for all the technology in our office and assists clients in using our technology.

Dan is married with two boys, ages 8 and 3. He enjoys spending his free time hunting, fishing, and reading.


Michael Nerney
Portfolio Structure and Research Support

Mike joined our team in December 2021. He is a Massachusetts native and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from Bentley University. He also holds his FINRA Series 7 securities registration.

After spending seven years in corporate accounting, Mike shifted gears and earned both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Over the past 20 years, Mike served as a pastor in churches in Maine and Maryland. During those years, he continued consulting with individuals and churches in various financial matters. Mike also spent two seasons working with a nationally known retail tax preparation company.

As part of a firm like Compass Investment Management that values personal relationships, Mike is excited that his combined background in finance, taxes, and ministry allows him the opportunity to contribute toward adding value for our clients.

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Our affiliation with Commonwealth Financial Network® — a nationwide firm offering business solutions, resources, and support to independent financial advisors — helps us fulfill our commitment to bring you independent guidance that is always in your best interest. Use the links above to learn more about our extended support teams.

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