The importance of human interaction
The Right Advisor for the Right Client
From the outset, Essex Financial has realized the importance of human interaction in our work. To this day, a key factor for us is to match the right advisor to the right client.
We’ve also built a team of top-flight advisors that continues to expand in a prudent and measured fashion. In this way, Essex Financial advisors are equipped to provide the levels of engagement and expertise our clients come to expect and value.
Stephen W. Bates
Steve has 30 years of experience in the financial advisory and wealth management business, and joined Essex Financial in 2008. His practice consists mostly of working with high net worth clients to ensure that their investment and income goals as well as wealth transfer objectives are effectively integrated and are being met. He also works with a number of local not-for-profit organizations, and brings his own personal experience to bear, having previously served as the Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee of a $20 million foundation.
Steve received his undergraduate from Dartmouth College and, after serving as a naval officer aboard destroyers in the Pacific, returned to Dartmouth to earn an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is actively involved in fund raising and alumni affairs at both Dartmouth and Tuck.
Stephen is supported by Client Relationship Manager Emily Bordeau.Email Stephen
Adam is dedicated to providing clients with an individually tailored approach to financial and investment strategies. He provides clients with knowledge and proficiency in a wide range of services. Adam holds the Series 7 and 66 securities licenses as well as the Health and Life Insurance license.
David C. Donaldson, Jr. CRPC®
David’s career in the investment industry spans more than 30 years including both national brokerage firms and bank brokerage platforms. He maintains a series 7, 24, 63 and 65 security licenses, graduated from SUNY Purchase, NY and has an MBA in finance from Fordham University, NY. David currently serves as the President of the Farmington River Watershed Association, a non-profit organization. He was a nationally ranked platform tennis player and also enjoys fishing, tennis and skiing, as well as writing and performing music.
Jeb N. Embree
Jeb N. Embree joined Essex Financial, as a Financial Advisor in January 2002. Jeb has a BA Degree from Hobart College and was Class of ’59 at Pomfret School. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Connecticut River Museum where he served for 13 years on various committees, as a member of the Executive Committee and for one year as Treasurer.
Kristin Estep is a Financial Advisor and Retirement Planning Consultant with Essex Financial. Kristin joined Essex Financial in March 2014 with a focus on expanding and servicing the Retirement Plans Department at the firm, working closely with James Sullivan and his team. Kristin worked as a licensed Relationship Manager in the Private Client Group at Fidelity Investments prior to coming to Essex Financial. While Kristin continues to focus on Retirement Plans, working with business owners and participants to achieve their goals, she also focuses on planning for Women and Millennial Investors. She currently holds her series 7, 63, and 65 licenses.
With more than ten years of experience in the industry, Sean gives his clients the unique insights necessary to bridge the gap between their overall financial plan and the design of their investment Portfolio. Deeply rooted philosophies provide the framework for constructing efficient and diversified portfolios based on clients personal and financial goals and objectives.
Prior to joining Essex Financial, Sean worked as a Financial Advisor at Apella Capital, an RIA in CT. Prior to Apella Mr. Flynn worked at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in Manhattan, NY. A Fairfield University graduate, he holds a B.S. degree in finance from the Dolan School of Business. He is also a certified College Planning Specialists (CCPS) through the National Institute of Certified College Planners.
Mr. Flynn is originally from Newport, RI, and currently resides in Fairfield, CT with his wife and their two children. Sean is member of the Alumni leadership council at his high school alma mater Portsmouth Abbey School and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. Sean is also a member of Friends of Fairfield Lacrosse.
Sean is supported by Client Relationship Manager Eric Moreira.Email Sean
Anthony J. Fortuna, CRPC®
Anthony serves as an Investment Advisor and brings over 16 years of experience in the financial service industry to Essex Financial. He works with clients to design financial plans based on their life goals. This strategy focuses on helping his clients become more confident about managing their financial objectives. Anthony’s areas of focus include estate planning, retirement income strategies, wealth preservation, business succession planning, and tax management strategies.
W. Timothy Furgueson
Tim began his career in the investment industry while attending Roanoke College, working for Wheat First Securities. Upon graduating, he joined Smith Barney’s New Haven office, and more recently, the Essex office, where he worked as a Senior Portfolio Manager and Financial Planning Specialist for 16 years. Subsequently, Tim joined Essex Financial where he has been able to attain his goal of finding a better way to meet clients’ needs through a service oriented, client-centric, and independent financial services firm.
Jere Jordan is a Financial Advisor with Essex Financial. She has been a licensed Financial Consultant since 2003, supporting clients through her most recent affiliation with LPL Financial Services and American Eagle Financial Services. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 Registrations, a CT Life & Health Insurance License and a CT Partnership for Long Term Care Certification.
David F. LaMay, CFP® CPWA®
Dave specializes in investment management, financial planning, and long term care planning for individual, not-for-profit and corporate clients. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Certified Private Wealth Advisor®. He holds the Series 7, 9/10, 24, 63 and 65 securities registrations, and the State of Connecticut Life Insurance and Variable Contracts licenses.
Dave is a member of the Middlesex Hospital Philanthropy Advisory Council. He serves as Chairman of the Old Saybrook Board of Finance and is an active member of the Old Saybrook Fire Department. A graduate of Xavier High School in Middletown, Dave served 6 years on the Xavier High School Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Dave is supported by Client Relationship Manager Jennifer Tavella.Email David
Michael R. LaRiviere, CFP®, AIF®
Michael LaRiviere is a Financial Advisor and joined Essex Financial in 2013. He has close to 20 years of financial services experience. Michael’s primary focus is on understanding the unique concerns and objectives of high net worth investors as they plan their financial futures. Michael specializes in comprehensive retirement income planning, investment planning, personal finance, taxes and wealth management.
Michael is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, a professional designation he attained through Boston University’s Professional Education Program. Michael also holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses as well as the State of Connecticut Life Insurance and Variable Contracts Licenses. Prior to joining EFS, Michael spent 13 years with Fidelity Investments in a variety of roles including that of Vice President, Senior Account Executive in their Private Clients Group.
Robert J. Marcinek, CFP®
Bob is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant and holds a variety of securities registrations and insurance licenses. Bob’s areas of expertise include Lifetime Financial Planning, Investment Management, Business Owner Planning, Wealth Transfer, and Estate Planning. His clients include a variety of business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs, both active and retired, and their families.
Since joining Essex Financial in 2013, Nate has focused on empowering clients to take control of their financial future by providing informed investment advice, customized financial planning and comprehensive wealth management solutions. Using innovative financial technology applications and our professional network of attorneys, CPAs and other specialists, Nate leverages the full resources of Essex Financial to provide both a clear vision of a client’s current financial health and the confidence to develop, with our guidance & advice, a comprehensive financial plan to assist them in achieving their personal financial goals.
Nate and his family live in Glastonbury. He is a Trustee of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association and a member of the American Bar Association. In his free time, he is an avid hiker and member of the Connecticut chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Nate earned his undergraduate degree at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was a Beasley Scholar.
Nate maintains his series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.
Kevin Nolan, CFP®
Kevin is a Financial Advisor with Essex Financial and works in our Southport, CT location. With nearly two decades of experience in Financial Services he has developed an extensive and well-rounded background. Kevin has a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from Fordham University where he was recognized for outstanding achievement in the field of Economics. Kevin is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and has achieved the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College of Financial Planning.
Ned has been in the investment business since 1984. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his L.L.B. Degree from Boston University School of Law. He was a practicing attorney in Hartford, CT for twenty years prior to coming on board with Essex Financial.
He is a former President of the Essex Historical Society and a member of the Connecticut River Museum. In his free time he is an avid fisherman and a member of the Fox Hopyard Golf Club. Ned resides on North Main Street in Essex with his wife Norma. They have two children.
Tony G. Russo, CRPC®
For more than 30 years Tony’s career as a wealth manager has been dedicated to helping individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations achieve their varied financial goals. His investment philosophy begins with the careful listening of his clients’ life paths, financial requirements and concerns before formulating a personalized and comprehensive action plan designed specifically to address their situation. Tony’s systematic monitoring of this wealth plan is based on constant client education and communication. He also utilizes innovative reporting technology to ensure that his clients’ personalized portfolios remain consistent with their financial destinations. This process also helps to identify investment opportunities created by the ever-changing economic environment.
His previous financial industry experience includes being a past president of a SEC registered investment advisory firm as well as serving as a member on several investment advisory committees. He has achieved the designation of Certified Retirement Planning Consultant (CRPC®) from the College of Financial Planning and is a past member of the Securities Industry Association (SIA) Marketing Roundtable. Tony maintains series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65 security licenses as well as Connecticut State life, annuity and long-term care insurance licenses.
Tony is a member of the Essex Financial Investment Committee.
He believes strongly in giving back to the community. His extensive civic involvement has included serving as president, board director, committee member and chairman for several Hartford area non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of St. Michaels College in Winooski, Vermont. Tony is a life-long resident of the Hartford area.
Tony is supported by Client Relationship Manager Cherish Genova.Email Tony
Clark J. Sturtevant
Clark J. Sturtevant is a Financial Advisor with Essex Financial. He is a graduate of Babson College and received a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies. Clark joined Essex Financial in June 2008. Before joining EFS he worked for a major brokerage firm and had founded his own independent insurance business specializing in health, life and long term care. He specializes in comprehensive retirement and wealth planning.
James M. Sullivan, AIF®
James M. Sullivan, AIF® is a Vice President and Financial Advisor with Essex Financial. James has over 15 years of experience in financial services, specializing in comprehensive retirement planning and investment advice. James is also responsible for the Retirement Plan Services Department at EFS which provides Advisory services to over 200 employer sponsored retirement plans. James holds his FINRA Series 7, 66, 9 and 10 licenses as well as his State of CT Life and Health Insurance license. James earned the AIF® Designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies. James has been recognized as a 2015 PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisor. He was one of only three Advisors in Connecticut to receive this recognition.
James and his wife, Emily, are proud parents to two girls, Allie and Kiley. Emily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The Sullivans live in West Hartford, CT and are active in various causes supporting Autism Spectrum Disorders awareness and education. James’s family has worked extensively to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer research that focuses on finding a cure and more effective treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma.
James is supported by Retirement Plan Consultant Kristin Estep.Email James
Bill Tait, CFP®
Bill is a Financial Advisor with Essex Financial. He received his BSBA from Western New England College, and his MBA from the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. Bill is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, believing in comprehensive financial planning to ensure his client’s goals are properly established and achieved.
He has over 20 years of client relationship management, having most recently spent nine years advising clients with HPE Financial Services. In addition to achieving the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation, Bill holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses as well as the State of Connecticut Life Insurance and Variable Contracts licenses.