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Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors in the news.
Heather O’Rourke Appointed to Vice President of TEEG’s Board
Pomfret Center, CT (November 2018) — Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors Financial Planning Lead Appointed to Vice President of TEEG Board of Directors
Heather O’Rourke, Lead, Client Financial Planning Services at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, has been chosen to serve as Vice President of Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG’s) Board of Directors. Heather remarked, “Serving at TEEG has been humbling, I have always been aligned to their mission and it is wonderful to continue helping those in need within the community in a new role.”
Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors Principal & Managing Partner, James Zahansky, added, "Heather is caring, impactful, and dedicated to helping others. We believe in giving back to the community and she has represented what we believe by continuing to make a difference for our clients and the local community. TEEG’s mission is closely aligned to our beliefs to helps others and we are proud of Heather for her contributions.”
Heather has been with the wealth management firm for 18 years. She was formerly head of operations and now leads the financial planning team to help client’s Plan Well. Invest Well. Live Well.™ Her commitment to clients and the community is evidenced by her continued, dedicated volunteer work with TEEG as well as The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for families and their children facing serious illness, and in helping to rescue dogs in need at Dog Orphans Society in Douglas, Massachusetts.
Jim Zahansky Attends Wall Street Council
New York, NY (October, 2018) — Jim Zahansky, Principal and Managing Partner at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, was in attendance at Bryant University’s annual Wall Street Council reception this October, engaging with leaders from the wealth management industry and connecting with students aspiring to work in financial services. Since his appointment to Bryant’s Wall Street Council in 2017, Jim Zahansky has been an active member in this powerful network of alumni, parents and friends, sharing ideas and connections in the financial services industry.
On this recent event, Zahansky commented, “I look forward to this meeting every year as it’s an opportunity to network with financial services executives throughout the world and bring back learnings to our clients and our organization. We use this network to share ideas, discuss innovation, and enhance our Plan Well, Invest Well, Live Well process.”
Zahansky’s ongoing membership in the Wall Street Council reflects Weiss, Hale & Zahansky’s expertise and commitment to excellence in wealth management.
Shandy Chen Promoted to Investment Portfolio Analytics Manager
Pomfret Center, CT (October 2018) — Shandy Chen recently was appointed to the newly created position of Manager, Portfolio Analytics & Operations. Shandy joined Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors team in June 2017 as the lead of client operations and will continue to manage the operations team, but in a more strategic role.
In his time with the company, Shandy has passed finance industry FINRA Series 7 and 66 exams. He has showed an exceptional ability to provide the best experience for clients. As Manager, Portfolio Analytics & Operations, Shandy will focus on investment-oriented portfolio analytical elements. In particular, he will be tasked with measuring investment performance, conducting investment research, and bringing outcomes from our quarterly Investment Committee to ensure our clients continue to “Invest Well.”
On Shandy’s recent promotion, Principal & Managing Partner, Jim Zahansky, “Shandy’s ability to analyze and solve problems has surpassed our expectations since he joined us in June of last year. This promotion and the newly created role recognize the great work he has done and now as a Manager, will be able to provide an even greater benefit to our clients going forward.”
Weiss & Hale Financial Announces Business Name Change to Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors
Pomfret Center, CT (September 2018) — Weiss & Hale Financial, a provider of comprehensive financial and portfolio management services for more than 12 years, announced today the launch of a new business brand identity and name - Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors. Among the other changes will be its logo and domain name www.whzwealth.com.
In all, the change more accurately expresses the business’ offerings and strategic financial service model: Plan Well, Invest Well, Live Well™. The new identity builds upon its history of unique, quality wealth building service focused on individuals, non-profits, and institutions.
Founded by business partners Jim Weiss and Laurence Hale in 2006, Weiss & Hale Financial has positioned itself as a premier strategic partner in wealth management and financial planning for individuals, families, non-profit organizations, and businesses. Jim Zahansky joined the business in 2014 as Senior Vice President after a distinguished executive-level career in the pharmaceutical industry and became Co-Principal/Managing Partner in 2016 with Laurence Hale as Jim Weiss transitioned out of the business to focus on the “Live Well” phase of his life.
“Over the past 12 years, we’ve built a strong reputation in providing customized service and experienced fiduciary care of our clients,” said Laurence Hale, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer. “Our new company name brings forward our strong legacy while reflecting our focus on our clients.” Jim Zahansky, Managing Partner and Chief Goals Strategist, adds, “Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors will remain profoundly committed to our client’s life financial goals and our key service attributes: accountability, confidentiality, integrity, reliability, and trust.”
Shandy Chen Passes Financial Exams
Pomfret Center, CT (January 2018) — Shandy Chen recently passed the Financial Industry Regulatory (FINRA) Series 7 and 66 exams making him a licensed staff member at Weiss & Hale Financial. Shandy hails from Willington, CT and leads client operations for Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors where he joined in June of last year after graduating with a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.
Both the Series 7 and 66 exams require extensive preparation and test an individual’s knowledge on a wide range of financial topics including investment vehicles, laws, regulations, as well as economic indicators.
On his recent accomplishment, Managing Partner, Jim Zahansky, states, “Shandy’s talent for problem solving and analysis have helped improve our business tremendously. This achievement is just another example of Shandy’s abilities and will further assist our clients in achieving their financial life goals.” Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, based in Pomfret Center, is a knowledgeable team of finance professionals who help clients achieve their goals using their unique Plan Well, Invest Well, Live Well™ process.
2018 Five Star Wealth Manager Award Bestowed upon
Laurence N. Hale, AAMS, CRPS, Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors
Five Star Professional partnered with Connecticut Magazine to identify and showcase an exclusive group of wealth managers who have demonstrated excellence in their field. Laurence N. Hale, AAMS, CRPS®, at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, will be featured in a special section of the December issue of Connecticut Magazine as a 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award winner.
“Thank you for offering us your trust and confidence as we work diligently to help you navigate toward your financial life goals. It is an honor to receive the Five Star Award for the third year, and our entire team at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors is honored,” said Mr. Hale.
The 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award winners have been carefully selected for their commitment to providing quality services to their clients. The award is based on an in-depth research process incorporating peer and firm feedback with objective criteria, such as client retention rates, client assets administered, industry experience, and regulatory and complaint history.
“Based on our evaluation, the wealth managers we recognize are committed to pursuing professional excellence and have a deep knowledge of their industry. They strive to provide exemplary care to the people they serve,” stated Dan Zdon, CEO, Five Star Professional.
When asked why he got into the profession, Laurence N. Hale said, “Helping people is in my nature and being a financial advisor allows me to do that every day in a multifaceted and intellectually challenging role.”
Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 3,178 Connecticut wealth managers were considered for the award; 293 (9 percent of candidates) were named 2018 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.
James Zahansky Earns Accredited Wealth Management Advisor℠ Designation
Pomfret Center, CT (July 2017) — Jim Zahansky recently earned the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor℠, AWMA®, designation from the College for Financial Planning. Jim is Principal/Managing Partner and Chief Goal Strategist at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, along with Principal/Managing Partner Laurence Hale, AAMS, CRPS®, and Co-Founder Jim Weiss, AAMS, RLP™. As a designee, Zahansky is now recognized as a professional on wealth management. To receive such accreditation, one must complete a specialized wealth management educational program and pass a rigorous examination in addition to abiding by standards of professional conduct.
Designees’ of the AWMA® are trusted financial professionals who have a depth of knowledge about wealth planning strategies, equity-based compensation plans, tax-reduction alternatives, and asset protection alternatives to meet the professional and personal goals of clients.
Zahansky states, “The learning I have taken away from this professional designation educational program will be passed to our current and future clients to further assist them in achieving their life financial goals.” Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, based in Pomfret Center is a knowledgeable team of finance professional who help clients achieve their goals using their unique Plan Well, Invest Well, Live Well™ process.
Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors Director Appointed to TEEG Board of Directors
Pomfret Center, CT (March 2017) — Heather O’Rourke, Director of Financial Planning at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, has been chosen as a valued member of Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG’s) Board of Directors. Heather remarked, “As a lifelong resident of the northeast corner, I am dedicated to the mission at TEEG, and I enjoy being a part of an organization that works with our local community, and in helping those in need.”
Heather anchors the service and operations team at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors in Pomfret Center, Connecticut, with more than 25 years in the financial services business. Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors Principal James Zahansky added, "It is a part of our mission to give back to our local community. We are proud of Heather's appointment and the work that she and TEEG do in our region."
Heather has held positions at Paul Revere, First Union in Worcester; Merrill Lynch; and Advest, where she was honored with the distinguished Client Service Award. She holds a producer's license for life and health insurance and the FINRA Series 7 securities registration, and she earned the Registered Paraplanner designation from the College for Financial Planning. Heather’s commitment to clients and community is evidenced by her continued, dedicated volunteer work with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for families and their children facing serious illness, and in helping to rescue dogs in need at Dog Orphans Society in Douglas, Massachusetts.
Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Principal recognized as member of the Wall Street Council
Pomfret Center, CT (March, 2017) — Jim Zahansky has been selected as a Director on the Board of the Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Jim is Principal/Managing Partner and Chief Goal Strategist at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, along with Principal/Managing Partner Laurence Hale, AAMS, CRPS®, and Partner Jim Weiss, AAMS, RLP™. This distinction allows Jim Zahansky, investment advisor and goals-based planner, team builder, and former marketing vice president, to help the Chamber develop excellent programs for our region. Jim is also involved with organizations like Frog Rock Basketball, QVCC Foundation, and other charitable organizations in the area. This Board position provides beneficial opportunities for the community, and Zahansky, a life-long native of the area, commented, “I look forward to helping with Board’s community endeavors and helping the Chamber expand the reach and scope of our NECT Chamber programs and membership. We have a lot more to grow here in Northeastern Connecticut.” Each employee at Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors is part of the “Give Back” initiative, giving back to such local organizations as The Hole in the Wall Gang, Daily Bread and The Last Green Valley.
James Zahansky selected as new board member for the NECT Chamber of Commerce
Pomfret Center, CT (December, 2016) — Jim Zahansky has been selected as a Director on the Board of the Northeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. Jim is Principal/Managing Partner and Chief Goal Strategist atWeiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors, along with Principal/Managing Partner Laurence Hale, AAMS, CRPS®, and Partner Jim Weiss, AAMS, RLP™. This distinction... Read More