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Certified Financial PlannerTM Joins Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors
Leisl Cording recently joined Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors’ advisory team as Vice President, Associate Financial Advisor. She joins the wealth advisory firm where she will be working to assist clients in achieving their financial life goals using their unique, strategic Plan Well. Invest Well. Live Well™ process.
On her recent hiring, Leisl notes, “It’s a true pleasure to join a team where the genuine pursuit of client satisfaction is so embedded within the culture of the firm. There is so much to be motivated about when a firm deeply cares about their clients’ goals and will go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional experience. I’m looking forward to bringing my skillset and experience in strategic financial planning to help our team fulfill our clients’ financial life goals.”
Leisl brings over 10 years of experience in working with high-net-worth individuals in multiple areas of retirement, financial, and estate planning. Her most recent position was with People’s United Bank in their wealth management department in Hartford, CT where she was responsible for individual financial planning, trust and fiduciary administration, estate settlement, and investment management. She also holds the Certified Financial Planner™ certification, the standard of excellence in competence and ethical practices in personal financial planning.
Managing Partner, Jim Zahansky, added, “Leisl is not only extremely well qualified, but is also a great person. Her trustworthiness and approachability are absolutely essential characteristics of our firm. Much of our success is aligned to these service values and we are ecstatic to bring someone to help deepen and strengthen our promise of excellent strategic financial planning and investment management to our clients.”
Leisl is no stranger to the area having grown up in Pomfret and graduated from Woodstock Academy. She later received a degree in Finance in 2008 from Quinnipiac University where she also captained the women’s soccer team for two years. She now lives in Woodstock and enjoys playing and coaching soccer, golfing, and running in her spare time.
Pomfret Center, CT (February 2019) — Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors Team Grows to Help Support Clients' Goals
The Weiss, Hale & Zahansky Strategic Wealth Advisors team recently welcomed two new members to their team, Kelly Graves and Beckie Lewis. Kelly (pictured left), from Woodstock, joins Weiss, Hale & Zahansky after 17 years as a paralegal, bringing a broad knowledge base in matters such as bankruptcy law and litigation in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, civil litigation in the U.S. District Court, U.S. District Court of Appeals, and the Massachusetts State Courts, as well as insurance defense and loan modifications. She is a graduate of Becker College where she studied business administration. Kelly will be working in the firm’s Client Operations & Service department, helping to ensure timely and dedicated service on new accounts, transactions, and investment portfolio account management.
Beckie (pictured right), from Pomfret, comes to the firm with more than 20 years of experience in client support, including positions with American Airlines, American Express Travel, and Electric Boat. She also holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts. As the Administration & Client Services Associate, Beckie will be managing daily office operations, working to ensure every client’s experience is at the highest level.
On these recent additions to the team, Principal & Managing Partner, Jim Zahansky, noted, “We are delighted to bring two very talented and committed individuals to our team to support our unique and strategic Plan Well, Invest Well, Live Well™ process. We know our clients will benefit from these additions as they work to help better support our clients’ strategic financial goals.” Laurence Hale, Principal & Managing Partner, added, “Kelly and Beckie are truly aligned with our core values of competence, trust, transparency, and accountability. Their hiring is a commitment to our promise to deliver an exceptional wealth management experience, and we’re looking forward to having them grow and develop with us for the benefit of our client experience.”
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.