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Support Team

Sarah Rizk

Business Development Coordinator

(203) 513-6058

[email protected]

Sarah is responsible for overseeing the operations of the practice. She created and executes a methodic process that keeps Mike on track so he can keep our clients on track to achieving their financial goals. Her in-depth knowledge of marketing, processing, and resource management, she continuously ensures the practice delivers the first-in-class experience our clients have come to except.

Sarah graduated with a Bachelors in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University. She also frequently takes part in community service of St. Francis Church in Naugatuck. Her hobbies include spending time with family, kickboxing, dance, and Zumba.

Gorete Moutela

Client Services Manager

(203) 513-6335

[email protected]

With nearly a decade of experience in the financial service industry, Gorete is responsible for managing the service work of the financial planning process for the practice. Gorete manages more than a hundred financial plans and plan updates for clients each year. She works closely with Mike and his clients to ensure all financial information is accurate and properly implemented for efficient processing.

Gorete’s commitment to her work has given her in-depth understanding on how to manage the financial planning process, which allows Michael more time to interact face to face with clients and provide the personalized guidance and solutions they deserve.

Gorete graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Technology from the University of Connecticut, as well as receiving her MBA in Finance from Post University. Gorete lives in Ansonia, Connecticut with her husband Davidson. She enjoys spending time with her family at the beach, exercising, and visiting local breweries.

Kathleen A. Cassidy, J.D.

Advanced Markets Director

Kate provides case design support in the areas of estate and business planning helping to create sophisticated personalized strategies for individuals, families, and businesses. Prior to joining Barnum, Kate was an estate planning, probate and elder law associate with the law firm of Bishop, Jackson & Kelly, LLC in Milford, Connecticut. She assisted with legacy planning and estate administrations as well as public benefits and special needs planning. Kate is admitted to the Connecticut Bar and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Estates and Probate and Elder Law sections.

John Foreman

Investment Director

John works with us to develop and implement investment strategies tailored to meet each client’s personal needs, opportunities and goals. John earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Hartwick College and a MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship and international management from the University of New Hampshire. John also earned his Certified Investment Analyst® (CIMA®) designation, which represents the Investment Management Consultants Association’s highest standards of excellence for investment management consulting and wealth advising services.

Matthew Teel

Director of Protection Products

Matthew Teel is a highly valued resource in complex life, disability, and long term care insurance plan design and sales. His career has evolved from his roots as an intern at a major wire house to running his own financial advisory practice to his current role as Agency Director of Protection Products for Barnum Financial Group the #1 Firm at MetLife for 2012. Today, he leads a team that supports the consulting and sales efforts of nearly 300 financial services representatives, focusing on life, disability income, and long term care insurance.

Matthew’s emphasis is on the utilization of insurance from a holistic wealth management perspective. His work focuses on using life insurance as a key retirement planning tool, most notably in the areas of income replacement, estate planning, business succession planning, and retirement and executive benefits. He is well versed in both basic and advanced business and estate planning concepts and is effective at taking complex topics and making them understandable to both advisors and their clients. As a result, he has given numerous seminars and main stage presentations, as well as conducting small group and individual consultations. A major component of his work is to gain an understanding of each client’s needs and opportunities and to present complex strategies in the context of their overall wealth management strategy. Of critical importance, Matthew scours the available universe of product solutions to identify the ideal combination of carrier and policy design to meet those needs. It is this ability that has made him a key resource to help enhance the client/advisor relationship for the many financial services representatives he and his team support.

Jeremy Hus

Financial Planning Director

Recognizing the transformation in the financial services industry as it evolved from transaction-based to holistic financial planning, Jeremy developed Barnum Financial Group’s initiative to provide comprehensive advice and innovative solutions to its clients. Today, as the Director of Financial Planning, he oversees a team of consultants who provide in-depth analysis and thoughtful creative strategies to help Barnum’s clients meet their personal short and long-term goals. He also consults with attorneys and accountants on complex cases on behalf of the firm’s clients.He and his team serve as a valuable resource to the firm’s advisors, providing insights and support in all areas of wealth management. Jeremy has developed the firm’s financial planning training curriculum and leads a number of educational programs each year. In addition, he is a noted speaker and topic expert in the areas of Social Security, advanced IRA strategies, and estate planning.

A life-long learner, Jeremy has earned numerous industry designations in areas key to the development of an effective financial plan. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. Jeremy also earned the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), whose recipients gain in-depth knowledge of the key financial planning disciplines including insurance, income taxation, retirement planning, investments and estate planning. He is both a designated Chartered Advisor for Senior Living® (CASL®) which prepares financial advisors to lead clients from middle age through retirement and assist them with the management, preservation and transfer of wealth, as well as a Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), the world’s most respected designation of expertise to meet the insurance needs of individuals, business owners and professional clients. Jeremy also holds his Life and Health Insurance license and Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations.

Greg Wachter

Director of Protection Products

For over five years, Greg has helped clients plan for retirement and other goals utilizing forward thinking strategies that target their specific objectives. A key area of focus during his career as a financial services representative was providing risk management solutions including life and disability income insurance. Today, he leverages that experience to support the consulting and sales efforts of over 350 financial planners and advisors serving the protection and risk management needs of clients in all fifty states.

Greg’s approach is to make insurance an integral component of each client’s comprehensive wealth management plan. He provides strategies that leverage insurance for wealth preservation, wealth accumulation, wealth transfer planning and access to liquidity. He has a broad and deep understanding of the various insurance products available and works to find the best solution for each situation.

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