Ron specializes in the development and implementation of custom financial strategies for individuals, families and businesses. He helps clients crystalize their long-term objectives and works with their attorneys, CPAs and other professionals to align with the client’s needs and goals.
Prior to joining HighTower, Ron established RDM Financial Group in 1990. Ron has previously served in various seniorlevel positions, including Senior Vice President of the Retirement Group at Cowen and Company, and Creator and Director of the Financial Planning Department of Oppenheimer & Company.
In addition to being named to the Forbes Top 100 Wealth Advisors in 2016, Ron has been featured twelve times on Barron’s lists of top financial advisors. From 2007 through 2016, Ron was also ranked as one of the “Top 150 Independent Advisors in America” by Registered Rep magazine. Ron has been a speaker and presenter at Barron’s Top 100 Brokers in America and Top 100 Independent Advisors conferences. In 2014, Ron was honored at the New York State Bar Association Elder Lawyers’ Section Annual Meeting as a “Friend of the Elder Law Section.” This was the first time that a non-attorney received this honor.
Ron often appears on CNBC and Fox Business News, and he has been quoted in financial publications, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC.com, MarketWatch, Reuters and Forbes.
Ron is a Certified Financial Planner®(CFP®) and has been a member of the International Association for Financial Planning (now known as the FPA) since 1976. He served six terms as an FPA chapter officer and seven years as a board member. He has also been a member of the Institute of Investment Management Consultants since 1992. He holds his Series 7, 22, 24, 53, 63 and 99 licenses.
Ron has been honored by ARI of Connecticut, Inc. (Always Reaching for Independence) as an outstanding community partner. ARI works to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and their families by enabling them to achieve their fullest potential at home, at work, and in the community.
Ron is a founding member of the South Palm Beach County Foundation; an innovative, impact investing community foundation focused on venture philanthropy serving residents, businesses and organizations.
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Prior to joining RDM Financial Group, Tom worked in a variety of positions in both financial services and manufacturing at companies that include IDS Financial Services (now American Express Financial Advisors), Wright Investors Service and Perkin Elmer Employees Federal Credit Union.
Tom received his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Bridgeport.
He is a member of the Investment Management Consultant Association and holds his Certified Investment Management Consultant® (CIMC®) designation. Tom also holds a Certified Divorce Planner® designation, as well as his Series 4, 7, 24, 63, 65 and 99 licenses.
Prior to joining RDM Financial Group, Jeff spent five years as the Financial Planning Director at Barnum Financial Group, one of the largest financial services companies in Connecticut. He built the organization’s Wealth Strategies Division, providing the financial plans for the clients of more than 150 financial representatives. He also served two terms on MetLife’s National Quality of Advice Committee, which monitors and reviews the quality of financial plans delivered to MetLife’s clients nationwide.
In 2010, Jeff was named a Five Star Wealth Manager by Connecticut Magazine. In 2011, he was elected to the board of the Financial Planning Association of Connecticut, Fairfield County Chapter, where he has been a member since 2006.
Jeff received his Master of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University. He holds Certified Financial Planner®(CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter®(CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant®(ChFC®) and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living®(CASL®) designations. Jeff also holds his Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 65 licenses.
Ruth Gretz is a member of the financial planning group at RDM Financial Group. She has nearly 20 years of experience providing tax, financial planning and compliance solutions to wealthy individuals and their businesses, including family offices, C-Suite executives and investment firms (including hedge funds and private equity funds), as well as mid-tier firms. She has held a variety of positions with some of the world’s leading accounting firms, including Arthur Andersen, Deloitte and in the industry at Merrill Lynch. At RDM, Ruth leverages her broad knowledge of tax and financial planning to help create customized financial plans and solutions for our clients.
Ruth is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Personal Financial Specialist TM (PFS) with the AICPA, and a Certified Financial Planner TM (CFP®). She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), the Connecticut Society of CPA’s (CTCPA), and the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA).
Prior to joining RDM Financial Group, Elena worked as a trader for an all-cap mutual fund at Bear Stearns.
She also previously served as an institutional trader for NatWest Bank USA, as well as a trader for Morgan Stanley & Co.
Elena studied Psychology and liberal arts at Randolph Macon Women’s College in Virginia and Columbia University in New York. She holds the Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.
Prior to RDM Financial Group, Jonathan served at Fidelity Capital Markets as a NASDAQ principal trader, as well as the head of the trading department at Swiss Bank Corporation’s Private Banking Division. He began his career at Shearson Lehman Brothers in London, where he traded options on the floor of the exchange.
He then joined Bank of Tokyo Asset Management as a junior investment manager responsible for all of Asia ex Japan assets.
Jonathan’s professional licenses include Series 7, 55 and 63, and he holds a BTEC National Diploma in Business.
She leads operations and administrative efforts, including client services. Stacie is also responsible for setting up accounts and tracking fund transfers and disbursements.
Prior to RDM Financial Group, Stacie worked for Raymond James & Associates’ home office in St Petersburg, Florida, where she provided operations support and training for all of the Raymond James branches throughout the country.
Stacie holds the Series 7, 63 and 99 licenses.
Previously, Jill served as the Chief Compliance Officer, General Securities Principal and Municipal Securities Principal for Westport Resources Investment Services, a Connecticut based broker/ dealer, and Westport Resources Management, an SEC registered investment advisory firm. She was responsible for all compliance requirements mandated by the SEC and by FINRA. Jill has also held compliance and regulatory roles for various firms, including Citicorp Investment Services, Smith Barney and M. J. Whitman, L.P.
Jill earned her Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from The University of Vermont. She holds her Series 7, 24, 53, 63 and 99 licenses. She is also a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals.
Cathy’s primary responsibilities as senior client support manager are to oversee the movement and tracking of incoming and outgoing funds, as well as setting up and maintaining client accounts.
Prior to RDM financial Group, Cathy served in operations roles at Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.
Cathy received her Bachelor of Science degree, with honors, from the City College of New York.
Cathy holds the Series 99 license.
Lynn believes that nothing is more important than keeping our clients advised and comfortable in all aspects of our operations.
Prior to RDM Financial Group, Lynn worked for various financial services firms, including Prudential, Oppenheimer, Merrill Lynch, Gruntal and Advest. She is a CCNY graduate and holds the Series 7, 8, 63 and 99 licenses.
Prior to joining RDM Financial Group in 1999, Harry was a financial analyst GE Capital and Guinness Imports in Stamford, CT. Harry also served as a planner and analyst for Chrono Service in Greenwich, CT.
Harry earned his Master of Business Administration degree, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of Connecticut.
Previously, Coral served in accounting roles at General Reinsurance, Life Reassurance Corporation of America, Skandia and John Hancock Financial Services (formerly Wood Logan and Manulife).
Coral earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Michael has worked in financial markets since 1988 and has a broad range of experience regarding U.S. equity and global capital markets. Mr. Sheldon started his career at The Bank of Tokyo Ltd. in New York (now called Mitsubishi UJF Financial Group). There he spent eight years working in asset-liability and global trading, institutional client management and the firm’s pension department, which managed U.S. equities for Japanese companies that had business operations in the United States. Next, he spent two years at The Williams Capital Group in New York, where he sold fixed income investments to a wide range of institutional clients and performed investment research on U.S. financial market investments. From January 2000 through early 2008, Michael worked as the Chief Market Strategist and Director of Equity Research at the New York City based money management firm Spencer Clarke LLC. His work included asset allocation and specific investment recommendations, financial market and economic commentary as well as sector specific research reports. Michael also provided portfolio analysis and asset allocation services for the firm’s high net worth clients.In addition to his other investment responsibilities, Michael provides timely and insightful market news commentary to both domestic and international business news organizations. He has been a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV and radio and has provided news commentary for a wide range of global news organizations including Barrons, CNBC, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, AP Newswire, Dow Jones Newswire, CNN Money and The Wall Street Journal. He has also provided commentary to Reuters, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Yahoo Finance, Chosun Daily(Korea), Marketwatch,com, Agence Option Finance (France), Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), BNN (India) and CNN (Canada’s leading business news network).
Mr. Sheldon graduated from Vassar College in 1988 and received honors in the field of economics. He followed that with advanced curriculum courses at NYU, The New York Institute of Finance and The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). Michael possesses series 7, 63 and 24 licenses, is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and has achieved the Financial Risk Management (FRM) designation.