MEET THE TEAM
140,000 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE & COUNTING
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – old African saying
Founder and Chief Investment Strategist
Rob has managed investor portfolios through a wide variety of market conditions since his career began in 1986. He is the creator of several investment strategies focusing on portfolio income, preservation and long-term growth, and created the strategies currently used at Sungarden®. He works to build alternative strategies to complement traditional approaches.
Rob is the former Chief Investment Strategist of Carson Wealth Management, where he helped oversee the firm’s multi-billion dollar asset base. He was a co-founder and former Chief Investment Officer of Emerald Asset Advisors (1998-2010). He also lead-managed two mutual funds for Emerald Allocation Strategies (2008-2011).
Rob’s views on investing have attracted a wide following. He is a columnist for MarketWatch.com, writing weekly in the Trading Deck section of the site. He has also written on alternative investing for RIABiz.com. He was selected as one of the Top 25 “Venerated Voices” in the investment management business by Advisor Perspectives five years in a row (2010-2014).
Rob is the author of two books, The Flexible Investing Playbook (2010, John Wiley & Sons), and Wall Street’s Bull and How to Bear It (2006, Isle Press). He is also an experienced speaker and communicator, having presented at many investment industry conferences. Rob was selected as one of the top wealth advisors in the U.S. four times (2005-2008) by Worth magazine (after 2008, Worth magazine discontinued this feature).
Rob is a longtime board member of the Daniel Cantor Senior Center in Sunrise, FL and served on the investment committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Broward County (2006-2010). He grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and earned a B.S. in Finance (1986) from SUNY Albany. He also earned an MBA in Finance (1994) from Rutgers University. He enjoys golf, race-walking, mentoring emerging professionals, and watching baseball in as many different ballparks as he and his son can visit.
Vince has more than two decades of comprehensive investment management, client advisory and leadership experience in the investment management industry. He teamed up with Sungarden® following several years as Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Spruce Hill Capital, LLC., a Registered Investment Advisor. Vince was also a member of Spruce Hill Capital’s Investment Committee and was instrumental in developing and executing their disciplined investment process.
His role at Sungarden® spans several critical areas. He leads the firm’s client service and growth vision, is an active member of Sungarden’s investment committee, and manages Sungarden’s northeast office in Guilford, CT.
Vince has been an active member of the investment advisory community. He founded an online social networking site for advisors and has taken an active role in helping the industry evolve to meet the rapidly-increasing consumer demand for online investment capabilities and knowledge.
Vince lives a short walk from Sungarden’s Guilford, CT office, where he and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of two children. Vince takes physical fitness seriously, with cross-fit, mountain biking and tennis among his off-hours pursuits.
Dana co-founded Sungarden® with her husband Rob and managed the firm’s client service area. As our firm and team have grown, she currently divides her time between client service and Sungarden’s business operations (bookkeeping, firm administration and human resources). Dana is a graduate of Union College (NY), earned a Masters degree in Education at Rutgers University and has held leadership positions at several non-profit organizations. She and Rob are the proud parents of three teenagers, two cats and a dog.
Client Service Manager
Alisha oversees the day-to-day operations and client service in our Connecticut office. She also collaborates with Rachel and Colin to promote a responsive and consistent back office process for Sungarden’s clients. Alisha has worked with Vince Esposito since 2005, and advanced from administrative assistant to Account Service Manager at their previous firm.
She also assists with communication, marketing and client events. Alisha grew up in West Haven CT, has a passion for dance and uses her 20 years of dance experience to teach others in Milford CT. Alisha and her husband, Dan, reside in Hamden, CT and are enjoying raising their daughter.
Rachel joined us in 2015, after three years at Merrill Lynch. At Merrill, she served in a combination of analytical and administrative roles. At Sungarden® her focus is on proactive client service and communicating our investment strategy content electronically, by phone and in person. She arranges and conducts client reviews and planning updates, and helps promote efficiency and organization within Sungarden’s investment process.
Rachel’s combination of initiative, responsiveness, optimism and professionalism have made her a welcome addition to the Sungarden® portfolio management and client service areas. Rachel received a degree in Finance from Florida State University in 2012. She is passionate about healthy living and enjoys boating and athletic competition. While at FSU, she twice won the intramural tennis singles championship.
Client Service Administrator
From a young age, Colin knew that finance was his passion and had his own trading portfolio at 15 years old. He spent the last two years in the insurance industry working primarily with physicians. Colin earned his degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University.
Colin joined us in early 2017. His primary focus is client service and communication. He also helps us with our online branding and marketing.
Giving back to his community is an important aspect of Colin’s life. He directs an annual fundraiser for Breast and Pancreatic Cancer awareness. Colin is very passionate about athletic competition. Any chance he gets he will golf 18 holes or play a pick-up game of basketball. He also enjoys being outdoors. During the warmer months, you can find him hiking or fishing in one of the local state parks.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder – Dynamic Wealth Advisors
Jim’s entire career has involved working with and for independent financial advisors to improve their businesses. He has a broad and deep understanding of the issues, challenges and opportunities that exist in the competitive, yet exhilarating world of advisor independence.
Jim’s strong suit is foreseeing the evolution for independent advisors and assembling those business components necessary for individual advisors to achieve highly productive and efficient businesses while having full control of their destiny.
Jim is a highly skilled and impactful executive with over 25 years of experience in managing and leading sales, service and operations of successful and growing businesses. He has an extensive background in strategic planning, business development, relationship management, business combination/operational integration, profit and loss management and developing highly effective management teams and businesses. Jim has been CEO of several national firms that served independent financial advisors, most recently, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of AIG Financial Advisors, Inc. (now known as Sagepoint Financial, Inc.), which under his leadership grew to the 6th largest independent RIA and brokerage firm in the U.S. with over 3,000 financial advisors generating in excess of $400 million of revenues.
Jim’s team led the design and development of several innovative programs to build advisor support services, including education, technology and an industry leading employee-advisor model created to provide opportunities for financial advisors from wire houses and regional firms to enjoy true independence. He led and was also responsible for the design of the new advisory services business model which grew to service financial advisors overseeing in excess of $30 billion of U.S. based client assets.
During his 25 plus year financial services career, Jim also served as president and CEO of SunAmerica Securities, Sentra Securities Corporation, Spelman & Co, Inc. and American General Securities. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds the Series 7, 24, 63, and 66. He formerly served on the FINRA District Three Committee, and is a member of the Financial Services Institute.
Chief Operating Officer – Dynamic Wealth Advisors
With industry experience at major firms, independent broker-dealers, turn-key asset management providers and RIAs, Craig is an exceptionally knowledgeable leader for the firm and advisors.
His extensive experience as a business owner, practice manager, and compliance and business consultant is invaluable to advisors, especially those considering a change to independence.
Craig began his financial industry career in 1987 as 401k educator. Securities and insurance licensed since 1991, he brings a broad range of experience to Dynamic Wealth Advisors, including previous roles as a financial planner, retail broker, institutional trader and trading manager, branch manager, RIA owner and operator, compliance and audit officer, and chief operating officer and president.