Our Company Values
For those who are looking for financial advice, we realize the available options are many and deciding who to work with is a challenging problem. Listed below are our Company Values which we hope will give you a better understanding of how we operate.
- People Matter – We believe that each person is innately valuable and worthy of respect and honor. We believe that relationships matter and that business is relational, top to bottom. People First, Money Second is a priority statement that places people and relationships ahead of financial matters.
- Integrity Matters – We believe that integrity and truth matter. We believe we need to conduct our business in such a way that we are “above reproach. We believe suitability and ethical practices come from placing a high value on other people and their needs before our own.
- Communication Matters – We believe that communication with our client partners builds and maintains the trust that is necessary for business relationships to reach their full potential. We believe that our client partners deserve the type of communication that is frequent, timely, truthful, & relevant.
- Service Matters – We believe that good service is practical and that great service is necessary in the pursuit of business excellence. We will pursue perfection and in so doing “catch a little excellence along the way.” (Vince Lombardi)
President, FirstFruits Assetmanagement
Dennis Szymanski has been in the financial services profession since 2002 and started his own independent financial services business, FirstFruits Asset Management, in 2007. The business is built on a foundation of partnership with clients. We work together to create a personalized financial plan and then review and revise the plan as situations and/or goals change over time.
Dennis focuses on adding value to clients through attention to detail, good listening skills, an analytical mindset, and a desire to educate clients. Our team of administrators and investment product specialists assist in building long-term relationships with our growing client base by providing advice that places our client’s interests first.
We use a process-driven approach to determine the most suitable products to meet our client’s objectives. Dennis believes that there are no perfect investments; products can be good when used correctly and bad when used incorrectly.
Dennis is currently a licensed Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) and a licensed Life Insurance Agent. He is also licensed as a Mortgage Loan Origination and an Income Tax Preparer because he noticed that people often make mortgage and income tax decisions without understanding how it impacts their overall financial plan.
Dennis is happily married to his lovely wife Jodi. Away from business they stay active, especially golfing, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
Steve Osterink, Jr.
CFA®, CFP®, AIF®
Steve Jr. is the driving force behind the development and innovation of Advisory Alpha’s investment solutions and platform. He leads the investment team and brings more than a decade of experience to the firm as well as extensive knowledge of personal finance and asset management, as evidenced by his CFA®, CFP®, and AIF® designations.
Steve Osterink, SR.
With nearly 40 years of experience in the financial services industry and working with investors, Steve Sr. co-leads the investment team. He has an uncanny ability to focus in on practical solutions to complex problems, and his wisdom is a valuable resource for the firm.
Holding the CFP® designation and as a CFA® Candidate, Nick leads a team of financial planning consultants that implement various portfolio analysis and planning resources with the goal of improving clients’ financial situations. Nick is a key member of the investment team and is positioned to craft comprehensive solutions to financial challenges that span all stages of the financial planning process.
Jon has a diverse background in corporate finance and investment management. He manages the daily investment research and portfolio management responsibilities for the investment team which involves asset allocation research, fund monitoring and due diligence, investment strategy evaluation and implementation, and performance monitoring.
Dedicated to detail, responsiveness and efficiency, Brian is responsible for the firm’s trade management and portfolio accounting systems. This includes everything from
implementing portfolio investment decisions, account rebalancing, cash management functions, trade execution, account billing, and performance reporting.
Janine manages our accounting and financial systems, human resources functions, and office operations. She is also a key member of our compliance team and supports various departments across our firm including trading, financial planning, performance reporting, and account billing.
Mike has a strong background in computer science and statistics which aids in his role as a key member of our operations team. He leads our technology initiatives as well as supports the trade management and portfolio accounting functions.
Mr. Margolies serves as Director of Compliance. Mr. Margolies is responsible for developing and enhancing the compliance protocol across the Group. Mr. Margolies has over 20 years of compliance and supervisory experience, including leading the compliance team at a global life and annuity wealth management insurance company. Mr. Margolies earned a B.A. in Business from Stockton University.
Plan For Your Future
There is no one “best place” to put your retirement money because each individual and couple has unique requirements, different tolerances for risk, and need their money at different times. Likewise, there is no one place to keep your money that fits everyone for exactly the same reasons. Your unique circumstances must be taken into consideration if you seek to find the “most favorable place” for your retirement money. This is where we can be of service.
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