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A Deeply Trusted Sentinel for the Entire Family

 

Affiliated with a fully independent advisory firm with the stewardship of only client values at heart, Bleakley Financial Group’s SPECIAL LIFE team is passionately dedicated to women’s financial education, protecting families with efficient life, disability and long term care insurance, and to guiding each generation with the most current, salient and forward-looking perspective on markets, regulations, and holistic family well-being.

 

FAMILY - CENTERED FINANCIAL PLANNING

                                                                • Women's Empowerment, Education, & Divorce
                                                                • Intergenerational Wealth & Estate Planning
                                                                • Special Needs, Mental Health, & Incapacities

 

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LYNDA KOMMEL-BROWNE
CFA® CDFA® ChSNC® 

WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADVISOR

After a thirty-year career in Global Investments,  Lynda recently joined Bleakley Financial Group to lead the SPECIAL LIFE team - delivering planning, advisory and wealth management services centered on empowering multiple generations of WOMEN to protect and sustain their “special life,” as well as families’ SPECIAL NEEDS (disability, incapacity, mental health, etc.).

With disciplined objectivity and the deepest empathy of a battle-ready warrior mom of five children, Lynda’s Special Life Team is addressing the unique needs of multiple generations of women and families, with sophisticated and high-touch wealth, insurance, life and estate planning competencies. As a fully independent financial advisor with the stewardship of only client values at heart, Lynda’s team is also passionately dedicated to navigating families through the maze of disability, incapacity and mental health challenges, guiding each generation with current, salient and forward-looking perspective on markets, regulations, and holistic family well-being.

Majoring in Asian Studies at Cornell University, Lynda also holds a graduate business diploma from the London School of Economics. Her professional designations include Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), Chartered Special Needs Consultant (CHSNC®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®). She also holds her Life and Health insurance licenses, and was recently qualified as a FINRA Arbitrator, testimony to her extraordinary history of integrity in the financial services industry.

Lynda is a lifelong student of Asian stock markets, fluent in Mandarin, an avid golfer and an Asian art collector. She is also a powerful advocacy voice for educational and civil rights of adults and children with disabilities, an advisory member of the Simons/Spark Autism Research Council, a former elected legislator in her hometown of Westport, CT, and a member of the Cayuga Society at Cornell.

"For a well-balanced life to be fully realized – mind, body, soul and bank account are interdependent dimensions of a happy life, and my approach helps families integrate them all and establish a unifying plan to address the needs of each.  I am applying all my training, experience, and spirit to redefine family wealth management in a more sophisticated yet compassionate, empathetic, and maternal way – with clients’ best interest, lower costs, greater tax efficiency, and unique values at heart."

 -Lynda Kommel-Browne

 

SERVICES

 

Holistic Family Financial Planning (including Risk Management and Insurance Assessment)

Wealth & Portfolio Management

Estate Planning Strategies / Intergenerational Wealth Transfer & Taxation

Retirement Planning

Risk Mgmt. & Insurance (Life, LT Care & Disability)

Alternative Investments & Asian Equities

Education Funding Plans, including 529 College Savings

Wellness & Functional Medicine

Women’s Financial Planning

Divorce Financial Analysis

Sustainable and Impact Investing

Financial Education, Training and Seminars

Family Legacy Planning and Special Topic Workshops

Family Dynamics and Transformation

Business Sale & Other Liquidity Events

Special Needs Planning – Disability, Incapacity, & Mental Health

ABLE Tax Free Planning Savings Accounts

Special Education Planning and Advocacy

Residential Needs Planning and Funding 

Private School and College Admissions Advisory

End-of-Life Planning and Advanced Directives

 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM THE SPECIAL LIFE TEAM

NO: More:
  Aggressive pushing of cookie cutter solutions   Empathetic care, tailored to you and our family
  Hidden fees   Fiduciary responsibility, based solely on your values
  Barely there in good times, invisible in bad   Always there for you, on your schedule

  Generalist re-seller / brokers 

  Just firefighting of problems

  Deep, issue and opportunity-focused expertise

  Planning, education and empowerment 

With Bleakley's Special Life Team, YOU'VE GOT THIS!

 

MEET THE TEAM

PETER BOOCKVAR

PETER BOOCKVAR, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER - BLEAKLEY ADVISORY GROUP

In his role as Chief Investment Officer, Peter leads the team that is responsible for the development, management and oversight of Bleakley’s investment management program, managing the investment committee, and setting the firm’s overall investment philosophy, global investment outlook and asset allocation decisions. Peter also acts as the manager of a global macro multi-asset portfolio strategy for select clients.

Prior to joining Bleakley, Boockvar was a managing director and the Chief Market Analyst for the Lindsey Group – a macro economic and market research firm founded by former Federal Reserve Governor Larry Lindsey. In this role, Boockvar was responsible for global economic & market research at the firm.

Before his time with the Lindsey Group, Peter worked as a macro analyst and portfolio manager for Omega advisors and had previously been a partner at Miller Tabak & Company where he was an equity strategist and portfolio manager.

Peter’s market insights are frequently sought out by industry leaders and for the last 5 years has been a regular guest host and contributor on CNBC programs. He is also regularly quoted in articles for Forbes, Barron’s, Bloomberg, CNN Money and a number of other news outlets. Peter graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in Finance from The George Washington University.

Peter Boockvar is not affiliated with LPL Financial in any capacity.  Peter provides investment advisory services through Private Advisor Group, DBA Bleakley Financial Group, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

Email: peter.boockvar@bleakley.com
Phone: (973) 575-4180 x211

MARLENE CARPENA

MARLENE CARPENA, LIFE COACH

Marlene Carpena is critical piece of Bleakley’s executive committee. She is committed to helping foster a strong culture of growth and collaboration at Bleakley Financial Group.

Marlene specializes in helping our clients navigate difficult life circumstances.  She has an extensive background in helping individuals and professionals explore their passions, values, strengths, and core beliefs.

Marlene’s coaching certification came through iPEC, which is an accredited program of the coaching industry’s overseer, International Coach Federation (ICF).

Email: marlene@bleakley.com
Phone: (973) 575-4180 x221

JOSEPH P. GESLAO, CLU,® CHFC®

JOSEPH P. GESLAO, CLU,® CHFC®, DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL PLANNING, LPL REGISTERED ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Joseph has served as the director of advanced planning for the firm since 2000. He leads a team of analysts who are responsible for creating financial plans for clients including retirement and estate tax proposals, investment portfolio analysis, education projections, and life insurance proposals. Joseph conducts extensive research on investment and insurance vehicles, estate planning concepts and market trends, and manages clients’ investment accounts by performing quarterly reviews, proposals and tax management.

Prior to joining the firm, Joseph spent four years with The Prudential Insurance Company as a consultant assisting top-producing agents in case development, utilizing advanced marketing concepts such as deferred compensation, split-dollar and executive bonus plans, and analyzing needs and identifying opportunities to offer competitive, creative case planning for proposed clients. Joseph also worked for New York Life Insurance Company as a planner and mentor working with field force in developing financial plans for clients.

Joseph earned a BA in Accounting from Widener University and an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He holds life and health insurance licenses, as well as the FINRA series 7, series 63 and series 66 registrations through LPL Financial.

KHAGENDRA KATTEL, CFP®, MBA

KHAGENDRA KATTEL, CFP®, MBA, INVESTMENT RESEARCH & PLANNING ANALYST - LPL REGISTERED ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Ken has served as a research and investment analyst since joining the firm in 2012. He is responsible for the preparation and drafting of investment proposals and reviews retirement income plans and trades. He is a graduate of Caldwell University with a degree in mathematics.

STEPHEN KUHN

STEPHEN KUHN, DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT RESEARCH

Stephen Kuhn has served as the Director of Investment Research for Bleakley Financial Group since 2002. Prior to joining the firm, he spent three years working with AllianceBernstein Research and Management as a liaison between investment advisors and portfolio managers. He also worked as a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from West Chester University.

Stephen Kuhn is not affiliated with LPL Financial in any capacity.  Stephen provides investment advisory services through Private Advisor Group, DBA Bleakley Financial Group, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser.

Email: steve.kuhn@bleakley.com
Phone: (973) 575-4180 x288

ROBERT J. RUELLE, CLU®, CHFC®, MSFS®, AEP® RHU®, REBC®

ROBERT J. RUELLE, CLU®, CHFC®, MSFS®, AEP® RHU®, REBC®, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL PLANNING - LPL REGISTERED ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

Bob oversees all Financial Planning operations for the firm with an emphasis on enhancing fee based financial planning services and expanding the platform to include other advanced planning resources including legal review and accounting services .

Bob is a graduate of the Marquette University School Of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Finance.   Bob is also a graduate of the American College with a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS)

Bob is a graduate of The Wharton School- Securities Industry Institute, the premier executive development program for financial industry professionals.

Bob has obtained the following designations :Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) ,Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL), Accredited Estate Planning (AEP), Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC), and Registered Health Underwriter (RHU).

Bob currently holds his Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 51 and 65 licenses with FINRA. Bob also maintains his Wisconsin Life, Accident and Health Insurance License and Wisconsin Real Estate Salesperson License.

Bob is currently a member of the following associations:

  • Financial Planning Association (FPA)
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP)
  • National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA)
  • Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum

Bob also serves on the National Conference Planning Committee for the National Association of Estate Planning Councils (NAEPC) for the past several years.

Bob is married to Jayne and they have one daughter together along with three married step-children and grandchildren.

Bob’s  hobbies include his family, sports, volunteering time coaching and politics.