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Connecticut Five Star award winners

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

AWARDS

 

Kevin C. Leahy, CPA, CFP®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2010-2021)
  • Hartford Business Journal "CEO of the Year" (2019)
  • Top advisors by Medical Economics (2011-2017)
  • Dental Practice Report (2012)
  • Hartford Business Journal "40 under Forty" (2009)

Denis M. Horrigan, CFP®, CEPA®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2010-2021)
  • Top advisors by Medical Economics (2011-2017)
  • Hartford Business Journal "40 under Forty" (2007) 

Michael A. Tedone, CPA/PFS

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2013-2021)

Jarrett F. Solomon, CFP®, CIMA®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2012-2021)
  • Connecticut Magazine 40 Under 40 class (2013)
  • Hartford Business Journal "40 under Forty" (2014)

Kathleen M. Christensen, CPA/PFS, CDFA®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2015-2021)

Antonio DiSorbo, CLU®, ChFC®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2020-2021)

Elizabeth A. DeBassio, CPA/PFS

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2015-2021)
  • Hartford Business Journal "40 under Forty" (2006)

Megan Trask, CFP®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2018-2021)
  • Hartford Business Journal "40 under Forty" (2020)

John Shanley, CFP®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2020-2021)

Jennifer Barry, CFP®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2015, 2017-2021)

Michael Fernandes, CFP®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2021)

Dan Ballou, CFP®

  • Five Star Wealth Manager award winner (2021)

Connecticut Wealth Management awarded

  • 2021 Best Places to Work in Connecticut (Ranked #1 in 2020 Small/Medium Business)
  • 2020 Best Places to Work in Connecticut (Ranked #3 in 2020 Small/Medium Business)
  • 2019 Best Places to Work in Connecticut (Ranked #4 2019 Small/Medium Business)
  • 2017-2018 Best Places to Work in Connecticut (Ranked #1 2018 Small/Medium Business)
  • 2017 HBJ Best of Business Awards (Best Financial Planning Services and Best Private Wealth Management Firm)
  • 2016 & 2020 Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisors

 

 

 

ACCREDITATIONS

Kevin C. Leahy, CPA, CFP® 

Denis M. Horrigan, CFP®, CEPA®

Michael A. Tedone, CPA/PFS

Jarrett F. Solomon, CFP®, CIMA®

Kathleen M. Christensen, CPA/PFS, CDFA®

Antonio DiSorbo, CLU®, ChFC®

Megan Trask, CFP®

Elizabeth A. DeBassio, CPA/PFS

Emily R. Wood, CFP®

John Shanley, CFP®

Jennifer Barry, CFP®

Michael Fernandes, CFP®

Dan Ballou, CFP®

 

2017-2021 Best Places to Work in Connecticut
The "Best Places to Work in Connecticut" project is a statewide program managed by Best Companies Group, a third-party research firm based out of PA. This exciting initiative, by the Hartford Business Journal, is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Connecticut's best employers.

Best Companies Group conducted a simple, yet thorough company assessment. The assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating company.

In part one, the employer completed a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the company completed an employee survey. The collected information from the two instruments was combined to produce a detailed set of data enabling the analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating companies.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in Connecticut;
  • Have at least 15 employees in Connecticut;
  • Be in business a minimum of 1 year.

CTWM was named #1 from a total of 31 CT employers were named to the list, released February 2021.

 

2019 Hartford Business Journal "CEO of the Year" 
The HBJ “C-Suite Awards” program honors the top-performing C-level executives in Greater Hartford who hail from the for-profit, nonprofit and governmental sectors. The awards are given in recognition to executives in five categories who have contributed to company or organizational growth, and who have shown a commitment to good ethics, effective reporting and involvement in the community.

 

2017 Hartford Business Journal (HBJ) Best of Business Awards
(CTWM recognized in 2 HBJ Best of Business categories)

  • 2017 HBJ Best Financial Planning Services Award
  • 2017 HBJ Best Private Wealth Management firm Award

The HBJ Best of Business award is an online poll where readers vote for companies in Greater Hartford that they believe offer the best service, sweat all the details and have employees who deliver outstanding products and services. In 2017, a total of 841 people cast their votes for companies in 49 categories ranging from best food and professional and financial services. The winners in each category were chosen based on their customer service and commitment to excellence. 

• Only one entry per person.
• In order for a vote to count, a minimum of 10 categories must be filled out. 
• Only one ballot per IP address will be accepted.
• Only companies based in Greater Hartford will be considered.Click here to see a map showing how the HBJ defines Greater Hartford.
• Votes for franchises or chains count, but please note the town where the franchise/chain is located in your vote (example, Outback Steakhouse, Manchester).
• HBJ reserves the right to exclude a category if the number of votes don't meet a minimum standard. 
• HBJ reserves the right to reject any ballots that appear to be duplicates, suspicious or fraudulent.
• All entries must be submitted via this official form. Responses received in any other format will not be accepted.

For more information about the Hartford Business Journal’s Best of Business Awards please visit https://www.hartfordbusiness.com/event-honorees/2021-best-places-to-work-in-ct

 

2016 & 2020 Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisors
The Financial Times (FT) Top 300 Independent Registered Investment Advisers (RIA) provides a snapshot of the very best advisers across the U.S. The annual report is produced independently by the FT in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides business intelligence on the investment management industry. FT/Ignites Research reviews registered firms across the United States and asked 2,000 RIA firms to apply for the list. The RIA firms that applied were graded on six criteria: assets under management (AUM); AUM growth rate; years in existence; advanced industry credentials; online accessibility; and compliance records.

 

2011-2017 Medical Economics Best Financial Advisers for Doctors
The Medical Economics Best Financial Advisers for Doctors listing is based on the following criteria: qualifications, good standing with the SEC and FINRA, fee arrangements, and minimum portfolio. Medical Economics Best Financial Advisers is a paid Listing advertising supplement, written and published by Advanstar Communications Inc. as a source of information concerning individual financial advisers for use by physicians, health care professionals, and the public. The listing is provided as a service to its subscribers, and the Medical Economics best Financial Advisers Advertising Supplement does not contain sufficient information to verify the Advisers credentials but it does offer the public, physicians, hospitals, and managed care organization, and other care organizations general information pertaining to the listed advisers. Adviser data is self-reported by the Adviser. References to any specific adviser does not imply or constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of such Adviser by the Publisher or any of its affiliates

 

2012 Dental Practice Report
The award is based on client satisfaction, expertise, value for fee charged and overall satisfaction.

 

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*Winners appearing on this page do not pay a fee to be considered or to win the Five Star Award. Professionals with a digital profile have paid a promotional fee.
The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a registered investment adviser or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by Five Star Professional, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. Award does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The Five Star award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their client’s assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by Five Star Professional or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by Five Star Professional in the future. For more information on the Five Star award and the research/selection methodology, go to fivestarprofessional.com. 3,191 Connecticut-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 272 (9% of candidates) were named 2021 Five Star Wealth Managers. 2020: 3,048 considered, 285 winners; 2019: 3,147 considered, 289 winners; 2018: 3,178 considered, 293 winners; 2017: 2,218 considered, 283 winners; 2016: 1,985 considered, 417 winners; 2015: 2,398 considered, 468 winners; 2014: 3,926 considered, 515 winners; 2013: 2,263 considered, 531 winners; 2012: 2,204 considered, 503 winners.