Founding Partners

Founding Partners

Dennis D. Coughlin, CFP®, AIF®

Co-founder

Dennis has been helping individuals and business owners make informed decisions about their finances, thereby enabling them to protect and maintain their quality of life while creating a sound legacy. His singular professional focus is to serve as a financial advocate for his clients by ensuring that they understand the financial strategies they have implemented—strategies that are designed to give them the confidence and comfort that comes from knowing that their financial lives are in order.

In 1999, Dennis cofounded CoughlinGiambrone, LLC, with Christopher C. Giambrone. Their initiative is based on a simple vision, the desire to give individuals, families, and business owners access to the most important aspect of financial advice: plan for tomorrow. This vision is a component in the assistance they afford clients in every facet of what they are tasked to do, including the creation of financial plans; the implementation of investment and risk management strategies; and the crafting of a retirement, business, and legacy plan. Dennis graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in finance that included a concentration in accounting. He later continued his education at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a certificate in retirement planning. He has also studied Modern Portfolio Theory at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, he earned a certificate of excellence for completing a Medicaid Practice Program facilitated by Medicaid Practice Systems that he pursued in order to further educate himself about asset protection.

What’s more, Dennis holds many specialized certifications, including the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificate, the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation, and FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, as well as his life, accident, and health insurance licenses.

Even as he dealt with his first clients (as a financial advisor with AXA-Advisors, where he started in 1996), Dennis realized he had a passion to not just sell financial products and services—he also wanted to educate his clients so that they could understand what he was recommending and why. This passion to teach continues to this day. Well versed in a wide variety of financial topics, Dennis has taught a CE course (Estate and Retirement Planning) for the New York State Bar Association and facilitated a retirement planning course at SUNYIT for members of MVILR (Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement). He is also a frequent speaker at numerous schools, colleges, and private corporations regarding the importance of effective financial planning.  

He’s been recently published by CNBC.com, OnWallStreet & Financial-Planning.com for stories relating to the advisory industry.  Dennis has also written stories for several local media outlets. In the classroom, Dennis has facilitated a retirement planning course at SUNYIT Utica/Rome for members of Mohawk Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement and taught a CE course (Estate and Retirement Planning) for the New York State Bar Association. In particular, Dennis enjoyed speaking to the Syracuse University football team on a wide variety of financial planning topics.

On a personal note, Dennis has a deep passion for his family, which includes his high school sweetheart, Jennifer, and their two beautiful children, Allie and Jake. They are residents of Whitesboro, New York, where Dennis loves to golf, swim, bike, and barbecue. You can also often find him in the kitchen, cooking up a tried-and-true favorite or experimenting with his latest edible creations.

 

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Dennis D. Coughlin is proud to have been recognized as a Summit Club advisor for 2018—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 20 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Summit Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Summit Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Christopher C. Giambrone, CFP®, AIF®

Co-founder

Chris is a cofounder of CoughlinGiambrone, LLC, a boutique wealth management firm based in New Hartford, New York. Chris is passionate about his work and thoroughly enjoys educating and empowering his clients to take greater control of their financial security so they feel confident in their financial lives.

Chris is authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP® (with flame design) in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. These marks identify the individuals who have met the rigorous experience and ethical requirements of the CFP Board, have successfully completed financial planning coursework, and have passed the CFP® certification exam, which covers the financial planning process, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, retirement and employee benefits, and estate planning. Learn more about the CFP® designation.

Chris has had an accomplished professional career and holds many certifications and degrees from several educational institutions. In addition to attaining the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, he also holds the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation. Chris has earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, has two business degrees from the State University of New York, and was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts with regard to Modern Portfolio Theory.

Chris also holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations, as well as life, accident and health insurance licenses.

He’s been recently published by CNBC.com, OnWallStreet & Financial-Planning.com for stories relating to the advisory industry. Chris has also written stories for several local media outlets.

In the classroom, Chris has facilitated retirement planning courses for MVILR at SUNY POLY and the Oneida County Bar Association. As an avid sports fan, Chris enjoyed speaking to the Syracuse University football team on a wide variety of financial planning topics.

Chris actively supports his community. He is a Corporate Partner of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc.  Chris has served as a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for the American Heart Association – Mohawk Valley, and of the Corporate Benefactor Committee – The Ride for Missing Children CNY/MV. He has participated in the Annual Sitrin Celebrity Classic Wheelchair Basketball Game, and has enjoyed coaching youth soccer, basketball, and baseball. In his spare time, Chris likes to swim, bike, and run. Chris’s top priority is his family. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Bre’, and their sons, Chase and Ashton. They live in New Hartford, New York

 

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Christopher C. Giambrone is proud to have been recognized as a Summit Club advisor for 2018—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 20 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Summit Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Summit Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.