Who We Are

Who We Are

Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, is Joshua B. Gottfried, and Matthew A. Somberg. We are dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds, working together to help make our clients’ retirement goals become reality. Each of us is a registered representative with Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC.

 

Joshua Gottfried, CFP®, AIF®

Co-Founder and Principal

Joshua Gottfried CFP®, AIF® is a founder and principal of Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, an independent investment and financial services firm. His practice focuses on retirement income planning for suitable individuals and families within five years of retirement, and helping maintain these clients’ lifestyles throughout their retirement years.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with 17 years of experience, Josh provides comprehensive financial planning guidance and is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct. He specializes in creating individually tailored retirement income plans by analyzing investment allocations, maximizing pension and social security benefits, and mitigating overall risk throughout retirement.

Josh has written articles for, and been quoted in, many publications, including The New York Times, Morningstar, Financial Planning Magazine, Investment Advisor Magazine, and The New London Day.

Josh has been honored with several national rankings. In 2015, Josh was listed in REP. magazine as number 13 on its Top 50 NextGen Independent Broker/Dealer Advisors[1]. In 2014, Josh was listed as number 32 in REP. magazine “Top Under 40 IBD Advisors”[2]. In 2011, Josh was named as one of the Top 100 Independent B/D Advisors in America by Registered Rep. Magazine[3]. He has been named a Five Star Professional Wealth Manager for each of the past five years in Connecticut Magazine by Crescendo Business Services[4].

Josh is a registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network® (Commonwealth), member FINRA/SIPC, an independent broker/dealer with a national network of more than 1,300 financial professionals. Commonwealth has been recognized 10 times as Broker/Dealer of the Year by Investment Advisor Magazine. Josh is also a member of Commonwealth's Leaders Club, which recognizes the top 5 percent of all Commonwealth advisors.

Josh enjoys educating people about their retirement options. Using patience and insight, he breaks down complex financial decisions into easily understandable steps. Josh has presented to more than 5,000 public school educators and state employees, explaining their pension, social security, and health insurance benefits.

Josh does philanthropic work for The House of Bread, the American Cancer Society, and the Jewish National Fund. In addition to donations of money and time, he manages three endowments and sits on the Board at Beth El Temple in West Hartford and is a member of the Investment Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.

Josh loves running, hiking, and camping and is an avid reader of 19th- and early 20th-century American history. He lives with his family in downtown Hartford.

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[1] As ranked in the January 2015 issue of REP. Magazine. Advisors on this list are ranked exclusively by assets under management. Nominations were solicited from the top 30 independent broker/dealers by headcount.

[2] As ranked in the January 2014 issue of REP. Magazine. Advisors on this list are ranked exclusively by assets under management. Nominations were solicited from the top 35 independent broker/dealers by headcount.

[3] Advisors on the Top 100 list are ranked by assets under management as of May 31, 2011. Registered Rep. utilized third-party research groups and broker/dealer nominations to compile the results. Assets are managed through Commonwealth Financial Network.

[4] Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 1,985 Connecticut wealth managers were considered for the award; 417 (22 percent of candidates) were named 2016 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

Matthew Somberg, AIF®, CLTC®

Co-Founder and Principal

Matthew Somberg is a principal and founder of Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, an independent investment and financial services firm.

For the last 17 years, Matthew has focused on providing sophisticated wealth planning and investment management strategies to affluent individuals, families, and small institutions. He is a registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, an independent broker/dealer with a national network of more than 1,300 financial professionals, which has been recognized 10 times as Broker/Dealer of the Year by Investment Advisor magazine1.

In 2017 and 2016, Matthew was named to the Financial Times 400 Top Financial Advisers list2.

In 2013, he was named #7 in the United States for Independent Advisors under the age of 40 by Rep Magazine. Since 2010, Matthew has qualified for Commonwealth's Chairman's Retreat, which honors the top 40 Commonwealth advisors nationally every year.

Matthew has been named a Five StarSM Professional Wealth Manager for each of the past five years in Connecticut Magazine by Crescendo Business Services3. In 2011, Matthew was named as one of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors in America by Registered Rep Magazine4.

Matthew holds numerous professional registrations and certifications, including the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) designation; the Certified in Long Term-Care (CLTC) certification; the FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®; and his Connecticut life and health insurance licenses. He maintains client relationships and maintains registrations to practice and serve clients in many states throughout the country.

Matthew has presented for—and is frequently requested by—various schoolteachers’ unions and school administrative unions to educate Connecticut educators on their pension, benefits, social security, and overall retirement planning strategies. Since 2000, Matthew has presented public workshops to more than 5,000 public school educators and their families.

Matthew is an honors graduate of Brandeis University, with degrees in both economics and history. He is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National Honor Society, and his writings on the effects of North American Free Trade Agreement have been published.

He is the former treasurer of Kol Haverim Synagogue in Glastonbury and a member of the Brandeis University Alumni Association. He supports many charitable organizations and foundations such as Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the American Cancer Society. Matthew enjoys nonfiction reading and is an avid marathon runner and triathlete. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Amy, and father to his three kids, Ella, Eli and Cooper. They reside in South Glastonbury, Connecticut.

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Matthew Somberg is proud to have been recognized as a Chairman's Level advisor for 2016—a distinction based on annual production attained by just 3 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the broker/dealer–RIA that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Chairman's Level advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Chairman's Level 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.

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[1] Commonwealth was named the top broker/dealer in its division in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2005. This is based on financial advisors rating their own broker/dealers for service.

[2] To compile the 2017 list, the Financial Times evaluated advisers with more than 10 years' experience on six primary areas and calculated a numeric score for each advisor. The areas of consideration were assets under management (AUM), asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials, and accessibility. Approximately 800 qualified applications were received, 400 advisers were selected representing 50 percent of applicants. Not indicative of adviser's future performance. Your experience may vary. For the full methodology, please visit ft.com ​ 

To compile the 2016 list, the Financial Times evaluated nominees on six primary areas and calculated a numeric score for each adviser. The areas of consideration were assets under management (AUM), asset growth, compliance record, experience, credentials, and accessibility. Approximately 985 qualified applications were received; 400 advisers were selected, representing 40.6 percent of applicants. Not indicative of adviser's future performance. Your experience may vary. For the full methodology, please visit ft.com ​

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 Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including a minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, education, and professional designations. 1,985 Connecticut wealth managers were considered for the award; 417 (22 percent of candidates) were named 2016 Five Star Wealth Managers. (The criteria provided reflects the most recent year for which advisor received the award. The criteria used, the number of wealth managers considered for the award, and the percentage of those who receive the award, may vary from year to year). These awards are not indicative of the wealth managers' future performance. Your experiences may vary. For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.

[4] Advisors on the Top 100 list are ranked by assets under management as of May 31, 2010. Registered Rep utilized third-party research groups and broker/dealer nominations to compile the results. Assets are managed through Commonwealth Financial Network, a Registered Investment Adviser.

 

Lisa Hurley

Chief Operations Officer

As COO, Lisa works behind the scenes to optimize the smooth operations of our workflow processes, HR, compliance, financials, technology, infrastructure and vendor relations. Lisa’s 10 years of experience in the financial services industry includes advisor expertise as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM practitioner and managing two Fidelity branches as a Branch Service Manager.  

Dan Heffernan, RICP®

Wealth Advisor

Dan Heffernan, RICP®, is a Retirement Income Certified Professional who joined Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, in May 2006.  Dan graduated with honors from Northeastern University, where he earned his bachelor's degree.


As an experienced financial professional, Dan vicariously retires dozens of times a year—taking clients’ retirement personally and helping them pursue the financial goals they’ve invested in for decades.

Specializing in client relations and investment analysis, Dan has a unique blend of interpersonal skills and financial planning abilities.  His work brings together several aspects of asset management and retirement income planning into a cohesive financial plan, providing clients with a single, unified course of big-picture action all in one place.

Dan holds numerous professional certifications and registrations, including FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®, and his Connecticut life and health insurance licenses. Dan is a registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, an independent broker/dealer.

When not in the office, Dan enjoys reading, traveling, and keeping active playing sports.

Jim DeMartino, CFP®

Wealth Advisor

Jim DeMartino, CFP®, joined Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC in October 2009.

Jim is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with 14 years' experience in the financial industry.

Jim is committed to providing every client with superior, impartial financial planning advice that is specific to each individual’s unique circumstances—and to communicating that advice in straightforward, easy-to-understand language.

Jim specializes in retirement income planning, and is exceptionally knowledgeable about the many complex intricacies of both the CT State Employees Retirement System and the CT Teacher Retirement System, as he has helped shepherd hundreds of clients through the often daunting retirement process. Jim is also involved in all other areas of financial planning, including investment management, insurance and estate planning. Jim's knowledge of the various aspects of financial planning, combined with his strong organizational skills and his personable, welcoming style, make him a joy for our clients to work with and a valuable member of our team. In addition to his CFP® certification, Jim holds FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®, and is insurance-licensed for, and well-versed in, life insurance, variable life, annuities, and long-term care insurance.

Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jim has resided in Connecticut for the past 10 years, and now lives in Glastonbury. In the 1980s Jim earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA in painting from Yale University, where he also taught for five years. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing and painting, listening to all kinds of music, reading, and playing guitar.

Ryan Olschefskie

Wealth Advisor

Ryan Olschefskie has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry.

As a wealth advisor with Gottfried and Somberg Wealth Management, LLC Ryan works very closely with his clients in reviewing their current and long-term investment and financial needs. He keeps consistent and timely communication with his clients to make sure they are informed of any investment or portfolio updates. He also specializes in retirement income planning and walks his clients through the process to ensure they are able to understand and address all potential risks that may arise in retirement, whether it be from an investment or income planning perspective.

He holds numerous professional financial registrations, including FINRA Series 6, 63, 66, 7, and 9/10 (held through Commonwealth Financial Network®) and is insurance-licensed in life insurance, variable life, and annuities. He graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Ryan was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut, and now resides in Glastonbury. He is a devoted husband to his wife Kate and father to their two children, Avery and Spencer. He has supported various charities and foundations including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with Team in Training, Special Olympics Connecticut, and the American Cancer Society. He is an avid marathon runner and likes to golf, but, most important, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Kathleen Erickson, RICP®

Wealth Advisor

Kathleen Erickson, RICP®, joined Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, in November 2012.

Kathy is a Wealth Advisor and Retired Income Certified Professional with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services and insurance industry.

As a Wealth Advisor and RICP® designee, Kathy assists all types of clients with their Financial Planning and Investment needs.  Her focus is on client relationships and is trained on transitioning from asset accumulation to creating a sustainable livelihood for her clients in their retirement.  She is responsible for meeting with clients, researching client issues, preparing and presenting financial plans and updates.

Kathy also has extensive knowledge with the Connecticut Teachers Pension plan and provides consulting services to pre and post retiree educators on their overall retirement plan.

Kathy holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, 65 and 24 securities registrations and her Connecticut Life & Health Insurance license.  She is also certified with the Connecticut Partnership for Long Term Care.

Kathy and her husband Steve, are residents of Manchester, CT and have three children – Christine, Kyle and Blake.  In her spare time Kathy enjoys sailing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Taylor King, CFP®

Wealth Advisor

Taylor is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with over 5 years of experience in financial planning. Her expertise includes helping retiring educators coordinate their pensions and various benefits into holistic retirement plans. Working closely with Josh and Jim, she ensures clients receive the best possible service and experience. In addition to working directly with clients, Taylor focuses on all aspects of investment research, analysis, and reporting. She also executes all trades and maintains the model portfolio management system for Josh’s clients.

 

In addition to her CFP® certification, Taylor holds numerous professional registrations, including FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 through Commonwealth Financial Network®, and the Connecticut Life and Health insurance license. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, and graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY with a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and comparative literature.

 

Outside the office, Taylor enjoys traveling, keeping active, and spending time with family and friends. She is also an avid foodie and loves all things French after studying abroad in Paris.

Kim Skerry

Director of Operations

Kim began working with Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC, in August 2009 as director of operations. A native of Rhode Island, Kim has more than 30 years of experience working in the financial service and insurance industries. She holds numerous professional financial registrations, including FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 65 through Commonwealth Financial Network®.

Kim serves as the executive assistant to Matthew Somberg and Joshua Gottfried. She is responsible for their client new accounts, transfers, cashiering, and scheduling. Additionally, she actively assists clients with their home and auto insurance needs and also holds life and long-term care licenses.

Kim is an avid golfer and racquetball player and enjoys traveling and spending time with her granddaughter, Madison.

Nicholas Hogrefe, CFP®

Research Analyst

Nicholas Hogrefe began his career at Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC in June 2011. A native of Woodbury, Connecticut, Nick is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

As a research analyst, Nick manages the investment research and selection process. He also works closely with advisors to integrate our clients' goals with their portfolios, and oversees the model portfolio management system. Nick is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and has passed Level I of the CFA Program and also holds the Connecticut Life and Health designation.

In his spare time, Nick enjoys playing basketball and weightlifting.

Lisa Cady

Client Service Associate

Lisa Cady has worked with Joshua Gottfried & Matthew Somberg since 2011. Lisa works as a team with Kim Skerry to provide customer service for our clients as well as preparing review materials for client appointments.

Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in insurance, financial planning, customer service, and web-based technology. She has worked for both Fortune 500 companies and independently owned organizations. She is in the process of obtaining her FINRA Series 6 securities registration.

A native of Massachusetts, Lisa has called Connecticut home for more than 23 years. She enjoys music, reading, gardening, and traveling.

Kathleen Centola

Marketing Director

Kathleen Centola joined Gottfried & Somberg Wealth Management, LLC in June 2013. Kathy works closely with Joshua Gottfried and Jim DeMartino and specializes in retirement benefits for State of Connecticut employees.

Kathy graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She has more than 25 years of experience in retail management and operations. She started her career with Napier, a jewelry designer and manufacturer, where she co-developed a factory outlet operation that included 12 stores in 10 states. Most recently, Kathy worked with Brooks Brothers analyzing and forecasting sales and financial plans in stores across four European countries. She brings her wealth of computer skills and experience in long-range financial planning to our team.

Outside work, Kathy enjoys gardening and golfing with her husband Glenn.
 

Melinda Learned

Wealth Management Services Concierge

Melinda joined us in May as our Wealth Management Services Concierge.  Melinda has a diverse background in Theatre Performance, finance and insurance.

 

 

 

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