Helping Families Navigate Market Currents,
Stay on Course
Longtime financial advisor Jim O’Donoghue has an unusually wide-angle view. His professional background, as rich and varied as it is, has a lot to do with that.
O’Donoghue began his career in the nonprofit sector, serving as director of financial planning for Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts and Graduate Program. From there, he planned finances for the creation of Boston’s Huntington Theater before earning his Ph.D. with a concentration in economics and finance from NYU. He then entered public service, developing a capital program for the $6 billion Boston Harbor cleanup project. …Read More
Is Crucial for Retirement Success
Pioneer Valley Financial Group Serves Both Individual and Business Client
You’ve been getting ready for years, faithfully putting money into 401(k)s, IRAs and other retirement accounts in anticipation of the time when you would no longer work. Now comes the hard part: generating a retirement income that will meet your needs and last your lifetime.
“Many people nearing retirement are overly focused on accumulating assets and aren’t giving nearly enough thought to income-stream …Read More
Premier Firm Champions
‘Golden Rule’ of Client Service
“When it comes to client service, talk is cheap,” says Debra K. Brede. “And nothing is more costly than bad advice.”
Brede, president of D.K. Brede Investment Management Company, Inc., doesn’t mince words. As a nationally recognized financial advisor whose previous wirehouse experience convinced her to establish her own independent firm, Brede understands how some of the industry’s most common standards and practices fall painfully short of clients’ expectations. Her ongoing mission is to set the bar higher. …Read More
Planning for Today’s Retirements
This is not your father’s retirement. Gone are the days of working 35 years or more, only to enjoy just a few years of retirement before passing on. Today’s workers are enjoying 10, 20 and even 30 years of post-career life … making it an entirely different process to ensure they don’t run out of money along the way.
“Clients want to be sure they don’t outlive their money,” says Stephen Kelley, president of Safety First Financial Planners. “Retirement is a scary cliff to go over. We set our clients up for a soft landing.” …Read More
That’s Responsive and Fair
The Law Firm of Pastore & Dailey LLC
For its founder and managing partner Joseph M. Pastore III, the Stamford-based law firm of Pastore & Dailey LLC was a long time coming.
Pastore spent two decades at large national firms tackling high-profile financial, securities and commercial matters. He founded and served as managing partner of a mega-firm’s Stamford office until 2008; he then went on to create a 15-member practice, which was acquired by a 500-attorney firm in 2009. Due to a conflict between one of his and another of the firm’s clients, Pastore moved to reconnect with past associates and, with the critical support of Fairfield County Bank, established Pastore & Dailey in 2012.
Excellence in the Most Complex and Contentious Matrimonial Disputes
Family Law Firm, Siegel, Reilly & Conlon
It was one of the country’s largest divorce awards after trial – and the largest in Connecticut state history.
After a lengthy legal battle, the Connecticut Supreme Court in February 2011 upheld a $45 million judgment against the founder of a major financial services company, who was found to have shortchanged his ex-wife by a considerable sum.
Wanted: Dynamic Professionals to Help Deliver Engineering Marvels
After years of economic recession and stagnation, businesses around the country continue to hunker down. They’re uncertain about the future. Many are reluctant to hire.
Then, there’s the engineering powerhouse of Burns & McDonnell.
Based in Kansas City, Mo., with offices across the U.S.—including major hubs in Wallingford, Conn.; Portland, Maine; and northern New Jersey—Burns & McDonnell hasn’t slowed a bit in terms of its appetite and aptitude for complex projects.
Refusing to succumb to gloomy market “realities,” the company continues to burst forth with new technologies, welcome new people to its diverse project teams, and win some of the nation’s largest construction projects in the energy and commercial aviation arenas. …Read More
3D Printing Technology
Now Affordable for All Businesses
A shoe manufacturer wants to experiment with new designs. Building prototypes used to be labor-intensive and costly. But with 3D printer technology, it is as simple as creating a design and pushing a button.
An architect wants to show a client different design options. Instead of spending hours piecing models together manually, he lets a machine do it from renderings.
For years, 3D printing technology has been accessible primarily only to large companies with big budgets. But now, thanks to recent technological developments, the ability to create physical models of new product designs from a printer is affordable to all size businesses. …Read More
Software Services Provider for Health Insurers Among Fastest-Growing Private Companies
None of Clarity Software Solutions’ clients were surprised to find the company near the top of Inc. magazine’s exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies for 2012. The expanding list of national and regional health insurance companies had already given Clarity a solid “thumbs up,” with 100 percent saying they would recommend the document management and distribution services provider to others.
A remarkable 2,813.4 percent growth rate over the past three years placed Clarity in the #107 spot on the Inc. 500|5000 (#4 in the Business Products and Services industry segment and #3 in Connecticut). In 2012 alone, the company added more than a dozen commercial, Medicare and Medicaid insurance companies of all sizes, bringing its clientele to over 80. In the same year, over 35 percent of existing clients extended their partnership with Clarity by adding new product solutions as their communication needs increased. Adding resources and staff, Clarity recently relocated to a new, state-of-the-art facility in Madison, Connecticut. …Read More
Insurance Defense Lawyers Who Build Winning Cases
Insurance companies stake their reputation on their ability to contain risk. Much of that ability depends on the advice of their defense counsel, who review coverage issues and defend claims that result in litigation. Insurers fare best with lawyers who have in-depth experience, ironclad integrity and a reputation for obtaining results.
Attorney Tony Sheffy, founder of the law firm of Sheffy, Mazzaccaro, DePaolo & DeNigris, L.L.P., has 25 years’ experience handling complex commercial lines cases and auto insurance defense matters on behalf of some of the insurance industry’s leading providers. Sheffy and his associates, who are widely known for their diligence, insights and effectiveness, have earned the trust and respect of clients, judges and attorneys alike. …Read More