Mr. Frank M. Gargano**, CLU, ChFC, CASL − FIN Founder and President
Frank devoted the majority of his 24+ year industry tenure working with three leading financial services firms. His experience includes the design and implementation of a financial services operation for one out of three Fortune 500 companies with which he partnered. The pilot operation became a new way of doing business for the entire company’s distribution system. Following the success of the pilot firm, he was promoted to Managing Director and led one of the company’s premier distribution profit centers. Frank held the position of Vice President with the two other Fortune 500 companies he worked with before forming his own firm, Financial Independence Network LLC.
In addition to his daily work responsibilities, Frank also taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York’s Pace University Lubin School of Business (Center For Professional Education). His main duties included the education of matriculating Certified Financial Planner (CFP) candidates. The CFP course work he taught was in retirement planning and employee benefits. Frank’s in-depth expertise in this area has proven to be a critical asset to those in need of professional retirement planning services.
Mr. James (Jim) Purcaro
Having owned various profitable businesses, Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit adds true value to business owners and individuals alike. One of his success stories includes owning and developing a business that grew from a modest $90,000 in revenue to an impressive $15 million in the span of 13 years.
Jim’s strong desire to work in the financial services industry was fueled by devastating advice he received from a financial advisor regarding his own portfolio. He has devoted himself to helping as many people as he can to not suffer the same fate that he did in the economic collapse of 2008. Jim has immersed himself in learning the intricacies of planning; utilizing portfolios with insurance-protected guarantees to help assure his clients stability in the event of another market correction*.
Being ever dedicated to ethics, professionalism and entrepreneurial vision, we are confident Jim will enjoy the same level of success with our firm as with his past endeavors.
Ms. Mary Bellofatto − Office Coordinator and Licensed Insurance Producer
Mary brings a wealth of organizational experience to our firm. Her responsibilities include overseeing all administrative functions at Financial Independence Network, LLC.
With a background in professional organization for business and personal assets, Mary is well versed at helping people achieve their goals.
In addition, Mary utilizes traditional insurance products to help clients determine and accomplish their financial objectives.
Mrs. Elana R. Ochs − Operations and Marketing
Elana has held the position of Director of Marketing for two of New York City’s leading financial services firms. Throughout her tenure, Elana’s experience encompassed all areas of client, firm and representative marketing initiatives and program training. She designed all marketing materials, advertising and multimedia currently used to promote the firm and its representing agents.
In addition, she coordinated all public events and set the standards for which all future promotions are held. Most recently, Elana worked within the Advanced Marketing framework to create and implement target market programs that coordinate the unique abilities of financial professionals to offer clients specialized teams of advisors. As a member of Financial Independence Network, Elana’s responsibilities include the coordination and management of all marketing initiatives and education based programs.
*GUARANTEES ARE BACKED SOLELY BY THE FINANCIAL STRENGTH AND CLAIMS PAYING ABILITY OF THE ANNUITY COMPANY