Meet Our Team

Executive Staff

George Kress
 

George R. Kress, CFA

President

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Kress joined Hallmark from Byram Capital Management, LLC where he was Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, he was an analyst at Axe-Houghton Associates and Argus Research.  He began his career with Hallmark Capital in the 1990’s.

    Mr. Kress received his BS in Business from Seton Hall University and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Securities Analysts.


    
Steven Resler
 

Steven B. Resler, CFP®

Director of Business Development

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Resler assumed the role of Hallmark's Director of Business Development in 2018, having joined the firm in 2016 as a Wealth Adviser. Previously he was a Financial Consultant for Fidelity Investments.

    Mr. Resler earned a BS in Finance with a minor in Economics from Florida State University.


   
Thomas Moore
 

Thomas S. Moore, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

    
  • Bio

    Mr. Moore joined Hallmark from Allied-Signal, Inc., where he acted as co-manager of a $300 million equity portfolio. He was previously a Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Hutton Capital Management and a Trust Officer and Portfolio Manager of taxable accounts at Comerica Bank.

    Mr. Moore received his BA in History from Grinnell College and an MBA in Finance from The University of Michigan. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Securities Analysts.


    
Cynthia Bechmann
  

Cynthia S. Bechmann

Chief Operating Officer

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Bechmann joined Hallmark from Hutton Capital Management where she was Assistant Vice President and Assistant Director of Administration. Her experience includes the supervision of client reporting and account reconciliation for $1.6 billion in client assets. 

    Ms. Bechmann holds a BS from Muhlenberg College. She obtained her Series 7 license through FINRA®.


    
Michael O'brien
 

Michael J. O'Brien, CRCP™

Chief Compliance Officer

   
  • Bio

    Mr. O’Brien joined Hallmark from Cutwater Asset Management (formerly MBIA Asset Management) where he served as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer responsible for all regulatory compliance activities of the firm. Previously, he was responsible for supervising back office operations and the external broker dealer desk at the MainStay Family of Funds, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company.

    Mr. O’Brien holds a BS from Manhattan College. He obtained Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses through FINRA® and is a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional™ (CRCP™) through the FINRA® Institute at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


    

 

Wealth Advisers

Jacob Thomas
 

Jacob R. Thomas, AIF®

Wealth Adviser

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Thomas joined Hallmark from Raymond James Financial where he was an Investment Executive.

    Mr. Thomas earned a BS in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Economics from Monmouth University and a MBA in Finance and Strategy & Leadership from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


    
Dan Hauschild
  

Daniel C. Hauschild Jr., CFP®

Wealth Adviser

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Hauschild joined Hallmark from JP Morgan Private Bank where he was an Executive Director and Wealth Strategist. He has over 20 years experience in wealth management.

    Mr. Hauschild earned his BA in History from Stockton University in New Jersey.


    
Martin Gale
    

Martin L. Gale, CFP®, ChFC®, CRPC®

Wealth Adviser

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Gale joined Hallmark from Bank of America & Merrill Lynch where he was a Financial Solutions Adviser.

    Mr. Gale earned a BS in Business Administration majoring in Finance from the University of South Florida.


    
Kathleen Buske
       

Kathleen M. Buske, CFP®

Wealth Adviser

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Buske joined Hallmark with the 2016 acquisition of New Century Asset Management. She joined New Century in 1997.

    Ms. Buske holds a BS in Business Administration from West Chester State University of PA.


    
Stephen Pedicini
      

Stephen P. Pedicini, CFP®, CIMA®

Wealth Adviser

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Pedicini joined Hallmark from TD Ameritrade where he was as a Private Client Investment Consultant.

    Mr. Pedicini earned a degree in Business Administration from The American University.


    

 

Client Service

Carol Vanderpoel
       

Carol M. Vanderpoel, FPQP™

Client Service Specialist   

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Vanderpoel joined Hallmark in 2002 from a previous role as an independent software consultant. Previously, she managed projects for Fortune 500 companies utilizing technology to support strategic business initiatives.

    Ms. Vanderpoel holds a BA from Brooklyn College and is a Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional and obtained her Series 65 license through FINRA®.


    
Laurie Luyke
       

Laurie J. Luyke

Client Service Specialist   

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Luyke joined Hallmark from Merrill Lynch. She worked for 23 years as a Government Securities Trader and Broker on Wall Street. She has over 30 years of experience in the financial industry.

    Ms. Luyke earned her BS in Business Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


    
Christa Cicchetti
       

Christa Cicchetti

Client Service Specialist   

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Cicchetti joined Hallmark from Private Advisor Group, where she was an Operations Specialist. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry.

    Ms. Cicchetti earned her BA in Communications from William Paterson University.


    

 

Portfolio Management

Jeff Braff
       

Jeffrey P. Braff

Director of Trading

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Braff joined Hallmark from his position as Manager of Equity and Fixed Income Trading for Hutton Capital Management. Previously, he acted as Operations Manager for the investment advisory division of Paine Webber Mitchell Hutchins, Inc.

    Mr. Braff holds a BA in Economics from the City College of New York and an M.S. in Investment Management from Pace University.


    
Steven Tussi
       

Steven A. Tussi

Portfolio Manager

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Tussi joined Hallmark from Maxim Group LLC, where he obtained Series 7 and Series 63 Securities Licenses.

    Mr. Tussi received a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an MBA in Finance from Montclair State University.


    
Matt Grosser
       

Matthew L. Grosser

Portfolio Manager

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Grosser joined Hallmark while completing his BA in Finance from Pace University. He also received his MBA in Finance from Montclair State University.

    Mr. Grosser has his Series 63 Securities License and has completed Level 1 of the CFA Exam.


    
Greg Pizzano
       

Gregory M. Pizzano

Senior Portfolio Manager

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Pizzano joined Hallmark in 2016 from New Century Asset Management, where he was responsible for equity research and portfolio management since 2002. He also served as Equity Manager for the Valley National Bank Trust Department from 2002-2007. 

    Prior to joining New Century Asset Management, Inc., Mr. Pizzano was the founder and Managing Partner of GMP Asset Management, LLC. He has been in the investment management industry since 1981. Mr. Pizzano received his BS in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Minnesota.


       

Leanne M. Polizzanno, CFP®

Portfolio Manager

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Polizzano joined Hallmark with the 2016 acquisition of New Century Asset Management. She joined New Century in 2007 and holds the title Portfolio Manager.

    Ms. Polizzano holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers College and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.


 

Investment Operations

Cathy Castellano
       

Caterina A. Castellano

Portfolio Analyst

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Castellano joined Hallmark from Byram Capital Management where she was Director of Operations. Previously, she performed similar responsibilities at Axe-Houghton Associates and Gabelli Asset Management.

    Ms. Castellano received her MBA and BS degrees in Finance from Fordham University.


    
Anisul Fatima
       

Anisul Fatima

Investment Operations Administrator

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Fatima joined Hallmark from Systematic Financial Management where she was Supervisor of Operations. Previously she worked at a community bank as Customer Service Representative.

    Ms. Fatima received her Associate degree in Computer Science from Bergen Community College.


    
Andy Katz
       

Andrew G. Katz

Trading Specialist

   
  • Bio

    Mr. Katz joined Hallmark in 2018. Previously, he worked at Lord Abbett & Co, LLC in securities trading support. Mr. Katz earned a BS in Business Management and Finance from City University of New York – Brooklyn College.


    

       

Cheryl A. Pangaro

Administrative Assistant

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Pangaro joined Hallmark from Valley Bank’s Wealth Management & Insurance Services division where she was Administrative Assistant. Previously, she performed similar responsibilities at Videx Equipment Corporation.


       

Rosemary Guarneri

Client Service Assistant

   
  • Bio

    Ms. Guarneri joined Hallmark from Erikson Financial Planning where she was a Financial Planning Assistant.  She has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry.