Joseph Bragdon, CFA

Vice President
Palo Alto

 

BIO

Joseph Bragdon is Vice President at Financial Architects Partners. He specializes in analyzing complex life insurance planning strategies for our clients and their advisors. Joe joined Financial Architects Partners in 2009 and made a dynamic impact to the firm's analytical and case design capabilities in our Boston office.

 

In his current role in our Palo Alto office, Joe advises clients and advisors on how life insurance planning strategies impact overall financial goals. In addition, he continues to be a presence in the Bay Area investment and wealth advisor community as a CFA Charterholder and member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. Joe seeks to highlight life insurance's qualities as an alternative asset class and strategic planning tool to the advisor community.  

Most recently Joe co-authored the article "Current Trends in Life Insurance Choices and Strategies" published in the March, 2015 edition of Estate Planning. Joe graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a bachelor's degree in International Business and a Minor in French language.

When Joe is not reading financial planning magazines, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young son at their home in San Francisco as well as hiking, running, basketball and golf.


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in International Business and Finance, Northeastern University

CONTACT

260 Sheridan Avenue
Suite 401
Palo Alto, CA 94306
650-252-1700

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Bob Breslin, CFP®

Vice President
Boston

 

BIO

Bob Breslin is a Vice President with Financial Architects Partners. Bob comes to us after 25 years in the financial service industry. He spent the majority of his career with Jones Trading Institutional Services, where he helped lead the Boston region and advised some of the world's largest money managers. Bob retains an ownership stake in the privately held firm.

 

Bob's focus with FAP is to deepen the firm's relationships with and be a resource for attorneys, tax planners, family offices and wealth managers who seek to optimize life insurance as an asset class and planning tool.  Bob earned a Certificate in Financial Planning from Boston University and is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional.

Bob lives in Dover, MA with his wife and three children. In his spare time Bob enjoys coaching his two sons' youth lacrosse teams and currently serves on the board of the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum. Bob enjoys skiing, mountain biking, surfing and windsurfing.

Bob holds a life insurance license as well as the FINRA Series 6 Investment Company Products / Variable Contracts Limited Representative, Series 7 Exam – General Securities Representative, Series 55 – Equity Trader – Limited Representative, Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent State Law, and Series 24 – General Securities Principal.

 

EDUCATION

​Bachelor of Arts, Saint Lawrence University
Boston University Certificate in Financial Planning

CONTACT

Prudential Tower
800 Boylston Street, 26th Floor
Boston, MA 02199
617-259-1900

Suzanne Jack

Private Client Director

San Francisco

 

BIO

Suzanne specializes in wealth protection and transfer designs leveraging the unique asset of life insurance. She architects charitable plans and integrated gifting. Each are facets to anchor enduring private wealth and family legacy.

 

Suzanne works closely with families to align their best interests. Of particular focus is Private Placement Life Insurance for income and cap gains tax mitigation in an increasing tax predatory environment.

 

Suzanne is an Advisor in Philanthropy member, a Heritage Planning member, and sits on board of Alliance Community Foundation, a national charity serving advisors and their UHNW donors. A tennis coach for Special Olympics athletes and tutor for underserved students, Suzanne advocates access to education, sport and female mentorship globally. Suzanne attended Bennington College at age 16 to pursue writing, devotes time to craft and respects the intrinsic value of a liberal arts education as foundational pillar.

 

Suzanne is 4th generation of a national retail family business founded in late 1800’s: The legacy of family enterprise endures as single largest gift to America of it’s time, through gift of art to major museums and universities around the world. From Greenwich, Ct, Suzanne resides in Marin County, California with a national and international clientele.

 

EDUCATION

​Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Bennington College

CONTACT

260 Sheridan Avenue
Suite 401

Palo Alto, CA 02199
650-252-1700

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Joseph A. Kawczenski

Managing Director, South Florida
Palm Beach

 

BIO

Joseph A. Kawczenski is the Managing Director of our firm's office in Palm Beach, FL. He has been with Financial Architects Partners since 2007. Beginning in our insurance portfolio design and construction department, Joe has designed, negotiated, and implemented well over a billion dollars of death benefit, applying hundreds of millions of premiums. He is also active in the ongoing service and management of the life insurance portfolios.

 

After running the department, Joe transitioned into a client and advisor facing role based out of our Boston office. As our firm sought a need for an office in South Florida, Joe and his wife, Lisa, relocated to West Palm Beach in 2014 after 13 years in the Boston area.
  
Joe is currently on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of the Palm Beaches, where he serves as the Vice President. Joe is also a Founding Lifetime Member of the Harvard Varsity Club.


EDUCATION

Artis Baccalaureate in Government, Harvard University

CONTACT

700 S Rosemary Avenue
Suite 204
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
561-283-8020

Ben Kronish

Private Client Director

New York

 

BIO

Ben Kronish specializes in providing tax efficient life insurance-based solutions to high net worth individuals. His clients are executives and shareholders of private and public companies and range across a broad spectrum of industries both domestically and internationally based.

Ben has over 30 years of experience specializing in creative solutions to complex wealth transfer and estate planning problems. Utilizing a collaborative approach, Ben maintains open communications with the other professionals involved in the clients planning.

Ben is a partner of Kronish Associates, Inc., a third-generation financial practice with offices in New York and Irvine, CA. He began his career at New England Mutual Life Insurance Company where he built the leading brokerage operation in the country from 1986 thru 1988.

Leaving the management side of the business, Ben and his father Paul became members of the Hemisphere Group in the mid 90’s and subsequently National Financial Partners. Ben has served on the Advisory Board of Partners Financial and several life insurance companies. He is actively involved in the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU) and other industry groups. Ben is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL).


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Union College

CONTACT

1 Rockefeller Plaza

Suite 1405

New York, New York 10020

c: 917-743-7343

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Scott Lomes

CMO

Managing Director, New York

 

BIO

Scott Lomes is FAP's Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director of our New York City office.  His primary responsibility is to manage the strategic positioning of FAP and to oversee the firm’s marketing initiatives.  He has developed partnerships with several national law firms, family offices, private banks and trust companies securing mandates for many of the largest trust-owned life insurance implementations in the US.  He has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, serving both institutions and an elite clientele of affluent families.

Scott lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife and son.


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Finance, The University of Denver

CONTACT

Prudential Tower
800 Boylston Street, 26th Floor
Boston, MA 02199
617-259-1900