Our Team

  • Glen Ladau
    Glen Ladau PRESIDENT

    Glen A. Ladau, President of The Matrix Financial Group, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Chartered Life Underwriter®. After graduating from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, Glen spent five years as a senior accountant in the entrepreneurial service group of Ernst & Young’s New York office. In 1989, he moved to Florida to become a partner in the certified public accounting firm of Ladau & Vitale.

    In August of 1994, Glen founded The Matrix Financial Group where he incorporates not only his experience in estate planning, tax planning, financial and business consulting, but also incorporates a very unique, personal approach to working with clients. As Glen describes it, “What we do best is listen.”

    Glen and his wife Lisa have 5 children. Even with all the time Glen spends with his family, he manages to find time to train for and run in marathons.

  • William Becker
    William Becker VICE PRESIDENT

    William (Bill) Becker joined the Matrix Financial Group in 1997. As Vice President and Director of Operations, Bill is responsible for making sure clients financial strategies are being implemented properly.
    Bill and his wife, Brenda, have 4 grandchildren and 4 dogs. In his time away from the office, Bill trains dogs and competes with them in American Kennel Club (AKC) Agility competitions, where he has been nationally ranked.

  • Jared A. Gruszczynski
    Jared A. Gruszczynski ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT

    Jared A. Gruszczynski obtained his BA with Honors in Mathematics from Yeshiva University of New York and began his career on Wall Street. As a Financial/Data Analyst, Jared’s concentration lies primarily on balancing investment opportunities and risk management. He attributes his early success to his sense of integrity, dependability, attention to detail and initiative.

    With a strong belief that the focus should always be on the client, not the transaction, Jared joined The Matrix Financial Group in order to pursue his passion of empowering clients to create financial plans that match their life goals.

    Outside the office, Jared is especially committed to providing education and therapeutic services to special needs children and high-risk youth. While still attending Yeshiva university, he helped create a successful Big Brother Big Sister program in Washington Heights, New York. Jared also runs in marathons to raise funds for HASC, an organization dedicated to providing the highest quality of life for special needs children.

  • Jeffrey Lutin, CPA
    Jeffrey Lutin, CPA

    Since 1977, Jeff has been the principal of the public accounting firm, Jeffrey Lutin CPA, PA. Jeff has also been affiliated with The Matrix Financial Group since 1996. As part of Matrix’s team, Jeff provides added insight into matters of tax and estate tax planning.

  • Laura Bogert
    Laura Bogert ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    Laura joined the Matrix Financial Group in 1997. She is an administrative assistant and is likely the first person you will speak to when you call or come to our offices.

  • Michele Goldman
    Michele Goldman SR. ACCOUNT ADMINISTRATOR

    Michele joined the Matrix Financial Group in May of 2000. She is responsible for all administrative and service issues involving clients’ accounts, as well as preparation and distribution of consolidated account statements.

“Since 1994, what we have always done best is LISTEN to our clients.”

GLEN LADAU – PRESIDENT

OUR BACK OFFICE SPECIALISTS

Through our relationship with the ValMark Companies, we have access to an experienced support team, with credentials spanning multiple financial disciplines – from legal, accounting, tax and financial advisory expertise to life insurance, retirement planning and securities. This team of over 100 professionals serves as our back office support staff.

  • Caleb Nitz, CFP®
    Caleb Nitz, CFP® Vice President of Business Development

    Caleb Nitz is the Vice President of Business Development for our partner, ValMark Financial Group. His primary responsibility is working with existing and potential Member Firms to integrate ValMark’s unique tools, resources and people to help them grow. Previously, Mr. Nitz led ValMark’s Insurance Marketing team, enhancing Member Firm services and delivering on key insurance offerings such as Life Assurance 360™. In addition to his FINRA series 7, 24 and 66 securities registrations, Mr. Nitz is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and carries Ohio Life, Health and Variable Insurance licenses. He earned his BBA in Finance and Financial Planning from the University of Akron, Magna Cum Laude, with a Minor in Business Entrepreneurship. Mr. Nitz is a graduate of the Focus Leadership Institute [2008] and is a member of the Association of Advances Life Underwriting. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, bicycling and volunteering with his wife, Hannah.

  • Chris Finefrock, MBA, CFP®
    Chris Finefrock, MBA, CFP® Vice President of Financial Planning

    Chris Finefrock is the Vice President of Financial Planning for our partner, ValMark Financial Group. In his role, he oversees and is a resource for the team responsible for all aspects of design and implementation of various brokerage, insurance and advisory solutions intended to assist investors with risk management and reaching their accumulation and/or distribution goals. In addition to his FINRA series 7, 24 and 66 securities registrations and his Ohio Life, Health and Variable licenses, Mr. Finefrock holds a bachelor’s degree in Financial Services and an MBA in Finance from the University of Akron. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

  • Judson Forner, CFP®, CRPC®
    Judson Forner, CFP®, CRPC® Vice President of Planning Review

    Judson Forner is the Vice President of Planning Review for our partner, Valmark Financial Group. In his role, he oversees and is a resource for all insurance and investment product lines including research, case analysis and design, product recommendations and advanced product concepts. Mr. Forner presents on topics such as Money Management, Financial Planning and Annuities at Valmark Member Summit (formerly School of Life) and School of Excellence conferences, as well as higher education institutions such as Ursuline College and The Ohio State University. He has been quoted in industry publications including Barron’s, Bloomberg, CNBC, Financial Advisor Magazine, and Investment News. In addition to his FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, 53 and 66 securities registrations and his Ohio Life, Health and Variable Insurance licenses, Mr. Forner earned a BBA from The Ohio State University with a focus in Finance. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELORSM.

  • Tyler Denholm, CFA®
    Tyler Denholm, CFA® Vice President of Investment Management and Research

    Tyler Denholm is the Vice President of Investment Management and Research for our partner, ValMark Financial Group. His primary responsibility is overseeing the investment management process and conducting research for TOPS®, TOPS® Strategic Allocation Portfolios, and TOPS® Variable Insurance Trust. He earned a BBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Akron, Summa Cum Laude. In addition to his FINRA series 7 and 24 securities registrations, Mr. Denholm has earned the elite distinction of holding the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

  • Eric Johnson
    Eric Johnson Vice President of Underwriting

    Eric Johnson is Vice President of Underwriting for our partner, ValMark Financial Group. He is responsible for risk assessment appraisal, consultation and negotiation on the behalf of ValMark Financial Group member offices and clients. Mr. Johnson brings more than 30 years of experience with impaired risk and jumbo case underwriting, reinsurance, sales and brokerage operations. He is a presenter at numerous industry seminars and workshops speaking on topics such as Challenging Underwriting Impairments, Jumbo Business and Brokerage Underwriting. Mr. Johnson earned his BA from Luther College and holds Minnesota Life, Accident and Health Insurance licenses. He is a member of the Association of Home Office Underwriters (AHOU) and the Twin Cities Association of Home Office Life Underwriters (TCAHOLU).

  • Kristen Finefrock, CFP®
    Kristen Finefrock, CFP® Planning Coordinator

    In her role as Planning Coordinator for our partner, ValMark Financial Group, Kristen Finefrock assists Member Offices in the analysis of Life Insurance planning within estates, business and retirement planning and individual coverage. She specializes in Life Insurance through the Life Assurance 360® process, as well as project management. Ms. Finefrock is responsible for overseeing the ValMark Intern Program and works closely with MyCase. She earned her BBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Akron, Cum Laude, as well as membership into the Financial Management Association. She has received the designations of Honor’s Scholar – University Honor’s College, and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Ms. Finnefrock holds Ohio Life and Health licenses, as well as FINRA Series 7 and 24 securities registrations.

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