Our Team

Investment Team

  • Joseph M. Valicenti

    President/CEO
     
    As President and Chief Executive Officer, Joe implements the financial strategy of the corporation, analyzes investment results and ensures proper communication of those results to the clients. As a member of the Investment Committee, he also analyzes securities for inclusion in the firm's list of preferred investments.

    When he joined the firm in 1991, Joe began as a Security Analyst, was promoted to Portfolio Manager and then became manager of the firm's Corning office. Joe started his career as a Computer Analyst for Trustco Bank Corp NY in Albany.

    A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He has completed the National Association of Securities Dealers Series 2, the Non-Member Securities Examination and the Series 66, Uniform Combined State Law Examination, proving proficiency in portfolio management and federal and state regulations. In 1998, he completed the course of study at the New York Bankers Association's Trust Administration School.

    Joe currently serves on the board of the Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG), the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce and the Elmira College President's Council. Joe has been a board member of the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Chemung County S.P.C.A. and the Lourdes Fund, Inc. He has served as treasurer of the Corning Rotary Club and is involved in the Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of The Financial Planning Association.

  • Jeffrey S. Naylor

    Jeffrey S. Naylor

    Executive Vice President/CFO/CCO

    Email: naylorjs@valicenti.com

    As Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, Jeff manages individual client portfolios, determines asset allocations and security selections, places security trades and meets with current and potential clients. He is also responsible for audit controls and regulatory filings and is a member of the Investment Committee.

    Jeff joined the firm in 1993 in the Operations Department, bringing valuable experience in audit procedure, financial controls, security trading, income tax and trust and estate accounting.  In 1995, Jeff accepted the position of Portfolio Manager and shortly after that was appointed Vice President and CFO of the firm. He has completed the National Association of Securities Dealers Series 2, Non-Member Securities Examination and the Series 66, Uniform Combined State Law Examination, proving proficiency in portfolio management and federal and state regulations. Jeff has also completed the New York Bankers Association Estate School. A graduate of Tri-State University, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.

  • Louis F. Ruize

    Director of Research / Portfolio Manager

    Emailruizelf@valicenti.com

    As Director of Research and a Portfolio Manager, Louis manages individual client portfolios, which includes determining asset allocations and security selections.  As a member of the investment committee, he oversees the investment research process including reviewing existing and potential investment opportunities.

    Louis joined the firm in April 2016.  He earned his Bachelor degree in Economics, summa cum laude and also an M.B.A. in Financial Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Prior to joining the firm, Louis served as Director of Research, Portfolio Manager and Equity Analyst at other financial institutions since starting his investment career in 2001. Since 2001, he has covered each industry sector for investment analysis and suitability for client portfolios. Prior to his career in investments, he was a member of the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he taught Finance and Economics.

    He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute.

  • Daniel P. Burchill

    Security Analyst
     
    As Security Analyst, Dan’s responsibilities include security analysis, trading and assisting the portfolio managers with portfolio management tasks and special projects for the investment committee.
     
    Dan joined the firm in April 2014.  He is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and subsequently has been awarded his Master of Science in Finance by the University of Rochester Simon Business School.  Dan began his career at the Bankers Trust Company in NYC and also worked at CIBC Oppenheimer where he traded in the fixed income and equity markets.  He served as an officer in the U. S. Army and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U. S. Army’s Officer Candidate School. 

  • Matthew L. Melott

    Security Analyst / Trader

    Email: melottml@valicenti.com

    As Security Analyst, Matt’s responsibilities include security analysis, trading and assisting the portfolio managers with portfolio management tasks and special projects. Matt is part of the Investment Committee that meets weekly to review and to analyze market conditions, economic factors and sector trends.

    Matt joined the firm in April 2016. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Capital College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and spent time in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps as a campus leader. Prior to joining the firm, Matt interned as a Credit Analyst at a large agricultural lender. 

    He enjoys spending his time as a youth pastor and engaging youth in personal development and has volunteered in humanitarian work in Texas, Haiti and Northern Ireland.  

Administrative Team

  • Ann S. Nolan, RP®

    Administrative Assistant

    Email: nolanas@valicenti.com

    As Administrative Assistant, Ann assists Jeffrey S. Naylor, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the firm. She provides support to Jeff, as well as the other Portfolio Managers, with client communications, client presentations and client scheduling. 

    Ann joined the firm in August 2003. Prior to that, she worked at a Federal Savings Bank as a Branch Manager. Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Rhode Island. Ann is a REGISTERED PARAPLANNERsm designee and is a Commissioned Notary Public.

  • Kelly S. Diehr, RP®

    Administrative Assistant

    Email: diehrks@valicenti.com

    As Administrative Assistant, Kelly assists Joseph M. Valicenti, President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the firm. She provides support to Joe, as well as the other Portfolio Managers, with client communications, client presentations and client scheduling.

    Kelly joined the firm in July 2011. Kelly was previously employed by a local real estate office an Executive Assistant. She also has many years of administrative experience in the manufacturing industry. Kelly holds an Associate degree in Business Management, is a REGISTERED PARAPLANNERSM designee and is a Commissioned Notary Public.

  • Molly L. Bartlett

    Receptionist

    Email: bartlettml@valicenti.com

    As the Receptionist of the Investment Office, Molly's responsibilities include answering and directing phone calls, welcoming clients and vendors, office supply ordering and distribution and handling of mail and client correspondence.  

    Molly joined the firm in September 2015, as the Receptionist of the Tax and Business Services Office. In June 2017, she accepted the position as the Receptionist for the Investment Office.  She previously worked as a certified travel agent for seven years. Her experience also includes office administration at a local insurance firm and retail management. She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and of the Travel and Tourism Program at Corning Community College.

Operations Team

  • Tracy L. Jenkins

    Vice President of Operations

    Email: jenkinstl@valicenti.com

    As Vice President of Operations, Tracy supervises the Operations staff, assists in preparing the monthly and quarterly reports, audits and custody holdings and ensures that IRA distribution requirements are met.

    Tracy joined the firm in 1998 as the receptionist of our 400 office, in 1998, she was promoted to Administrative Assistant and in 2001, she moved to the Operations Department as the Operations Manager. In 2011, she accepted the position of Vice President of Operations. Tracy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Mansfield University. Prior to joining the firm, she was a Merchandise Assistant for a large retail company. Tracy is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Chemung and is a Commissioned Notary Public.

  • Andrew S. Cartwright

    Systems and Reports Manager

    Email: cartwrightas@valicenti.com

    As the Systems and Reports Manager in the Operations Department, Andrew posts and reconciles daily account transactions and monitors system information ensuring the accuracy of all data. He also opens and closes accounts on the system.

    Andrew joined the firm in April 2012. He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health Science. He has assisted in several school systems focusing on elementary methods and early childhood methods and has been a substitute teacher in the Elmira City School System for Reading, Social Studies, Special Education and Science.

  • Ann E. Connolly

    Client Paying and Receiving

    Email: connollyae@valicenti.com

    As the Client Paying and Receiving person and a member of the Operations Department, Ann is responsible for client transactions such as receipts and disbursements, performs account reconciliations and she processes bills, which the firm pays on behalf of its clients. She is also involved in the processing of new accounts and transfers between accounts. 

    Ann joined the firm in September 2017.  She is a graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.  Prior to joining Valicenti, Ann was the Marketing Coordinator and the Assistant to the Principal for one of our local schools in Elmira. 

Tax and Business Services Team

  • Paul E. Hornbuckle, CPA

    Vice President of Tax and Business Services

    Email: hornbucklepe@valicenti.com

    As Vice President of Tax and Business Services, Paul supervises the staff in the Tax Department and works with public accounting, tax preparation at the individual, corporate, and partnership levels, as well as bookkeeping, payroll and representation before tax authorities. 

    Paul joined the firm in 2004.  He is a graduate of Binghamton University with a Bachelor degree in Accounting and he holds an Associate degree in Business Administration from Alfred State College. He has over 30 years experience in holding upper management positions in public and private corporations in the finance area including responsibilities for reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Boards of directors, owners and shareholders. He is licensed by the state of New York in Certified Public Accountancy.

    Paul has served as president, treasurer or a board member of a variety of volunteer organizations including the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, the Chemung County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, the First Presbyterian Church of Elmira and Comprehensive Interdisciplinary Services (CIDS). Paul teaches Principles of Accounting I at Elmira College and has taught Principles of Accounting II, as well as a Fundamentals of Investing.

  • Elizabeth A. Zarnoch, EA

    Tax and Accounting Manager

    Email: zarnochea@valicenti.com

    As the Tax and Accounting Manager, Liz supervises the bookkeeping and payroll staff, works with public accounting and tax preparation at the individual, corporate and partnership level.  

    Liz joined the firm in 2011. She has over 20 years experience in the tax and accounting industry. She has worked for a Fortune 500 company as a Master Tax Advisor and as an accountant for a local metal corporation. In addition to tax preparation and planning, Liz has instructed IRS approved Continuing Professional Education (CPE) classes. Liz is a graduate of SUNY College of Technology at Utica with a Bachelor degree in Accounting. She is an Enrolled Agent (IRS Circular 230 enrollment) and is enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service.

    Liz is passionate about being an advocate for children and has spent many years volunteering in the Corning Painted Post (CPP) School System. Liz has been involved with the Parent Teacher’s Association of the CPP School System and is a past  board member and treasurer of the CPP PTA Council. Liz also volunteers at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

  • Elizabeth C. Stage

    Tax Specialist

    Email: stageec@valicenti.com

    As a Tax Specialist, Liz prepares and files tax returns on a part time basis.

    Liz joined the firm in 2007 with over 40 years of individual tax preparation experience. She previously worked for a local tax preparer preparing individual taxes and has worked in various Administrative Assistant/Secretarial positions in the Elmira area for over 40 years. Liz stays current with tax law changes by attending tax seminars throughout the year.

  • Evelyn L. Bristol

    Business Services/Tax Specialist

    Email: bristolel@valicenti.com

    As the Business Services/Tax Specialist in the Tax Department, Evelyn is responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll functions. As tax specialist, she prepares and files tax returns for our clients.

    Evelyn recently rejoined our firm in July 2013 after working for a CPA firm in Troy, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining us the first time, she was employed by a Fortune 500 company for 11 years as a tax preparer. Evelyn is a graduate of Elmira Business Institute and holds an Associate degree in Accounting.

  • Amy M. Chacho

    Business Services/Tax Specialist

    Email: chachoam@valicenti.com

    As the Business Services/Tax Specialist in the Tax Department, Amy is responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll functions.  As tax specialist, she prepares and files tax returns for our clients.

    Amy joined the firm in November 2015.  She previously worked as both the office manager and tax preparer for a local office of a Fortune 500 company and brings with her bookkeeping experience. She attended Fairfield University majoring in Business Administration.

Marketing and Client Services Team

  • Ralph H. Roberts, Jr.

    Vice President/Client Services

    Email: robertsrh@valicenti.com

    As Vice President/Client Services, Ralph directs the marketing efforts, including its advertising and public relations campaigns as well as its client services and business development programs.

    Ralph joined the firm in June 1994. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and a 31-year veteran of the Hilliard Corporation from which he retired as a vice president in 1994. He has completed the National Association of Securities Dealers Series 2, Non-Member Securities Examination, proving proficiency in securities and federal and state regulations.

    Throughout his life, Ralph has dedicated many hours to community services. He is an Honorary member of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Board of Managers, an organization that he served for over 30 years. He is a past President of the Elmira City Club.

  • Melissa B. Mickley

    Administrative and Marketing Assistant

    Email: mickleymb@valicenti.com

    As a Administrative and Marketing Assistant, Melissa's responsibilities include assisting with the direction of the Marketing Department and working with Ralph H. Roberts, Jr., with presenting information about the firm to existing, new and potential clients. She works as support staff to the Portfolio Managers, with client communications, client presentations and client scheduling.

    Melissa joined the firm in January 2008 as the Receptionist in our Tax and Business Services Office. In May 2010, Melissa accepted the position of Marketing Assistant and in 2014 became the Administrative and Marketing Assistant. She has over 14 years of administrative experience and is currently a student at SUNY Empire State College pursuing a degree in Business, Management and Economics.

Corporate Affairs

  • Vincent R. Valicenti

    Vincent R. Valicenti

    Chairman of the Board

    As Chairman of the Board, Vince is responsible for the review of corporate strategies and budgets of the areas of Investment Management and Business Services as developed by corporate officers.  
     
    Vince founded the firm in 1984, after 17 years in the Trust Division of Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC) where he held the position of vice president and senior trust investment officer. He served on the bank's Investment Policy Committee in New York City which established and oversaw the investment policies for its $13 billion in assets under management.

    A graduate of SUNY at Albany, Vince holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Finance. He has completed the National Association of Securities Dealers Series 2, the Non-Member Securities Examination and the Series 66, Uniform Combined State Law Examination, proving proficiency in portfolio management and federal and state regulations.

    During his career, Vince has volunteered in many capacities throughout the Southern Tier of New York. He is a past president and treasurer of Woodbrook Assisted Living Residence, Inc. of Elmira and The Chemung County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is a past chairman of the board of The Woodbrook Foundation Inc. He also served as a member of the Tax Committee of the Keuka Lake Association and was a board member of the Clemens Center. In 2006, Vince received the Corning Community College Eileen Collins '76 Professional Achievement Award.  

  • Theresa R. Stewart

    Assistant Corporate Secretary/HR/Bookkeeper

    Email: stewarttr@valicenti.com

    As Assistant Corporate Secretary/Bookkeeper and Director of Human Resources, Theresa's responsibilities include the firm's internal accounting, employee relations, accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial statements.

    Theresa joined the firm in July 2001. She graduated from the Elmira Business Institute with an Associate degree in Accounting and from Elmira College with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining the firm, Theresa was a bookkeeper at a local Supply Company.

    Theresa is a 2005 graduate of the Chemung Leadership program, and is now a Chemung Leadership Committee Chair person. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement and volunteers as a presenter of the JA program in classrooms. Theresa is a member of the Human Resource Association of the Twin Tiers as well as a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

Contact Info

Call Us: (607) 734-2665
Email: info@valicenti.com

400 East Water Street
Elmira, NY 14901

447 East Water Street
Elmira, NY 14901

24 West Market Street
Corning, NY 14830

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