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, Non-Member Securities Examination and the Series 66, Uniform Combined State Law Examination. In 1998, he completed the course of study at the New York Bankers Association's Trust Administration School.

    Active in the community, Joe currently serves on the board of the Southern Tier Economic Growth (STEG) and on the Elmira College President's Council. Joe has been a board member of the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Chemung County SPCA and the Lourdes Fund, Inc. He has served as treasurer of the Corning Rotary Club and has been involved in the Greater Corning Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chemung County 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. 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.

    Active in the community, Jeff volunteers as a youth mentor engaging youth in athletic development. He was involved in the re-establishment of the Cross Country Program at a local high school and has coached several runners who have placed in state meets. Due to their success, he was named coach of the year several times. 

  • 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.

    As a faculty member at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Louis mentored students and in his spare time has volunteered at community soup kitchens. 

  • 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 was 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. 
     
    Dan has led the firm's effort to coach and mentor local high school and college interns rotating through the Investment Research Department. Dan has also enjoyed introducing many students visiting the firm from GST BOCES to the world of stocks, bonds, trading and research. 

  • Andrew S. Cartwright, FPQP®

    Security Analyst and Trader

    Email: cartwrightas@valicenti.com

    As Security Analyst and Trader, Drew’s responsibilities include security analysis, placing and allocating all trades for the firm, assisting the portfolio managers with portfolio management tasks and special projects. He is part of the Investment Committee that meets to review and to analyze market conditions, economic factors and sector trends. 

    Drew joined the firm seasonally in December 2009 and started full time in the Operations Department in April 2012, as Systems and Reports Manager.  In April 2021, Drew accepted the position of Security Analyst and Trader.  He is a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Health Science.  Prior to joining Valicenti, Drew taught in the Elmira City School District.  Drew is a Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional™ designee.  

    Drew has coached Cross Country and Track in the Corning Painted Post Area School District since 2009 and continues to coach presently.  

     

Administrative Team

  • Ann S. Nolan, FPQP®

    Administrative Assistant

    Email: nolanas@valicenti.com

    As Administrative Assistant, Ann assists Jeffrey S. Naylor, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer 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 Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalTM designee and is a Commissioned Notary Public.

  • Kelly S. Diehr, FPQP®

    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 Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalTM designee and is a Commissioned Notary Public.

  • Molly L. Ray

    Receptionist

    Email: rayml@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 Department, 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 for the Investment 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.

  • 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 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 June 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

  • Elizabeth A. Zarnoch, EA

    Vice President of Tax and Business Services

    Email: zarnochea@valicenti.com

    As Vice President of Tax and Business Services, Liz will oversee the day to day operations of the department including tax, bookkeeping, sales tax and payroll and to enforce policies and procedures.    

    Liz joined the firm in 2011. She has over 30 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 an active member of the Corning Community Food Pantry and serves as treasurer of their board. She is passionate about being an advocate for children and has spent many years volunteering in the Parent Teacher Association and is a past board member and treasurer of the CPP PTA Council. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jessica M. Brenzo

    Business Services Specialist

    Email: brenzojm@valicenti.com

    As the Business Services Specialist in the Tax Department, Jessica is responsible for bookkeeping, processing payroll and sales tax.  She assists the tax department with submitting estimated tax payments and e-filing.  

    Jessica joined the firm in May 2018. She previously worked for local firms bringing with her administrative and communication skills. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Elmira College.

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.

    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, FPQP®

    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 17 years of administrative experience. Melissa is a Financial Paraplanner Qualified ProfessionalTM designee.

Corporate Affairs

  • 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 employee relations,  internal accounting, 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 (JA) 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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