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Matthew Lasko, CFP®

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Financial Advisor
Senior Retirement Plan Consultant
Corporate Stock Benefit Consultant
Wealth Advisor
214-965-6129
matt.lasko@ubs.com

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Matt Lasko is the founding member and leader of Flagship Financial, an elite advisory team with locations in Texas, Connecticut and Maine.  A Certified Financial Planner and nationally recognized specialist on corporate retirement plans, Matt is strategically positioned as the architect of the team's overall strategies for both affluent families and institutional clients.

Serving multiple verticals of business, every member of the team holds themselves to high standards of service and advice, which is why Flagship Financial is one of the fastest growing teams within UBS. Additionally, Matt pioneered a successful partnering business, creating a custom retirement plan solution for hedge funds and private equity firms. This dichotomy of service is rare in the industry and presents clients with unique opportunities for advice.

Matt previously served as Co-Chair of the UBS Senior Retirement Plan Consultant Committee and was a Principal Financial Group Elite Advisor Council member. Committed to providing relevant advice on the retirement plan market, Matt often speaks on panels and lectures on topics related to retirement and the 401(k) plans.

Having graduated from Tufts University, Matt now lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife and two children. In spare time Matt enjoys traveling, marathon running/training, fly fishing, contemporary art & theatre.

At a glance:

  • B.A. Tufts University
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP™)
  • Co-Chair of the UBS Senior Retirement Plan Consultant Committee
  • Principal Financial Group Elite Advisor Council member
  • Financial Times Top 401k Advisor – 2016, 2018


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI


Dean Gaugler, CFP®, CDFA®

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Wealth Advisor
Senior Retirement Plan Consultant
Portfolio Manager
203-602-6934
dean.gaugler@ubs.com

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The experience to guide you forward

Dean combines his desire to help people with analytical skills honed by a background of engineering experience and corporate finance, and broadened by professional certifications. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA® ), Portfolio Manager and Senior Retirement Plan Consultant.

Prior to entering the financial services industry, Dean was the Director of Finance for the Consumer Products Group at Olin Corporation. He has a B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Connecticut.

Dean has also been widely recognized within the industry. Financial Times named him one of their Top 400 US Advisors of 2014, and his team at UBS was named by Barron's as one of their Top 30 Institutional Consulting teams in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Drawing on extensive resources to help private clients

For Dean, the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives is what has driven him during his 27 years as a financial advisor. He focuses on private clients – those families who need financial planning, portfolio management and retirement planning as well as divorced clients and special needs families. A big plus for those families is Dean's ability to draw on his team's institutional resources. The Flagship team includes four Certified Financial Planners™ (CFP®), one Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®), four Senior Retirement Plan Consultants and an institutional consultant.

Outside of UBS

The not-inconsiderable experience of raising a family and leading a well-rounded life outside of work has shown Dean how to navigate real life as well as financial markets. He is active with the Eagle Scout program in the Connecticut Yankee Boy Scout Council, a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Senior Services Men's Club, and past President of the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Dean lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife, Laurie, and their three children. They are members of Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport. Dean and his family are also members of the Fairfield Beach Club where Dean enjoys playing tennis. He is also an avid motorsports fan.


Registered States:
AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI


Richard W. Ball, CFP®

Vice President - Wealth Management
Financial Advisor
Portfolio Manager
203-977-7246
richard.ball@ubs.com

Careful management and planning

What Richard values most as a Certified Financial Planner is the level of trust and personal interaction he has with his clients. He helps clients manage their current financial assets and plan for their future well-being by creating a customized individual asset selection, accompanied by a regularly revised financial plan. 

A natural progression

Becoming a financial planner was a natural extension of Richard’s experience before joining UBS in 1998. He spent 22 years in various corporate management positions with senior financial responsibilities, which provided him with a good background in understanding the financial underpinnings of investments in stocks and bonds. Immediately prior to joining UBS, he consulted with small and mid-sized businesses, developing financial models and assisting with the construction of business plans and the raising of capital. 

Richard holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics/Business Administration from Wagner College. He has completed course work for the UBS Wealth Manager designation. 

Outside of UBS

Richard is an active aviator, certified flying instructor and aircraft owner. He and his wife Chloe have lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut, for 30 years. They have one son, Mark, and two grandchildren. Richard has served on the board of the Ridgefield Community Center. When not flying, he enjoys golf, travel and reading.


Registered States:
CA, CO, CT, FL, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NY, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT


Megan L. Smith, CFA

Vice President - Wealth Management
Financial Advisor
Senior Retirement Plan Consultant
Institutional Consultant, UBS Institutional Consulting
214-965-6126
megan.l.smith@ubs.com

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Megan is a Senior Retirement Plan Consultant and brings over 10 years of experience to her retirement plan clients. As a true testament to her talents, she was named as one of NAPA's Top Women Retirement Advisors for 2015 & 2018. Also a CFA charterholder, Megan spearheads her team's investment manager and record keeper due diligence, portfolio construction and financial planning practices.

Megan is a graduate of the University of Texas. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Sean, and two young daughters, Charlotte and Claire.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI


William Lewis, CPWA, CEPA

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Financial Advisor
Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®)
203-977-7276
w.lewis@ubs.com

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Bill is the newest member of Flagship Financial Partners.  Over the past 5 years he has invested substantially in expanding his knowledge on all wealth matters. Bill is a member of the Investments and Wealth Institute and has earned the CPWA designation early in 2017 to better serve the complex needs of wealthy clients (CPWA advisors have an average of $7.3mm in investable assets per client, the highest of all designations). In 2017 Bill earned his Certified Exit Planning designation (CEPA) to help his business owner clients with Exit Planning – specifically focusing on planning opportunities available to business owners - protecting their assets and enhancing their after tax proceeds of a business sale.  Also in 2017 Bill earned his UBS Wealth Advisor designation- an accreditation available to top planning based UBS advisors. In January of 2019 Bill also attended the premier conference on Estate Planning – the University of Miami Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando Florida, further expanding his knowledge of income and estate tax planning & strategy.

Bill has been a trusted advisor to institutions and private clients for almost 25 years having previously been an institutional relationship manager at UBS Investment Bank.  Since joining UBS Global Wealth Management, Bill works with successful entrepreneurs, UBS executives, and multi-generational families in a planning based wealth management practice within the framework of the largest and most trusted wealth management firm in the world.  Bill chose UBS as the best platform to serve clients and grow a business because of the firm's commitment to open architecture and its focus on delivering value to clients with significant wealth.

Using the most up to date planning tools and investment strategies while leveraging the resources of a 12 person team, Bill is able to simplify client's financial lives using conflict-free methodology of aligned interests.  Bill is extremely passionate about helping clients and enjoys the significant responsibility that comes with being a wealth advisor, while effectively collaborating with client tax & legal advisors.  Having experienced periods of extreme volatility over multiple economic cycles, Bill's clients can expect steady guidance and fewer costly investment mistakes and he is focused on maximizing after-tax returns and increasing their wealth across all of their assets, not just those held at UBS.

Bill is based in Stamford, CT and Vero Beach, Florida which enables him to service clients based in or moving to Florida.  He, his wife Kelly, and three children reside in Rowayton, CT.  He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors and on the water. Bill also enjoys working with Stamford HS students at non-profit Future5 in Stamford, CT.  Bill is also Treasurer and board member of the Camp Fire Conservation Fund- a non-profit focused on conserving wildlife and wildlife habitat. Bill is an active supporter of other conservation organizations such as Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Ducks Unlimited, and the International Game Fish Association


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT


Nathaniel William Kibbe

Financial Advisor
207-791-5514
nat.kibbe@ubs.com

Wide-ranging experience

Nat joined UBS as a Financial Advisor in 2016. Having worked in the financial services industry since 2003, he brings a wide range of experience to the Flagship team. His special area of expertise is employer-sponsored retirement plans, education and employee engagement. Nat focuses on partnering with other advisors to drive the retirement plan business. He especially values the opportunity to effect positive change in the lives of plan participants. Nat hold Series 6, 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses and has a B.A. from Colby-Sawyer College. 

Outside UBS

Nat lives in Portland, Maine, and loves sailing, skiing, golf, and spending time with family and friends.


Registered States:
AL, CA, CT, DE, GA, IL, IN, KS, MA, ME, MI, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OK, PA, TX, VA


Meredith Farber

Financial Advisor
203-602-6939
meredith.farber@ubs.com

Providing confidence and clarity

Meredith joined UBS as a financial advisor in 2016 out of a desire to work more closely with clients. She is the Flagship team's lead investment analyst, bringing to her role a strong desire to instill confidence and provide clarity for her high net worth clients.

She also advises on investment strategy and tactical positioning per the current macroeconomic landscape.

Expertise based on wide-ranging experience

Meredith’s eight years of experience prior to joining UBS were spent as an investment analyst within both equity and fixed income product areas. 

  • At Mirae Asset Global Investments, she worked as an investment analyst, covering the Consumer Staples sector globally. 
  • As an Associate Portfolio Manager at AllianceBernstein, she held fixed income portfolio management roles, handling separately managed institutional accounts and mutual funds across various fixed income strategies. 
  • At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Meredith focused on risk management of the firm's Structured Credit Products trading desk.
  • Meredith graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Economics from the Smeal College of Business. She holds the FINRA series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

 Inspired community work

Meredith is committed to UBS and to her community. She is co-chair of the firm’s All Bar None chapter, covering Westchester and Fairfield counties. She also volunteers for Ali Forney Center, SAGE, FIDF, and is a former TEAK Fellowship mentor. Meredith lives in New York with her partner and loves to travel, cook and swim.


Registered States:
CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA


Maureen Mendoza, CAIA®, CRPS®

Financial Advisor Associate
Corporate Stock Benefit Consultant
214-965-6132
maureen.mendoza@ubs.com

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Serving clients in key areas

Maureen works closely with both the Flagship team's institutional and private clients. With private clients, she focuses on Alternative Investment allocations and due diligence. Her institutional work aims at relationship management for retirement plans.

Increasing her ability to help her clients’ attain their goals, Maureen has earned both the Chartered Alternative Investment AnalysisSM  (CAIA®) and Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM designations (CRPS® ).

Outside of UBS

Maureen graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S.A. She lives in Dallas with her husband, Patrick, and their Boston terrier, Molly, and keeps tranquil with regular yoga sessions.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI


Joseph Edmund St. Onge

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate
joseph.st.onge@ubs.com

Achieving positive financial outcomes

Joseph has been a member of Flagship Financial Partners since 2016. His role with the team is an important and varied one. He performs investment manager search and selection and manages relationships for the team’s institutional clients. He also assists the team's defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plan clients with plan design, fiduciary best practices and governance. Joseph’s chief goal is to help investment committees and their plan participants and/or beneficiaries achieve positive financial outcomes. 

Experience and education

Joseph holds Series 7 and 66 Security licenses and is a Level III Candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Program. He earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the Loyola University of Maryland. Joseph contributes to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Live for Evan organization, which supports families of children with congenital heart disease.


Registered States:
CT, MA, NY


Laurie Pallas

Wealth Management Associate
203-977-7217
laurie.pallas@ubs.com

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Laurie has worked in finance for 24 years and brings a wide range of experience to Flagship Financial Partners.  As a Wealth Management Associate, Laurie provides clients with exceptional service and support on all wealth matters including tax reporting, wire transfers, and close collaboration with client tax and legal advisors. Laurie utilizes the full resources of the firm to support clients in close coordination with the team's advisors to produce optimal outcomes for clients.   In addition to her client service and administrative functions, Laurie also focuses on project management, ensuring the business operations are optimized.

 

Prior to joining UBS, Laurie worked at Credit Suisse for 14 years both in NYC and Greenwich, CT.  In her role at Credit Suisse,  she partnered with advisors helping to manage and  develop client relationships.  Laurie also served as Branch Operations Manager and Office Administrator for the Greenwich CT office until joining UBS in 2013.   She began her career in operations at Warburg Pincus and has experience as a Portfolio Administrator at CS Asset Management before moving into the Private Client side of the business.   Laurie received a B.A. in Economics and Finance from Muhlenberg College and holds the Series 6, 7, 63, 66, 9 and 10 securities licenses.   In her free time, she enjoys running and traveling.

 


Registered States:
CT, NY


Lisa Giordano-Eckert

Registered Client Service Associate
203-602-6938
lisa.giordano@ubs.com

Dedicated to client needs

Lisa prides herself on providing the ultimate client experience. She assists clients in all aspects of the investment process. Lisa is responsible for the team's trading and assists with everything from opening a new account, 529 or IRA, to investing in the many Alternative Investment options.  Lisa initiates all wire transfers, security movements and prepares performance reports on a monthly and quarterly basis. She also provides crucial operational support for the team’s Financial Advisors.

Experience from an early age

Lisa has always been passionate about the workings of the market. Coming from a family that worked in the financial services industry, she learned how to manage her own small portfolio when she was just a child. She graduated with a B.B.A. in Finance /Economics from Iona College and holds a Master's in Education from Manhattanville College. Prior to joining UBS, Lisa worked for 17 years at TBP Advisors/Alexandria Capital as the Vice President of Business Development in Purchase, N.Y. She holds a Series 7 and 66 security license.

Life outside of UBS

Lisa is a certified yoga teacher, teaching six classes a week. She volunteers for numerous UBS sponsored events and hosts benefit classes at her yoga studio. She and her daughter, Olivia, enjoy traveling together and spending time in New York City. Lisa is also an excellent cook and loves taking walks on the beach.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, WA, WI


Sharon Robertson

Client Service Associate
214-965-6110
sharon.robertson@ubs.com

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Serving clients in key areas

Sharon works closely with both the Flagship teams institutional and private clients. She assists clients in all aspects of the investment process. Sharon assists with everything from opening a new account to processing wire transfers, and working on client performance reports. She provides operational support for the team's Financial Advisors.

Outside of UBS

Sharon graduated from Tarleton State University with a B.S. She lives in Dallas with her Australian Shepherds, Poco and Bluebell, and enjoys spending time at the gym.


Registered States:
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY