Experience Makes all the difference

The Northeast Financial Group, an Institutional Consulting team at UBS, has pioneered in creating innovative strategies uniquely designed to support Corporate Retirement Plan Sponsors and their trusted advisors. Providing a synergistic partnership with ERISA attorneys, 401(k) auditing firms, financial advisors, and investment bankers, to provide value added services to plan sponsor clients. Benefits include fostering advocacy, fiduciary best practices and financial education/wellness programs. Time proven results include goodwill through collaboration, improved plan governance, and a greater focus on retirement readiness for plan participants.

With a history of over 25 years at UBS, the team specializes in providing retirement consulting to over 70 corporate, non-profit and public retirement plans. As members of UBS's Institutional Consulting Group and Retirement Plan Consulting Platform, they have the ability to act as fiduciaries and provide ongoing employee education. With clients spanning various industries and extensive experience in dealing with all the major providers, they service over 5000 employees and approximately $2 Billion in qualified plan and individual client assets. Alan Spierer has been elected to serve on the Retirement Advisor Council, a national group advocating for successful qualified plan and participant retirement outcomes. He is a member of NAPA, serving on the government affairs committee. Alan was named to Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors in 2018 and 2019. In 2018 both Alan and Chris were named to the Barron's Top 1,200 advisors. In 2017 they were named to the Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisers. In 2014 they were named to the Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisers list. These list recognizing financial advisers, who have risen to the top in their industry, and represent the most influential advisers in the United States.

The team maintains outside credentials including: AIF®, CRPS®, CEBS®, CIMA®, CFP®, and CRPC®

Alan Spierer

Senior Vice President - Wealth Management
Corporate Services Financial Advisor
Senior Portfolio Manager
Retirement Plan Consultant
Institutional Consultant, UBS Institutional Consulting
908-789-3178
alan.spierer@ubs.com

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Alan has been with UBS for over 25 years and has nearly 30 years of financial services experience, with a focus of providing advisory services.   He is the senior relationship manager for the team, building the practice by delivering sound advice.  Alan uses his deep knowledge to serve the needs of Institutional, corporate, and individual clients. 

Alan received his degree in economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta, with postgraduate study at New York Institute of Finance and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Alan resides in West Orange, New Jersey, with his wife Abigail and his daughters, Jessica and Mikayla.  He spends his free time with his family, as well as playing golf and chess.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI


Christopher Zangari, CIMA®

Managing Director - Wealth Management
Senior Portfolio Manager, Portfolio Management Program
Senior Retirement Plan Consultant
Institutional Consultant, UBS Institutional Consulting
908-789-3177
christopher.zangari@ubs.com

Christopher has been with UBS for over 25 years and has nearly 30 years of financial services experience. He is  the Senior Institutional Consultant for the team and one of the founding partners.  Christopher's focus is on Portfolio Management.   His clients benefit from his experience constructing strong portfolios.

Christopher received his B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University. He also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation offered through the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Christopher was recognized as the 2007 Honorary Principal for his exceptional commitment to support the educational experience for students at the High School of Economics and Finance in New York City.

Christopher resides in Paoli, PA with his wife Kelly and their daughter Chloe.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI


Timothy S. Yagasits, CFP®, CRPC®

Investment Associate
Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC)
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®)
908-789-3179
timothy.yagasits@ubs.com

Tim has been with UBS for 20 years. As a CFP®/CRPC®, Tim possesses deep knowledge in five key areas of client planning needs: estate, insurance, investment, retirement and tax.  He has in-depth knowledge of the needs of individuals before and after retirement.  Tim ensures that the best financial plan, investment plan, and portfolio are put in place and in the best interest of the client.

Tim received his B.B.A. in accounting from Iona College.  Tim has earned his Certified Financial Planner & Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designations.

Tim resides in Tuckahoe, NY with his wife Jen. They enjoy traveling, and spending time in the city attending music and cultural events.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI


David E. Sytsma, CRPS®, CIMA®

Investment Associate
Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS)
Retirement Plan Consultant
908-789-3184
david.sytsma@ubs.com

David has been with UBS for over 25 years. He focuses on corporate client service and client education for the team.  David meets corporate clients on site to advise on investments, design, and legislative updates.  

David received his B.S. in accounting from Ramapo College of New Jersey.  He holds the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designation through the College for Financial Planning. 

David is very active in his community.  He volunteers with a local Boy Scout Troop and is a member of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. 

David resides in Jersey City, NJ with his wife Emily and their children, William and Joanna. In his free time, he enjoys golfing.


Registered States:
CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, NJ, NY, PA, RI, TN, VA, WA, WI


Lucas Mistretta, CRPS®

Senior Client Service Associate
Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS®)
908-789-3185
lucas.mistretta@ubs.com

Lucas has been with UBS for over 10 years. He specializes in the administrative needs of our clients, as well as financial analysis and management of all financial plans.

He holds an economics degree from Rutgers-Newark University and masters in accounting from New Jersey City University. He has also earned his Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designation .

Lucas resides in Mountainside with his wife, Tara, and their children, Dylan and Josie.  Lucas enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.


Registered States:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, PR, RI, SC, TX, UT, WI