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Team

Meet the Team

Each member of the PFG Team brings their own unique strengths and skills to come together and perform at our best for you. Everything we do is a team effort; all client meetings have two advisors and the plans we create are generated from the collective expertise of the whole group. As your needs grow and evolve, PFG will be there alongside you as your complete and strategic advisor.

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Ruvin Levavi, ESQ.

Founder | Principal Advisor

Ruvin Levavi, ESQ.

Founder | Principal Advisor


As a recovering attorney, dad and founder of the Power Forward Group, my life involves wearing a lot of different hats - some that I steal from my dad. My career began as an estate planning attorney, mainly working with clients on the back-end of their careers and lives. 

I realized a large gap existed from a financial perspective on educating people how to maximize the wealth they accumulate throughout their lifetime. The creative solutions and adaptive planning strategies we implement aid our clients in achieving their version of success.

Ruvin holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses and is a Registered Representative of HTK. 


Favorite Sport: 

Hockey

Understanding the need for a team and working together is something I apply to PFG every day. 

Queued Up On the Driving Playlist: 

Of Monsters and Men

Their albums never get old, just ask my kids!

A Book I Can’t Put Down: 

The War of Art

There is nothing better than a book you can’t put down. War of art is that book for me. 


Go-To Cocktail: 

Laphroaig Neat

Nothing like having a drink that reminds you of a summer barbeque with each sip!

Go-To Podcast: 

Dollop

As a history nut, Dollop is the perfect podcast for me. Each podcast centers on an event chosen for its humor and peculiarity. 

Favorite Holiday Destination: 

Skiing in Killington

Skiing with the family is a staple holiday in the Levavi household. Nothing beats the crisp slopes on a cold winter day. 

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Jack Levavi

Senior Counsel

Jack Levavi

Senior Counsel

Jack Levavi here. I’ve been in the financial services world for over 40 years, even though I don’t like to admit my age. My specialty is helping my clients build tax savings strategies and multi-generational wealth. I work closely with accountants, attorneys and TPAs in generating holistic plans. Over the course of my career, I have been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table many times. These days I consult the families PFG serves from my lakeside home in Upstate New York. In my free time, you can find me competing in powerlifting competitions, fly fishing and skiing.


Favorite Sport: 

Fly Fishing

Nothing like sitting by the water all day catching some fish.

Queued Up On the Driving Playlist: 

Bad Habit - Offspring

What a classic - enough said!

Best way to destress: 

Sleeping

Being well-rested is so important, and who doesn’t love a nap!


Happiest When: 

Watching Netflix

Diving into a great film or TV series is a great way to spend some evenings. It can help broaden your creative mind!

Can’t be interrupted when: 

Fishing

When I’m fishing, I’m in the zone and can’t be interrupted.

Favorite Holiday Destination: 

Skiing in Killington

Our family ski trips are one of the highlights of my year.

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Mikaela Scanlon

Managing Director

Mikaela Scanlon

Managing Director


Welcome to our website! I’m passionate about creating streamlined systems and processes to ensure the best experience for our clients (which includes the recent overhaul of this site!). Before joining PFG, I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a triple major in finance, management and marketing; you can say I like to keep myself busy. I started off in the industry as a financial advisor and registered representative and became particularly interested in building a practice leveraging the latest technology. If you have the rare chance of catching me off the clock, you can find me coaching, watching, playing… everything basketball. I’m actually more of a shooting guard myself, but here at PFG we strive to be your ‘power forward’; the complete and strategic member of your team.

Mikaela holds her Series 6 and 63 licenses and is a Registered Representative of HTK.


Favorite Sport: 

Basketball

A former captain and current coach – nothing more gratifying than seeing your team win!

Queued Up On the Driving Playlist: 

Bruce Springsteen

Windows down driving on the Garden State Parkway!

A Book I Can’t Put Down: 

No Rules Rules:

Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyers


Best Brunch Spot: 

Birch Hoboken

Did someone say bottomless Mimosas? The possibilities are endless!

Happiest When:

It’s March

College basketball and St. Patrick's Day, enough said!

Catch me in the summer: 

At The Jersey Shore

Sometimes you just need to get out in the sun! 

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Chris Devito

Financial Advisor | LawFin

Chris Devito

Financial Advisor | LawFin


Hey guys, it’s Chris here! As a former stockbroker, I came over to the PFG team to help my clients create holistic financial plans that aren’t centered around the hot stock of the day. 

I strongly believe that you can create wealth for yourself and future generations through proper planning and a strategic approach. 

When I’m not working with my clients to help increase their wealth and live on their terms, you can find me with a pint of Guinness watching a baseball game!

Chris holds his Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses and is a Registered Representative of HTK. 


Favorite Sport: 

Baseball

Baseball is a great sport that requires strategic thinking and teamwork, much like my role.

Can’t be interrupted when:

Watching a Cardinals game

There is no better feeling than watching your team succeed.

Best Food Spot: 

F&J The Pine in the Bronx

Their Chicken Parm with Spaghetti is second to none. Can't beat the classic dishes!


Go-To Cocktail: 

Old Fashioned

There's something strong about a simple classic. Easy but effective, just like finance can be.

Favorite Sunday Activity:

Softball and Beers

Weekends with family and friends are so important. It's a great way to relax and recharge.

Families Favorite Holiday Destination: 

Jersey Shore

Our family tradition of going to the Jersey Shore is something I look forward to every year!

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Joe Shalom

Financial Advisor | LawFin

Joe Shalom

Financial Advisor | LawFin


Hey, Joe here from the Power Forward Group, coming to coach you on running your financial life. Our team provides a step-by-step plan to getting your money on track. Can you tell I'm a runner? I’m here to keep you accountable to your goals and organize a strategy to help you get there. Some goals are like marathons that require more long-term thinking to get there, other goals are like the 100-meter dash that are closer in sight. Each requires your training to start now. What’s stopping you?

After college, I joined my family’s business and increased their profitability and impact through streamlining their systems. I take those skills of running an organization efficiently to help my clients achieve success. My end goal has always been to have people reach that “runners’ high” through having more clarity in their financial life.

Joe holds his Series 7 and 66 licenses and is a Registered Representative of HTK. 


Favorite Sport: 

Basketball

I love watching a game of basketball, there is a lot of flexibility and teamwork involved, like my role.

Queued Up On the Driving Playlist: 

BPM (Channel 51 on SiriusXM)

Can't go wrong with some solid radio when you're driving!

Most at ease when: 

Running

Some of my best thoughts come to me when I'm running. When my mind opens up there's no stopping what I can come up with!


Go-To Cocktail: 

Moscow Mule

The spicy ginger beer and the sour lime is the perfect contrast, and of course you can't forget the vodka!

Favorite Football Team:

New York Jets

There's nothing better than watching your team succeed!

Favorite Holiday Destination: 

Florida

Sometimes all you needed is to lie on a beach and dip in and out of the ocean. Breaks are necessary every now and again!

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Bobby Kaslander

Financial Professional

Bobby Kaslander

Financial Professional


Hey there, I’m Bobby from the Power Forward Group. At PFG, we aim to be your key player; to help ensure your financial strategy is running at peak performance. Did you catch the sports reference? A little about me, I was born and raised in Verona, New Jersey before graduating from Bucknell University with a degree in Economics, while also starting as a wide receiver for the Bison football team. Being an athlete requires patience, skill and dedication, traits that I’ve carried into my current career. Having a passion for numbers and for being around great people lead me to be a financial professional. I’m here to be your No. 1 fan, your coach and your motivator to get your finances into shape for the long haul.

The most important thing I learned in my career is the smartest move you can make is to simply start planning now, while you have the time to maximize your savings and earning potential. Together we can tackle your financial game plan and achieve your life’s goals. Let’s get started.

Favorite Sporting Event: 

The Masters

They don't call it 'a tradition unlike any other' for no reason.

Favorite DJ: 

Kygo

Nothing better than the happy-summer vibes playlist.

Favorite Football Team: 

The NY Jets

The New Yok Jets- ...unfortunately. This is our year though!


Hidden Talent: 

Playing the Piano

Let's just say people won't be paying to hear me play, but it's my escape.

Favorite Sunday Activity: 

A Big Italian Sunday Dinner With The Family

I’m Italian, what can I say?

Best Vacation Spot: 

Big Sky, Montana

I'd snowboard every day if I could.

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Jim Cooney, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, FSCP®

Financial Planning Coordinator

Jim Cooney, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, FSCP®

Financial Planning Coordinator

For close to a decade, I’ve dedicated myself to becoming a student of the industry, constantly striving to learn more and more to provide the highest level of advice for the clients of PFG. I’ve achieved the designations of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™(CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) and Financial Services Certified Professional® (FSCP®) through rigorous coursework and study. My goal is to offer education and comfort to our clients, knowing that their financial and estate affairs are handled discreetly and professionally. Not only am I a rockstar when it comes to taking your financial plans to the next level, but I’m also actually a rockstar on stage as well. You can catch me playing the guitar and singing with my band at the Brooklyn Bowl! 


Favorite Hiking Spot: 

Breakneck Ridge

A great trail right along the Hudson River.

Football team: 

Giants

We’ll get back to the glory days soon.

Podcast: 

Pod Save America

I can be a bit of a politics nerd.


Happy hour: 

Walters Pub near MSG

A great, low-key neighborhood joint. 

Driving Playlist: 

Grateful Dead

I mean I am in a rock band. 

Can’t be interrupted when: 

Playing Guitar

Again, I’m in a band. 

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Nuchem Fried

Financial Matchmaker

Nuchem Fried

Financial Matchmaker


Hi there, I’m Nuchem, the Financial Matchmaker. I am passionate about helping people in my community with complex life insurance matters. It is most important to me that if something were to happen to someone I know, their family is provided for. Through an authentic heart and listening ears, I provide the highest quality of care and advice for my clients.

I joined PFG after serving as an independent advisor for many years to be able to ‘match’ my clients with a broader range of solutions to take themselves and their businesses to the next level. I believe strongly in giving back and volunteer with The Renewal Kidney organization (with whom I’ve been personally impacted), Tomchai Shabbes of Rockland County and Kosher Troops.


Favorite Sport: 

Martial Arts

This sport helps with physical, mental and spiritual development.

Best Italian Restaurant: 

Noi Due

This place in Manhattan is a must-visit. I would recommend this Italian to anyone!

A book I can’t put down: 

Think Like A Monk

This book really opens up my thoughts and gives me a moment of reset and relaxation while reading.


Go-To Cocktail: 

Cosmo

I love a cosmo, always my go-to!

Go-To Podcast: 

Anything related to Philosophy

I love thought-provoking podcasts, anything that gets my brain working!

Favorite Holiday Destination: 

National Parks or Cruise Ships

My favorite place to be is in nature, so whether that's in a park hiking or relaxing on a cruise in the ocean.

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Jack Horowitz

Financial Professional

Jack Horowitz

Financial Professional

Hey! As a younger member of the Power Forward Group team, I bring enthusiasm and tireless energy to serve my clients utilizing the latest technology out there. My focus is on helping my clients accumulate wealth to be able to build the life of their dreams. I believe that every strong plan begins with a foundation of protection that includes life and disability insurance.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I am passionate about giving back to my community and am involved in many local organizations. I volunteer teaching children and coaching the middle school hockey team. Financial planning isn’t just for millionaires, how do you think they get there?


Best Pizza Place: 

Spumoni Gardens

New York has the best pizza in the world.

Can’t Be Interrupted When: 

Watching the Rangers

Madison Square Garden is the Mecca.

Queued Up on the Driving Playlist: 

Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Take me to the place I love, take me all away.”


Go-To Podcast: 

Spittin’ Chicklets

Barstool sports x hockey, what can go wrong.

Favorite Golf Course: 

Polo Club, Boca Raton FL

The best summer vibes.

Favorite Football Team: 

Dallas Cowboys

America’s team!

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Jason Leo

Financial Professional

Jason Leo

Financial Professional


One thing that makes me different than your typical financial advisor is that I actually studied both finance and engineering at Quinnipiac University before entering the industry. I’d definitely describe myself as an analytical thinker and strategic planner. I’m that guy in the friend group who organizes every vacation. I work closely with my clients to first understand their needs and wants; what makes them tick. From there we work collaboratively to map out their blueprint to financial success.

During my downtime you can find me trying new restaurants, playing a pick-up game of tennis, or, if I’m lucky, on a beach!


Best Happy Hour: 

Waterzooi Oyster Bar

If you’re ever in Garden City, NY you gotta stop by.

Favorite Hiking Spot: 

The Flatirons in Boulder, CO

Unmatched views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Best Way to Destress: 

A Hot Stone Massage

Everyone’s allowed to have a guilty pleasure. 


Happiest When: 

I’m at the Beach

I am from Long ‘Island’ after all. 

My Best Ideas Come When: 

Exercising in the Morning

Working out has more than just physical benefits.

Go-to Cocktail: 

Dirty Martini

An olive makes it fancier right?

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David Kleinhandler, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL

Legacy Planning Specialist

David Kleinhandler, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL

Legacy Planning Specialist

As a 30-year entrepreneur and investor, I understand the financial complexities of high-net-worth individuals and families. I am involved in many ventures in financial services and start-ups that afford me the opportunity to bring the best of the best to my clients. I am passionate about making a difference by helping others. I build my business through constant growth and strategic partnerships while prioritizing wellbeing, mindful action and compassionate giving.

Over the years, I have been a strong supporter of the Carmelo Anthony-sponsored Courts 4 Kids, the Martin Luther King Foundation and various programs at Syracuse University.

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Nicholas Campbell

PROPERTY & CASUALTY SPECIALIST

Nicholas Campbell

PROPERTY & CASUALTY SPECIALIST


Hey, I’m Nick and I’ve been a property and casualty agent for over 15 years. I’ve partnered with the team at Power Forward Group to bring a wide range of solutions to their clients. Together, we collaborate and search the marketplace to find the right fit for your unique situation. As an independent agent, I have relationships with many of the large players which means I work for you, not the insurance companies.


Favorite Sport: 

Football

Best sport to watch - hands down!

Best Happy Hour:

Any spot that has football on

Nothing like watching the football game with a pint in your hand with your friends!

Favorite Football team: 

Miami Dolphins

Watching your team success is such a great feeling!


Most at ease when: 

Watching Football

Are you sensing a theme yet?

Can’t be interrupted when:

Watching Football

As soon as that game starts, I’m hooked in and there’s no distracting me!

Favorite Sunday Activity:

Can you guess?

Sunday is game day! Football all around!

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Matt Pollock

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Matt Pollock

Talent Acquisition Coordinator


I’m Matt and my goal is to grow the great group of advisors at the Power Forward Group team with like-minded, passionate, and goal-oriented professionals. When I call PFG a ‘team’, I mean it. Through constant collaboration and idea-sharing, the clients PFG serve are able to receive the highest level of expertise and service. Leveraging my years of experience in different facets of the financial services world, I know what it takes to be successful and be the advisor of tomorrow. 

Matthew Pollock is a registered representative of HTK and holds his Series 6 and Series 63.

    my pet: 

    My Yorkie, Vance

    My work-from-home buddy.

    Favorite date night: 

    Anywhere With Good Margaritas, Chips and Salsa, and My Wife

    In that order. 

    Favorite football team: 

    Miami Dolphins

    It’s been rough. 


    Favorite golf course: 

    Manhattan Woods

    Not actually in Manhattan, to clarify. 

    Favorite Sunday activity: 

    Watching Football

    And losing in my fantasy league. 

    Families favorite holiday destination: 

    Disney

    The happiest place on earth. 

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    Angelina Weeks, CLF

    Professional Development Coach

    Angelina Weeks, CLF

    Professional Development Coach

    Hey, I’m Angelina and I’m passionate about helping the advisors of PFG serve you, their clients, better and more efficiently. I have always been a competitive person, motivated to get the best results for myself and those I work closely with. Having started my career as an associate financial professional about 15 years ago, I have served in various capacities within the financial services industry and am able to provide a wide range of guidance to your trusted advisors. I am a Chartered Leadership Fellow and have my Master Coach Certification.

    Angelina Weeks is a registered representative of HTK and holds her Series 6 and Series 63.

    Favorite date night: 

    A Round of Golf or a Long Bike Ride

    Followed by dinner and drinks of course. 

    Best way to destress: 

    Daily Workouts

    Fitness is a BIG part of my life. 

    Favorite football team: 

    Buffalo Bills

    This is our year. 


    Happiest when: 

    I Am Spending Time With My Husband and Son

    Likely playing with dinosaurs or Hot Wheels®

    My best ideas come when: 

    I Spend Time in The Morning Reading and Writing

    The morning is my ‘me’ time. 

    My go-to podcast: 

    The Brendon Show

    Even a coach needs a coach.