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With the complexity of today's markets and uncertainty about tomorrow's economy, good financial advice is more important than ever. As a team of dedicated Financial Advisors, we're committed to helping you organize your finances around your short term needs, your longer-term goals and what you envision for generations to come. Our knowledgeable perspective, good judgement and broad experience can help you meet your challenges and seize opportunities.

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Our mission is to provide quality strategies customized to your needs. Our goal is to be your primary source of financial advice. To this end, we concentrate our efforts on developing long-term relationships through a commitment to quality client service.

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    Bernard Ascher

    Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

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    Bernard has worked as a financial advisor for 29 years. His previous 20-year tenure was with General Foods, principally in controllership/marketing positions—an experience that provided him with insight into the financial investment and estate planning issues concerning corporate executives, business owners and individuals. Bernard earned an MBA from CUNY and holds a B.S. from NYU's Certified Public Accounting Program. He lives in Westchester County with his wife, Adrienne. They have two married children and five grandchildren. Bernard enjoys playing golf and fishing.

    Media Coverage

    Bernard has been selected for publication in The Westchester and Forbes magazines.

    Professional Organizations

    Bernard founded "The Navigators Group" of industry leaders to support business professionals and individuals beyond the scope of UBS's services including healthcare, administrative/bill-pay, legal, construction, self-development, marketing/strategy, motivation, sales tax, cybersecurity, technology, and more. 

    Charity

    Bernard is an active supporter to The Ossining Children's Center and Temple Israel of Northern Westchester.

      • CUNY, MBA
      • Senior Portfolio Manager
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      Jason M. Katz, CIMA

      Managing Director–Wealth Management

      Financial Advisor

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      Insight grounded in experience
      An industry veteran since 1992, Jason is the senior member and founder of Katz Wealth Management and a UBS Managing Director, a title reserved for a handful of business leaders around the globe.

      As a Senior Portfolio Manager, Jason oversees several customized equity, exchange traded funds, and institutional mutual fund models. He also has extensive experience in selecting and monitoring top institutional money managers, hedge funds and private equity funds for clients. He holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation, administered by the Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. And, as one of UBS’s elite Private Wealth Advisors, Jason has completed comprehensive training in financial planning, asset management and wealth transfer strategies.

      Credentials that build confidence
      Jason is a frequent media contributor on a variety of subjects regarding personal wealth management, entertainment and sports wealth planning, financial markets, and portfolio strategies. He is a frequent guest speaker on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business News and interviews with him have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Bloomberg, CBS News Money Watch, Worth, The Financial Times, Investment News, MarketWatch, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

      From 2013 to 2015, Jason was a member of the UBS Financial Advisor Advisory Council, a select group chosen to represent the entire population of UBS Financial Advisors in order to shape the firm’s wealth management strategies. He has completed both the UBS Wealth Management Education and Portfolio Management programs and maintains his Series 7, 31, 63 and 65 securities licenses as well as the New York State life and health insurance licenses.

       

      • Barron’s Top 100 Private Wealth Advisory Teams, 2022The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q4. 
      • Barron’s Top 50 Private Wealth Advisory Teams, 2019, 2020The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q4.
      • Barron's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q3. 
      • Barron's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
        The Barron's rating is awarded annually in March and is based on information from the prior year Q3. 
      • Barron's Top 100 Financial Advisors, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022The Barron's rating is awarded annually in April and is based on information from the prior year Q4. 
      • Forbes America's Top Wealth Advisors, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022The Forbes rating is awarded annually in August or September and is based on information from March of the prior year to March of the award year. 
      • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022The Forbes rating is awarded annually in January or February and is based on information from June of the prior year to June of the award year. 
      • Forbes/SHOOK Top 100 Wealth Advisors, 2016The Forbes rating is awarded annually in August or September and is based on information from March of the prior year to March of the award year. 

      • Boston University, Finance
      • Senior Portfolio Manager
      • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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      Alexander Smith, CFP, CIMA

      Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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      Insight grounded in experience
      Alex has been a key member of the team for nearly two decades, overseeing all of the team’s fixed income strategies and lending solutions. He works closely with clients to manage their bond portfolios, utilizing municipal, government and corporate fixed income as well as short-term cash alternatives. In addition, Alex advises clients on UBS borrowing capabilities, such as securities-backed lines of credit. Lastly, he focuses on corporate and executive services, helping those who must comply with Rule 144, restricted stock/options and 10b5-1 requirements.

      Credentials that build confidence
      Alex is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and is trained in personal financial planning, retirement planning and estate planning strategies. He also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation, administered by the Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Alex maintains his Series 7, 31, 63, 66 and New York State life and health insurance licenses. He received his B.A. in business from Adelphi University.

      Outside of UBS
      Alex enjoys spending time with his family—his wife, Michelle, and their three children, Alexander, Christopher and Elizabeth. He is an active participant in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program and enjoys tennis, music and spending time with his family.

       

        • Adelphi University, B.A. in business
        • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
        • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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        Evan Kresman, CFP, CIMA

        Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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        Evan has served in a variety of roles since joining the team in 2004. Today he partners with Jason on the essential area of client outreach. Together they proactively contact clients to review portfolio strategy, account performance, and market updates. Evan also collaborates with the team in analyzing portfolios and presenting investment solutions tailored to clients’ individual portfolios. Finally, Evan co-heads the team's comprehensive financial planning process, reviewing such topics as retirement planning, asset allocation, investment management and insurance needs.

        Credentials that build confidence
        A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Evan holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation, administered by the Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has completed the UBS Wealth Management Education Program and maintains his Series 7, 31 and 66 securities licenses along with New York State life and health insurance licenses. Evan received his B.S. from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

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        Evan lives with his wife, Meredith, and enjoys yoga, running, and supporting local live music. Evan is also an active participant in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program.

          • The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, B.S.
          • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
          • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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          Ryan Pratt, CFP

          Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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          Insight grounded in experience
          Ryan serves as the team's lead Portfolio Analyst, responsible for performing extensive reviews of clients’ investment portfolios and helping to develop customized solutions to align their portfolios with their financial plans. Ryan also oversees trading for all equities, exchange traded funds, mutual funds and options. Lastly, he heads the team's institutional money manager and investment solution due diligence process.

          Credentials that build confidence
          Ryan joined the team in 2005 and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ trained in personal financial planning, retirement planning and estate planning strategies. He maintains his Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.

          Ryan received his B.A. in finance from The College of Business Administration at Fordham University and his M.B.A. from Fordham Graduate Business School.

          Outside of UBS
          Ryan enjoys live music and the great outdoors and is an active participant in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program. In his free time, he is also a volunteer and mentor in various New York Cares programs.

            • Fordham University, B.A. in Finance
            • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
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            Tommy Karavas, CFA, CFP, CIMA

            Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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            Insight grounded in experience
            Tommy has been a member of the team since 2007 and co-heads the team's comprehensive financial planning process along with overseeing all insurance planning for clients, an integral part of the team's trademark careful planning process. Tommy analyzes client's insurance needs, reviews existing policies, and makes sure that clients have the right coverage via such solutions as long-term care, life insurance, and annuities. Lastly, Tommy assists clients in pursuing philanthropic efforts and has extensive experience in establishing donor-advised funds, private foundations, endowments, and charitable gift annuities.

            Credentials that build confidence
            As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Tommy has received extensive training in advanced planning for retirement, college saving, insurance, and wealth transfer strategies. Tommy holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also maintains Series 3, 7, and 66 securities licenses as well as New York State life and health insurance licenses. In addition, Tommy is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder (CFA®) and an active member of the CFA Society of New York. Tommy graduated with a B.S. from The John F. Welch School of Business at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, where he played Division I volleyball.

            Outside of UBS
            Tommy enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends, and is an active participant in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program.

              • The John F. Welch School of Business at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, B.S.
              • Chartered Financial Analyst®
              • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
              • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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