Experience

Makes all the difference

We are a professional and focused twelve-person team with over a century of combined experience in the financial services industry. We strive to deliver world-class service to our clients. Our premier team emphasizes integrity, trust and service by placing an unconditional focus on the client as well as his or her needs. We leverage the global breadth and depth of UBS while maintaining the heart and soul of a five-person organization. Exceptional service for discerning investors – We are The Lexington Group.

Bernard Ascher

Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

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.

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  • NC
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Education

  • CUNY, MBA

Credentials

  • Senior Portfolio Manager
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Jason M. Katz, CIMA

Managing Director–Wealth Management

Financial Advisor

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.

 

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Recognized as an industry leader:

  • 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 compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in April based on information from a 12 month period ending June of the prior year.
  • Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022The Forbes rating is compiled by Shook Research and awarded annually in April based on information from a 12 month period ending June of the prior 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. 

Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

Education

  • Boston University, Finance

Credentials

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

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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.

 

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  • KY
  • LA
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  • MI
  • MN
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  • NC
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
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  • RI
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WA
  • WI

Education

  • Adelphi University, B.A. in business

Credentials

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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Evan Kresman, CFP, CIMA

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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.

Outside of UBS
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.

Registered States:
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  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
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  • NC
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OR
  • PA
  • PR
  • RI
  • SC
  • TX
  • UT
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  • VT
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Education

  • The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, B.S.

Credentials

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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Ryan Pratt, CFP

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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.

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  • OK
  • OR
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  • RI
  • SC
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  • UT
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  • VT
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Education

  • Fordham University, B.A. in Finance

Credentials

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
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Tommy Karavas, CFA, CFP, CIMA

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

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.

Registered States:
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  • AZ
  • CA
  • CO
  • CT
  • DC
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
  • IA
  • ID
  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • ME
  • MN
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  • MT
  • NC
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OR
  • PA
  • PR
  • RI
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  • UT
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  • VT
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Education

  • The John F. Welch School of Business at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, B.S.

Credentials

  • Chartered Financial Analyst®
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
  • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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Kenji Yoshikawa, CRPS, CEPA

Senior Vice President–Wealth Management

Financial Advisor

Kenji joined the team in 2009 and oversees their exchange traded fund and mutual fund 401(k) platforms. He works with businesses and corporate 401(k) directors to help develop customized retirement plan solutions along with educating plan participants regarding their asset allocation, investment choices and planning for retirement. Kenji also serves as a financial advisor and guides clients through market updates, investment performance, and portfolio strategy.

Kenji is a Chartered Retirement Plans SpecialistSM and has received extensive training in retirement plan solutions, design, and implementation.  Kenji also maintains his Series 7 and 66 securities licenses as well as his life and health insurance license.

Kenji received his B.S.B.A. from The Ohio State University. He lives with his wife, Emily, and their two children, Eva and Daniel. Kenji is a board member of a culinary foundation in New York City, an active member of the Asian-American community, and a competitive triathlete.  He is also an active participant in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program.

Registered States:
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  • CA
  • CO
  • CT
  • DC
  • DE
  • FL
  • GA
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  • IA
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  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
  • MO
  • MS
  • MT
  • NC
  • ND
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • PR
  • RI
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WA
  • WI
  • WY

Recognized as an industry leader:

  • 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.

Eligibility is based on quantitative factors and is not necessarily related to the quality of the investment advice. For more information on third party rating methodologies, please visit ubs.com/us/en/designation-disclosures

Education

  • The Ohio State University, B.S.B.A.

Credentials

  • Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist℠
  • Endowment & Foundation Consultant
  • Certified Exit Planning Advisor
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Esther Wintner

Wealth Strategy Associate

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Michael Thomas Zangoglia, CFA

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

Insight grounded in experience

Mike, who joined Katz Wealth Management in 2015, serves as the teams Sr. Research Analyst.  As a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder (CFA®), Mike leads the market and security specific research efforts for the team as well as the alternative investment and institutional money manager due diligence process. He works in concert with the team's Sr. Portfolio Analyst in developing customized solutions for client portfolios in order to meet their specific needs. Mike assists Jason as Sr. Portfolio Manager in the security selection of our team's managed equity strategies and is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of exchange traded fund and mutual fund portfolios.

Credentials that build confidence

Mike received his B.A. from Rutgers University, where he studied economics and psychology. Mike also is an active member of the CFA Society of New York. The CFA designation requires passing three rigorous examinations covering investment analysis topics such as equity analysis, portfolio management and alternative investments. He maintains his Series 7, and 66 securities license.

Outside of UBS

Mike resides in Manhattan, and in his spare time he enjoys traveling, working out and playing golf. Mike actively participates in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program, participating in programs such as SuitUp and Good Shepherd Services.

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  • IL
  • IN
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • MA
  • MD
  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
  • MO
  • MT
  • NC
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OR
  • PA
  • PR
  • RI
  • SC
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WA
  • WI

Education

  • Rutgers University, B.A.

Credentials

  • Chartered Financial Analyst®
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Zachary Mazur

Senior Client Associate

Zach joined UBS in 2002 and serves as a Client Service Associate.  He works closely with clients in regards to preparation of client reviews, portfolio proposals, and trading.

Zach maintains his Series 7 and 63 securities licenses. He received his B.A. in political science at SUNY Albany with minors in both business and Spanish. Zach enjoys sailing and exercise.

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Education

  • SUNY Albany , Political Science
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Joshua Michael Levine

Client Associate

Josh joined the team in 2017 and recently completed his Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.  Josh assists in all client service and operational responsibilities for the team including preparation of statements, portfolio reviews, and tax documents. 

Josh received his BA in English from Duke University where he was also a nationally ranked Division I tennis player.  He is an active participant in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program.

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  • CA
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  • IN
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  • KY
  • LA
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  • NV
  • NY
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  • OR
  • PA
  • PR
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  • WA
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Education

  • Duke University, English
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Sean Haran Quinn

Wealth Strategy Associate

Sean became a part of Katz Wealth Management in 2017, when he joined the team as a Client Service Associate. He works on all areas of client service, providing clients with account-related details and preparing statements, portfolio reviews, and tax documents. Sean maintains his Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.

Sean earned his B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross in 2016, where he was a member of the club golf team, the club lacrosse team, and a cellist in the chamber orchestra. Beyond his professional role at UBS, Sean serves on the Saint Ignatius School Young Professionals Board and remains an active alumni volunteer for Notre Dame High School.

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  • LA
  • MA
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  • MN
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  • NC
  • NH
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  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • PR
  • RI
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WA
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Education

  • College of the Holy Cross, Economics
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Ryan Harris Rosegarten

Senior Wealth Strategy Associate

Ryan joined Katz Wealth Management in 2018, as a Client Service Associate focusing on client communications and financial education for the team's emerging affluent and millennial client base.

Ryan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied personal finance and entrepreneurship. Ryan is also an active participant in the UBS Community Affairs & Corporate Responsibility program and enjoys playing guitar and attending New York sporting events in his spare time.

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  • IN
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  • KY
  • LA
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  • ME
  • MI
  • MN
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  • MT
  • NC
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NV
  • NY
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • PR
  • RI
  • SC
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VA
  • VT
  • WA
  • WI

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship
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