Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team
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Expanding on the legacy and successful 30+ year career of his father, Justin has built a comprehensive financial planning practice in Westport, CT. In 2017, he became one of Worth Magazine’s Leading Advisors and was also selected among Fairfield County’s Top 40 Under 40 Professionals. He has consistently been named among the top 10 financial representatives in Northwestern Mutual’s Eastern Region and has also been named among the Top 20 NM advisors nationwide.
Having graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with distinction in 2000, Justin went on to spend five years as an officer in the United States Army. Between 2001 and 2003, as 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant respectively, Justin led his soldiers to Kuwait during Operation Desert Spring and from Kuwait into Baghdad during the initial phase of what became Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a Captain, Justin managed the operations for more than 300 soldiers in a field artillery battalion.
Following his career in the Army, Justin earned his MBA from Cornell, where he was selected as one of 26 Park Leadership Fellows. He concentrated his studies in finance and graduated with distinction. After business school, Justin joined the Industrials Group in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs before leaving to become a Financial Advisor and found Saugatuck Financial.
Justin is passionate about helping his clients live lives free of financial stress. Creating plans to allocate their assets most effectively and helping them reach their goals while protecting what’s most important to them continues to be the most rewarding aspect of the career for Justin.
As a former Co-captain of the Army lacrosse team, Justin’s hobbies include supporting Army lacrosse, coaching Westport Youth Lacrosse, working out, and spending time with his family. Justin and his wife, Christy, reside in Westport, Connecticut with their son Austin, daughter Ashley, and two mini Goldendoodles, Bailey and Pineapple.
Brittany brings over a decade of experience in financial services, specializing in helping clients assess their long-term financial goals and working closely with them to develop, implement, monitor, and periodically reassess their financial plan.
Brittany is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who is committed to coordinating all aspects of a client’s financial life and providing thoughtful and collaborative asset management and financial planning solutions. Brittany has a patient and empathetic approach to planning and strongly believes that solutions should be tailored to a client’s unique goals and level of comfort.
Prior to joining the team, Brittany worked at Coastal Bridge Advisors in Westport CT, and Longwave Financial in New York City in an advisory capacity. She also has experience working with several NYC based hedge funds before transitioning into the wealth management industry. Brittany graduated from the University of Virginia, where she earned a degree in Architecture. She lives in Weston, CT with her husband Alex, two children and Kooikerhondje dog. She enjoys live music, travel and spending quality time with her family and friends.
As Director of Investments, Luke has primary oversight of the investment portfolio. His responsibilities include investment idea generation, portfolio performance monitoring, and leading the Saugatuck Financial Investment Committee. With respect to portfolio construction, Luke takes a top-down approach via constant assessment of the macroeconomic landscape to determine appropriate opportunistic and thematic portfolio tilts. At the position-level, Luke conducts single-stock equity research, which includes fundamental modeling and qualitative “story” investigation. He also meets regularly with industry leaders and fund family representatives to analyze our fund holdings and various alternatives.
Prior to onboarding, Luke spearheads the detailed review of our new clients’ existing portfolios. Using sophisticated portfolio analysis software, he assesses and discusses opportunities for portfolio improvement with prospects and creates thoughtful, tax-sensitive transition plans.
Luke joined Saugatuck Financial in 2021 after having previously worked for Aksia LLC, an alternative investment consultant in New York City. At Aksia, Luke researched hedge funds and private credit funds and compiled research reports for institutional investors. He worked closely with managers employing both “traditional” strategies in public equities and credit as well as “esoteric” strategies, such as fixed income arbitrage, volatility trading, specialty finance, and direct lending. Luke also assisted several large public and private pension funds in constructing and quantitatively scrutinizing their portfolios.
Luke holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst™) designation and graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy. He is a Fairfield County native and can be found golfing and cycling locally most summer weekends.
Laura joined Saugatuck Financial in late 2021 and leads the front and back office investment operations for Saugatuck Financial. Her client-centric approach, dedication to a job well done, and her amazing can-do attitude have been a delightful addition to the firm for both clients and our team alike!
Before joining the team, she was a registered investment operations associate for Ferrigno Financial and Northwestern Mutual’s Stamford Network.
Originally from Washingtonville, NY, Laura studied Kinesiology at Penn State University. Laura now resides in Norwalk, CT with her husband, Sam and two cats. Outside of work Laura loves to go hiking, camping, and cooking.
Director of Financial Planning
Tom joined Saugatuck Financial in 2021 and brings years of wealth management and analytical experience to the team.
After 10 years as a Registered Investment Associate with UBS Financial Services in New York City, Tom spent six years at GE Capital in Stamford and Norwalk, CT as a Program Manager and Risk Analyst with GE Energy Financial Services. He later served as a Senior FX Payments Analyst with GE Capital Treasury.
In addition to his deep experience, Tom brings a thoughtful, personal, and comprehensive approach to the planning and analysis Saugatuck Financial provides for clients.
He holds a BS in Marketing from La Salle University and an MBA in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.
Tom lives in Norwalk, CT with his wife Brianne and their four young boys, Tommy, Jack, Mark, and Greg. Tom enjoys coaching his sons’ little league teams, watching sports, reading history, and playing guitar.
Relationship Management & Marketing Team
Laurie joined Saugatuck Financial in 2020 to provide operational support to Justin Charise and his team as well as ensure a phenomenal client experience. Originally from Maine, Laurie brings deep experience in office management and supporting executives and upper-level management.
Laurie has a BA in journalism from Elon University. She resides in Trumbull with her husband, Shane, their two daughters, Samantha and Emily and their bulldog named Baxter. Outside work, Laurie enjoys time with family, exercising and reading.
With 15 years of industry experience, Christy started her career at Goldman Sachs in their Fixed Income Division. She left credit sales to pursue her MBA and was selected as one of 26 Park Leadership Fellows in her business school class, in recognition of professional and academic excellence, dedication to community service and demonstrated leadership.
After completing her MBA, Christy joined Bain & Co. as a strategy consultant in their New York office. She spent time in both the general practice and their private equity group, and later joined CT-based boutique consultancy Casey Quirk to focus exclusively on strategy work for public and private asset managers and hedge funds. Christy joined the Saugatuck Financial team in 2009 to lead the growth initiatives of the practice. She now leads various aspects of the practice including business development, marketing, and strategic initiatives.
Christy holds a BS from Cornell University and an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell. She loves living in Westport with her husband and two children, Austin and Ashley. Aside from spending time with family and friends, Christy loves traveling, cooking, and a good cup of coffee.
Jessica joins Saugatuck Financial as the Director of Marketing. Before joining, Jessica led the marketing efforts at Bantam Bagels… New York City Original Mini Stuffed Bagels, as seen on Shark Tank! Jessica is no stranger to hustling and doing what it takes to make marketing dreams a reality. From bringing Bantam’s very own bagel food truck to life in key cities in the US, to building out digital marketing campaigns, to running their influencer gifting program, Jessica has vast experience across marketing channels and is excited to bring her passion and energy to Saugatuck Financial.
After graduating from Cornell with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations, Jessica started her career in Human Resources at Barclays. There she learned the ins and outs of supporting financial services, and project management. After 5 years in HR, Jessica wanted to change careers to pursue a more creative path, and started her own food and wellness website, Eat Train and Love. Jessica later joined Bantam Bagels as their Marketing Manager in 2019, which was the perfect combination of Jessica’s creative side, along with her organization and project management skills.
Jessica lives in Westport with her husband and two children, George and Josie. She enjoys cooking, running, working out and a good glass of wine, and she loves being at the beach and spending time on Cape Cod with her family.