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Peter J. GroganManaging Director
Mimi SchanzlinManaging Director
Beata PrusaczykDirector of Operations
Ted BorowiakWealth Manager
Paula GelsterRelationship Manager
Kaitlyn NeeseRelationship Manager
Grace SpriggClient Service Manager
Peter J. Grogan, CFP®, CLU®, AIFA®, AEP®
For more than 35 years, Peter J. Grogan has been working with individuals, families and institutions to help them achieve their financial goals. In addition to his role as primary Wealth Adviser to many of our clients, Peter drives the high-level financial planning decision-making for the United Capital office in Buffalo. He is also instrumental in the business development efforts for our practice.
Prior to joining United Capital, he was a partner at Harold C. Brown & Co., LLC (HCB), a wealth advisory firm that was a staple in Western New York for 80 years.
Peter is regularly sought out in Western New York to speak on topics related to tax planning, estates and trusts, and insurance. He has made presentations to the Western New York Bar Association, Estate Analysts of Western New York, SUNY at Buffalo School of Management Tax Institute and Western New York chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, among others.
Peter received a BS from the University at Buffalo in 1981. He is a Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner, a Chartered Life Underwriter® and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst®. Peter is active in the community and sitting on the Board of Directors of the University at Buffalo Alumni Association.
Securities offered through Girard Securities, Inc. (“Girard”), a registered brokerdealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory services offered through United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC (“United Capital”), an investment adviser registered with the SEC. Girard and United Capital are separate and unrelated companies. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.
Mimi Schanzlin, MBA, CFP®
Since 1996, Mimi Schanzlin has been instrumental in the process of helping our clients achieve financial success. She leads the overall management for the United Capital office in Buffalo and also serves as primary Wealth Adviser to a number of our clients.
Prior to joining United Capital, Mimi was a partner at Harold C. Brown & Co., LLC (HCB), a wealth advisory firm that was a staple in Western New York for 80 years. She also served as Managing Director of HCB. At HCB, Mimi was primarily responsible for portfolio management, process and workflow, and overall practice management oversight. Prior to joining HCB, Mimi was in commercial lending with M&T Bank. She is also formerly a CPA and was with Ernst & Young in both their Boston and Buffalo offices.
Mimi earned her BS from Boston College in 1987 and her MBA from the University at Buffalo in 1993. She is a Certified Financial Planner® Practitioner. Mimi is a proud alum of Holy Angels Academy, where she has chaired the scholarship dinner. Mimi is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Western New York, Estate Analysts of WNY, the Buffalo Club, the Buffalo Canoe Club and the Buffalo Yacht Club.
Investment Advisory services offered through United Capital Financial Advisors, LLC (“United Capital”), an investment adviser registered with the SEC. Securities and additional advisory services offered through Girard Securities, Inc. (“Girard”), a registered broker-dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. United Capital and Girard are separate and unrelated companies. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.
Director of Operations
As a Director of Operations at United Capital, Beata Prusaczyk is responsible for day-to-day operations of the office, including workflow, business planning and recordkeeping.
Before joining United Capital, Beata worked in the Operations Department at Harold C. Brown, a registered investment advisory firm in Western New York. Her primary responsibility was the daily input and maintenance of Portfolio Management system data and calculating investment performance.
Beata was born and raised in Poland. After relocating to NYC at age 18, she continued her education and worked at a Federal Credit Union holding various positions. After five years, Beata moved to Western New York, where she attended the University at Buffalo and received her BS degree in Human Resources Management and International Business.
Beata and her husband, Greg, are busy raising their two teenage daughters, Olivia and Victoria. Beata and her family are very involved in the local Polish community including, a Saturday School where she served on a Board for many years and where her children attended. Beata loves reading and spending time with her family doing outdoor activities.
Ted Borowiak, CFP®
Ted 50 has spent the majority of his career assisting clients in the Western New York community with a wide variety of financial services. As a Wealth Manager at United Capital, he is responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships by providing guidance on Investment Management and Financial Planning.
Prior to joining United Capital, Ted was a Financial Adviser serving clients throughout the Western New York community. Ted is fully licensed with Series 7, Series 66 and Life and Health Insurance. Prior to his career as a Financial Adviser, Ted spent 10 years working with clients in the mortgage consulting arena.
A lifelong Buffalonian, Ted earned his BS in Finance from Canisius College and is also a proud alumnus of Canisius High School. He is a graduate and member of Leadership Buffalo, member of the 21st Century Fund a member of the Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives.
Paula Gelster joined United Capital in October 2012 as a Relationship Manager. She is responsible for all aspects of client relationships, partnering closely with the office advisers to help ensure all of the clients' needs are met. Paula is also a Notary Public.
Prior to joining United Capital, Paula was in the Retail Pharmacy business as a District Manager for more than 20 years, where she was responsible for the overall management of 30 retail stores in the chain.
Raised and educated in Buffalo, New York, Paula now lives in Brant, New York, with her husband Frank.
Kaitlyn Neese is starting her career with United Capital as a Relationship Manager. She is responsible for all aspects of client relationships, partnering closely with the office advisers to ensure all of the clients’ needs are met.
Before joining United Capital, Kaitlyn earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty’s Honors Program. She also received the Outstanding Graduate Award for Marketing in Liberty University’s School of Business. Kaitlyn is a graduate of Williamsville North High School.
Kaitlyn lives in the city of Buffalo and enjoys volunteering for hospice, reading and traveling in her spare time. She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Parker Gahagen.
Client Service Manager
Grace Sprigg serves in the role of Client Service Manager for the United Capital team in Buffalo. She manages all administrative support of the firm and is the first person to greet you when you come through the door or call on the phone.
Grace served in a similar capacity at the team’s former firm, Harold C. Brown & Co., LLC (HCB), for 12 years. Prior to joining HCB, she worked in a variety of capacities in real estate and banking.
Grace is extremely dedicated to her volunteer work at Bethesda Full Gospel Church and the Oasis Outreach Center. She lives in Williamsville with her husband, Chuck. In her free time, Grace loves to knit, crochet and bake. However, her foremost passion is spending time with her grandkids.
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Buffalo, NY 14202
Securities offered through Girard Securities, Inc. (“Girard Securities”), a registered broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC (“United Capital”) a Registered Investment Adviser. Girard Securities and United Capital are separate and unrelated companies. Check the background of this investment professional on FINRA’s BrokerCheck.