ProTools®,LLC. is a solution’s based technology provider to the financial services industry.
We represent an unprecedented blend of talent and expertise from both the institutional and retail investment community and our passion is improving the Advisor – Client Experience.
Drawing from our own experience interacting with retail investors, we developed RiskPro®, The World’s First Virtual Portfolio Strategist®. This revolutionary risk profiling and portfolio construction system empowers advisors to help their clients understand and pinpoint their own Personal Risk Budget® and then to construct a portfolio within a hundredth of a decimal point of that risk budget in a matter of minutes.
Nick Scalzo, ChFC, CLU
Chief Executive Officer
Nick Scalzo founded The Elements Financial Group, a multi-strategist Turnkey Asset Management Program, with approximately $450M in assets under management, with his brother Gaetan in October, 2008. Nick is Chief Executive Officer of The Elements Financial Group. Gaetan Scalzo remains president of the Scalzo’s retail investment firm, Claremont Financial Group, Inc. Claremont Financial is an independent registered investment advisory managing over $160 million in assets for hundreds of clients. Nick and Gaetan have over 4 decades of cumulative experience as financial advisors and, through this wealth of experience, they bring the unique perspective of the ‘advisor/client’ relationship to The Elements Financial Group.
Prior to joining The Elements Financial Group, LLC in May 2008, Jeff Olsen served as Regional V.P. with John Hancock Wood Logan. Over his nearly 15 year career at John Hancock his roles included management of internal sales and marketing for the Western U.S. as well as wholesaling mutual funds, variable annuities and separately managed accounts. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Sales Achievement Award.
Olsen graduated magna cum laude from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Social Ecology and an emphasis in Psychology. He holds his series 7, 63, 65 and 24 securities licenses, life and variable insurance licenses and is a certified continuing education instructor.
Lawrence E. Davanzo
Larry Davanzo served as president of Wilshire Associates and member of the Board of Directors, overseeing the asset management areas of the firm including Wilshire Funds Management and Wilshire Private Markets. Mr. Davanzo, who first joined Wilshire Associates in 1977 and helped to develop the precursor to today’s Wilshire Atlas investment analytics solutions before founding Wilshire Consulting in 1980, rejoined the firm in October 2004 as a senior managing director.
Mr. Davanzo left Wilshire Associates in 1991 to form Asset Strategy Consulting. In 2000, Asset Strategy merged to form InvestorForce, an Internet technology platform serving institutional investors.
Mr. Davanzo began his career at Endowment Management and Research, the investment arm of Yale University.
Mr. Davanzo earned both his BA and Master of Finance at the University of Wisconsin.
J. Michael Fay, PhD, CFP
Michael Fay has been involved in the financial services industry since 1982. He was President and founder of Claremont Financial Group, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory that specialized in pre-retirement financial planning and investment management. He personally managed assets using Modern Portfolio Theory prior to transitioning his practice to institutional asset managers. He now serves as Chairman of the Board and Consultant to current management.
Mr. Fay has served on numerous public and private boards of directors, including Associated Services Corp. where he was Chair of the Audit Committee, elected three terms to the Claremont Unified School District Board of Education, and currently serves on several not-for-profit boards. He is also founder and President of the Institute for Training Leaders Foundation, Inc.
Scott Logan, JD, LLM, CFP
Scott Logan has been involved in the financial services industry since 1968. He was President and Co-Founder of Wood Logan Associates, an independent wholesale marketing and sales organization that was eventually acquired by John Hancock Life Insurance Company.
Additionally, Scott served as senior vice president and national marketing director for Massachusetts Financial Services (MFS).
Mr. Logan is a graduate of the University of the Pennsylvania School of Law and the Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Program. He is also a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he recently retired as a two-star Rear Admiral after more than 40 years of active and reserve naval service.
Jonathan Stern, CFA, Managing Director
Mr. Stern joined Berkshire Capital in 1998. During his career at the firm, he has completed transactions involving institutional asset management, mutual fund, wealth management, and securities firms. Jon currently co-heads the firm’s institutional and mutual funds practice areas.
Jon brings extensive transaction experience in financial services to Berkshire Capital assignments. Prior to joining Berkshire Capital, Jon had spent his entire career at First Union and a predecessor bank, First Fidelity Bancorporation, beginning in 1984. He has extensive experience in the corporate finance area focusing on M&A and capital planning, and was a Senior Vice President responsible for acquisitions and divestitures in the Northern part of First Union’s franchise. Previously, he held other management roles within the finance division including asset/liability management and accounting & reporting.
Jon graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Economics and received an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University. He is also a CFA charterholder.