Management Team

The success of our group can be directly attributed to the high quality of leadership and the strength of our management team. Our goal is to ensure the continued success of our financial representatives by providing the proper guidance and support to help them experience both personal and professional growth.

 
 Alex J Tronco

Alex J Tronco

Managing Partner
alex.tronco@nm.com
Office 518-785-4141 ext 7938

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Alex was born in Sicily in 1974 and came to the United State when he was 8 years old. He attended Colonie High School and then Siena College, where he graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration, with a specialty in Marketing.

Alex began his business as a Financial Representative after graduation. Over the last 18 years he has met rigorous professional standards and achieved the highest designations in our industry such as:

  • CFP (Certified Financial Planner) – In depth knowledge of investments and security planning, estate planning, tax planning, employee benefits planning and insurance planning. Knowledgeable of financial laws and legal restrictions, and able to understand complex legal and financial circumstances.
  • ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant) - Addressing the advanced planning needs of individuals, professionals and small business owners. Providing in-depth coverage of key financial disciplines, including insurance, income taxation, retirement planning, investment and estate planning.
  • CLU (Certified Life Underwriter) - Providing in depth knowledge on insurance needs of individuals, business owners and professional clients.
  • CASL (Chartered Advisor for Senior Living) - A rigorous credential in the senior and retirement planning space, with curriculum that covers wealth accumulation, income distribution and estate planning strategies for those preparing for retirement.

In Alex’s 12 years as a Financial Advisor before he became Managing Partner, he was recognized as being a qualifying member of:

  • Million Dollar Round Table - A global, independent association of more than 42,000 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 470 companies in 71 countries. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.
  • Forum- Top 3% of company advisors in the country

In 2009 Alex was selected as one of our company’s youngest Managing Partners, where he continues to demonstrate a capacity for inspiring and enabling his staff and expert team of financial planners toward success.

 

 
 Eric Hungershafer

Eric Hungershafer, CLTC®

Chief Development Officer
Office 518-785-4141

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Eric began his career at Northwestern Mutual in 2005 as a financial representative, after graduating Siena College with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  His older brother, Ryan Hungershafer, had already been an advisor with Northwestern Mutual for several years, and brought Eric on board. He quickly realized that the income potential, flexibility, and entrepreneurial opportunities made being a Financial Representative a great fit for him. He spent almost 7 years as a financial representative, 4 of which he was a Field Director. Eric excelled as a leader in his Field Director role. He enjoyed being able to contribute to the new Financial Representative’s progress and growth.

In 2012, Eric’s passion and talent as a leader allowed him to transition into the role of Chief Development Officer for the Tronco Agency. Working directly under the Managing Partner, Alex Tronco, Eric’s role as CDO is to oversee all horizontal and vertical growth of the Tronco Agency and its district offices.

Eric is a life time Capital Region resident, and enjoys time with his wife Amy and two daughters, Quinn and Ellie. He is actively involved with Siena College, serving on their Board of Advisors as well as the School of Business Advisory Council. A strong believer in giving back to his community, Eric supports the Center for Disability Services, Albany Medical Center, Siena College Athletics, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and several other charities throughout the year.

 
 Thomas C Farnan IV

Thomas C Farnan IV

Managing Director
Office 518-271-5200

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Tom came to Northwestern Mutual with over 17 years of management experience in the automotive industry.

In his dual role at Northwestern Mutual as both a District Director, as well as a Financial Advisor, he is able to combine his love of being a leader and working with a team, with his passion for inspiring financial security through his work with his clients.

He has been recognized and awarded within the company for the success of his financial planning business, as well as outside the company as a qualifier for the Million Dollar Round table in 2013; a global, independent association for the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals.

His successes speak to the high level of integrity and passion he brings to his work with his clients, as well as his ability to inspire and encourage other Financial Representatives to reach their potential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 
 Paul A Phelps

Paul A Phelps, MSFS, CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®, CASL®

Managing Director
Office 845-224-0002

Paul started his business with Northwestern Mutual in 1993. Over his career, Paul has been committed to better serving his clients. Continuing his education has been an important part of that commitment and he has done so by earning and maintaining the following degrees and designations:

  • M.S. in Financial Services from the American College
  • B.S. in Education from Castleton State College
  • CLU®
  • ChFC®
  • AEP®
  • CASL®

 
 Ryan M Hungershafer

Ryan M Hungershafer, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®

Managing Director
Office 518-459-4665

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Ryan began his career at Northwestern Mutual with an internship his senior year at Siena College. Following graduation, he began his own business at the age of 22 as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in 2002.

Ryan’s career and work are based on his passion for enabling others to achieve their goals and live their lives by design, not default.

His dedication to his clients has motivated Ryan to continue his education throughout his career. He has met rigorous professional standards and achieved some of the highest designations/certifications in our industry such as:

  • CLU® (Certified Life Underwriter)
  • CFP® (CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM) 
  • ChFC® (Chartered Financial Consultant)

These designations/certifications stand as proof of Ryan’s commitment to the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism, and diligence.

 
 Courtney H Buckley

Courtney H Buckley


courtney.buckley@nm.com
Office 518-785-4141

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 Marc Gravatt

Marc Gravatt, ChFC®

Field Director
Office 845-224-0010

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Since founding his own adventure-based company in 1987, Marc Gravatt has been dedicated to providing exceptional service to his clients. He carries that same strong customer-service dedication into the financial services field, which he entered after graduating with a degree in finance and business from the State University of New York (SUNY at New Paltz).

Marc offers a seasoned understanding of the needs of business owners, retirees and families, providing a high level of service through financial planning for both individuals and small businesses.

 
 Michael Glenn Stopera

Michael Glenn Stopera

Field Director
Office 518-690-7931

Michael grew up in Scotia, NY. He worked his way through both his undergraduate and Master’s programs at Alfred University. He was a collegiate athlete, and Captain of the men’s basketball team – but spent his summers working and saving. He learned quickly the value of hard work and dedication, and also what it meant to be accountable and responsible. These skills and values enabled Michael to begin a successful business in financial planning with Northwestern Mutual soon after the completion of his MBA in 2012.

 
 Braelin G. Thornton

Braelin G. Thornton, MBA

Field Director
Office 518-459-4665
Mobile 603-630-0368

Originally from the Upper Valley in New Hampshire, Braelin joined Northwestern Mutual in 2012. In 2006 she graduated from Alfred University, holding a Bachelors degree in Accounting and then went on Union Graduate College where she obtained her Masters in Business Administration. Braelin joined Northwestern after being in the financial industry for 7 years; she is well versed in holistic planning and prides herself on providing a personal and specialized approach for every client’s unique situation. 

 
 Chad Christopher Wildermuth

Chad Christopher Wildermuth

Field Director
Office 518-271-5200

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Chad Wildermuth is a Financial Advisor and integral part of the leadership team within Northwestern Mutual. The mission of our network office is to develop enduring relationships with clients by providing expert guidance for a lifetime of financial security. A graduate of SUNY Albany, Chad works with clients to identify their definitions of financial security and then focuses on solutions that can help make those financial goals a reality. He helps find the right solutions for personal, family or business needs -- while simultaneously looking to recruit and develop other Financial Representatives in the Capital Region area out of our Troy, NY District Office.

 
 Daniel M Reisner

Daniel M Reisner, CFP®, CLU®, RICP®

Field Director
Office 518-459-4665

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Originally from the Capital District, Dan joined Northwestern Mutual in 2006. He is a Siena College graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management. He is a member of the Capital District NAIFA and also works as a Field Director at the Albany office where he helps young financial representatives establish their careers. In his free time Dan enjoys playing golf, softball, working out, and spending time with his family. Dan currently resides in Albany, NY.

 
 Jonathan Hernandez

Jonathan Hernandez

Field Director
Office 518-785-4141 ext 7938

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Since joining Northwestern Mutual in 2014, Jonathan has rapidly built his business helping successful people plan for their financial futures. Building professional and reliable relationships with his clients has allowed Jonathan opportunities to meet with entrepreneurs, business owners large and small, and many other high level professionals while simultaneously looking to recruit and develop other Financial Representatives in the Capital Region area.

 

Kathy Grecco

Technology Coach
kathy.grecco@nm.com
Office 518-785-4141

 
 Kevin M Caccomo

Kevin M Caccomo

College Unit Director
Office 845-244-8625
Office 845-244-8625

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Kevin came to Northwestern Mutual in 2012. He has a Bachelor's of Science from Mercy College. He holds a dual role as both a Financial Representative and College Unit Director (CUD) at Northwestern Mutual.College unit directors (CUDs) are responsible for marketing and building college units in network offices – a critical aspect of future growth at Northwestern Mutual. While developing personal leadership skills, CUDs attract, develop, and help financial representative interns off to a fast career start. CUDs coach productive financial representative interns, with the ultimate goal of guiding the right person at the right time to becoming full-time Financial Representatives. Kevin leads a team of 8-10 interns from the local colleges and universities

 

Mary Kay Murphy


Mobile 518-578-1479

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 Matthew Earl Haye

Matthew Earl Haye

Field Director
Office 518-785-4141

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Matt grew up in the greater Albany area and pursued his studies at the University of Albany. Hard work has been instilled in him as a young child, so he continued working through college in order to pay for his education. Growing up in a working middle class family he learned early on the value of a good work ethic and commitment. He feels privileged to have found a career with Northwestern Mutual, where he can utilize his strong work ethic while fulfilling his dream of helping people.

 
 Ridgely W Harrison IV

Ridgely W Harrison IV, CLU®


Office 518-459-4665

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 Steven Charles Hunt

Steven Charles Hunt


Office 518-690-7712

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 William Joseph Newman

William Joseph Newman, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®

Wealth Management Advisor
Office 518-459-4665

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Bill Newman joined Northwestern Mutual in 1982 after graduation from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. He received his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certification in 2005 and his Certified Advisor of Senior Living (CASL®) designation just this year. In 1996 Bill opened the Albany office for Northwestern Mutual. His organization values integrity, mutual respect, personal & professional growth, commitment to excellence, and family. Bill is committed to building enduring relationships that inspire financial security for his clients, team, and community.

Bill resides in Clifton Park with his wife, Linda, daughters, Lizzy & Laura, and their dogs. He has endowed scholarships at both the State University of New York at Albany and Siena College.

In his spare time Bill enjoys reading, spending time with family, sports, and poker.

 
 Allison B Loew

Allison B Loew, CLF®

Director of Selection
allison.loew@nm.com
Office 518-459-4665

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Allison moved to the Capital Region in 2010 after graduating from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Marketing and a concentration in Sales, Communications and International Business. She joined Northwestern Mutual in 2013 as Director of Selection.

As the Director of Selection for Northwestern Mutual - Albany, Allison helps people learn more about how a career as a Northwestern Mutual representative can provide the rewards and the opportunities of self employment--flexibility, having a positive impact on people's lives and virtually unlimited earning potential. She guides them through the Selection Process providing support and resources along the way.

 
 Ryan Y Reeves

Ryan Y Reeves


ryan.y.reeves@nm.com
Office 845-244-8628

 

Susan L Morocco


sue.morocco@nm.com
Office 518-785-4141

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