Our Advisors & Consultants
Joel Johnson, Managing Partner of Johnson Brunetti, has been in the financial services industry for over 28 years. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Joel has helped thousands of families develop their own individualized retirement plans based upon the unique needs of those approaching the second phase of their lives. Starting from humble beginnings but developing a strong work ethic early on, Joel’s grandfather taught him by serving others first and creating value for someone else, you will never have to worry about money. These important life lessons were the driving force in establishing a firm which stands for integrity and exceeding customer expectations. The goal of Johnson Brunetti is creating a sense of confidence as individuals head into retirement.
Through Joel’s leadership, Johnson Brunetti has grown into a leading Retirement and Investment Specialty firm with eight Financial Advisors, a staff of 22 and six offices located in the communities served. Joel is the host of “Better Money” on WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News weekend mornings between 7 AM – 9 AM. He has a weekly financial radio show, “Money Wisdom” that can be heard on several stations in New England, including WTIC NewsTalk 1080. He is the author of many books, including the Amazon best-seller, “The Money Map”, has articles published in the Wall Street Journal and the Hartford Business Journal and is a monthly contributor to Forbes. In addition, Joel’s weekly Podcast, Money Wisdom, aimed at educating the public about smart retirement options can be downloaded from iTunes.
Joel has been instrumental in creating a team environment at Johnson Brunetti and due to his success and expertise is a well sought out mentor within the financial services industry. Through the years, his passion for helping others has led Joel and Johnson Brunetti to donate money and resources to numerous non-profits including the Salvation Army, Veterans Association, Wounded Warriors, Dress for Success, Make-A-Wish®, Channel 3 Kids Camp, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and many others.
Joel has been a Connecticut resident for over 27 years and he and his wife Wendy have four sons. He loves hockey, music and traveling.
Eric Hogarth is a partner at Johnson Brunetti and is a member of our team of financial advisors. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Eric has been in the financial services industry for more than 12 years. Eric holds FINRA 6, 7, 63 and 65 licenses, as well as Life, Health, Long-Term Care, Accident, and Property & Casualty licenses. Eric values the trust that his clients put in him, and truly enjoys working with them. One thing that Eric loves about his job is being able to help his clients prepare for one of the most important times in their lives – their retirement years. Eric’s honest approach and ability to decipher and explain complex financial situations in a clear, direct manner makes him a true partner to his clients.
Eric loves spending time at the beach with his wife and two children. His passion for skiing started early and has continued over the years – he was a ski instructor while in college and is now actively teaching his young children how to ski. Eric is also very passionate about serving the community and sits on the Board of Directors for the Mystic Aquarium helping them continue their mission of education and improving the oceans.
Doug Miller is a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry. With decades of experience at Putnam Investments, GE Capital, and Allianz, he brings great insight and a thorough understanding of financial opportunities. Doug enjoys helping his clients by guiding them through their income needs. He takes complex financial situations and breaks them down into simple and easy-to-understand solutions.
Doug lives in Guilford with his wife and daughter and is very involved in the Guilford Youth Lacrosse program.
Heath Grossman has been a member of our team of financial advisors since 2012. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Heath takes great care in assisting his clients to make prudent, well-informed financial decisions. His diverse experience in positions at some of the industry’s most prestigious institutions has included, financial advice, asset management, insurance and independent research. This knowledge has given him a unique vantage point, which influences his approach toward guiding his clients.
Heath loves spending time with his twin sons and in addition, can be found enjoying music, skiing and cooking when the opportunity presents itself.
Ken Tumolo joined Johnson Brunetti as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in 2014. He brings a strong dedication to helping clients on the path towards financial security and independence as they plan for their retirement years because everyone deserves a secure and independent retirement. Ken holds his FINRA 7 and 66 licenses, as well as Life, Health and Long-Term Care licenses.
Ken is an active individual and in his spare time, he enjoys fishing, running and spending time with his wife and 3 sons.
Ben has been an advisor with Johnson Brunetti since 2013 and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Ben holds FINRA 6, 63, 65 & 7 licenses, as well as Life, Health, Accident and Property & Casualty licenses. Ben’s focus is on developing, recommending and delivering financial plans to clients that will meet their retirement goals. Ben takes great pride in establishing successful retirement paths for his clients by creating plans designed with their best interests in mind.
Ben is a very sports-oriented individual. He played football and tennis in college and loves spending time with his two small children.
Alex Angst is a Financial Advisor with Johnson Brunetti. In his role, Alex is responsible for working with clients to develop strategies and recommendations for building and protecting clients’ assets, as well as providing exceptional customer service and growing Johnson Brunetti’s client base. Prior to Johnson Brunetti, Alex was a Financial Advisor for MassMutual. Alex is FINRA Series 7 & 66 licensed, is certified to sell long-term care insurance approved by the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care, and holds his NIPR Life & Health license.
Alex is very passionate about his faith and his family. He is a die hard Yankees fan and a lover of coffee. During his senior year of college, Alex had the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia.
Diana joined Johnson Brunetti in 2015 and works directly with our Partner, Eric Hogarth. Diana couples her experience with her exceptional customer service skills, listening to and understanding client goals and needs, and helping devise strategies to address them. She holds FINRA Series 6 and Life and Health Insurance licenses. Diana comes to us with experience in Risk Management, having worked both as a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, as well as working together with the top agents at the U.S.’ largest broker/dealer.
Diana loves to play golf and entertaining in her spare time. She and her husband are retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of service.
As Director of Financial Planning, Matt will be building financial plans for prospective clients, supporting advisor appointments, and creating a system and processes for financial planning across the sales department. He comes to us from Edward Jones, where he was a Financial Advisor. He has an MBA and is FINRA Series 7, 66, and Life & Health Insurance licensed. Matt is also certified to sell Long-Term Care insurance approved by the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care. Matt joined the organization in 2017.
Matt is an avid college football fan and when Penn State is playing you are sure to find him watching the game. Matt loves to hike with his wife and rescue dog, Tanner and in addition, he is studying to earn his CFP designation by the end of 2018.
Alex joined Johnson Brunetti in 2017. He is an advisor and his attention to detail, good listening skills, and great empathy are strong attributes which create an all-around positive customer service experience for our clients. Alex holds FINRA Series 6, 63 and 65 licenses as well as holding his Connecticut Life & Health license. Alex will soon begin taking courses at the American College of Financial Services to earn the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation, a comprehensive educational program that addresses all aspects of financial planning.
Alex has 3 children and loves to spend any free time he may have by traveling.
With over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry at The Hartford, ING and most recently as Assistant Vice President at Lincoln Financial Group heading its retirement plan fiduciary services, Ray joined Johnson Brunetti in March 2018 as a Financial Advisor. Ray employs a client-focused approach to addressing each client’s needs ensuring that recommended programs encompass their financial goals by providing customized strategies along with exceptional customer service. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 designations and is Life & Health Insurance licensed.
In his spare time, Ray enjoys hiking and fishing and most of all, spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is also a board member for the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) dedicated to preserving Connecticut’s prestigious 825-mile blue-blazed hiking trails.