Our Team

Team

Our team members are an integral part of our practice and focus on supporting your planning efforts.They are fully qualified professionals with the credentials and experience to help you through the planning process. Please take a few moments to learn about our highly skilled team.

 
Craig J Amidon

Craig J Amidon

Director of Investments and Planning
Office 315-695-6367

Craig has been with Northwestern Mutual since 2010 and joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates Financial Planning Group in January of 2013. Craig leads our Planning and Research Department in the preparation of presentations and proposals. As a Director, he coordinates the administrative functions of the organization and oversees the operations staff. He also leads our Human Resources division including the recruitment and hiring of new employees. He holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the State University of New York at Oswego. He has obtained his FINRA Series 6, 7 & 63 securities registrations, as well as his New York State Agent License for Life, Accident and Health. Craig resides in the Syracuse area with his wife and daughter. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, especially basketball, golf and hockey. 

 

 
Irene R Hanford

Irene R Hanford

Investment Operations Manager
Office 315-695-6367

Irene joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates in November of 2016 and is our Investment Operations Manager. She has been in the Financial Industry since 2004.  Irene's focus is working within our investment services area while also supporting the Life, Disability Income and Long Term Care portion of our operation. She has obtained her FINRA Series 6, 7 & 63 securities registrations, as well as New York State Agent License for Life, Accident and Health. She currently resides in Liverpool with her husband, two kids and two dogs. Irene frequently volunteers and enjoys reading in her spare time.

 
Kimberley A Smyth

Kimberley A Smyth

Executive Assistant
Office 315-695-6367

Kim has been affiliated with Northwestern Mutual since 2006. She joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates Financial Planning Group in January of 2008. She has more than 20 years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions and a track record of strong performance in high-volume, high-pressure environments. She’s a time management maven and administrative expertise runs through her veins. Kim skillfully manages Dean's calendar as well as numerous other areas of the enterprise including handling various aspects of client relations, database maintenance, event planning and training and development. In addition, she provides support to Dean in fulfilling his ongoing professional development. Kim currently resides in Central New York with her family.

 
Jessica L Myers

Jessica L Myers

Investment Operations Associate
Office 315-695-6367

Jessica joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates in January of 2017 and provides support within our investment operations area. She attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse and was in retail management prior to coming into the financial services field. She has obtained her FINRA Series 6, 7 & 63 securities registrations, as well as New York State Agent License for Life, Accident and Health. Jessica is a Phoenix native and long-time family friend of the Ripley’s. Jessica is passionate about charities and organizations that benefit the wellbeing of children and animals, loves spending time with her son and friends, and her favorite holiday is Christmas.

 
Zachary F Laguzza

Zachary F Laguzza

Insurance Operations Associate
Office 315-695-6367

Zach is a graduate of Niagra University and joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates in May of 2018. He handles the new insurance applications and processing for all of the advisors. He lives in Syracuse with his girlfriend and in his spare time enjoys working on projects around the house and golfing. 

 
Laura L Engle

Laura L Engle, CLU®

Associate Wealth Management Advisor
Office 315-695-6367

Laura has been affiliated with Northwestern Mutual since 2004. Laura holds her series 6, 7 and 63 securities registrations and New York Life and Health license, as well as her CLU designation. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting. Her main focus as an Associate Wealth Management Advisor is meeting with clients and ensuring that they are on the right track to financial security. Outside of work Laura enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her kids. 

 
Jennifer C Campbell

Jennifer C Campbell

Associate Financial Representative
Office 315-782-9338

Jen joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates in October of 2016. She is an Associate Financial Representative and the primary contact for Trevor Garlock. She has an associate degree in Arts and Humanities. Jen grew up in Watertown and recently moved back from Philadelphia, PA where she worked in a high-level administrative role. Jen's main focus is scheduling appointments and handling the life and disability income insurance portion of Trevor's operation. In her free time, she likes reading, running, and anything to do with being on the water! 

 
Emily J Merry

Emily J Merry, CLU®

Insurance Operations Associate
Office 315-695-6367

Emily is an Insurance Operations Associate. She has been in the industry 4 years; joining Ripley, Garlock & Associates in November 2019. Emily started in the industry as a member of the Network Office SET team working out of the Oswego office. In her 4 years she has earned her LAH, Series 6 & 63, and CLU designation. As a member of the RGA Insurance Operations Department she inputs applications and handles new business requests for all advisors. She and her husband live in Oswego, and Emily is a dedicated advocate and volunteer for multiple local animal charities.

 
Alyssa N King

Alyssa N King

Administrative Assistant
Office 315-695-6367

Alyssa joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates in July of 2019. She is the Administrative Assistant for Trevor Garlock. She earned her Baccalaureate’s degree from SUNY Oswego in 2018 where she studied Economics. Her main focus as an Administrative Assistant is to service clients on their life and disability income insurance. She is currently working on additional industry education. In her free time, she loves to cook, read, and spend time with her pets.

 
Amanda Hamilton

Amanda Hamilton

Administrative Assistant
Office 315-695-6367

Amanda joined Ripley, Garlock & Associates in 2019. As an Administrative Assistant,
Amanda answers all incoming calls to the practice and provides the team support where needed.  She attended University of Buffalo for Art Education before transferring to SUNY Oswego for Business Administration. She is currently working toward obtaining further industry education to better serve clients. Prior to joining Ripley, Garlock, & Associates, Amanda worked in retail and service management. When she isn’t spending time with her daughter, she enjoys reading and running. 

 

Dean James Ripley, CFP®, ChFC®, CASL®, RICP®, CLU®
Wealth Management Advisor


Ripley, Garlock & Associates Financial Planning Group

 

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