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Lee Rawiszer

Managing Principal

Lee Rawiszer

Managing Principal


As an independent financial advisor, Lee Rawiszer helps high net worth professionals, pro-athletes, entertainers and business owners understand their current situations and define future goals. Lee believes that financial planning is a process that should reflect the client’s vision, values and goals. He designs strategies that are flexible and takes into account that nothing remains static; people’s lives change and plans need to be adjusted on an ongoing basis. "Nothing is more satisfying to me as a financial advisor than helping my clients achieve their goals and protect their wealth for current and future generational planning."

Lee and his firm provide clients with meaningful solutions to a wide range of financial matters including: investments, risk management, estate and tax planning, insurance planning as well as qualified and non-qualified retirement plans. He is a specialist on retirement income planning that includes the use of a wide array of alternative investments*. Lee is never obligated to any "proprietary" products.

Lee has a BA degree in Economics from Manhattanville College. His vast financial knowledge puts him in demand as a public speaker on a variety of financial issues. He has delivered presentations and educational seminars to a range of organizations, including the American College, NYU Medical Center, Montefiore Hospital, and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors nationwide. His videotaped presentations have been used as an educational tool for people just entering the financial services industry.

Lee has a niche specializing in working with high net worth physicians, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and entertainers on both the east and west coasts.

Lee lives in Westport, CT with his wife Eva and their two children. He enjoys film, theatre, golf, tennis and baseball.

* Investing in alternative assets involves higher risks than traditional investments and is suitable only for the long term. They may not be tax efficient, and have higher fees than traditional investments. They may also be highly leveraged and engage in speculative investment techniques, which can magnify the potential for investment loss or gain.

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David G. Halper

Managing Principal

David G. Halper

Managing Principal


Wealth Management is a process and a partnership built on trust and integrity.

David Halper works with high net worth individuals who are in or near retirement as well as many successful professionals and entrepreneurs. He focuses on helping them understand the importance of developing a strategic, long term wealth plan. For David, it all starts with gaining clarity about a client’s current situation.That includes identifying core values, defining future goals and developing a strategy that is flexible and will allow his clients to reach their objectives. Ongoing client support is equally important to David. He knows life brings changes so he conducts regular reviews to help make sure a client’s plan remains on course to meet future goals.

David understands that all clients are unique and deserve highly customized solutions and strategies to meet their specific needs. As an independent advisor, he is not obligated to any "proprietary" products. David has the ability to simplify complex financial concepts so that his clients fully understand all of their options. He loves helping people make progress toward their goals and objectives. David and his firm take a “team approach” to managing a client’s financial strategy. He often acts as the key liaison or "wealth guide" of the financial team to coordinate with a network of other top professional advisors.

David has a BA in History from Colgate University and taught high school history, and coached soccer and tennis teams. His background as an educator and coach is a benefit to his clients as he helps them better understand their financial issues so they can make fully informed decisions. In 1987, David’s father, Chuck, introduced him to the financial services industry. In addition to his years of experience in this field, he also holds the designations of Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter.

David currently lives in Weston with his wife Jill and their combined 5 children.

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Paul R. Volpe

Managing Partner

Paul R. Volpe

Managing Partner


As Managing Partner for Paradigm Financial Partners LLC, Paul Volpe specializes in financial analysis and research. He manages the firm's Investment portfolio, their web-based wealth-planning platform that provides clients with a comprehensive, aggregated view of their financial situation. Having managed his own practice for nine years, Paul understands the issues facing business owners and high net worth individuals. He brings that insight to the planning process.

He understands that in an ever changing economic environment, staying abreast of new planning techniques, strategies, tools and resources is important. Continuous advanced financial education enhances his ability to help clients stay on track to meet their goals. Paul meets with clients throughout the financial planning process as he designs and monitors client portfolios, either independently or through third party managers, and analyzes market trends. He believes in helping clients become fully informed about their financial life.

Paul joined Paradigm Financial Partners in August of 2003 after selling his own practice where he managed over $45 million. In addition to his experience and knowledge, he brings a relationship oriented philosophy to the firm’s clients. Paul recognizes the importance of understanding a client’s vision and values, not just their financial situation.

Paul lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife Mia and two sons, Jack and Connor. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling and sports.

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Traci Saxon, J.D.

Financial Advisor

Traci Saxon, J.D.

Financial Advisor


Traci is a financial advisor drawing upon her twenty years experience as a divorce litigator, consultant and mediator.  The experience that she derived from her work as a divorce attorney, combined with her commitment to zealously represent each of her clients, translates to a highly personalized and effective approach to financial advisory.

Traci employs a comprehensive, values based, financial and estate planning strategy to each of her clients.  She is very comfortable working with families’ various advisors, including trust and estates attorneys, CPAs, and matrimonial attorneys.  Traci is committed to guiding and supporting her clients on their journey of defining their financial objectives and pursing their goals. 

Working from an independent platform such as Paradigm Financial Partners enables Traci to choose better solutions to meet her clients’ needs.  One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is educating clients about their finances.

Traci graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor in Arts. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from The Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law where she was an Editor on Law Review. 

Traci lives in Westport with her husband, two children and dog.  She is on the General Committee of PinkAid, a local charity that helps underserved women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity.  In her leisure time, Traci enjoys gardening, cooking and yoga.

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Richard MacGregor

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER

Richard MacGregor, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®


Richard MacGregor is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™  professional and has been consulting with his clients for over 30 years on the pragmatic approach to building a sound financial future. Since joining Paradigm Financial Partners in 2004, Rich has specialized in transitioning his clients into a fruitful retirement. His expertise in this area serves his clients well as he helps them navigate  the challenges of building a solid foundation for their future. Rich’s proficiency in the industry also includes Financial Planning, Estate Analysis and Conservation, Long Term Care, and Asset Allocation and Investment Strategies. For business owners, Rich’s experience and knowledge provides insight into Business Continuation planning, Buy Sell Agreement planning, Pension and Profit Sharing Plans, and Estate Planning for the Business Owner.

Rich’s ability to draft financial plans that reflect the individual’s need and personality helps to provide clients with a sense of confidence and safety about their financial future. Through an open and honest exchange of information, he will engineer a plan to help provide financial stability for the future of the family.

Rich has been helping clients since 1981, and completed his studies and certifications in 1997. Throughout his career, he has been guiding his clients through the life altering decisions and steps that retirement life presents. He knows that good financial planning requires individual life planning expertise and wisdom, one of the many assets that Rich possess.     

Rich lives in Yorktown Heights, NY with his wife Raquel, and is a proud father of 5 children, and a grandfather. When he is not assisting one of his clients, you will find him spending time with his family. Rich enjoys traveling, hiking, taking his wife on long rides through the countryside on his Harley and reading stories to his granddaughter.

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Barbara Swain

Director of Marketing and Communications

Barbara Swain

Director of Marketing and Communications


Barbara joined Paradigm Financial Partners in June of 2013.  She has over three decades of experience as an Executive Assistant,  supporting C-Level Executives in the financial and consulting fields. 

Prior to PFP, Barb held the position of Participant Services Coordinator at Executive Wealth Management. She has extensive experience in event planning, travel and operations. 

Barb resides in Norwalk with her husband Chip.  They have two grown children.

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Donna Renzulli

Director of Investment Operations

Donna Renzulli

Director of Investment Operations


Donna has a BS in Accounting from Fairfield University and an MBA in Finance from Sacred Heart University, and has been with the firm since 2005.  She worked for ten years as a Financial Analyst for two Fortune 500 Companies.  She has been in the Financial Services industry for more than 15 years.  In her spare time Donna can be found at the YMCA or walking at the beach.  She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.  Donna and her husband have two grown children, and have been Westport residents for more than 30 years. 

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Susan Thompson

Director of Retirement Plans & Annuities

Susan Thompson

Director of Retirement Plans & Annuities


Susan joined Paradigm Financial Partners in June of 2005. She manages the relationships, benchmarks and pricing for 401k plans, and services the variable annuity business.

Prior to working at Paradigm Financial Partners, Susan was an AVP in Public Finance with Shearson Lehman American Express.

Susan graduated with a BA in Economics from William Smith College in Geneva, NY. She and her husband reside in Wilton, CT and have two grown sons. She enjoys duplicate bridge, travel and biking.

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Debbie Lister

Director of Insurance Planning

Debbie Lister

Director of Insurance Planning


Debbie has been with Paradigm Financial Partners since 2014. She holds a BS in Marketing from Indiana University, and has a Connecticut Life & Health Insurance license. When not at work, Debbie can be found on the sidelines of a soccer field or basketball court.

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Gerlind Roesler

Director of Investment Operations

Gerlind Roesler

Director of Investment Operations


Gerlind joined Paradigm Financial Partners in February 2010, as Director of Investment Operations, responsible for implementing clients’ investment strategy, executing trades and funding transfers, as well as preparing client reviews and new account paperwork.

Prior to working at PFP, Gerlind was a management consultant at Bain & Company and held positions as CFO and business manager at publishing companies in Germany and the US.

Gerlind graduated with a Ph.D. in business administration from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany. She and her husband Joe reside in New Canaan, CT and have a grown daughter currently living on the West Coast. They enjoy travel and various sports.

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Carol Robertson

Chief Compliance Officer

Carol Robertson

Chief COmpliance Officer


Carol joined Paradigm Financial Partners in 2011, providing customer service and guidance to high net worth individuals. Fielding any account inquiry, Carol uses her three decades of experience in the financial services industry to guide clients through every service need.  Carol also schedules client reviews and handles their transactional, account, and administrative requests with a personal commitment to exceptional customer service.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware. She and her daughter reside in South Salem, NY.

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Kris Gordon

Director of Operations

Kris Gordon

Director of Operations


Kris has her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University. She was a very active community volunteer for many years prior to joining the firm in 2014.

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Le Sherry Sheng

Client Relationship Manager

Le Sherry Sheng

Client Relationship Manager


Sherry joined Paradigm Financial Partners (PFP) in October 2013. She has a BS in Accounting from Nanjing Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China and an MBA in Finance from University of Bridgeport.  Prior to working at PFP Sherry was a Graduate Assistant at the business school of University of Bridgeport, focusing on data analysis in Financial Management textbooks and re-writing the financial concepts.

Sherry is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She enjoys traveling.

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Nikki Burr

Director of Underwriting

Nikki Burr

Director of Underwriting


Nikki joined Paradigm Financial Partners in February of 2017.  She has a BA in English from the University of Connecticut and has worked in the insurance industry for several years.  She recently obtained her Connecticut Life & Health Insurance license.

In her spare time, Nikki enjoys cooking, visiting wineries, and reading.  She lives in Shelton with her dog and two cats.

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