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October 8, 2022 - Little Falls, NY

We had the best time hosting our clients at this year's annual Client Appreciation Event. The MV Golf & Event Center was the perfect location for pumpkin painting and picture taking. The food was delicious, the drinks were flowing, & the music kept the atmosphere fun and lively. We can not wait to start planning the next event! 

July 31, 2022 - Aurora, NY

Our Investment Analyst Janice Williams (center) competed in the Women's 55-59 age group of Empire Senior Games held in Aurora, New York, winning silver medals in the 5K and 10K time trials, as well as the 20K road race. She is now qualified to compete in the Cycling National Senior Games to be held in Pittsburgh, July of 2023. 


June 14, 2022 - Utica, NY

Stephanie was excited to collaborate with her peers in today's meeting of the National Operational Excellence Council (NOEC). Representing for Royal Alliance, she 1 of 12 financial professionals in addition to several home office leaders within the Advisor Group network, the council had a successful meeting and is looking forward to sharing additional updates soon on how AG is listening to our feedback to make doing business for professional and their clients more efficient and effective, WINS! 


March 21, 2022 - Utica, NY

We would like to introduce the newest member of the AGFS family - welcome James D. Hawley! 

Congratulations to Heather, David, and big sister Ariana on the healthy new addition.

March 7, 2022 - Utica, NY

Stephanie named an inaugural member of Advisor Group's National Operational Excellence Council. The selection process involved a first round written application and second round video submission. Stephanie was chosen as 1 of only 12 members representing the wealth management firms to serve on the council out of over 150 applicants. The National Operational Excellence Council represents the the interests and voices of all Advisor Group financial professionals as it strives to create efficiencies and make it easier to do business. 

October 10, 2021 - Utica, NY

Heather & Stephanie participated in the historic 2021 installment of the Utica Boilermaker. This was the first time in Boilermaker history that the run was hosted in October. 

Heather ran with her husband, David, and both had a great time. Stephanie finished the 15k with a personal record with a time of 94 minutes 2 seconds. At the finish line she ran into her friend Joe who you may recognize from her Heart Run and Walk photos. 

Great job to all runners who participated and we look forward to 2022!

October 3, 2021 - Utica, NY

AGFS boarded the Adirondack Scenic Railroad train along with a large group of our clients to take in the autumn sites. We departed the Utica station and made the turn around at the Thendara station with lots of great food, local brews from Copper City Brewing Co., and entertainment by the Work Related Duo. 

It is our absolute pleasure to share with our clients how much we appreciate the trust they've placed with us in guiding them to confident financial lives and futures. 

We look forward to the next installment of our annual event in 2022.

September 1, 2021 - Utica, NY

AGFS is proud to introduce our newest team member, Janice Williams, CFA, CPFA. Her focus will be on investment analysis, portfolio construction, and management. 

We have known Janice for many years and welcome her not only for the excellent knowledge and experience she brings, but for the great team player, friend, and fun co-worker we know she will be. 

August 22, 2021 - Utica, NY

Stephanie participated in the 2021 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run Utica. This was the first year that Utica hosted a city run/walk as part of The Tunnel to Towers Foundation's National Run, Walk & Climb Series.

Some of the proceeds raised in 2021 helped pay off the mortgages on 50 homes of fallen heroes across the country. 

The 2nd Annual Tunnel to Towers Utica will be on Sunday, August 21, 2022.

For additional information on the foundation and their events, please visit:

July 18, 2021 - Utica, NY

Stephanie and her friend, Courtney, participated in The Erie Canal Half Marathon Relay. Finishing as the 10th team to cross the finish and the first team to finish in the open women's division, they put on a good showing of how 'Moms Have More Run'. 

June 25, 2021 - Utica, NY

The AGFS crew planned an office retreat at Canadarago Lake. On the agenda was a review of the current business plans, some team building exercises, lunch, and a tour around the lake. 

March 26, 2021 - Utica, NY

We are pleased to announce that Trinity has completed her first big step forward for her future career in the financial industry! Trinity sat for and passed the Finra SIE exam on March 26, 2021. The SIE is the Securities Industry Essentials Exam and is an introductory-level exam that assesses a candidate's knowledge of basic securities industry information. 

Next up for her is to continue her studies and take the Finra Series 7 this summer before beginning her fall semester of college. 

For more information on this and other Finra exams and qualifications, please visit:

March 3, 2021 - Utica, NY

We are pleased to announce that Stephanie is now a Registered Assistant!

Stephanie sat for and passed the Finra Series 7 exam on February 26, 2021. The Series 7 is the General Securities Representative Exam.

Next up for her is to continue her studies and take the Finra Series 24 later this year.

December 22, 2020 - Utica, NY

Our final holiday donation was to the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center.

With a majority of our staff either being a veteran or having family and friends who are veterans or active duty, we felt a donation to this local non profit was a most. We collected non perishable pantry items, personal hygiene products, and lightly worn clothes in addition to the brand new collection of cold weather gear and clothing that we delivered. The donation was greatly appreciated by the volunteers who even referred to Stephanie as 'Santa's Helper'.

For more information on CNY Veterans Outreach Center, please visit

December 17, 2020 - West Winfield, NY

Keeping the season of giving going, AGFS made a monetary donation to the West Winfield chapter of the Rotary Club.

As a resident of West Winfield, Stephanie was blessed to be able to present the donation to her father in law, C.W. "Budd" Osborn, who has been a member of the Rotary Club for many years and is the current secretary.

The donation was made to their Christmas Basket Program. This year the West Winfield chapter had 65 families that were provided with donations of food and 415 gifts to help celebrate the holiday season.

December 17, 2020 - Utica, NY

In what had been a challenging year for everyone, we wanted to give back during the season of giving.

We were very fortunate to have a connection to Operation Sunshine & the Rescue Mission here in Utica, NY. Emily and Stephanie dropped off a cart full of toys, games, books, crafts, and warm weather gear to benefit children in need during the holiday season in the Mohawk Valley.

For more information on Operation Sunshine, the Rescue Mission of Utica, or to make a donation, please visit and

October 12, 2020 - Utica, NY

We are excited to announce our newest addition to the AGFS team, Jill Rotach!

Jill joins us with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She will be your go to for all things service related and strives for excellence.

We are so pleased that Jill decided to join us and look forward to all the great things to come!

October 4, 2020 - Utica, NY

All of us at AGFS love the work we do, and that is attributable to our great clients. Meeting clients and hosting our annual events is always a highlight for us. Regrettably, the circumstances of the year limited our options.

So, we asked what could we do to say thank you for choosing us as your Financial Advisor team? Bake cookies of course! With some sugar and spice and the expert guidance from from the owner and staff of Wisk Baking Co. in Utica, NY, made over 1,000 cookies and shipped them directly to our clients' homes.

June 29, 2020 - Utica, NY

We are OPEN! and have remained open during the NYS shelter in place order as an essential business to continue to provide you, our clients, the expert care and services that you've come to know and expect. With the implementation of virtual meetings and conference calls, we were able to seamlessly continue to meet the high level of customer service needed to provide you with peace of mind even with the new normal.

But we are excited to announce we welcome you, once again, to schedule face to face appointments. Of course, Per NY state guidelines, masks are encouraged and new sanitation procedures are in place.

We can't wait to see you all again and we thank you for the trust you've given us to help guide you on your financial journey.

March 7, 2020 - Syracuse, NY

Heather participated in the 15th Annual Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run for the first time.

The Shamrock Run partners with the St. Patrick Hunger Project encouraging participants and spectators to bring either food donations of non-perishable canned or boxed food or monetary donations. Donations are distributed through the Inter-religious Food Consortium and the Food Bank of CNY.

March 7, 2020 - Utica, NY

Stephanie & friends participated in the American Heart Association's Heart Run & Walk completing the 5 mile run as part of Team Jayden

Stephanie also volunteers her time at the registration annually along side an AGFS familiar face, Colleen Thomas.

This year, Utica's Heart Run & Walk has raised a total of $754,812.77!