Timothy A. Gusek, Larissa L. Gusek, and Mitchell Valenza

Senior Vice President & Investment Advisor Representatives - Queensbury Office

We strive to create a positive experience for every client. We recognize that addressing your financial well-being can be stressful and overwhelming. We meet you where you are and design a financial plan that makes sense for you.

Our goal is to ensure you feel confident in the financial decisions we make together.


We help our clients cultivate well-rounded financial health, covering topics including your estate, taxes, insurance, income needs, and investments. At the end of the day, we want to make sure you're as satisfied in your plan as we are, so you sleep well at night-- every night.

What Makes Us Unique?

Between Tim's 25+ years in the business and Larissa's fresh outlook; knowledge of optimal user experiences; and current technology, we've got you covered.

  • We service clients in the Upstate New York area, as well as individuals in over 35 states.
  • Meetings may be held in person, or we are happy to arrange a phone or Zoom meeting at clients' convenience.
  • We utilize the latest technology for secure document e-sharing and signatures, and we are equally content to snail mail paper documents, if that's more your style.
  • While many clients are nearing or navigating retirement, we are proud to also service younger individuals, cultivating healthy financial habits early.

Common Focuses:

  • IRAs: Traditional, Roth, Inherited, SEP, SIMPLE, RMDs
  • 401(k)s: Making the most of your work plan; managing your business' 401(k)
  • Retirement Planning: Navigating the intersection of pensions, deferred comp plans, 401(k)s, IRAs, Social Security, and more
  • 529 Planning: Tax-advantaged saving for higher education or dependents with disability
  • Death of a Loved One: The “just in case” planning, and the “what next” assistance.

So, Who Are We?


Tim


I am an experienced Financial Advisor and Registered Representative who began my financial services career with Paine Webber. I am registered as a General Securities Sales Supervisor and served as Branch Manager of the UBS Financial Services office in Glens Falls from 2002—2007. I am a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and I hold my Series 3, 7, 9, 10, 63 and 65 licenses, as well as Life and Health Insurance licenses.

I provide customized investment services to both individuals and organizations with a focus on business, group, and individual retirement planning. I offer comprehensive financial planning for high-net-worth individuals based on their unique needs, goals, and risk parameters, and am licensed to provide investment products and services in more than 35 states.

I am supportive of the local community and have served many deserving organizations. I am a graduate of the ARCC Community Leadership Program, a past Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross and a past board member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I have served as the Tri-County United Way's Small Business Chairman, as Treasurer of the Harrisena Community Church and as a leader with the Boy Scouts of America. I have also served multiple terms on the Fort Ann Central School District's board of education.

I live in Fort Ann, NY with my wife Kathleen. We have three children:

  • CPT Michael Gusek, graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
  • Larissa Gusek, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Registered Assistant with American Portfolios
  • Elizabeth Gusek, undergraduate at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

Larissa - Investment Advisor Representative

I joined my father Tim's practice in 2021. I am fully licensed with my Series 7 and 66 licenses, as well as my NYS Life, Accident, and Health license.

I graduated magna cum laude from the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. During my time in Providence, I took numerous courses at Brown University and was an active member of the Brown Aerial Acrobatics community, where I specialized in partner acrobatics. I worked full-time as an Industrial Designer at companies such as USAA and TOMY International before deciding to pursue my career in financial services.  

I live in Boston, MA with my cat Guinevere.


Mitchell - Investment Advisor Representative

I joined Tim and Larissa's practice in 2023. I am fully licensed with my Series 7 and 66 licenses, as well as my Georgia Life, Accident, and Sickness license. 

I grew up in Queensbury, New York. I graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point where I earned a bachelor's degree in economics. During my time as an Army Officer, I was stationed at Fort Liberty as a Paratrooper, deployed to Afghanistan as an Infantry Platoon Leader, and served as a Basic Training Company Commander.

I decided to pursue a career in financial services when my active-duty commitment ended. I continue to serve in the Army Reserves.  

I currently live near Raleigh, North Carolina with my wife Anna, our son Nicholas, and our two dogs, Ellie and Gracie. 



If you are interested in working with us, please reach out via phone or email.

E-mail Tim

E-mail Larissa

E-mail Mitchell


Tim - Please check Tim's background on FINRA's BrokerCheck

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Mitchell - Please check Mitchell's background on FINRA's BrokerCheck