UNIQUE NEEDS REQUIRE SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE
Andrew Komarow MSFS, CFP®
Andrew is the Founder of Planning Across the Spectrum and specializes in helping any self-advocating client or families with autism and intellectual disabilities.
Andrew is a passionate advocate for autism awareness in his community and for his work as a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™). He has always worked toward helping his clients gain financial security now and for their future. Putting both of these interests together, Andrew was inspired to launch Planning Across the Spectrum.
Andrew understands the difficulty and stigma that many individuals with special needs face. Having received his Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis as an adult, many questions about the struggles he had growing up, and as a young adult, were answered. Through this experience, Andrew knew that he wanted to do something to work with the special needs community to provide answers and security in the financial world. He took time to educate himself in everything he could to help this underserved community and now dedicates himself to it.
Andrew provides a unique planning perspective for those with special needs, their caregivers, and their families because he has “walked in their shoes.” He has experienced the medical, social, educational, legal, vocational, and relational issues that come with being a member of the autism community. Due to this, he can provide specialized aid to his clients, and most importantly, he understands that every situation is unique.
Planning Across the Spectrum is a company designed for more than just financial planning. Andrew created a resource to provide expert guidance and valuable resources for life decisions that are either unknown, not easily accessible or can be complicated to pilot for someone with special needs.
Andrew is active with Autism Services & Resources Connecticut as a member of their board. Andrew also sits on the boards for The American College Alumni and the FOCUS Center for Autism. He was appointed by the Connecticut house of representatives to their Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Council and frequently advocates for those with Autism and other Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Andrew is a frequent guest speaker on his own experiences or on various financial and insurance planning topics.
Andrew earned a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) and has achieved the distinction of being a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™). He also has certifications as a Behavioral Financial Advisor(BFA™), Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®), and an Associated Estate Planner (AEP®) among his other designations. As a business owner, husband, and father Andrew does not get much spare time, but when he does, he enjoys tinkering with electronics, travel, and bike rides. He resides in the Farmington Valley with his wife, daughter, and his dog Bentley.
He can most easily be reached via email; [email protected]
Designation:Special Needs Advisor
Eric is a Special Needs Advisor and specializes in helping families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 14-21. Eric created this role to address the frustration he felt while working to get his son’s services in place. He joined Planning Across the Spectrum to help families with special needs, like his, to navigate the disability maze.
Eric recognizes there is much more to a family’s financial well-being than insurance and investment management. Often families have more pressing issues or concerns to be addressed. Therefore, Eric provides a comprehensive, holistic evaluation of a family’s financial status and listens to their goals. He explains financial, investment, benefit and insurance options and makes appropriate recommendations, including how families can manage their own finances or recommending that they seek ongoing help from a certified financial planner.
Eric earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance & Information Systems and is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™). He also holds certifications as a Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®), a Chartered Federal Employee Benefits Consultant (ChFEBC™) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®). He is active in the community and he serves as a board member for both the Special Education Citizens Advisory Board and Resource Connections Inc.
Eric’s enjoys hiking, traveling, and mountain biking throughout Maryland.
He can most easily be reached via email: [email protected]planningacrossthespectrum.com.
Andrew Arboe is an active autism advocate in Connecticut. Andrew is the Event Facilitator of Planning Across The Spectrum in charge of updating the calendar with various autism events around Connecticut. Andrew recently graduated from Manchester Community College with an Associate’s Degree as a Disability Specialist. Andrew also works as a job coach and clinician helping to empower the lives of individuals with ASD. Andrew has several life goals which include engaging in conversations about ASD in various settings and getting involved in the legislative scene to help pass autism bills in the state. When not at work, he is into gaming (being a huge fan of the NieR series), reading books on a variety of topics, and eating at Cheesecake Factory.
Designation:Director of Client Services
Brittney, using her many years of experience working in the medical field, has translated well into the financial planning industry. With Brittney serving on the front line of a variety of different aspects of client services such as, event planning, and other administrative duties.
In her spare time, Brittney enjoys listening to music, reading science fiction books and taking any chance she gets to visit with her brother and his family in Florida.
She can most easily be reached via email; [email protected]
Designation:Director of Client Communication
Michelle has 17 years of experience in customer service and client relations. She has worked in a wide range of fields, including retail management, the restaurant industry, secretarial services, and caring and advocating for clients with special needs as a home health aide.
As an athlete in the sport of roller derby, she was voted into the role of mediator and league representative for her team, helping to resolve interpersonal issues and aid in team communications.
She truly enjoys assisting people, and prides herself on being personable, trustworthy, and efficient.
Designation:Director of Digital Content
Department:Director of Digital Content
Jillian is a Connecticut-based filmmaker, writer, and advocate for mental health and autism-related issues. She'll be helping us strengthen our digital presence by assisting our advisors in editing articles for our blog, creating graphics and worksheets, and putting together our monthly newsletter.
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