Our investment professionals have experience spanning more than three decades of market cycles and hail from a variety of backgrounds including research, trading, and portfolio management.
Chief Executive Officer
Portfolio Manager, Investment Grade Corporate Bond Investments
Mr. Klein, who has over 30 years of industry experience, is the Lead Portfolio Manager for the Granite Springs Total Return Fund. Previously, Mr. Klein served as the President and Chief Investment Officer of Citation Advisors, LLC, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation Asset Management. Prior to Citation Advisors, he served as a Senior Managing Director, Lead Portfolio Manager, and member of the Executive Committee at Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC, where he managed credit assets including the Citation Funds. Prior to Aladdin, Mr. Klein was a Managing Director at Dresdner Kleinwort LLC. As the head of credit asset management in the U.S. (2004-2008), he directed a group that managed a multibillion dollar portfolio of long/short proprietary assets. From 2001-2003, he was the head of credit flow trading in the U.S. for Dresdner. Mr. Klein has also worked at Paine Webber International Ltd., Oppenheimer & Company Inc., and Salomon Brothers Inc., where he held various credit trading and management roles.
Mr. Klein holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University.
Chief Investment Officer
Portfolio Manager, Corporate Bond Investments
Mr. Masel is a Portfolio Manager for the Granite Springs Total Return Fund as well as the Lead Portfolio Manager for the High Yield Corporate Bond Strategy. He began his career on Wall Street as a corporate bond analyst at Paine Webber, Inc., where he held several senior-level research positions and ultimately became the firm's Head of U.S. Credit Research. Prior to joining Granite Springs in January of 2014, Mr. Masel was a portfolio manager and credit analyst with JAE Credit Management. He also formerly held senior-level positions at Millenium Partners, Moore Capital Management, and James Caird Asset Management. Mr. Masel has more than 35 years of experience in the credit markets as a banker, credit analyst, and portfolio manager. Upon his arrival in 2014, Mr. Masel launched the high yield corporate bond strategy. He serves as a key asset to the other financial advisors on the team in addition to running this portfolio.
Mr. Masel earned a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 1977 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1981.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Seelaus joined the firm as a Managing Director in October of 2014. He spent the first 10 years of his career as a market maker and trader of US Government Bonds for several firms including JP Morgan and HSBC. Just prior to joining the firm, Mr. Seelaus was a Managing Director and Head of US Government Bond trading for Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Seelaus earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University and is a graduate of Seton Hall Prep. He currently resides in Short Hills, NJ with his wife and two children. He holds FINRA licenses 7, 24, 63
Chief Compliance Officer
David joined the firm in 2017 and is an experienced securities industry professional with nearly 30 years of financial, regulatory, and industry experience leading the Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering department covering a wide range of financial products and services. Previously, Mr. Zack was the Co-Chief Compliance Officer of Seaport Global Securities LLC and the Chief Compliance Officer and Anti-Money Laundering Officer for Global Hunter Securities LLC and Credit Agricole Cheuvreux North America, Inc. Prior, Mr. Zack was a Branch Chief for the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
David earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science degree from Philadelphia University, and is accredited as a Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Institute at Wharton. Mr. Zack is also a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant and holds FINRA licenses 7, 24, 57, 63, 79, & 99.
In an effort to maintain close ties to the community, he also volunteers as VP Finance for Temple Sinai in Summit, NJ, a 501(c)(3) religious non-profit organization where he manages the Finance Department. David currently resides in New Providence, NJ with his wife and two children.
James P. o'mealia
Head of Equity Portfolio Management
Mr. O’Mealia, who has over 30 years of industry experience, is the Head of Equity Portfolio Management for the firm. He was the founder and President of Sunnymeath Asset Management, Inc., which managed a variety of investment partnerships and separate accounts and was purchased by Granite Springs Asset Management, LLC in April 2017. In recent years, he also served as a manager of the Multi-Cap product for ICC Capital before its acquisition by Highland Capital. He previously served as the Vice CIO of Fox Asset Management, an RIA with $3.0 billion of assets under management, where he managed institutional equity, balanced and fixed income accounts and was a member of the firm's Investment and Management Committees. He previously served as a consultant to IBJ Schroder Bank & Trust. At McGlinn Capital Management, he was Chief Operating Officer and served as a manager of the firm’s equity and high yield investments and directed the firm’s research effort. He was previously the Vice President in charge of New York Life Insurance Company’s public equity and high yield investments and was directly responsible for the management of $1.2 billion of public mutual funds and insurance company assets. He began his career as an analyst for Argus Research where he covered a variety of industries.
Mr. O'Mealia currently serves on the board of the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts. Active in his community, he has previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of Navesink Country Club, Treasurer of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, Treasurer of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation, and as the Assistant Treasurer of the Rumson Country Day School. He has also served on The Rumson Country Day School’s Board of Trustees, The Hill School’s Board of Trustees, the Count Basie Theatre Foundation Advisory Board and the New Jersey Council for Economic Education. Mr. O’Mealia holds a BA degree with majors in English and Economics from St. Lawrence University.
Managing Director, Municipal Bond Investments
Tom Dalpiaz has over 30 years of experience in the municipal bond investment business. He started as a municipal bond credit analyst at Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch, and Weiss, Peck & Greer. Mr. Dalpiaz later transitioned from credit analysis to bond portfolio management and subsequently spent time working at Weiss, Peck & Greer, Sage Capital Management, Neuberger Berman, and Advisors Asset Management. In 2013, he joined Granite Springs as a Managing Director, tasked with overseeing bond portfolios for the firm's clients. In this role, he not only manages assets but also trades and researches the municipal bond market and regularly publishes a market commentary. Mr. Dalpiaz has had a series of articles published in Forbes and is the author of “Managing Municipal Bond Portfolios For High-Net-Worth Investors,” a chapter found in The Handbook of Municipal Bonds by Sylvan G. Feldstein and Frank J. Fabozzi.
Mr. Dalpiaz has a Bachelor of Arts in History and an MBA in Finance from Hofstra University. He holds FINRA licenses 7, 24, 63, and 65.
Senior Vice President
Raphaella Eliseo joined Granite Springs in March of 2010, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience working with private clients and institutional investors. Mrs. Eliseo manages the the firm's administrative operations, including portfolio accounting and performance reporting. Prior to joining Granite Springs, she was a sales assistant at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. for seven years and a portfolio administrator at Williams, Jones & Associates for over 15 years.
Mrs. Eliseo earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Kingsborough College.
Vice President of Institutional Marketing and Investor Relations
Amy Smoragiewicz joined Granite Springs in 2016 to launch an Institutional Marketing effort on the heels of the inception of the firm’s first commingled bond fund, the Total Return Fund. Previously she worked for JP Morgan as a Client Relationship Management (CRM) Project Manager and then as a Business Manager for Global Research, working with internal clients on the Morgan Markets application. Prior to JP Morgan she worked for the asset manager John A. Levin & Co. as an Applications Manager in charge of the market data and CRM systems. She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Management Consultant, specializing in SAP implementations.
Mrs. Smoragiewicz graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce. She has been a Summit resident for the last 10 years along with her husband and three children. Amy holds FINRA license 65.
Vice President - Performance/Analytics
Mrs. Crolius has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry with an extensive background in operations and trade reconciliation, and had been with Sunnymeath Asset Management, Inc. for 12 years prior to its purchase by Granite Springs in April 2017. Before joining Sunnymeath she had served as an assistant portfolio manager and performance analyst for Fox Asset Management. She has also worked at Checkfree Investment Services, providing portfolio management systems support to the investment and brokerage industries. She began her career with Merrill Lynch, where she worked as a financial analyst in the Consulting and Advisory Services division.
Mrs. Crolius received her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Kean University.
Mary Jane Sauer
Vice President - Administration
Mrs. Sauer has over 40 years of experience in office administration. She previously worked at Fox Asset Management as an administrative assistant responsible for filing, recordkeeping and served as an assistant to the Chief Compliance Officer. She has also worked in the medical field providing clinical and administrative duties for various physicians.
Investment Advisor Representatives
Senior Vice President
Joe Felicetti began his career as an accountant with Smith Barney in 1983. While working full-time during the day, he attended night school at Fordham University. Since then, Mr. Felicetti has specialized in working with retirees and their heirs to protect their principal and ensure that their money lasts. He joined R. Seelaus & Co. in June of 2002 and Granite Springs in January of 2013. His practice focuses on retirement distribution and estate planning. Through February 2016 he was a member of Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Adviser Group.
Mr. Felicetti graduated from the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting & Finance. He holds FINRA licenses 7, 63, and 65.
Senior Vice President
Mary Parker has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. Before joining R. Seelaus & Co. in September of 2006 and Granite Springs in January of 2013, she was the first woman to be named to the management team within the municipal bond department at Merrill Lynch. Ms. Parker served as Vice President and Manager of Merrill's Northeast Municipal Bond Region, operating as a trader and underwriter of new issues. From there, she moved to McConnell, Budd & Romano in Morristown, NJ, a private investment banking and financial advisory firm focused solely on the bank and thrift sector. She helped the firm successfully launch a high-net-worth group while simultaneously heading the equity trading desk. Ms. Parker is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a degree in Economics.
Ms. Parker advises high-net-worth individuals and families by helping them set financial goals in order to reach and maintain financial independence. Her expertise includes portfolio management as well as retirement, legacy, and estate planning.
She is licensed in life and health insurance through the NJ State Department of Banking and Insurance.
Ms. Parker is the Chair of the Summit YMCA Advisory Board. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ as well as the Greensboro Association in Greensboro, VT.
She holds FINRA licenses 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63, and 65.
Executive Vice President
Paul Stierhoff has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) practitioner since 2003, Mr. Stierhoff brings a wealth of knowledge and portfolio management expertise to his clients, working with high-net-worth individuals, families, business owners, corporations, and non-profits. He got his start in Merrill Lynch's futures division, before transitioning to roles offering more traditional investment services elsewhere on the street. He joined R. Seelaus & Co. in March of 1993 and Granite Springs in January of 2013. From 2013 through 2018, Mr. Stierhoff has been recognized as a FIVE STAR Professional Wealth Manager in New Jersey, which is based on 10 objective criteria and administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC. See the full award criteria and Paul's profile here.
Mr. Stierhoff is also active in charitable and philanthropic pursuits. He volunteers with Furniture Assist, an organization that provides furniture and household items free of charge to families with recognized needs. He is a trustee of the Henry S. & Agnes M. Truzack Foundation, a private charitable foundation that makes grants to worthwhile non-profit organizations. Mr. Stierhoff also acts in an advisory capacity for the Drew University Center for Civic Engagement. He has been active in the community as both a lacrosse and soccer coach and enjoys playing masters lacrosse in his spare time. He currently resides in Westfield, New Jersey with his wife and three children.
Mr. Stierhoff holds FINRA licenses 7 and 63, and is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) practitioner.