Joel Johnson, Managing Partner of Johnson Brunetti, has been in the financial services industry for over 28 years. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Joel and his team have helped thousands of families develop their own individualized retirement plans based on the unique needs of those approaching the second phase of their lives. Starting from humble beginnings but developing a strong work ethic early on, Joel’s grandfather taught him by serving others first and creating value for someone else, you will never have to worry about money. These important life lessons were the driving force in establishing a firm which stands for integrity and exceeding customer expectations. The goal of Johnson Brunetti is creating a sense of confidence as individuals head into retirement.
Through Joel’s leadership, Johnson Brunetti has grown into a firm specializing in Retirement and Investments with several Financial Advisors and seven offices located throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. Joel is the host of “Better Money” on WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News weekend mornings between 7 AM – 9 AM. He has a weekly financial radio show, “Money Wisdom” that can be heard on radio stations in New England, including WTIC NewsTalk 1080. He is the author of many books, including the “The Money Map”, has articles published in the Hartford Business Journal, the Journal Inquirer and is a monthly contributor to Forbes. In addition, Joel’s weekly Podcast, Money Wisdom, aimed at educating the public about smart retirement options can be downloaded from iTunes.
Joel has been instrumental in creating a team environment at Johnson Brunetti and due to this has become a well sought-out mentor within the financial services industry. Through the years, his passion for helping others has led Joel and Johnson Brunetti to donate money and resources to numerous non-profits including the Salvation Army, Veterans Association, Wounded Warriors, Dress for Success, Make-A-Wish®, Channel 3 Kids Camp, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and many others.
Joel and his wife Wendy have four sons. He loves hockey, music and traveling.
Eric Hogarth is a partner at Johnson Brunetti and is a member of our team of financial advisors. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Eric has been in the financial services industry for more than 12 years. Eric holds the Series 65 license, as well as Life, Health, Long-Term Care, Accident, and Property & Casualty licenses. Eric values the trust that his clients put in him, and truly enjoys working with them. One thing that Eric loves about his job is being able to help his clients prepare for one of the most important times in their lives – their retirement years. Eric’s honest approach and ability to decipher and explain complex financial situations in a clear, direct manner makes him a true partner to his clients.
Eric loves spending time at the beach with his wife and three children. His passion for skiing started early and has continued over the years – he was a ski instructor while in college and is now actively teaching his young children how to ski. Eric is also very passionate about serving the community and sits on the Board of Directors for the Mystic Aquarium helping them continue their mission of education and improving the oceans.
Alex Angst is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with Johnson Brunetti. In his role, Alex is responsible for working with clients to develop strategies and recommendations for building and protecting clients’ assets, as well as providing exceptional customer service and growing Johnson Brunetti’s client base. Prior to Johnson Brunetti, Alex was a Financial Advisor for MassMutual. In addition to being a CFP® certificant, Alex is a, is Series 66 licensed, is certified to sell Long-Term Care insurance approved by the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care, and holds his Life & Health license.
Alex is very passionate about his faith and his family and loves spending time with his wife. He is a die-hard Yankees fan and a lover of coffee. During his senior year of college, Alex had the opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia.
Heather Atkins is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who joined Johnson Brunetti in 2019. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 5 years. Prior to joining Johnson Brunetti, she was a Financial Advisor for a firm in Ohio. Her experience includes working with individuals and families to create their financial plan. Heather has also hosted community workshops to empower women in their financial situations. She holds a Series 65 license, a Life & Health license, and has her Chartered Retirement Planning Counsellor designation (CRPC®).
In her free time, Heather enjoys taking her dog Taz to the dog park, playing card and board games and trying out new restaurants. Her goal is to see all 50 states in the U.S. by age 50, and so far she’s already made it more than halfway.
Nick Colantuono, CFP®, joined Johnson Brunetti in 2018. He has worked in the financial services field since 2009 and enjoys helping others achieve their financial goals and dreams. Nick uses a holistic approach to planning as he helps transition his clients from a life of working to a life of doing things they love in retirement. He holds his Series 66 license as well as his Life, Health and Property and Casualty licenses.
Nick lives with his wife Julia in Boston and is an avid sports fan who loves playing golf, softball, lifting weights, snowboarding, and cheering on his Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
James is a member of our financial team and has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Johnson Brunetti, James spent the last 14 years at E*TRADE as a Branch Operations Manager. His responsibilities included compliance for the northeast regional branches. James holds the Series 65 license and the Connecticut Life and Health licenses.
James recently relocated to Connecticut from New Jersey with his wife and three sons. He enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, golf, basketball and softball.
Heath Grossman has been a member of our team of financial advisors since 2012. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Heath takes great care in assisting his clients to make prudent, well-informed financial decisions. His diverse experience in positions at some of the industry’s most prestigious institutions has included, financial advice, asset management, insurance and independent research. This knowledge has given him a vantage point which influences his approach toward guiding his clients.
Heath loves spending time with his wife and twin sons and in addition, can be found enjoying music, skiing and cooking when the opportunity presents itself.
Alex joined Johnson Brunetti in 2017. His attention to detail, good listening skills, and great empathy are strong attributes which create an all-around positive experience for our clients. Alex holds the Series 65 license as well as holding his Connecticut Life and Health license. Alex is also currently taking courses at the American College of Financial Services to become a Retirement Income Certified Specialist, which will help him achieve his goal of earning the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation.
Alex has a wife and three children and loves to spend any free time he may have by traveling.
Doug Miller is a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry. With decades of experience at Putnam Investments, GE Capital, and Allianz, he brings great insight and a thorough understanding of financial opportunities. Doug enjoys helping his clients by guiding them through their income needs. He takes complex financial situations and breaks them down into simple and easy-to-understand solutions. Doug is committed to helping our clients stay on the path towards financial security and independence.
Doug lives with his wife and daughter and is very involved in his local Youth Lacrosse program.
Matt joined Johnson Brunetti in 2017. He enjoys talking with clients and prospects to help develop their entire retirement picture and building strategies to help them towards their goals. He comes to us from Edward Jones, where he was a Financial Advisor. He has an MBA and the Series 66 license. He is also Life & Health Insurance licensed. Matt is also certified to sell Long-Term Care insurance approved by the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care.
Matt is an avid college football fan and when Penn State is playing you are sure to find him watching the game. Matt loves to hike and enjoys spending time with his wife, his daughter and their rescue dog, Tanner.
Ray Radikas joined the team of Johnson Brunetti advisors in 2018. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services. Ray employs a client-focused approach to addressing each client’s needs ensuring that recommended programs encompass their financial goals by providing customized strategies and exceptional customer service. He holds the Series 65 designation and is Life & Health Insurance licensed.
In his spare time, Ray enjoys hiking and fishing and most of all, spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is also a board member for the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) dedicated to preserving Connecticut’s prestigious 825-mile blue-blazed hiking trails.
David Shapiro has over 21 years of diverse financial services experience, including over a decade in investment management. He has an MBA and holds the Series 66 license as well as Life & Health Insurance licenses. He believes his broad understanding of the financial services industry creates an ideal foundation to understand and help clients achieve their goals. David, who joined Johnson Brunetti in 2018, is skilled at taking complex investment strategies and distilling them into simple understandable information.
David lives an active lifestyle with his wife Pam and two sons. They enjoy playing basketball, snowboarding and being outdoors.