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Leadership 

2023 Board of Directors

Gary Cappon, CLU, LUTCF, RICP, FSCP, CLTC

President

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President

Gary Cappon, CLU, LUTCF, RICP, FSCP, CLTC

Gary is responsible for developing and leading Cadaret Grant’s (CG) fixed index annuity and fixed annuity business strategy across the enterprise. He also works closely with their general agents and insurance carriers, ensuring exceptional service quality for CG’s financial professionals, as well as driving insurance business growth and financial professional penetration. His over 20 years in the financial services industry, including over 16 at a large life insurance company, lend him the expertise to guide financial professionals through complicated cases. He is a past board member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (New York State) and was formerly president of the Syracuse chapter.

In his spare time, you can find Gary hunting, fishing, or coaching youth lacrosse.

Vinny Dallo, ChFC, CLU, CLTC, LUTCF

President-Elect

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President-Elect

Vinny Dallo, ChFC, CLU, CLTC, LUTCF

Vinny Dallo has been a financial professional since 2005. He began his career with MetLife, where he learned the aspects of comprehensive financial strategies. In 2010, Vinny transitioned his practice to New York Life. In 2017, Vinny established his own DBA, “Kappan Financial, LLC.”

Vinny brings a unique blend of intelligence and personality to his financial services practice. Recognizing the complexity of many financial issues, Vinny speaks plainly and openly to help ensure every client can understand these important concepts.

In the years prior to his career as a financial professional, Vinny worked in a variety of sales and marketing capacities. Vinny left his mark on each endeavor, helping to grow each company’s revenue, strengthen their client relationships and develop other team members.

Vinny graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. He continues his education at the American College of Financial Services, where he earned designations as a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow, a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®). Vinny has been a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)* during the years 2011, 2017, 2019, and 2020. He has been a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) since beginning his career in 2005, and he has served as the president of NAIFA Rochester and sat on the board for NAIFA NYS. He continues his NAIFA involvement by routinely visiting with lawmakers and elected officials in both Albany, NY, and Washington, DC.

Vinny’s professional passion is public speaking. He has conducted hundreds of presentations, educating people on all areas of personal financial strategies. Vinny’s motto is, “Education is the obligation of the expert.”

Vinny is licensed in Life & Health, is a Certified Long-Term Care Consultant, and holds his Series 6, 63, and 7 securities licenses.

 

Vincent Dallo is an Agent, New York Life Insurance Company; a Registered Representative offering securities products & services through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, A Licensed Insurance Agency; & Financial Advisory offering investment advisory services through Eagle Strategies LLC, A Registered Investment Advisor, 375 Woodcliff Drive, Fairport, NY 14450; Phone: 585-248-6769.  Eagle Strategies LLC & NYLIFE Securities LLC are New York Life Companies.

Kappan Financial, LLC is not owned or operated by New York Life Insurance Company or any affiliates. Neither Kappan Financial, LLC, its staff nor New York Life Ins. Co. or its agents/affiliates provide tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal or accounting professional before making any decisions.

*The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.

Thomas Palmeri, LUTCF

Secretary/Treasurer

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Secretary/Treasurer

Thomas Palmeri, LUTCF

Thomas F Palmeri, LUTCF has been in the industry since February 15, 1985 and has been a loyal NAIFA Member since that day. He started his career as a Financial Representative with MetLife in the Riverhead, New York office. After attaining two years of Leaders conference , he was promoted to Sales Manager and eventually to Branch Manager. After 21 years with MetLife, He left to work at National Life of Vermont where he worked as a Sales Manager and worked there for two years. He has been working with Guardian Life and Park Avenue Securities since February 2007. He is a current MDRT Member, Past NYS NAIFA President, Past NYS Membership chair for 13 years and won two Platinum Awards from NAIFA. He also served on NAIFA's National Membership Committee. In addition, he was a LUTC Moderator and NAIFA LILI Moderator for many years as well.

On a personal note, Tom graduated from Sachem High School in 1980 and St. Joseph's College in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in Human Relations. He is a father of four sons. As such he coached baseball for 10 years and was a Cub Master for many years. He continues to volunteer at two Patchogue Soup Kitchen for the last 12 years. Furthermore, he is an active member of the Patchogue Rotary Club for the last 4 years. When he is not working, he enjoys cooking, playing Golf and brewing beer at his friend's brewery, Spider Bite, in Holbrook, New York, and has been a member of the NYS Brewers Association.

Paul Sciacca

VP of Advocacy

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VP of Advocacy

Paul Sciacca

Paul joined New York Life in 2008 following a career on Wall Street as an institutional equity sales trader. He is a Financial Advisor working with families and business owners on wealth management, business succession, insurance, and estate planning strategies. He is a registered representative through NYLIFE Securities LLC, holding the Series 7, Series 63 & Series 65 licenses and an investment advisory representative with Eagle Strategies LLC (a registered investment adviser). Paul has held roles in organizations supporting our industry such as New York Life’s Agent Advisory Council in 2013 and is currently a Political Involvement Leader working with the Office of Governmental Affairs as a liaison between our elected officials and New York Life.

Joseph Templin, MEC, CAP, CLU, ChFC, CEC

VP of Membership

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VP of Membership

Joseph Templin, MEC, CAP, CLU, ChFC, CEC

Neil Himmelstein

VP of Programs

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VP of Programs

Neil Himmelstein

Graduate in Economics from the University of Maryland and has done post graduate studies at Dowling. The proud recipient of the Rudy Stegman award for outstanding achievement and leadership in the industry by Long Island NAIFA; Past president of Long Island NAIFA and is now the Metro New York Program and Education Chair. Co-Founder of the Long Island Accounting and Financial Planning Network Co-Chaired and started the Long Island Works program in Center Moriches for the Center Moriches school system. Currently on the advisory board of the Accountant Resource Group. Has been involved in case design and agency management for over twenty years. Specializing in High net worth programs such as premium finance and restricted property Trust and finding solutions for clients with health impairment needs. Expert in LOSAP planning utilizing annuities and life insurance.

Management Team

Whitney Wilgus

Chapter Executive

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Chapter Executive

Whitney Wilgus

NAIFA
600 State Street, Suite A
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Phone: 703-770-8412
Email Whitney

Wendy Speckerman

Director of Chapter Finance

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Director of Chapter Finance

Wendy Speckerman

NAIFA
600 State Street, Suite A
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
​Phone: 703-770-8403
Email Wendy

Jessica Nikkel

Director of Member Experience

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Director of Member Experience

Jessica Nikkel

NAIFA
600 State Street, Suite A
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
​Phone: 703-770-8405
Email Jessica