Meet Our Team

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Paul LaCava,
ChFC®, MSFS, RICP®

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As President of Benefits Plus and a partner of Wealth Conservation Group, Paul is a financial advisor with more than 27 years of experience in building custom-tailored financial plans with a high level of expertise and integrity for his clients. He focuses on working with business owners, executives, physicians and retirees in the areas of estate planning, asset management and retirement income strategies.

Paul is a registered Representative of NYLIFE Securities LLC (member of FINRA/SIPC) and a Registered Investment Advisory Representative with Eagle Strategies LLC^ (a registered investment advisor).

He is a recognized expert in the use of life insurance for estate preservation and tax preferred strategic wealth planning. He is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table* (MDRT) which is acknowledged internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance industry by demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service.

Paul holds a Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) degree from the American College, is a Chartered Financial consultant (ChFC®) and a Retirement Income Certified professional (RICP®). Paul received his B.S. in Finance from St. John’s University.

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Ron Gallina,
CLTC, LUTCF

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Ron is Vice-President of Benefits Plus, which merged with Wealth Conservation Group in 2016, in order to provide clients with added comprehensive planning solutions. His experience as a professional in the financial services industry spans more than 27 years. Since joining New York Life as a licensed agent, he was the recipient of many prestigious awards such as T.A.S. Agent of The Year (1993, 1994) as well as the National Quality Award and the Senior Vice President Award (1995).

Ron is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table* (MDRT). Members of MDRT are recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance industry by demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service.

He holds the designations of Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC) and Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF).

Ron is a specialist in benefit planning which includes Employee Benefits, Health Benefits, 401K Plans and Rollovers, Business Succession Planning, Retirement Income strategies and Business Insurance Planning. His focus is on creating extensive strategy packages that both helps protect businesses and individuals and positions them to prosper. He believes collaborations with clients is critical in developing effective and innovative benefit strategies.

Mary Ellen Kennedy
Director of Operations and Policy Service Manager

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Mary has been in the financial services industry since 1989 and joined the firm in 1998. She manages the daily operations of the life, annuity, long term care and investment divisions of the company. Mary reviews all incoming applications and works directly with both our clients and the insurance / investment companies during the entire underwriting process.

She maintains direct contact with our clients after the underwriting process is completed and tends to all policy service needs.

Teri Gallina
Group Insurance Service Manager

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Teri has been with our firm since 1994 managing the employee benefits division of the company. She works closely with our client’s Human Resource departments to help them administer their employee benefit programs. Teri supports our clients with their enrollments, terminations, billing and claims issues and renewal processing.

Janet Holt
Group Insurance Service Assistant

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Janet has been in the financial services industry since 2013 and joined the firm in 2015. She works closely with our client’s Human Resource departments in helping them to administer their employee benefit programs. Janet supports our clients with enrollments, terminations, billing and claims issues and their renewal processing.

*MDRT is recognized throughout the industry as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.
^Paul and Ron do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Individuals should consult with their own tax, legal or accounting advisors
before implementing any planning.