Our Team

Our Team

Where All the Pieces Come Together

In 1994, with more than two decades of experience in the investment and banking industries, Thomas J. Bartholomew founded Bartholomew & Company, Inc. Tom’s unflagging commitment to his clients and his profession has not only earned him a loyal clientele among the Worcester-area’s affluent individuals but national recognition as well.

Today, Bartholomew & Company comprises a core of dedicated professionals whose goals, individually and as a group, are to provide you with the expertise, sound financial judgment, and personalized service you need to confidently chart your financial future.

With a single phone call to our office, you have access to a group of wealth managers who collectively leverage more than a century’s experience to your advantage regarding your financial life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas J. Bartholomew, AIF®

President

In 1994, with more than two decades of experience in the investment and banking industries, Thomas J. Bartholomew founded Bartholomew & Company, Inc. Today, Tom oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, supported by ten registered representatives, three registered assistants, and nine additional support team members.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Financial Network® as an investment adviser representative in 1994, Tom was senior vice president and partner of A.F. Best Securities in Coral Springs, Florida. In 1981, while working at Worcester County National Bank (WCNB), Tom was responsible for all aspects of municipal banking, including business development and financial/fiscal advisory services. After WCNB was absorbed by Shawmut Bank, Tom went on to manage the entire municipal operation for several Massachusetts counties, and he created Shawmut's retail fixed income sales, brokerage, and underwriting operation for Central and Western Massachusetts. From 1977 to 1981, Tom was a licensed insurance and securities representative for New England Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Tom's commitment to his clients and his profession, along with his experience and reputation in the fixed income markets, has not only earned him a loyal clientele among local and regional affluent individuals, but a respectable national recognition as well.

Since 1994, Tom has been a member of Commonwealth's Leaders Club and was the recipient of Commonwealth's Special Service Award in 2000, which is given to the person who especially embodies the ideals of Commonwealth and best personifies the qualities of leadership. Since 1991, Tom has participated as a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Annual School teaching investment principles to newly elected and appointed treasurers. As a featured presenter at the 2010 Top Independent Advisors Summit, hosted by Barron's magazine, Tom spoke on “Analyzing Risks and Opportunities in the Fixed-Income Market.”

Tom holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 51, 63, and 65 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network. Tom has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation from fi360 and has received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. He was educated at Assumption College, Williams College, and Rutgers University Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Tom is very active in the community and serves in the following volunteer capacities:

  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation—Member, Investment Committee
  • The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts—Community member, Investment Committee
  • UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial—Development Council member
  • West Boylston Community Club—Member involved with fund-raising
  • Worcester Art Museum—Corporator

In his free time, Tom enjoys playing golf, traveling, and cooking for family and friends. Tom and his wife, Lyn, reside in West Boylston, Massachusetts.

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Thomas J. Bartholomew is proud to have been recognized as a Chairman's Level advisor for 2016—a distinction based on annual production attained by just 3 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the broker/dealer–RIA that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Chairman's Level advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Chairman's Level advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

 

Alexander Bartholomew

Vice President

Alex joined Bartholomew & Company in late 2009 upon completion of graduate school. His initial contributions included assisting with reviewing, updating, and researching clients' portfolios as they pertain to cost basis versus current market value. Once he gained greater understanding of the office dynamic, he was able to add value through process improvement. He has reengineered and maintained the municipal department's in-house reporting process in order to ensure its scalability as the company continues to grow. His most recent endeavors involve assisting representatives in portfolio and investment analysis through the use of asset allocation and performance models, some of which he has developed.

Alex attended Bryant University over a five-year period and received both his BA in liberal arts and his MBA in finance. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered staff member with Commonwealth Financial Network®.

Brianna Benoit

Receptionist

Brianna joined the company in January 2014. As our “director of first impressions,” Brianna greets callers and visitors to Bartholomew & Company in a friendly and courteous manner and maintains a pleasant and welcoming front-office environment. 

She supports the office in a variety of functions, including preparing client reports and correspondence, processing check deposits for client accounts, and assisting with special projects. Brianna maintains our office supply inventory and is helpful to everyone in keeping the office running smoothly. Brianna loves country music and enjoys spending time with family and friends. 

Amanda Cozzolino

Marketing Assistant

Amanda joined Bartholomew & Company in 2008 as administrative assistant/receptionist, greeting callers and visitors to the office and assisting our advisors with client and prospect meeting preparation.

In January 2014, Amanda joined the municipal team as a marketing assistant, working closely with team members in assisting clients and responding to prospect inquiries. She prepares client reports and presentations and schedules clients’ quarterly and annual appointments with our municipal team. She maintains contact with municipal clients via monthly newsletters and periodic e-mail communications. Amanda is also responsible for the design and production of municipal prospect material. Additionally, she assists advisors as needed, processing trade logs and check deposits and answering the telephone.

Amanda is a licensed Zumba instructor, teaching three classes per week. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Christopher Davies, AIF®

Vice President

Chris joined Bartholomew & Company, Inc., in March 1998. When Chris first started at the firm, he worked with Tom Bartholomew and Bob Harris as they mentored him on the intricacies and values of owning a fixed income portfolio. Since then, Chris has gained the knowledge and experience necessary to help maintain investment objectives within accounts held by cities and towns.

Chris has the role of assuring that all municipal accounts are reviewed in full on a daily basis. Chris analyzes each portfolio he monitors for a number of different objectives, including safety, liquidity, and yield, and places trades that pursue the client's objectives. He also completes most buy and sell trades that are required for each account and confirms that each trade complies with the customer profile that has been established together with Tom, Joshua, and the town treasurer. Chris is also the first internal contact that each client has with Bartholomew & Company. He and Terri handle the original transfer of assets to the town's new account with Bartholomew & Company and Commonwealth Financial Network®. Included in the transfer process is the task of assuring the full account has transferred in and that all cost basis information is correct in the new account.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in prelaw. He has his FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations and is a registered representative and investment adviser representative with Commonwealth Financial Network. Chris earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility.

Chris is a member of the Worcester County Food Bank Board of Directors and Finance Committee. He serves on the Board of Governors for the YMCA Greendale Family Branch and on the scholarship committee of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. He is a member of the Holden Towers Tennis Club, National Ski Patrol Alumni Association, and Petersham Curling Club.

Brian Foley

Vice President

Brian joined Bartholomew & Company, Inc., in June 2009, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Brian has his FINRA Series 1, 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations as an investment company representative and general securities representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. He is also a licensed life and health insurance agent.

A graduate of Nichols College, Brian is currently on the school's College Advisory Board and is a former board member of the Holden Area Chamber of Commerce. He resides in Holden with his wife, Darlene, and their two children.

Kathleen Glowacki

Analyst

In June 2016, Bartholomew & Company welcomed Kathleen as a member of our investment management team. In her role as analyst, Kathleen provides technical support to the team, including assisting with asset allocation decisions, portfolio construction, and rebalancing strategies. She researches current holdings and new investment opportunities in order to make recommendations to our advisors and assists the team in meeting all client needs.

Kathleen holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered staff member with Commonwealth Financial Network®. She previously served as an intern in Retirement Consulting at Commonwealth and as a research associate intern at Bartholomew & Company. She is a 2016 graduate of the College of Wooster, Ohio, with a BA in economics and a minor in political science.

Megan Granger

Chief Financial Officer

Megan joined Bartholomew & Company in September 2003, bringing with her 10 years of public accounting experience. Megan is our chief financial officer and is responsible for all internal accounting functions, including cash disbursements, commission calculations and reconciliations, monthly financial statements, and year-end tax planning.

Megan is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the AICPA and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. She has a BA in accounting from Assumption College. Megan resides in West Boylston with her husband and two children.

Robert J. Harris

Senior Vice President

Robert (Bob) Harris is our municipal bond specialist. He graduated from Parsons College in Iowa. He holds his FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations and has been a registered representative since 1970. He started his career in Chicago with Channer Newman Securities at age 25 and was one of the youngest brokers at the time. In 1980, he pursued an opportunity to manage his own business, Crocke-Roberts, Inc., also located in Chicago.

Bob later moved to Cape Cod and worked for Dougherty, Dawkins, Strand & Yost until 1990. From 1990 to 1994, Bob was senior vice president with A.F. Best Securities, Inc., in Coral Springs, Florida. Bob joined Bartholomew & Company in 1994 as senior vice president.

Kay Holm

Office Services Assistant

Kay joined Bartholomew & Company in 2009 as a part-time office services assistant. In this role, she assists with a variety of duties, including preparing client review materials, maintaining office files and the client database, and providing general office assistance as needed. 

Prior to joining Bartholomew & Company, Kay worked for Fidelity Investments. She holds a BA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time with her husband and three children, and volunteering at her children’s school. 

Dory Huard, RICP®, AIF®

Vice President

Dory joined Bartholomew & Company in 2005, bringing with her more than 30 years of municipal and finance experience. She served seven years as a vice president at Bank of America, where she was responsible for municipal client accounts, and has close to 30 years of experience as a town treasurer, collector, and assessor.

As a Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) designee, Dory assists clients in creating effective retirement income plans by determining savings requirements and calculating retirement projections to meet future needs. Using various scenarios, Dory helps clients to plan for unforeseen circumstances, minimize tax consequences, and consider social security claiming effects when creating their retirement income strategy. In addition, she is a certified life, health, variable, and long-term care insurance agent.

In February 2015, Dory was recognized in Boston magazine as a Five Star Wealth Manager based on criteria established by Five Star Professional that recognizes service professionals who provide quality services to their clients.*

Dory holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. She earned the RICP® designation from the American College of Financial Services and the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation from fi360 and has received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility.

Dory graduated summa cum laude from Anna Maria College with a BS in business management with a concentration in finance. She is certified as both a Massachusetts municipal treasurer and collector and currently serves as an assessor for the Town of Paxton.

*Based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including minimum of five years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, fulfillment of firm’s internal review, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, number of client households, education and professional designations. 3,542 Boston wealth managers were considered for the award; 801 (23 percent of candidates) were named 2015 Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is not indicative of the wealth managers’ future performance.  For more information, please visit www.fivestarprofessional.com

Brian R. Jamros

Vice President

Bartholomew & Company welcomed Brian in January 2016 as a member of our Municipal Services team, working to meet the needs of our municipal clients.

Brian’s nearly 20 years of experience in the banking industry include positions as assistant manager and assistant vice president/branch manager at Flagship Bank & Trust Company and more recently vice president/government banking sales manager and vice president/municipal sales manage, serving the Massachusetts market.

Brian holds a BS in business administration, management, and finance from Worcester State University and served as financial counseling director of Connect Community Church from 2008 to April 2017. He has a long history of volunteer and community involvement.

Brian is a resident of Sutton, Massachusetts. He enjoys golf, skiing, and snowboarding, and loves doing life with his wife, Lynn, and their children.

Hazel Kirrane

Executive Assistant to President

As executive assistant to the president, Hazel is the first point of contact for Tom's clients' service inquiries about their accounts. She is responsible for administrative duties including updating account information and processing checks and wire transfers. Hazel also prepares account performance reports for use during client portfolio reviews.

Hazel joined the company in 2004, bringing with her more than 10 years of client services experience. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered sales assistant with Commonwealth Financial Network®.

In her free time, Hazel enjoys spending time gardening, going to the beach, and hiking with her children. In addition, she volunteers for Abby's House in Worcester, a homeless shelter for women and children.

Peter McManus, AIF®

Vice President

Peter joined Bartholomew & Company, Inc., in June 2009, with 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Peter holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66 securities registrations as a general securities representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. He is also a licensed life insurance agent.

Peter is a member of the Town of Stow Finance Committee and has a long history of community involvement in  nonprofit volunteering and fundraising. He is a graduate of Hobart College and resides in Stow, Massachusetts, with his two college-age sons.

Michelle Newcomb, AIF®

Vice President

Michelle joins Chuck and Dory on the Municipal Services team in meeting the needs of our municipal clients. She brings with her six years of municipal banking experience as a municipal calling officer and assistant vice president with Rockland Trust Company, where she worked with more than 150 municipal clients. Previously, Michelle held the position of executive assistant to the CFO of Rockland Trust, where she managed shareholder relations for four years.

Michelle is a member of the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association (MCTA), Plymouth County Collector/Treasurer Association, Norfolk County Municipal Finance Officers Association, and Bristol County Collector/Treasurer Association. 

Michelle holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. She has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation from Fiduciary360 and has formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. Michelle holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.

Chuck Patterson, AIF®

Senior Vice President and COO

Chuck joined Bartholomew & Company in 2002 after nearly 20 years of public municipal service.

As the head of the Municipal department, Chuck is responsible for ensuring that all clients' fiduciary needs are being met as well as leading all municipal prospecting endeavors. Chuck assists our municipal clients with law interpretations and procedural policies as they relate to Massachusetts General Laws and Treasurer office operations.

During his 14-year tenure as the treasurer/collector for the Town of Shrewsbury, he had full responsibility of all cash management functions. He implemented the town's current investment policy and managed the town's $90 million in annual general operating receipts. He participated in numerous borrowings, culminating with the town's largest borrowing ever of over $62 million in 2001.

Chuck has also served as the treasurer of Tantasqua Regional School District in Sturbridge, a staff accountant for the City of Worcester Treasurer's office, and a municipal calling officer at Shawmut Bank.

Chuck's numerous professional associations include the Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association (MCTA) and the Worcester County Treasurers/Collectors Association; he is a past president of both organizations. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Shrewsbury Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union. In addition, Chuck is the Chairman Protem/President for the First Congregational Church of Rutland, Massachusetts.

In 2015, Chuck was named senior vice president and chief operating officer for Bartholomew & Company. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, and 66 securities registrations as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. Chuck has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® professional designation from Fiduciary360 and has received formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. He has certifications as both a treasurer and a collector from MCTA.

Joshua A. Paul, CFP®, AIF®

Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Bartholomew & Company in 1995 as a registered representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Joshua was employed by Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., and Cape Cod Bank & Trust Company (CCB&T). Joshua earned his FINRA Series 7 securities registration in 1994 while working at CCB&T before entering his senior year of college. Currently, Joshua holds FINRA Series 7, 24, 63, and 65 securities registrations and is an investment adviser representative.

Joshua's approach to investment management is to construct planning solutions geared toward each client's specific needs and risk tolerance, reflecting Bartholomew & Company's core values. He reviews portfolios regularly and adjusts them as needed, carefully managing volatility to pursue consistent, long-term performance and to assure commitment to each client's goals and objectives.

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Joshua A. Paul is proud to have been recognized as a Founder's Club advisor for 2016—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 39 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the broker/dealer–RIA that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Founder's Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Founder's Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership.


Joshua is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional* and has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary360, receiving formal training in investment fiduciary responsibility. He graduated from the Boston College Carroll School of Management with a BS in finance. Joshua also studied at the London School of Economics. He was named a 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager, as published in Boston magazine.**

In his free time, Joshua volunteers as a member of the Scholarship Committee for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation and as a coach for his children's sports teams. He enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, visiting warm climates, and traveling to Cape Cod, where he lived for nearly 20 years. Joshua resides in Groton, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children.

*Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.
**Five Star Award is based on 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria, including minimum of 5 years as an active credentialed financial professional, favorable regulatory and complaint history, fulfillment of firm’s internal review, accepts new clients, client retention rates, client assets administered, number of client households, education and professional designations. 3,542 Boston wealth managers were considered for the award; 801 (23 percent of candidates) were named 2015 Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is not indicative of the wealth managers’ future performance.  For more information, please visit 
www.fivestarprofessional.com

Suzanne Pisinski

Marketing Associate

Suzanne joined Bartholomew & Company in 1996 as administrative assistant to Thomas Bartholomew, president, a position she held for 12 years before transitioning to her current role as marketing associate.

Responsible for client and prospect communications, Suzanne coordinates the creation and distribution of company brochures, monthly newsletters, website updates, press releases, advertising, and public relations materials. She assists staff in writing and editing documents and works with Commonwealth Financial Network® to ensure that communications are compliant with industry regulations.

Suzanne has more than 25 years of administrative, sales, and marketing experience and holds an associate's degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. In her free time, she enjoys music, theater, outdoor activities, and spending time with her family. Suzanne serves on the scholarship committee for the Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Regina Pranckevicius

Registered Assistant

Regina is the assistant to Brian Foley and Peter McManus. She is the first point of contact for their clients' service inquiries about their accounts.

Regina joined the company in 2009, bringing with her more than 20 years of securities-related experience with a major northeast regional bank's trust department and a national full-service brokerage firm. She holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations as a registered sales assistant with Commonwealth Financial Network®. Regina graduated from Fisher College with an associate's degree in business.

Michele A. Renaud-Ingel

Assistant to Joshua Paul/Office Manager

Michele joined the company in 1998, bringing with her more than 10 years of client services experience. 

As assistant to Joshua Paul, Michele assists clients with service inquiries regarding their accounts. She is responsible for all administrative duties, which include updating account information and processing checks and transfers.

In her free time, Michele enjoys walking, bicycling, vegetable and flower gardening, and animal- and birdwatching. Michele resides in Brookfield with her husband and three cats.

Ashley Riley

Registered Representative

Ashley joined Bartholomew & Company in 2015 as an assistant to Thomas Bartholomew, president. She became a registered assistant and now holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®. Ashley works closely with Tom to identify client and prospect needs and investment opportunities, prepare reports and proposals, and assist clients with their account service inquiries.

Prior to joining Bartholomew & Company, Ashley was a research technician at Massachusetts General Hospital. A 2010 graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, she holds a BA in biology.

Nancy Scott, RICP®

Registered Representative

Nancy joined Bartholomew & Company in 2006 as a second career and now holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®.

As a Retirement Income Certified Professional® designee, Nancy assists clients in creating effective retirement income plans by determining savings requirements and calculating retirement projections to meet future needs. Using various scenarios, she helps clients to plan for unforeseen circumstances, minimize tax consequences, and consider social security claiming effects when creating their retirement income strategy. In addition, Nancy is a licensed life, health, and variable insurance agent. She also assists clients of Robert Harris with service inquiries about their accounts.

As a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BS in education, Nancy was a middle and high school mathematics teacher until she changed careers. In her spare time, Nancy spends time with her family (usually outside), enjoys photography and baking, and is a member of her local regional school committee. She resides in Chatham with her husband and two children.

Terese Serra

Registered Assistant

Terri joined our team in October 2009, bringing with her more than 14 years of financial services, project management, and client support experience. Terri is responsible for providing day-to-day support to our municipal clients, including timely and accurate processing of financial transfers, wires, EFTs, and check services. She also provides broker administration support with setting up new accounts, making account changes, and creating monthly and quarterly accounting reports.

Terri holds FINRA Series 6, 26, and 63 securities registrations, and she is a graduate of Worcester State College with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Terri lives in Northboro with her husband and daughter.