Our Team

Marshall Rankowitz

Marshall Rankowitz

    • First Vice President - Investments
    Marshall is the founding member of our team and has been helping clients to realize their financial and life goals since 1995. He loves working with his clients and considers this his full-time hobby. Marshall, a former chemical engineer and manager in the food industry, lives in Ridgefield CT.  Marshall is a big NY Mets fan.  In his spare time, he also enjoys hiking, golf, travel, reading a good novel, plays and concerts, and spending time with his five grandchildren, ages 6 months to 7 years old.

    Marshall earned the distinction of being a Premier Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for 2020.3

    Westchester Magazine featured Marshall as a FIVE STAR WEALTH Manager in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 for providing quality services to his clients.1

    Education

    • M.S. in Industrial Engineering; NYU
    • B.S. in Chemical Engineering; NYU
    Cynthia J. Cilwik

    Cynthia J. Cilwik

    • CFP
    • ADPA
    • First Vice President - Investments
    Cindy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and feels fortunate to have been helping her clients reach their financial goals since 1998. Prior to becoming a financial advisor, Cindy earned an MBA in Marketing and was the marketing and regional operations manager for a national dental company. She developed a passion for travel after living in Switzerland for two years in her earlier life. Cindy lives in Ridgefield, CT and enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren, hiking, Broadway musicals, concerts and preserving memories by making digital photo books.

    Cindy earned the distinction of being a Premier Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for 2020.3 

    Westchester Magazine featured Cindy as a FIVE STAR WEALTH Manager in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 for providing quality services to her clients.1

    Education

    • MBA in Marketing; Fairleigh Dickinson University
    • B.S. in Dental Hygiene; Fairleigh Dickinson University
    James M. Rankowitz

    James M. Rankowitz

    • CFP
    • CSRIC
    • First Vice President - Investments
    • Fundamental Choice Portfolio Manager
    Jim is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, and has been helping clients meet their financial and life goals since 2011.  He enjoys organizing and puzzles, which suits him perfectly for focusing on comprehensive wealth planning.  Jim previously held technical positions for various companies in the broadcast and media industries, and is the recipient of an Emmy award for the sound production of the YES Network's broadcast of the 2009 New York Yankees ticker tape parade.  He enjoys spending time with his family, drinking a good red wine, and exploring new restaurants.

    Jim earned the distinction of being a Premier Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for 2020.3 

    Forbes named Jim as a Top Next Generation Wealth Advisor for 2018 and 2019.2

    Westchester Magazine featured Jim as a FIVE STAR WEALTH Manager in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for providing quality service to his clients.1

    Education

    • M.S. in Personal Financial Planning; College for Financial Planning
    • B.S. in Audio Technology; American University
    Austin Villodas

    Austin Villodas

      • Financial Advisor
      Austin has been helping clients plan for their future and attain their financial goals since 2013.  He was held several roles at Wells Fargo Advisors, which have provided him with a deep understanding of the company and the client experience.  Austin is driven by his passion for delivering excellent service and values any opportunity to help clients develop personalized plans for reaching their specific goals.  When he’s not in the office, Austin is either dining with close friends or loudly cheering for his alma mater, the Villanova Wildcats basketball team.  He lives in Hartsdale, NY and enjoys spending time with family, meeting new people, and traveling with friends.

      Education

      • B.B.A. in Finance; Villanova University
      Olga Kononenko

      Olga Kononenko

        • Senior Registered Client Associate
        Olga joined our team in 2014 as a Senior Registered Client Associate. She has over 10 years of experience in providing customer service in the financial services industry. Olga is available to help you with all administrative tasks associated with your Wells Fargo Advisors relationship.
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        1The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process*); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients; 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner’s future performance. 680 Westchester wealth managers were considered for the award; 85 (13% of candidates) were named Five Star Wealth Managers. *To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history, the person cannot have: 1. been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a suspended or revoked license, or payment of a fine, 2. had more than three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process, 3. individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, 4. filed for bankruptcy, or 5. been convicted of a felony.
        2Ranking algorithm based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion.

        3The Premier Advisor distinction is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors as measured by completion of educational components, business production and professionalism. Additional criteria, including length of service, may also be used to determine recipients.