David K. Griffith, R.I.A.
David K. Griffith is a third generation financial advisor who’s been immersed in this industry his entire life. Born and raised in New Hartford, he resided in Boston while attending Boston College’s Wallace E. Carroll School of Business Management. While at Boston College, David attained his Series 7 license and participated in a nationally accredited internship within the prestigious Wellesley Group Northwestern Mutual agency. Upon graduation, David was hired full time to assist veteran Northwestern agents transition their life insurance based clientele to include investments.
Several hours in traffic and dozens of parking tickets later, David returned home to his native Mohawk Valley in 2001 to work at M. Griffith; the family business started by his grandparents in 1947. Working alongside his father provided D.K. tremendous insight into the financial services industry. There’re several different advisors at M. Griffith and D.K. gleaned valuable insight from each. Eventually, David’s entrepreneurial spirit and unique “wholistic” approach to financial planning inspired him to start his own firm; DK Griffith & Company.
David holds several licenses including FINRA Series 7, 63, 24 & 65. David is also licensed to sell New York State Life, Accident, Health and Long Term Care Insurance. David specializes in applying his deep knowledge of financial management to assist clients in optimizing their monies.
David is also passionately dedicated to his community, serving as an avid Rotarian and on non-profit boards including Hope House, Chestnut Hills HomeOwner’s Association, Utica Rotary Club and the Children’s Museum. He graduated from Leadership Mohawk Valley in 2002 and was honored by the Mohawk Valley Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 2003.
In 2011, David K. Griffith was hired part-time, as a small business advisor within SUNY IT’s Small Business Development Center (a.k.a. SBDC). There David counseled hundreds of small business owners as a general practitioner. David became a Certified Business Advisor before completing his contract under the Small Business Jobs Act. David continues to offer small business consulting and performs independent evaluations for New York State Agencies offering small business based loans, grants and other funding.
Dave is married to Colette and they have two daughters; Marlo and Madelyn Mae (a.k.a Mae-Maez). With two little girls, there’s not much time to spare, but Dave’s always looking to squeeze in a game of tennis.
Kurt F. Gruenewald, R.F.C®
Registered Registered Representative
Kurt F. Gruenwald has been the President of his family’s real estate business for 33 years, has a Certificate in Financial Planning from Kaplan College and is a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC)®. He also has a B.S. from Kent State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY IT with a B.E.T. He holds a Series 7,6 and Series 63 designations.
Kurt specializes in assisting people that are retired, in the process of retiring or close to retirement. Kurt routinely advises clients on their 401k/403b/Deferred Compensation rollovers, enabling them to maximize their income while minimizing the risk.
He’s a member of the Whitestown – North Utica Rotary and is also an Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 79. Kurt, his wife Kim, son and daughter reside in Marcy, NY. Kurt recently became a grandfather to “Little James”
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