The David J. Yvars Group - Building Wealth for Generations

Our Team

The David J. Yvars (DJY) Group has the type of collective expertise and experience that you can take comfort in. When you forge a business relationship with us, you can feel confident knowing that you're partnering with a seasoned group of professionals dedicated to giving you the best service and advice possible.

As your Financial Advisor, we believe it is our utmost responsibility to provide sound financial planning and investment advice based on our clients individual sets of circumstances.

After more than 30 years in the industry, we've learned the value of sticking to the plan in the face of wild highs and distressing lows, and we believe this approach is more significant today than it has ever been.

David J. Yvars Sr.

Senior Portfolio Manager
Chief Executive Officer

David, after earning a finance degree from the University of Tampa, entered the financial services field in 1981 as a financial advisor for Shearson Loeb Rhodes, one of the predecessor firms of Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney. He spent his first 20 years in the industry with Shearson Loeb Rhodes/Smith Barney, and from 1997 through 2000, was a member of Smith Barney's Director's Council - one of the firm's highest honors. In 2000, he further distinguished himself as one of the company's top senior portfolio managers nationally by earning the title of Senior Portfolio Management Director, a designation achieved by less than 1% of Smith Barney's financial consultants.

In addition to achieving the designation of Senior Portfolio Management Director, David went on to earn the designation of Fiduciary Portfolio Manager, a designation made only to a handful of Smith Barney financial consultants as a result of expertise in handling the Portfolio Management for Estate Administrations, Trusts, Guardianships, Receiverships and other fiduciary matters.

In 2001, David and his group joined UBS Financial Services, where he maintained the designation of Senior Portfolio Manager. While at UBS, he assembled and led a team of computer programmers from the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business to develop a quantitative portfolio management valuation modeling system. The proprietary valuation system helped propel the David J. Yvars Group into the UBS Financial Services Portfolio Management Program's national top 10.

In 2004, David formed the David J. Yvars Group, a Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm based in Valhalla, New York. The firm offers a full range of financial, portfolio and wealth management services and places great emphasis on giving unbiased, independent, objective advice. David is currently Chief Executive Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager and is principally responsible for the management of all securities portfolios for the firm.

In 2015-2016 David was asked to serve on Raymond James Trust (RJT) Advisory Council as it pertains to assisting RJT upper management with ongoing corporate direction and strategy. David and The David J. Yvars Group is the only independent RIA firm serving in this capacity based on the skillset, knowledge and experience in handling multiple trust and estate matters.

David lives in Croton-on-Hudson, NY with his wife, Bianca. He is an active volunteer with many community and school organizations in the New York metropolitan area. David's son, David, Jr. is also a member of The David J. Yvars Group, Inc.

David J. Yvars Jr., CFP®

Financial Advisor/Portfolio Manager
Chief Financial Officer

After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Rutgers Business School located in New Brunswick, NJ. David joined The David J. Yvars Group in the Spring of 2009.

David has been involved in the financial services industry since 2003 and now specializes in financial planning, portfolio management, as well as retirement planning for individuals and small businesses.

David is a Certified Financial Planner, CFP®.

In addition to having a CFP® designation, David is certified as a Wealth Management Specialist (WMS™) & a Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist (CRPS®), focusing on meeting the changing needs of individuals and small-business owners in regards to both their financial and retirement plans.

David's expertise and knowledge in the Retirement Planning area includes the specialty of implimentation of Cash Balance Plans for business owners and Partners of firms looking to take larger tax deductions with accelerated retirement savings.

David's other areas of expertise entail handling Estate Administration matters, which include the Portfolio Management of Trusts and Estates.

David currently resides in White Plains, NY.

Mary Jo Collabolletta

Director of Retirement Plan Services
Chief Operating Officer

Mary Jo entered the Financial Services industry in 1996. She began her career at PaineWebber and UBS Financial Services as a Registered Client Service Associate and Financial Advisor. She joined the David J. Yvars Group in 2002 as Chief Operating Officer where she managed all Operational and Compliance functions for the firm.

In 2011, Mary Jo earned the designation of Director of Retirement Plan Services for the firm. In this role, Mary Jo works closely with business owners and Human Resources Professionals to secure and manage 401(k) and 403(b) Defined Contribution plans as well as Cash Balance Plans.

Mary Jo's expertise also includes having in-depth knowledge associated with all aspects related to retirement accounts for individuals including IRAs, Simple IRAs, Roth IRAs, Simplified Employee Pension Plans (SEPs), Profit-Sharing Plans, Defined Benefit Plans and Cash Balance Plans. This expertise and knowledge in this area assures clients are matched with the most appropriate retirement account vehicles relative to their individual situations.

Mary Jo is originally from the Bronx and now lives in White Plains, NY. She graduated from Iona College with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.

Joseph D. Lee

Vice President
Financial Advisor

Joe joined the David J. Yvars Group in 2001 after earning a finance degree from Fordham University. For the past 13 years, he has worked directly with individuals, families, professional athletes and currently maintains a part-time position assisting current players with the New York Yankees. As part of the firm, Joe continues to service individuals, families and athletes, where he helps them plan for their financial future, as well as monitor the performance of their portfolios.

Joe is originally from the Bronx, and currently resides in Yonkers. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his younger sister, Madison.

Joanne Pugni

Client Service Manager

Joanne has over 25 years of experience working in the finance industry. Most recently she worked at Cutwater Asset Management (formerly MBIA Asset Management) as a Client Service Analyst.

Joanne joined the group in 2013 as a Client Services Associate. In 2015, Joanne earned the designation of Client Service manager. In addition to providing clients with a high level of service, Joanne handles the daily operation of the office, which includes overseeing the firm's compliance program.

Joanne currently resides in Mahopac and graduated from Westchester Community College with an Associate's degree in Business Administration. Joanne is currently studying for her Series 65 - Uniform Investment Advisor Law Examination.

Allan Jacobs

Of Counsel
Technical Analyst

After graduating from the University of Buffalo, Allan entered the Financial Services industry in 1967 as an equity and options trader and professional investor.

In addition to successfully trading for his own account, Allan's personal views and knowledge of the securities and option markets have been utilized and incorporated in a spectrum of investment strategies used by a diverse group of investment advisors from many financial services firms.

In 2010, Allan brought his four-decade experience to The David J. Yvars Group, Inc. and now acts as a counsel to the firm in the areas of technical analysis as well as various corporate capacities.

David J. Yvars Sr.

Senior Portfolio Manager
Chief Executive Officer

David J. Yvars Jr.

Financial Advisor/Portfolio Manager
Chief Financial Officer

Mary Jo Collabolletta

Director of Retirement Plan Services
Chief Operations Officer

Joseph D. Lee

Vice President
Financial Advisor

Joanne Pugni

Client Service Manager

Allan Jacobs

Of Counsel
Technical Analyst