Our values include a commitment to service excellence and a profound sense of fiduciary responsibility. Our culture fosters an environment supportive of work-life balance, which we believe is vital to your creativity, productivity, and wellbeing.
At Quantum we place the highest value on our TEAM. We are a business built on people. This idea combined with our core purpose of providing sound independent advice means that we recognize the need to invest in our people. We believe that through education and training, combined with building and living our core values will result in extraordinary performance for all of our stakeholders.
TEAM – /TEM/ – NOUN
A GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH A FULL SET OF COMPLEMENTARY SKILLS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A TASK, JOB, OR PROJECT.
A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.
MEET THE QUANTUM TEAM
At Quantum, we believe everyone needs a strategic coach. Our mission is to help institutions, affluent families, and closely held companies solve complex problems. When partnering with us you gain access to the extensive resources within our firm. Our specialized practice areas offer a myriad of solutions to meet your institutional and personal goals. Quantum provides comprehensive investment management, estate planning, succession planning, retirement planning, charitable planning, tax-sensitive investment strategies, HR transformation, and employee benefit design and administration.
As Chief Strategist, Mr. Rizzo is able to call upon his unique experience and expertise across multiple disciplines, providing clients with layers of strategic insight. Further, with his ability and experience in understanding complex situations, Mr. Rizzo can develop and tailor creative solutions to meet client’s unique needs. By capitalizing on the talent within our practice groups, as well as insight from our client’s advisors, we are able to ensure that Quantum’s strategies are implemented, and our client’s objectives are met.
In addition to managing the strategic vision for Quantum, Mr. Rizzo also leads the Investment Department; establishing investment guidelines that are customized to meet the requests of our clients. Quantum’s multi-dimensional approach to portfolio construction combines different asset classes, geographical regions and investment styles, and portfolios in line with investors’ goals and risk tolerance. At Quantum, we understand the importance of listening and making changes designed to keep your plan on track. We seek out the best investment strategies for you, whether they are internal to Quantum or exist elsewhere. In full, Quantum is a full-service firm offering thoughtful, independent and holistic advice to our clients.
Prior to founding Quantum Strategies, Mr. Rizzo held various senior positions at SEI Investments, Russell Investment Group, DuPont Capital Management, Pitcarin Trust Company and Davidson Capital Management. Mr. Rizzo is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Rizzo is also a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.
Mr. Rizzo is an active member of various nonprofit organizations, including: the Marine Corp League, Colon Cancer Awareness, and the First State Police Foundation. He also serves as Athletic Director for St. Cornelius Parish and is the founder and past President of the Brandywine Valley Baseball Organization. Currently, Mr. Rizzo is a member of the Delaware Veterans Post #1 and the Concord Country Club. He resides in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania with his wife, Barbara, and their 6 children.
As a director Kathleen functions as the Operations Manager for our clients HR Department. She coordinates the Quantum implementation team, third-party vendors, and the clients internal team. After the implementation she drives the client relationship- continuously working with the client, proactively identifying issues, and coordinating the resources from Quantum practice groups to maximize efficiencies, reduce the clients liability, and increase employee satisfaction.
Prior to joining Quantum she worked with Accenture’s management consulting group for 5 years and previously she spent approximately 20 years working positions at Wyeth-Ayerst International, AstraMerck, AstraZeneca, Gestalt, Accenture, and American Family Life Assurance Company. In addition, she owned her own personal fitness training business; a passion she still exhibits today, which guides her in her approach to working with individuals.
Over Kathleen’s 20 years as a business professional she spent time spanning finance, communications, employee benefits, marketing, and sales operations. Over her diverse career she worked in the pharmaceuticals, technology, and the insurance industry. She consistently developed innovative solutions for her clients.
When the opportunity arose to partner with Quantum Strategies, she could not resist the challenge to expand her communication skills and be part of a business that provides comprehensive solutions to their clients.
Kathleen has demonstrated her ability to manage and implement simultaneous, complex projects consistently on time and within the budget. She is creative in finding solutions and in maximizing productivity of people, processes, and systems. Kathleen realizes the ultimate goal of putting the client first and building strong, productive relationships.
It is her strong communication and support skills that shine through. She is resourceful in identifying areas of need, while implementing the proper people and processes to get the job done effectively.
Kathleen is a graduate of Cabrini College with a BA in Organizational Management.
Dave has more than 25 years of senior level human resource experience across the full range of policy and organizational climates. His corporate experience includes key senior positions with the U.S. Air Force, Southeast National Bank of Pennsylvania, the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Amtrak.
As a partner of Quantum, Dave helps clients build their HR infrastructure. His broad experience includes performance management, staffing and training, organization development and policy development. He also specializes in coaching senior managers in startup, growth and stable organizations.
Dave manages and directs a wide variety of programs and assignments tailored to clients’ specific needs by bringing expertise derived from director-level responsibilities for employment, labor relations, training, compensation, benefits, employee assistance, affirmative action, and human resource information systems.
Dave has a Master’s degree in personnel administration and management from George Washington University’s School of Government and Business Administration. He’s also a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Executive Development Program and the Air Force Leadership and Management Development Center’s Professional Personnel Management Program.
As Client Relationship Manager for Quantum Strategies, Ford Downes specializes in servicing both private and small-scale institutional clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. In this capacity, Mr. Downes works in accordance with clients to develop and implement a comprehensive and complete financial strategy, allowing clients to meet and exceed their financial goals.
Mr. Downes works diligently to ensure a complete understanding of his client’s risk-tolerance, lifestyle and financial objectives in order to deliver the most targeted and specific results. Mr. Downes is also keenly aware that client’s priorities are constantly evolving and, as a result, can quickly pivot and provide alternative solutions. Further complimenting his family business planning services, Mr. Downes works with various financial institutions, non-profit organizations and charitable foundations, providing them the same level of innovative and extensive advisory services.
Outside of work, Mr. Downes lends his time to supporting many community and philanthropic organizations. He serves on the Board of the First State Police Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, and is an active Committee Member for Brandywine High School Stadium. Additionally, he is also the Assistant Baseball Coach at Brandywine High School and coaches Little League Baseball.
Prior to joining Quantum Strategies, Mr. Downes held positions with MetLife & Swarthmore Financial Services and attended the University of Delaware. Mr. Downes holds his Series 6 and Series 63 licenses.
A lifelong Delawarean, Mr. Downes grew up in Smyrna; spending summers in Dewey Beach. Mr. Downes resides in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Marie & 2 young children.
As an HRIS Coordinator, Katie works closely with our clients HRIS systems and benefits platforms to provide quality service and customizations to suit our client’s needs. She works with integration across many different platforms and technologies. In addition, Katie supports several members of our team by assisting with implementation, maintaining employee records, answering client questions and completing various HR related tasks.
Katie graduated from the University of Delaware and was an athlete all four years. While at Delaware, she worked with several computer software programs and scripting languages. She loves applying her technical and personal experience to the team atmosphere Quantum provides. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
As an HR Consultant, Ani actively understands our client’s Human Resource challenges across a myriad of functions and provides strategic solutions that help them be more efficient and effective. In addition, Ani also advises on compliance & policies, HR analytics reports, talent management/engagement tools, HRIS implementation and other focused human capital projects.
Prior to joining Quantum, Ani worked at Goldman Sachs as an HR Program Manager. He graduated with an M.S in Human Resources and Employee Relations from the Pennsylvania State University and Bachelors in Business Management from Christ University, Bengaluru, India. He is fluent English, Hindi, Kannada, and also can speak and write in Sanskrit. He loves playing tennis and contributing to local social programs in his personal time.
Joanne is responsible for the management of the company’s accounting function and internal financial reporting, as well as the day to day processing of Quantum’s back office transactions. Additionally, she is available to assist clients with payroll related matters. With reporting experience in the service, retail, and construction industries, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management from Penn State University and a Masters in Accounting from Long Island University, CW Post.
Joanne is a 20 year resident of the Glen Mills community where she lives with her family and two dogs.
As operations coordinator, Karen is direct support for the chief strategist and serves as point of contact between the executives and internal/external clients. She acts as liaison among all departments and assist with the day to day functions of our office.
Prior to joining Quantum Strategies, Karen spent seven years in a similar role at Metal Strategies in West Chester. She supported the managing director, managing the day to day operation of office, as well as maintaining databases for economic reporting in the steel and metal industry.
Karen is a graduate of Jacksonville University with a B.A. in Communications.
Karen has lived in the Chadds Ford area for over 10 years with her husband and three children. She volunteers her time at a local high school working with stage lighting and design. On the weekends you can find her at various sporting events for her son.
Michelle-Renee’s role at Quantum Strategies is focused on the benefits administration and on-boarding of new hires for our clients. She acts as a liaison between third-party vendors and clients to ensure legal compliance and the applicable federal and state requirements and regulations for all HR practices.
Michelle-Renee has an extensive background in organizational operations. For over a decade, she worked for three affiliate locations of a national non-profit focused on women’s issues. As a Center Director, she ran the day-to-day operations including benefits administration, onboarding & training, and raising funds through charity events and direct marketing campaigns. Most recently, Michelle-Renee worked in marketing operations for Comcast Spotlight where she oversaw the life-cycle of client ad campaigns and managed the corporate reporting of PSA’s.
Michelle-Renee enjoys solving sudoku puzzles, creating music playlists and traveling abroad. She and her husband actively volunteer in the community and at church when they’re not at the Jersey Shore. She has a B.A. in Business Communications from Rosemont College.
Zach’s role at Quantum is to provide a variety of HR services to our clients. These services include, but are not limited to, onboarding candidates for our clients through Paylocity, assisting our client’s candidates with the background process required to be hired, and maintaining records for our candidates’ clients.
Prior to joining Quantum Strategies, Zach worked as a Customer Service
Representative for PrimePay.
Zach received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration while concentrating in Management from Pennsylvania College of Technology, an Affiliate of the Pennsylvania State University
Hal S. Hershgordon is a trusted advisor who provides independent and objective comprehensive and segmented personal financial counseling in areas including estate planning, retirement, investment, risk management, taxation, compensation and benefits, education funding, and philanthropy. Hal is a professional speaker having addressed hundreds of CPAs and Financial Advisors on business, financial, tax, and legal topics on behalf of numerous State CPA Societies including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Minnesota. Hal is a victim’s advocate having successfully collaborated with attorney colleagues and experts to secure just client remedies in a variety of legal matters including a recent multi-million dollar business dispute verdict. Hal has more than twenty-five years of diverse experience including the practice of accounting, law, and personal finance.
Hal is a graduate of the Temple University Fox School of Business and the Temple University Beasley School of Law (JD). He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and is a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) as accredited by the American Institute of CPAs. Hal possesses a rare multidisciplinary perspective, which has been developed through his diverse educational background and augmented in his practice. Hal has served in senior management and leadership positions within financial services organizations including Deloitte & Touche, Pitcairn Trust Company, KPMG, and Laventhol & Horwath.
Hal has spoken frequently to members of various professional organizations and employee groups. He has appeared on radio, written articles, and has been asked to consult with the media on timely and relevant matters of personal finance. Hal has enjoyed serving a national client base which include closely-held business owners, executives, and high net worth individuals.
Hal enjoys travel, theater, and participating in philanthropic and community activities. Such as his involvement with blind golfers, ballet companies, as well as youth baseball, soccer, basketball clubs, and related programs.
As a HR Manager and Payroll Specialist, Amy provides Quantum Strategies clients with expert payroll services and a variety of HR skills. In this role, she brings her vast experience and exceptional customer service to all clients. She also supervises the 401(k) and 403(b) Administration along with providing HR Management and Payroll Administration.
Prior to joining Quantum Strategies, Amy worked as an HR/Payroll Specialist with SERV Behavioral Health System where she processed full cycle payroll for over 700 employees. While at SERV and through her previous employers she gained knowledge in full cycle recruitment, employee relations, benefits and leaves of absence.
Amy received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Temple University. She currently resides in Mount Laurel, NJ with her husband and two sons.
As Lead Investment Analyst, Mr. Mill reports directly to Quantum’s Chief Strategist; developing robust and proprietary financial models while providing comprehensive solutions to our clients most unique investment and wealth management strategies. In this role, Mr. Mill also focuses on providing complete back-end solutions, using advanced analytics and real-time investment monitoring, traditional portfolio management and systems integration.
Additionally, Mr. Mill works to enhance performance and results by analyzing trends, identifying new opportunities, and recommending deliberate action; while overseeing both the high-level operations and tactical functions of the Investment Team. Mr. Mill and his team also assist in uploading and monitoring data to our Quantitative Models.
As one of Quantum Strategies earliest employees, Mr. Mill has the distinct opportunity of witnessing the evolution of this dynamic company and is directly responsible for advancing the progression of Information Technology in a truly competitive environment.
Mr. Mill graduated from West Chester University with his Master of Public Administration. Previously, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Broadcasting and Communications. Mr. Mill’s work has been featured on various forums ranging from Philly.com to ESPN.
Mr. Mill resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his wife and son.
As Senior Relationship Manager, Mr. Krzeminski specializes in advising Quantum’s clients on retirement plan administration, investment selection, and general compliance and risk management. In this role, he works diligently to identify best practices, recognize emerging trends, streamline data and present a range of optimal offerings to satisfy the breadth of our client’s needs.
In addition to providing dedicated support for Quantum’s external clients, Mr. Krzeminski also oversees Quantum’s Internal Corporate Wellness and Training initiatives; further promoting one of our organizations Core Values.
Prior to joining the Quantum Strategy team, Mr. Krzeminski held various sales and leadership positions with Lincoln Financial, Vanguard, and Power Home Remodeling.
Mr. Krzeminski holds a Masters of Industrial Relations (MILR) from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts from California State University – Fullerton. A proud Marine Corps Veteran, Mr. Krzeminski is a disciplined athlete who enjoys both competitive and individual exercise and sport. Mr. Krzeminski resides in Manayunk, Philadelphia.
Zoe is a HR Consultant at Quantum Strategies. Zoe assists with administering clients benefits programs, administers benefits enrollment material and maintains the employee HRIS system.
Prior to working at Quantum, Zoe worked as a HR Administrator at Communications Construction Group. While in this position, Zoe gained experience in onboarding new hires, maintain the HRIS system, compliance and employee relations investigations, creating job descriptions and assisted in administering benefits.
Zoe received her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and her Bachelors in Psychology from York College of PA.
As Senior Relationship Manager, Ms. Kelly works closely with her clients to oversee and manage compliance and day-to-day operations for their specific line of business. In this role, Ms. Kelly’s primary responsibilities include a comprehensive review of the client’s current HR business practice; with an emphasis on identifying and managing gaps, as well as opportunities, to further optimize their model and increase efficiency and cost. As Team Lead, it is Ms. Kelly’s responsibility to ensure proper resource allocation; from implementation to on-boarding, in an agile and rapidly changing environment.
Prior to joining Quantum Strategies, Ms. Kelly held various positions in Risk Management, Human Resources and Banking. Most recently, she served as the Chief Human Resource Officer and Risk Management Director for Specialized Education Services, Inc., an organization with over 1200 employees. In this role, Ms. Kelly provided leadership and direction in the areas of strategic planning, compensation, benefit programs, employment law compliance, policy development, talent management, employee relations, payroll management, property and casualty insurance programs, workplace safety, emergency preparedness, claims management, workers compensation, and commercial lending.
Ms. Kelly received her Master of Business Administration from Rider University, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from The Ohio State University where she graduated with distinction, Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Kelly resides with her family in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and is President-Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Central Bucks, part of Kiwanis International, Inc., a global organization of volunteers dedicated to serving the needs of children through local service projects and fundraising in their communities.
Karen is part of the Quantum HR Team. She provides executive recruiting services to our HR clients and supports Quantum’s robust management training program. As a member of our HR Practice group she also participates in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of HR policies, programs, and practices for our clients. In addition, she ensures legal compliance by addressing client questions on current government policies and procedures and how they impact company policies.
Prior to joining Quantum, Karen held various HR positions at MassMutual, Unisys Corporation, Hertz Corporation, Reuters and Allstate where she obtained her P&C license. For several years while raising her family, Karen consulted and participating in building a successful family business. Karen is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University where she obtained a BS in Management.
Karen currently resides in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania with her three children, two dogs and a bird. In her spare time, Karen enjoys running, yoga, traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Adam is currently in the Quantum Strategies Management Training Program, where he works alongside various senior relationship managers and assists them with his or her existing clients. The assignments he is focused on involve areas such as investment management, financial planning and HR outsourcing.
Prior to joining Quantum’s Management Training Program, Adam successfully completed Quantum’s one-year internship program, where he served as a financial analyst in training.
Adam graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Enterprise Risk Management from the Smeal College of Business.
Jerry’s role at Quantum is to understand, organize, update and optimize Quantum’s SOPs and operations. He is talking to most of the staff to learn how each member integrates and contributes to Quantum’s overall operations. He is reporting to Kathy Pileggi.
Prior to joining Quantum Strategies, Jerry worked in various positions of project, process and product engineering in the semiconductor and medical device industries. Jerry is versed in project management, process optimization and lean production. He was worked with multi-cultural, worldwide projects teams and hopes to bring his technical background knowledge to improve Quantum’s operations.
Jerry received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Drexel University and a Masters in Business from Lehigh University, and has taken post graduate classes in project management from Penn State University Great Valley continued professional studies.
As a Payroll and Benefits Coordinator, Shannon is the point of contact for Quantum’s benefits enrollment platform. This includes compiling and coordinating efforts between different departments. She provides clients with a positive experience and helps build strong and productive relationships.
Prior to working at Quantum Strategies, Shannon has vast experience working in accounting, payroll, and benefits. She resides in Perkasie, PA with her husband and three kids. In her spare time, she loves to help with school activities and other nonprofit groups. She is currently a Girl Scout Leader for her twin girls troop. Being a role model to today’s youth, especially young girls, is very important to her.
Devis works in our HR department and specializes in Worker’s Compensation, NJ Family Medical Leave, and leave of absences. His knowledge and expertise regarding these compliance related requirements helps offer employees a smooth experience. His role also aids in unemployment and disability processes establishing communication between the State, private insurers, and the client. Additionally, Devis assists with many other functions in the HR Department in areas as needed.
Devis received his Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management from William Paterson University and his Masters of Science in Human Resource and Organizational Behavior from Lingnan University in Hong Kong. His diverse background has allowed him to take various leadership roles in different countries and learn new languages along the way. He is fluent in English, Italian, twi (native language of Ghana), and speaks little bit of Spanish.
As an experienced and detail-oriented payroll specialist, Ronise has a proven ability to perform a broad range of functions quickly and accurately in a fast-paced environment.
Ronise has been recognized for her dedication, work ethic, and for going beyond the call of duty to perform tasks to achieve goals in a deadline driven environment.
Prior to joining Quantum, Ronise worked as a Payroll Specialist with Lassonde Pappas & Co., a North American leader in private label beverage manufacturing. Ronise expanded her knowledge base of full cycle payroll and was responsible for processing multi-state payroll for weekly and bi-weekly pays, to include a Union plant. She was also responsible for, but not limited to; preparing journal entries, month end and quarter end reporting, 401k reconciliation, verification of employment request, and 3rd Party Sick entry and off cycle manual check-runs.
As Director of Communications, Ms. Zakielarz reports to Quantum’s Chief Strategist and is responsible for advancing both corporate and client-related communication initiatives. In this role, Ms. Zakielarz oversees all aspects of Quantum Strategies messaging and brand; including: the advanced modification and implementation of online and social media content, marketing collateral and graphic design.
Accordingly, Ms. Zakielarz provides appropriate support and intellectual capital to businesses that may not retain in-house marketing resources. With her experience, Ms. Zakielarz can optimize our client’s vision and appropriately position their line of business with precise exposure, relevancy and engagement, while simultaneously delivering thoughtful and targeted results.
Most recently, Ms. Zakielarz provided Business Development Strategy on a consultative basis to local, privately held institutions. Prior to establishing her role as a Communications Consultant, Ms. Zakielarz spent almost two decades working in the consumer products industry; developing sales and merchandising, marketing, and team-building platforms to support dynamic and engaged brands, which including: The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, NBC Universal and more. Ms. Zakielarz was also an integral member of one of Washington, DC’s most coveted e-commerce start-ups; offering operational and tactical support which fostered the progression of a private seed organization to publicly traded industry-leader.
Ms. Zakielarz holds a BA in Communications and Public Relations from George Mason University and resides in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania with her husband and three sons. An active community leader, Ms. Zakielarz has served on various community school boards and service organizations, including PTO President and Vice President for the Chadds Ford Catholic School Community, as well as outreach programs for the Ministry of Caring and Rise Against Hunger.
As a Financial Strategist and Senior Relationship Manager, Cindy builds relationships with clients, identifies their financial standing, and creates a tailor-made strategy to help them achieve their financial goals. Quantum’s multi-dimensional approach towards financial planning combines the experience of its planners and the investment knowledge of its analysts to create plans which suit clients’ goals, risk tolerance, and lifestyles. Keeping in mind, there’s no “one size fits all approach” when it comes to setting the course to achieve your financial goals. As clients’ families and businesses evolve, Cindy works to adjust their plans and strategies to meet each objective. She will help provide clients the superior quality of service that Quantum prides itself upon. In addition she uses her industry experience to become a lifetime resource for each client.
Cindy has been helping clients for 23 years by forming strategies and managing assets to help them meet their financial goals. Quantum draws upon her extensive knowledge to continue helping clients build their financial freedom.
Ali is a full-time intern at Quantum Strategies, with advancement into the Management Training Program concentrating on Benefits. Ali assists with client file management and compliance while supporting Quantum’s benefits services team.
Ali is a graduate from Neumann University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While at Neumann University, Ali was a member of the volleyball team all four years and was named team captain for 2 years.
Prior to joining the Quantum team, Ali was a lead Beauty Advisor at Ulta Beauty. She brings her experience and knowledge in the customer service industry with her to Quantum. Ali currently resides in Wilmington De.