Our Mission:

To help people realize their dreams.


Our focus is your dreams.

We are a team dedicated to helping our clients realize their dreams. Our job is to be your trusted advisor, the person people turn to for financial advice, education and counsel. Our clients come first. We want to help them achieve their unique long-term goals through a comprehensive, holistic program of investments, estate conservation, key employee planning, insurance and retirement planning.


Our history tells a story for our future.

Empire Wealth Strategies was founded in 1967 in New York City. Since our small beginnings, we have grown to a team of over 100 advisors, each with unique skill sets and experience. Our purpose is to build a close relationship with clients, offer them financial education and guidance, while ensuring their financial affairs are handled discreetly and professionally. We are more than a trusted advisor to our clients, we are coaches, listeners, problem solvers, and friends.


The people make all the difference.

Our team of exceptional leaders and support staff are at the heart of what makes Empire Wealth Strategies stand out amongst its competitors. Our culture is based on a team environment where we help advisors thrive in their practices and have the tools and resources to provide the very best service to their clients. We work as a team to forge and maintain strong relationships with our financial advisors and with each other so we came make a long lasting positive impact in people’s lives. Click below to see a list of our dedicated financial advisors.

  • Michael Kane

    Michael Kane | CEO

    Phone: (646) 432-7802
    Fax: (646) 685-2810
    Email: kane.michael@pennmutual.com

    Michael resides in New York City with his wife, Mara and daughter, Claire. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, tennis, traveling and cheering on the VT Hokies Football Team.


    With over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, Michael has dedicated his career to building an elite team of Financial Services Representatives in the New York market. Michael has a track record of developing teams comprised of both highly productive, experienced representatives who are driving to take their career to new heights, as well as a host of young professionals who are eager to learn from them.

    Prior to joining Empire Wealth Strategies, Michael was a Managing Sales Director with Barnum Financial. He is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), the industry's premier association of financial professionals. In 2007, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Financial Management. He is a member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

    The Why?

    "I have not found another profession that allows individuals to achieve the three essential "I's": Independence, income, and most importantly impact. I am passionate about the industry I work in and the opportunity to better others."

  • Evelyn Gellar

    Evelyn Gellar* | SVP

    Phone: (646) 432-7836
    Fax: (646) 647-2140
    Email: egellar@ewsnyc.com

    Evelyn turned down a math scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College. She was a Steel Drum Player for 15 years, and her daily mantra is "end every day with something funny - tell a joke, hear a joke, or do something goofy."


    Evelyn’s successful 25 year career has been in leadership focused on attracting and developing advisors in the financial services industry. She specializes in helping advisors build strategic alliances and partner with CPA's and P &C firms.

    She is highly active in her community and industry organizations. This year in 2016, Evelyn is the incoming president for the Women in Insurance and Financial Services

    The Why?

    “My vision for the future of the industry is all about mentoring young entrepreneurs who see the potential of a career in financial services and supporting them to make a difference in the lives of their clients.”

  • John Conte

    John Conte* | VP

    Phone: (646) 432-7891
    Fax: (646) 647-2140
    Email: jconte@ewsnyc.com

    Unknown to many, John is a reality TV enthusiast. He actually started a college savings plan 7 years before Oliver, his son, was born, and if John could be anywhere, he would be skiing!


    John started his career in financial services after graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2002. A native New Yorker, he built a successful practice, working primarily with the Wall Street community and young attorneys in NYC.

    In 2012, John joined Penn Mutual and Empire Wealth Strategies as Vice President, responsible for helping new advisers launch their financial planning practices.

    John, his wife Emily, and their son Oliver live in TriBeCa, NYC.

    The Why?

    “You're not just a number in the crowd. People genuinely care about you, and will do whatever it takes to make you successful.”

  • Alexandra Profis-Nostramo
    Director of Talent Acquisition

    Alexandra Profis-Nostramo
    Director of Talent Acquisition

    Phone: (646) 432-7854
    Fax: (212) 685-2810
    Email: aprofis@ewsnyc.com

    Alexandra was named after her grandmother who was a holocaust survivor. She loves the beach and traveling to the Caribbean islands, but her all time favorite activity is playing hide and seek with her son Nicholas.


    Alexandra focuses on identifying and recruiting experienced and junior Financial Advisors. She has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Alexandra works individually with Empire Wealth Strategies’ Vice Presidents to create unique business opportunities across all markets, for which she then identifies and sources the most qualified candidates to maximize business growth.

    Alexandra earned her bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in Marketing and she currently resides in Bayside, Queens with her husband and their son Nicholas.

    The Why?

    “I have a true passion for helping people and nothing is more rewarding then seeing individuals achieve their dream job and become wildly successful.”

  • Christina Frias
    New Business Coordinator

    Christina Frias
    New Business Coordinator

    Phone: (646) 432-7809
    Fax: (212) 685-2810
    Email: cfrias@ewsnyc.com

    Christina loves chocolate, and is a huge lover of music. Her favorite type of music is salsa. She loves to travel and see the world. One of her favorite places to visit was the Dominican Republic.


    Christina graduated from Baruch College in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications. After graduation, she worked for Rosenzweig Financial Services for two years as their New Business Coordinator. She recently joined Empire Wealth Strategies as an important member of their New Business team, working closely with advisors to ensure their cases are taken care of at every stage of the process.

    Christina was born and raised in New York City, and she enjoys all that it has to offer at her fingertips.

    The Why?

    “I do what I do because I enjoy the people I work with. I like new challenges that arise everyday in my job that allow me to utilize my skills, while also helping me continue to grow and learn.”

  • Diane Oskowski
    Compliance Associate

    Diane Oskowski
    Compliance Associate

    Phone: (646) 432-7867
    Fax: (646) 647-2140
    Email: doskowski@ewsnyc.com

    Diane enjoys traveling with friends, and spending time with her family. Throughout school, she was active in playing sports including softball and basketball.


    Diane went to St Francis College for 2 years where she studied education. After leaving school, she entered the Financial Industry and spent 6 years with National Discount Brokers; then Royal Alliance, a part of AIG for 15 years working in various departments.

    Diane joined EWS in 2015 to become an integral part of the Compliance and Operations team. Her daily responsibilities include being a resource for Financial Advisers.

    The Why?

    “I fell into the Financial Services industry years ago, but over time I found that I enjoyed helping advisors and being a resource to them.”

  • Julie Mullane
    Director of Facilities

    Julie Mullane
    Director of Facilities

    Phone: (646) 432-7852
    Fax: (646) 685-2810
    Email: jmullane@ewsnyc.com

    Julie used to drive a race car and played the accordion in school. What many of her coworkers already know about Julie, is that she is a huge Yankee and Giants fan.


    Julie has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years. She began her career with AXA before moving to Penn Mutual in 2009 and joined Empire Wealth Strategies.

    In her position with EWS, Julie wears multiple hats. She oversees all aspects of agent licensing and contracting; on the facilities side, Julie makes sure the office infrastructure is maintained, including expense reconciliation, office maintenance, etc. Julie is also responsible for the maintenance of the technology used in the office. She acts as the agency liaison with various Home Office departments.

    The Why?

    “I do this work because I love the diversity of my job. I’m a detail oriented person and my position allows me to be who I am.”

  • Stacey Savitsky
    Director of Compliance & Supervision

    Stacey Savitsky
    Director of Supervision

    Phone: (646) 432-7830
    Fax: (646) 685-2810
    Email: ssavistky@ewsnyc.com

    Stacey loves bad reality TV, and was an exchange student to Bilbao, Spain during her junior year of high school. Her favorite food is Sushi.


    Stacey is committed to helping the firm navigate the complex and ever-changing compliance rules. She joined EWS in May of 2014 after 16 years serving as Regional VP for Royal Alliance, AIG. She currently holds a Series 4, 7, 24, 53 and 65. She is currently studying for her CLU.

    Stacey was raised in Queens, NY and is a proud alumnus of Brooklyn Technical High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University. She currently resides in Broad Channel, NY with her husband, son, and dog.

    The Why?

    “The work is always changing, changing and rewarding! Compliance can be very difficult to navigate the numerous rules and regulations. I really enjoy translating these rules into every day practices that advisers can understand and fit into their process without much interruption. My goal is to make compliance assessable and approachable.”