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Priscilla N. Gilbert, CFP®, B.A. Boston College. President of CenterPoint Financial, a talented communicator and client manager, is a fourth generation financial manager. She began her career as an adviser at Merrill Lynch and later managed planned giving and endowments at the university level before joining J. Cole Financial Advisers, Inc. in 2010. That collaboration proved a significant launching pad for her new firm CenterPoint Financial. Her passion is for helping individuals, families and small businesses to plan ahead for the hoped for, the known and the unknown. Recognized as a leader in her community for her many skills, especially her financial acumen, she serves on many volunteer boards including the East Montpelier School Board (formerly), the Vermont River Conservancy, the Old Meeting House’s Finance Committee and the East Montpelier Recreation Board. Priscilla has an active family life as a wife and mother of two. She pursues a multi-faceted athletic profile as marathoner, skier and mountain biker. Her energy, talent and youth make her the sought after model for today’s financial services professional.
Patricia Valentine, B.A. Boston College. Administrator and research assistant. Patty works in Priscilla’s office in Montpelier, VT providing Salesforce CRM and Schwab Performance Technology management and maintenance, Morningstar research and client support, Quickbooks bookkeeping and much more for CenterPoint. Her previous experience in college administration and financial aid as well as in bookkeeping and operations work in retail and small businesses has given her financial skills essential to our business. Patty is a candidate for the Financial Planning Qualified Professional designation.,
More detailed information and biographical material about CenterPoint can be found on the ADV Part II FINRA disclosure document which can be accessed on the CenterPoint Client Resource tab.Retirement Plans defined benefit pension plan
CFP® refers to Certified Financial Planner a designation held by both Ms. Gilbert and Ms. Cole. It is a rigorous complement or coursework, examinations, continuing education and ethical standard requirements.
NAPFA™ refers to National Association of Personal Financial Planners which likewise holds financial advisers to high professional and fiduciary standards, and bears the coveted trademark of Fee-only™. Members have committed to receive no compensation in terms of referral fees, commission, trails. This supports the commitment to only our clients first.
CenterPoint Financial believes in mentoring and seeks to advance the education and experience of entrants into the profession by mentoring and hiring interns.
We strive to keep fees low so that you have more money to invest. Fees or commissions can have a significant impact on your portfolio. Layers of fees may erode your principal significantly. As a member of NAPFA™ (National Association for Personal Financial Planning) we have earned the designation as a fiduciary. Being on your side of the table means disclosing all charges on a “fee-only™” basis.
The firm is committed to the good work of social, cultural and humanitarian efforts around the world. Here are some of the organizations that CenterPoint has supported with generous matching contributions:
Green Mountain Youth Symphony
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice
Vermont River Conservancy
Central Vermont Humane Society
Doctors Without Borders
Green Mountain Club
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Wiawaka Retreat Center For Women- Lake George, NY
Human Rights Campaign
The Nature Conservancy
CenterPoint Financial was established by Priscilla Gilbert, CFP® whose family has been in the financial services and Registered Investment Advisory business for many years. This family tradition was established to serve the individual client in an understandable way in the world of rapidly moving, complex and often intimidating financial services delivery. Since its founding, the firm has been committed to disclosing costs, performance and how it earns its keep for the client.
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Joyce Smith Cole, CFP®. Formerly President of J. Cole Financial Advisers Inc. in Saratoga Springs, NY. A third generation financial manager, Joyce’s creativity, vision and careful planning have served her clients well for almost three decades. ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) sensitive investments in changing economies have been a passionate focus throughout her career. As Priscilla Cole Gilbert’s mother, Joyce uses her talent and experience by introducing new clients to the firm and maintaining plans for existing clients with Priscilla. Joyce now also focuses her effort on supporting and systematizing CenterPoint’s operations as well as investment research and portfolio development. Operation of the firm’s systems including Schwab Performance Technologies, Morningstar Advisor center, Salesforce CRM, compliance and new internet and technology assessments and adaptations to the CenterPoint business model comprise a large portion of Joyce’s energy.