About Craig James Financial: Your Financial Services Professional in Long Island
Your Vision is our Mission
As an independent financial services firm, Craig James Financial Services will never pressure you to acquire proprietary products or take unnecessary financial risks. We offer a variety of investment choices, products, and services from a wide range of providers. We help you develop strategies and choose financial products and services that will enable you to achieve your financial and retirement goals. With our deep industry knowledge, extensive resources, comprehensive wealth management services, and established investment strategies, we will put you on a sound financial path and help move you forward through every stage of your wealth management journey.
A Message from Craig J. Ferrantino, Certified Financial Fiduciary® Founder, Principal, and Financial Services Professional
At Craig James Financial Services, LLC we are committed to working individually with each and every client to design a comprehensive financial plan that covers all aspects of pre-retirement, retirement, estate management, and legacy planning.
Our aim is to become your investment professional for life. We take the time to get to know you and understand your goals, desires, and risk tolerance in order to construct an integrated financial plan tailored to your specific circumstances. Our focus on educating our clientele will help you learn investment strategies and acquire the right financial tools to achieve your long-term goals. By implementing sound wealth preservation and tax mitigation strategies and actively caring for your investments, we will help you make decisions to help attain the comfortable, secure retirement you have earned.
We promise to serve you with integrity, honesty, reliability and care. It would be our honor to be your trusted financial services professional for life.
Craig J. Ferrantino, Founder
Craig J. Ferrantino
Founder and Principal, Certified Financial Fiduciary®, CWS®
Craig J. Ferrantino, Certified Financial Fiduciary® & Certified Wealth Strategist® is the founder and president of Craig James Financial Services, LLC. Having started his career on Wall Street at JP Morgan Private Banking Group in New York City performing asset management for assisting high net-worth clients, Craig has amassed more than 32 years of experience in the financial services industry. Craig currently provides a daily economic and market update every morning at 7:20 AM on LI NEWS RADIO station 103.9 FM.
During his years at JP Morgan Chase, Craig has gained experience in Corporate Finance, Asset-Backed Securities, and Developing Country Asset Trading. Over the course of his career, Craig moved into the investment side of the business, starting with Smith Barney and then to A.G. Edwards, concurrently moving from the city to the east end of Long Island. With these groups, Craig gained extensive experience and deepened his knowledge about financial planning for individuals and small businesses.
Seeing a need to provide truly independent, objective financial advice to his clients, Craig founded Craig James Financial Services, LLC in 2007 to provide specialty services in financial planning and wealth management for pre-retirees, retirees, seniors, and small businesses on Long Island. Craig wants to earn your trust and will work diligently to keep your trust for years to come.
Craig holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Administration from New England College. Craig has passed three Principal/Supervisory Exams (Series 24, 30, 51), two General Industry/Product Exams (Series 7 and Series 31) and two State Securities License Exams (Series 63 and 65). Craig is a well-known speaker on issues relating to investing, retirement planning, financial strategies and wealth management. At present, Craig is the Chairman of the Board for the Financial Planning Association of Long Island, a 350+ member organization of financial professionals. Craig holds the industry designations of a Certified Wealth Strategist® and a Certified Financial Fiduciary®.
Outside of the office, Craig lives with his wife and their three children in Quogue, NY. As a certified Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, he spends his free time volunteering with the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance. In addition to providing sound financial advice, Craig is looked upon by the media and other organizations as a reliable and trustworthy source for financial and retirement knowledge, leading to his role as the New York Chapter Director of the American Financial Education Alliance and The Foundation for Personal Financial Education. Both organizations seek to educate members of the community on different aspects of financial and retirement planning.
Certified Financial Fiduciary ®, CWS ®, CPA
Megan is a licensed investment professional for Craig James Financial Services. She specializes in expanding our company’s ability to provide clients with thorough, comprehensive financial advice through her experience both within the financial industry, as well as the CPA and tax advisory world. As an advisor she works with clients, through providing advice on their investments, and with a focus on Financial Planning Services to better educate them on their financial life.
In addition to being a CPA, she is a Series 7 and Series 63 Registered Representative and a Series 65 Investment Advisor Representative. Megan is also a Certified Financial Fiduciary®, a Certified Wealth Strategist®, a Certified Internal Auditor, and has obtained her Life, Accident, and Health Insurance licenses. Megan volunteers for the American Financial Education Alliance and The Foundation for Personal Financial Education. Both organizations seek to educate members of the community on different aspects of financial and retirement planning.
Megan owns her CPA business, Megan D. Muccio, CPA, PLLC. Previously, Megan started her career in public accounting at Mazars as an audit and tax associate. She then transitioned to the Internal Audit group at Henry Schein.
Megan graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College in 2011 with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a minor in mathematics.
She was born and raised in Wantagh, NY and currently lives in Commack, NY with her husband.
Jenna M. Hudson
Chief Operating Officer
Jenna joined Craig James Financial Services in 2009. She holds licenses in Life, Health, and Accident insurance and is also a Series 7 and Series 63 Registered Sales Assistant. Because she is securities licensed, Jenna is available to make any requested trades that come into the office and execute any other account transactions clients may request. At Craig James Financial Services, she is available to assist you with all inquiries and account related questions.
In addition to providing you with superior service, Jenna is also responsible for all marketing at Craig James Financial Services. In addition to coordinating all of our educational workshops and client appreciation events, Jenna researches and writes our exclusive confidential educational reports, manages our social media accounts, and acts as a link to the media for all interviews and press releases that flow in and out of the office.
She is responsible for ensuring that we are communicating with our clients on a regular basis. As a client, you are guaranteed to hear from her!
Jenna graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University in 2009, with a double major in French Studies and International Political Economy. She is a native and current resident of Sayville, NY and lives with her husband and growing family.
Phillip R. Almodovar
Phillip R. Almodovar joined Craig James Financial Services in 2020, and is seeking to become a registered representative. Phillip recently passed his Series 7 and Series 66 certifications, as well as his Life and Health Insurance license exam. He is eager to begin actively helping people make the best use of their money and watch their investments grow!
Phillip graduated summa cum laude from Sacred Heart University in 2020, with a double major in Finance and Economics and a minor in Financial Analytics. He currently lives in Massapequa with his parents and younger sister.
Portia joined Craig James Financial Services in 2020 and she will be your first contact at Craig James Financial Services. She is here to greet you with a warm hello and smile whenever you enter the office and is able to assist with any account inquiries or processes.
Portia is a Long Island native and she attended Saint Anthony’s High School in Huntington, NY. She continued her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and completed her Bachelor’s of Business in Management and Marketing at Pennsylvania State University in 2015.
Amanda joined Craig James Financial Services in 2021 as its Content Developer. She helps create event marketing, social media, radio, and video content. She also assists with the production and innovations being made to the website.
Amanda graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications and a Concentration in Broadcast Journalism.
Amanda is also the Morning Show Producer for LI in the AM on 103.9 FM and the Social Media Coordinator and Promotions Manager at JVC Broadcasting New York.