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Meet the team.

Over the past 31 years, Gaber Group has built the infrastructure necessary to provide high touch and high quality service to each client at every stage of the process.

Our team provides comprehensive design options and superior service to our valued clients, who look to us for guidance when making decisions about their families’ futures.

Frederic Gaber

CLU - Founder & President

As a leading practitioner in his field, Fred Gaber, CLU has developed a well-deserved reputation as a renowned expert in estate planning and life insurance architecture. Gaber Group’s success stems from Fred’s vision of building intimate client relationships while providing families the comfort to know their financial and estate affairs are handled discreetly and professionally. Communication, full disclosure and personal relationships are at the core of our business; and Gaber promises the highest standard of excellence in client satisfaction.

"Our clients are like family, and we value the personal nature of our business relationship with them. Working with our clients’ advisors is at the heart of Gaber Group, and is how we build plans that directly support our clients’ objectives. Whether a client is focused on wealth preservation or creation, our firm has the experience, concepts and knowledge that contribute to living a secure, satisfying and abundant life." - Fred Gaber

Hunter Gimbel

CEO/Managing Partner

hgimbel@gabergroup.com

Hunter Gimbel, CEO and Managing Partner at Gaber Group, is an integral part of the firm’s internal dynamic. Hunter’s day-to-day responsibilities include managing the firm’s strategic approach to achieve the overall objective, which is to deliver the best results for our clients in the advanced estate planning industry.

Hunter continues to lay the foundation for the success of the firm. He has a leadership style that breeds confidence, even when explaining his knowledge of complex estate conservation and taxation. His exceptional ability at building client relationships has been attributed to his knowledge of estate planning, life insurance, and his ability to deliver more than what was promised.

In the financial services sector since 2005, Hunter previously worked for RFS for seven years, where he handled the firm’s exclusive clientele of physicians. Hunter also has extensive experience in dealing with Wall Street professionals, including those who work at private equity firms, hedge funds, and investment banks.

With all of his experience, plus a strong belief in continuity and family, working with the Gaber Group came as a natural fit for Hunter. With specialties in life insurance trusts to ultra-high net worth clients requiring more aggressive tax oriented strategies, wealth transfer, multi-generational/dynastic planning, Hunter helps clients visualize how estate planning is very unique to the individual and the families they leave behind.

Unbeknownst to Hunter, the impetus that would leave a strong impact and lead to his current success and career choice was already in place. The early passing of Hunter’s grandfather left him with firsthand experience of the challenges faced by family members left behind. Although very young in age, Hunter’s desire to help families never faltered. He felt it is what his grandfather would have wanted if given the opportunity.

Hunter also has taken an active role with the non-profit organization, All Stars Project, where he mentors inner-city students who may want a career in finance in their future.

A native of New York, Hunter graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana University Bloomington. He is happily married to his wife Samantha.  They have a daughter Andie and two sons Jack & Alex. He resides in Oyster Bay.

Education:

Indiana University Bloomington, B.S.
Registered Representative Series 6 & 63

Paul E. Vignone, JD, LLM, CLU, ChFC

Estate and Business Planning Consultant

pvignone@gabergroup.com

Paul E. Vignone began his career with Penn Mutual in 1998 as Managing Partner of Planning Center for Professionals, Penn Mutual’s career agency in New York City. In 2012 he became an Executive Consultant to Penn Mutual. Throughout his distinguished career, he’s earned many of Penn Mutual’s awards, including its most prestigious, the National Chairman’s Award. In addition, the General Agents’ and Managers’ Association (GAMA) has consistently recognized his contributions to the industry, including honoring him with its coveted First-in-Class Award and 13 Master Agency Awards.

Prior to his work with Penn Mutual, Paul served as General Manager for Phoenix Home Life and General Manager for Prudential. From 1974 through 1977, he was a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Active in the industry, Paul is a member of the Penn Mutual Agency Association, GAMA, the Society of Financial Service Professionals, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and serves on the Boards of Directors for the American College Foundation and the GAMA International Foundation. He is a past president of the New York City Chapter of Financial Service Professionals, and served as a past president of the New York City General Agents’ and Managers’ Association, as well as the Northern New Jersey General Agents’ and Managers’ Association.

Paul is the recipient of multiple Penn Mutual National Chairman’s and National President’s Awards from the years 2005 through 2012. He also received the Life Sales Leader Award, the Annuity Sales Leader Award, the HTK Leader’s Award and the Life and Annuity Premium Growth Award multiple times throughout his years with Penn Mutual.

Paul graduated from LaSalle University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned the juris doctorate degree from Seton Hall University Law School, graduating magna cum laude. In 1978, he was awarded a master’s degree in tax law from New York University. 

A past 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Paul is a Vietnam Veteran and earned a Bronze Star for his service. He is Series 6, 7, 22, 24, 26, 63, 68 licensed, and holds Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. Paul resides in Allenhurst, New Jersey with his wife, Dee. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Evan Pollack

Vice President

epollack@gabergroup.com

 

Evan Pollack, Vice President at Gaber Group, has over nine years of industry experience in dealing with physicians and financial professionals. Evan joined Gaber Group in 2019 to assist in delivering the best results for individuals and families in their estate planning. Evan specializes in advanced planning solutions, focused on unique and robust life insurance and tax-efficient strategies.

Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Evan now lives in Manhattan with his wife. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing volleyball, volunteering with New York Cares and Culture for One, exploring NYC’s best eats, and spending time with friends and family. Evan graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics.

 

Education:

Penn State University, 2010

Hadley Haacke

Executive Assistant

hhaacke@gabergroup.com

Hadley Haacke joined Gaber Group in 2018 to help drive client relations. Previously, Hadley worked at Carlyle’s Private Client Group.

In her role as the Executive Assistant, Hadley is responsible for the day-to-day client communication and support.

She serves as the primary contact for external partners and assists the executive team on special projects involving complex business initiatives together with annual reviews and interrelated quantitative analysis.

Her attentiveness and superior communication skills pledge an exceptional fluency in her character. Hadley strives to address every client’s need, making her a trusted member of our team.

 

Education:

St. Lawrence University, B.A.

Carly Choffo

Marketing Manager

cchoffo@gabergroup.com

Carly Choffo joined the Gaber Group in December 2019 to help pioneer the full re-brand of the company. Prior to joining the team, Carly worked as a Marketing Associate at Viral Ideas, a social media marketing agency in Philadelphia, and as a District Sales Manager at ADP.

With Carly's dual background in sales and marketing, she understands what it takes to convert social media attention into sales dollars for a business. In her day to day, she spearheads the marketing initiatives for the whole firm, while she also supports the needs of the individual advisors with their own marketing strategies.

Carly's knowledge and enthusiasm for branding and social media marketing has filled a need within the group. Her ambitious and upbeat attitude compliment the team immensely. Carly strives to bring out the best in what the team at the Gaber Group does every day and share it with the world.

 

Education:

The College of New Jersey, B.S.

Brad Berrol

Head of Benefits Division

Prior to joining The Gaber Group to lead the Benefits Division, Brad Berrol gained 15 years of experience in the financial industry, both in trading and research capacities, across the capital structure. Most recently, he was the Co-Head of Trading at an NYC based hedge fund that opened in 2007. The fund managed between $2 billion and $4 billion in AUM from 2014 to 2018 before electing to wind down in 2019. 

Brad previously worked as a Senior Trader at Satellite Asset Management, where he was responsible for trading the global risk arbitrage and special event book with $1B in gross long exposure. 

Brad formerly held roles at Harvest Management (a multi-strategy hedge fund) as trader and JPMorgan Chase on the proprietary positioning trading desk.  

 

Brad graduated Cum Laude from SUNY Buffalo in 2003 with a BS in Business Administration and a concentration in Financial Analysis.

TJ Riley

Vice President

triley@gabergroup.com

TJ Riley, Vice President at Gaber Group, has over seven years of industry experience in dealing with corporate executives and financial professionals. TJ joined Gaber Group in 2020 to continue to add tremendous value for for individuals and families in their estate & financial planning. TJ specializes in advanced planning solutions, focused on unique and robust insurance and tax-efficient strategies.

 TJ is originally from Moorestown, New Jersey and currently lives in Jersey City with his Fiance, Becky. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, tennis, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. TJ graduated from The College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Managerial Account. At school, TJ was the Captain of the Men's Tennis team and is currently in the school record books for being one of the players that accumulated the most wins in four years.

 

Education:

The College of New Jersey, 2013