Our team has over 50 years of combined experience when it matters most.
There is no one exactly like you. You deserve a customized approach.
We listen first to understand your goals for today and tomorrow.
We'll walk with you on life's journey and be there as the path changes.
Whether you are planning for retirement, a child’s college education, a new business opportunity or if you are just starting out, Garretson Financial can assist you in reaching your goals. Our firm specializes in portfolio wealth management – developing long-term investment strategies for our clients. When it comes to your financial plan, experience matters, and we have over 50 years of experience in the financial industry.
We are dedicated to professionally supporting, educating, and providing informed direction to each and every client.
John Garretson founded Garretson Financial in 2004. John is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Engineering. He began his career in the financial industry as a Financial Advisor for Smith Barney. After 9 years at Smith Barney, John continued his focus on investment advising and financial planning when he moved to Paine Weber before he started his own investment advisement firm.
In addition to having his General Securities Representative Series 7, General Securities Principal Series 24, Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination Series 63, Uniform Investment Advisor Law Series 65. John holds his insurance licenses for life and health (including Long Term Care) insurance in NJ, NY and CT. John also taught Introduction to Investing at The New School in NYC from 1986-1995. As a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®), John continues to expand his learning to help his clients navigate through complex financial environments. As a Retirement Income Certified Professional John assists clients with retirement planning, tax implications and managing retirement income.
John works primarily with individual investors and small business owners, including managing their pension plan. John also provides Social Security Retirement Income Planning for clients helping them make informed decisions to build a better retirement strategy. John is committed to long-term client relationships and through financial planning helps his clients with retirement, education, estate and insurance planning strategies. John is an experienced money manager with more than 30 years’ experience.
John lives in Cranford with his sweetheart Veronica. They have 5 children and 1 dog. John is an avid sports fan, loves to travel, and enjoys golf and good times with family and friends. He also enjoys gardening, growing pumpkins and plays the role of the local beekeeper.
John is also a Contact We Care crisis line volunteer, servicing callers in need throughout New Jersey, as well as a St. Barnabas Hospice Volunteer, located in Livingston, NJ, in memory of his late mother who was a hospice nurse.
Jamie Miller joined Garretson Financial in 2008. Jamie has over nineteen years of experience in the financial services industry. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business and is a member of the National Financial Aid Practitioners Alliance. Jamie’s previously experience includes working as a Senior Partner with Van Der Moolen Specialists, and as a member of NYSE, where he led his firm’s client relation group, as well as managed trading markets in multiple Fortune 500 Companies.
Jamie has been a Managing Director at Garretson Financial for 9 years. He holds his General Securities Representative Series 7, Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination Series 63 and Uniform Combined State Law Examination Series 66.
Jamie and his wife Anne Marie are longtime residents of Cranford where they live with their 3 children, Kelly, Andrew, and Catherine. When not traveling to his children’s schools, Jamie loves to cook, enjoys tennis and golf, and is an avid New York Ranger fan.
Jamie is very involved in town and is currently on the Executive Board of the Cranford Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as an active member of the Cranford Rotary. Jamie is a past President and current associate of the Cranford Jaycees.
Christine joined Garretson Financial in 2016 as a College Financial Aid Counselor. She completes FAFSA forms and CSS Profiles for clients and counsels them on strategies to increase their students’ college financial aid eligibility. She advises on how to pay for college expenses not covered by financial aid, and to help protect family assets for the future. She also presents free, educational seminars on applying for college aid and the financial aid process.
Christine holds a B.S. in Economics from King's College as well as an MBA from Lehigh University. She also successfully completed the CPA exam. She began her career with the F.D.I.C as a bank examiner covering northern NJ banking institutions. She continued her career at Toys "R" Us as a domestic and international audit manager. She later joined Bessemer Trust Company as an audit supervisor and became a client account manager, for high net worth clients. She also worked for United National Bank as a Trust Officer, handling individual and family accounts.
Christine and her husband Patrick are Cranford residents where they live with their four children. In her spare time, Christine enjoys yoga, book club and traveling to visit family.
Christine is actively involved with St. Michael's School in Cranford and with various committees of St. Michael's Church, including the MOM ministry, Baptism Preparation, and Hospitality Committee. She is a board member for Raphael's Life House and is a Leader for her daughter's Girl Scout Troop.
Christine is not a registered representative of The Investment Center, Inc.
Marie Mayer is the Office Manager at Garretson Financial. She also assists our investment clients with their college financial aid process. She knows how important good customer service is to our busy clients and is committed to providing great service to every client. Please let Marie know how she can assist you.
A member of the Garretson Financial team since 2005, Marie is our Office Manager. She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is a former Budget Manager with Macy’s Northeast in Newark, NJ. After the birth of her two children Marie took a break from the corporate world. For five years during her corporate hiatus, Marie operated her own direct sales business. Most recently, she has experience as a private Financial Administrator.
Having been involved in several volunteer organizations, Marie has received the Pride in Cranford Award recognizing her commitment to community service. She is currently active in the Cranford Woman’s Club.
Marie, and her husband, Mark, have two grown sons, Collin and Evan. They live in Cranford with their lovable dog, Sugar. Marie keeps busy with her family, loves to cook, enjoys many types of crafts, needlework, and home improvement.
Marie is not a registered representative of The Investment Center, Inc.
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