Financial Advisor

Resides In

Hilton Head, SC


New York University, Pace University


Credit Cards, Debt, Financial Planning, General Business, Insurance—Health Insurance, Insurance—Life Insurance, Insurance—Other Insurance, Investing, Loans—Personal/Auto/Home, Mortgages, Personal Finance, Retirement, Trading


  • Member of Investopedia's Financial Review Board
  • Seasoned business executive with extensive leadership experience working for and supporting some of the largest multi-national corporations in the world.
  • Successful investor focused on equities, bonds and derivatives.
  • Encore career as a Certified Financial Planner TM and Registered Investment Adviser, providing comprehensive financial planning to individuals, young families and the elderly.
  • Author of "Never Pay Full Price", discussing the use of option strategies to hedge against downside risk in equity investing. Featured in Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities.


In a professional career that spanned over 30 years in the Information Technology industry, Tom held a variety of executive leadership positions in sales, product development, business development, marketing and strategic planning in the Fortune 25 arena. Those varied assignments enabled him to acquire a skill set in financial analysis. Over time Tom also developed a passion for personal financial planning and investing; finding himself informally advising numerous colleagues, friends and relatives in all areas related to money management and retirement planning.

When the opportunity presented itself, Tom chose to leave corporate life and pursue his second act as a Financial Advisor. Since that time he has obtained his CFP® designation, FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65, and has worked for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, the Private Client Group at NMS Capital Advisors in Beverly Hills, CA and is now in private practice in Hilton Head, SC.


Tom received his Certificate in Financial Planning from New York University. He also holds an MBA from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York.

Quote from Thomas J. Catalano

"Any Financial Planner worth his or her salt will use their ears twice as much as their mouths when providing advice. If someone says, 'You should put your money here,' or 'Put your money there,' before they know your current financial profile and what your goals are, you should head for the proverbial hills..."