Prior to organizing Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors, Inc., Ezra Cornell and Bob Pochily had over 37 years of combined experience as registered representatives at a major brokerage firm. In 2007, it became clear to them that clients wanted investment advice that was tailored specifically to client needs and goals rather than prepackaged programs or products found at major brokerage firms and bank holding companies. Together they founded Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors, Inc., an independent registered investment advisory firm.
We stress competence, integrity, clear and concise communication, and the desire to always be client focused. Our team members have been carefully selected because they share the same mission.
Ezra graduated from Cornell University and began his career in banking in 1971. Prior to joining Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors, Inc. as President, he was a vice president and financial advisor at Smith Barney for nearly twenty nine years. Throughout his career, he has been active with several community not-for-profit organizations and he is currently a member of the board of Cornell University. Ezra, Daphne and their family live in Ithaca, NY.
Bob is an alumnus of St. Bonaventure University and has an MBA from Syracuse University. He spent 27 years at New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, holding management positions in accounting and finance. Bob has 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, having worked nine years as a financial advisor at Smith Barney prior to the establishment of Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors, Inc. Bob and his wife Marnee have resided in Tompkins County for over 40 years and have three grown children. He has volunteered his time to a number of not-for-profit organizations over the years.
Nelson Mead, CFA, CFP®
Nelson graduated from Cornell University in 1981 with a degree in business management and marketing, and has worked in financial services since 1984. He became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner in 1989 and a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder in 2003. Previously, he was vice president and senior portfolio manager for HSBC Private Bank. Nelson serves numerous local non-profits as volunteer and board member, is an Elder at Covenant Love Community Church in Dryden, NY, and is Captain of the Freeville, NY Fire Department. Nelson and his wife Kathy have three children and reside in Freeville, NY.
Shane O'Neill, CPA, CFP®
Shane joined Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors, Inc. in 2014 after eight years practicing public accounting in Boston, MA. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and Certified Public Accountant. He attended Elmira College on a salutatorian scholarship, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in Economics and Business Administration. Shane, his wife Melissa and their two daughters live in Ithaca, NY.
Cathy joined Cornell Pochily Investment Advisors in the fall of 2008 as Director of Operations. Cathy has 19 years of financial services industry experience. She is a graduate of Ithaca High School and raised her two daughters in the Ithaca area. She is a member of the Ithaca Lions Club.
Laura Barnhill: Legal Affairs and Compliance, Vice President
Laura graduated from Barnard College and obtained her law degree from Northeastern University. Laura has 35 years of distinguished service in criminal justice as an Assistant District Attorney in New York, Tompkins and Cortland Counties, as a staff attorney in the Tompkins County Department of Social Services and most recently as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Attorney General’s Office in Binghamton and Syracuse. She began at Cornell Pochily in February 2019 to enhance our compliance work and to provide insight on legal and regulatory issues that impact our business. Laura and her husband, William Troy III, Esq., live in Ithaca and are the proud parents of three grown sons.
Molly attended Goucher College; she graduated cum laude in 2008 with a degree in Business Management. After graduating college, she spent 8 years travelling the U.S., Europe and Asia for her husband’s hockey career before they decided to settle down in the Ithaca area. She joined Cornell Pochily in 2016 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ in 2019. She and her husband, Mike, live in Lansing NY.
Anna graduated with a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University in 2015, with concentrations in finance and accounting. Anna grew up in Schuyler County, NY, and moved back to the area after a few years in Dutchess County, NY, and Boston, MA. She and her husband, Lucas, live in Dryden and are involved with several local groups, including Calvary Chapel Ithaca, Cru Cornell, Second Wind, and Friends of Stewart Park.
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