Our Team

No needs are more important than your own. We pride ourselves in making your needs and goals, our own. We don't simply work for you. We work with you to understand who you are as an individual and as an investor.
 
Our mission is to help you to define your financial objectives, and then use that knowledge to develop — together — a plan that is tailored to fit your unique needs and preferences, and is in your best interest. We’re proud to offer comprehensive financial planning resources, providing you access to education, advice, planning, and consultation.
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Peter T. Higgins
Senior Vice President/Investments, Financial Advisor
About Peter

Peter has served as a Financial Advisor for over 30 years, providing his clients with the highest level of investment services while helping them solve their investment needs and meet their financial goals. Over the course of his career he has developed and maintained a client service philosophy that focuses on being the very best in the industry. Peter places a high value on his clients and makes sure that they receive his personal attention. He specializes in portfolio management which includes financial, retirement, insurance, education planning, mutual funds, equities, tax-free and taxable bonds, annuities and stock option strategies.


After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Villanova University, Peter began his career in public accounting with Touche Ross and Company. For a number of years, he held Auditing and Chief Financial Officer positions in privately held companies along with divisions of publicly held companies. In 1986, Peter joined Janney Montgomery Scott because of the firm’s emphasis on high-level client service throughout the portfolio management and financial planning process. Peter is registered with FINRA and holds the following professional licenses:


SIE - Securities Industry Essentials

PC - AMEX Put and Call

Series 1 - Registered Representative

Series 4 - Registered Options Principal

Series 24 - General Securities Principal

Series 27 - Financial and Operations Principal

Series 63 - Uniform Securities Agent State Law

Series 65 - Uniform Investment Adviser Law


He has also acquired his Life and Health Insurance License.


Peter is an avid tennis player, beach goer, and enjoys landscaping. He also remains active in various organizations and is involved in community action programs. Peter lives in Somerset, N.J. with his wife. They are very proud of their son, an investment banker in Darien, Ct. and their 3 grandchildren.


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Sheldon Ferriss
Vice President/Wealth Management, Financial Advisor
About Sheldon
For over 20 years, Sheldon Ferriss has dedicated his career to guiding investors through some of life’s most challenging financial situations. Through consultation, education and a commitment to offering a high quality of service and advice on trust, respect and, most importantly, integrity, Sheldon strives to help clients build, protect, preserve and transfer their wealth to other generations. His focuses include separately managed accounts, retirement accounts, bonds – both taxable and non-taxable, and syndicate.
 
Professional Background:
Sheldon joins Janney with over two decades of industry experience, starting his career at Morgan Stanley, then moving to Citi Bank Global Markets, and most recently at Wells Fargo. Sheldon received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Connecticut.
 
Personal Background:
Outside of the office, Sheldon enjoys playing golf, spending time at his summer lake home and participating in outdoor activities. He also enjoys watching his son’s lacrosse tournaments and football games.
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We collaborate with other Janney specialists, as needed, who have in-depth experience in specific disciplines. Together, we can assess your unique situation, analyze difference strategies, and develop a plan fit for your unique needs and goals.

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Guy LeBas
Chief Fixed Income Strategist, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Director, Custom Fixed Income Solutions, Janney Capital Management
About Guy

Guy LeBas is Janney’s Chief Fixed Income Strategist, as well as Head of Fixed Income for Janney Capital Management. As Strategist, he is responsible for providing direction to the Firm’s clients on the macroeconomic, interest rate, and bond market investing climate.

 

Guy authors bond market periodicals, which provide relative value recommendations across the fixed income spectrum. With Janney Capital Management, Guy is responsible for overseeing the Firm’s discretionarily managed bond portfolios, which take a client-tailored approach to generating consistent income across interest rate environments.

 

Guy joined Janney in 2006. Prior to joining Janney, Guy served as Interest Rate Risk Manager for U.S. Trust’s bank asset and liability portfolios, a role in which he oversaw risk and return on $20 billion of bank assets and derivatives.

 

Guy is also a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News, as well as a regular speaker at financial industry conferences. He received his education from Swarthmore College, holds an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

 

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Mark D. Luschini
Chief Investment Strategist, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC President and Chief Investment Officer, Janney Capital Management
About Mark

Mark Luschini is the Chief Investment Strategist for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, leading the Investment Strategy Group. In that capacity Mark is responsible for establishing the Firm’s broad outlook relating to conditions in the capital markets and the economy and to develop investment strategies that align with the best interest, goals, and objectives of individual and institutional clients. He also establishes the Firm’s asset allocation models used for portfolio construction and financial planning.

 

As Chief Investment Strategist, Mark serves as the Janney's investment spokesperson, offering national market commentary and developing asset allocation models and investment strategies. He chairs the investment committee and actively interfaces with both current and prospective clients.

 

Additionally, Mark directs Janney Capital Management, the Firm’s discretionary investment management division. Under his leadership, Janney Capital Management has delivered competitive investment results across multiple strategies. The total assets under management has grown to more than $4 billion, with nearly $3 billion in traditional equity and fixed income assets, and over $1 billion in various strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies utilizing exchange-traded solutions and mutual funds. Mark served on the Board of Managers for Janney, and currently serves as a Trustee for the Firm’s Pension & Profit Sharing Plan. He is a member of the Janney Wealth Management Department’s Mutual Fund and Alternative Investment Committees.

 

In Janney Capital Management, Mark chairs the Investment Committee which sets asset class and sector policy and directly participates in managing the equity, fixed income, and asset allocation strategies under its advisory. Mark has spent more than 30 years in the investment industry. He utilizes that experience to speak on topics related to macroeconomics and investment management at seminars and conferences.

 

His comments and written articles have been circulated in numerous publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s to the New York Times, USA Today, Financial Times, and Money magazine. He has appeared in various media outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Fox Business News, and CNN.

 

He has a BA and MBA from Gannon University and holds the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation from the Market Technicians Association

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Martin Schamis, CFP®, MBA
Vice President, Head of Wealth Planning
About Martin

Martin Schamis is responsible for the strategic direction of the Wealth Planning Team, supporting more than 850 Financial Advisors who advise Janney’s private retail client base.

 

Martin joined Janney from the Vanguard Group where he spent the majority of his 11-year tenure as Senior Manager of Financial Planning and Advice Services. Prior to Vanguard, Martin worked as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley. Martin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Art from the University of Delaware and received an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University.

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