The Affinity Group, LLC is a premier wealth management firm located in Albany, NY. We utilize a team approach to wealth management, working with professionals in the financial services, accounting, and legal areas where necessary. Our powerful approach allows us to help you establish the financial security you desire for you, your family and your business. Meet our executive team:
A native of Albany, NY, Nick Preddice started his financial services career almost twenty years ago, working first for Connecticut Mutual, and later for Prudential. He found success early, and was appointed Managing Director at MONY in New York City. In 2002 Nick decided to take his experience and build a financial services business from the ground up with a singular vision: to "make a difference in the lives of our clients, the people we work with, and the community."
Nick's vision of a firm that focused on people, rather than products, led him to partner with Gary Sancilio, another industry veteran with a client-relationship focus. Together they envisioned an environment that would support collaboration with their clients' other advisors, and offer a level of service that was unprecedented. The Affinity Group, LLC was born.
A chance invitation to a fundraiser for Wildwood Foundation, a school for autistic children, opened Nick's eyes and heart to the needs of local non-profits. Today, Nick is an Executive Cabinet member of the Wildwood Foundation, and acts as Treasurer and Chair of the Wildwood Foundation Investment Committee. He is a Past President of the Capital District Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization and an advisor to the Schenectady Youth bureau, the Stakeholders, as a board member of occupations. He also donates time and money to the support of over a dozen additional non-profit organizations. In 2006 the Albany Business Review named Nick in its "Forty Under Forty" — a list of forty young movers and shakers in business in the Albany area.
In his free time, Nick enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons.
Gary Sancilio started his career in financial services in 1987, working for several financial service firms, including John Hancock and the financial planning firm AYCO. Early on in his career Gary recognized the stark difference between focusing on the client relationship and selling a product. The experience gave him an appreciation for the importance of building lasting client relationships. Gary's unique personal coaching style, combined with a practical solutions-oriented approach to wealth management led him to success. In 2002, he and Nick Preddice partnered to launch The Affinity Group, LLC.
Gary's career path as a financial coach has always run parallel with an interest in law. Gary received his law degree from St. John's University of Law. He served as an Appellate Court Attorney with the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, and as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. Eventually, he relocated to the Albany area, and went into private practice. Though he no longer is a practicing attorney, he remains a member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Eastern NY. He frequently speaks on financial planning to various groups, including financial advisors and the American Bar Association. Gary is a Board Member of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.
Gary's practice is concentrated in the areas of financial and estate analysis, wealth management and transfers, elder law care planning, estate administration, estate and gift taxation, business and succession planning. He lives in Delmar, NY with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters.
Gary does not practice law on behalf of MML Investors Services, LLC. or MassMutual.
Laura Till started her career in financial services in 1997 as a staff Attorney with The Ayco Co., LP, now the financial planning subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. In her nearly 10 years with the firm, she served in several client-focused roles in its Albany, New York, and Irvine, California offices. Having worked with both high net worth clients, as well as with those who have suffered a loss through death, disability, or terminal illness, she had the opportunity to counsel dozens of families affected by the September 11 tragedy. This experience solidified her commitment to fully integrate compassion and care into each client relationship.
Upon graduating from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas, with degrees in business and journalism, Laura began her professional career with Koger Properties, a real estate development company in Jacksonville, Florida. She subsequently earned her MBA from the University of North Florida and her law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach. She is a member of the Virginia, New York, and New Jersey bars. A member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia bar, she also serves on the SMU Cox School of Business national Alumni Board.
She resides in Ballston Lake and enjoys traveling, snow skiing, and singing with her church’s music group, the Celebration Singers.
Julie's role as Financial Planning Operations Manager puts her at the center of it all. She helps ensure all financial planning client needs are met. Julie handles all administrative and technical services for the Financial Planning Department. She enjoys working side by side with the clients and assisting them in reaching their goals in their financial planning process. In addition, she oversees the agency staff providing leadership and ensuring the business is completed in a timely, efficient manner, keeping the client as the focus and priority.
Prior to joining the Affinity Group, LLC, Julie worked with Lincoln Financial Group in Hartford, CT, where she supported the firm's leadership. With over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, Julie brings many skills and talents working with all levels of management.
She resides in Coxsackie, NY with her husband, Thomas, and her three daughters.