Alumnus of the Month

Jeff Wolniewicz

Jeff Wolniewicz


May 2017

Jeff Wolniewicz is a financial advisor with the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company. Upon joining the firm in 2011, Jeff began building a successful financial services practice in Buffalo, NY, that focuses on planning for the financial success of the emerging affluent and their parents who are now retiring and transferring wealth. His client base includes professionals in the corporate banking and medical fields, attorneys and entrepreneurs.

Early in his career as a financial advisor, Jeff received the Pacesetter First 40 Award from Northwestern Mutual, recognizing achievement within an advisor’s first six months. In 2014, he received the William J. McLaughlin, Jr. Rookie of the Year Award from NAIFA. This prestigious award recognizes the advisor who best demonstrates determination, professionalism and commitment to building a financial services practice. With his partner and fellow advisor, Joseph Chappius, and associate financial representative, Nicolas Sciandra, the team follows a mission to build the premier planning firm in Western New York by working collaboratively with their clients to help them live purposeful lives.

Jeff also assumed a leadership role within Northwestern Mutual as Growth and Development Director. The purpose of this role is to expand their local office by introducing new people to a career in financial planning and then to mentor them toward becoming successful advisors. Jeff sees this role as an opportunity to broaden the positive impact of the work they do in their local community. During his previous tenure as College Unit Director, the internship program in Buffalo ranked in the top 15 out of 300 offices around the country.

Demonstrating his commitment to education and his desire to be an expert resource for his clients, Jeff has earned four professional designations that include the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®), and Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®). Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2007 and a Master of Business Administration in 2009 from Binghamton University.

As a university student, Jeff played Division I golf and was the 2008 New York State Amateur Champion. He remains an avid golfer. After a brief period pursuing a professional golf career on various tours including the PGA Canadian Tour, he has since regained amateur status and competes in many local events. Raised in the Buffalo suburb of West Seneca, Jeff has a vested interest in helping local families and businesses succeed. He credits any success he has had to the values that his parents instilled in him and his sister as they were growing up.