Meet Our Team

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Michael Gabriel, CLTC®,LUTCF®, RICP®

CA Insurance Lic.# 0K03990


Michael is was one of the founding partners of Strategic Financial Group, LLC and uses a comprehensive approach to wealth building which allows his clients to potentially achieve more wealth, create greater levels of protection, with a likelihood of  higher incomes during retirement without  requiring any additional out-of-pocket outlay2. This approach helps provide his diverse client base with a heightened level of confidence and peace of mind as they embark on many financial decisions throughout their lifetime.

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Michael typically works with a select group of executives, business owners, entrepreneurs as well as professionals from a variety of both small and large companies. His commitment, ongoing communication and enthusiasm are paramount in helping his valued clients achieve their financial goals.

Michael’s career in the financial services industry started over 18 year ago.  He is a member and has served on the board of the Southwestern CT chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Michael is a graduate of the University of New Haven with a BS in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing and Economics. Michael holds the professional designation of Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow, LUTCF. In addition, he continues to stay abreast of the insurance and financial services industry trends by attending various training courses to help enhance his experience, knowledge, and business practice.

Michael resides in Monroe, CT, is married to his wife Jaclyn, and they have two beautiful little girls, Camille and Sophie and their newest addition, Michael Henry. Michael enjoys spending time with his family, summer trips to the Cape, football season and physical fitness.

Dan Nichols, CLTC®, LUTCF®

CA Insurance Lic.# 0H62283


Dan is dedicated to helping executives, high net-worth individuals, their families and business owners understand the impact of their financial decision-making.

“With the insight and clarity I can offer my clients, I believe that they have a real confidence they're on the right financial track, no matter what life serves up”.

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His personalized approach and high level of client attention is paramount to helping his clients achieve their financial and wealth preservation goals.

Dan Nichols uses a dynamic approach to wealth building allowing his clients to potentially achieve more wealth, with the likelihood of higher incomes during retirement without requiring any additional out-of-pocket outlay2 which helps to provide his diverse client base with security and peace of mind3.

Dan is one of the founding partners in Strategic Financial Group, LLC and typically works with a select group of executives, business owners, entrepreneurs as well as professionals from a variety of Fortune 500 companies.

Dan's career in the financial services industry spans over 25 years. He is a Life and Qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table1 (1998-present) and holds the professional designation of Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow, LUTCF.

Currently, Dan is the political involvement leader for the Southern CT general office of New York Life. In this role, Dan meets with members of congress and the senate to educate our legislators on the importance of the industry and how it serves the people and their constitutes.

Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy, and their two young children where together they share their passion for snow skiing in Vermont. He loves golfing, biking, football season, staying in shape, playing with his kids and dinners with family and friends.

Amar Bellara, CFP®, CLTC®, LUTCF®

CA Insurance Lic.# OL35747


Amar Bellara, CLTC, CFP, LUTCF® a recent added member to Strategic Financial Group LLC team looks to expand his practice and bring his experience to the firm. Amar is a native to Norwalk CT and a graduate of Our Lady of the Elms College, Chicopee MA December, 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. Since April, 2006 Amar has dedicated his professional career in growing his Financial Services practice with a large focus and attention with the population being young aspiring professionals, executives and small business owners helping to protect, save, and grow their wealth. With a team approach to planning over the past five years, Amar has worked closely with the Partners of Strategic Financial Group in areas of advanced planning to bring a holistic approach to planning and measuring the outcomes of financial decisions when involving executives & Principal owners of firms to protect, save, and grow their wealth.

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For the past 11 years and currently Amar has grown his firm, Bellara & Associates L.L.C. organically where he’s become a sought out planner regarding Employee & Group benefits, Medicare & Healthcare planning. He looks to bring his background and experiences in these areas to Strategic Financial Group.

Growing up as an avid Soccer player and a current enthusiast of the game, post his youth, collegiate, & amateur career with the Sport, while growing his Financial Services & Planning practice Amar has been dedicated the past 11 years to serving the community that raised him and has coached throughout various Travel, Premier & Olympic Development clubs throughout the state of CT. He currently serves as the Head Coach of the 2004/05 SoccerViza FC Boys club with a mission to help give desiring and deserving elite players a chance to compete professionally around the world. Amar is Married to his lovely wife Kristi and have recently resided in Woodbridge, CT where they look to raise a soccer team one day.

Robyn Reilly, CLTC®

CA Insurance Lic.#0G58985


Robyn is passionate and dedicated to helping people achieve safety and security as well as peace of mind with their finances and subsequently their lives. She helps individuals, families, business owners and professionals to achieve their financial goals through a high level of personalized service that leverages almost 25 years of experience. Her highly customized approach guides clients through some of the most important decisions they will make in their lifetimes.

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The hallmark of Robyn’s methodologies takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to creating a financial synergy that “starts with the end in mind” and backs into the strategies of how to achieve that picture. Her current clients are comprised of everyone from small business owners & executives to entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals for whom she is an invaluable resource and a tireless advocate.

Ultimately Robyn employs thoughtful and conscientious strategies to help people accumulate money, protect it, and to distribute it in retirement without the fear of outliving it in addition to providing them with much needed protections. Her grandfather’s old adage that “it’s not what you earn but what you keep” remains a guiding principal of her core financial philosophies to this day. Robyn seeks to help clients to realize the time value of their money, to recognize that insurance is assurance and to provide sound investing advice as good fortune is the result of preparedness and opportunity more so than luck.

Robyn is a board member of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA), a member of Women In Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS), and she is a Past President of 2 terms of the Woodbridge Rotary Club.

Robyn is also an active member of Saint Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, a devoted mother of 3 children and an avid yoga practitioner. Additionally she partnered with her late father close to 25 years ago in what is a proud, combined, 85 year legacy.

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Christine Ippolito

Office Manager

I started working in the insurance industry at Prudential in 1983. I started as a Customer Service Representative and eventually worked my way up to Office Manager and Business Manager. My experience in the insurance industry was welcomed when I started to work for Jeffrey Eichner at New York Life in the fall of 1996. We have been together for the past 20 years and have grown a successful business together.

I am married with 2 grown children and have a beautiful granddaughter. Food and wine are my passion and I enjoy pleasure boating in the summer months.


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Jenn Buonincontri

Client Relations Manager

Jenn is the Client Relations Manager with SFG supporting Michael Gabriel and Dan Nichols, and their valued clients.


1The Million Dollar Round Table(MDRT), the Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recoginized globally as the standard of excellence of life insurance and sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.
2Although certain finanical moves may generate the funds needed to pay life insurance premium, these funds may not be immediately available.  In such cases an additional out of pocket outlay may be needed to help one achieve their financial objectives.
3Peace of mind does not apply to any investment products because they are subject to market risks and will fluctuate in value.