Our People


Todd N. Robison, CLU®

Todd Robison has been in practice since 1992. He is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table™ Top of the Table, an exclusive forum for successful life insurance and financial services professionals committed to providing exemplary client service while displaying the highest standards of ethics and professional knowledge.  He is also a member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, the trusted voice for advanced life insurance professionals in Washington for more  than 55 years.

Todd Robison is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics.

Todd enjoys fishing and boating as a member of Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT. He has coached his daughters' sports teams for many years and enjoys playing volleyball and basketball himself. Todd is also a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. Todd is a former Trustee on the Board of Temple Shalom in Norwalk, CT, an Officer of the Penn Club of Fairfield County, and a member of the Wharton Club of New York.

Todd H. Ackerman CLU®, ChFC
Senior Managing Director

Todd Ackerman is passionate about providing clients financial security for themselves, their families, and their businesses. Since 1993, he has been in the business of protecting clients' most important asset -- their ability to earn an income to provide for their family.  His specialties include:  wealth preservation strategies, high limit disability insurance, wealth accumulation, estate planning, and tax-efficient non-qualified retirement plans. Todd has been very successful in auditing clients' existing life insurance policies to confirm whether or not they are performing and to design and recommend more efficient ones when they are not.

Why work with Todd Ackerman?

1. Todd provides individual attention and a personal touch with big firm resources at his disposal;

2. With almost 20 years of experience, Todd brings state of the art techniques and insurance products to the table; and
3. Being independent, Todd represents the marketplace without allegiance to any one carrier.

On a personal note, Todd graduated from Choate in 1985 and Cornell in 1989.  In his free time, he enjoys training for and participating in Ironman triathlons.  He also enjoys spending time with his family at their Adirondack Mountain vacation home where he uses his backhoe tractor, takes care of his chickens, boats in the summer, and snowmobiles and snowboards in the winter.  

John F Garfield, LUTCF

John has been a financial services representative since 1989.  He specializes in non-qualified retirement planning as well as estate planning for high income and high net worth individuals.  John, along with his team, develop cost effective solutions tailored for each client's specific needs.  

John is an avid golfer who lives in Fairfield, CT. 

The following is a summary of John's educational background and insurance affiliations:

Northwestern Prep School,  Santa Barbara, CA

Embry riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL B.A. Aeronautical Science   

LUTCF:  Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow  

Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Round Table 

Court of the Table Qualification, 2010 

Walter T. Shanley, Jr. LUTCF
Financial Insurance Representative

Walter's diverse career provides the means for Walter to truly listen to each of his client's needs and then steer the desired course of wealth preservation, tax mitigation and protection (assets and personal). Walter holds his license for Life, LTC, Disability, Accident, and Health Insurance. He recently earned his LUTCF designation through the American College.

Walter graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Economics.

Currently residing in Weston, CT. he is a member of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and is an outdoor / action sports enthusiast.

Gary B. Dimmick
Financial Insurance Representative

Gary Dimmick has worked in the financial services industry since 2004. His practice focuses on preserving income and assets for individuals, the use of insurance as an asset class, and the needs of the senior market.  He holds the Life and Health license.

Gary Dimmick earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette College and Lehigh University, respectively.  Prior to a career in financial services, he was a management consultant having held positions with Booz & Co., Gartner, and IBM.

Gary's interests outside of work are bicycling and aviation in both powered aircraft and sailplanes.  In soaring, he has made F.A.I. Diamond altitude climbs in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada Mountains. He is member of the Wharton Club of New York.

Brande Kelley
Senior Director of New Business & Operations

As Senior Director of New Business and Operations, Brande oversees all aspects of our New Business Department.   She works closely with our advisors, our case design and client service teams, and national insurance industry experts to coordinate underwriting solutions tailored to our clients' various insurance needs. Adept at special risk scenarios, Brande's forte is discovering the best possible carriers to meet our clients' unique personal and business insurance planning needs. 

Prior to joining Cedar Point Financial Services LLC, Brande was the Director of Underwriting for Empire Wealth Strategies where she oversaw the day to day operations of the Life New Business Department, leading and consulting in the areas of underwriting, advanced sales support, and operations.

Brande holds a Bachelors of Art Degree in Business Management from Monroe College, a Masters of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.   She also holds several industry designations including LOMA's Life & Customer Service Management and a Fellow in Life Insurance Management. She is life and health insurance licensed.

Brande has two adorable Yorkie-Schnauzers and enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, hosting friends, cooking, reading and watching documentaries.

Liz Fronio
Director of Operations

Liz graduated from Sacred Heart University with an Associate's Degree in Secretarial Science.  She spent nine years and the first half of her career at IBM supporting high-level executives.  Returning to the workforce after raising two sons, Liz entered the insurance and financial industry.  She holds Life, Accident and Health Licenses.  As an Associate Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual for 13 years and a former career agent with MassMutual, Liz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our firm.  As Director of Operations, Liz manages Cedar Point Financial Services LLC's operations, marketing, client services, contracting, and database and technology management.

Liz lives with her family in Trumbull.  In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, a good book, travel and spending time with family and friends.