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Ryan Polimeni CEO

Ryan and his team help people with their federal benefits, estate planning, tax planning, Social Security planning and wealth management needs. As a federal employee benefits expert for over a decade, Ryan has simplified every step of the retirement process. Today, he takes a long-term approach to retirement planning with people from the federal and private sectors.

“What we’ve mastered in the federal space is the ability to take the complexity out of retirement and focus on the long term,” Ryan says. “If you’re 60 years old, I want to look at the tax problem you could have at 74 — because the biggest tax problem you have is not the taxes you’re paying today.”

Ryan uses the Top Rank Retirement Roadmap to discover each client’s needs and goals. He and his team then develop a personalized financial strategy to help clients navigate their way to a rewarding, low-stress retirement. Top Rank Advisors’ in-house team of financial professionals, CPAs and tax consultants offer clients all the financial and tax planning resources they need, under one roof.

Born and raised in New England, Ryan is an avid outdoorsman. He likes to fish, hike and play soccer. He also enjoys traveling and eating foods from around the world with his wife, Jasmeen, young son Giovanni, and baby girl Arianna.

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Bryant Stone Jr. Chief Investment Officer
Investment Advisor Representative

Bryant graduated with a business degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and launched his financial services career in 2008. Born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, Bryant excelled in football and eventually landed a scholarship to play for Bloomsburg. Playing football and going to college taught him what it means to have a strong work ethic and leadership strengths.

In 2009, Bryant started his own practice, SFG Tax Advisors, LLC. He joined Top Rank Advisors as chief investment officer in 2019. An Investment Adviser Representative, Bryant has earned the designation of National Social Security Advisor. He enjoys working with CPAs to implement proactive, holistic financial solutions for pre-retirees and those already retired.

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Candace Mastropolo Director of Client Management

Being the director of client management, Candace has the privilege of working with and overseeing all client-related activities within our firm. Candace has an extensive background in the financial industry and her knowledge of the financial world makes her a major asset to ensuring all clients of our firm receive a first-class experience. She currently holds a North Carolina life insurance license.

She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor's in business administration in 2011 and started her insurance and financial career later that year. Candace currently resides in Garner, North Carolina, with her husband, Dan, and two daughters, Aubrey and Ava. She enjoys working out, volunteering at her church, traveling to the beach and spending time with her family.

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Alex Hearley Financial Advisor
Investment Advisor Representative

Alex takes a comprehensive approach to clients’ specific situations, making sure to address financial concerns in a thorough, easily understood manner. He especially enjoys helping people with tax planning, optimizing Social Security, insurance planning, income planning and investments.

Alex graduated with a mathematics degree from North Carolina State University. He began his career in the insurance and financial services industry in 2019 and joined Top Rank Advisors in 2022.

Born and raised in Queensbury, New York, Alex grew up enjoying the mountains and lakes. He also fell in love with golf at a young age, learning honesty, integrity and sportsmanship along the way — values that serve him well in his career.

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Anthony Hall Retirement Consultant

Anthony Hall has close to ten years of experience in the financial services industry. He has always had a passion for people and top ranked competent service. Anthony holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology from the University of Utah. He credits his keen listening and communication skills from his studies there, whether it’s assisting families or individuals with developing a strategic holistic plan for life or finances, he stands by his standards of honesty, hard work and commitment.

As a heart transplant recipient Anthony understands and can appreciate the preciousness of life and the importance of living with purpose and urgency. As a federal retirement consultant with Top Rank Advisors, you can rest assured his standards and values will serve you as well! Anthony makes his home in Raleigh NC with his wife Tishna and their two sons, Aaron and Avery.

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Jordan Hagens Retirement Consultant

Jordan understands no two retirement situations are the same and he enjoys being able to create solutions for his clients that are tailored for their specific needs for any situation. Whether it's handling insurance planning or retirement planning, his goal is always to give his client the peace of mind that their problems will be taken care of completely.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Sociology and a concentration in criminology in the summer of 2017. He started his career in the insurance and financial services field in the spring of 2018 and fell in love with this industry.

He was born in Hickory NC then raised in Brooklyn NY and then returned to Greensboro NC at the age of 10. As the oldest of 3 he has always strived to set a good example for my little brother and sister both as a person and as a professional. He currently lives in Fuquay Varina with his wife and highschool sweetheart, Nakia and their two dogs. When he's not working, he mentors youth at his church and for fun he enjoys reading, lifting weights, and taking trips with his wife.

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Michelle G. Mattison Certified Public Accountant

Michelle G. Mattison started her accounting career with the Detroit office of Arthur Andersen & Co. as an auditor after graduating from Old Dominion University. After several years, though, Michelle returned to Virginia where her family lived.

At first, Michelle struggled to find employment that utilized the skills she gained as a professional and provided fair compensation for her knowledge. Her desire was to help small businesses since there were not a lot of large businesses in southeastern Virginia. To fulfill that desire, she started MGM Financial Services, PC as a home-based business and has never left.

MGM Financial Services has been operating since 1994 and has served hundreds of clients conducting business for millions of dollars. Her clients included personal and business tax clients, planning and consulting clients, review and audit projects, annuity and life insurance clients, as well as volunteering for non-profit boards.

After 29 years in business, it is apparent to even the most casual observer, that Michelle is fulfilling her professional desires by helping her clients, family, and friends plan for retirement through accurate accounting, tax filing, insurance protection, tax saving annuities and even doing seminars on the proper utilization of social security.

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Matthew J Walker Life Insurance Advisor, Retirement Consultant

Matt joins Top Rank Advisors with a social work background having spent 27 years mediating & evaluating high conflict divorce/child custody cases before taking an early retirement with the Connecticut Judicial Branch. A 1986 graduate of the University of South Florida, Matt gives credit to his son (Matt) for his seemingly fast transition to the financial services industry just over 4 years ago with a primary focus on helping families with their life insurance needs. It is Matt’s affable nature and consensus building skills combined with his practical approach to finding solutions that have allowed him to help over 1,700 families since 2020. Matt currently holds life and health insurance licenses in 15 states. Family and faith mean everything to Matt. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 36 years and currently reside in East Lyme CT. They are the proud parents of 3 wonderful children. Additionally they have 5 grandchildren who bring them immense purpose and joy. In his spare time Matt enjoys working out, reading, traveling and spending time with his grandchildren near and far.

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