Our Sandhill Team

Hard work, dedication and a shared belief that focusing on the success of our clients is the most important goal of all. These are the qualities that define our people, and it is the quality of our people that defines us.

Edwin M. (Tim) Johnston III

Founder, Managing Partner

Larry Stolzenburg, CPA

Partner, Head of Advisory Services

Jonathan Amoia

Partner, Managing Director
Certified Private Wealth Advisor®

Christopher Kicinski, CPA, CFP®

Partner, Investment Advisor

Shant Goubrial

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Tina Hassler

Partner, Investment Advisor
Director of Media

Richard W. Ryskalczyk, CFA

Partner, Chief Equity Analyst

Mark Larry, CFA

Partner, Senior Equity Analyst

Marc Bernstein

Partner, Investment Advisor

Ryan Myers

Partner, Chief Compliance Officer

Aaron VandeGuchte

Partner, Equity Analyst

Christopher Roop

Partner

Trisha Allsop

Director of Client Service

Thomas Baker

Investment Advisor

Brian Dillon, AIFA®, ChFC

Investment Advisor
Retirement Plan Fiduciary

Stephen K. Garvin

Investment Advisor

Dave Roewer

Investment Advisor

Traci Shanklin

Managing Director

Paul Stancs

Director

Timothy McPoland

Director

Bryan Burdick

Senior Portfolio Strategist

Eric Hanfland

Assistant Equity Analyst

Christian Martinez

Advisor Associate
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

Jenny Ly

Operations Associate

Max Wojtczak

Operations Associate

Ariel Bauerlein

Client Service Associate

E. Elise Cloutier

Client Service & Media Associate

Megan Jurek

Client Service Assistant

Edwin M. (Tim) Johnston III

Founder, Managing Partner

BA Yale University 1982. MBA Boston University 1991- Highest Honors. Joined investment adviser and broker-dealer Harold C. Brown & Co. in 1995 as Senior Equity Analyst. Promoted to Director of Research 1996. Named Vice President in 1998. Named Portfolio Manager in 2000. Edwin founded Sandhill Investment Management in 2004.

Edwin currently serves as Dean (President) of the Saturn Club and co-chair of the Westminster Church capital campaign. He served as a trustee of the Nichols School from 2008 to 2015 - two years as vice chair and three years as chair of the Nichols endowment. Edwin received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Nichols School in 2019. He has previously served on the board of the Elmwood Franklin School, Westminster Church, the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club and the Zoological Society of Buffalo.

Larry Stolzenburg, CPA

Partner, Head of Advisory Services

BBA Accounting Niagara University 1978- Magna Cum Laude. Worked at Main Hurdman CPAs from 1978 to 1982. Founded Stolzenburg, Federspiel & Pfeifer, CPAs in 1983 and ran the firm as Managing Partner until 2003. Additionally, Larry founded Ellis Group, Inc, a business valuation firm, in 1996 and ran the firm until 2006.

Larry began managing client portfolios in 1994 and joined Sandhill in June 2008 as a Partner. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and has served on the Board of Directors for Christian Central Academy and Bethanie Mission of Haiti.

Jonathan Amoia

Partner, Managing Director
Certified Private Wealth Advisor®

Since joining Sandhill in 2014, Jonathan’s passion has been identifying the challenges of high-net-worth individuals and families, while developing customized strategies to address their unique set of circumstances. With a focus on entrepreneurial families, Jonathan takes a hands-on approach to help craft business succession and transition plans, evaluate outside investment opportunities, and establish tax aware multi-generational estate plans alongside legal and accounting teams. Additionally, he takes an active role in assuring that children and grandchildren are financially educated and understand the intended purpose of family assets. Jonathan is a Certified Private Wealth Advisor® designee, attained through the Yale School of Management, and was both recognized on Forbes Next-Gen Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list in 2019 and Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list in 2021.

With 18 years of investment and financial services experience, Jonathan brings earned knowledge of entrepreneurship, private equity, venture capital, and investment banking to each client relationship. Prior to joining Sandhill, Jonathan served as Vice President within Citigroup’s investment bank. At Citi, Jonathan had trading coverage responsibilities for 60 institutional clients – totaling over one trillion dollars of investable assets. Jonathan has also built, bought, and sold closely held businesses, along with spending time in private equity and venture capital.

Jonathan earned an MBA from The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and a BS from SUNY New Paltz, where he graduated with honors and served as Student Body President.

Jonathan currently serves as the Chair of the Convergence Council at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Additionally, he is a Board Member of The BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Christopher Kicinski, CPA, CFP®

Partner, Investment Advisor

Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Buffalo in 2003 with degrees in Accounting and Finance. Chris began his career at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP, a regional accounting firm, where he serviced both tax and audit clients in industries such as manufacturing, service, medical and not-for-profit. In 2007, Chris joined Lumsden & McCormick Financial Services, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the CPA firm, where he was responsible for both individual clients and qualified retirement plans. During this time, Chris earned his CPA license, and CFP® Certification.

Chris joined Sandhill as Vice President in 2011 and was named Partner in 2016. Along with managing assets of individual clients, families, trusts and corporations, he oversees the Qualified Retirement Plan business of Sandhill, which consists of plans covering more than 3,000 employees in total. Chris is the President of the Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York and serves on the school board of St. Gregory the Great School. He has coached youth sports in Clarence and at St. Gregory the Great School for a number of years. Chris resides in Clarence Center with his wife, Laura, and four children, Carter, Owen, Hudson and Sawyer.

Shant Goubrial

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Shant earned a BA in Business Management from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business in 2010. Prior to joining Sandhill, Shant was a Premier Account Operational Analyst at Central Transport International where he provided strategic consulting for some of their largest relationships, including corrective action planning and efficiency development. Shant joined Sandhill in 2011 as an Operations Officer and was promoted to Senior Operations Officer and partner in December 2012. He is certified in multiple Microsoft Office programs and is an active member of the TD Ameritrade Operations Panel.

Tina Hassler

Partner, Investment Advisor
Director of Media

Tina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 2007. Following graduation, Tina worked for Tradewind Aviation as Director of Charter and oversaw charter sales, aircraft dispatch and client service. Tina left aviation to pursue finance and began working at Gleacher Fund Advisors, a mid-size fund-of-hedge funds, in 2008. At GFA, Tina was responsible for investor relations and investment operations, and supported the COO during an orderly wind-down of the firm’s funds. After moving back to Buffalo, Tina worked for Citigroup, monitoring credit exposure to hedge fund counterparties for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group. Tina joined Sandhill in 2013 and was named Partner in 2016. Tina lives on Grand Island with her husband, Jeff, and three children.

Richard W. Ryskalczyk, CFA

Partner, Chief Equity Analyst

Rick received his BS in Economics and Finance from Canisius College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and receiving the Nelson D. Civello Award for Most Outstanding Graduate. Rick joined Sandhill after graduating Canisius in 2010 and went on to become a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) in 2013. He now serves as Treasurer of the CFA Society of Buffalo. In addition, Rick is a mentor to students in the Golden Griffin Fund, a student-run investment portfolio at Canisius and a program that he graduated from. He is also a mentor for Say Yes Buffalo; a program that supports inner city economic development through giving grants to pay for college education.

Mark Larry, CFA

Partner, Senior Equity Analyst

Mark earned a BBA Finance in 2009 and an MBA in 2010 from St. Bonaventure University. While at St. Bonaventure, Mark led the University’s student-run investment fund known as the “Students In Money Management” (SIMM). From 2010 to 2013, Mark worked for Citigroup Inc., in two different roles supporting sales and trading across various product lines within FIRM’s Institutional Clients Group. Mark joined Sandhill as an Associate Analyst in 2013 and earned his CFA Charter in 2014.

Marc Bernstein

Partner, Investment Advisor

Marc earned a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Marc has 16 years of experience in financial services with the majority of his career spent at Manning & Napier advisors where he was responsible for servicing up to $1 Billion in client assets primarily in the Western New York region.

Marc brings great passion and integrity in working with individuals, families, and institutions and is truly committed to helping his clients achieve their long-term financial goals. Marc joined Sandhill as a Partner in November 2017.

Marc lives in Clarence Center with his wife, Laurie, and their two sons. Marc and Laurie are dedicated to helping children and families affected by autism.

Ryan Myers

Partner, Chief Compliance Officer

Ryan earned his BS in Finance from Columbia College. Ryan started his career in the financial services industry in 2013 at Merrill Lynch. He moved to M&T Securities where he was the Supervisory Principal over four M&T Securities offices in Western New York. Prior to 2013, Ryan worked in the medical device industry for many years. Ryan joined Sandhill as Chief Compliance Officer in March of 2016.

Aaron VandeGuchte

Partner, Equity Analyst

Aaron earned his BS in Finance from Grand Valley State University. During college, Aaron served as Equity Analyst for the Seidman College of Business student-run investment portfolio and worked as a Financial Analyst at Eenhoorn LLC, a multi-family real estate company. Aaron has completed Level I of the CFA program and will sit for Level II in June. Aaron and his wife, Jessica, relocated to Buffalo from Michigan and enjoy exploring their new home.

Christopher Roop

Partner

Chris earned his BS in Finance from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Chris brings over 25 years of business experience and has built a broad knowledge base in sales, finance, customer service, and operations. Chris spent the previous 15 years in the financial services industry with Manning & Napier advisors where he was responsible for over 1.4 Billion in client assets.

Chris strives to be a trusted resource for every individual, family or institution that he works with while helping them achieve their financial goals. He joined Sandhill in February 2019 as a partner.

Chris lives in Queensbury, NY with his wife Bonnie and has two grown daughters. Chris is dedicated to mentoring fellow employees when possible and giving back to causes like suicide prevention and emergency assistance programs.

Trisha Allsop

Director of Client Service

Trisha Graduated Magna Cum Laude from University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. Before joining Sandhill as an Operations Associate in 2016, Trisha worked as a Data Analyst at HSBC. In 2020, Trisha became a Senior Client Service Associate and in 2021 was promoted to her current role, Director of Client Service.

Thomas Baker

Investment Advisor

Tom earned his BS in Finance from Michigan State University. Tom works with individuals, families and institutional clients to develop a customized investment plan to meet their unique needs.

Tom joined Sandhill in August 2016. Prior to joining Sandhill, he was a Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor, for Key Private Bank in Buffalo. Tom returned to Buffalo in 2011 after spending 10 years at State Street Global Advisors in Boston, Massachusetts. He has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry.

Tom serves as a Director on the OLV Homes of Charity Board. He resides in Orchard Park with his wife, Myrna, and their two daughters.

Brian Dillon, AIFA®, ChFC

Investment Advisor
Retirement Plan Fiduciary

Brian was raised in Buffalo and graduated from Nichols School in 1976. He earned a BA from Syracuse University and began his career in financial services with New York Life Insurance Company in Portland, Maine in 1983 where he earned the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant before becoming a Regional Vice President for NYLIFE Securities. He returned to Buffalo in 1992 to join Fleet Investment Services as a Vice President, Institutional Investments. Brian moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1997 to take a position as Regional Vice President with MFS Retirement Services, the 401(k) division of MFS Investment Management. In 2009 he founded Positive Retirement Outcomes, LLC providing fiduciary and investment advisory services to employers with 401(k) plans. He obtained the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst ® designation in 2010. Brian joined Sandhill in 2019 and continues working with retirement plans in addition to helping individuals, families, and foundations prudently manage their critical long term liquid assets. Brian and his wife live near Boston close to their two married children and grandson. He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards in the fields of education, healthcare and conservation. He currently serves on the Emeritus Board of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., which preserves and protects more than 14 million acres of wetland habitat across North America.

Stephen K. Garvin

Investment Advisor

Steve earned his BA from Hamilton College before going on to complete the Executive Securities Program at theSecurities Industry Institute at Wharton. Steve has 29 years of investment industry experience starting with his post as Account Executive at Eppler, Guerin & Turner in Dallas, TX. Steve also spent time at both Prudential-Bache Securities and Shearson Lehman Brothers until he ultimately accepted a Managing Broker position with Southwest Securities. Steve returned to Buffalo in 2002 from the greater Dallas area and was a Sandhill client for four years before signing on as VP of Business Development in March 2013. Steve is very active in the community, volunteering for his church, co-chairing the Major Gifts campaign for Forever St. Francis, serving on the boards of Athletes in Action and Frank Reich Call to Courage, and the Joshua Group. Steve is married to wife Tamara and has three grown sons.

Dave Roewer

Investment Advisor

Dave earned his BBA from Ohio University. He brings over 45 years of business experience working with individuals, retirement plans and independent third party investment firms.He began his financial services industry career on Wall Street, before joining Manning & Napier Advisors, where he worked for the last 30 years.

Dave brings both knowledge and insight to clients from his years of industry experience, helping them to achieve their long term financial goals. In addition, he has worked extensively with independent advisors in the Midwest region, consulting with financial planning clientele. He joined Sandhill in January 2020.

Dave lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife Janna. They have four grown children and four grandchildren. He is active in the game of golf and an advocate of The First Tee program.

Traci Shanklin

Managing Director

Traci joined Sandhill as Managing Director in December 2019. In addition to over twenty years of experience in the investment and financial sector, Traci also brings her skills as an entrepreneur and an operational leader. In 2018, Traci founded Sisu Investment Partners where she connected boutique and middle-market investment funds with institutional investors, and launched a podcast called, “The World of Multi-Employer Benefit Funds,” devoted to educating listeners to the ins and outs of these complicated plans.

Traci earned her BS at James Madison University and began her investment career as Western Region Vice-President at Prudential Financial Services. Traci’s outstanding efforts in salesmanship were recognized with a Taft-Hartley Institutional Sales award and she became a 2004 – 2005 Gold Circle winner. In 2005, Traci became the first sales professional hired by EnTrust Capital where she spent the next twelve years overseeing seventeen institutional clients with Taft-Hartley Pension funds representing $1.5 billion in assets under management. Traci looks forward expanding her role at Sandhill where she will continue to grow assets under management and bring quality products to multi-employer pension funds.

Traci has served on the board and supported the Mikva Challenge, is a founding member of CORPaTH, and contributed to Helping Haitian Angels. She currently lives in Southlake, TX, with her husband and two children.

Paul Stancs

Director

Paul earned his BA in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College in VA. Paul spent the first 13 years of his career as a currency trader specialist at various banks in New York City. He also worked as a broker dealer at Oppenheimer in Stamford, CT. For the past 9 years, Paul has served the investment community as a registered Investment Adviser Representative and fiduciary for Fisher Investments Private Client Group. Paul brings a vast amount of experience structuring individual investment portfolios to fit the investment objectives of the unique clients he serves in the high net worth arena. Paul is a 20 year resident of Litchfield, Connecticut, and has two children. Paul enjoys coaching youth hockey and playing a competitive golf schedule.

Timothy McPoland

Director

Tim earned a BS in Accounting from Alfred University in 1981 before joining Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. in 1985. Tim was elected Director in 1995 before serving as the firm’s Assurance Practice leader and also as the Managing Director until 2020. Tim has a broad background, including the areas of corporate and individual tax, mergers and acquisitions, income tax, estate and succession planning, and assisting troubled companies in finding alternative equity and financing opportunities. Additionally, Tim has extensive experience preparing business valuations for a wide range of businesses and has provided consultation and expert witness testimony relating to valuation issues, antitrust litigation, solvency, Ponzi schemes, contract disputes, and lost profits analyses. Tim joined Sandhill as a Director in 2021.

Tim is the Treasurer and a Board Member of Aspire of WNY, Inc., the Audit Committee Chairman and a Board Member of the Buffalo State College Foundation, a Member of the Board and Audit and Finance Committees of the Buffalo Club, a Member of the Country Club of Buffalo Audit and Finance Committee, a Board Member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, sits on the Standards Board for NACVA, and has served of the RSM Alliance Executive Advisory Board.

Bryan Burdick

Senior Portfolio Strategist

Bryan received his BS in Mathematics from St. Lawrence University and his MBA from The University of Rochester. Bryan joined Sandhill after more than 12 years’ experience at another investment firm, where he worked with both Institutional and High Net worth clients in a consultative manner. Bryan looks forward to applying this experience to help both Sandhill and their clients grow in ever changing market conditions. Bryan is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys chasing his Llewellin Setters all over the country on upland adventures.

Eric Hanfland

Assistant Equity Analyst

Originally from Rochester, Eric graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo in 2020 earning a BS in Finance. At UB, he served as the CIO of the school's student-run Terese Kelly Investment Group, managing nearly $500,000. Eric looks forward to his upcoming time living in the city of Buffalo.

Christian Martinez

Advisor Associate
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

Christian was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Canisius High School in 2009. Christian earned a BS in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing from Buffalo State College. He came to Sandhill from a regional packaging supplier, where he was a Sales Manager for the Northeast Region. Christian became a Certified Financial Planner™ in December 2020.

He currently serves on the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Convergence Council and on the Alumni Board of Governors for Canisius High School.

Christian resides in the Elmwood Village with his wife, Leigh.

Jenny Ly

Operations Associate

Jenny graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in both Finance and Management Information Systems. She most recently worked as a Manager at local Pet Resort. Jenny joined the Sandhill team as Operations Associate in January 2019.

Max Wojtczak

Operations Associate

A Buffalo native, Max graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Computer Science. He most recently worked at the university as a Network Technician. Max joined the Sandhill team as Operations Associate in June 2020.

Ariel Bauerlein

Client Service Associate

Ariel graduated in 2013 from Buffalo State College with a B.A. in Music. She most recently worked as a Relationship Banker at Citizens Bank. Ariel joined the Sandhill team as a Client Service Associate in March of 2020.

E. Elise Cloutier

Client Service & Media Associate

Elise graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Buffalo State College in 2018 with a BA in Philosophy, receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. In 2020, Elise earned an MS in Real Estate Development from the University at Buffalo with a concentration in Finance.

Elise is passionate about philanthropy, sitting on the President’s Council of the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund and volunteering with the WNY Women’s Foundation. Elise joined Sandhill in August 2020 as a part of the client service team and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Financial Planner.

Megan Jurek

Client Service Assistant

Megan graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2009 earning a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Megan began a career in banking in 2015 at First Niagara Bank, transitioning to Key Bank, and eventually moving to M&T Bank where she most recently worked as a Senior Relationship Banker. Megan lives in East Amherst with her husband, Henry. Megan joined Sandhill as a part of the client service team in May 2021.

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