Meet Our Team

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Robert Andrew Moro, ChFC®, CLU®, AEP® - CA Insurance License Number# 0H95305

Robert is the President of Pinnacle Strategies, Inc. and a native of Long Island. He joined the New York Life Insurance Company in 1983. Shortly thereafter he formed his first firm (Kristin Financial Group). Here he enjoyed a steady growth of knowledge and clientele before becoming Pinnacle Strategies, Inc., to better align the firm's focus of assisting affluent clients to conserve their wealth through effective financial and estate planning and wealth management.

In 1994, Robert found time for other interests and became a principle co-founder of LI Net, Inc., and served as the company's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. While he maintained his financial practice, he gained a wealth of knowledge taking LI Net from a start-up company to Long Island's largest Internet provider with 26 employees. While in the process of taking LI Net public, the company was sold to a public company in 1998.

Robert holds the designations of Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) and an AEP® designation from the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. An AEP® is a person who has earned a graduate level specialization in estate planning, in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning.

Robert is a member of the Society of Financial Professionals, the Financial Planning Association, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and a member agent of The Nautilus Group®, a service of New York Life Insurance Company. He is a registered representative for*NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC), a Licensed Insurance Agency, an investment advisory representative with **Eagle Strategies LLC (a registered investment adviser) , and holds a New York State license in life insurance. He is a Qualifying and Life Member of the ***Million Dollar Round Table.

Robert is involved in many civic activities, Past President of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, former Treasurer and Board Member of the FDNY Firefighter John F. McNamara Foundation, and a former Chairman of the Long Island Chapter Golf Outing Committee for the American Heart Association.

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Paul Sciacca, LUTCF, ChFC® - CA Insurance License # 0M38771

Paul has worked in the financial services industry since 1993, having joined Pinnacle Strategies following 11 years working on Wall Street as an institutional equity sales trader. He is a member of NAIFA, an industry association comprising over 200,000 agents and their associates and promoting a positive professional and legislative environment. He is a registered representative through *NYLIFE Securities LLC, holding the Series 7, Series 63 & Series 65 licenses and an investment advisory representative with **Eagle Strategies LLC (a registered investment adviser).

As Pinnacle Strategies’ practice grew, it became apparent help was needed. Paul joined Pinnacle Strategies with the goal of helping in that effort. Additionally, he has brought his own clients with more advanced needs to Pinnacle’s Asset Protection and Estate Planning platform

Paul is married with triplet boys. He enjoys golf, reading and fishing in his spare time.

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Christopher Pia, LUTCF, CLTC - CA Insurance License # 0H06387

Christopher began his career as an agent with New York Life in June 2009. Starting with the company as a college intern, Christopher has been building his practice by working with family-held businesses, successful young professionals and physicians. He is currently working on advanced designations while being a strong and active supporter of NAIFA, both on a local and national level. He is a registered representative through *NYLIFE Securities LLC, holding the Series 6 and Series 63 Licenses.

Christopher joined Pinnacle Strategies, Inc. in 2013 to better serve his current clients’ concerns relating to their Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning and Asset Protection Strategies, while at the same time assisting in Pinnacle’s growing practice.

Christopher resides in Connecticut. He enjoys remaining active by playing golf, kayaking and cycling.

Christopher was honored as part of the Fairfield County Business Journal's 2014 series, "40 Under 40", which highlights local professionals that have accomplished many feats before they turn 40 years old.

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Christine M. Schwizer Moro, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC

Christine became affiliated with New York Life Insurance Company, serving as an agent from 1999 to 2010. During this time, she founded CMS Financial Group to work closely with families and businesses to create their financial, estate and retirement plans. In addition, from 2001 to 2010, Christine was a Registered Representative with *NYLIFE Securities as well as an Advisor with **Eagle Strategies LLC.

In 2010, Christine’s practice was acquired by Pinnacle Strategies, Inc. where she has worked as an Associate Financial Adviser (AFA) and as a Registered Service Assistant (RSA) to Robert A. Moro providing customer service to clients with policy and account questions and concerns.

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Jacqueline Strait

Jacqueline Strait has worked in the insurance industry in different capacities for over 25 years.

She began assisting Life and Health agents with appointment scheduling and maintaining their client files and also worked as a personal assistant to Financial Planners and Wealth Managers.

In 2013 she joined New York Life and she is also a registered representative through *NYLIFE Securities, LLC.

Jackie joined Pinnacle Strategies in 2017 to be an additional point of contact to clients and to help service their needs as the practice continues to grow.

Jackie has one son and enjoys gardening and interior decorating in her spare time.

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Sara Ashmawy, CFP - CA Insurance License # 04069127

Sara Ashmawy has worked in the financial services industry for nine years. Sara started at New York Life Insurance Company in 2015 and has maintained Executive Council (2015-2024) status for all her years there. Her desire to enter the wealth management field led to her affiliation with New York Life’s investment management subsidiary, **Eagle Strategies LLC in 2017. She holds her Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA licenses and works closely with her clients on holistic financial planning. To further her education in the industry, Sara enrolled in six rigorous CFP® Board-approved courses through Northwestern University in 2017. She passed the CFP® Board exam March of 2019 and is now a ****CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™; professional.

Sara joined Pinnacle Strategies, Inc. in 2019 to assist her current clients’ concerns relating to their Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning and Asset Protection Strategies, while at the same time assisting in Pinnacle’s growing practice and focus on working with the adult children of Pinnacle’s clients.

Sara grew up in Smithtown, NY and now lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In her spare she enjoys reading, running and cooking.

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Akash Kalra

Akash Kalra, the newest member of our team, began his journey in financial services at Pinnacle Strategies in 2022 as an intern while attending the University of Florida, where Akash obtained his BSBA degree. He later went on to do an internship in 2023 with New York Life, where he obtained his 2-15 Insurance License and became an agent. Akash is a FINRA Series 7 registered representative through *NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC). Akash enjoys assisting clients and plans on continuing his studies to broaden the services and knowledge he provides to his clients.

Marnie Raza

25 Year background of Purchasing and Engineering Management in PCB, Mobile Devices and electronic components manufacturing.

Earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering at New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury NY.

Joined Pinnacle Strategies April 2018, welcoming a new learning experience in this industry and applying her attention to detail from her prior work experience.

Marnie will be supporting client services.

Maya Franco

Maya has lived in Florida for more than 10 years and began her financial career at Suncoast Credit Union, where she worked for 7 years in member service, opening accounts, and later in loan processing and underwriting.

She joined Pinnacle Strategies in June 2022 with a focus in client service, communication, and marketing.

She will be handling new account opening and account changes.

Maya is the primary contact for all client needs, and works with Robert directly out of the Florida office.

*NYLIFE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC), a Licensed Insurance Agency and New York Life company.

**Eagle Strategies, LLC is a Registered Investment Adviser and a New York Life company.

***The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is recognized globally as the standard of excellence for life insurance sales performance in the insurance and financial services industry.

****CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S.



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