Our Team

Our Team

James N. Ball, ChFC®, AIF®

President and Founder

As founder and president of James N. Ball & Company, Jim leads his team with proficiency, confidence, and diligence. Jim grew up in Westborough, Massachusetts, watching his father run his own financial advising business out of their family’s basement. Inspired by his father’s success, Jim went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts, setting out to plant his own roots and begin a career. In 1984, he established his own firm in Westborough, specializing in investment advice, insurance, business, tax, and estate planning.

Today, he prides himself in having created a thriving business, working with hundreds of families in more than 30 states. The firm features an innovative team approach offering sound and informed wealth management advice as well as the utmost in customer service.

Designations and Registrations

  • Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative since 1986 with Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer
  • Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®)
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary®/AIF®
  • FINRA Series 6, 7, 22, and 63 securities registrations
  • Member of the Financial Services Institute
  • Director on the Board of Avidia Bank located in Hudson, Massachusetts; committee chairman of the Non-Deposit Investment Products Committee; member of the IT Steering and Audit Committees
  • Ambassador for the Town of Westborough Economic Development Committee

In Jim’s (little) spare time, he enjoys traveling the world with his family, as well as reading, exercising, and listening to music.

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James N. Ball is proud to have been recognized as a Chairman's Level advisor for 2018—a distinction based on annual production attained by just 3 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Chairman's Level advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Chairman's Level advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Kristine R. Schofield

COO and Vice President of Compliance

Kristine is the team’s most tenured staff member aside from Jim himself, having joined Jim’s practice as his sole financial assistant back in 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bryant University and a master’s in finance from Bentley University. Kristine has successfully completed the College for Financial Planning’s CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification professional education program. Her value within the team is wide-ranging, from her long-standing relationships with existing clients to her in-depth expertise in the worlds of compliance, operations, and estate planning. Perhaps most important might be her meticulous work ethic and willingness to go above and beyond for anyone with whom she comes in contact.

Designations and Registrations

  • FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 securities registrations
  • Designated principal over our Beverly, Massachusetts, branch
  • Massachusetts notary public

When Kristine isn’t working, she loves to spend her time with her husband, Brian, and two daughters, Ashley and Izabela, who keep her constantly busy! Kristine also loves to cook, travel, and relax at the beach with family and friends. She grew up in a tight-knit Polish family and is fluent in the Polish language.

Brian J. Ganger, CFP®, CLTC

Financial Advisor

Northborough Office Location
9 Monroe Street
Northborough, MA 01532

Brian began his journey with James N. Ball & Company as an intern in 1998 while studying finance at Bryant University, joining the team full-time in 2003 after graduating with his BS in finance. Brian earned his CFP® certification in 2007 and has since developed his own book of business, which he will be servicing in our newest branch in Northborough, Massachusetts. Through his affection for the world of financial planning and insurance, he strives to help improve his clients’ current situations and prepare their families for the future.

Designations and Registrations

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner
  • FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations
  • Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC)

Brian is fortunate to have a loving wife and two energetic, active daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family and has a passion for automobiles. He maintains a strong commitment to his community as director on the Board of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce and to his involvement on the Shrewsbury Library Committee.

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Brian Ganger is proud to have been recognized as a Vista Club advisor for 2018—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 27 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Vista Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Vista Club advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients.

Peter H. Callas

Financial Advisor

Peter joined James N. Ball & Company in 2008 as a co-advisor. His comprehensive experience as a psychotherapist and small business consultant has translated very well into the financial planning world, providing value to his clients through deep analytical and forward-thinking advice.

Designations and Registrations

  • Registered Financial Consultant (RFC)
  • FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations
  • Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP)
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary®/AIF®
  • Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC)
  • Life and disability insurance agent

Peter and his wife, Rose, have lived in Beverly, Massachusetts, for 30 years and enjoy dining, traveling, and experiencing the beauty of nature.

David A. Harned

CFO

Dave has been a client of James N. Ball & Company for more than 25 years, joining the firm as CFO in 2008. He earned a BS in finance from the University of Connecticut and, early in his career, worked for various companies, including GE, Philip Morris, and the Boston Consulting Group. He spent 16 years as GM/president of Wolf Coach, Inc., a premier manufacturer of communications vehicles for the broadcast industry and the military. Dave’s expertise lies in financial controls and analysis, modeling, database management, and computer systems and processes. He has also served for 15 years as a board trustee for the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, currently as its chairman.

Dave grew up in Mystic, Connecticut, and holds a special place in his heart for the historic seaport community. He’s an avid golfer, car fanatic, musician, writer, and artist. He and his wife Amy love spending time with family, as well as time at home with their many animals.

Brooke Lynn Fleming

Client Services Supervisor

Brooke joined James N. Ball & Company in 2009 as client services supervisor. She has studied and worked in many different fields, such as accounting, IT, customer service, and financial transaction processing. She supervises all of the operations involved with each client’s file, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. Brooke also acts as a liaison between clients and their advisor(s), helping to identify, communicate, and follow up on client needs and portfolio action items.
 
Designations and Registrations

  • FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations

When Brooke isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter. She is also an avid cook and loves to be out in the sun.

Jennifer Tivnan

Client Services Specialist

Jen joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in 2011 as a client services specialist. Having worked in the financial industry since graduating with a BS from Worcester State College in 2004, Jen has a genuine service-oriented approach to meeting clients’ needs. She corresponds directly with clients, executing administrative action items and guiding them through the wealth management process.

When Jen isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, and vacationing in Maine and Cape Cod.

Tracy Salmon Richert

Client Services Specialist

Tracy joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in January 2015 as a client services specialist. Having worked in the financial industry since graduating with a BS from Worcester State in 1993, Tracy brings with her many years of experience with companies such as Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, and Ameriprise Financial.

When Tracy isn’t at work, she enjoys spending her summer weekends camping at the Cape with her family. She also enjoys coaching her twin sons in soccer and spends much of her free time watching them play numerous sports.

Jennifer M. Laun, CFP®

Associate Advisor

Jen joined the practice in June of 2017, but has been affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network, our broker-dealer, for close to 20 years. Her past focus has been on investment research, portfolio construction, and operations, and this expertise will continue to be part of her role on the James N. Ball & Company team. In addition, Jen is an associate advisor working with clients to help them navigate through life’s many stages and transitions in a heartfelt and thoughtful manner. She’s currently a member of the Nazrudin Project, which is an influential and visionary think tank where financial planning takes an inward dive to explore our relationships with ourselves, others, and money.

Designations and Registrations:

  • FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations
  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification

Jen is also a licensed massage therapist, specializing in craniosacral therapy, and a recording artist. She is a free spirit, loves to travel, and spends a large portion of her personal time in silent meditation retreats.

Megan Sclar

Administrative Assistant/ Client Services

Megan joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in September of 2017 as an administrative assistant, and has since expanded her position to include all levels of client service and support. Having worked in the financial industry since 2014, Megan brings along with her an acute level of technical knowledge, as well as a strong work ethic fueled by the joy that helping others provides. She greets each client with a smile, coordinates meetings, and works directly with clients to effectively manage their needs.

Designations and Registrations:
Massachusetts Notary Public

When Megan isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their four legged family. She also enjoys spending time by the water, hiking and horseback riding.

Aimee Chaves

Client Services Specialist

Aimee joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in July 2018 as a client services specialist. She obtained her BS in Business Administration from Bay Path College in 2008. Upon graduating, Aimee worked in several customer service roles before joining the financial industry in 2011. Aimee spent several years with Wells Fargo Advisors as a client associate and is happy to bring her passion for client service to the team. Her passion for helping others shows through in her daily contact and assistance with clients and their needs.

When Aimee isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew, going to concerts, and working on her photography skills.