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 2021—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 4 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the firm we partner with to help us better serve you, 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™ professional certification education program. Her value within the team is wide-ranging, from her long-standing relationships with existing clients to her in-depth experience 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, 63, and 66 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® professional 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 President’s Club advisor for 2021—a distinction based on annual production that places him among the top 13 percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network. 

Each year, Commonwealth, the firm we partner with to help us better serve you, recognizes President’s Club advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. President’s 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.

Brooke Lynn Fleming, ChFC®

Financial Advisor

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
  • Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®)

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.

Designations and Registrations

  • FINRA Series 7 securities registration

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

Practice Manager

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 working, she loves to spend time with her Mom, and twins sons, Nathan and James. Tracy is an avid Pats fan, and loves watching the games with her dog Chloe.

Designations and Registrations:

  • MA Individual Insurance Agent (Life & Variable)
  • Massachusetts Notary Public

Megan Berkowitz

Client Services Specialist

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 works directly with clients to effectively manage their needs and guide them through the wealth management process.

Designations and Registrations:

  • Massachusetts Notary Public
  • FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations

When Megan isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jimmy. She also enjoys traveling, horseback riding and hiking with their dogs.

 

Maria Giampietro, CFP®

Financial Advisor

Maria joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in February 2019. Previously, she had worked in similar roles in the central Massachusetts area, shifting from health care to the financial industry in 2017. Following the receipt of her BS degree from Fitchburg State University, she spent six years as an EMT working for her local fire department, which taught her (among other things) the ability to stay composed and take action during stressful situations.

Designations and Registrations:

  • CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner
  • FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 securities registrations
  • MA & NH Life,  Accident & Health Insurance Agent

In Maria’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ryan, traveling, and relaxing at the beach. 

Justin Jones, CRPC®

Planning Manager

Justin joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in April of 2022 as a Registered Staff Member in the Northborough office. Following his graduation from Hofstra University, he worked for over 5 years at Empower Retirement, most recently as a Retirement Advisor managing a book of business.

Designations and Registrations

  • FINRA Series 7, 63 & 65 securities registrations
  • Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® (CRPC®)

When Justin is not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys golfing, sailing, riding motorcycles, sports, and spending time outdoors.

Carol Carpinella

Assistant

Carol joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in October of 2021 as an office assistant in the Northborough office. Prior to coming on board she worked for over 6 years as an Administrative Assistant at Northeast Planning Associates, Inc. serving the needs of all clients.

When Carol is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She also enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and travel.

 

Kelly Stadtherr

Administrative Assistant

Kelly joined the team at James N. Ball & Company in February of 2022 as an administrative assistant. Kelly has a passion for helping people and has previously worked as the Director of Member Services at a local Country Club. She is eager to grow and expand her knowledge in the financial industry to help meet the needs of all clients.

When Kelly isn’t at work she enjoys spending time with her husband Nick. She also loves sports, traveling, and drinking coffee.