Ronald K. Stein, CFP
Having entered the financial profession in the mid-eighties, Ron incorporated Good Harvest Financial Group in 1992, with the goal of creating a financial planning and investment management firm that would be a departure from the commission-based stock brokerage and sales-based businesses that dominate the financial field, and based on the principals of sound financial planning and a highly personalized approach. Beginning as early as 1987, Ron also pioneered on Long Island the incorporation of investors’ values and social concerns in their portfolios.
Ron became a Certified Financial Planner in 1989, and throughout the early and middle ‘90s, Ron was a frequent lecturer and workshop leader on Personal Finance, Social and Environmentally Responsible Investing and various environmental topics, a panelist at numerous events, and speaker at several Long Island and New York radio and television events. Since 1987, Ron has been a member of the Social Investment Forum, the trade association of professionals engaged in the practice of social and environmentally responsible investment.
Ron also brings extensive knowledge about insurance related issues (Ron remains licensed in both life, accident, and property and casualty), has often been at odds with insurance company sales approaches over the years, and brings a high level of objective knowledge and awareness of this subject.
In the late ‘90’s, in response to environmental and land use concerns concerning development in the NY Metropolitan region, Ron helped launch the “Smart Growth” movement on Long Island, and founded a not-for-profit organization called -- Vision Long Island -- which has helped numerous communities across Long Island plan and manage their development.
Although Good Harvest is seeking to expand its client base, Ron remains hands-on and at the helm insuring that the firm remains true to its original mission of top-notch, highly personalized financial service, state-of-the-art investment management, and committed to helping people, businesses, and organizations achieve their financial goals and make impact with their investments.
Paul Kutasovic, Ph.D., Consultant
Paul R. Kutasovic received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Rutgers University and his B.S. from Seton Hall University and is a CFA charter-holder. Dr. Kutasovic is Professor of Economics at the New York Institute of Technology and is the Director of the Undergraduate program at the Old Westbury campus. He regularly teaches courses in the area of economics and finance at both the graduate and undergraduate level. His areas of expertise include: macroeconomic and regional economic forecasting, public finance and investment and financial analysis.
Besides his academic duties, Dr. Kutasovic is active as a consultant to government and business. Currently, he is a consultant to Thomas Conoscenti & Associates, a firm specializing in regional economic analysis and municipal finance and to Dutchess and Suffolk Counties. In other consulting jobs, Dr. Kutasovic has been a consultant to AT&T, Fitch Investor Service, Eleonomics, Merrill Lynch, Nassau County, New Japan Securities Company, New Jersey Division of Highway and Traffic Safety, New York State Association of Counties, and the Long Island Forum of Technology (LIFT) TECHCAP project. He is active in Long Island affairs as an Executive Board member of Vision Long Island.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Kutasovic was Vice President and Economist at First Pennsylvania Bank, and Manager of Forecasting at AT&T. At First Pennsylvania, he developed the bank's macroeconomic forecast as well as forecasts for the regional Philadelphia economy. At AT&T, he developed national and regional forecasting and financial models for Private Line phone demand.
He has regularly been quoted in the press and his comments have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Long Island Business, Business Week, Industry Week, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Dr. Kutasovic is conducting research on methods used to forecast sales tax revenues, regional economic activity and the implications of peak oil for the regional economy. He is also working on using economic indicators to guide the investment decision process.
Dr. Kutasovic is married and resides in Huntington.
Dj Mionis, Administrative Assistant
Prior to joining Good Harvest in mid 2008, DJ spent a 20 year career on Wall Street with a major global investment bank. During that time, she was a Managing Director for technology, specializing in back office functions, across product areas, with regional and global responsibilities. Responsible for understanding and servicing the needs of the business and both institutional and high net-worth clients, DJ has extensive experience in operational process and compliance in financial markets.