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Our Leadership Team

David Wood

CVO (Chief Visionary Officer)

Sydney Hebert

Director of Opportunities

Silvi Banushi

Director of  First Impressions

Bailey Sutherland

CGO (Chief Growth Officer)

Ana Camara

Director of Operations

Peter Kemos

Partner Strategy Group

Kristyn Alexson

Director of Premier Advisor Support

Faith Zeller

Director of Digital Strategy

Chris Magnifico

Marketing Manager

Kit Kerekes

Director of Social Media

Matthew Grohocki

Advisor Support

Morgan Wood

Advisor Support


Director of Employee Wellness


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David Wood

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer

David Wood entered the financial services industry in 1986. He founded Gateway Financial Partners in 1994 and remains the Chief Visionary Officer of the firm. Mr. Wood is registered with National Planning Corp (NPC) a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

He holds his FINRA Series 7 (General Securities Representative), FINRA Series 24 (General Securities Principal), FINRA Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law Exam), FINRA Series 65 (Uniform Investment Advisor), is registered with Securities and Business Investments Division in the State of Connecticut, and licensed with the Insurance Department of over 25 states. David is proud to have Gateway continuously named as a top ten OSJ by NPC. He is recognized in the industry for his continued sponsorship and support of local community initiatives. He was named 2014 Chairman of the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce where he is a major sponsor and loyal supporter of business members in the community. As a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), David believes in venturing ‘outside of your comfort zone.’  He is an ‘idea-man’ passionate about providing his advisors with the support they need to help grow their independent practices.

Silvi Banushi

Director of First Impressions

Silvi Banushi first joined Gateway Financial Partners as a Graphic Design Intern in January 2020. Silvi took on projects and worked with our Marketing Team behind the scenes until joining us as the Director of First Impressions. Silvi graduated from the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. Outside of work, she loves to paint, draw, hike, and play volleyball.

Bailey Sutherland

Operations Manager

A native of Andover, Connecticut, Bailey Sutherland started at Gateway as an intern in the summer of 2014 after graduating from RHAM High School. After just 5 months, Bailey proved to be a valued asset to our team by displaying hard work, dedication, eagerness to learn, and a level of professionalism that would be expected from an individual wise beyond his years. Bailey was hired in December of 2014, and has since passed his Series 7, 63, & series 24. Bailey has a passion for working with advisors in an operations role, support role, along with transitioning new advisors to LPL/Gateway Financial Partners. Outside of work, Bailey enjoys boating, fishing and spending time with friends and family.

Peter Kemos

Partner strategy group

Peter Kemos studied Human Ecology with a focus in Sustainable Finance at College of the Atlantic. Like other members of our team, his internship with Gateway led to a position with the firm. Peter currently works in Operations and runs the Partners Strategy Group. When he isn’t working to support advisors, Peter enjoys hiking, kayaking, martial arts, and reading. If you want to learn more about financial planning, ESG investing, or the State of Maine, he’s your guy.

Kristyn Alexson

advisor support

Kristyn Alexson joined Gateway Financial Partners as a Marketing Intern in January 2014. After just a few months, Kristyn was hired full time specializing in Advisor Support on Gateway’s Operations Team . For two years Kristyn worked full time at Gateway during the day and attended Business school at night. In 2016, Kristyn graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing. In her spare time, Kristyn tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible. She enjoys going for walks, adventuring, and discovering new places.

Faith Zeller Wood

Director of Digital Strategy

Social Media

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860.652.4360 ext 214