Meet Our Team

We strive to be a nationally recognized, award-winning wealth management firm, whose unique competitive advantage is based upon the following:

  • Personalized client service.

  • State-of-the-art technology.

  • Delivering lifelong financial security to our clients.

Our consistent, conscientious level of service inspires confidence in our clients that their financial affairs are handled with the highest level of competency.  Our team promotes forward thinking, creativity, and open communication.  Our office exhibits an atmosphere of enthusiasm and optimism, confirming our position as an integral part of a premier wealth management team.  We are seen by our clients as a premier wealth management team.  We will earn the respect and admiration of the financial community by achieving our mission.

Shaylyn E Welch

Shaylyn E Welch

Director of Operations
Office 201-639-0639

Shaylyn joined Northwestern Mutual in November 2014.  She graduated from University of Delaware in 2012 with a degree in Business Management and two minors in International Business and Spanish.  Before entering the workforce, she decided to pursue her dream to travel internationally and moved to Spain to teach English due to her love of the Spanish language and culture.  Shaylyn joined Ed’s team first working with insurance and providing exceptional client service.  Since then, she has passed her Life and Health, Series 7 and Series 63.  She is now the Director of Operations and manages our investment operations by monitoring our clients’ investment portfolios as well as providing services for their accounts.  Additionally, she works closely with Ed and our team during the financial planning process to provide each of our clients with a comprehensive analysis of their financial situation to help them realize their personal and financial goals.

She grew up in northern New Jersey and currently resides in Hoboken with friends.  She enjoys traveling to new cities and countries as well as taking her annual summer vacation in Maine with her family. 


Ashley N Maldonado

Ashley N Maldonado

Director of Marketing and Client Services

Ashley joined Northwestern Mutual in April of 2016. She works hand and hand with Shaylyn to provide exceptional service and value to our clients. She is an integral team member, involved in assisting us with our comprehensive planning, servicing our clients’ needs and requests in an efficient manner and is also our Director of Marketing. Ashley enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her husband, Alex and their daughter, Avangeline.

Jennifer Posze Hallowell

Jennifer Posze Hallowell

Office Manager
Office 201-639-0640

Andrew Estreich

Investment Operations
Office 212-819-1800

Edward T Gurka III, CFP®, CLTC

Managing Director


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