Management Team

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Don Weis, CLF®, LUTCF®
Managing Partner

Don was born and raised in Bellerose in the borough of Queens in New York. He attended SUNY Oneonta where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics. He relocated to Orange County in 1997.


Don came to New York Life in the spring of 2006, after a successful run as the owner of a local Sports Complex that he built from the ground up.  And along the way has collected numerous awards including the Life All Star and Career Success. Don was promoted to partner in April 2009 and Senior Partner in 2012.


Don is an active member of the community; coaching baseball, soccer, and basketball. He also volunteers for a variety of local charities and service organizations. And he has been the chairman of The Hudson Valley General Offices Charity Golf Outing the past two years, to help raise funds for the area youths. Don feels that his passion for assisting others has lead to both his personal and professional growth.
Don and his wife Jayme reside in Cornwall on Hudson, NY with their 3 children.

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Antonella Guarneri, ALMI, ACS
Operations Manager, Field Service

Antonella is a Penn State alumna who studied Biobehavioral Health and Human Development and Family Studies. She began her career at New York Life as an agent in the Constitution General Office in 2012. After two years,

became the Recruiting Assistant for the Managing Partner and soon after that, in September of 2015, joined the Constitution Service Team serving both the Licensing/Contracting and New Business needs of the agency.

Though recently moving to New York, Antonella is a Philly suburb native and a tried and true Philadelphia sports fan. She rides her Peloton daily and enjoys hiking and kayaking especially in the summer and fall.

Antonella and her husband, Eric have baby girl named Sofia and their puppy, RIley.  When they're not hosting friends and family in their home, they enjoy spending weekends traveling in their camper!

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Gerard Mora
Senior Agency Standards Consultant 

Gerard is happy to become a part of the Hudson Valley General Office and their team. Gerard lives in Poughkeepsie NY and has lived in the Hudson Valley area the majority of his life. Gerard graduated from Penn State University in 2002 with a Bachelors degree in Business. 

 Gerard started his career in the Financial Services Business with AXA Advisors in 2003 as an agent. He was promoted to Vice President in 2006 and managed a team of agents responsible for recruiting and development of his team. In 2007 he hurt his knee and decided to take a compliance role at Gilman and Ciocia in Poughkeepsie NY. At Gilman and Ciocia he worked his way up to Assistant Chief Compliance Officer and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm's compliance program. After Gilman and Ciocia was purchased by National Securities, Gerard was moved to a Regional Supervisor role and directly supervised the agents that were assigned to him. In September of 2016 Gerard started working with New York Life in the Home Office in Sleepy Hollow NY in the complaint review unit.

Gerard enjoys basketball, Jet Skiing, Motorcycling and most sports. He is married to his wonderful wife Megan for three years and has a beautiful cat Madison. 

Members of the Executive Council^ are among the most successful of New York Life's elite sales force of 12,000 licensed agents.

^Awarded by New York Life Insurance Company for outstanding sales achievements. Council is an annual company recognition program based on agent production from July 1- June 30.

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John Romano
Development Manager