Richard F. Gress

Senior Vice President - Financial Advisor, Portfolio Manager - Portfolio Focus

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Rick utilizes the wealth management planning process by developing a meticulous strategy in three areas: asset, risk and legacy planning. A sound plan means nothing without attention to detail in design and implementation. Individual needs change and evolve, as do financial markets, and these changes must be addressed regularly. Since 1984, Rick has worked with affluent families that seek financial independence, enabling them to focus more on those areas that give their lives meaning and purpose. Working with clients’ legal and tax advisors helps ensure their family will be well provided for. A team approach is used for developing customized wealth management plans using world-class research and money managers. 

Rick is a graduate from the University of South Florida. In his leisure time, he enjoys all types of sports, sailing and spending time with his family.

Sarah B. Lodge, CFP®

Associate Vice President - Financial Advisor

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Sarah has extensive knowledge in retirement, mortgage, estate, education and asset allocation. While working for a large home builder in their mortgage department, Sarah realized she had a passion for helping people make the right financial choices to be financially independent. She became a financial advisor in 2006 and joined The Gress Lodge Group in 2008. In order to increase her knowledge, Sarah became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional in 2012. Her experience and education compliments Richard’s and allows the team to provide comprehensive wealth planning to our clients.

Sarah is a graduate from the University of Florida. She met her husband, Ryan, there and a few years after graduating they moved to Sarasota. They have three little children, RJ, Kelsey, and Taylor. In Sarah’s free time she enjoys boating, fishing, running, cooking and being with family and friends.

Sharon L. Sarnowski

Investment Associate

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Sharon joined The Gress Lodge Group in July 2015 after working in the Hartford, Connecticut branch of RBC Wealth Management for over 30 years. She has her FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 licenses along with the Florida Health and Life insurance license.  Sharon prides herself on attention to detail and is focused on building and maintaining client relationships. 

Sharon is very excited to be living in Sarasota with her husband, Ed, and is enjoying all of the region’s culinary, cultural and recreational attractions.

Liz A. Knighton

Senior Registered Client Associate

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Liz Knighton started in the securities industry in 1981. She initially worked in operations and has a passion for customer service. In 1995, she became a registered sales associate after obtaining her Series 7 and 63 licenses. This enabled her to assist the team more and work closely with our clients. 

Outside of work Liz enjoys her pets and family. She also loves to read, sailing, and traveling.