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Michael C. Doherty, Jr., ChFC®, CLU®, CRPS®
Shortly after graduating from college, Michael began working in the financial services industry. In 1983, Michael started his career with a Wall Street-based investment firm in New London, Connecticut. At the age of 26, he was promoted to branch manager and established an office in St. Louis, Missouri. After a few years, he decided that management was not for him (and he hasn't touched Maalox since!). He also missed working directly with people and experiencing the relationships that develop. Michael and his wife decided to move back to Connecticut to start their family, and he resumed working directly with people to help make a difference in their financial lives.
Michael earned a BS in economics from Southern Connecticut State University. He received his Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation and his Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designation from The American College. He also has his Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist® (CRPS®) from the College for Financial Planning and his LUTCF designation from the Life Underwriters Training Council and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Michael has been a certified instructor for the continuing education (CE) courses that allow licensed individuals to meet the Connecticut-mandated CE requirements.
Michael is a current member and past president of the Montville Rotary Club. He is a past president of the Waterford Rotary Club. Michael is past president (twice) of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors of New London County.
In his spare time, Michael liked coaching sports—now he tries to relax and watch. He has coached for more than 20 years in various sports at multiple levels. He most recently retired as the assistant varsity lacrosse coach and head JV coach at Montville High School. He coached high school lacrosse for five years and was one of the main forces in getting lacrosse at Montville High School. Michael also coached high school football for six years. He was past president and coach for Montville Little League. He has coached youth soccer, basketball, and football throughout the years in Montville. In his second year as head coach of the Montville Youth Football senior team, Michael received a National Youth Football coaching award for bringing a team that was winless for two years to the championship game for the first time in 26 years. He was also one of the founding members of Montville Youth Lacrosse, bringing lacrosse to the town of Montville. Michael holds a Connecticut coaching certificate, which is required for all coaches for high school sports.
Michael was raised and lives in Montville with his wife, Karen, and sons, Ryan and Kevin.
Fixed insurance products and services offered by Doherty Financial Services, LLC, are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.
Michael C. Doherty, Sr., MS
Registered Service Representative
After a 32-year career with a company in another industry, Mike made a dramatic career change. Since October 1993, Mike has enjoyed helping people meet their investment and insurance needs.
Mike is a graduate of Mitchell College (ASGS, ASBA) and the University of Connecticut (BGS, concentration in economic resource allocation) and has earned his master's degree from the University of New Haven (MSCIS). He is continually furthering his education and has earned the LUTCF designation. He has also attended CE courses presented by his son Michael, an interesting turn of events.
Mike is a life member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans, the American Legion, and the Willimantic Elks. He is a member of the U.S.S. Patrick Henry Alumni Association. He is a former coach of the Montville Little League and a former treasurer and coach of the Montville Babe Ruth organization. He is a past president of the Montville High School Athletic Booster Club and the Uncasville PTA.
Mike and his wife, Joan, an administrative assistant at DFS, have lived in the Uncasville section of Montville for the past 52 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.
Mike enjoys working with individuals and business owners in areas of financial planning, including retirement planning, individual and corporate benefits, insurance planning (life, disability, and long-term care), and investment planning, and is licensed for business in Connecticut.
Ryan M. Pellegrini
Ryan is a financial advisor at Doherty Financial Services. In May 2017, Ryan graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University (BS in business administration with a concentration in operations management). Ryan holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations through Commonwealth Financial Network®. Ryan is currently studying to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.
Ryan's professional aspirations and personal standards led him to Doherty Financial Services in October 2017. Ryan works in coordination with Michael C. Doherty Jr. In this role, Ryan develops and maintains financial plans, services clients, performs portfolio development and analysis and investment and insurance research/selection. Ryan enjoys working in the environment at DFS, which fosters a team approach guided by developing positive relationships built on trust.
Ryan is an avid Boston sports fan. He enjoys playing basketball, running, and trying to keep up with his niece and nephew. Ryan was born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, and currently resides in Lisbon, Connecticut, with his wife, Kerri.
Ryan M. Doherty
Ryan is a registered service member at Doherty Financial Services. He previously worked at DFS before leaving to return to school full-time. However, it could be argued that he’s been with DFS his whole life due to his father, Michael Jr., and his grandfather, Mike Sr., starting the firm.
In August 2020, Ryan completed his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University. He has his insurance license with the state of Connecticut and holds his FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registration through Commonwealth Financial Network®.
Ryan works with the DFS team alongside Michael and Ryan Pellegrini. In his role, Ryan focuses on investment research of stocks, mutual funds, and annuities. In addition to research, Ryan helps the DFS team in maintaining client portfolios, as well as servicing other client needs such as retirement plans and insurance. When it comes to insurance, Ryan is responsible for servicing existing policies and researching the best policies that would fit client needs.
Ryan was a sergeant in the Connecticut Army National Guard, where he served from 2013 to 2021 as an infantryman. Ryan was born and raised in Montville, Connecticut, and currently resides in Franklin, Connecticut, with his wife, Stacie, son Griffin, and dog Charlotte. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies with his wife, building and painting models, and reading about history.