Contact Gregory Ostrowski
Gregory Ostrowski CFP®, CRPC®, BFA™
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from your clients?
Do what you love. We have the distinct privilege of working with business people and entrepreneurs from all walks of life. America has seen boom and bust, but it never ceases to inspire me when my clients turn adversity into victory and their passion into a thriving business.
Can you share a favorite kernel of wisdom for those just starting to invest and save?
Save early, save often—no matter what your age or net worth. I’ve taken a particular interest in helping millennials get started on the right foot. I want to help clients establish savings habits early and prioritize goals—whether it’s reducing credit card debt, dealing with student loans or salary negotiation at a first job.
What professional accomplishments make you most proud?
Four out of five of our partners started at Scarborough as interns in the late 90s. My partners and I have been through market ups and downs and shown tremendous staying power in this industry. I’m proud to be in business with such a great crew.
How do you give back to the community?
I’m a board member of Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation’s Building Traditions Society and a board member for St. Mary’s Schools Alumni Association.
What are your personal interests and passions?
Family, making ideas happen, cycling, wakeboarding and Orioles baseball
Education & Designations:
- Villanova University, BS, Finance and International Business
- CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
- CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR℠
- Behavioral Financial Advisor™
Registration & Licenses:
- FINRA Series 7 & 66 Registrations
- Life and Health Insurance Licensed
- Named as a “Five Star Wealth Manager” in Baltimore Magazine (2013, 2014, 2016-2023)*
- Annapolis’ Finest Honoree from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2014)
- Member, Forbes Finance Council (2016-2020)
*This award was issued on 01/01/23 by Five Star Professional (FSP) for the time period 04/18/22 through 10/21/22. Fee paid for use of marketing materials. Self-completed questionnaire was used for rating. This rating is not related to the quality of the investment advice and based solely on the disclosed criteria. 2,126 Baltimore-area wealth managers were considered for the award; 256 (12% of candidates) were named 2023 Five Star Wealth Managers. The following prior year statistics use this format: YEAR: # Considered, # Winners, % of candidates, Issued Date, Research Period. 2022: 2078, 260, 13%, 1/1/22, 5/10/21 – 11/12/21; 2029, 237, 12%, 1/1/21, 4/27/20 – 10/30/20; 2020: 1898, 234, 12%, 1/1/20, 4/1/19 – 11/13/19; 2019: 1865, 265, 14%, 1/1/19, 4/19/18 – 11/7/18; 2018: 1759, 232, 13%, 1/1/18, 4/21/17 – 11/6/17; 2017: 1093, 355, 32%, 12/1/16, 3/26/16 – 11/11/16; 2016: 1215, 356, 29%, 12/1/15, 6/16/15 – 11/9/15; 2015: 1749, 412, 24%, 1/1/15, 6/16/14 – 11/9/14; 2014: 1484, 395, 27%, 1/1/14, 6/16/13 – 11/9/13; 2013: 1490, 448, 30%, 1/1/13, 6/16/12 – 11/9/12; 2012: 1470, 262, 18%, 1/1/12, 6/16/11 – 11/9/11. Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or placed on the final list of Five Star Wealth Managers. The award is based on 10 objective criteria. Eligibility criteria – required: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser (RIA) or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Actively licensed as a RIA or as a principal of a registered investment adviser firm for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (As defined by FSP, the wealth manager has not; A. Been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a license being suspended or revoked, or payment of a fine; B. Had more than a total of three settled or pending complaints filed against them and/or a total of five settled, pending, dismissed or denied complaints with any regulatory authority or FSP’s consumer complaint process. Unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through FSP’s consumer complaint process; feedback may not be representative of any one client’s experience; C. Individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint; D. Filed for personal bankruptcy within the past 11 years; E. Been terminated from a financial services firm within the past 11 years; F. Been convicted of a felony); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients. Evaluation criteria – considered: 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations. FSP does not evaluate quality of services provided to clients. The award is not indicative of the wealth manager’s future performance. Wealth managers may or may not use discretion in their practice and therefore may not manage their clients’ assets. The inclusion of a wealth manager on the Five Star Wealth Manager list should not be construed as an endorsement of the wealth manager by FSP or this publication. Working with a Five Star Wealth Manager or any wealth manager is no guarantee as to future investment success, nor is there any guarantee that the selected wealth managers will be awarded this accomplishment by FSP in the future. Visit www.fivestarprofessional.com.
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