THOMAS J. CANNAVO brings a unique and comprehensive approach to his clients as a Wealth Manager for The Financial Guys, LLC in Williamsville, New York.
A lifelong Western New Yorker, Tom graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1986. He then attended Canisius College, earning his bachelor’s degree with All College Honors in 1990. Tom immediately pursued a law degree at The State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where he completed the tax law program. In 1991 he studied European Community law and international business transactions at University College London Faculty of Laws in London, England. Tom graduated law school in 1993 and has been advising individuals, families and small businesses in a comprehensive manner for almost 25 years.
Tom believes that giving back is one of the best ways to help others, so he makes sure to find the time to volunteer in his community. Tom has served as Vice President of the St. Joe’s Alumni Board and spent several years on the school board at St. Mark’s School, including work on the school’s finance committee. He led a committee exploring the establishment of a pre-kindergarten program and was a lead negotiator representing the administration in negotiating a groundbreaking new contract with the teacher’s union.
Tom is active in community and business groups, including the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce, BizLinKT, WNY Business Helping Business, the Knights of Columbus, Erie County and New York State Bar Associations, and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Tom also believes that athletics are an important element of character development, and he has volunteered his time to coach a wide range of youth athletics including high school wrestling and cross country, as well as little league baseball at the house, travel and school levels
The breadth of Tom’s professional background brings a wealth of experience to his clients. For two years he served in the position of Principal Law Clerk to the Supreme Court Judge overseeing the entire matrimonial and divorce court in Erie County, giving him unique experience in financial matters relating to divorce.
After practicing law for 20 years he joined a large, global financial firm to add financial and retirement planning to his comprehensive client services. Wanting to provide a more personal and customized experience for his clients, Tom joined The Financial Guys, LLC as a Wealth Management Attorney, providing advice and counsel to both individuals, families and small businesses in the areas of retirement planning, estate planning, pension planning and risk management.
In his free time Tom enjoys running, skiing, traveling, reading and spending time with his wife, Deanna, and their two young sons, Max and Michael. Tom and his family reside in Buffalo, New York.