Alan M. Schapire MBA, CPA/PFS, CFP®

Managing Director of Financial and Tax Planning

Alan M. Schapire is a founding principal of Convergent Financial Strategies LLC.  He serves as the Managing Director of Financial and Tax Planning.

Alan is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Personal Financial Planning Division, and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA). He has served on PICPA Personal Financial Planning Committee, including three years as Committee Chair, and on the NAPFA Northeast-MidAtlantic Region Board, Finance Committee, and Education Committee.

Alan earned a Bachelor of Science (Accounting) degree and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He has been a CPA since 1987 and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner since 2001. In 2002, he received his Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The PFS mark is the financial planning specialty accreditation held exclusively by certified public accountants (CPAs) who are members of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). A CPA must demonstrate experience and expertise in a wide range of personal financial matters before being awarded the PFS.

Alan has provided financial and tax planning services to clients since 2001. He and his family live in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Although his ties to his alma mater, Drexel University, are still strong, Alan considers his family to be a George Washington University family as both daughters graduated from GWU; his older daughter in May 2014 and his younger daughter in May 2018. When not assisting his clients, Alan enjoys traveling with his family and participating in community activities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hillel at Drexel University.

Carl S. Nadwodny CFA®, CFP®

Chief Investment Officer

Carl S. Nadwodny is the Chief Investment Officer for Convergent Financial Strategies, LLC. Carl has over 20 years of financial services industry experience, managing investments for individuals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs as well as endowments and corporations.

Prior to joining Convergent Financial Strategies, Carl was Chief Investment Officer for First Niagara Bank’s Private Client Services group, where he developed financial solutions for clients with significant net worth. He developed his fixed income and capital markets expertise as Financial Market Economist with SB Financial Services Corp, an investment subsidiary of a Long Island, NY-based commercial bank. Carl obtained his due diligence, trading and portfolio management experience at Executive Financial Services, a registered investment advisor based in suburban Philadelphia, PA. His formative years were spent in Advanta Corporation’s treasury group where he focused on risk management and hedging strategies using derivative instruments.

A student of the market and investor psychology, Carl implemented an investment discipline at First Niagara that combined behavioral finance and asset-liability management. This approach enabled clients to invest according to their individual needs, and not view success in terms of broad market indexes. Carl uses this strategy at CFS–portfolios are tailored specifically for each client. Each portfolio incorporates objective decision making, which seeks to avoid the temptation to invest in the latest fad investment and focus instead on what is truly important to each client.

Carl has a Master’s in Business Administration degree (Finance) from Drexel University, a Bachelor of Science degree (Finance with Economics concentration) from Villanova University. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the premier global association for investment management professionals, the Financial Planning Association®, and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors. Carl holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He is active in local community organizations and enjoys traveling, biking and spending time with his family. Carl and his wife reside in suburban Philadelphia with their two children.

Beth A. Trandahl

Client Service Associate

Beth A. Trandahl is the Client Service Associate for Convergent Financial Strategies, LLC, joining the firm in July 2018. She has spent her career assisting people in various aspects of their lives.

Prior to joining Convergent Financial Strategies, Beth worked for a private consulting firm specializing in higher education risk management. She was responsible for planning multiple training events across the country each year. Additionally, she handled all aspects of their membership association. Before working in the higher education field, Beth had a career in law enforcement. She spent four years as a 911 Dispatcher with Montgomery County. While there, she handled incoming emergency calls and dispatched police for all areas of the County. She was a member of the Tactical Communications Team and trained new dispatchers.

Beth has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Villanova University. She enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with family. Beth and her husband reside in Chester County with their two sons.