Our Team|Fitzgerald Financial Group

John Fitzgerald

President, Financial Advisor

As president and lead financial advisor of Fitzgerald Financial Group, John provides individuals with a range of comprehensive financial guidance for investment, retirement, and estate planning, as well as other wealth management needs. 

He started Fitzgerald Financial Group in 2017 with the goal of offering a local, independently-owned alternative to large, traditional brokerage firms.  John enjoys getting to know his clients, their lifestyles, desires, and goals for the future. He takes the time to try to understand the concerns of his clients and focuses on a personal and customized approach for each and every family with whom he works. 

John earned his BS in finance from Northern Michigan University.  He spent 10 years as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley before deciding to start his own firm. While working at Morgan Stanley, he was named to the prestigious Pacesetter's Club, demonstrating the highest professional standards and first-class client service. 

Designations and registrations

  • FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities registrations 
  • Life and health insurance licenses

John and his wife, Dana, are residents of Mullica Hill, New Jersey.  They have one daughter, Mia, who is the pride and joy of John and Dana's lives.  John has served on many local nonprofit boards.  He currently serves as treasurer for Brookside at Harrison Homeowner's Association Board in Mullica Hill, NJ.  John recently served as a board trustee of the Complete Care Family Health Foundation.  He also previously served as treasurer for the Vineland Police Athletic League for more than eight years and he was past president of the Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, cooking, Philadelphia sports, summers in Ocean City and North Wildwood, and discovering new restaurants.  His best days are spending time with his family.

Business Experience

John Fitzgerald is proud to have been recognized as a Business Experience advisor for 2021—a distinction based on annual production that places him/her among the top 5percent of advisors affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network.

Each year, Commonwealth, the broker/dealer–RIA that helps us process investment transactions on your behalf, recognizes Business Experience advisors by inviting them to an exclusive gathering of their peers, leading industry experts, and Commonwealth home office staff. Business Experience advisors benefit from an intensive learning and networking experience designed to help them hone their expertise, share best practices, and provide ever-higher levels of service, education, and leadership to their clients. 


Larry Birch

Wealth Management Assistant

Larry recently graduated from Rowan University with a BS in finance.  Larry is joining our team full-time as a wealth management assistant after spending the past two years as a financial intern here. He resides in Mays Landing, New Jersey, and assists our team in maintaining strong client relationships, preparing wealth management proposals and financial plans, and doing extensive investment research. Larry is currently working on becoming registered with FINRA with his goal set to become a financial advisor in the coming years. 

In his spare time, Larry enjoys the outdoors and being with his family and friends. He volunteers as a firefighter with the Glassboro(NJ) Fire Department and the Mays Landing (NJ) Fire Department, where he joins his father and brother. He is an avid New York Mets fan.  

Sandy Ruiz

Office Manager

Sandy is a resident of Gloucester County, New Jersey, where she and her husband, Tom, raised four beautiful children. Tom and Sandy now have 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. 

They are big fans of their football and soccer teams. In her spare time, Sandy enjoys reading, watching the Eagles and the Phillies, lunches with her sisters, get-togethers with high school friends, and church activities. She also loves to swim, travel, visit museums, and spend quiet movie nights at home with her husband.

Maria Grant

Administrative Assistant

Maria has been working in the investment industry since April 1979 when she was hired at Dean Witter Reynolds, which eventually became Morgan Stanley. Maria retired from her full-time position in early 2019.  She joined Fitzgerald Financial Group to bring her industry knowledge to the team and help with our client experience.

Maria enjoys traveling. Some of her travel destinations include Europe, Russia, and Vietnam. She especially enjoys long car trips as she’s driven across the country three times! Maria has two children, two beloved grandchildren, and two cats. She loves reading mysteries and historical novels.

Dawn Repice

Administrative Assistant

Dawn grew up in Buena Vista, New Jersey. Since meeting her husband, she has been a longtime resident of Vineland, New Jersey. She and her husband have a blended family of three daughters and one son, all of whom have graduated from Stockton University (New Jersey) and have embarked on their careers of choice. Dawn has 20 years of customer service experience.  She worked as the customer service/front office manager at the local Toys R Us for more than 16 years. 

Dawn and her husband, Anthony, make homemade pasta and meatballs every Sunday for dinner. It is the highlight of her week. Dawn loves spending time outdoors walking, biking, hiking, and kayaking. She also loves traveling as Florida is a favorite destination. 

Virginia Jankowsky

Financial Intern

Virginia graduated from Rowan University with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She joins our team as a financial intern to assist with the preparation of financial reports, investment research, and marketing. Virginia had been a high school mathematics teacher for a few years and plans on expanding her knowledge in finance.

She resides in Gloucester City and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and puppy.

Commonwealth Specialist Teams

Our partnership with Commonwealth Financial Network®, a leading Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer, gives us access to teams of specialists in advanced planning, investment research, and retirement consulting services who can help us provide you with the best possible service.  Each of the professionals on these teams brings a breadth of experience in the industry and within his or her own specialization.

Visit the advanced planning team here

Visit the research team here

Visit the retirement consulting services team here

Jenna Biagi

Client Relationship Manager

It is with our deepest sorrow to inform you of the sudden passing of our beloved friend and colleague, Jenna Biagi, in 2019. Jenna was a wife and mother of three. She graduated from Vineland (New Jersey) High School in 2002. She was employed in the banking and finance industry since 2002 and had been working with John Fitzgerald since 2014.

Jenna was an extraordinary person who was highly regarded by so many. She always gave our clients 100 percent and focused on top-level personal service. Jenna's passing is truly a great loss to Fitzgerald Financial Group and our community as a whole. We feel fortunate for the opportunity that we've had to know Jenna.  We will always remember Jenna. The link below will send you to her obituary.