Advisor profile

Our approach

Gartenhaus Wealth Management is built on character, heart and experience. We feel our character comes from our collective humble beginnings and the legacy established by our founder, Howard Gartenhaus. Howard’s instincts led him to build a business built on working to put the interests of clients first. While Howard Gartenhaus has passed, we continue to work to embody that philosophy at Gartenhaus Wealth Management. We strive every day to build on that legacy by acting with integrity and transparency at all times.

Heart comes from our compassion and desire to learn about the things that make you unique. We are equally passionate about creating a wonderful experience in a part of life that can be very stressful. That begins with Cura Personalis. Loosely translated: care for the entire person. It suggests individualized attention to the needs of others. Our clients are friends, not accounts. We want to develop a deep lasting relationship, getting to know you on a personal basis. Only then do we feel an effective course of action can be designed, implemented and modified over the years.

Experience. Our investment team has a unique blend of talent and a diverse background, from technical trading to financial planning to macroeconomics. We offer a sophisticated approach, employing strategic and tactical strategies and a multi-dimensional approach to deliver personalized recommendations to meet your financial planning and portfolio management needs in an uncertain environment.

Ameriprise Financial cannot guarantee future financial results.

Areas of focus

  • Retirement Planning Strategies
  • Wealth Preservation Strategies
  • Investments
  • Investment Management
  • Social Security Retirement Benefits
  • Small Business
  • Retirement Plan Distribution
Years of Experience
This number may include years as a financial advisor, and/or experience as a registered representative.


  • APMA® Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor℠


  • Syracuse University Bachelor's in Economics 1983 - 1988
  • Rockville High School 1981 - 1983


Grew up in Rockville, Maryland and graduated from Rockville High School, where I was part of a State Championship Soccer Team. Go Rams! From there, on to a degree in Economics from Syracuse. I learned many things in school, some of them I use to this day. Perhaps what prepared me most in life, however, was travel.

Married for 29 years, my wife Sue and I have 3 beautiful children. Sammi, Alex and Stephanie are wonderful children, and it has been my pleasure to coach Sammi’s soccer team, Alex’s baseball team/running the marching band boosters, and Stephanie’s basketball team. Whew! Time to be rewarded with grandkids!!!

Community participation

  • The National Center for Children and Families
  • Hope Connections

Awards & recognition

  • Ameriprise Circle of Success, 2019-2021

Previous experience

  • Steben & Company Regional Director, 1999 - 2013