Cindy M. Bigras
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Cindy grew up in Vermont and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Following graduation, she lived in Italy for three years, and, as anyone who knows her can attest, she loves all things Italian. Cindy then spent five years in New York and enjoys frequent trips back to the Big Apple for business and pleasure.
In 1986, when she relocated to Western Massachusetts, Cindy's career in financial services began. For several years, she worked as an agent at a large mutual insurance company. This solid foundation in risk management proved essential to a financial planning career. She established her own advisory practice in 1995 and affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network® in 1999. Her diverse background is an asset in forming strong relationships with clients and their families. These relationships are one of the most rewarding aspects of working as a financial planner.
Cindy lives in Western Massachusetts and travels frequently. She enjoys tennis, literature, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and doing her own home repairs!
Cindy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. She has also earned the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) and Certified Life Underwriter® (CLU®) designations. She holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities registrations and is registered in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington as a registered representative and an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC. She holds insurance licenses in the states of Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Hampshire. Cindy is a frequent speaker at AARP-sponsored retirement seminars and is periodically interviewed by local television anchors on various financial topics.
Kristina is a native of western Massachusetts and graduated from UMass Amherst with a Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Travel Administration. She was hired by Hyatt Hotels after graduation and moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she worked for thirteen years as a Sales and Convention Services Manager for Hyatt, InterContinental, and Westin hotels.
Kristina and her husband, Brian, started their family in 2011 when they welcomed their daughter, Isabel. Kristina served as “CEO” of the Bennett Household for 2 years before returning to work part-time for a hospitality consulting firm as a Sales Training Coordinator. The Bennetts happily relocated back to Massachusetts in 2014 shortly before the birth of their son, George.
Kristina enjoys spending time with her large extended family. They vacation together annually on Cape Cod. Kristina loves the beach, photography, cooking, and baking. Friends and family would describe her as a “foodie” because she loves to try new restaurants and types of cuisine.
Cindy is thrilled to welcome Kristina to our small, yet busy office. Her extensive experience in sales, client service, and relationship management has prepared her to accept the challenge of starting a second career in financial services. Her “can do” attitude is a perfect fit for our ever changing industry.